Modern Art to Mississippi – First Stop on Unprecedented Traveling Tour Begins Spring 2016

JACKSON, Miss., Dec. 4, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Revealing the pursuits of one of the twentieth century’s most important collectors, the American Federation of Arts (AFA) and the Neuberger Museum of Art present When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections from the Roy R. Neuberger Collection, the first traveling exhibition of this groundbreaking collection of American modern art in over forty years. Roy R. Neuberger was a devoted champion of the art of his time, and he acquired works by a remarkable selection of modern masters, including Alexander Calder, Stuart Davis, Willem de Kooning, Marsden Hartley, Jacob Lawrence, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and numerous others. The first venue on this unprecedented traveling tour is the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson, which will host the exhibition from April 9 – October 30, 2016.Born in Connecticut, financier Roy R. Neuberger (1903–2010) developed his passion for art while in Paris in the 1920s. After reading Vincent van Gogh’s biography, he was struck by the fact that Van Gogh died in poverty, yet after his death the artist’s paintings achieved ever higher prices. Neuberger’s credo, “the contemporary world should buy the work of contemporary artists,” would guide him as a collector, and he often purchased works soon after their creation.The exhibition will be highlighted on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter via the hashtag #Neuberger and during its run in Mississippi with #WhenModernWas and #BeModernMS.PublicationNeuberger Berman is the national tour sponsor of When Modern Was Contemporary. Additional support is provided by the JFM Foundation and Mrs. Donald M. Cox. In-kind support is provided by Christie’s. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities.Local presentation of this exhibition is made possible through the generous support of the Robert M. Hearin Support Foundation and Trustmark. Additional support is provided by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi, The Clarion-Ledger Media Group, the city of Jackson, the Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Mississippi Arts Commission.Attached:For more information please visit our Digital Press KitPhotos accompanying this release are available at:
Julian Rankin

Mississippi Museum of Art