Exhibition

Rotation 1: Contemporary Art from the Peter Norton Gift

May 1, 2015 - August 2, 2015
Garen Gallery

Rotation 1: Contemporary Art from the Peter Norton Gift presents highlights from a major donation of contemporary artworks recently gifted to the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum by Peter Norton, the prominent Los Angeles collector and arts philanthropist and founder of Peter Norton Computing. Featuring an international array of art from the 1990s and the early 2000s, Norton’s collection is widely considered to be among the largest and most comprehensive in the United States; it represents a variety of artistic positions that provocatively challenge the times in which they were made, addressing such issues as race, gender, and the effects of media imagery in an expanding digital age. The Kemper Art Museum is one of eight university art museums to receive works from Norton’s extensive collection.

Rotation 1, the first of two exhibitions of selections from this major gift, includes photography, sculpture, collage, and large-scale installations by artists Doug Aitken, Renée Cox, Anna Gaskell, Katarzyna Józefowicz, Inez van Lamsweerde, Allen Ruppersberg, and Kara Walker.

The second installation of selections from this donation, Rotation 2: Contemporary Art from the Peter Norton Gift, will open on September 11, 2015.

Exhibition support

Support for the exhibition is provided by the Hortense Lewin Art Fund and members of the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum.

Media coverage


Kemper Art Museum receives donation from entrepreneur Peter Norton

50 works build Kemper's collection of political art

Image credits

Anna Gaskell, Untitled #61 (by proxy), 1999. C-print mounted on acrylic, 40 x 49 1/2". Peter Norton Collection.

Doug Aitken, Dawn, 1993. Color video with sound, transferred to DVD, 6 min. Peter Norton Collection.

Inez van Lamsweerde, Me Kissing Vinoodh (Passionately), 1999.  4 C-prints mounted on acrylic, 109 3/4 x 198 x 2" (overall). Peter Norton Collection.

Renée Cox, It Shall Be Named, 1994. 11 gelatin silver prints in mahogany frame, 105 x 104 1/2 x 4 3/4". Peter Norton Collection.

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