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.”

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens’ art collection has grown from the group of more than 60 works bequeathed by Mrs. Cummer, to more than 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 Mildred Thompson, Peter Paul Rubens, Winslow Homer, Thomas Moran, Whitfield Lovell, 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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CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

  1. Eugène Louis Charvot

    Tuesday, February 11, 2020 to Monday, September 28, 2020

    The accompanying exhibition will be designed to highlight and celebrate the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens’ extensive holdings of Eugène Louis Charvot, the largest collection of Charvot works in the world.
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  2. Striking Power: Iconoclasm in Ancient Egypt

    Friday, January 31, 2020 to Sunday, August 9, 2020

    Striking Power explores the history of iconoclasm in relation to ancient Egyptian art through forty masterpieces on loan from the Brooklyn Museum of Art.
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  3. Eclectic Ecology: Landscape Perspectives from Ponce de León to Florida Man

    Friday, December 20, 2019 to Thursday, December 31, 2020

    Florida conjures visions of a lush tropical paradise, with vast natural resources and endless opportunities for those most daring to try.

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  4. Innovation and Imagination: The Global Dialogue in Mid to Late 20th Century Art

    Tuesday, July 23, 2019 to Friday, December 31, 2021

    Despite the fact that the center of the art world shifted from Paris to New York in the years immediately following the world wars, what emerged in the later part of the 20th century was a global exchange of ideas, with multiple centers and conversations.
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  5. Carlos Rolón: Lost in Paradise

    Saturday, November 3, 2018 to Tuesday, December 1, 2020

    In Lost in Paradise, artist Carlos Rolón examines regrowth. In the early 20th century, both Florida and Puerto Rico saw rapid spikes in industrialization, migrations, and tourism.

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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.

UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

  1. Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church and Our Contemporary Moment

    Saturday, September 5, 2020 to Sunday, January 17, 2021

    Cross Pollination takes flight from the influential series of paintings, The Gems of Brazil (1863-64) by Martin Johnson Heade, but expands outward to explore polination in nature and ecology, cultural and artistic influence and exchan

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  2. Art Ventures 30th Anniversary Exhibition

    Wednesday, January 13, 2021 to Sunday, February 7, 2021

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  3. Mary McLeod Bethune

    Friday, February 5, 2021 to Sunday, October 3, 2021

    The exhibition explores the life of Mary McLeod Bethune (1875-1955), an educator, civil servant, feminist, and civil rights activist.

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  4. Sporting Fashion: Outdoor Girls from 1800 to 1960

    Friday, March 5, 2021 to Sunday, June 6, 2021

    Sporting Fashion: Outdoor Girls from 1800 to 1960 will be the first exhibition to explore the evolution of women's sporting attire in Western fashion over this 160 year period.

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  5. Rebecca Louise Law: The Journey

    Tuesday, July 13, 2021 to Sunday, January 9, 2022

    British artist Rebecca Louise Law has designed and created a site-specific installation using both dried and fresh plant materials to form an immersive visitor experience that explores the relationship between humanity and nature.

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  6. Buddha and Shiva, Lotus and Dragon: Masterworks from the Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection at Asia Society

    Wednesday, June 1, 2022 to Friday, September 30, 2022

    This exhibition will present 67 masterpieces collected by John D. Rockefeller III (1906–1978) and his wife Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller (1909–1992), illuminating the cultures and history of Asia. This important collection underscores art’s capacity to encourage cross-cultural dialogue and influence economic and public policy.
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PAST EXHIBITIONS

  1. 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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  2. Fields of Color: The Art of Japanese Printmaking

    Friday, February 23, 2018 to Sunday, January 13, 2019

    Fields of Color: The Art of Japanese Printmaking presents nearly 20 prints from the 19th to early 20th century, which were selected from a prized collection of more than 230 examples.

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  3. Urban Spaces, Open Skies: 20th-Century American Landscape

    Friday, July 27, 2018 to Sunday, February 3, 2019

    Drawn from the Cummer Museum’s extensive collection of works on paper, this presentation will feature more than 30 prints celebrating modern cities and the timeless charms of the country.

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  4. Augusta Savage: Renaissance Woman

    Friday, October 12, 2018 to Sunday, April 7, 2019

    Organized by guest curator Jeffreen M. Hayes, Ph.D.

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  5. Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History

    Friday, December 21, 2018 to Sunday, June 16, 2019

    Author, illustrator and filmmaker, Vashti Harrison is an artist with a background in cinematography and screenwriting, with a passion for storytelling.

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  6. French Moderns: Monet to Matisse, 1850 - 1950

    Friday, June 14, 2019 to Sunday, September 8, 2019

    French Moderns: Monet to Matisse, 1850–1950 exhibits approximately 65 works of art from the Brooklyn Museum’s renowned European collection and positions France as the artistic center of international modernism from the mid-19th to mid-20th centuries.
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  7. Kota Ezawa: The Crime of Art

    Tuesday, March 12, 2019 to Sunday, December 1, 2019

    This exhibition will bring together new and recent works related to Ezawa’s The Crime of Art series, a group of light-boxes and video animations that chronicle some of the most infamous and high profile museum heists in history.

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  8. Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection

    Friday, October 18, 2019 to Sunday, January 5, 2020

    A celebration of beauty, Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection features more than 60 objects, spanning over 30 years of Tiffany’s prolific career. One of America’s most renowned artists, Louis Comfort Tiffany worked in nearly all of the media available to artists and designers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries—glass, ceramic, metalwork, jewelry, and painting.
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  9. Edmund Greacen and World War I

    Tuesday, February 5, 2019 to Sunday, February 2, 2020

    World War I (1914-1919) is arguably the defining event of the 20th century. For those who lived it, it was frightening, chaotic, and bizarre. It was traumatizing and transforming.

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  10. Overstreet Ducasse

    Friday, January 31, 2020 to Sunday, April 26, 2020

    Like the fragmentary Egyptian sculptures on view in Striking Power, Ducasse’s constructions force us to contemplate the beauty of the broken, the intrigue of the incomplete, and the histories of ‘found’ objects—whether from ancient Egypt or contemporary Jacksonville.
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