Bronx Museum Completes $1 Million Acquisitions Campaign in Celebration of 40th Anniversary

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$500,000 Grant from Ford Foundation Supports Addition of Major Works Vito Acconci, Elizabeth Catlett, Glenn Ligon, Raphael Montañez Ortiz, and Martin Wong Are Among Artists Represented in New Acquisitions

The Bronx Museum of the Arts has announced that it completed a $1 million acquisitions campaign in honor of its fortieth anniversary and has added more than 40 works to its collection. The newly acquired works reflect the Museum’s multifaceted goals for collection growth, which include: extending the narratives that shape the collection through the acquisition of works by artists of African American, Latin American, and Asian descent, and works that deal with urban themes; acquiring works that increase the presence in the collection of artists who have strong ties to the Museum’s history and to the Bronx; supporting artists who have played key roles in the Museum’s exhibition history; and adding works by Bronx-born or Bronx-based artists.

Photographs, paintings, and sculptures are among the acquired works, nearly all of which were created in the four decades since the Museum was founded. The acquisitions campaign was supported by a lead $500,000 grant from the Ford Foundation, which was matched by funding from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Trust and the Pinta Acquisitions Fund, as well as support from the Museum’s Acquisitions Committee, funds provided by the Estate of Enid McKenna Soifer, and donations from individuals.

“The Bronx Museum’s collection has always reflected the vibrant, diverse community around us,” said Holly Block, executive director of the Bronx Museum of the Arts. “These new acquisitions highlight the Bronx connections of many contemporary artists—illustrating how the borough has served as inspiration for a wide range of artists over the past 40 years—and showing how themes that are important in our community are being explored by artists around the world. We’re deeply grateful to the Ford Foundation for their lead grant and to the other donors who helped make these acquisitions possible. I also want to thank our acquisitions committee, under the leadership of Laura Blanco and Marilyn Green, for their incisive guidance in adding these works to our collection.”

“The collection of the Bronx Museum has served to bring to the attention of collectors and other museums the work of artists working at the vanguard of free expression,” said Luis Ubiñas, president of the Ford Foundation. “For 40 years the museum has introduced new talent, rediscovered past talent, and brought to the spotlight artists and works that others have sometimes overlooked. The newly acquired work continues this proud tradition and showcases the vibrancy and distinct styles emblematic of the Bronx borough.”