Support: Collections Councils

Collections Councils provide exciting opportunities for Members to build relationships with curators and specialists and others who share their interests, in an intimate, behind-the-scenes setting. Councils meet several times per year for curator-led tours, special receptions, visits to private collections and artists’ studios, travel opportunities, and more. Annual Memberships range from $100 to $5,000, a portion of which is tax-deductible. For more information and to join, please contact the Development office at (718) 501-6589.

The African Art Council brings lovers of African art closer to our acclaimed and historic collection. Council activities offer opportunities to meet a range of specialists in the field through visits to galleries and other institutions; special viewings of objects in the Museum’s Conservation Lab; private receptions; and behind-the-scenes tours led by Kevin Dumouchelle, Associate Curator, Arts of Africa and the Pacific Islands.

The Asian Art Council, led by Joan Cummins, Lisa and Bernard Selz Curator of Asian Art, explores the arts of East Asia, South and Southeast Asia, and the Islamic world. Events include visits to private and public collections in the area and in other cities, talks and workshops relating to the Museum’s collections, and curator-led tours of galleries during Asia Week.

The Contemporary Art Council invites its Members to expand their understanding of what it means to be a working artist in New York today. Members visit galleries and artists' studios, tour private and corporate collections, and enjoy curator-led tours of exhibitions at other museums.

The Council for Feminist Art fosters the dynamic and diverse exhibitions and educational programming of the Museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art. Together with founder Elizabeth A. Sackler and Sackler Center Curator Catherine Morris, Members engage in a dialogue about feminism’s relevance to visual culture and participate in exhibition openings, private visits to artists’ studios and art fairs, curator-led tours, lectures, and much more.

The Libraries and Archives Council brings together enthusiasts of books and learning and the Museum’s Principal Librarian Deirdre Lawrence to expand and preserve one of the great art libraries of the world. Programs include behind-the-scenes tours with curatorial staff, as well as visits to galleries, artists' studios, and other libraries.