Rockford Art Museum unveils JPMorgan Chase exhibit

An Etruscan helmet from the 6th century B.C.E., a bronze work by 19th century French sculptor Auguste Rodin, and a 1975 photograph by Ansel Adams are all part of a new exhibit at Rockford Art Museum (RAM).

JPMorgan Chase, which merged with Bank One in July 2004, is sponsoring “In Good Company: Selections from the JPMorgan Chase Art Collection,” which showcases works from the company’s corporate art collection. The exhibition opened Aug. 12 and runs through Sunday, Oct. 16.

JPMorgan Chase’s art collection remains one of the world’s most respected corporate art collections. The 28,000 pieces of the collection hang in the offices of JPMorgan Chase’s 450 locations around the globe. In Good Company consists of 55 of those pieces.

The JPMorgan Chase Collection was initiated in 1959 by David Rockefeller, then president of the Chase Manhattan Bank, and includes paintings, sculptures, works on paper and video, and folk art and ethnographic artifacts. The collection now encompasses thousands of works from what had been the Bank One Corporate Collection.

The 55 pieces of In Good Company were acquired from around the world, and range from ancient to contemporary. Rockford is the fourth stop of five for the travelling exhibit, which has already been on display in Highland Park; Kalamazoo, Mich.; and Tequesta, Fla.

Highlights of the exhibit

The exhibit will be on display during regular museum hours (Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-5 p.m.). Highlights of the exhibit include the following:

An Etruscan helmet, one of the oldest objects in the collection, dating from the 6th century B.C.E.;

“Thangka of the Paradise of Padmassambhava,” an Eastern Tibet painting from the 17th century;

“Barn and Haystack Behind Rows of Willows,” a 1905 painting by Piet Mondrian, a pioneer in 20th century abstract art;

“The Mighty Hand” (1885), a bronze work by acclaimed French sculptor Auguste Rodin;

“Interior with Profiles” (1969), a large-scale collage by Romare Bearden;

“Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico” (c.1941/c.1971), a photograph by Ansel Adams; and

“114 Homes for Sale, Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex” (2001), by Chicago artist Jason Salavon.

Rockford Art Museum is in Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main St., Rockford. Museum admission is $3, free for children and students. Free on Thursdays. For more information, call 815-968-2787 or visit

From the August 17-23, 2005, issue

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