David Rockefeller has pledged $1 million to the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design for the museum's Asian galleries, which are named for his mother and aunt.
Rockefeller's gift, which brings RISD's capital campaign total to $80 million, is the first significant sum earmarked for the reinstallation of the permanent collection and will allow the museum to reinterpret the sixth-floor Asian collections with new cases, lighting, and increased visitor amenities. The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Gallery, named for Rockefeller's mother, showcases Japanese woodblock prints from the permanent collection on a revolving basis. The Lucy Truman Aldrich Gallery, named for Rockefeller's aunt, presents regular rotations from the museum's collection of about thirty-five hundred Asian textiles.
"Mr. Rockefeller's generosity will honor the legacy of Mrs. Rockefeller and Miss Aldrich and allow us to show our fine Asian collections in appropriate and beautiful new galleries," said museum director Hope Alswang.