Creating a Collection: A Tour Through the Smith College Museum of Art

Donated by a patron

The SCMA--like all museums--don't have endless amounts of cash, so it relies on gifts to add things to its collection. Sometimes gifts come right from the artist, and sometimes they come from "patrons," people who like the museum and want to support its success. 

In the early 1900s, a man named Joseph Brummer donated art (specifically modern art) to the SCMA. This cutting-edge new work, seen in Juan Gris's Fruit Dish, Glass, and Newspaper (1916), helped the SCMA start to fill a gap and strengthen the collection. 

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