Edward Wales Root and American Modernism
August 23 – November 29, 2009, Philbrook
From 1902 and 1953, Edward Wales Root amassed a spectacular collection of contemporary American art which became the cornerstone of the Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute collection with his bequest of 227 works in 1957. This exhibition surveys Root’s wide ranging interests in such artists as Maurice Prendergast, Edward Hopper, Charles Burchfield, Robert Motherwell, Jackson Pollock and more.
This traveling exhibition was organized by the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Museum of Art, Utica, New York. The national tour sponsor for the exhibition is the MetLife Foundation. The Henry Luce Foundation provided funding for the conservation of artworks in the exhibition.