Seachange: Contemporary Highlights

A broad selection of abstract art from PAFA's permanent collection, spanning from the 1930s to the 1990s

During the four-and-a-half decades between 1935 and 1979, American artists developed dynamic approaches to abstract art. This installation uses work from PAFA’s permanent collection to illustrate how the American art world witnessed great transformations that resulted in more expressive options than ever before for artists in the mid-20th century.

Artists drew from a wide range of sources in order to reject realism and attempt a new vocabulary of form and content. Seachange: Contemporary Highlights brings together a broad range of abstract art from the 1930s through about 1990.

Seachange: Contemporary Highlights includes 57 paintings, sculpture, and works on paper from artists including Julius T. Bloch, George Tooker, Lee Krasner, Stuart Davis, Thomas Chimes, Dorothea Tanning, Loren MacIver, Mark Rothko, Miyoko Ito, Raymond Saunders, Robert Keyser, Warren Rohrer, Sonia Sekula, Clarence Morgan, Grace Hartigan, and many others.