The Bronx Museum, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary, announced Wednesday that it had received $500,000 from the Ford Foundation, part of a campaign to raise $1 million for a new acquisitions fund that will focus on buying the works of contemporary artists with strong connections to the Bronx.
The campaign’s goal is to add 40 significant new works to the museum’s permanent collection over the next year. “These acquisitions will highlight the Bronx roots of many contemporary artists, illustrating how the borough has served as inspiration for a wide range of artists over the past 40 years,” said Holly Block, the museum’s executive director.
The new acquisition fund has also received a $25,000 gift from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Trust. Next year, the museum will serve as the commissioning institution for the American pavilion at the Venice Biennale, which will feature the work of the artist Sarah Sze.
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