Our Story: Over 50 Years of Collecting
On site: MAY 30- AUG 17
2019 is about celebrating the history of the Masur Museum of Art: the building, the collection, and the community. This year the building that houses the Masur Museum of Art will celebrate its 90th anniversary. Originally a family home, the building was donated to the City of Monroe in 1963 to become an art museum. The museum acquired its first work of art in 1964 and has fostered and developed its collection ever since. The collection tells the story of evolving artistic styles and movements throughout the 20th century and into the 21st, and especially celebrates notable artists from our own region. Artists in the collection include Paul Gauguin, Mary Cassatt, Alexander Drysdale, Salvador Dali, Robert Motherwell, Ida Kohlmeyer, George Rodrigue, Lynda Benglis, and many more of regional, national, and international importance.
In April of 2017, however, tragedy struck. A fire in an off-site collections storage building caused smoke and soot damage to over 90% of the permanent collection. The museum went into emergency mode, turning galleries into a conservation lab and temporary storage. Thanks to a team of volunteers, interns, and donors, we were able to save every single work of art affected by the fire.
Our Story is not just about the history of the Masur Museum of Art. This is also a story of the future: preserving and displaying the collection for public access and education for years to come. Join us in this celebration of art, local history, and community triumph.
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