Our Treasures

Items in the Our Treasures Collection

Vase
Peter Voulkos created this asymmetrical structure by melding slab cutouts of wet stoneware onto a vertical vase made on a potter's wheel. He decorated the top and center blocks with abstract lines and geometric shapes.

Untitled (Abstraction)
This assemblage of found objects is one of Louise Nevelson's early painted wood sculptures. Composed of various geometrical forms, including curved, triangular, and rectangular shaped blocks of black painted wood, the work is highly abstract. Set…

Time and the Fates Sundial
This bronze sculpture is a study of the large public sundial Paul Manship created for the 1939-1940 New York World's Fair. The model depicts the three Fates of Classical Greek mythology standing beneath the central "Tree of Life." In the front a…

St. Paul Institute Medal
Paul Manship created this medallion for the St. Paul Institute of Art in 1916. On the front of the medal are the words "St. Paul Institute," and an image of a woman with a bare torso holding a harp in her left hand and a statue of a winged Victory in…

Soup Bowl
One of a series of six soup bowls in the M's collection, this ceramic object was produced through the collaborative efforts of Warren and Alix MacKenzie. The bowl's grayish-white color is the result of applying glaze to white slipped stoneware, while…

Vase
Created by Warren MacKenzie and his wife Alix, this stoneware vase has a thin base, rounding outwards to its widest at the center, and forming a lip at the top. The vase's bottom two-thirds is covered in a dark glaze which contrasts with the light…

Platter
Warren MacKenzie's platter is glazed with one of the artist's favorite Shino glazes. The plate has a white body and reddish-orange edges. Across the surface, MacKenzie applied strokes of black glaze, creating a staccato pattern.

Fluted Jar with Lid
This lidded jar by Warren MacKenzie has a surface covered with vertical fluted areas about one inch wide. Fired separately, the lid has the same fluted sides as the jar. It has a yellow hue, is scattered with brown spots, and has brown streaks…

Koi
This greatcoat made by Tim Harding is fashioned in the form of a traditional Japanese kimono. Through layers of quilted, slashed, and frayed Dupioni silk, the artist depicts a school of red and orange koi (Japanese ornamental carp) swimming beneath…

Iowa Landscape — "The Crik"
This rural landscape by Grant Wood is likely a depiction of Indian Creek in Iowa, a setting Wood illustrated several times in his career. In the foreground, surrounded by steeply cut banks, a shallow creek zigzags towards the center of the work while…