Collection

Art and Social Issues

In May 2005 the Columbus Museum of Art acquired the Philip J. and Suzanne Schiller Collection of American Social Commentary Art, 1930-1970.

When added to the Museum’s already outstanding body of 20th century American art that includes the New York Photo League Collection, it creates one of the most important compilations of art concerned with social commentary in our country.

These visual images provide a vivid, authentic picture of American history and culture. They also serve as a springboard for confronting issues that continue to face America today, especially as they relate to Economics, War and Race & Ethnicity.

We created a special Art and Social Issues Web site intended to provide opportunities and resources for visitors to explore these critical issues through works of art from the collections of the Columbus Museum of Art.