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At Home: Recent Acquisitions

April 23, 2006 – November 5, 2006


Artworks acquired for the Museum’s permanent collection since 2001 will be presented in At Home: Recent Acquisitions. This inaugural exhibition in the Museum’s highly visible State Street Gallery includes significant works in a variety of media.

One of the central artworks in the exhibition, Tim House (In Green Pastures), was inspired by a childhood neighbor of the artists, Rob and Christian Clayton. Tommy, who was developmentally disabled, lived in “Tim House,” a home for people with special needs. The young Clayton brothers were intrigued by the mysterious house and by Tommy’s sudden appearances and long absences. The Clayton brothers explain that Tim House is a visual and audio sanctuary—a “green pasture”—for untold stories. “To enter Tim House,” the artists have said, “is to enter the universal ether of voices and images from the past, as well as the present. Have a seat on the bench and think about your stories and memories. All of these things find sanctuary in here.”

Also on display in At Home: Recent Acquisitions are several important works bequeathed to the museum by ellsworth snyder, who passed away last August. Snyder was a longtime supporter of the museum; works in the exhibition that were donated by his estate are by Red Grooms, Ellsworth Kelly, Wolfgang Laib, Robert Motherwell, Steve Reich, Pat Steir, and Richard Tuttle. These gifts demonstrate the scope of snyder’s involvement in the art world. He was an accomplished musician, conceptual artist, and member of Fluxus, as well as a collector of art.

Exhibition Support

Support for At Home: Recent Acquisitions has been provided by Tom and Martha Carter; Joseph and Marygold Melli; and McGrath Associates.