Permanent Collection

The Permanent Collection at the Danforth Art Museum consists of more than 3,500 objects in all media. Since it was established in 1975, the Museum’s collecting patterns and strategies have shifted to focus on American art from the early 19th century to the present day.

Today, the Museum’s Collection offers a snapshot of the history of art in New England and beyond. Works on view in this gallery reference Early American painting, the turn-of-the-twentieth century Boston School, mid-century figurative expressionism, and an active contemporary community. The Permanent Collection continues to remain organic, growing and changing to reflect the role of the Museum as a part of a University and in art historical scholarship.

Participating artists:
Painting of a woman in a very wide, ornate gold frame. The woman is standing in front of a red and gold background. She has pale skin, hair piled up on her head, and is wearing a glittering black dress with a transparent gold shawl around her shoulders.
Phillip Leslie Hale, Glitter , c. 1908 , Oil on canvas
Painting of a man from the knees up, wearing a blue collard shirt and a black leather apron and gloves. He is light skinned, blue eyed, and short brown hair, looking diagonally to the left. Behind him are various steel working objects and a large crane moving metal objects in a hazy environment.
Garrit A. Beneker, Man at Steelworks , c. 1920, Oil on canvas
Painting of a mass of blue and red fishes devouring each other in the ocean.
Hyman Bloom, Seascape II , 1974, Oil on canvas
Painting of an attic space with an angled wood beam ceiling. The room is a deep tan, and there is a woman, seated facing right, looking at a small mirror. She is wearing a yellow dress and behind her on the opposite wall are dresses and a hat hanging around a rectangular mirror propped up on a table.
Marion L. Pooke, The One Night Stand , c. 1915 , Oil on canvas
Albert Gallatin Hoit, Mrs. Hannah Parsons Keegan , c, 1840, Oil on canvas
Richard Freeman, Hank’s Bird (Homage to Henry Moore & Irina Radetsky) , c. 1980, Ink wash and ink pen on paper
Jack Bilander, Mother and Child , 1958, Lithograph on paper
Unknown, Photograph of Father and Child , 19th Century, Daguerreotype
Painting on a light tan birch panel of a woman in a strapless dress or towel and hair in a bun laying on her stomach with her head looking down into a hole. The whole and some details of the figure utilize the tree rings seen in the panel.
Jenny Carpenter, Rabbit Hole , 2019, Oil and graphite on birch panel
Unknown, Untitled (Egyptian Tour) , Late 19th to early 20th Century, Albumen photograph
Cynthia Maurice, Untitled , 2009, Charcoal on paper