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The Baker Museum
Former name Naples Museum of Art
Established 2000 (2000)
Location 5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard
Naples, Florida
Type Art museum

The Baker Museum (formerly the Naples Museum of Art) is part of Artis—Naples, a multidisciplinary organization that also is the home of the Naples Philharmonic, located at 5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard, Naples, Florida. The museum, opened in 2000, houses a diverse collection of art in a three-story, 30,000-square-foot (2,800 m2) facility. The permanent collection includes works of American modernism, 20th-century Mexican art, sculpture and 3-dimensional art. In addition to the permanent collection, the museum hosts traveling exhibits throughout the year. The Baker Museum also houses the Sisters Reading Room, which contains the Saldukas Family Foundation library collection.

Collection

The museum's permanent collection is made up of over 3,500 objects of 20th- and 21st-century art, particularly American and Mexican modern art. The collection continues to grow through donations and museum purchases.

Ahmet Ertegun Collection

The museum acquired the Ahmet Ertegun collection in 1999, which contains about 300 works of Modernist art from the 1910s through the 1960s. The collection has works by artists A. E. Gallatin, Morgan Russell, Marsden Hartley, Stanton Macdonald-Wright, Thomas Hart Benton, Helen Torr, and Stuart Davis.

Harry Pollak Collection

The museum acquired the Harry Pollack collection in 2002, which contains works of modern Mexican art dated from 1900 to 1980. Artists include Leonora Carrington, Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, Rufino Tamayo, and David Alfaro Siqueiros.

Bryna Prensky Collection

The museum was gifted the Bryna Prensky collection in 2007, which contains Mexican art from artists like Mario Rangel and Felipe Saúl Peña.

Olga Hirshhorn Collection

The Olga Hirshhorn collection was acquired in 2013 and 2016, and contains a diverse collection of modern and contemporary art by artists such as Josef Albers, Alexander Calder, Georgia O'Keeffe, Man Ray, Willem de Kooning, Pablo Picasso, and Ed Ruscha.

Paul and Charlotte Corddry Collection

The Paul and Charlotte Corddry collection was donated to the museum in 2016, and contains modern and contemporary art from American artists, including Robert Motherwell, Roy Lichtenstein, Marilyn Minter, Larry Rivers, Ed Moses, Viola Frey, James Rosenquist, Pat Steir, Frank Stella, John Wesley, Ellsworth Kelly, and Robert Rauschenberg.

Programming

The Baker Museum hosts events including exhibition lectures, workshops, Art After Hours, and Artists' Studio Tour to celebrate the visual arts and lifelong learning. Every last Wednesday of the month from 6 pm to 9 pm, visitors to the museum for Art After Hours get free admission.[1]

Building

The Baker Museum closed for repairs in September 2017 due to water damage caused by Hurricane Irma. The museum reopened in December 2019 after two years of building repairs. The museum is undergoing an expansion project set to be complete in Summer 2020 to add an additional 18,000 square feet, which will house objects from its collection, host events, and create social gathering spaces.

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