WAM@20: PAPER is the second gallery exhibition of the year-long WAM@20 program celebrating the twentieth birthday of our iconic building. The overall program features a suite of gallery exhibitions, including this one, and on-line projects that use twenty separate selection techniques to highlight twenty years of the collection. For each individual project, a single selection criteria is used to select one work from each year since the opening of the WAM building in 1993. This installment of WAM@20, mounted in the Edith Carlson Gallery, features forty works selected by two distinct criteria: random generation of museum accession, or unique ID numbers, and curator’s choice.
Almost two-thirds of WAM’s collection is comprised of works on paper. Those works include prints, drawings, photographs, and other works consisting of paper as material or support. The Edith Carlson Gallery, a part of the 2011 Gehry-designed addition, is primarily devoted to displaying works on paper.