Video Vault: The 70s Revisited

March 4, 2014 - May 10, 2015

Including works by Paul Kos, Bill Viola, Hermine Freed, Ruth Vollmer, Rita Myers, Richard Serra and Keith Sonnier, this installation will highlight pioneering art video from the Everson’s permanent collection that hasn’t been on view in decades. The exhibition is an exciting opportunity to immerse oneself in the early world of video art.

This exhibition is made possible in part by M&T Bank, The Blanck Family Foundation, Bond Schoeneck & King, Cannon Pools and Spas, Destiny USA, First Niagara, Dietz Designs, The George L. Wladis Companies, Haylor, Fryer and Coon, J.M. McDonald Foundation, Lockheed Martin, The Peddler Foundation, SRC, Inc., Michael and Valerie Clarke, Patricia J. Numann, MD, David and Nancy Ridings, Louise Rosenfield, Jack and Stephanie Rudnick, Tonia M. and Robert B. Salisbury, Dr. Paul E. Phillips and Sharon Sullivan, and Catherine J. Winger. 

Prendergast to Pollock: American Modernism from the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute

February 7, 2015 - May 10, 2015

The exhibition, Prendergast to Pollock: American Modernism from the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institutefeatures 35 masterworks, drawn from the permanent collection of the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute in Utica, NY. Prendergast to Pollock includes important paintings by many of the leading progressive and avant-garde American artists who shaped the history of American art in the first half of the 20th century, including, Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Arthur B. Davies (1862-1928), Arthur G. Dove (1880-1946), Arshile Gorky (1904-48), Edward Hopper (1882-1967), George B. Luks (1866-1933), Reginald Marsh (1898-1954), Jackson Pollock (1912-56), Maurice B. Prendergast (1858-1924), Theodoros Stamos (1922-97), and Mark Tobey (1890-1976). Additional works are drawn from the Everson Museum’s permanent collection.

Through these paintings visitors will explore three kinds of traditional artistic subject matter—landscape, still life and figurative work. Other works in the exhibition embody different manifestations of the mid-20th century art movement known as Abstract Expressionism—the first American art movement to receive international recognition and influence. In addition to the iconic beauty of the works in the exhibition, visitors will have an opportunity to observe how leading modern American artists depicted similar representational and abstract subject matter.

Many of the paintings in Prendergast to Pollock were originally owned by Edward Wales Root (1884-1956) of Clinton, N.Y., a pioneering collector of modern American art who, over the course of nearly five decades, kept current with the contemporary art of his lifetime. In 1953 The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City displayed a large selection of works from his collection. This was the first private collection of contemporary American art ever exhibited at that institution. MWPAI Museum of Art Director D’Ambrosio noted, “Edward Wales Root is among the most important collectors of modern art of his generation. His personal relationships with artists and his keen eye resulted in an exceptionally strong representation of the transformation of the visual arts in the first half of the 20th century.”

In 1957 Root bequeathed his large collection of 227 American modernist pictures ranging in date from 1902 to 1953 by eighty different American artists to the Utica museum. Root’s bequest was one of the most important donations of American modernist art in its time. It brought national attention to the fledgling Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, and profoundly influenced its subsequent collecting activity, its exhibition program, and the Institute’s decision to commission architect Philip Johnson (1906-2005) to design his first art museum, which opened to international acclaim in 1960.

This traveling exhibition was organized by the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Museum of Art, Utica, New York. The Henry Luce Foundation provided funding for the conservation of artworks in the exhibition.

Everson presentation made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, Dr. Paul Phillips and Sharon Sullivan, M&T Bank, Everson Members’ Council, Upstate Medical University, Cadaret Grant & Co., Inc., Cannon Pools & Spas, Bonnie and Gary Grossmann, Tina Press & David Rubin, Louise Rosenfield, Catherine J. Winger, SOS Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists, AXA, and Sedgwick Business Interiors.

The operation of the Everson Museum of Art is made possible with funding from the Dorothy and Marshall M. Reisman Foundation, the County of Onondaga administered by the CNY Arts, Trust for Cultural Resources of Onondaga County, the Central New York Community Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, Everson Board of Trustees and Everson Museum of Art Members’ Council.  


General Admission
$5 Everson Members
$10 Non-members
$8 Students, Military, Educators, Seniors
$30 Family Packs (2 adults and 4 children under 18)
Children under 10 admitted free


Evening for Educators

February 26 / 4.00 – 6.00pm / $8 Members, $10 Non-members, Pre-registration required

Join the education department in a private viewing and tour of Prendergast to Pollock led by educator, Linda LaBella-Morgan. Educator resources will offer many ways to engage your students in pre- and post-tour activities. Meet colleagues, share ideas and enjoy light refreshments. Please contact Qiana Williams to register, or (315) 474 6064 x303.

Everson TGIF Tours

February 27, March 27 and April 17 at 12:15 p.m.
Included with Exhibition Admission, Free for Members

Start your weekend early with Everson TGIF Tours, informative and fun tours led by various members of the Everson’s talented staff – from the Director to the Registrar, each with a special point-of-view. After a 30 minute tour of Prendergast to Pollock: American Modernism from the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, stay to chat and eat lunch with the Museum’s pros in the newly opened Everson Lounge. Bring your own lunch. 

Gallery Walk: Edward Root, Patron of Moderns

March 5 / 6.30pm / Free with exhibition admission

Join us for an evening exploring Prendergast to Pollock  with Mary Murray, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Artat Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute. Mary will discuss the remarkable life and legacy of collector Edward W. Root. Root supported progressive American painting from 1913, when he bought a Maurice Prendergast composition at the Armory Show, until the 1950s, when he acquired works by Pollock, Rothko, de Kooning, and other members of the New York School. Join us afterward to chat and enjoy light refreshments in the Rosamond Gifford Sculpture Court.

Baby & Me Tours

March 6, April 3, May 1 / Noon / Free with Exhibition Admission, drop-ins welcome

Moms, dads and caregivers can enjoy a tour while babies enjoy the stimulating colors and shapes of the artwork in Prendergast to Pollock: American Modernism from the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute. Tours will focus on a different theme each month. Afterwards, stay to eat lunch (or feed baby) in the Everson Lounge. Bring your own lunch.

Daily Docent Led Tours 

2.00pm, Free with exhibition admission
Check in at the Visitors Services Desk

Audio Tour

Take a self-guided tour of Prendergast to Pollock. Borrow an iPod from the Visitors Service Desk to learn even more about this extraordinary collection.

Womenís Work: Feminist Art from the Eversonís Collection

February 7, 2015 - May 10, 2015

The Feminist art movement emerged  in the late 1960s in various cities around the globe. A reaction to a male-dominated art world in which women struggled for recognition and often concealed their female identities or points of view, the movement coincided  with the rise of feminism, civil rights, and social activism. Proponents of the movement sought to influence cultural attitudes and build a new framework for viewing the world, one that included and validated women’s experiences (which had previously been trivialized or ignored).  This group of artists did not conform to a single style or medium; instead, they united around ideas of producing  art reflective of women’s lives, transforming stereotypes, and drawing attention to women’s historic contributions to art and  society.  

Artists affiliated  with the Feminist art movement took up subjects, materials, and methodologies that were considered “feminine” and, historically, deemed less important. Femininely-coded subjects such as domesticity and motherhood became worthy topics for art, as did once-taboo subjects like female sexuality and desire. Also heralded were materials and forms associated with craft, with a particular emphasis on ceramic and fiber arts including sewing, knitting, and needlepoint.  The works on view here, drawn from the Everson Museum of Art’s permanent collection, were made by some of the most important practitioners in the Feminist art movement, women who helped create opportunities and spaces for other women and minorities, as well as paved the path for identity and activist art of later generations.