The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, has announced that it has received a gift of twenty-two works from collectors and longtime supports of LA MoCA Alan Hergott and Curt Shepard. The donation includes paintings and photographs by artists who have been recently featured in exhibitions at the museum, including Doug Aitken, Matthew Barney, Thomas Hirschhorn, and Catherine Opie as well as additional works by Lari Pittman, Rineke Dijkstra, Gilbert & George, Andrea Gursky, Elliott Hundley, and Jack Pierson.
“As with many American museums, MoCA would not exist without the selfless engagement of its patrons. With this gift, Alan and Curt join a family of collectors who have changed museums in this country forever,” director Philippe Vergne said. “Their gifts to MoCA benefit the museum and its artists, the city of Los Angeles, and its citizens. This is true philanthropy at the highest level.”
Hergott and Shepard have been active collectors of contemporary art for the last thirty years. In total, they’ve gifted the museum at least forty works from their collection, which according to the institution, will help it to showcase LGBTQ culture and address the complex social and political history surrounding the representation of men. Shepard said, “We hope to see these works in various juxtapositions with other art in MoCA’s permanent collection for a long time to come.”