‘Universally admired’ arts patron Agnes Gund stars in new documentary at MoMA

Agnes Gund, the Museum of Modern Art in New Yorks president emerita, who famously sold a $165m Roy Lichtenstein painting to raise $150m for criminal justice reform (shown in this news clipping), is often described as that rarest of mythical beings: a truly empathetic and selfless rich person. A new documentary, directed by her activist film-maker daughter Catherine Gund, shows why the collector, affectionately known as Aggie, is so universally admired—and how—her experiences growing up in a segregated and misogynist America shaped her social activism, without falling into hagiography. Yes, there are plenty of speakers singing her praises in the film, from Oprah Winfrey to the Ford Foundations Darren Walker, but more moving are the glimpses of personality that shine through Gunds reticence to talk too much about herself. Hearing how the Cleveland native urged former President Barack Obama to root for the Cavaliers during the 2016 NBA Championship is a highlight, as is the film-maker John Waters asking if she had ever takenRead More – Source

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