Highlights from the Permanent Collection

  • Duration
    August 16 – December 10, 2022
  • Works by
    Harriet “Hattie” Coulter Joor, Marie de Hoa LeBlanc, Lin Emery, Sarah Agnes Estelle “Sadie” Irvine, Roberta Beverly Kennon, Ida Kohlmeyer, the Newcomb Guild, Betsy Packard, Gladys Gustine Randolph, George Rickey, Carlos Rolón, Cynthia Scott, John T. Scott, Jesús Rafael Soto, Melissa Turner Drumm, Michel Varisco, the Vestiges Project, and Carrie Mae Weems
  • Curated by
    Maurita N. Poole and Laura Blereau

About the Exhibition

In addition to stewarding artworks and objects acquired since the 19th century – when the H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College and Tulane University were separated by gender – the Newcomb Art Museum periodically acquires new works that resonate with the critical issues of our time, as well as the institution’s historic emphasis on innovative art, craft, and design. In a first-of-its-kind collections display, Metamorphoses contrasts iconic Newcomb Pottery with kinetic sculpture, photography, and prints to explore ideas of change, transition, and movement in both a literal and symbolic sense. Works, such as Flood Lines by the Vestiges Project, reference human-built environments imperiled and inevitably altered by natural disasters. By contrast, works like John T. Scott’s Black Butterfly encourage reflection on rhythm and motion, and serve as metaphors for transformation and rebirth.

While the works by Newcomb and Tulane-affiliated artists ground the exhibit, other pieces reveal how the collection has evolved to include art inspired by diverse cultures, architecture, and the sociopolitical landscape. The exhibition includes selections from past faculty Lin Emery, Ida Kohlmeyer, Sarah Agnes Estelle “Sadie” Irvine, and George Rickey; as well as alumni such as Melissa Turner Drumm, Betsy Packard, Cynthia Scott, Michel Varisco, and artists of the Newcomb Pottery Enterprise and Newcomb Guild. Works by artists Carrie Mae Weems, Carlos Rolón, and Jesús Rafael Soto are also featured.



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