New Trustee Frederick B. Henry

New Trustee Frederick B. Henry


NEW YORK, NY—January 25, 2002—The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation announced the election of Frederick B. Henry to the Board of Trustees. Since 1984, Mr. Henry, has been the President of the Bohen Foundation, a private charitable foundation whose focus is on commissioning new works of art with particular emphasis on film, video, new media, and installation art.

"Fred Henry has been a good friend to the Guggenheim Museum over the last decade," said Thomas Krens, Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. "Through the Bohen Foundation, Fred has contributed to the overall strength of our contemporary collection, especially in the area of film, video and new media. The Guggenheim will benefit immensely from his experience, expertise, and knowledge of contemporary art."

Recently, the Guggenheim Foundation received a major gift from the Bohen Foundation of an important collection of 277 contemporary works by 46 established and emerging artists working in a variety of media, including video, photography, painting, sculpture, new media, and installation art. Among the artists represented in the collection are Willie Doherty, Pierre Huyghe, Shirin Neshat, Inigo Manglano-Ovalle, Diana Thater, Jane and Louise Wilson, and Sam Taylor-Wood. The gift builds on previous donations by the Bohen Foundation to the Guggenheim, including significant media installations by Vito Acconci, Stan Douglas, Steve McQueen, Nam June Paik, and Bill Viola.

Mr. Henry's philanthropic activities are numerous: since 1991, he has been actively involved with the American Center in Paris and is currently the Chairman of its successor organization, the American Center Foundation. He has also served on the boards of the Aspen Valley Community Foundation, Aspen, CO; Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY; Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA; Dia Center for the Arts, New York, NY; Georges Pompidou Art and Culture Foundation, Paris, France and Houston, TX; The Public Agenda Foundation, New York, NY; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; among others. Mr. Henry is also a Director of the Meredith Corporation in Des Moines, IA.

January 25, 2002

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