JA FUND FOR CONTEMPORARY ART
Since its inception in 1990, The Junior Associates have been committed supporters of contemporary exhibitions and programs at The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1.
The Junior Associates consider supporting MoMA and MoMA PS1 to be a priority of the group. JA contributions help to fund exhibitions and programs, such as the critically acclaimed New Directors/New Films festival, and have helped to secure significant acquisitions such as Gordon Matta-Clark’s Circus-The Caribbean Orange (1978) and William Kentridge’s Drawing from Stereoscope (1998–99).
Between 1998 and 2004, the group raised $1 million towards MoMA’s capital campaign for the reopening of the new building. This gift endowed Conversations with Contemporary Artists—an education program offering visitors the unique opportunity to speak informally with leading contemporary artists—and Projects—an exhibitions series that focuses on the work of emerging artists. Additionally, each year The Junior Associates contribute substantially to the most exciting and innovative exhibitions, including such recent standouts as Tim Burton, Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present, and Cindy Sherman.
The JA Fund for Contemporary Art, supported by dues and gifts from members of The Junior Associates, will continue to make a philanthropic impact on contemporary exhibitions, programs, and acquisitions.
CAPITAL CAMPAIGN 1998–2004
In November 1998 The Junior Associates pledged $1 million to The Museum of Modern Art’s $858 million capital campaign to renovate and significantly expand the Museum’s facility. This gift was the largest in the group’s history, and as with the overall campaign, the JAs set this goal with the idea in mind that it would take several years to accomplish.
The Junior Associates had great success in raising the $1 million through such events as the Armory Show Opening Night Benefit and the Work in Progress film benefit, along with many generous gifts from individual Junior Associate members.
This $1 million gift supported two important projects. The first, Conversations with Contemporary Artists, is an educational lecture series highlighting the work of emerging and established artists. The second is an endowment fund created to support MoMA’s exhibitions and acquisitions.
The Junior Associates also launched a second campaign to raise an additional $500,000 for MoMA PS1 (then called P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center). The JAs are proud to support MoMA PS1’s commitment to contemporary art and emerging artists.
The Junior Associates’ dedication to both MoMA and MoMA PS1 is recognized and appreciated by the Museum’s Trustees and staff, and by the wider art community. The group looks forward to playing a strong role in the future of the Museum and hopes that JA members will continue their generous support of the organization.
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