The Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Collectors Committee raised a record-breaking $6.4 million and added five artworks and two collections to LACMA's permanent collection over the weekend.
One of the new collections is the Mike Kaplan Poster Collection, more than 880 posters, most from the 1930s and '40s, accumulated and named after the designer, art director and producer. The second collection consists of more than 100 single-channel videos from Electronic Arts Intermix, founded in the early 1970s; it includes work by John Baldessari, Mike Kelley, Joan Jonas and Chris Burden.
The five artworks added to the permanent collection include Iranian artist Siamak Filizadeh’s "Underground" (2014), a series of 22 digitally manipulated photographs that resemble a monumental painting; a handmade soft sculpture by Claes Oldenburg titled "Typewriter Eraser" (1970); a pair of large screens by Japanese painter Soga Shohaku titled "Oxen and Shepherds" (18th century); the Pop art sculpture "Jump Rope" (1967-68) by Idelle Weber; and "The Elevation of the Cross (Elevación de la Cruz)" (1718), by Mexican painter Antonio de Torres.
The weekend's festivities were led by LACMA trustee, collectors committee chairwoman and acquisitions committee co-chair Ann Colgin. The voting happened Saturday night at a gala dinner and live auction following a series of private dinners prepared by chefs such as Joachim Splichal, Neal Fraser and Bruce Kalman at the homes of LACMA supporters.
The Collectors Committee weekend has been a staple of the museum's fundraising efforts since 1986. During the last three decades, the event has resulted in the acquisition of 208 artworks through donations totaling more than $38 million.