We provide vital support to cultural institutions and arts organizations throughout the world via our extensive program of sponsorships and grants.

Global Sponsor, Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs
Organized by The Museum of Modern Art in collaboration with Tate Modern

Bank of America is proud to be the Global Sponsor of Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs, organized by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, in collaboration with Tate Modern, London.

The exhibition was first on view at Tate Modern, from April 17, 2014, through September 7, 2014.  Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs drew more than half a million visitors, making it the most popular exhibition in the museum’s history.

The exhibition will be on view at The Museum of Modern Art from October 12, 2014 through February 8, 2015. Drawn from international public and private collections, along with a selection of related drawings, illustrated books, stained glass, textiles and archival materials, Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs is the most comprehensive exhibition ever devoted to the artist’s paper cut-outs, created between the mid-1940s and 1954, a highly productive final chapter of his career. 

Among the more than 100 featured works, the exhibition reunites The SnailMemory of Oceania, and Large Composition with Masks, which were originally conceived as a unified whole and includes the largest number of the famous Blue Nudes ever exhibited together. At the conceptual heart of the exhibition, following a multiyear conservation initiative funded by the Bank of America Art Conservation Project, is the post-conservation debut of Matisse’s monumental cut-out, The Swimming Pool, which has been off view for more than 20 years.

In the last decade of his career, Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954) began to cut into painted paper with scissors to make drafts for a number of commissions. Eventually, the artist chose cut-outs over painting: he had invented a new medium, called gouaches découpés, and launched a new phase in his career. With the help of his assistants he set about creating cut paper collages, often on a colossal scale. The result was a series of highly original works, which confirmed his enduring reputation as one of the major artists of the twentieth century.

Jacky Klein, art historian, presents Tate Modern’s exhibition.
Credit: The Art Fund
Film by Northern Town

Global Sponsor, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Rich in tradition, innovative in vision

Founded in 1891, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is widely regarded as one of the world's greatest orchestras. Bank of America has partnered with the CSO for more than a decade, becoming the Global Sponsor in the historic 2010/11 season, when Maestro Riccardo Muti began his tenure as music director. As Global Sponsor, we have embarked on the most significant sponsorship in CSO history, providing unprecedented support for the orchestra’s concerts and events at home and abroad. The CSO’s dynamic season is complemented by performances by the world’s most esteemed artists from all cultures and in all genres.

The CSO is a leader in music education and community engagement, offering some of the most innovative programs of any United States orchestra. The CSO’s Institute for Learning, Access and Training offers twenty programs that reach more than 200,000 people each year – fostering children’s cognitive development and creative growth, offering training to young musicians and providing access for all.

Acclaimed worldwide, the CSO has performed sold-out concerts on five continents during more than thirty international tours. CSO radio broadcasts reach twenty million listeners each year via 260 terrestrial stations, satellite radio and Web download. The CSO has earned 62 Grammy® Awards, more than any other individual or ensemble in history. In 2007, the orchestra launched its own record label, CSO Resound. Recordings on this label have won four Grammy® Awards, including Best Classical Album, Best Orchestral Performance and Best Choral Performance.

In addition, the CSO is featured on the soundtrack to the film Lincoln, from DreamWorks Pictures and Twentieth Century Fox, in association with Participant Media, and directed by Steven Spielberg. The CSO, along with members of the Chicago Symphony Chorus, recorded renowned composer John Williams’ original score at Orchestra Hall in Chicago in May 2012.

To mark the 200th birthday of Giuseppe Verdi on October 10, 2013, The CSO and the Chicago Symphony Chorus, featuring Music Director and Maestro Riccardo Muti, considered among the greatest Verdi conductors of our time, live-streamed a celebratory performance of the composer’s passionate and transformative masterpiece, Requiem Mass, to a worldwide audience.

As part of its season-long celebration of Austro-German Masters from Bach to Bruckner, featuring a body of chamber, symphonic, vocal and operatic works from composers including Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Mahler and Bruckner, the 2014/15 season launched with Maestro Muti conducting Beethoven’s formidable Symphony No. 9.

The 2014/15 season also features The Complete Symphonies of Tchaikovsky and a Celebration of Scriabin, ten programs exploring the distinctive styles of two nineteenth-century Russian composers. Beginning with a free community concert on September 19 in Chicago’s Millennium Park, the CSO performed Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, along with The Tempest and the Suite from The Sleeping Beauty.

In October 2014, the CSO embarked on its thirty-second European tour, including a debut in Warsaw, Poland, and two concerts in Paris, and culminating with a weeklong residency in Vienna with four performances, including Verdi’s Requiem.

Another focus throughout the season will be on French composers. From Berlioz to Boulez: Color and Sensuality traces a nation’s search for a musical identity, from the precision of the Renaissance and Baroque to the modernism of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. A three-week festival in May titled Reveries and Passions and led by Esa-Pekka Salonen will feature dramatic and operatic works by Ravel and Debussy and highlight the themes of beauty, fantasy and the dark of night.

Major support for The Met: HD Live in Schools
The thrill of live opera for teachers and students

Major funding for The Met: HD Live in Schools  is made possible by Bank of America, with program support provided through a partnership with the New York City Department of Education. This nationwide initiative that provides students, teachers, and administrators with educational resources tied to select live transmissions of Metropolitan Opera performances, will connect with more students and teachers in its seventh season than ever before.

Since the program launched nationally in 2008, it has reached more than 55,000 students across the United States. The program, which uses opera to teach music, theater, history, and English Language Arts, will reach students in 36 school districts across the country and five New York City high schools. In-class workshops prepare students to attend live movie theater transmissions of operas, direct from the Met stage, and make connections between the operas and other subjects in the school curriculum.

This season’s featured operas include Lehár’s The Merry Widow, Rossini’s La Donna del Lago and Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana / Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, as well as revivals of Verdi’s Macbeth and Bizet’s Carmen

Each opera was chosen based on a combination of factors, including the opera’s applicability to the general curriculum, scheduling with school calendars and entertainment value for young audiences.

Global Sponsor, Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective
The first major survey of the Pop master’s work in 20 years

Bank of America is the Global Sponsor of the monumental exhibition that captures the power of Pop with works of art as fresh and revolutionary as they were 50 years ago. The most comprehensive exhibition ever devoted to Roy Lichtenstein features more than 160 of his works created between 1950 and 1997, from the familiar to the completely unexpected. After opening at the Art Institute of Chicago and traveling to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, the exhibition continued on to the Tate Modern, London and then to Centre Pompidou, Paris.

The last full survey of the artist’s body of work was done in 1993. In Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective, the first major exhibition since the artist’s death in 1997, more than 100 of his greatest paintings from all periods of his career are presented along with a selection of related drawings and sculptures. The exhibition presents Lichtenstein's expansive legacy, including the classic early pop paintings based on advertisements and comic-book treatments of war and romance, his versions of paintings by the modern masters, and series including Brushstrokes, Mirrors, Artist's Studios, Nudes, and Landscapes in the Chinese Style. The exhibition was organized by the Art Institute of Chicago and Tate Modern, London, in association with the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Lichtenstein is a figure of great significance in the recent history of art. His contribution—the still-potent collision of commercial, mass-market imagery and fine art—defines the enduring legacy of Pop Art. In restating the mass-produced image by means of a meticulous, painterly process, he confounded the notion of the readymade and forever expanded and altered our understanding of how a painting can be made, how it should look, and how we define the artist in our society.

Season Sponsor, Carnegie Hall
The world’s most famous concert hall

Bank of America is the proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall. Carnegie Hall features the world’s finest orchestras, chamber ensembles and recitalists, as well as pop, world and jazz artists, along with new music and special commissions. 

Carnegie Hall’s mission is to present extraordinary music and musicians on the three stages of this legendary hall, to bring the transformative power of music to the widest possible audience, to provide visionary education programs, and to foster the future of music through the cultivation of new works, artists, and audiences.

Bank of America also supports Carnegie Hall’s educational program, Carnegie Hall’s Musical Exchange. The program provides a global online community where young musicians (ages 13-25) connect with each other, share their musical performances, and participate in groups and projects led by professional artists from Carnegie Hall. Musical Exchange focuses on musical sharing, creativity, and international collaboration. Young musicians from all over the world - all levels and all musical styles - are invited to join the community.

Highlights from the 2014/15 season include UBUNTU: Music and Arts of South Africa, a celebration of the nation’s cultural and linguistic diversity. Ubuntu translates as “I am because you are,” reflecting South Africans’ belief in the importance of community, reconciliation and inclusion. The festival, dedicated to Nelson Mandela’s legacy, extends throughout New York, with events at leading cultural institutions that include music, film, art exhibitions and more. 

Before Bach celebrates the music of the era before the birth of Johann Sebastian Bach in 1685. From Renaissance madrigals to early Baroque opera, Carnegie Hall brings together an assemblage of artists who make early music come alive for a contemporary audience. 

Also this season, Meredith Monk holds the 2014–2015 Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair. Celebrating fifty years since her professional debut in 1964, Monk’s performances with her Vocal Ensemble and special guests feature her influential piano, chamber, orchestral and vocal works. 

From the Carnegie Hall Perspectives series, mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato collaborates with a range of musical artists from The English Concert and Brentano String Quartet to The Philadelphia Orchestra to perform music of the bel canto era. Another Perspectives series features Anne-Sophie Mutter, a violinist who is dedicated to preserving and creating classical music for the future. Mutter is adding new works for violin to the classical repertoire while also cultivating and promoting new musicians through her foundation. 

In homage to popular classics from a more recent era, Music Director and Conductor Steven Reineke celebrates Frank Sinatra. Let’s Be Frank brings to the stage The New York Pops and an all-star cast of guest performers including Tony DeSare, Storm Large, Frankie Moreno and Ryan Silverman.

Whitney Museum of American Art
Broadening access to 20th and 21st century American art

Bank of America has supported the Whitney Museum of American Art since 2001.  In addition to ongoing support for the museum’s permanent collection and sponsorship of selected exhibitions, we have also supported Artreach, the Whitney’s signature outreach and education initiative, since 2005.

The Whitney, with one of the finest collections of 20th and 21st century American art, has long faced the issue of how to make its nearly 20,000 masterworks accessible to all—in a city that’s world renowned as a leader in art and culture.  One of the key ways the Museum addresses this issue is through Artreach. Leading up to and after the move in 2015 to the new 200,000-square-foot building on Gansevoort Street in New York, Bank of America will support a broadened Artreach effort.

For more than 30 years, the myriad programs that comprise Artreach have made the Museum’s art and artists accessible to diverse audiences.  Artreach provides free programming to New York City public school students, teens, visitors with disabilities and seniors—groups traditionally underserved by cultural institutions.

In 2013, Bank of America sponsored two select exhibitions at the Whitney. American Legends: From Calder to O’Keeffe, showcased the Whitney’s deep holdings of artwork from the first half of the twentieth century by eighteen leading artists: Oscar Bluemner, Charles Burchfield, Paul Cadmus, Alexander Calder, Joseph Cornell, Ralston Crawford, Stuart Davis, Arthur Dove, Charles Demuth, Marsden Hartley, Edward Hopper, Gaston Lachaise, Jacob Lawrence, John Marin, Reginald Marsh, Elie Nadelman, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Joseph Stella. I, YOU, WE, a survey of paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, and photographs of works of art from the 1980s and early 1990s, demonstrated how the personal, social, and collective issues and concerns of the artists of this time are still relevant several decades later. I, YOU, WE was the fifth in a two-year series of exhibitions that reassess the Whitney’s collection in anticipation of the Museum’s move downtown. Unfolding chronologically, these exhibitions explore overlooked developments in American art and reconsider iconic figures and works within new contexts.   Featured artists include Eric Fischl, Nan Goldin, Robert Mapplethorpe, John Currin, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Lorna Simpson and Tina Barney.

If you have questions, click here.