On Wednesday, May 11, 2011 the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s International Collectors and Contemporary Collectors voted to purchase an exuberant draped canvas by Sam Gilliam, Dance Me, Dance You 2 #1 (2009). The decision was made during their 2011 Collectors' Selection Dinner.
In the mid-1960s, African-American artist Sam Gilliam challenged the traditional format of painting by taking his canvases off the wall and off their stretchers. The resulting works, suspended in the air, emphasized process and they turned paintings into colorful sculptures. Today Gilliam continues his investigation of poured colored, stained canvas, and draped and floating forms. In Dance Me, Dance You 2, #1, brilliantly stained fabric billows into a skirted form that conveys musicality and movement.
Institutional support for MCASD is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture and the James Irvine Foundation.