Art

PERMANENT COLLECTION

Throughout the institution’s history, the Permanent Collection has served as the cornerstone in the Cummer Museum’s desire to “serve as the region’s centerpiece of education and involvement in all of the arts.” In accordance with the expressed wishes of its founder, Ninah May Holden Cummer, it seeks to serve as “a center of beauty and culture” for the benefit of “all of the people.”

By 2016, the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens’ art collection had grown from the group of more than 60 works bequeathed by Mrs. Cummer, to nearly 5,000 works acquired by gift, purchase, and bequest. The Permanent Collection spans from 2100 B.C. through the 21st century and includes masterpieces created by Peter Paul Rubens, Winslow Homer, Thomas Moran, Norman Rockwell, and Romare Bearden. It is also home to the Wark Collection of Early Meissen Porcelain.

Please note, not all works from the Permanent Collection are on display at any given time. Please call 904.356.6857 in advance of your visit if you are looking for something in particular.

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Special Collections

The Cummer Museum is fortunate to count among its holdings seven special collections that add great depth to specific aspects of its Permanent Collection.

Please note, not all works from the Permanent Collection are on display at any given time. Please call 904.356.6857 in advance of your visit if you are looking for something in particular.

Art in the Landscape

The Cummer Museum believes strongly in the connection between art and the natural environment. As a result, several sculptures that are part of the Permanent Collection have been integrated into the landscape throughout the campus. These include Janet Scudder’s playful Running Boy, on view in the courtyard, and Riis Burwell’s Entropy Series #26, nestled above the Italian Garden. A sculpture of Mercury by an unknown artist takes center stage in the Olmsted Garden. Diana of the Hunt, by American artist Anna Hyatt Huntington, is located in the Upper Tier. It was a gift to the Cummer Museum by the artist, who had a long history of installing her sculptures in gardens. She and her husband, Archer Huntington, established Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina, an elaborate display garden with a large collection of outdoor sculpture.

CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

  1. Chasing Shadows: David Ponsler

    Saturday, November 5, 2016 to Wednesday, October 4, 2017

    “I’m a blacksmith, a metalworker”.

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  2. Heroes & Battlefields: World War I Prints by James McBey

    Saturday, December 17, 2016 to Sunday, June 25, 2017

    To commemorate the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I (April 1917), the Cummer Museum will present a series of works by artist James McBey (1883 - 1959).

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  3. Poetry of Landscape: The Art of Eugène Louis Charvot (1847 – 1924)

    Monday, February 27, 2017 to Sunday, September 10, 2017

    This focus exhibition features several exemplary prints and drawings by Charvot, where the artist captures the quietude and beauty of the French countryside.

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  4. An American in Venice: James McNeill Whistler and His Legacy

    Wednesday, March 1, 2017 to Sunday, July 23, 2017

    In 1879, American artist James McNeill Whistler arrived in Italy with a commission from the Fine Arts Society of London to create 12 etchings of Venice.

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UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

  1. Ink, Silk, and Gold: Islamic Treasures from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

    Friday, May 19, 2017 to Sunday, September 3, 2017

    Ink, Silk, and Gold features great works of Islamic art from the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

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  2. A Collector’s Eye: Celebrating Joseph Jeffers Dodge

    Tuesday, July 11, 2017 to Sunday, February 4, 2018

    In addition to his own works, Joseph Jeffers Dodge generously donated over 65 prints, drawings, paintings, and sculptures to the Cummer Museum of Art.

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  3. Mediterranea: American Art from the Graham D. Williford Collection

    Tuesday, August 8, 2017 to Sunday, December 31, 2017

    This exhibition looks at how American artists of the late 19th– and early 20th– century captured the diversity and distinctiveness of certain places that make up the Mediterranean region such as Italy, Spain, the Middle East, and

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  4. Bijoux Parisiens: French Jewelry from the Petit Palais, Paris

    Friday, October 13, 2017 to Sunday, January 7, 2018

    Bijoux Parisiens explores the intriguing intersection where French history, art, and fashion meet.

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PAST EXHIBITIONS

  1. Academic Splendor: Nineteenth-Century Masterworks from the Dahesh Museum of Art

    Friday, January 27, 2017 to Sunday, April 16, 2017

    The Dahesh Museum of Art is the only institution in the United States devoted to collecting and exhibiting European academic art of the 19th century.

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  2. LIFT: Contemporary Expressions of the African American Experience

    Tuesday, June 14, 2016 to Sunday, February 12, 2017

    LIFT: Contemporary Expressions of the African American Experience presents area contemporary artists' responses to Jacksonville’s rich artistic African American heritage, with an emphasis on creating an artful p

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  3. Searching for Identity: Memorial Through the Lens of the Second Generation Holocaust Survivor

    Tuesday, January 31, 2017 to Saturday, February 11, 2017

    This multi-media art installation will highlight essays that explore the ideal Jacksonville Holocaust Memorial as seen through the lens of second-generation Holocaust survivors, the children of those whose parents survived the Holocaust.

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  4. Folk Couture: Fashion and Folk Art

    Tuesday, October 11, 2016 to Saturday, December 31, 2016

    Fashion has always found inspiration in unpredictable sources: art, life, history — there are no boundaries.

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  5. “Conservation, Beautification, and a City Plan”: Ninah Cummer and the Beautification of Jacksonville

    Saturday, December 19, 2015 to Sunday, November 27, 2016

    As Chair of the Park Advisory Committee for the City Commission of Jacksonville (1926-29), Ninah Cummer was actively involved in plans for the beautification of Jacksonville.

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  6. David Hayes: The Sentinel Series

    Saturday, November 7, 2015 to Sunday, October 2, 2016

    Over the course of six decades, American sculptor David Hayes (1931 – 2013) produced a body of work that concerned itself with geometrically abstracting organic forms.

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  7. Favorites

    Tuesday, May 3, 2016 to Monday, August 1, 2016

    Some works of art are too exceptional to be put into storage.

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  8. Julien de Casabianca: The Outings Project

    Wednesday, November 18, 2015 to Sunday, June 5, 2016

    In 2014, Julien de Casabianca, a French artist and filmmaker, conspired to release some of the world’s great art, typically locked away within museums, into urban settings.

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  9. Rockwell Kent: The Shakespeare Portfolio

    Tuesday, November 24, 2015 to Sunday, May 15, 2016

    In 1936, American artist Rockwell Kent (1882-1971) completed a limited edition series of illustrations for “The Complete Works of Shakespeare.” This portfolio recently was gifted to the Cummer Museum by Cheryl S.

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  10. Archipenko: A Modern Legacy

    Friday, January 29, 2016 to Sunday, April 17, 2016

    Archipenko: A Modern Legacy offers a fresh assessment of Alexander Archipenko, emphasizing the artist’s European and American practice as a pioneer of modern sculpture.

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  11. Women, Art, and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise

    Friday, October 9, 2015 to Sunday, January 3, 2016

    This exhibition explores the production of one of the most significant American art potteries of the 20th century, Newcomb Pottery, whose works are a graceful union of form and decoration inspired by th

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  12. British Watercolors

    Tuesday, November 25, 2014 to Sunday, November 29, 2015

    Explore the rich history of British watercolors through works in the Cummer Museum’s Permanent Collection, given by Mr. and Mrs. Terrell Lee Bebout.

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  13. Reflections: Artful Perspectives on the St. Johns River

    Tuesday, February 24, 2015 to Sunday, October 25, 2015

    This exhibition highlights the region's greatest assets, the river, vibrant cultural institutions, and an active creative community. The exhibition links historic works in the collection with art created by the city's top contemporary visual and performing artists.
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  14. All Together: The Sculpture of Chaim Gross

    Saturday, November 1, 2014 to Sunday, October 4, 2015

    American sculptor Chaim Gross (1904-91) is renowned for his figurative direct carvings in wood from the first half of the 20th century.

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  15. Whitfield Lovell: Deep River

    Wednesday, May 20, 2015 to Sunday, September 13, 2015

    The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is thrilled to present the work of MacArthur Fellowship winner and internationally-recognized artist, Whitfield Lovell.

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  16. Rothko to Richter: Mark-Making in Abstract Painting from the Collection of Preston H. Haskell

    Friday, January 30, 2015 to Wednesday, April 22, 2015

    Rivaled only by the early years of the 1910s, when abstraction was pioneered in Europe and America, the 40 year period between 1950 and 1990 witnessed dramatic developments in abstract art.

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  17. 450 Years of French History in Florida

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014 to Sunday, February 22, 2015

    The extraordinary career of the Huguenot artist Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues (c.

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  18. Best Dressed: Clothing and Fashion in The Cummer’s Permanent Collection

    Saturday, October 18, 2014 to Monday, February 2, 2015

    In conjunction with Icons of Style: Fashion Makers, Models, and Images, the Cummer Museum will highlight historical works from the Permanent Collection that explore the significance of clothing and fashion.

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  19. Icons of Style: Fashion Makers, Models, and Images

    Friday, October 17, 2014 to Sunday, January 4, 2015

    This exhibition celebrates the interconnected roles of fashion’s makers, the models who wear their designs, and the media that disseminate those looks to the world.

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  20. A Commemoration of the Civil Rights Movement: Photography from the High Museum of Art

    Friday, February 28, 2014 to Sunday, November 2, 2014

    The High Museum of Art holds one of the most significant collections of photographs of the Civil Rights movement.

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  21. The Human Figure: Sculptures by Enzo Torcoletti

    Saturday, September 21, 2013 to Sunday, October 19, 2014

    The J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Community Sculpture Garden & Plaza, located in the front lawn of the Art Connections building, opens with the inaugural exhibition, The Human Figure: Sculptures by Enzo Torcoletti. St.

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