Presenter onstage with artwork on a large screen in a theater

Linda Komaroff, LACMA Curator of Islamic Art and Department Head, Art of the Middle East, speaks onstage at the 36th Collectors Committee Curator Presentations, Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, April 23, 2022, photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for LACMA

LACMA Announces Nine New Acquisitions During the 36th Collectors Committee Weekend

April 25, 2022

LACMA is pleased to announce the acquisition of nine artworks for its permanent collection during the museum’s 36th Collectors Committee fundraiser. The Collectors Committee Weekend—led for over a decade by LACMA trustee, Collectors Committee Chair, and Acquisitions Committee Chair Ann Colgin—took place over two days which included curator-led art presentations, private dinners at the homes of major LACMA supporters, and a gala dinner where members voted on artworks to add to the collection. This year, 76 voting members raised over $2.6 million. The 2022 event was generously co-sponsored by Bank of America and Cartier.

“It is a great pleasure to celebrate and support LACMA’s collection through the Collectors Committee, and I am thrilled with the success of this year’s event,” said Ann Colgin. “This weekend would not be possible without the efforts of many people. I’m so grateful to the host, chefs, and vintners who created such memorable dining experiences on Friday evening, as well as to the curators for their insight and scholarship, to the LACMA staff for their tireless work, and of course to all of the committee members.”

“Over its long history, the Collectors Committee has enabled us to bring an incredible range of artworks into LACMA’s collection, including some of our most beloved masterpieces,” said LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director Michael Govan. “The acquisitions made at this year’s event continue this important tradition and strengthen our ability to share new perspectives on art history with our audiences.”

The artworks that have been acquired are: 

  • William Armfield Hobday, Portrait of Prince Saunders, 1815
  • Beauford Delaney, Negro Man [Claude McKay], 1944
  • Frank E. Cummings III, Only Time Will Tell, 2011–13
  • Tacita Dean, One Hundred and Fifty Years of Painting, 2021
  • Michael Schmidt, Articulated 3-D Digitally Printed Gown, 2013
  • Three works (presented as a group): Kezban Arca Batibeki, Feud, 2020; Laila Shawa, Disposable Bodies 4 (Shahrazad), 2012; and Azade Köker, Deconstruction (Venus), 2021
  •  Indigenous Guaraní artists, Cabinet and Writing Desk (Armario de aparato y papelera), Paraguay, 18th century

Since 1986, Collectors Committee weekend has been one of the museum’s most significant fundraising events and continues to play an essential role in acquiring important works of art for every area of its encyclopedic collection. Including this year’s acquisitions, the event has acquired 246 artworks through donations totaling more than $47 million.

Stay tuned for more information about the artworks acquired by LACMA at the 36th annual Collectors Committee, which will be shared throughout the week on Unframed.