Since opening its doors, the Clyfford Still Museum has made countless discoveries as the staff has worked to inventory and assess CSM’s vast art and archival holdings, better understand what our visitors’ interests are and how various audiences best experience Clyfford Still’s art, and evaluate the artist’s legacy in an ever-changing, 21st-century world.
The show revisited the Museum’s inaugural exhibition and highlighted some of the most compelling revelations CSM has uncovered about the collection since it opened in 2011. A Decade of Discovery included photographs of lost paintings from the 1930s, undocumented and mysterious artworks found during the collection inventory process, and conservation-related breakthroughs about Still’s materials. These never-before-shown elements recontextualized familiar paintings and stories, casting Still’s art, process, and legacy in a new light.
The exhibition featured expanded information about Still’s earliest years, supportive family, and even a few architectural quirks unearthed about the building. Exhibition text highlighted various staff, scholarly, and community voices to broaden engagement and present a wide range of perspectives.