Inquiring Eyes: Greensboro Collects Art

  • Oct 16, 2010 – Dec 12, 2010
  • The Bob & Lissa Shelley McDowell Gallery
Philip Pearlstein, "Two Female Nudes and Green Sofa", 1974, oil on
canvas, 61 x 73 in. Collection of Maryann Abrahams.

Did you know?

Inquiring Eyes: Greensboro Collects Art is the prelude to the museum’s 70th anniversary celebration in 2011, and reinforces the fact that the Weatherspoon’s permanent collection has been built solely from gifts of art and funds to purchase works from the supporting community. 


The Weatherspoon has played a major role in educating, encouraging, and promoting the community’s cultural growth and, just as the museum’s collection has developed over the years, a good number of private collections have grown into important local resources as well. Divided into seven themes, this survey exhibition features impressive artwork from the 20th and 21st centuries. While some artists may be familiar to viewers, due to name recognition or having been featured in past Weatherspoon programs, others will be fresh delights. 

The exhibition features 111 artists, 128 works—from 52 private Greensboro art collections.

Artists include: Berenice Abbott, Ansel Adams, Philip Kwame Apagya, Milton Avery, Walter Barker, Julian Barrow, Georg Baselitz, David Loren Bass, Pinky Bass and Clara Couch, Romare Bearden, Lynda Benglis, Thomas Hart Benton, Louise Bourgeois, Warren Brandt, Robert Broderson, Judith K. Brodsky, Charles Burchfield, Paul Cadmus, Mark Calderon, Paul Caponigro, Gilbert “Bert” Carpenter, Mary Cassatt, Janice Caswell, Elizabeth Catlett, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Willie Cole, Claribel Cone, Emilio Cruz, Elliott Daingerfield, Judy Dater, Willem de Kooning, Steve DiBenedetto, Arthur Dove, Sam Durant, Homer Ellertson, Franklin Evans, Minnie Evans, León Ferrari, Howard Finster, Walton Ford, Lynn Geesaman, William Glackens, Nan Goldin, Jon Goodman, Adolph Gottlieb, Deborah Grant, Avery Handly, Al Held, Jim Hodges, Frank Holliday, Robert Indiana, Enio Iommi, Bill Jensen, Donald Judd, Yves Klein, Ida Kohlmeyer, Kathe Kollwitz, Lee Krasner, Walter Kuhn, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Yayoi Kusama, Fernand Leger, Norman Lewis, Roy Lichtenstein, George Luks, Brice Marden, John Marin, Reginald Marsh, Andy Martin, Henri Matisse, John McGiff, Kenneth Hayes Miller, Joan Miro, Joan Mitchell, George L.K. Morris, Robert Motherwell, N. Mouterais, Susan Mullally, Eadweard Muybridge, Jerome Myers, Elie Nadelman, Louise Nevelson, Gabriel Orozco, Mary Parker, Philip Pearlstein, Hobson Pittman, Katherine Porter, Robert Rauschenberg, Arthur Rothstein, Ludwig Sander, John Singer Sargent, Frank S. Savastano, Miriam Schapiro, Michael Schultz, George Segal, Jim Sherraden, John Sloan, Raphael Soyer, Francis Speight, Will Henry Stevens, Bill Thompson, George Tice, Elihu Vedder, Jacques Villon, Abraham Walkowitz, Merry Moor Winnett, Bruce Yonemoto, Purvis Young, Lloyd Ziff.

The exhibition opens with a special reception on Friday, October 15 for invited guests followed by a public opening and Community Day celebration on Saturday, October 16 from 1-4 pm.

View our photo gallery of the Special Preview Party for Inquiring Eyes: Greensboro Collects Art here.


Don't miss three upcoming Gallery Talks in conjunction with Inquiring Eyes: Greensboro Collects Art.

Tuesday, October 27, 12 Noon is the first in the series that welcomes Greensboro collectors to share their thoughts about their loaned works in this exhibition.  Tuesday's talk will be led by Adeline Talbot.

Look for future Gallery Talks on November 17 and December 8, both at 12 Noon.

On November 17 join us as we welcome collectors Geoff Wall and Carol Cole Levin.

On December 8 we will be led by Ed Cone, Beatrice Schall, K. Porter Aichele and Fritz Janschka.



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