This is an exhibition of work from the St. Mary’s Fine Art Collection. The art in this show comes specifically from a large donation by the collector Leonard Bocour, who worked in collaboration with the founding director of the Boyden Gallery Jonathan Ingersoll. The exhibition’s goal is to explore the visual and conceptual principles of American Modernism represented by this collection. The donations Bocour made to St. Mary’s provide the opportunity for the work of these New York-based artists, largely ignored by encyclopedic art history texts, to be put into historical context and expand the scope of modern art. The show allows us to see the inner workings of the New York art scene of the mid 20th century and recognize those modern artists on the edge of art history.
Curated by Sami Wright (Art History and History ‘18) with help from Joe Lucchesi (Professor of Art History)