The Manoogian Collection is one of the most significant private collections of American art compiled during the 20th century. A number of paintings in the collection have been exhibited at the White House, National Gallery of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art and Detroit Institute of Arts. The National Gallery considers the collection to be “a comprehensive survey of American painting, a remarkable one in capsule form.”
When Richard Manoogian was asked why he collects American Art, “Collecting American paintings is important to me,” he said. “Those from an ethnic background like mine often have a great appreciation for America because of the opportunity this country has created for their families. The result is a deep love for one’s country and a particular appreciation for the period in which the country grew and expanded.”
Although the Manoogians lead a very private life, they enjoy sharing their collection. “To some extent my collecting has been driven by wanting to share my paintings with others as a way of giving something back to the country that has been so good to our family,” Mr. Manoogian said.
The exhibition includes works that range from mid-19th century to 1999, including paintings of renowned artists, such as Frederick Frieseke, William Merritt Chase, Childe Hassam and Andrew Wyeth.
“As these works are in a private collection, the Manoogian Collection exhibition presents an opportunity for our community to view extraordinary art by American artists that cannot be seen often,” said Katie Deits, the executive director of the Lighthouse ArtCenter. “Museum visitors can browse the exhibition or attend docent-led tours. Our lecture series will feature Joan Lipton speaking about William Merritt Chase on December 17 and Anne Palumbo, Ph.D., reflecting on American Art on January 21. There will be special tours and evenings for private clubs and organizations, as well as educational programs for children.”
The collection reflects Mr. Manoogian’s belief that, “It is important for people to appreciate the unique character, diversity and quality of American art. I hope that our collection will encourage others to both appreciate and collect American art.”
Mr. Manoogian served as Chairman of the Detroit Institute of Arts (the DIA dedicated its American Wing as the Manoogian Wing) and has also served on the boards of Archives of American Art, the White House Preservation Fund and the Fine Arts Committee of the Department of State.
ABOUT LIGHTHOUSE ARTCENTER
Since 1964, the Lighthouse ArtCenter, a member-supported, nonprofit organization, has been providing visual and performing arts for the community through unique collections, engaging exhibitions and cultural programs, a dynamic School of Art and diverse outreach activities. The Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum is located at 373 Tequesta Drive and the School of Art is located at 395 Seabrook Road in Tequesta, Fla. For exhibition or Museum information, call (561) 746-3101 or visit www.LighthouseArts.org.
IF YOU GO:
Exhibition: Selections from The Manoogian Collection: Two Centuries of American Art: November 19, 2015 through March 5, 2016
Opening Reception: November 19, 2015
Location: Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum, Gallery Square North, 373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta
Museum Hours: Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cost to view exhibition: Members free; $10 nonmembers ages 13 and up; Saturday and Sunday admission is free.
Information: Call (561) 746-3101, or visit www.LighthouseArts.org