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NMOA considered one of Palm Beach's crown jewels

5 May 2014 6:15 PM
NMOA considered one of Palm Beach's crown jewels

The affluent coastal community of Palm Beach has a lot to offer its residents. From its miles of pristine beaches, to the year-round sunshine and myriad upscale offerings, this town has long been considered to be one of Florida's most sophisticated areas.

However, while it may be thought of as a premier destination for luxury real estate owners because of its warm weather and collection of high-end retailers and gastronomic maestros, Palm Beach's commitment to art is typically considered its most attractive characteristic. For instance, the town's foremost cultural institution, the Norton Museum of Art, has been widely celebrated for its expansive personal collection, which includes revered works of American, European, Chinese and contemporary art. Although it counts as just one reason why Palm Beach is so special, you would be remiss to neglect paying a visit to this establishment when provided the opportunity to do so. 

Current exhibition focuses on Warhol muse, 1960s art
A typical trip to the NMOA can afford individuals up-close views of unique works by such respected artists as Hopper, Monet, Matisse, Picasso, Pollock, O'Keeffe and Brancusi, among others. But the organization regularly offers exciting exhibitions of other famous personalities, as well.

For instance, visitors can currently enjoy gaining a deeper understanding of Andy Warhol and his art through an examination of his primary and most glamorous muse, Jane Holzer. Having begun in early February, the show, titled "To Jane, Love Andy: Warhol's First Superstar," will run until Sunday, May 25. The collection will serve to explore the meteoric rise in popularity of "Baby Jane" as an internationally known model, and take a close look at her enduring friendship with the controversial artist. In addition to Warhol's paintings, sculptures prints and films concerning Holzer, the exhibit also spotlights iconic pictures taken by a number of accomplished photographers, including David Bailey, Irving Penn, Billy Name and Nat Finkelstein.

Made possible through the generosity of Muriel and Ralph Saltzman, this exhibition has benefited from additional support that was provided by the Milton and Sheila Fine Endowment for Contemporary Art, as well as and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. Those hoping to experience the stunning display first-hand can do so anytime during museum hours - members and children ages 12 and under can enjoy free admission, while non-members will be asked to pay an admission fee of $12. 

Museum plays an integral role in community
Founded by Ralph Hubbard Norton and his wife Elizabeth Calhoun Norton 73 years ago, the NMOA's collection has grown to encompass more than 7,000 distinguished works of art. First started when the couple decided to share their favorite pieces with the public after moving to Palm Beach in 1939, the museum's first incarnation was as the Norton Gallery and School of Art - located on a modest property in between South Olive Avenue and South Dixie Highway - before Marion Sims Wyeth was commissioned to design the late Art Deco/Neo-Classic building, which opened its doors on February 8, 1941. 

Today, it functions as the cultural center of Palm Beach, hosting multiple engaging, enriching and entertaining exhibitions each year. In addition, the organization routinely offers a number of information lectures regarding a wide range of topics, family-friendly studio time, adult programming and even high-profile social gatherings, such as its opening galas, which commemorate the start of exciting exhibitions. Those looking for additional information can learn more by calling the museum at 561-832-5196, emailing info@norton.org or visiting its breathtaking location on Olive Avenue.