The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri, announced today that it has acquired eight-hundred photographs that span 190 years. The institution was able to add the works to its collection after it received a $10 million gift from the Hall Family Foundation.
The works, which were produced by nearly 150 artists, include an 1826 print by JosephNicéphore Niépce, who is often credited as the inventor of photography and a pioneer of the field, as well as works by Dorothea Lange, W. Eugene Smith, Robert Frank, Diane Arbus, Cindy Sherman, Ellsworth Kelly, Carrie Mae Weems, and Thomas Struth, among many others.
Around one hundred of the photographs will be on view this spring in exhibition “The Big Picture: A Transformative Gift from the Hall Family Foundation,” opening on April 27, 2018. The show will coincide with the foundation’s seventy-fifth anniversary.
Donald J. Hall, Jr., the current CEO of Hallmark, became a trustee of the museum in 2016. His father, Don Hallthe head of the Hall Family Foundation and former Hallmark president and CEOserved as a trustee to the Nelson-Atkins for more than three decades. The Hallmark company helped grow the museum’s photography holdings signficantly by gifting its entire collection of 6,500 works to the institution in 2005.