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Collective Insight: The Harvey and Jennifer Peyton Collection

March 20, 2019 - January 19, 2020

View of Collective Insight Exhibition

Harvey and Jennifer Peyton have assembled one of the premier collections of art in West Virginia. It is significant for being both regional and national in scope, and for representing a diversity of American artists—including a number who were committed to advancing social justice through their artistic pursuits. 

The exhibition celebrates the expertise and foresight of these collectors with a selection of more than 60 paintings, prints, and drawings that represent some of the most important artistic movements of the twentieth century—including American modernism, social realism, and mid-century abstraction. 

The Art Museum is fortunate to have received several gifts from the Peyton Collection over the past two decades. Now part of the permanent collection, these objects will be preserved, studied and exhibited for the long-term benefit of the University community and the many visitors from Morgantown and beyond. 

The Art Museum of West Virginia University is deeply grateful to Harvey and Jennifer Peyton for their years of generosity and continued commitment to this institution. 

This exhibition is made possible in part through generous support of the Friends of the Art Museum, William and Linda Hagerty, and the Joyce Ice Fund for Acquisitions and Exhibitions. 

William Kentridge: Universal Archive

March 29 - August 4, 2019

William Kentridge exhibition
Internationally acclaimed South African artist William Kentridge has produced a vast body of interrelated work in drawing, printmaking, sculpture, film, theatre, opera, and puppetry. This exhibition presents more than 75 original linocuts from an ongoing series the artist began in 2012. Featuring a repertoire of images frequently used by Kentridge across media—trees, coffee pots, cats, typewriters, birds, horses, self-portraits—Universal Archive explores how the interplay of text and images serves as a metaphor for the interaction between rational and creative processes. 

William Kentridge: Universal Archive is organized for tour by the Gund Gallery at Kenyon College and is made possible, in part, by contributions from Alva Greenberg '74, the Gund Gallery Board of Directors and Ohio Arts Council. Funding for the exhibition at the Art Museum of WVU is provided by the Friends of the Art Museum, William and Linda Hagerty and the Joyce Ice Fund for Acquisitions and Exhibitions.