Oppenheimer Collection 20th Anniversary Gala
The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art hosted a gala Sept. 29, 2012 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Oppenheimer art collection.
The event, honoring Marti and Tony Oppenheimer, was held at the Nerman on the campus of Johnson County Community College.
More than 500 artists, art dealers and art aficionados from Chicago, Wichita, Little Rock, Ark., and other cities across the nation attended, including friends from Sotheby's in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Also that evening, the Nerman unveiled more than 15 new gifts from the Oppenheimers. They included another stunning painting from Dana Schutz, whose Swimming, Smoking, Crying graced the cover of Art in America in November.
Other artists exhibiting new works are be Nick Cave, Kim Dorland, Asad Faulwell, Kirk Hayes, Angel Otero, Cordy Ryman, Kent Michael Smith, Stefanie Gutheil, Lonnie Powell, Ian Davis, Allison Schulnik, Leidy Churchman, Brian Calvin, Warren Inessee and Brian Tolle.
"The Oppenheimer Collection is now synonymous with the Nerman Museum," said Bruce Hartman, the museum's executive director. "It is the foundation upon which our permanent collection rests. Do-Ho Suh's sculpture Some/One is an icon for the museum just as Jonathan Borofsky's Walking Man is a signature work for the entire campus."
During the last two decades, the Oppenheimers and the Oppenheimer Brothers Foundation have donated more than 150 pieces of art. The collection is valued at well over $10 million.
In 2006, JCCC was cited by Public Art Review magazine as one of the top 10 college campuses for public art in the United States.
"Marti and Tony have transformed our campus with their generosity and passion for art," JCCC President Terry Calaway said. "We all benefit from their extraordinary vision and commitment."