Modern and Contemporary Art
About the Collection
Sara Krajewski, The Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art
Jubitz Center for Modern & Contemporary Art
The Museum has placed living artists at the core of its mission since its founding. Avant-garde modern art made early appearances in Portland in a 1905 exhibition and, in 1913, when selections from the New York Armory Show, which erupted in controversy over Marcel Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase and other cubist and futurist works, were shown.
The twentieth-century collection began to grow significantly in the late 1940s. While many donors have generously supported the collection, two highlights are the Evan H. Roberts Memorial Sculpture Fund and the Clement Greenberg Collection. The Roberts Fund enabled the acquisition important works by Alexander Calder, David Smith, and Mark di Suvero, among others. The Greenberg Collection greatly boosted the national and international scope of the collection, with paintings by Helen Frankenthaler, Kenneth Noland, and Jules Olitski.
The Jubitz Center for Modern and Contemporary Art presents rotating selections of paintings, sculpture, works on paper, time-based media, and photographs. The Miller Meigs Gallery offers new ideas, artists, and mediums through changing exhibitions.
Joining an art council is the best way to explore a favorite genre, region, or period of art. As a council member, you’ll learn directly from curators, go behind the scenes of the collection, and connect with other Museum supporters who share your interests.