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MCA Chicago and the Nasher Museum of Art to Split Inaugural $250,000 Sotheby’s Prize

The MCA Chicago and the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University in North Carolina have been selected as the two winners of the Sotheby’s Prize, according to Artnet’s Julia Halperin. The auction house’s $250,000 award, which will be split between the two venues, recognizes “exhibitions that break new art-historical ground,” according to Halperin.

Ninety-two institutions from fifteen countries applied and were considered by the jury, which ultimately could not agree on a single winner. The winning Nasher show, “Pop América, 1965–1975,” will explore Latino and Latin American artists’ influence on Pop art, while “Many Tongues: Art, Language, Revolution in the Middle East and South Asia,” at the MCA Chicago, will look at connections between the two regions.

Three additional institutions—the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania; the Cummer Museum of Art in Jacksonville, Florida; and the Crystal Bridges Museum in Arkansas—will receive $10,000 each for shows opening next year.