April 27, 2018

Bowdoin College Museum of Art Receives Two Major Donations

BRUNSWICK, MAINE—Bowdoin College Museum of Art announced that it has received two major donations totaling more than 1,500 objects. The first donation comes from the estate of Marion Boulton “Kippy” Stroud, founder of Philadelphia’s Fabric Workshop and Museum, and comprises 350 works from contemporary artists including Dawoud Bey, Cai Guo-Qiang, Roni Horn, Carrie Mae Weems, and Ann Hamilton. Stroud, who passed away in 2015, was also the founder of Acadia Summer Arts Program, known as “Kamp Kippy,” on Maine’s Mount Desert Island.

The second gift adds 1200 pieces from the archive of visual art of artist, scholar, and curator Walter Pach to BCMA’s encyclopedic holdings. Donated by gallerist and scholar Francis M. Naumann and Marie T. Keller, the gift includes Pach’s portraits of Frida Kahlo and Rufino Tamayo, among 420 prints, 213 watercolors, 427 paintings, and 24 of Pach’s written or translated books. Pach was influential in drawing attention to Mexican modernists Kahlo, Tamayo, Diego Rivera, and José Orozco, as well as burnishing the reputation of the post-impressionist, fauvist, cubist, and futurist movements in the United States after World War I. In 1936, Pach was a professor at Bowdoin College.

“We are thrilled to welcome the collections of Kippy Stroud and Walter Pach to the museum,” BCMA co-director Anne Goodyear said. “These new contributions to our holdings reflect the remarkable vision of two individuals who had a transformative impact on how art has been experienced, practiced, and interpreted from the early twentieth century to the present.” Co-director Frank Goodyear added, “Both the Stroud and Pach collections contribute enormously to our mission to further innovative scholarship and offer ambitious exhibitions that speak to our students, faculty, and local audience, and the world at large.”

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