Fabulous Favorites!

Posted by Mary Murray on October 28th 2011 | 0 Comments

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Do YOU have a favorite work of art in the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute’s Museum of Art collection?

The Museum of Art is excited to announce that it is unveiling the list of visitors’ favorite works of art in the collection this weekend, in conjunction with the Institute’s 75th Anniversary celebration.

In anticipation of the 75th Anniversary, Director of Education April Oswald began collecting Museum visitors’ ballots for their favorite art works three years ago on World Refugee Day in Hanna Park (that was June 2008). Since then, the voting has continued in the Museum’s galleries and during special events like our summer Arts Festival.

April recently tabulated the ballots and, to no surprise, Thomas Cole’s Voyage of Life paintings are top vote-getters!

Look around the Museum buildings to find labels that identify some of the favorites. Here are a few pictures, with visitors’ comments about why these works of art are so captivating. Below you will find the entire list of 75.

# 6 Louise Bourgeois, Spider II
Emily Mulkerne: “Something so terrifying can be so beautiful.”

#8 Wassily Kandinsky, Improvisation no. 23 (Troika)
Thet Mar: “Mysterious, full of wonderful color, it reminds me of life and obstacles.”

#53, Severin Roesen, Still Life with Fruit and Champagne
L.D., age 16: “It looks like the party just got started.

The complete list, with the number of votes received at far right.

  1. Thomas Cole The Voyage of Life: Childhood 90
  2. Thomas Cole The Voyage of Life: Youth 85\
  3. Thomas Cole The Voyage of Life: Old Age 73
  4. Ferdinand Richardt Below Trenton (High) Falls, 1858 65
  5. Jackson Pollock No. 2, 1947
  6. 42Louise Bourgeois Spider II, 1995 38
  7. Frederic Church Sunset, 1856 36
  8. Wassily Kandinsky Improvisation No. 23 (Troika), 1911 32
  9. Joe Jones Portrait of the Artist’s Father, 1932 29
  10. Edward Hopper The Camel’s Hump, 1931 25
  11. Piet Mondrian Tree (Horizontal Tree), 1912 23
  12. Sanford Gifford Galleries of the Stelvio – Lake Como 23
  13. William Baziotes The Toy, 1949 21
  14. James Peale Still Life: Apples, Grapes, Pear 20
  15. Doll house, 1856 20
  16. Andy Warhol Big Electric Chair, 1967 19
  17. William Merritt Chase Memories 18
  18. William Palmer Washington Square, New York, 1928/9-32 18
  19. Georgia O’Keeffe Pelvis with Pedernal, 1943 17
  20. Juan Gris No. 7, 1917 17
  21. Pablo Picasso Pigeon in Nest with Eggs, 1912 17
  22. Charles Burchfield Childhood’s Garden, 1917 17
  23. Cabinet (large Neo Grec) 17
  24. Tilt-top Table (Tiffany silverplate) 17
  25. Mark Rothko No. 18, 1951 16
  26. Irene Rice Pereira Vacillating Progression, 1949 13
  27. Maurice Prendergast Landscape with Figures, ca. 1912 13
  28. Raymond Han Still Life with Rose Geranium Sprig, 1980 13
  29. Ernst Barlach Meeting Again, 1926 12
  30. Sofa (Belter) 12
  31. Asher B. Durand Woodland Path, 1846 12
  32. Coverlet, (made in New Hartford) 12
  33. William Zorach Affection, 1933 10
  34. Thomas Cole The Voyage of Life: Manhood 10
  35. Norman Lewis Heroic Evening, 1963 10
  36. Ice bowl & tongs 10
  37. Jerome Witkin Division Street, 1984-85 10
  38. Reginald Marsh Texas Guinan and Her Gang, 1931 9
  39. William Harnett The Study Table, 1882 8
  40. Milton Avery Poetry Reading, 1957 8
  41. Secretary Bookcase (Quervelle), 8
  42. John Frederick Peto Fish House Door with Eel Basket, 1890’s 8
  43. Charles Burchfield Sphinx and the Milky Way, 1946 7
  44. Henry Moore Locking Piece, 1962 7
  45. William H. Rinehart Sleeping Children, 1870 7
  46. Soup Tureen (Gorham Martele) 7
  47. Raymond Duchamp-Villon The Great Horse, 1914 6
  48. Side Chair (Herter Brothers, gilded) 6
  49. Pat Steir Wind, Water and Stone 2 A.M., 1997 6
  50. Chair (Shaker) 5
  51. Francis Davis Millet After the Festival, 1888 5
  52. Alexander H. Wyant Adirondack Ledge, ca. 1884 4
  53. Severin Roesen Still Life with Fruit and Champagne, 1853 4
  54. Biscuit Box 4
  55. Fidelia Bridges Field of Queen Anne’s Lace, ca. 1870-75 4
  56. Morgan Russell Cosmic Synchromy, 1913-14 3
  57. Ben Shahn The Parable, 1958 3
  58. Robert Henri Dutch Soldier, 1907 3
  59. Hiram Powers Bust of “The Greek Slave”, ca. 1843 3
  60. Edward Moran Shipwreck, 1862 3
  61. John William Hill Fawn’s Leap, Catskill, NY, 1868 3
  62. Elaine Reichek I Cannot, 2000 3
  63. Watch (bug form) 3
  64. David Smith The Letter, 1950 2
  65. Milton Avery Pink Tablecloth, 1944 2
  66. George Luks Roundhouse at High Bridge 2
  67. George Luks Pavlova’s First Appearance in NY, 1910 2
  68. Henry Inman Trout Fishing, 1840-41 2
  69. Frederick MacMonnies Young Faun and Heron 2
  70. Isidro Blasco Green Hallway, 2006 2
  71. Philip Guston The Porch, 1947 1
  72. Tall-Case Clock 1
  73. Piet Mondrian No. 7, 1937-42 1
  74. John von Bergen Surge, 1989 1
  75. Marcel Duchamp Boite-en-Valise, 1941 1