Carnegie Museum of Art
$15,000 to help acquire the 1948 painting It Isn’t the Heat, It’s the Humidity for the museum’s permanent collection. Born in Vienna, Koerner left Europe during the rise of Nazism and emigrated to the United States in 1939. Koerner’s figurative realist paintings are complicated by the use of multiple scales, distortion, and fantastic scenerios, such as the image of a magazine advertisement blown across a man’s face. The advertisement depicts a couple kissing and creates the circular illusion that the man is a woman kissing another man.