Seven months after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Museum held an exhibition of artworks donated by leading American artists, which were all to be sold to benefit the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the civil rights organization largely founded by King. It was the first time MoMA had held an exhibition for the benefit of another organization; the press release noted that “the Trustees felt that the Museum galleries should be made available to the American artists who wanted to honor Dr. King and the goals to which he had dedicated his life.” The nearly 60 participants included many of the most renowned artists of the day, including Romare Bearden, Alexander Calder, Jacob Lawrence, Isamu Noguchi, Robert Rauschenberg, and Mark Rothko.
In Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King
MoMA October 31–November 3, 1968
- The Museum of Modern Art