LACMA’s annual Collectors Committee Gala took place over the weekend, and the museum is seven artworks stronger for it. Members of the Collectors Committee create a pool for acquisitions funds, and are presented with a handful of objects by LACMA curators earlier in the day. At Saturday night’s gala, they then vote on which objects to acquire. All told, this weekend’s gala raised $2.8 million and resulted in the following objects joining the collection:
- Shirin Neshat’s Speechless (1996), from the photography series Women of Allah, is a black-and-white photograph capturing the intense gaze of an Iranian woman whose face is covered with an inscription from a Persian poem.
- Robert Rauschenberg’s Currents (1970), a dense collage of newspaper clippings strewn across a sixty-foot expanse.
- An Elevator Surround from the Chicago Stock Exchange Building designed by renowned architect Louis Sullivan; the richly detailed iron frame demonstrates Sullivan’s creative adaption of natural materials.
- Bruce Conner’s Three Screen Ray (1961/2006), a three-channel video based on the artist’s second film, Cosmic Ray of 1961, including fast-paced montages of the artist’s original footage juxtaposed with hundreds of images.
- Fudō Myōō: The Indomitable Foe of Evil, a rare twelfth-century Buddhist sculpture carved from one solid block of Zelkova wood.
- German Renaissance artist Albrecht Dϋrer’s Saint Jerome in His Study (1514), a meticulous engraving depicting the scholarly and spiritual reflections of Saint Jerome.
- Two oil-on-copper paintings by distinguished eighteenth-century New Spanish (Mexican) painter Nicolás Enríquez— The Marriage of the Virgin (1749) and The Adoration of the Kings with Donor (1741), each depicting scenes from the life of the Virgin.
Keep your eyes on Unframed for the rest of the week for blog posts from our curators on each of these incredible objects.