52 works of Native American art donated to MFA from Rockefeller estate

The works include pottery, weavings, baskets, and watercolors.

“Buffalo Hunt’’ is among the works of Native American art gifted by the estate of David and Peggy Rockefeller to the MFA.
“Buffalo Hunt’’ is among the works of Native American art gifted by the estate of David and Peggy Rockefeller to the MFA. –Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

The Museum of Fine Arts has announced a gift of 52 works of Native American art from the estate of David and Peggy Rockefeller. David Rockefeller, the last member of the third generation of the famous family, died last year. The works include pottery, weavings, baskets, and watercolors.

“These significant examples of Native American art will allow us to broaden the stories we present in our galleries and further explore in our public programs,’’ Matthew Teitelbaum, the MFA’s director, said in a statement. Many of the works were collected by David Rockefeller’s parents, John D. Rockefeller Jr. and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, with additions from their son and daughter-in-law.

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As a collector, David Rockefeller was best known for his holdings in modern art. He was also a passionate collector of beetles, eventually owning more than 150,000 specimens. Several hundred of them go on display in an exhibition at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, “The Rockefeller Beetles,’’ that opens Oct. 20.

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