The Museum of Contemporary Art has announced that the Architecture and Design Council will join several of its official councils. The council formerly was an independent, nonprofit organization, the Architecture and Design Support Group, founded in 1980 at MOCA's inception.
The council's primary goal will be to endow a permanent curatorial chair for architecture and design. To achieve that goal, the council will mount a major fund-raising effort this year as part of the current campaign for capital funds to support the museum's future. To date, more than $100,000 has been pledged to the council.
Official recognition of the council followed 10 months of discussion and was celebrated at a reception at the museum attended by William F. Kieschnick, chairman of the board of trustees, and Richard Koshalek, MOCA's director.
The former support group was founded to encourage and publicize support for the establishment of MOCA and to act as a liaison between the museum and the architecture and design community.