The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, has announced a gift of forty-one pieces of contemporary art from the collection of software publisher and philanthropist Peter Norton.
The gift comprises video, photography, painting, prints, sculpture and mixed media works by a range of contemporary visual artists, including Doug Aitken, Kamrooz Aram, Luca Buvoli, Dorothy Cross, E.V. Day, and Mark Dion — whose work will be the subject of a permanent installation at the Rose Museum in the fall. Part of a series of gifts from Norton's personal collection to university art museums and teaching museums across the country, the donations are intended to deepen the integration of the visual arts into higher education, foster creative museum practice, and engage audiences with contemporary art. In addition to the Rose, the museums receiving a gift from Norton include the Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York; the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley, California; the Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois; the California Museum of Photography and Sweeney Art Gallery at the University of California in Riverside, California; the Hammer Museum at University of California, Los Angeles; the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis; and the Williams College Museum of Art in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
"This is a historic addition to our collection that will significantly enhance our ability to actively engage students and diverse audiences with our collection here at the Rose. It is an astounding endorsement of our goals to integrate the entire museum into academic and public discourse," said Christopher Bedford, the Henry and Lois Foster Director of the Rose Art Museum. "This gift represents what Peter Norton's collection is best known for — work that challenges definitions of racial and sexual identity and pushes the boundaries between media and genres."