The CU Art Museum’s collection includes 19th and 20th century photography, as well as contemporary photography, video, and new media work. The 19th century photography collection highlights the convergence of science and art in the development of photographic techniques and includes daguerreotypes, tintypes, and stereoscopic photography, amongst other techniques.
The collection of 20th century modernist photography includes works by many noted masters, including Paul Strand, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Phillipe Halsman, Judy Dater and others. Contemporary photography in the collection spans the globe featuring major works by artists such as John Baldessari and Susan Hefuna. The collection has a special focus on contemporary women photographers and includes work by Sophie Calle, Carrie Mae Weems, Rivane Neuenschwander, Lynne Hershman, Orit Raff, and many others.
The video collection includes both single channel works and complex video installation by masters of the medium Mary Lucier, Oscar Muñoz, Jeremy Blake, and Diana Thater amongst others. The collection also explores experimental works in new media by artists such as Lisa Jevbratt.
With the generous support of donors, the collection of photograph, video, and new media continues to grow. Major gifts by Polly and Mark Addison as well as support from the Carnegie Fund has significantly expanded the representation in this collection.