My Presidents and Other Recent Acquisitions


Barack Obama digital image with zodiac

Ben Patterson,
My Thirteen Presidents
2009, seven digital prints. 
Museum Purchase



In My Presidents and Other Recent Acquisitions, Museum curators have chosen works by seven artists to highlight the latest additions to the collection.  These works of art take a look at diverse themes -- from Ben Patterson’s astrological analysis of thirteen Presidents of the United States to Jeanne Silverthorne’s very lyrical sculpted fire extinguishers that include a passage from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in braille.

“The Museum collection has evolved over the last seventy years.  We have a bold initiative to acquire works by women and artists of color, so you will find on view in our galleries important work by Charles McGill, Arlene Shechet, Takuro Kuwata, Kiki Smith, Phyllis Galembo, King Houndepinkou, and Gustavo Pérez to name only a few of the over eighty works added to the collection over the last two years.  With these you are invited to explore the people and objects that inspire and challenge us to see the world anew. - Irvin Lippman, Executive Director

two fire extinguishers with a frame above them

Jeanne Silverthorne
Shelley Braille and Fire Extinguishers
2018, Mixed media.
Gift of Robert Emmet Hernan

Installation Images

painting of a ship, two black-and-white photographs, silicon fire extinguisher sculpture
portfolio of prints, hallway leading to the north, paintings and photographs on the right wall
Two abstract canvases, ship painting, two black-and-white photographs, fire extinguisher sculpture with quote from Frankenstein above it
seven framed prints of thirteen presidents as Chinese astrological signs

Recent News

Oct 01, 2020 - In the News
It was among the first museums to reopen after lockdown. And now the Boca Raton Museum of Art…
Sep 23, 2020 - Press Release
“My Thirteen Presidents” highlights three new exhibitions opening October 7, “Glasstress 2021”…