Highlights

Native American Collection Study Center

The Native American Collection Study Center (NASC), provides a portal into the rich resources of the Pomona College collection of Native American Art. Functioning as both storage and classroom, it provides a unique opportunity for close examination without the barriers normally needed for public display and gives students, faculty, and members of the public, intimate contact with original works of art.

HOURS

NASC is open by appointment only Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. To 4 p.m.

HOW TO VISIT

The Etchings of Francisco De Goya

Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828) was one of history's most masterful printmakers and social satirists. Pomona College Museum of Art is proud to own first editions sets of all four of his etching series, a total of 211 prints. Los Caprichos, 1799; Los Desastres de la Guerra, 1810-20; and Los Disparates, 1815-24 (also known as Los Proverbios) were given to Pomona College in 1974 by Norton Simon. In 1998 the Museum purchased La Tauromaquia, 1815-16, with funds provided by the estate of Walter and Elise Mosher. It is exhibited here for the first time.

The Kress Collection

In 1961, Pomona College was one of a select group of academic institutions that received a gift of works of art from the extensive collection of Samuel H. Kress. Selected by the college on the basis of intrinsic quality and stylistic diversity, the thirteen works range in date from the fourteenth to the eighteenth century.

Rico Lebrun's Genesis

Rico Lebrun (1900-1064) painted the Genesis mural on the interior wall of the south entrance of Frary Hall in 1960. Along with Jose Clemente Orozco's Prometheus mural, it is one of the most important artistic treasures of Pomona College. The monumental figure of Noah sheltering a child (shown in the image here) serves as the mural's visual and symbolic center, while surrounding Noah are representations of the Deluge, Job, Sodom and Gomorrah, Cain and Abel, and Adam and Eve.

The Native American Collection

Brought together over the last 70 years, Pomona College's superb collection of almost 5000 Native American artifacts is particularly rich in Californian and Southwestern basketry, Southwestern ceramics, both Pre-Columbian and Historic, and in beadwork of the Plains and Great Lakes. These pieces were integral parts of daily life for the peoples who created them; they include clothing and household items like blankets and cookware, as well as decorative works, weapons and ritual objects. While many of the pieces served the same function, all possess unique aesthetic characteristics that make them culturally distinctive. Through superior craftsmanship with an eye for beauty, Native American artists created objects that met their needs while capturing their spirits. In this way, Pomona College's collections are both invaluable anthropological artifacts that inform us about their creators, and extraordinary works of art.

James Turrell Skyspace

"Dividing the Light," a Skyspace by James Turrell /65, is the most recent and perhaps most glowing example of public art on the Pomona College campus. Opened in fall of 2007, the architectural installation heightens the viewer's awareness of light, sky and the activity of perception.

José Clemente Orozco's Prometheus

The idea for a mural in Frary Hall was first suggested by its architect, Sumner Spalding, shortly after the completion of the building. The Mexican artist José Clemente Orozco was selected at the urging of José Pijoan, a popular professor of Hispanic civilization and art history at the College. Although little known in this country at the time, Orozco would later be hailed as one of "los tres grandes"--the three great Mexican muralists: Orozco, Diego Rivera, and David Alfaro Siqueiros. Prometheus, painted in 1930, was Orozco's first work in this country and the first Mexican mural in North America. The Mexican Mural Movement can, thus, be said to have begun here, at Pomona College.

Collection Study Room

The Collection Study Room in the Pomona College Museum of Art provides a portal into the art collections of the College. The room functions as both storage and gallery, with open table space and walls for short-term display of objects not on view in the exhibition galleries. Providing an opportunity for close examination of works of art without the barriers normally needed for public display, the Collection Study Room gives students, faculty, and selected members of the public intimate contact with original works of art.