Decade by Decade: Art Acquired in Its Time

  • Oct 4, 2016 – Dec 23, 2016
  • The Bob & Lissa Shelley McDowell Gallery
Philip Pearlstein, "Female Model in Red Robe on a Wrought Iron Bench",
1972, oil on linen, 60 x 72 in. Museum purchase with funds from
Burlington Industries, 1972.

Did you know?

The Weatherspoon purchased a string and ink wash drawing by Eva Hesse in 1967--the year it was made. It was the first of her drawings to be purchased by a museum. In similar fashion, in 2002 the museum was the first to acquire a work by then-emerging artist, Amy Cutler. 

When Gregory Ivy founded the Weatherspoon in 1941, he wanted students attending Woman’s College as well as the larger Greensboro community to have firsthand experience of the art of their time. He achieved this vision in part through the exhibitions he organized, the instructors he hired, the workshops and lectures he offered, and perhaps most importantly, the artworks he acquired for the Weatherspoon’s burgeoning collection. As a result of Ivy’s unwavering vision and through the financial support of the Greensboro community, the Weatherspoon has evolved over the course of its 75 years into an internationally recognized museum with a noteworthy collection of modern and contemporary art. Decade by Decade: Art Acquired in Its Time highlights select objects that entered the collection shortly after the date of their creation. The objects included represent various contemporary art movements from the museum’s founding to the present, and thus underscore the museum’s enduring commitment to both emerging artists and to the art of its time. Visitors will glean that there have been more than a few prescient acquisitions over the years!

Related programs

WAM 75th Anniversary Gala • Sat Oct 1 (ticketed event)

Decade by Decade Film: Eva Hesse • Thu Nov 3 @ 6:30pm

Noon @ the 'Spoon • Tue Nov 8 @ 12pm

Decade by Decade Film: Troublemakers • Thu Nov 17 @ 6:30pm


We have six galleries located on the first and second levels of the museum, view our gallery map.