Jane Haskell (1923–2013) was an influential presence in Pittsburgh for more than 40 years. Her own artwork, as well as the objects she collected and commissioned for her home, reveal her particular take on Modernism and abiding interest in experimentation with color, line, light, and form. As a board member and donor, Haskell helped Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) collect more than 50 works that reflect crucial international developments in abstract art over the course of the 20th century, including pieces by Kazimir Malevich, Vassily Kandinsky, Carlo Carrà, El Lissitzky, Pablo Picasso, Frank Stella, Eva Hesse, Richard Long, and Dan Flavin. Jane Haskell’s Modernism presents these important works, as well as drawings of and objects from Haskell’s residence, which was designed by Pittsburgh-based architect Herbert Seigle. Framing Haskell’s own art practice and collection with the works of artists she admired, the exhibition highlights her impact at CMOA and illuminates her legacy in Pittsburgh’s art community.
Jane Haskell’s Modernism is organized by Katie Clausen, curatorial assistant, and Costas Karakatsanis, provenance researcher.
Jane Haskell’s Modernism is presented as a complement to Jane Haskell: Drawing in Light, an exhibition of her artwork at the American Jewish Museum at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh, on view from October 20, 2015, to February 19, 2016.