We partner with dozens of cultural organizations yearly. We are a Founding Member of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., Global Sponsor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and serve as the main sponsor of approximately ten museum exhibitions a year.
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Rodin and the art of ancient Greece The British Museum
Bank of America is pleased to sponsor Rodin and the art of ancient Greece on view at the British Museum from April 26 through July 29, organized with the Musée Rodin, Paris.
Rodin and the art of ancient Greece highlights the magnificent sculpture of the modern master Auguste Rodin (French, 1840 -1917), and explores how the ancient world shaped his artistic vision. A hundred years after his death, the exhibition features a selection of Rodin’s works – including his iconic sculptures The Thinker and The Kiss – shown in a new light. This major exhibition features original plaster, bronze and marble examples of many of Rodin’s sculptures and sketches on loan from the Musée Rodin in Paris. For the first time, they will be shown alongside some of the Parthenon sculptures that the artist so admired, as well as selected objects from his own collection of antiquities.
Arranged thematically, the exhibition is divided into four sections, Rodin’s Parthenon, Truth to Nature, the Monument, the Fragment, Motion, and Emotion, visitors will come to understand the extent of the influence the art of antiquity had on Rodin, while also coming to appreciate his masterful achievements as a sculptor.
Rodin and the art of ancient Greece brings to life the considerable influence that Rodin’s exposure to ancient Greek art would have on much of his career. Over eighty works in marble, bronze, and plaster, as well as sketches are displayed in conversation with the British Museum’s Greek art collection.
The layout of the current exhibition has been designed to reflect the working environment of Rodin’s studio in Meudon, outside of Paris, with many works displayed at eye level and set to allow for a 360-degree view of the pieces. Over the years Rodin amassed a huge collection of fragments of ancient Greek sculptures that served as a great source of inspiration to him – including disembodied heads, arms, hands, fingers, and toes. He arranged these fragments throughout his studio – on crates, and stands, and plaster columns among his own works.
In 1880, Rodin received a commission to create an entrance piece for a new museum being planned. While the museum would never be built, he began work on The Gates of Hell. Rodin’s commission provided for a studio and afforded him the opportunity to travel.
In 1881, he took his first trip to London, where he visited the British Museum, home to a considerable collection of artworks of Classical antiquity. There, Rodin found himself captivated by its marble sculptures, particularly those of fifth-century BC sculptor Pheidias who conceived the Parthenon sculptures. Between 1881 and 1917, Rodin would visit the British Museum on no fewer than fifteen occasions, later confessing that in his spare time he simply haunted it.
Like many archaeological ruins, the Parthenon sculptures had been broken and weathered over centuries, but Rodin took inspiration from the powerful expression that they conveyed through the body alone. He even removed the heads and limbs from his own figures to make them closer to the broken relics of the past. By doing so, he created a new genre of contemporary art – the headless, limbless torso.
A year after his first visit to the British Museum, Rodin created The Kiss in 1882, depicting a couple in romantic embrace, evocative of Pheidias’ two female goddesses reclining together that were originally a part of the Parthenon’s East Pediment. Both The Kiss and The Parthenon goddesses were carved from a single block of stone, and each evokes a sense that the figures are, in essence, forever entwined.
Auguste Rodin (1840–1917)
The Thinker on a capital, 1881–1882
© Musée Rodin. Photo: Herve Lewandowski
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Founded in 1891, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest orchestras. Bank of America’s global 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 artistic caliber to the broadest possible audience has served as the cornerstone of the CSO’s mission.
As part of our ongoing commitment to that mission, Bank of America is proud to be the Global Sponsor of all CSO main series classical concerts at Chicago’s Symphony Center, two signature fundraising events, Symphony Ball and Corporate Night, and exclusive corporate Global Sponsor of CSO tours, both domestic and international.
The CSO’s 127th season is one of celebration and exploration. Over the course of 2017/2018, CSO performances will mark the anniversaries of major composers, including the 150th anniversary of Gioachino Rossini’s death, the centennial of the birth of American composer Leonard Bernstein, the 150th birthday of Claude Debussy and the 200th birthday of Charles Gounod. 2018 also marks the sixtieth anniversary of the acclaimed Chicago Symphony Chorus and will be celebrated with performances of choral works by Franz Shubert and Rossini.
In April, beloved American composer and conductor John Williams will join the CSO for a special program that celebrates his significant contribution to the film world and the concert stage. Williams will conduct a program that features his Oscar-winning film scores performed by the CSO.
The season’s musical explorations include premieres of new works by three American composers: Mead Composer-in-Residence Elizabeth Ogonek; Pulitzer Prize-winner Jennifer Higdon and CSO viola and composer Max Raimi; and continued exploration of symphonies by Josef Anton Bruckner. In addition, fifteen guest artists and conductors will make their CSO debuts, including violinist Isabelle Faust, and conductors Giovanni Antonini, Jiří Bělohlávek and John Storgårds.
Muti bookmarks the CSO season’s weeklong residencies beginning with renowned violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, who will join the orchestra in performances of concertos by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Pyotr IlychTchaikovsky in September, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma for a performance of Dmitri Shostakovich’s Second Cello Concerto and Sergei Prokofiev’s Third Symphony in June.
In the 2017/18 season, the CSO also continues its tradition of touring with two major U.S. tours, beginning in Kansas City, Missouri in October 2017; followed by California performances in Berkeley, Costa Mesa, San Diego, Palm Desert, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. For its second tour, in February 2018, the CSO will perform at Carnegie Hall; Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center; and the Artis-Naples in Naples, Florida.
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 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.
In 2011, a museum 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 many of the historic opening events that took place throughout the fall of 2016.
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.
In September of 2017, Bank of America signed on to become one of the sponsors of the museum’s first anniversary celebration. Most recently, we were proud to sponsor of one of the museum’s Black History Month discussions, Finding Common Ground.
Co-hosted by The National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Museum of the American Indian on February 15, and moderated by Michel Martin, weekend host of NPR’s All Things Considered, Finding Common Ground focused on the complex, sometimes fraught, history of African Americans and Native Americans, and how their intertwined stories and experiences have become an essential part of the American identity. Speakers included Lonnie G. Bunch III, Founding Director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and Kevin Gover, Director of the National Museum of the American Indian.
The world’s most famous concert hall
Season sponsor and Musical Exchange program supporter
Bank of America is the proud Season sponsor of Carnegie Hall, home to the world’s finest orchestras; chamber ensembles; recitalists; world, jazz and pop artists; premieres; and special commissions.
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 education programs and advocating for the future of music through the cultivation of new works, artists and audiences.
A common theme running through its 2017–2018 season is the influential role that music can play in changing the world. A celebratory Opening Night Gala concert by The Philadelphia Orchestra marks the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth with performances of the composer’s Symphonic Suite, from On the Waterfront, and Symphonic Dances, from West Side Story.
A citywide festival entitled The ’60s: The Years That Changed America, inspired by writer Robert A. Caro, includes two offerings that explore the nexus of music, protest and social change: one featuring legendary singer-songwriter and activist David Crosby with Snarky Puppy, and another led by acclaimed composer, music director and producer Ray Chew with a lineup of prominent guest artists from the worlds of folk, rock, soul and R&B. The festival also features a performance by the Philip Glass Ensemble and new works premiered by the Kronos Quartet — one referencing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech and the other based on the works of author and activist Studs Terkel.
Carnegie Hall has appointed Philip Glass to hold its Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair for the 2017–2018 season. With this residency, the Hall joins the yearlong celebration of the eminent composer’s 80th birthday year, presenting performances that feature Glass classics and premieres performed by the Philip Glass Ensemble, Nico Muhly, American Composers Orchestra, and the JACK Quartet, plus the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and Pacific Symphony in their Carnegie Hall debuts.
Carnegie Hall’s Perspectives series brings violinist Janine Jansen and pianist Daniil Trifonov to the fore. Jansen curates five concerts, featuring chamber music performances with an all-star roster of collaborators and concerto appearances with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and The Philadelphia Orchestra. Trifonov is featured in seven concerts, including an exploration of Chopin; solo recitals; and collaborations with baritone Matthias Goerne, pianist Sergei Babayan, Kremerata Baltica, and cellist Gautier Capuçon. Together with the Mariinsky Orchestra, Trifonov premieres his own piano concerto.
It is Carnegie Hall’s core belief that as one of the world’s foremost cultural institutions, it has the responsibility to create world-class resources and share them free-of-charge. Carnegie Hall fulfills this goal through the extensive programing of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI). Expected to reach more than half a million people in the 2017–2018 season, WMI’s programs are specially designed for students, teachers, families, young musicians and audience members of all ages, and are offered at low or no cost to participants. WMI introduces audiences to music, trains and nurtures young artists, and harnesses the power of music to create opportunities for social impact, making a meaningful difference in people’s lives.
WMI has also created the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA), comprising the best instrumentalists, ages 16–19, and NYO2, an intensive training program for younger musicians, ages 14–17, that seeks to further expand the pool of young musicians in the U.S. who are equipped with the tools to succeed at the highest level. In 2018, NYO-USA returns to Asia for a tour with conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet. Now in its second year, NYO2 musicians will once again work with WMI partner Giancarlo Guerrero and The Philadelphia Orchestra.
Along with NYO-USA, WMI’s PlayUSA initiative supports additional young players nationwide through partner organizations that offer instrumental music education programs to low-income and underserved students.
With music education programs for grades 3–5, WMI’s Link Up program continues to grow, reaching over 400,000 students and teachers through partnerships with more than 100 orchestras across the country and around the globe.
Also growing, the Music Educators Workshop brings teachers from throughout the U.S. together to share best practices and cultivate a strong community through an intensive summer program, with ongoing support throughout the school year.
As part of its focus on social impact, WMI partners with the Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network in Los Angeles this season for Create Justice, a series of national forums that bring together a wide range of thought leaders, including representatives from nonprofit organizations, artists and policymakers to consider the role of the arts in juvenile justice reform, culminating in a March 2018 Carnegie Hall concert that features art and music created by young people.
Among WMI’s series of master classes and workshops for young professional musicians, the great mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne celebrates her final season as artistic advisor for The Song Continues in January 2018, an annual festival dedicated to the art of the vocal recital. Ms. Horne will then pass the torch to soprano Renée Fleming, who will lead the series in years to come.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
International Tour Sponsor
Bank of America is the International Tour Sponsor for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
Enabling major American performing arts organizations to tour internationally 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.
During its 2017 international tour, under the leadership of artistic director, Robert Battle, the Ailey company brought its uplifting artistry to a dozen European cities, performing throughout England, Wales, and Scotland, with inaugural debuts in Southampton and Canterbury, England, and returning to Salle Métropole in Lausanne, Switzerland and The Tivoli Concert Hall in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The company's 2018 International Tour dates, venues, and locations are currently being finalized.
Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations
Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
Bank of America is pleased to sponsor Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations, on view at The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian from September 21, 2014, through fall 2018.
Nation to Nation, 10 years in the making, brings together the largest historical collection of treaties made between the United States and American Indian Nations, along with more than 125 related artifacts, photographs and contemporary objects. It is divided into five chapters: Introduction to Treaties; Serious Diplomacy; Bad Acts, Bad Paper; Great Nations Keep Their Word; and The Future of Treaties.
Introduction to Treaties provides an overview of the vastly different perspectives held between non-native settlers and Native Americans, from concepts of land ownership, civic organization and leadership to the very nature and purpose of diplomacy.
Serious Diplomacy reveals the initial good intentions of settlers of the early republic, seeking security and peaceful coexistence. One of the earliest treaties on display is the Treaty of Canandaigua, signed in 1794 by members of the Iroquois Confederacy, Cornplanter, Red Jacket and Handsome Lake, and President George Washington. It allowed for the establishment of Indian territories and provided annual compensation to tribes in exchange for free passage through their lands and access to their harbors and rivers.
Bad Acts, Bad Paper highlights the events that transpired in the 1800s, when the United States’ territorial ambitions led it to craft treaties designed to confiscate Indian lands and push Native Nations west of the Mississippi. These nations also fell victim to the competing interests and conflicts between individual states and the federal government. Many states sought and won exemptions from federal treaties and went on to take the law, and Indian territories, into their own hands.
Great Nations Keep Their Word focuses on the 1900s, when the surviving Native Nations more successfully appealed for the enforcement of treaties and their rights. Efforts by Congress to nullify many pre-existing treaties were met with strong opposition and eventual defeat, while others would ultimately be struck down in U.S. courts. These victories helped to restore both the dignity and self-determination of the Native Nations.
The Future of Treaties focuses on the impact that existing treaties continue to have on relations between the United States and Native Nations and points to a future likely to be filled with both struggle and hope.
Thomas Jefferson peace medal, 1801, owned by Powder Face (Northern Inunaina/Arapaho), Oklahoma Bronze Copper alloy, hide, porcupine quills, feathers, dye, metal cones
Photo credit: Walter Larrim
The Met: HD Live in Schools
Major funding for The Met: HD Live in Schools is made possible by Bank of America, with program support provided through a partnership with the New York City Department of Education and school districts across the country.
Through HD Live in Schools, teachers, students and parents can experience the world's greatest conductors, directors, musicians and singers in riveting productions. The program, which uses opera to teach music, theater, history and English language arts, reaches students in five New York high schools and forty school districts in thirty states throughout the country. Teachers receive educator guides and annual training opportunities that enable them to conduct in-class workshops, which prepare students to attend live movie theater transmissions of operas-direct from the Met stage-all free of charge.
Each opera is chosen based on a variety of considerations, including the opera's applicability to the general curriculum and engaging content for young audiences.
In the 2017-18 season, students and teachers have the opportunity to experience dramatic new productions of Puccini's Tosca, Mozart's Così fan tutte, and Massenet's Cendrillon.
Tosca is set against the backdrop of Rome in 1800, during a period of political upheaval, warring empires, and competing ideologies. The lives of Mario Cavaradossi, an idealistic painter of noble Italian roots, Tosca, his passionate young lover, a singer who was raised in a Veronese convent, an escaped political prisoner named Angelotti, and his a malevolent pursuer, chief of police Baron Scarpia, converge to convey a masterful melodramatic tale. Renowned tenor Vittorio Grigolo, playing Cavaradossi, rising star Sonya Yoncheva, in the title role, and baritone Zeljko Lucic, in the role of Scarpia, take one of Puccini's most famous operas to new heights.
In Mozart's third collaboration with librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte, Così fan tutte, which premiered in Vienna in 1790, is a comedically dark portrayal of the many expressions of lust and love. Set in a carnival funhouse atmosphere evocative of Coney Island in the 1950s, a Christopher Maltman plays Don Alfonso, a wily cynic who bets two young military officers that their respective fiancées, who happen to be sisters, cannot be trusted to remain faithful to them. Conniving with the sisters' family maid, Despina, played by Tony Award winner Kelli O'Hara, Don Alfonso and Despina manipulate the fates of the four young lovers to win the bet.
For the first time in history, the Met presents Cendrillon, Massenet's operatic adaptation of the classic Cinderella, exploring the romance, magic, longing, melancholy, magic and romance of a young woman's world. Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato plays the lead role, featuring the renowned Alice Coote in the traditionally male role of Prince Charming.
In addition, the Met will present revivals of Mozart's Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), and Donizetti's comic opera, L'Elisir d'Amore.
Photo Credits: EXPLORING PARTNERSHIPS: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera.