This collaborative exhibition between two of Cape Cod’s esteemed art museums presents colorful, bold artwork from the modern art period. In the time approximately from the late nineteenth and into the twentieth century, artists broke with traditions of the past in a spirit of experimentation and explored various movements including abstraction and expressionism.
In Modern Mix, the Cape Cod Museum of Art and the Cahoon Museum of American Art highlight modern works from their collections. Featured works of art from the Cape Cod Museum’s collection include paintings, sculpture, and works on paper by Alexander Calder, Sam Feinstein, Arnold Geissbuhler, Hans Hoffman, Betty Lane, Blanche Lazzell, Claire Leighton, William Littlefield, Robert Motherwell, and Vernon Smith, among others. Cahoon Museum artworks include a selection grouped from early additions to its collection to new acquisitions.
Modern Mix tells the stories of the visionary collectors and community supporters who founded the museums to preserve and present the work of American artists from Cape Cod and beyond. While each museum shares the mission of education and enjoyment of art, both institutions have a unique identity and purpose. The Cape Cod Museum of Art emphasizes the art and artists of our region, the Cape and Islands, while the Cahoon Museum of American Art focuses on a broader story of American art and the art of New England. Both museums play an essential part of preserving our collective history and celebrating the beauty and joy around us.