Robert Bohlen, a long-time supporter of UMMA and an instrumental figure in bringing the Robert and Lillian Montalto Bohlen Gallery of African Art to life, gifted nine pieces of African art, the majority of which are from Central Africa, including the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Two pieces are from West Africa.
Laura De Becker, Helmut and Candis Stern Associate Curator of African Art, says that the gifted works are historical pieces from the late 19th century, all exceptional examples of their kind. One piece, a Yaka sculpture, will be on display in the Bohlen Gallery of African Art starting this August. Two of the Chokwe pieces can be seen in the upcoming Traces exhibition.
Joseph Allen, through the Allen Foundation, gifted a painting (right) by Julian Schnabel, Untitled (Swan Painting). Allen helped to bring Julian Schnabel’s exhibition to UMMA in 2015. Untitled (Swan Painting) is the first Schnabel painting to enter UMMA’s permanent collection.
Allen also helped UMMA with the purchase of Theaster Gates’s Little Box for Starving Artists and Enoc Perez’s Lipstick Building.