Visual Arts

‘Transformative gift’ creates a new girls’ club at Fort Lauderdale art museum

Horvitz and Good
Horvitz and Good

Photographs by Cindy Sherman and the late Ana Mendieta, two collages by Kara Walker and a watercolor by Louise Bourgeous are among 100 works by leading contemporary artists donated by Fort Lauderdale philanthropists David Horvitz and his wife, artist Francie Bishop Good, to the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale.

The works — predominantly by women artists — were created during the years 1978 to 2013. “This is a transformative gift for the museum’s extensive collection as it provides a comprehensive overview of contemporary art that includes numerous pivotal works in the artists’ careers,” said museum director Bonnie Clearwater, in announcing the gift.

“A lot of museum collections have to acquire one work at a time,” she said. “This gives us a cohesive collection — a foundation for contemporary art — that is heavy on women who are multicultural artists.”

They include Mickalene Thomas, Tracey Emin, Jennifer Steinkamp, Miami-born Teresita Fernández, Miami-based Frances Trombly, Ann Hamilton, Wangechi Mutu, Shinique Smith, Carrie Mae Weems and Ghada Amer.

The value of the gift will be determined by the auction house Sotheby’s.

Good said the gift was spurred by her mother’s death a few years ago. “We began to talk about plans. We never wanted our own museum. I always wanted the collection to go to the museum,” where Horvitz is chairman of the board of governors; she also sits on the board.

Seventy of the works will be included in the museum’s upcoming show, “Belief + Doubt: Selections from the Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz Collection,” which runs Aug. 26-Jan. 22, 2017. Many have been previously exhibited at Girls’ Club, an alternative art space supported by the couple.

Now in its 10th year, Girls’ Club will move outside its downtown Fort Lauderdale space, replacing its permanent home with a series of nomadic programs focusing on female artists.