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Philadelphia’s Institute of Contemporary Art Receives $4.5 Million in Gifts

The Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia announced today that it has received two donations that will endow key curatorial positions. Daniel and Brett Sundheim have donated $3 million, of which $2.5 million will endow the role of chief curator and $500,000 will support a new fund dedicated to exhibition outreach and community engagement. An additional $1.5 million was donated by Andrea B. Laporte and will endow the associate curator position.

“We’re incredibly grateful to University of Pennsylvania alumni Daniel and Brett Sundheim and to Andie Laporte for their visionary gifts, which enable ICA to remain at the forefront of contemporary art by securing long-term support for our curators and their ongoing work,” said ICA director Amy Sadao.

Daniel Sundheim has been on the ICA’s board since 2012, and Brett has also recently been elected a member of the board. Their donation supports the post of the institution’s current chief curator, Anthony Elms, who joined the ICA from Performa in 2011. During his tenure at the museum, he has organized several exhibitions, including “Endless Shout” (2016–17); “Rodney McMillian: The Black Show” (2016); and “Christopher Knowles: In a Word” (2015), with writer Hilton Als.

Laporte first came to the ICA as a volunteer at the University of Pennsylvania. She joined the institution’s board in 2010 and took on the role of board chair that same year, serving until 2016. Laporte’s gift supports the post currently held by Kate Kraczon, who has been at the ICA for over ten years. Kraczon is currently organizing artist Ree Morton’s first major retrospective in the US in over three decades, which is scheduled to open in September 2018.

The donations come on the heels of the ICA’s announcement at the end of last month that it has become the first museum to be certified by W.A.G.E. (Working Artists and the Greater Economy), the New York–based activist organization that advocates for artists to receive fair compensation from the institutions that contract their work.