Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, has announced a gift of sixty-eight contemporary artworks to its Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art from software entrepreneur and philanthropist Peter Norton.
The gift, which includes works in a variety of media selected for their ability to support teaching and learning, increases the diversity of the museum's holdings as well as the international breadth of artists represented across its collections. Artists represented include Matthew Benedict, Doug Black, Nayland Blake, Paul Chan, Ken Fandell, Miran Fukada, Anna Gaskell, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Mona Hatoum, Jenny Holzer, Doug Ischar, Emiko Kasahara, Mike Kelley and Tony Oursler, Louise Lawler, Glenn Ligon, Christian Marclay, Matthew McCaslin, Gabriel Orozco, Cornelia Parker, Paul Ramirez-Jones, Erika Rothenberg, Joe Scanlan, Jim Shaw, Gary Simmons, Lorna Simpson, Masooma Syed, Tony Tasset, Maki Tamura, Kara Walker, Gillian Wearing, Carrie Mae Weems, and Fred Wilson.
The gift is the latest in a series of gifts Norton has made to university art museums in the United States in recognition of their efforts to advance innovative work, integrate art into teaching and learning across disciplines, foster creative museum practices, and engage audiences with diverse forms of contemporary art.
"On behalf of the Block Museum, I would like to express my profound gratitude to Peter Norton, who has been visionary in his support of art and education — making what artists do accessible to all," said Lisa Graziose Corrin, the Block Museum's Ellen Philips Katz director. "This gift reinforces Northwestern's commitment to excellence in the arts as a significant part of the Northwestern experience for students and as part of its identity in the cultural community of the Chicago region."