The Japan Society in New York City has received two grants totaling $4.5 million from the Mary Livingston Griggs and Mary Griggs Burke Foundation, the Wall Street Journal reports.
The bequest from Mary Griggs Burke, who died in 2012, will create an endowment for the Japan Society Gallery in memory of Burke and her efforts to share Japanese art with American audiences. A collector of Asian art and a longtime supporter of the Japan Society, Burke helped fund construction of the organization's Midtown East building as well as a number of exhibitions.
The gallery is pushing to mount exhibitions that explore the global influence of Japanese culture and boost educational programs, Yukie Kamiya, the gallery's director, told the Journal. "Our new idea is thinking about Japan in a global context, how Japanese art and culture has had impacts on other countries," said Kamiya. "We really need this kind of substantial support to collaborate with European artists and to see Japanese culture from other angles."