Bank of America Announces Exhibitions Program

Throughout 2010 and 2011, Bank of America will lend more than 20 full exhibitions to museums across the United States and abroad through its Art in our Communities program. The program was created in 2008 to use the Bank of America art collection to the benefit of the communities it serves.

This year and next, Art in our Communities will tour works from a wide range of artists to a variety of institutions. These include the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Newark Museum in New Jersey, the Tucson Museum of Art in Arizona, the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London, the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin and many others.

“Bank of America is committed to strengthening artistic institutions and the communities we serve around the world,” said Allen Blevins, Arts and Heritage Program director, Bank of America. “Investments in museums, like this one, drive greater cultural understanding and access, help local economies and enable the institution to reinvest funds in other important projects. This ripple effect is at the center of how Bank of America supports the arts and the broader communities it serves.”

Currently on display at the Tucson Museum of Art is Bank of America’s Andy Warhol Portfolios: Life and Legends, which features complete portfolios from a 40-year span of work in the art of photographic silk-screen printmaking.

“Bank of America has provided us with important artwork from one of the most famous and often misunderstood artists of the 20th century,” said Julie Sasse, chief curator of the Tucson Museum of Art. “Since the Warhol exhibition opened, attendance has been at an all-time high and has brought people into the museum who have never been here before. We are really pleased with our collaboration with Bank of America artistically and as a business partner.”

One of this year’s landmark exhibitions, Romancing the West: Alfred Jacob Miller in the Bank of America Collection, will make its public debut at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri in September, then tour to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2011. The exhibition will feature 30 treasured works from the artist dating back to 1837. These rare watercolors document the fur traders’ migration and scenes from Native American daily life, describing the frontier of an expanding young country through images. Margaret C. Conrads, the Samuel Sosland Senior Curator of American Art at the Nelson-Atkins, has curated the exhibition and written extensively on the work of Alfred J. Miller.

In October, Bank of America will provide one of two inaugural exhibitions at the new facilities of Charlotte’s Mint Museum, with New Visions: Contemporary Master Works from the Bank of America Collection, which will include over 60 paintings, works on paper and sculptures by artists including Milton Avery, Roger Brown, John Chamberlain, Sam Francis, Helen Frankenthaler, Sam Gilliam, Sylvia Mangold, John Marin, Elizabeth Murray, Louise Nevelson, Jules Olitski, Ed Ruscha and Frank Stella.

At the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London, The Wyeth Family: Three Generations will be on display beginning in June. The exhibition consists of more than 60 paintings and drawings by American illustrator N.C., (Newell Converse) Wyeth, his son Andrew Wyeth, and his grandson Jamie Wyeth. In addition, the art of Henriette Wyeth Hurd, N.C. Wyeth’s eldest daughter and her husband, Peter Hurd, who studied with N.C. are included. The N.C. Wyeth illustrations date back to the early 1900s and reveal the extent of the Wyeth family’s collective creativity while simultaneously highlighting their individual styles in the following generations.

In 2011, nearly 100 works from Bank of America’s photography collection will be on display at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. The exhibit, Conversations: Photography from the Bank of America Collection, will feature photography that spans the earliest development in the medium, dated 1851, to the present day with a collection of internationally renowned contemporary works. The exhibition will then travel to museums in Europe. Also next year, the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., will feature Women in Art, a collection of approximately 110 works by women photographers. Beginning with Julia Margaret Cameron’s work from 1865 and extending through a lineage of photographers that include Ilse Bing, Berenice Abbott, Carrie Mae Weems, Candida Hofer and Rineke Dijkstra, this exhibit features women photographers that have attained international status and celebrity for their work.

By the end of 2011, Bank of America will have loaned more than 40 exhibitions to museums worldwide.

A list of exhibitions appearing in 2010-2011 is included below.

In addition to its Art in our Communities program, Bank of America supports the arts in the United States and internationally through efforts including its Museums on Us(R) program, and sponsorships and grants that sustain arts institutions and nonprofits, enabling greater access to unique cultural experiences. Now in its 12th season, the Museums on Us program gives Bank of America cardholders free access to more than 120 of the nation’s finest cultural institutions during the first weekend of every month.

Bank of America is also sponsoring the exhibitions and programming of the High Museum of Art Atlanta’s “MoMA Series,” which includes the exhibition “Monet Water Lilies.” The High’s presentation of “Monet Water Lilies” launched a multi-year, multi-exhibition collaboration between the High and The Museum of Modern Art, New York, that will feature two major exhibitions and four focus exhibitions now through 2013.

In 2010, Bank of America is a presenting partner of two special exhibitions from the Musee d’Orsay in Paris, on view at the de Young museum in San Francisco. Additionally, Bank of America recently announced that it will become the Global Sponsor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in the historic 2010-2011 season, providing unprecedented support for the orchestra’s concerts and events at home and abroad.

Bank of America and the Arts

As one of the world’s largest financial institutions and a major supporter of arts and culture, Bank of America has a vested interest and plays a meaningful role in the international dialogue on cultural understanding. As a global company, Bank of America demonstrates its commitment to the arts by supporting such efforts as after-school arts programs, grants to help expand, programs to conserve artistic heritage as well as a campaign to encourage museum attendance. Bank of America’s unique program offers customers free access to more than 120 of the nation’s finest cultural institutions through its acclaimed Museums on Us(R) program, while Art in our Communities(R) shares exhibits from the company’s corporate collection with communities across the country through local museum partners. The Bank of America Charitable Foundation also provides philanthropic support to museums, theaters and other arts-related nonprofits to expand their services and offerings to schools and communities. Bank of America supports more than 6,000 arts institutions worldwide.

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