Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Studio Museum of Harlem:Unprecedented Bequest Marks the Largest Ever Gift of Contemporary Work by Artists of African Descent

MORE THAN 650 WORKS FROM THE COLLECTION OF LEGENDARY ARTS PATRON PEGGY COOPER CAFRITZ GIFTED TO THE STUDIO MUSEUM IN HARLEM AND THE DUKE ELLINGTON SCHOOL OF THE ARTS
Unprecedented Bequest Marks the Largest Ever Gift of Contemporary Work by Artists of African Descent 

Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem, and Tia Powell Harris, Chief Executive Officer of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C., have announced that the legendary arts patron, educator and civil rights activist Peggy Cooper Cafritz (1947–2018) bequeathed the majority of her unparalleled art collection to the two institutions. The bequest of more than 400 works to the Studio Museum and over 250 to the Duke Ellington School marks the largest gift ever made of contemporary art by artists of African descent.

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Nina Chanel Abney, Untitled, 2012. Acrylic on canvas, 48 x 36 in. Courtesy the artist and
Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, © Nina Chanel Abney


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