Selections from the Mary and Michael J. Tatalovich Collection
June 6 August 5, 2012

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Mary ('64) and Michael ('63) Tatalovich have devoted a large portion of their lives together engaged in the viewing and collecting of art. The inquiry inherent in their career paths as teachers has served them well. Choosing to focus on collecting prints meant learning as much about the process and history of the medium as the artists. Their highly considered approach to collecting works to live with and study is often outside the confines of easy visual consumption. The collection is a classic example of two people who thrive on asking questions and seem energized when the answers end up being more questions.

Significant gifts by dedicated patrons have often been the building blocks of museum collections. The decision by Michael and Mary in 2010 to gift the entirety of their growing collection of 90 large-scale American prints significantly enriched the Haggerty Museum of Art's focus of works on paper as well as strengthened the holdings of postwar images by important American artists who took advantage of the print renaissance of the 1970s and 80s. Their first gift in 1997 of the print Leg by Jasper Johns marked the beginning of a partnership that has included an exhibition of works from their collection in the museum, From Warhol to Bartlett in 1998, and subsequent gifts and loans to augment other projects undertaken by the museum. This postwar collection includes many exemplary works by seminal Pop and Minimal artists, alongside exciting works by newer artists. Because the collection has grown by 50 percent since the 1998 exhibition, this effort marks the first time many works will be seen publicly.

Within the diversity of the collection there are certain conceits, such as a preference for large-scale works, and most often, for artists that are less than shy about hue. Additionally, a commanding confidence in their own eye is evident in the simple fact that they acquire works as they are released by print publishers, rather than waiting for critical consensus. The collection overall is a testament to the vagaries of maturing taste and an insatiable thirst to challenge the eye and the mind through works that demand reflection on every inquiry.

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Programs for SelectionS from the Mary and Michael J. Tatalovich Collection



Opening lecture by print scholar Richard H. Axsom
6 p.m., 7 p.m. reception

Free and open to the public.

All programs take place at the Haggerty unless otherwise noted.