The John & Susan Horseman
Collection of American Art
The John and Susan Horseman Collection of American Art celebrates the breadth of American art and experience in the 20th century, and preserves the legacy of numerous, sometimes under-recognized American artists.
Starting in 2002, John and Susan Horseman began amassing an important collection of American paintings from 1910 to 1950. From 2012 to 2016, paintings in the collection focused on bringing to light, through both representational and non-objective styles, the social and industrial influences of that era on the American landscape. The collection provided a clear picture of the notable yet often overlooked American modernists elsewhere, filling a larger scholarly need for continued appreciation of twentieth-century American modernism. Since 2016, the collection has purposefully expanded its scope to incorporate paintings from the second half of the twentieth century by African American artists. Significantly, these later works, again through both representational and non-objective styles, embody the breadth of American experiences relating to the racial, social, and political struggles of the eras.
The current holdings of the collection focus on the arts of the United States from 1910 to now, demonstrating the broad range of artistic responses to the sweeping social, political, and cultural transformations of the twentieth century. Over the years, John and Susan have immersed themselves in learning about various artists, and their collecting has evolved from purely enjoying the beauty of a work, to understanding its relevance and the significance of that artist and his or her contribution to 20th century American art and culture.