Spanning the early twentieth century to the present, the collection of a hundred and twenty works features many of the leading figures of Latin American modernism, including Tarsila do Amaral, Lygia Clark, Frida Kahlo, Carlos Mérida, Wifredo Lam, and Joaquín Torres-García. The collection, which includes paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, and mixed media, is valued at $10 million. The gift also includes a financial contribution to the museum’s endowment in support of a Latin American curatorship.
Starting later this month, the Blanton will present a selection of approximately seventy works from the collection in an exhibition scheduled to run through February 15, 2015.
Longtime supporters of the university, the Tates have helped support the Texas Exes alumni association, the university’s development board, and the University of Texas Investment Management Company. Charles Tate was elected to the McCombs School of Business Hall of Fame in 2003 and received a distinguished alumnus award from the Texas Exes in 2007 and a UT presidential citation in 2011. Judy Tate is a past chair of the Blanton’s museum council and is involved with a number of other UT organizations.
"With this gift, Charles and Judy have once again made a hugely valuable contribution to the life of UT Austin," said UT president Bill Powers. "This gift will continue to put us at the forefront as one of the country's best museums for Latin American art and will provide many new opportunities for students, faculty, and art historians."