$10,000 toward the acquisition of the 1957-60 assemblage sculpture Untitled (Bird) for the museum’s collection. Brown was a painter and sculptor in the Bay Area beginning in the 1950’s who worked in figurative and expressionistic styles. Wrapped stoically in a mummification style using cardboard, gauze and string, Untitled (Bird) reflects Brown’s interest in the religious imagery of ancient Egypt.
$20,000 toward Transformation: The Art of Joan Brown, a retrospective exhibition and publication, organized by BAM director Jacquelynn Baas and OMC curator Karen Tsujimoto. Brown was a painter and sculptor who worked in figurative and expressionistic styles in the Bay Area from the 1950s. In later life, she painted family, friends, and other domestic subjects.