Palm Springs Art Museum Receives Contemporary Art Gift

The Palm Springs Art Museum’s contemporary art collection will rise to a new level with a major gift of works from Donna and Cargill MacMillan, reports Suzanne Muchnic for the Los Angeles Times. Composed of one hundred and sixteen pieces by sixty-six artists, the international trove is particularly strong in sculpture, including pieces by Anish Kapoor, Louise Bourgeois, Donald Judd, Mona Hatoum, and Gary Hume.

The MacMillans, who divide their time between Minnesota and the California desert community, have built their collection over the past twenty years with an eye for works that connect with viewers through humor, emotional expression, and provocative subject matter. Eclectic in style and attitude, their selections embrace expressionism, Minimalism, and Pop in a variety of media. There are pieces by historical giants such as Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, and Roy Lichtenstein, along with works by artists who have garnered international recognition in the last couple of decades, including Jennifer Steinkamp, Pae White, and Julie Mehretu. A public introduction to the collection is coming soon in a four-part exhibition, “The Passionate Pursuit: Gifts and Promised Works from Donna and Cargill MacMillan,” which opens September 5.