The Newark Museum in Newark, New Jersey, was awarded a $750,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to expand and reinterpret its permanent galleries of American art and to document the collections through two new publications.
The two-year grant will support the American art collections in the museum’s recently renamed Seeing America galleries. Works from the American Indian collection as well as a selection of African American, Latin American, and European American art will be exhibited in a series of renovated galleries on the second floor. One of the highlights of the renovation will be a new thematic gallery that explores intersections between the indigenous arts of the Americas and modernist painting and sculpture.
“Sixteen years ago, the Henry Luce Foundation supported a bold reinstallation and reinterpretation of our American collections,” Steven Kern, the museum’s director and CEO, said. “This new grant offers a transformative opportunity as the museum calculates a new future that increases accessibility and deepens understanding of our rich collections for the global community.”
As part of the Luce Foundation grant, the museum will publish two catalogues to coincide with the reopening of Seeing America in 2019. The first will be dedicated to the American Indian collection. The second volume will explore highlights of abstract art from the permanent collection, including works by Chakaia Booker, Gabriel Dawe, Arthur Dove, Sol LeWitt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Martin Puryear, and Max Weber.