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Bank of America is a Founding Member of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Maestro Residency Presenter and serves as the main sponsor of approximately ten museum exhibitions a year.
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David Driskell: Icons of Nature and HistoryNational Tour Sponsor
Bank of America is proud to be the National Tour Sponsor of David Driskell: Icons of Nature and History, a landmark exhibition on David Driskell’s groundbreaking career as an artist, art historian, curator and scholar. This major retrospective brings together fifty works from public and private collections, including paintings and works on paper created over seven decades.
The exhibition explores the evolution of Driskell’s vibrant and versatile painting and printmaking practice, highlighting his use of collage as a painterly medium and his signature incorporation of African forms. Featured recurring subjects include American landscapes and reflections on the Southern Black experience and the Black Christian Church.
Organized by the Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine, and the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, with support from The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., this traveling exhibition will be on view at the High Museum of Art from February 6 to May 9, 2021; the Portland Museum of Art from June 19 to September 12, 2021; and The Phillips Collection from October 16, 2021, to January 9, 2022.
Bank of America is also pleased to sponsor the High Museum of Art’s David C. Driskell Prize Dinner which recognizes a U.S.-based scholar or artist whose work or practice makes an original and important contribution to the study of the African Diaspora.
The Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine, and the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, are partners in Bank of America’s Museums on Us® program, which provides our cardholders with one free general admission on the first full weekend of every month. For more information about the program, including our roster of more than 225 cultural partners across the U.S., please visit Museums on Us®.
David C. Driskell
By The Washington Post
The Medici: Portraits and Politics, 1512–1570
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Bank of America is proud to sponsor The Medici: Portraits and Politics, 1512–1570, on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, from June 26 to October 11, 2021.
This major exhibition reveals how, under the rule of Cosimo I de’ Medici, Florence’s reputation as the cradle of the Renaissance was burnished and leading intellectuals and artists were engaged to undertake ambitious architectural and artistic projects that transformed the city and conferred on it the appearance we know today.
On view are more than ninety works by some of the period’s most celebrated artists, including paintings by Jacopo Pontormo, Agnolo Bronzino, and Francesco Salviati as well as exceptional sculptures by Benvenuto Cellini, Baccio Bandinelli, and Pierino da Vinci. Also included are books and manuscripts, including those by the renowned biographer of artists, Giorgio Vasari.
The Medici: Portraits and Politics, 1512–1570 explores how these and other artists, working in the intellectual environment of Cosimo’s court, created a compellingly complex and highly sophisticated approach to portraiture that brilliantly conveys the social status, cultural ambitions, and power of the city’s elites, resulting in some of the most memorable images of the entire Renaissance.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is a partner in Bank of America’s Museums on Us® program, which provides our cardholders with one free general admission on the first full weekend of every month. For more information about the program, including our roster of more than 225 cultural partners across the U.S., please visit Museums on Us®.
Bronzino (Agnolo di Cosimo di Mariano) (Italian, 1503–1572) and workshop
Eleonora di Toledo and Francesco de’ Medici, c. 1550
Oil on panel
45 3/4” × 37 3/8” (116 × 95 cm)
Museo Nazionale di Palazzo Reale, Pisa
Image © Haltadefinizione® Image Bank by permission of the Ministry of Cultural Activities and Heritage—Polo Museale della Toscana
The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Bank of America is proud to sponsor The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse, on view at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond from May 22 to September 6, 2021. Bringing together visual arts, music and material culture, this groundbreaking exhibition offers a meta-perspective on more than a century of African American visual and sonic expression throughout the southern United States.
The intertwining aesthetic legacies and traditions of Black culture are reflected in works presented by an intergenerational group of formally trained and self-taught African American artists. Genres on view include sculpture, painting, drawing, photography, film, body art, fully customized automobiles and music ranging from 1920s southern jazz and blues to contemporary southern hip-hop.
Among those featured in The Dirty South are Thornton Dial, William Edmondson, Allison Janae Hamilton, Arthur Jafa, Richard “Fiend” Jones, Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky, aka That Subliminal Kid), Jason Moran, Sister Gertrude Morgan, Kara Walker, and many others. Also on view are personal effects from iconic artists, from Lightnin’ Hopkins and Robert Johnson to Cee Lo Green.
John Biggers (American, 1924–2001)
Four Seasons, 1990
Colored lithograph on paper
Gibbes Museum of Art, Museum Purchase, 1994.017
34 1/2” x 24 7/8” (87.6 x 63.1 cm)
© 2021 John T. Biggers Estate/Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY, Estate Represented by Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, Courtesy of Gibbes Museum of Art
Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirror RoomsTate Modern, London
Bank of America is proud to sponsor Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirror Rooms, on view at Tate Modern through June 12, 2022. The exhibition features two immersive installations. Infinity Mirrored Room – Filled with the Brilliance of Life is one of Kusama’s largest works, originally created for her 2012 retrospective. Visitors enter a mirrored environment surrounded by pools of water and a constellation of pulsating lights to experience the feeling of endless space. Chandelier of Grief, 2016/2018, is a room that creates the illusion of a boundless universe of rotating crystal chandeliers. Taken together, these works highlight Kusama’s lifelong experimentation with repetition, perspective and space, along with the shifting role of the viewer. An accompanying presentation of photographs and moving-image works—some on display for the first time—provides historical context for Kusama’s now internationally acclaimed artistic output and global influence.
Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, b. 1929)
Chandelier of Grief, 2016/2018
Chandelier, steel, aluminum, mirrored glass, acrylic, motor, plastic and LEDs
12’ 7” x 18’ 3” x 15’ 10” (3835 × 5574 × 4828 mm)
Tate Presented by a private collector, New York 2019.
Courtesy the artist, Ota Fine Arts and Victoria Miro. © 2021 YAYOI KUSAMA
Limitless! Five Women Reshape Contemporary ArtMcNay Art Museum, San Antonio
Bank of America is proud to sponsor Limitless! Five Women Reshape Contemporary Art, on view at the McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, from March 4 to September 19, 2021. Celebrating the pioneering and diverse work of a multigenerational and multicultural group of women, the exhibition features trailblazing installations by Martine Gutierrez, Letitia Huckaby, Yayoi Kusama, Sandy Skoglund and Jennifer Steinkamp.
The exhibition opens with a multimedia wall installation, Koinonia, by Texas-based artist Letitia Huckaby. Martine Gutierrez’s work, presented in a stylish, nightclub setting, includes four high-definition videos that explore the intersections of film, fashion and music. Yayoi Kusama’s All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins is the first Infinity Mirror Room featuring pumpkins created by Kusama since 1991 and the only one of its kind in a North American collection.
Sandy Skoglund’s vibrant installation, The Cocktail Party, features a social gathering in which human figures, clothing, walls, floor, furniture and glasses are all covered in cheese puffs. The Cocktail Party is paired with her newest immersive tableau, Winter, which combines painted foil floor and wall coverings, snowflakes and sculptures. Jennifer Steinkamp’s installation includes two video animations, Botanic 3 and X-RAY Eyes, featuring abstract visual phenomena.
The McNay Art Museum is a partner in Bank of America’s Museums on Us® program, which provides our cardholders with one free general admission on the first full weekend of every month. For more information about the program, including our roster of more than 225 cultural partners across the U.S., please visit Museums on Us®.
Martine Gutierrez (American, b. 1989)
Still from Clubbing, 2012
Collection of the McNay Art Museum, Museum purchase with funds from the McNay Contemporary Collectors Forum.
© 2021 Martine Gutierrez
Courtesy of the artist and Ryan Lee Gallery, New York
In the Presence of Our Ancestors: Southern Perspectives in African American ArtMinneapolis Institute of Art
Bank of America is proud to sponsor In the Presence of Our Ancestors: Southern Perspectives in African American Art, on view at the Minneapolis Institute of Art through December 5, 2021.
Collected works featured in the exhibition were acquired from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation. Established in 2010 by the late William Arnett, an Atlanta-based writer, editor, curator and art collector, the foundation is dedicated to the documentation, preservation and promotion of African American artists of the American South and the cultural traditions in which they are rooted.
The collection, which comprises twenty-two works from the mid-twentieth century to the present day, reveals an evolution of regional artistic practice using raw materials and found objects related to time, place and circumstance.
Created by artists hailing from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and the Mississippi Delta are metalworks, quilts, sculptures, works on paper and paintings. In the Presence of Our Ancestors documents the continuity of agrarian life and culture among African Americans born and raised in the South and the unique perspectives of the artists: Jesse Aaron; Archie Byron; Leeroy Almon; Eldren M. Bailey; Thornton Dial; Theodore Hill; Lottie Mooney; John B. Murray; Ronald Lockett; Lola Pettway; Prophet Royal Robinson; Herbert Singleton; Henry Speller; Nellie Mae Rowe; and Georgia Speller.
Thornton Dial (American, 1928–2016)
Royal Flag, 1997–1998
American flag, toy doll, toy bull, string, fabric, industrial sealing compound, oil, enamel and spray paint on canvas mounted on wood
78” × 80” × 7” (198.1 × 203.2 × 17.7 cm)
The Ethel Morrison Van Derlip Fund and gift of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation from the William S. Arnett Collection
© 2021 Estate of Thornton Dial / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
John Leslie Breck: American ImpressionistMint Museum Uptown, Charlotte
Bank of America is proud to sponsor John Leslie Breck: American Impressionist, the first major retrospective of the artist’s work, on view September 18, 2021, through January 2, 2022, at Mint Museum Uptown, Charlotte.
One of the founders of the American artists’ colony in the rural village of Giverny, in Normandy, France, John Leslie Breck (1860–1899) was among the earliest American artists to experiment with and embrace the impressionist style in his paintings. Inspired by Giverny resident and mentor Claude Monet, Breck produced paintings that feature the subject matter, informal compositions, loose brushstrokes and bright colors associated with the movement.
The exhibition will feature approximately eighty works by Breck, drawn from public and private collections, including the Terra Foundation’s collection of American art. Related paintings by a group of French and American Impressionist colleagues, including Theodore Robinson, Willard Metcalf, Lila Cabot Perry and Dennis Miller Bunker, will also be on view. Numerous works have not been displayed publicly in more than a century, if ever.
Mint Museum Uptown is a partner in Bank of America’s Museums on Us® program, which provides our cardholders with one free general admission on the first full weekend of every month. For more information about the program, including our roster of more than 225 cultural partners across the U.S., please visit Museums on Us®.
John Leslie Breck (American, 1860–1899)
Suzanne Hoschedé-Monet Sewing, 1888
Oil on canvas
Unframed: 18 1/8” x 21 7/8” (46 x 55.6 cm)
Framed: 28 1/2” x 31 1/4” x 3 5/8” (72.4 x 79.4 x 9.2 cm)
Gift of the Mint Museum Auxiliary and courtesy Heather James Fine Art. 2016.25
Buddha and Shiva, Lotus and Dragon: Masterworks from the Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection at Asia SocietyAckland Art Museum, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Bank of America is proud to sponsor Buddha and Shiva, Lotus and Dragon: Masterworks from the Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection at Asia Society, which will be on view at the Ackland Art Museum, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, October 17, 2021 through January 16, 2022.
Presenting nearly seventy of the finest examples of Asian art in the United States, Buddha and Shiva, Lotus and Dragon showcases the wide-ranging influence of Buddhism and Hinduism through classical masterpieces that reflect tremendous technical skill and creative breadth. Among the collection of bronzes, ceramics and metalwork spanning two thousand years are objects representing various cultural contexts, from everyday food wares, Imperial dining vessels and ceremonial Bodhisattvas to private devotional Hindu sculptures.
Works from Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tibet and Vietnam illuminate the diversity of social and artistic histories as well as the means of cross-cultural exchange via trade, missionary activity, and social and political engagement.
The exhibition also examines the connoisseurship of John D. Rockefeller 3rd (1906–1978) and his wife Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller (1909–1992) over thirty years of collecting. It also highlights their belief in the capacity of art to facilitate cross-cultural dialogue and improve understanding between citizens of the United States and Asia.
Unidentified artist, India, Tamil Nadu
Shiva as Lord of the Dance (Shiva Nataraja)
Chola period, c. 970 C.E.
26 3/4” x 21 1/2” x 10” (67.9 x 54.6 x 25.4 cm)
Asia Society, New York: Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection, 1979.20
Sam Francis and Japan: Emptiness OverflowingLACMA
Bank of America is proud to be the presenting sponsor of Sam Francis and Japan: Emptiness Overflowing, which will be on view at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in 2023.
Sam Francis and Japan: Emptiness Overflowing presents works by American artist Sam Francis (1923–1994) alongside those of Japanese artists from the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Regarded as one of the leading interpreters of color and light, Francis produced paintings and lithographs that reveal a dialogue in aesthetics between Western and Eastern art.
Influences from the West include references to New York abstract expressionism, color field painting and French Impressionism. Influences from the East are reflected in the Japanese concept of “ma,” the intentional interpretation of the role of negative space in an artwork. The exhibition brings together more than sixty works from LACMA’s collection and other key lenders.
Also on display are works by contemporary Japanese artists, many associated with Gutai, a radical, Japanese post-war artistic group founded in 1954 by the Osaka-based painter Jiro Yoshihara. Other works represent Mono-Ha, a pioneering art movement that emerged in Tokyo in the mid-1960s, whose artists explored materials and their properties in reaction to rapid industrialization.
Featured Japanese artists include Yamamoto Baiitsu, Kasumi Bunshō, Dōmoto Inshō, Yoshihara Jirō, Gōchō Kankai, Kasumi Setsuo, Yamaguchi Soken and Atsuko Tanaka.
LACMA is a partner in Bank of America’s Museums on Us® program, which provides our cardholders with one free general admission on the first full weekend of every month. For more information about the program, including our roster of more than 225 cultural partners across the U.S., please visit Museums on Us®.
Sam Francis (American, 1923–1994)
Towards Disappearance, undated c. 1957 – 58
Oil on canvas
114” × 169¼” (289.6 x 429.9 cm)
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Modern and Contemporary Art Council Fund
© 2021 Sam Francis Foundation, California/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Photo © Museum Associates/LACMA
Gōchō Kankai (Japanese, 1749–1835)
One Silence Like a Clap of Thunder, late-eighteenth – early-nineteenth century
Hanging scroll; ink on paper
80” x 12½” (203.2 x 31.8 cm)
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Gift of the 1988 Collectors Committee
Photo © Museum Associates/LACMA
Connecting Currents: Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Bank of America is pleased to sponsor the exhibition Connecting Currents: Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston which celebrates the opening of the new Nancy and Rich Kinder Building at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Dedicated to the Museum’s significant collection of modern and contemporary art, this transnational, interdisciplinary display highlights formal and technical innovations in art since World War II. This first comprehensive installation draws from the Museum’s distinguished collections of Latin American and Latino art; prints and drawings; photography; decorative arts, craft, and design; and modern and contemporary art.
Spanning 32,000 square feet of gallery space, the third floor presents five thematic exhibitions that address themes in contemporary art since the 1960s. These cross-departmental galleries present works across chronologies, national borders and artistic media that reflect topics ranging from perspectives on the essential qualities and use of color and light to the influence of collectivity in art. The works facilitate thoughtful and provocative dialogues with one another, and they explore how artists have addressed important social, historical and cultural issues.
The MFA, Houston, is a partner in Bank of America’s Museums on Us® program, which provides our cardholders with one free general admission on the first full weekend of every month. For more information about the program, including our roster of more than 225 cultural partners across the U.S., please visit Museums on Us®.
Carlos Cruz-Diez (Venezuelan, 1923–2019)
Physichromie 684, 1973
Extruded PVC, casein (Plaka), fumed transparent PVC inserts, mounted on wood and aluminum strip frame
27 7/8” × 56 7/8” × 2” (70.8 × 144.5 × 5.1 cm)
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, gift of the Cruz-Diez Foundation at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
© 2021 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Through Vincent’s Eyes: Van Gogh and His Sources
Bank of America is pleased to be the National Sponsor of Through Vincent’s Eyes: Van Gogh and His Sources. The exhibition convenes more than fifteen paintings, drawings and prints by Vincent van Gogh, 100 works from 69 artists and nearly 24 first-edition novels by authors admired by Van Gogh.
Prominent and lesser-known artists include Jules Bastien-Lepage, Jean Béraud, François Bonvin, Jules Breton, Pascal Dagnan-Bouveret, Honoré Daumier, Jules Dupré, Franz Eybl, Paul Gauguin, Jozef Israëls, Léon-Augustin Lhermitte, Matthias Maris, Georges Michel, Jean-François Millet, Claude Monet, Adolphe Monticelli, Camille Pissarro, Jean-François Raffaёlli, Anthon van Rappard, Théodule Ribot, Paul Signac, Alfred Sisley and Ary Scheffer.
Together with works of literature by Charles Dickens, Honoré de Balzac, Gustave Flaubert, Émile Zola and Leo Tolstoy, the exhibition sheds light on the artistic and cultural influences contributing to Van Gogh’s aesthetic and world view.
Curated by Guest Curator Steven Naifeh, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Van Gogh specialist, and Deputy Director and Chief Curator Eik Kahng, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the exhibition is scheduled at the Columbus Museum of Art from November 12, 2021, to February 6, 2022, and at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art from February 27 to May 22, 2022.
The Santa Barbara Museum of Art is a partner in Bank of America’s Museums on Us® program, which provides our cardholders with one free general admission on the first full weekend of every month. For more information about the program, including our roster of more than 225 cultural partners across the U.S., please visit Museums on Us.
Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853–1890)
Self-Portrait with Pipe, 1886
Oil on canvas
18” x 15” (46 x 38 cm)
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
Image: The Archives / Alamy Stock Photo
Les Vessenots in Auvers, 1890
Oil on canvas
21½” x 25½” (55 x 65 cm)
Whitney Museum of American Art
Bank of America is pleased to sponsor several exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York: Working Together: The Photographers of the Kamoinge Workshop; Julie Mehretu; and Dawoud Bey: An American Project.
Working Together, November 20, 2020–March 28, 2021, is an unprecedented exhibition that chronicles the formative years of the Kamoinge Workshop, a collective of bold and innovative Black photographers established in New York in 1963. At a time when depictions of African American communities by the media focused on amplifying negative stories, the collective committed itself to portraying African American life in a positive light.
Among the group’s mentors were photographer Roy DeCarava, along with poet, novelist, playwright and social activist Langston Hughes. Through 140 photographs taken by fifteen members of the collective over the course of two decades, Working Together offers a broad, diverse and powerful perspective of the 1960s and 1970s during the height of the Black Arts Movement.
Among the photographs on display are works by Anthony Barboza, Adger Cowans, C. Daniel Dawson, Roy DeCarava, Louis Draper, Al Fennar, Ray Francis, Herman Howard, Jimmie Mannas, Herb Randall, Herb Robinson, Beuford Smith, Ming Smith, Shawn Walker and Calvin Wilson.
Julie Mehretu, March 19–August 8, 2021, co-organized by the Whitney with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), highlights the process of the Ethiopian-American artist in mid-career, featuring nearly forty works on paper and more than thirty paintings from 1996 to the present. Her large-scale, gestural acrylic paintings—frequently overlaid with pencil, pen, ink and heavy streams of paint—are abstract depictions of cities, histories, wars and geographies. They reveal the growing effects of urban social and political change through architecture, topography and iconography.
Dawoud Bey: An American Project, opening April 16, 2021, co-organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), features the work of one of the most influential photographers of his generation, committed to capturing the lives and histories of underrepresented, and often unseen, communities.
The exhibition begins with Bey’s earliest work, Harlem, USA, 1975–79, featuring life-affirming portraits of ordinary Black people. The exhibition includes early portraits, large-scale color Polaroids and a series of collaborative portraits of high school students. Also included are two recent bodies of work. The Birmingham Project, 2012, is inspired by the 50th anniversary of the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church. It explores the collective history and memory of the era through photographs of children the same age as those killed in 1963, alongside images from 2013 of adults who were the same age that the children would have been had they not perished. Night Coming Tenderly, Black, 2017, offers a moving visual reimagining of the movement of fugitive slaves along the Underground Railroad.
Bank of America will also sponsor the Whitney Museum of American Art’s upcoming Jasper Johns retrospective, scheduled to open in fall 2021.
Anthony Barboza (American, b. 1944)
Kamoinge Portrait, 1973
Sheet: 20 1/16” × 24” (50.96 × 60.96 cm); Image: 18” × 20” (45.72 × 50.8 cm)
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Eric and Jeanette Lipman Fund
© 2020 Anthony Barboza
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
National Tour Sponsor and Ailey All Access Partner
Bank of America is proud to sponsor Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s National Tour and Ailey All Access digital initiative.
Ailey All Access features full-length performances, Ailey® Extension classes and a variety of Ailey dancers videos, including their #TheShowMustGoOn and “Dancer Diaries” series—all available for free on Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s website. Previous Ailey All Access content can also be found on their YouTube channel.
Our support of this major American performing arts organization to tour nationally and help deliver their programs virtually is part of Bank of America’s efforts to increase cultural understanding and open opportunities for dialogue through the arts.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater was founded in 1958 by dancer/choreographer Alvin Ailey to share the richness of the African American cultural experience and the American modern dance tradition with the world. At each destination, thousands of people enjoy masterful performances and share cultural experiences with fellow audiences across the globe. Recognized by the U.S. Congress as a vital “Cultural Ambassador to the World,” the company has performed for more than 23 million people in 48 states and 71 countries on six continents.
Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI)
Bank of America is a partner of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) and the sponsor of their Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations exhibition.
Treaties lie at the heart of the relationship between Indian Nations and the United States, and Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations is the story of that relationship, including the history and legacy of U.S.–American Indian diplomacy from the colonial period through the present. The exhibition opened in September 2014 and is now scheduled to close in 2022, after being extended several times. The NMAI website offers a look at the treaties featured in the exhibition, including transcripts.
Bank of America is proud to support the National Native American Veterans Memorial on the National Mall, which will honor the military service of Native Americans. Upon the memorial’s completion, the NMAI will host a series of virtual celebrations and programs.
Our support also extends to the NMAI’s Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress—a program to collect, preserve and make accessible to researchers and the public the oral histories of Native American veterans.
National Native American Veterans Memorial
Photo by Alan Karchmer for NMAI
Diego Rivera’s America and Pan American Unity
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Bank of America is pleased to sponsor the exhibition Diego Rivera’s America and the display of Rivera’s mural Pan American Unity. The monumental fresco is currently on view at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), with the exhibition opening in 2022.
On loan from the City College of San Francisco’s Diego Rivera Theatre, The Marriage of the Artistic Expression of the North and of the South on this Continent—more commonly known as Pan American Unity—will be installed in SFMOMA’s free-to-visit Roberts Family Gallery on the museum’s ground floor. The museum will host a series of related interpretive and educational programs, both online and in person.
As part of the Art in Action program at the Golden Gate International Exposition on San Francisco’s Treasure Island, which featured the works of local and international artists, Rivera executed the 22-foot-high, 74-foot-wide mural in 1940 before audiences of fairgoers. The artist described the mural as “… the fusion between the great past of the Latin American lands, as it is deeply rooted in the soil, and the high mechanical developments of the United States.”
Pan American Unity was recently conserved through the Bank of America Art Conservation Project. Identifying and addressing structural weakness was critical to ensuring safety during the relocation of this colossal work. After an assessment in 1999 revealed hairline cracks in the upper panels, the conservator recommended a more thorough analysis of the mural’s condition. Treatment went beyond previous conservation efforts and covered an examination and evaluation of the hidden layers within and behind the fresco.
The Pan American Unity display will continue to be on view throughout the run of Diego Rivera’s America, the most in-depth examination of the artist’s work in more than twenty years, featuring 160 works he created over the course of more than two decades, from the 1920s through the early 1940s.
Informed by Rivera’s life experiences in both Mexico and the United States and revealing his ambitious vision to forge a national identity for Mexico and a reimagining of North America’s shared past and future, the collected works include the greatest number of paintings and drawings brought together since the artist’s lifetime. Presented alongside fresco panels, mural sketches and cartoons, the exhibition will highlight the close relationship between Rivera’s mural and studio practices, revealing fresh insights into his artistic process.1
Diego Rivera (Mexican, 1886–1957)
The Marriage of the Artistic Expression of the North and of the South on this Continent (Pan American Unity), 1940
Ten fresco panels
22’ × 74’ (6.7 × 22.5 m)
© 2021 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Image: courtesy City College of San Francisco
Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), Boston’s 150th Anniversary
Bank of America is proud to be the Premier Sponsor of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), Boston. We are supporting several museum programs, as well as anchor exhibitions, including Women Take the Floor; Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation; and Monet and Boston: Legacy Illuminated.
Please visit the MFA’s website for digital exhibition experiences, including slideshows and videos.
Women Take the Floor, currently on view through November 28, 2021
Marking the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in 2020, Women Take the Floor includes paintings, sculpture, prints, photographs, jewelry, textiles, ceramics and furniture drawn primarily from the museum’s collection. Visitors are invited to share perspectives and participate in a wide range of programs.
Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation, currently on view through July 25, 2021
Writing the Future features the work of pioneering artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (American, 1960–1988), who introduced imagery of the 1980s New York street scene to the world of contemporary art. Through paintings, sculpture, drawings, videos, music and fashion, Basquiat’s works are exhibited alongside those of his contemporaries, and occasional collaborators, including A-One, ERO, Fab 5 Freddy, Futura, Keith Haring, Kool Koor, LA2, Lady Pink, Lee Quiñones, Rammellzee and Toxic.
The first major exhibition to contextualize Basquiat’s work in relation to his cultural peers, Writing the Future illuminates how these artists forged new frontiers in art, design and music. Taking their neo-expressionism, freestyle sampling and wildstyle lettering to the main stages of international art and music, they became the driving force behind the rise of global hip-hop culture.
Monet and Boston: Legacy Illuminated, April 17–October 17, 2021
Claude Monet (1840–1926) found beauty in settings both majestic and mundane and shared his enthusiasm for the everyday in paintings that changed the course of art. Perhaps no other artist has captured Boston’s imagination as enduringly as Monet. Monet and Boston highlights 25 masterpieces drawn from the museum’s holdings of Monet’s work, along with loans from local private collections.
The exhibition begins with Monet’s early career as well as his engagement with Japanese art, through juxtapositions of his paintings against prints from the MFA’s renowned ukiyo-e collection. It then considers Monet’s work beside nine paintings by Jean-François Millet (1814–1875) and seven sculptures by Auguste Rodin (1840–1917). Millet helped pave the way for Impressionism with images of French landscapes and rural labor such as The Sower, 1850, beloved by Boston’s collectors and Monet alike. Their art often shown together, Monet and his contemporary Rodin, represented in the exhibition with celebrated works such as Eternal Springtime (modeled about 1881) and Psyche, 1899, shared a deep mutual respect.
During his lifetime, Monet’s paintings could be found in astonishing numbers in the city’s art galleries, collectors’ homes—and at the MFA. Monet and Boston: Legacy Illuminated celebrates that history, following Monet and Boston: Lasting Impression, organized in 2020.
The MFA, Boston is a partner in Bank of America’s Museums on Us® program, which provides our cardholders with one free general admission on the first full weekend of every month. For more information about the program, including our roster of more than 225 cultural partners across the U.S., please visit Museums on Us®.
Jean-Michel Basquiat, Downtown 81, 1980
MARKA / Alamy Stock Photo
Jasper Johns: Mind/Mirror
Whitney Museum of American Art
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Bank of America is proud to sponsor the upcoming Jasper Johns: Mind/Mirror exhibition, which will be on view at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
The radical, innovative art of Jasper Johns (American, b. 1930) continues to influence today’s artists. In an unprecedented collaboration, the Whitney and the Philadelphia Museum of Art will stage a simultaneous exhibition—the artist's first major museum retrospective on the East Coast in nearly a quarter century, and the largest of Johns’ seven-decade career.
Inspired by the artist’s long-standing fascination with mirroring and doubles, each half of the exhibition, which follows a loose chronological order from the 1950s to the present, chronicles Johns’ accomplishments across many mediums—including paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, and monotypes—and highlights the complex relationships among them.
From his iconic flags to lesser-known and recent works, the exhibition features nearly 500 artworks across the two museums, many of which are from Johns’ personal collection and will be shown publicly for the first time.
Viewers are invited to look closely to discover the themes, methods, and coded visual language that echo across the two venues. A visit to either museum will provide a vivid chronological survey; a visit to both will offer an innovative and immersive exploration of the many phases, masterworks, and mysteries of Johns’ still-evolving career.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is a partner in Bank of America’s Museums on Us® program, which provides our cardholders with one free general admission on the first full weekend of every month. For more information about the program, including our roster of more than 225 cultural partners across the U.S., please visit Museums on Us®.
Jasper Johns in his studio barn, 2011, Connecticut, United States
Photo credit: © Lilian Birnbaum / Bridgeman Images
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Founding Member and Dedicated Supporter
September 24, 2016, marked a signature moment in the history of the United States, when the only national museum devoted to African American history, life and culture opened on the Washington Mall after more than twelve years of planning and development. Following an Act of Congress in 2003, which sought to establish the museum, work to raise funds and develop the museum’s plans began in earnest. The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) is the nineteenth Smithsonian Institution museum.
The nearly 400,000-square-foot museum documents and showcases the African American experience with more than 36,000 artifacts and interactive exhibits. The museum features interactive exhibits that bring to life the optimism, struggle, spirituality and resiliency in a culture that has played such an integral role in the shaping of America.
In 2011, a museum Advisory Council was formed. Brian Moynihan, Bank of America CEO, became one of its founding members. We would go on to become a founding donor in 2014 and to sponsor the historic opening events that took place throughout the fall of 2016 and first anniversary events in 2017.
Bank of America was an early supporter of the development of the museum. In 2013, we sponsored Save our African American Treasures, a national program dedicated to supporting historians, cultural anthropologists and experts from the art world to identify and preserve items of historical and cultural significance tucked away in the attics, closets and basements of Americans across the country. Recognizing the significance of these artifacts, some owners chose to donate them to the museum, while others benefited from receiving an invaluable education on the meaning, value and proper safekeeping of their treasured possessions.
Through the Art Conservation Project, Bank of America provided funding for the conservation of nine noteworthy works by African American artists. The works are featured in Visual Art and the American Experience, the only permanent art exhibition on the Smithsonian Mall dedicated to illustrating the critical role American artists of African descent played in shaping the history of American art.
From the Bank of America Collection, we were pleased to donate more than sixty photographs by Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, the distinguished artist who, from 1977 through 1982, documented the unique culture of the Gullah community of Daufuskie Island in South Carolina.
Bank of America is a proud partner of MoMA
Bank of America is a proud to support the conservation and exhibition of selected works of art in the collection of The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York.
With support from the Bank of America Art Conservation Project (ACP), MoMA recently conserved two works from the museum’s collection: Boy in a Red Vest by Paul Cézanne; and Man-Eater with Pennants by Alexander Calder, a sculpture in MoMA’s garden. Other works conserved through the ACP at MoMA include The Bather by Paul Cezanne; Self-Portrait with Two Flowers in Her Raised Left Hand by Paula Modersohn-Becker; The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh; and three Jackson Pollock paintings: One: Number 31; Number 1A; and Echo Number 25—as well as La Piscine (The Swimming Pool), a room-size cut paper installation by Henri Matisse.
In 2019, Bank of America served as the opening partner of the launch of the new MoMA, which celebrated the museum’s expanded and reimagined exhibition space, featuring significantly more works of art as well as new and interdisciplinary approaches to presentation. The venue now includes more than 40,000 additional square feet of gallery space.
The bank sponsored the premiere of Surrounds: 11 Installations, a presentation of eleven watershed installations by living artists from the past two decades. Spanning the entire sixth floor, the exhibition was drawn from the museum’s collection, and each installation occupied its own gallery, providing an individualized, immersive experience.
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Paul Cézanne (French, 1839–1906)
Boy in a Red Vest, 1888–90
Oil on canvas
32” × 25⅝” (81.2 × 65 cm)
Baltimore Museum of Art
Bank of America is proud to sponsor Joan Mitchell at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Joan Mitchell (1925 – 1992) was an American artist whose career spanned more than four decades in the U.S. and France. The retrospective exhibition explores the full arc of Mitchell’s artistic practice, from her New York paintings in the early 1950s, such as East Ninth Street, 1956, and her abstracted French landscapes, including Mon Paysage, 1967, and No Rain, 1976, to Bracket, 1989, one of several majestic, large-scale, late-career multi-panel works produced in France.
Mitchell’s acclaimed masterworks will be joined by rarely seen smaller paintings, pastels and works on paper that bring to life the artist’s varied creative processes throughout the trajectory of her career and follow her cyclical way of working, in which subjects and gestures appear and resurface years later.
A selection of projects created with and for writers such as Frank O’Hara and Jacques Dupin underscores the role of poetry in Mitchell’s art, while other works explore her relationships with music and the artists of the nineteenth century. In addition, a selection of her sketchbooks and archival photographs, on loan from The Joan Mitchell Foundation Archives, provide an intimate look at Mitchell’s life and art.
The exhibition was co-organized with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and curated from collections in the U.S. and Europe.
Joan Mitchell (American, 1925 – 1992)
City Landscape, 1955
Oil on canvas
80” x 80” (203.2 x 203.2 cm)
The Art Institute of Chicago, Gift of the Society for Contemporary American Art, 1958
© 2020 Estate of Joan Mitchell
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Maestro Residency Presenter and CSO Radio Broadcast series supporter
As part of our ongoing commitment to the arts, Bank of America is proud to continue our support of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as their Maestro Residency Presenter and CSO Radio Broadcast series supporter.
Bank of America’s partnership with the CSO began with the historic 2010/11 season, when Maestro Riccardo Muti began his tenure as Music Director. Muti’s dedication to bringing live symphonic music of the highest caliber to the broadest possible audience has served as the cornerstone of the CSO’s mission.
The nationally syndicated Sunday evening CSO Radio Broadcast series features live concert performances by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, recorded in Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center, alongside selections from the orchestra’s expansive catalog of commercial recordings. Every program is designed to illustrate fascinating stories inside the music, as well as offering insights from the performers themselves.
Please visit the CSO Radio Broadcast website to view their schedule of upcoming broadcasts and music selections available for audio streaming.
Founded in 1891, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest orchestras.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Todd Rosenberg Photography
The Metropolitan Opera
Bank of America is a proud partner of the Metropolitan Opera, New York, recently serving as a sponsor of their Access Opera: Open Rehearsals for Students program and their 2018 Opening Night Gala.
For 135 years, the Metropolitan Opera has been a leading force in the world of performing arts. As one of the most renowned opera companies in the world, the Met is a vibrant home for the most creative and talented artists working in opera today. Each season, from September through May, the company presents over 200 performances across a broad repertoire that ranges from the Baroque to the 21st century.
Beyond the walls of the opera house, the Met continues to develop programs to ensure that future generations will experience opera of the highest artistic caliber. Through its outreach and audience development initiatives, the company strives to expand the audience for opera and to make the Met more accessible. Building on the company’s 89-year radio broadcast tradition, the Met engages audiences around the world through “Live in HD” transmissions of performances to movie theaters, through its “Great Performances” series on PBS television and through Met Opera on Demand online. The Met also provides extensive arts education and public engagement programs each season at no cost, which connect the Met with diverse communities in New York City and throughout the country.
Željko Lučić as Scarpia and Sonya Yoncheva in the title role of Puccini’s Tosca
Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera
Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative
Lead corporate sponsor
Bank of America is proud to support the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative (SCRI). Recognizing that the loss of cultural heritage can be psychologically and socioeconomically devastating, its mission is to protect cultural heritage threatened or impacted by human-made or natural disasters and to help communities in the U.S. and around the world preserve their identities and history.
When announcing the sponsorship, Bank of America chairman and CEO Brian Moynihan, stated, "Bank of America stands by the passionate and brave men and women who work, sometimes at personal risk, to protect cherished treasures for future generations."
Since its founding in 2010, the program has recovered and conserved more than 50,000 pieces of endangered cultural material around the world.
After the devastating earthquake that occurred in Haiti in January 2010, which killed more than 250,000 Haitians, and left 1.5 million people homeless, the Institution launched the Haiti Cultural Recovery Project, working in partnership with the government of Haiti's Ministry of Culture and Communication. Over the course of eighteen months, many important collections of art, artifacts, museum objects, architectural features, documents, film, photographs, video, and sound recordings were successfully rescued, recovered, and safeguarded.
Following hurricanes Sandy, Harvey, and Maria, SCRI projects have helped individuals and institutions learn how to rescue, restore, and safeguard a wide range of culturally significant artifacts storm-ravaged states such as New York and Texas, and the commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
The SCRI is also active in war-torn countries, engaged in cultural rescue work and in educating governmental agencies and culturual heritage professionals as well as military personnel connected to museums, monuments, and other treasured historic sites. From risk assessment and emergency planning to damage mitigation, SCRI projects have been instrumental in preserving cultural heritage in countries such as Syria, Iraq, Nepal and Mali.
Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative (SCRI)
Nepalese military and cultural heritage professionals team up to rescue architectural fragments at a temple in Kathmandu)
Season Sponsor and Live with Carnegie Hall supporter
Bank of America is the Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall, the world’s most famous concert hall, and a proud supporter of their Live with Carnegie Hall initiative.
Carnegie Hall’s mission is to bring the transformative power of music to the widest possible audience by featuring extraordinary performances on its three stages, leading visionary educational programs and promoting the cultivation of rising musical artists and new works to attract a broad array of audiences.
Live with Carnegie Hall offers virtual performances and conversations with some of the world’s finest artists, including Audra McDonald, Joshua Bell and Daniil Trifonov. Free live streams and archived episodes are available on the Hall’s website, as well as on the Hall’s Facebook and YouTube pages, where audiences are also invited to join the conversation.
Ambrogio Maestri in the title role of Verdi’s Falstaff
Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera