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Friends of the Collection

Friends of the Collection Announce 2019 Plans to Acquire David Driskell's Ghetto Wall #2

Ghetto Wall #2  (detail), 1970, Oil, acrylic, and collage on linen, 60 x 50 inches. 


"Ghetto Wall #2 is essential to the PMA’s growing collection of art by Driskell. Not only does it establish the power and authority of his early work as an artist, it helps us to tell the story of his full career, including his sensitive and incredibly powerful response to this vital moment in American history." — Jessica May, Deputy Director and Robert and Elizabeth Nanovic Chief Curator

Join the PMA and David Driskell on August 22 for the third annual Friends of the Collection Benefit. Click here for more information and to reserve your tickets.

Judy Glickman Lauder Lecture and Book Signing

On August 13, the PMA was honored to welcome photographer, philanthropist, and humanitarian Judy Glickman Lauder for a lecture with Q&A on her photography, methods, and life-changing photographic experiences followed by a book signing of her newest work Beyond the Shadows: The Holocaust and the Danish Exception.

Proceeds directly benefited the Friends of the Collection.
Beyond The Shadows: The Holocaust and the Danish Exception will be available for purchase in the PMA store.
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About The Friends of the Collection

Established in 1983, the Friends of the Collection comprises individuals whose generosity directly supports the acquisition, conservation, and care for the collection as well as related programming. The collection of more than 18,000 works of art is the heart of the institution, and the Friends of the Collection is instrumental in shaping and maintaining it. 

The Friends of the Collection has historically supported the acquisition of many iconic objects, including Hiram Powers’ marble bust of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; Charles Frederick Kimball’s Coal Sheds, Topsham and Brunswick; Marsden Hartley’s Kinsman Falls; Marguerite Zorach’s Diana of the Sea; Celeste Roberge’s Rising Cairn; and Charles Duback’s The Coopers; among many others. More recently, the Friends of the Collection has contributed to incredible acquisitions such as Alex Katz’s Ada and Neil, Maine (Study for Lawn Party) (1965); Ahmed Alsoudani’s Untitled (2013); Eastman Johnson’s The Quiet Hour (circa 1877); and Christopher Patch’s Migration (2015), a life-size installation of 37 collaged, papier-mâché bird sculptures inspired by the artist’s Life List of field observations. This group also helps to fund acquisition-related expenses, including the shipment of the Andrew Wyeth’s River Cove (1958), a recent gift made by David Rockefeller in memory of his son, Dr. Richard Rockefeller.

"It is important to continue building the PMA collection and I am excited to be a part of [it] because I can contribute to the collection's growth."- Eileen Gillespie, PMA Trustee and Chair of Friends of the Collection


Images, top, left to right: Marguerite Thompson Zorach, Diana of the Sea, Paul Caponigro, Quartz Veins in Granite, Nahant, Massachusetts, Katherine Bradford, Woman FlyingImages, bottom, left to right: Eastman Johnson, The Quiet HourAhmed Alsoudani, UntitledAndrew Wyeth, River Cove

Your Philanthropy makes a difference!

Gifts to Friends of the Collection are fully tax-deductible and directly support the acquisition process, care, and preservation of the PMA collection.

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Friends of the Collection Committee

Eileen T. Gillespie, Chair