Visit The Norton Museum Of Art With A Body Of Works Of Over 8,200 Items! See A Pollock, Monet, And Even Stuart Davis

West Palm Beach has a world class art museum The Norton Museum of Art was founded in 1941 by Ralph Hubbard Norton 1875-1953 and his wife Elizabeth Calhoun Norton 1881-1947 Norton was an industrialist who headed the Acme Steel Company in Chicago He and his wife began collecting to decorate their home but then he became interested in art for its own sake and formed a sizable collection of paintings and sculpture In 1935 Mr Norton semi-retired and the couple began to spend more time in the Palm Beaches They contemplated what to do with their art collection and eventually decided to found their own museum in West Palm Beach to give South Florida its first such institution In 1940 construction began on the Norton Gallery and School of Art located between South Olive Avenue and South Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach Mr Norton commissioned Marion Sims Wyeth of the distinguished firm of Wyeth King amp Johnson to design the Museum The Art Deco building opened to the public on February 8 1941 Norton continued to add to his collection until his death in 1953 and the works that he and his wife gave the Museum form the core of the institution s collection today The Museum s permanent collection now consists of more than 8 200 works in five curatorial departments European American Chinese Contemporary and Photography Since 1954 many distinguished additions have been made thanks to the endowment Mr Norton created for the purchase of works of art They include masterpieces such as Stuart Davis s New York Mural acquired in 1964 and Jackson Pollock s Night Mist acquired in 1971 To visit the museum now open Friday Saturday and Sunday go to www norton orgSupport the show https www patreon com bePatron u 33101553 data-patreon-widget-type become-patron-button Become a Patron Click here to visit this podcast episode