By Alisa LaGamma, Joanne Pillsbury, Eric Kjellgren, and Yaëlle Biro
This Bulletin and the exhibition it accompanies, "The Nelson A. Rockefeller Vision: In Pursuit of the Best in the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas," reflect on an extraordinary act of philanthropy that was also a catalyst for momentous change in the art world. In establishing the Museum of Primitive Art (MPA) in 1956—the precursor to what is today the Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas (AAOA) at the Metropolitan Museum—Nelson Rockefeller was a true pioneer, assembling what remains the greatest collection of fine art from these disparate fields. Perhaps even more important than this singular achievement, however, was Rockefeller's long campaign to place his collection at the Metropolitan Museum as a gift to the city and to the world, which he finally achieved in 1969 after nearly forty years of effort.
National Associate Members and Members at the $100 Level and above will be receiving the Summer 2014 Bulletin, The Nelson A. Rockefeller Vision: Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, in the mail as a benefit of Membership.
48 pages, full-color illustrations throughout. 8 1/2'' x 11''. Paper.