Modern & Contemporary

  • print with two sections, on the right there are two women falling into a river, on the left there are two african american soldiers in front of a firing squad

    Lorna Simpson, American (b. 1960), Suspended (The suicide of two young girls), 1995, laser print on felt, 8 x 12 1/2 inches composition, Gift of Polly and Mark Addison to the Polly and Mark Addison Collection, CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder, 2001.04, Photo: Jeff Wells, © Lorna Simpson

  • two african american figures, a man and a woman, at a kitchen table

    Carrie Mae Weems, American (b. 1953), Untitled, 1990, from the “Kitchen Table” series, gelatin silver print, 19 x 19 inches composition, Purchase with The Carnegie Fund, CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder, 95.05.12, Photo: Aaron Hoffman, ©Carrie Mae Weems, CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder

  • stylized painting of a stack of logs

    Marsden Hartley, American (1877 – 1943), Log Jam (Backwaters Up Millinocket Way No. 3), 1939 – 1940, oil paint on Masonite, 32 x 38 x 2 inches framed, Purchased from Raul Rosenberg & Co., New York, CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder, 57.153, Photo: Jeff Wells, © CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder

Our globally diverse collection of modern and contemporary art encompasses drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, photography, video and digital media. Among the highlights are paintings by Elizabeth Murray and Marsden Hartley, and minimalist sculptures by Sol LeWitt and Jackie Winsor.

Our contemporary ceramic collection reveals how today’s artists respond to the global history of ceramic materials and techniques. Major works by Graham Marks, Jean-Pierre LaRocque, Annabeth Rosen, Peter Voulkos and Betty Woodman demonstrate how contemporary ceramicists extend the traditional boundaries of material and form.

Our collection of modern art includes 19th-century photography that highlights the convergence of science and art in the modern development of photographic techniques and processes such as daguerreotype, tintype and stereoscopic photography. Works in this collection provide an understanding of how photographers manipulate materials and subject matter in innovative and experimental ways.

Generous patrons Polly and Mark Addison have donated significant works to the CU Art Museum, forming the Polly and Mark Addison Collection, which runs the gamut of contemporary art forms including paintings, sculptures, works on paper, video and digital media.