All About Color and Geometry: Selections from the Diana and Peter Jannetta Gift of Art


This exhibition is housed in the new permanent collection gallery in the east wing, offering an overview of the collection that will come to The Westmoreland over the next decade.

In 2010, western Pennsylvania residents Diana and Peter Jannetta promised The Westmoreland a transformational gift—their collection of more than 100 objects of modern and contemporary American art. With this gift, the Jannetta’s have broadened The Westmoreland’s collecting scope for the first time in our 56-year history, enabling the Museum to complete the story of American art through the 20th and into the 21st century, and prompting the creation of a new permanent collection gallery that will be dedicated to post-1950s American art.

The Jannetta’s gift was initiated with a fractional interest in Donald Judd’s Untitled, 1987 which, as of December 2013, became a full gift. Highlights of their collection include Kenneth Noland’s tranquil shaped canvas entitled Blue Wind, of 1977. A luminous painting by Richard Anuszkiewicz, a major force in the op art movement of the 1960s. Sol LeWitt’s exquisitely pure white geometric form, Pyramid #6, of 1986. And, a commanding blown-glass Chandelier, of 1995 by Dale Chihuly, a 2014 gift that will hang prominently at the Museum’s north entrance.

Comprised of paintings, drawings, sculpture, prints, glass, ceramics and photographs, the Jannetta’s promised gift includes works by other such noted American artists as James Turrell, Barry LeVa, Dorothea Rockburne, Mel Bochner, Pat Steir, Ellsworth Kelly, John McCracken; glass artists Dante Marioni, Stephen Powell, Thurman Statom. As well as ceramicists Warren MacKenzie, Ed Eberle. Works by great photographic masters like Mathew Brady, Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen and Paul Strand, among others, will substantially grow the Museum’s photography collection.