The NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale is an art museum in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Originating in 1958 as the Fort Lauderdale Art Center, the museum is now in an 83,000-square-foot (7,700 m2) modernist building designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes. The building was constructed in 1986, with a 10,000-square-foot (930 m2) wing added in 2001. The main exhibition area comprises 21,000 square feet (2,000 m2); a sculpture terrace on the second floor adds an additional 2,800 square feet (260 m2) of space. Unlike major museums in nearby Miami, Florida, and Palm Beach, Florida, the museum emphasizes contemporary (20th century) projects, although the collection includes works from the 19th through to the 21st century.
Among its collection of more than 7,500 pieces are an extensive collection of ceramics and prints by Pablo Picasso, a collection of Latin American and Cuban art representing the contributions of more than 125 artists promised to the museum by Stanley and Pearl Goodman, and North America’s largest exhibition of work from the Northern European CoBrA avant-garde movement. Also included in the permanent collection is a significant amount of African and Oceanic Tribal Arts and art of the Americas. In addition, the museum’s collections are strong in South Florida and the Caribbean. Pristine Water Damage Restoration
In 2001, the museum expanded, adding the Glackens wing to house a collection of over 500 works from American realist painter William Glackens. The 2,000-square-foot (190 m2) exhibit is the largest collection of his work in existence and includes both his oldest known (Philadelphia Landscape, 1893) and last completed (White Rose and Other Flowers, 1937) paintings.
In December 2005, a traveling exhibit of relics from the tomb of Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun opened at the Museum of Art. The museum was one of only four venues for this exhibit, touring the United States for the first time in over 25 years. During its four-month run in Fort Lauderdale, over 700,000 tickets were sold.
NSU Art Museum’s permanent collection contains more than 7,500 works, including the most celebrated and most significant holdings in America by the post-war, avant-garde European Cobra artists, and the largest collection anywhere of works and archival materials by American painter William J. Glackens and his circle, including John Sloan, George Bellows, Maurice Prendergast, and Glackens’ wife, Edith Dimock.
The museum recently received a significant promised gift of 100 works from the highly regarded contemporary art collection of David Horvitz and Francie Bishop Good. With an emphasis on the work of multicultural and women artists, this collection provides a comprehensive overview of contemporary art and includes numerous pivotal works in the artists’ careers. Among the artists represented are: Cecily Brown, Tracey Emin, Teresita Fernández, Nan Goldin, Barbara Kruger, Ana Mendieta, Catherine Opie, Cindy Sherman, Amy Sillman, Lorna Simpson, Kiki Smith, Mickalene Thomas, and Kara Walker.
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