West Coast Acquisition Committee (WCAC) members have the opportunity to directly foster the growth of the Israel Museum’s Contemporary Art Department through the purchase of contemporary works of art. Members are invited to exclusive art events in private homes and artist studios throughout the year. The season culminates each spring in the voting meeting led by one of the Museum’s senior curators. Since its inception in 2000, the committee has raised nearly $2 million towards the purchase of 59 works of art for the permanent collection.

WCAC Co-Chairs
Marla and Jeffrey Michaels
Meredith Bayse
Marc Covitz

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Upcoming Events 

Art+Architecture Day* featuring visits to Hollyhock House with artists Louise Bonnet and Adam Silverman, followed by studio visits with Lari Pittman, Roy Dowell and Joel Otterson

*additional fee 

Benefits of Membership

• Vote in the annual WCAC meeting to select new contemporary acquisitions for The Israel Museum
• Invitations to exclusive art events including private collections, artist studio visits, film screenings, curator or artist-led walkthroughs at major area museums and galleries
• Private tour of The Israel Museum led by a curator or senior staff (with advance notice)
• Invitations to the New York Contemporary Art Acquisitions Committee (CAAC) events
• Invitations to join AFIM on select art-centric trips* in the US and abroad (pending availability)
• VIP passes to select art fairs (upon request, and pending availability)
• Subscription to The Israel Museum Magazine

*additional fee

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Select Past Events

• Visits to the studios of artists Mark Bradford, Matthew Brandt, Brian Bress, Charles Gaines, Gajin Fujita, Simon and Nikolai Haas, Cathy Opie, Kenny Scharf, Amanda Ross-Ho, Azadeh Shladovsky, and the Robert Therrien Estate
 Artist and Book Talks with Shirin Neshat, Chara Schreyer, Ai WeiWei, and Firooz Zahedi
• Coastal Collection Day in Malibu with visits to the homes of David Hoberman; Marla and Jeffrey Michaels; and Alexis Deutsch-Adler and Robert Adler.
• Private curator-led tours of the Hammer Museum; Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; J. Paul Getty Museum; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and The Getty Villa