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Hillwood Art Museum Exhibit on William Randolph Hearst’s Non-Western Collection

Documentation from Hearst Archive at LIU Libraries, pieces from major museums show lesser-known side of Hearst’s famous collection


Morgan Lyle,Assistant Director of Public Relations & News Bureau Manager
LIU Post * LIU Brentwood * LIU Riverhead
Barbara Applegate, Director
Hillwood Art Museum
(516) 299-4073

William Randolph Hearst’s famous art collectionBrookville, N.Y. -- A new exhibit at Hillwood Art Museum at LIU Post pairs items from William Randolph Hearst’s famous art collection with documentation such as catalogs, sales records, transfer records and correspondence from Long Island University’s archive of the newspaper magnate’s personal files.

"Art Collecting on a Global Scale" combines non-western art works from Hearst’s collection, on loan from other museums, and pieces from Hillwood’s own permanent collection with documents from the 10,000-piece William Randolph Hearst Archive for a fascinating look at Hearst’s passion for art and its acquisition.

The exhibit tells the story of an insatiable art lover and displays some of the works that captured his imagination. A series of lectures is scheduled, including "The Inclusive Mr. Hearst" by Dr. Virginia Raguin of the College of the Holy Cross on Thursday, October 11, which describes Hearst’s role in the transformation of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in the 1940s.

The exhibit combines primary documentation from the Hearst Archive, a property of the LIU Libraries, with non-western art. Many objects in the exhibition are former Hearst holdings, which are now in museum collections, and others from Hillwood Art Museum illustrate types of objects he collected. The objects on view include Navajo blankets; pre-Columbian vessels, sculptures, and textiles; and Egyptian tomb objects.

"Art Collecting on a Global Scale" provides an occasion for students, scholars and members of the community to experience and explore a lesser known aspect of Hearst's art collecting. While it documents a considerable range of his non-western art objects, it also provides entry into this unchartered chapter of Hearst's unique approach to art collecting and the opportunity for additional scholarship.

For more information, contact Hillwood Art Museum at (516) 299-4073 or visit

Posted 10/01/2012

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