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MoMA Receives Major Gift of 800 Works From the Gilbert B. and Lila Silverman Instruction Drawing Collection, a Monumental Addition to the Museum’s Collection

The Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art has received a major gift of 800 works, the Gilbert B. and Lila Silverman Instruction Drawing Collection, adding significant examples of the conceptual underpinnings of more than 300 artists’ practice to the Museum’s collection. This is the third major gift from the Silvermans to MoMA; they donated the Avalanche Magazine Archives in 2005 and The Gilbert B. and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection in 2009. This singular group of instruction drawings is a monumental addition to the Museum’s collection for scholars and audiences alike, highlighting works that, as the Silvermans explained, “bridge the gap between the flash of an idea and the completed artwork,” providing insight into artistic production and the creative process.

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Merce Cunningham. Aeon (.a). 1961/63. Ink and colored pencil on three sheets of notebook paper, mounted and matted, and typewriting on paper. 13 7/8 × 10 13/16″ (35.3 × 27.5 cm. Gift of the Gilbert B. and Lila Silverman Instruction Drawing Collection Gift, Detroit. © 2019 Merce Cunningham

Merce Cunningham. Aeon (.d). 1961/63. Ink and colored pencil on three sheets of notebook paper, mounted and matted, and typewriting on paper. 11 1/8 × 8 1/2″ (28.2 × 21.6 cm). Gift of the Gilbert B. and Lila Silverman Instruction Drawing Collection Gift, Detroit. © 2019 Merce Cunningham

Robert Rauschenberg. White Paintings- 1951. 1965. Ink, lined paper and staples on cardboard. 8 x 14 1/3 inches. Gift of the Gilbert B. and Lila Silverman Instruction Drawing Collection, Detroit. © 2019 Robert Rauschenberg Foundation

Robert Rauschenberg. Letter from Billy Klüver to Pontus Hulten regarding the fabrication of Rauschenberg’s White Paintings- 1951. 1965. Ink on paper. 13 x 8 1/2 inches. Gift of the Gilbert B. and Lila Silverman Instruction Drawing Collection, Detroit. © 2019 Robert Rauschenberg Foundation

Donald Judd. Instruction Drawing for Otterlo Show Wall Sculpture. 1976. Pencil on paper. 12 1/2 × 9 1/2″ (31.8 × 24.1 cm). Gift of the Gilbert B. and Lila Silverman Instruction Drawing Collection, Detroit. © 2019 Judd Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York