Michael Govan, LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director, speaks onstage at LACMA's 38th Collectors Committee Weekend, © Museum Associates/LACMA by Stefanie Keenan

LACMA Announces 10 New Acquisitions During the 38th Collectors Committee Weekend

April 29, 2024

LACMA is pleased to announce 10 new acquisitions for its permanent collection during the museum’s 38th Collectors Committee fundraiser. Led since 2009 by LACMA trustee, Collectors Committee Chair, and Acquisitions Committee Co-Chair Ann Colgin, the event took place over two days and included art presentations by LACMA curators, private dinners in the homes of museum supporters, and a gala dinner and auction. This year, 154 members raised nearly $3 million for art acquisitions. Bank of America returned as sponsor of this year's fundraiser, with additional support by Cartier for the event’s curatorial presentations. 

Funds for artwork acquisitions were raised through Collectors Committee membership dues, with additional funds provided by Kelvin and Hana Davis; Rebecka and Arie Belldegrun; The Buddy Taub Foundation, Stephanie Roach and Dennis Roach, Directors; and Rob Levine and Larry Ginsberg. A live auction of eight lots, conducted by LACMA trustee Viveca Paulin-Ferrell, added additional funds for acquisitions. 

“I’m overjoyed that the Collectors Committee made these wonderful acquisitions for LACMA possible, and I thank the committee members for their profound generosity to the museum,” said Colgin. “I’m also grateful to the curators for their scholarship and insight on these works of art, and to all of the hosts, chefs, and vintners who made the Friday evening dinners so memorable.”

“The works LACMA acquired this weekend—and, notably, the first artwork commissioned by LACMA through the Collectors Committee—will expand and strengthen many different areas of the collection. Most are slated to be included in the first installation of the new David Geffen Galleries,” added LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director Michael Govan.

    The artworks that have been acquired are:

    • Manjunath Kamath, Vikatonarva, 2024 
    • Judy Baca, Hitting the Wall: Women in the Marathon, c. 1984
    • Dish, c. 1530–1535, Turkey, Iznik
    • Pax with the Assumption and Coronation of the Virgin, c. 1575–78
    • Suzanne Jackson, Nest, 1971
    • Saeki Shunkō, Photo Studio (Shajō) aka Daughter (Musume), c. 1937
    • Jean Béraud, A Parisian Street Scene: Boulevard des Capucines, c. late 1897–early 1898
    • Ladi Kwali, Water Jar, c. 1962
    • Todd Gray commission 
    • Tavares Strachan, We Are In This Together, 2018

    Since 1986, Collectors Committee Weekend has been one of the museum’s most important fundraising events and continues to enable major acquisitions for every area of its encyclopedic collection. This year’s acquisitions bring the number of works acquired through the event to 266, with donations nearing $52 million.

    Stay tuned for more information about the artworks acquired by LACMA at the 38th annual Collectors Committee, which will be shared throughout the week on Unframed.