Elisabeth and William Landes Gallery
Dating from 1880 to the 1950s, the Smart Museum's collection of modern art and design comprises European and American painting, sculpture, decorative arts, and works on paper.
The works on view demonstrate the varied ways that European and American artists engaged with the challenges, experiences, and ideas of a rapidly changing world. Thematic clusters mix paintings and sculpture with decorative arts. Together, the works represent a diversity of modernist, abstract, and figurative styles and movements and touch on subjects like the city and its entertainments, emotion and inner states, and the formal and material properties of art itself.
A small area of the gallery is dedicated to thematic displays of works on paper; these change every four months to protect the works from damage caused by long-term exposure to light.
The current presentation features Marcel Duchamp's Boîte-en-valise, a wooden box containing tiny reproductions of the artist's own work, as well as a related Duchamp lithograph and a painting by Francis Picabia.