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RISD Museum Receives $2.5 Million Gift from David Rockefeller

The RISD Museum has received from David Rockefeller a gift of $2.5 million to fund and expand the museum's collection of decorative arts and design. Rockefeller's pledge also includes the endowment of a curatorial position to lead that department, funds to underwrite a named gallery within the museum's European art galleries, and a promised gift of decorative artwork from his estate including European furniture, porcelain, and silver.

Elizabeth A. Williams, who joined the RISD Museum in January 2013 as curator of decorative arts and design, is the first curator to hold the new title of David and Peggy Rockefeller Curator of Decorative Arts and Design. The David and Peggy Rockefeller Gallery will be renovated from an existing 400-square-foot corner gallery in the RISD Museum's Radeke building, in preparation for future installation of Rockefeller’s promised gifts, which will include about forty-three works of rare furniture and decorative arts from England, silver objects used for dining and entertaining, and figurative and functional European porcelain.

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