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MoMA’s 2023 Black Arts Council Benefit To Be Held on April 3, Celebrating Artists Whose Work the Group Has Acquired Throughout Its 30-Year History

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The Museum of Modern Art’s Black Arts Council will host its annual benefit on April 3, celebrating the artists whose work the Council has supported for acquisition into MoMA’s collection over its 30-year history. The benefit will feature a performance by Grammy Award–winning jazz vocalist Samara Joy.

The Black Arts Council supports MoMA’s mission by centering Black perspectives on modern and contemporary art. Founded in 1993 as The Friends of Education by Dr. Akosua Barthwell Evans, Agnes Gund, and David Rockefeller Jr., the Black Arts Council at MoMA funds acquisitions by Black artists, supports educational programs on Black art, and creates opportunities for Black artists and arts professionals at MoMA.

The full list of artists being celebrated at this year’s benefit includes:
John Akomfrah, Benny Andrews, Romare Bearden, John Biggers, Sanford Biggers, Elizabeth Catlett, Willie Cole, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Charles Gaines, Ellen Gallagher, David Hammons, Barkley L. Hendricks, William H. Johnson, Norman Lewis, Glenn Ligon, Kerry James Marshall, Rodney McMillian, Robert H. McNeill, Zanele Muholi, Adam Pendleton, Howardena Pindell, Adrian Piper, Pope.L, Martin Puryear, Betye Saar, Accra Shepp, Gary Simmons, Bob Thompson, Kara Walker, Carrie Mae Weems, Charles White, Jack Whitten, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

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MoMA’s 2022 Black Arts Council Benefit at The Museum of Modern Art on June 14, 2022 in New York City. Photo: Austin Donohue