MoMA Gets Gifted from Griffin

December 23, 2015 Debbie Jacobs In the News

Hedge fund manager Kenneth C. Griffin has donated an unrestricted gift of $40 million to New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Museum officials announced the donation, which is the single largest in the history of the museum. In response to the generous gift the museum will name its most famous building for him- calling the black steel and glass East Wing after Griffin.

The Chicago-based founder and chief executive of Citadel already made the news this year, appearing in ARTnews’ “Top 200 Collectors List. He has donated previously to other museums and educational organizations in Chicago, and he sits on the board of the Whitney Museum. The lobby of the Whitney’s new meatpacking district building is also named for Griffin.

MoMA director Glenn Lowry said that Griffin’s “commitment to our mission and vision is truly extraordinary.”

Griffin told the New York Times that “It is my hope that visitors, artists and students from around the world will experience all that MoMA has to offer for generations to come.”

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