Tufts University Art Gallery

Helen Frankenthaler. Orange Shapes in Frame. 1964. Acrylic on canvas. Image and data provided by Tufts University Art Gallery © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

The Tufts University Art Gallery has contributed approximately 85 images of its permanent collection to the Artstor Digital Library. The selection in Artstor emphasizes the museum’s American holdings, predominantly paintings and works on paper from the nineteenth century through to today.

The art collection was established at Tufts University in the mid-nineteenth century with early acquisitions—portraits of founders, benefactors, and faculty, and landscapes that depict the campus's development. Today, the collection is comprised of approximately 2,000 works spanning ancient Mediterranean and pre-Hispanic cultures, modern and contemporary painting and sculpture, and photography. It features paintings by artists from the nineteenth century to the present such as Emile Bernard, Elaine De Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler, Grace Hartigan, John Frederick Kensett, Gyorgy Kepes, Alice Neel, John Singer Sargent, and Andy Warhol. Modern and contemporary sculptures by Dimitri Hadzi, Richard Hunt, Louise Nevelson, Isamu Noguchi, Auguste Rodin, and Frank Stella, among others, are sited across the main campus.

Much of the collection consists of works on paper, including prints by Salvador Dalí, Albrecht Dürer, Max Ernst, Alex Katz, Sonia Gechtoff, Francisco Goya, Vassily Kandinsky, Francois Millet, Joan Miró, Berthe Morisot, Pablo Picasso, and Fairfield Porter, among many others.

Photography is another notable strength of the Tufts Collection, which features the work of Berenice Abbott, Lewis Baltz, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Marilyn Bridges, Robert Doisneau, Elliot Erwitt, Walker Evans, Sally Gall, Philippe Halsman, André Kertesz, Richard Misrach, Delilah Montoya, Dorothy Norman, Frank Paulin, Gilles Peres, Rosamund Purcell, Arthur Rothstein, Aaron Siskind, Michael Ullman, Garry Winogrand, and others.

Since 1991, the gallery has been located in the Shirley and Alex Aidekman Arts Center on the main Tufts campus in Medford. It contributes to the vibrant contemporary art scene in the Boston metropolitan area and functions as an unparalleled campus resource for fostering visual literacy and critical thinking skills.