CHARLOTTE.-Deepening its commitment to the arts, Bank of America today officially launched its Art Exhibition Program, which will make turnkey and customized exhibitions from the Bank of America Collection, one of the largest and most important corporate art collections in the world, widely available to museums free of charge.
The Bank of America Art Exhibition Program offers museums the opportunity to mount shows curated from the company's extensive collection of paintings, prints, photographs, sculptures and art objects. Museums participating in the program in 2008 include the International Center of Photography (New York), the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (Philadelphia), the St. Louis Museum of Art, the Mint Museum of Art (Charlotte), the Boca Raton Museum of Art and a number of other institutions across the country (full schedule below). These exhibitions will allow audiences to experience extraordinary works of art from the Bank of America Collection, some of which have never been on public view.
"We are pleased to offer this unique program to museums and to share our collection with the widest possible audience," said Rena M. DeSisto, Arts & Culture Executive, Bank of America. "From our perspective, sharing these pieces of art with the public through our museum partners is the best possible use of the collection. Not only is there a cultural benefit, but we are bolstering institutions which serve as economic anchors for their respective communities."
The Bank of America Art Exhibition Program includes exhibitions fully curated from the Bank of America collection that will travel to museums around the country, and exhibitions created in collaboration with curators from major museums.
"The scale and scope of this program is unmatched in the art world," said Millicent Gaudieri, Executive Director, Association of Art Museum Directors. "Bank of America - which is renowned for having one of the most expansive art collections in the world - is addressing a real need among museums. Not only do these exhibits have extraordinary curatorial value, but they help museums by covering most of the major costs associated with the exhibit. This program will be very popular, both for the museums and their visitors."
The largest exhibition scheduled for this year, at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, is Reverberations: Modern and Contemporary Art from the Bank of America Collection, a unique collaborative exhibition of exceptional works from the 1920s through the present drawn from the Bank of America Collection. The show will feature approximately 80 paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints by prominent American artists including Milton Avery, Sam Francis, Helen Frankenthaler, Sam Gilliam, Ellsworth Kelly, John Marin, Elizabeth Murray, Ed Paschke, Faith Ringgold, Edward Ruscha and Frank Stella. Reverberations, curated by Robert Cozzolino, Curator of Modern Art at the Pennsylvania Academy (128 North Broad Street, Philadelphia), opens on June 28 and will continue through September 21.
Other exhibitions include The Art Books of Henri Matisse; American Impressionists; The Wyeth Family: Three Generations; Andy Warhol Portfolios; the Hewitt Collection of African-American Art; and Art of the West featuring works by Oscar Berninghaus, Alfred J. Miller, E. Irvin Couse, Frank Tenney Johnson and others.
Future exhibitions will include the work of major photographers, including Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Weston, Diane Arbus, Gordon Parks, Walker Evans, Cindy Sherman and Thomas Struth. Additional exhibitions are also being planned from Bank of America's contemporary art holdings, which include artists such as Jennifer Bartlett, Jasper Johns, Robert Raushenberg, Jonathan Borofsky, Ron Davis, David Hockney, Mark Tobey, Robert Mapplethorpe, Pat Steir, Robert Motherwell, Roy Lichtenstein, Julian Opie and Richard Misrach.
The Bank of America Collection is one of the oldest and largest corporate art collections in the world, reflecting the diversity of artistic expression in America and internationally. These works of art are displayed in museums and Bank of America's public galleries as well as in corporate offices. As the company has grown in recent decades, the size and scope of the Bank of America Collection has also grown. Today, the collection has been enriched with the art from more than three thousand legacy banks, each with a particular emphasis - regional, thematic, contemporary, or historical.