This exhibition honors a remarkable gift from the estate of distinguished art historian William B. Jordan and his husband, Robert Dean Brownlee. Jordan was a DMA trustee, founding director of the Meadows Museum, and former deputy director and chief curator at the Kimbell Art Museum. The couple built a collection over decades that included works by Edgar Degas, Rosa Bonheur, Berthe Morisot, Henri Matisse, Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, and Ellsworth Kelly, among others.
Presenting works on paper, sculpture, and decorative arts, the exhibition highlights a selection of nearly 70 works donated to the DMA by Jordan and Brownlee. Spanning the ancient to the contemporary, the featured works demonstrate an enduring fascination with artists’ use of expressive line, the depiction of the figure, and dialogs across media.