To support the construction of the new home of the Studio Museum in Harlem, artists including Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Mark Bradford and Glenn Ligon are donating work to sell at a Sotheby’s auction in May, the auction house announced Sunday.
“They all represent different aspects of the museum’s life,” said Thelma Golden, the director and chief curator of the museum, “the way in which artists actualize our mission through their work.”
The museum is seeking to raise $175 million for the new building at its current site on 125th Street — designed by Adjaye Associates in collaboration with Cooper Robertson — as well as for a reserve and endowment. The city has contributed $53.8 million, with another $9 million commitment anticipated over the next two years.
Among the other artists donating their work are Sam Gilliam, Rashid Johnson, Julie Mehretu, Lorna Simpson and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye — all of whom have longstanding relationships with the Studio Museum.