Born in Pittsburgh in 1940, Mel Bochner studied under the artist Robert Lepper at Carnegie Mellon University, where he recevied his BFA in 1962 and an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts in 2005. His work has been featured in Pittsburgh on a number of occasions. In 1985, Carnegie-Mellon University Art Gallery presented Mel Bochner: 1973-1985, a significant survey exhibition organized by the gallery's director and curator, CMU professor Elaine King. From October 12, 2002 through January 12, 2003 Bochner was featured in the fiftieth installment of Carnegie Museum of Art's Forum series, Mel Bochner Photographs, 1966-1969, organized by the Harvard University Art Museums. Most recently, Bochner collaborated with landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh to design the Kraus Campo, a new garden and sculpture project located on CMU's campus completed in 2004. In addition to those listed above, Bochner has been the subject of many solo exhibitions at venues including the Arthur M. Sackler Museum at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (2002); the Drawing Center, New York (1998); the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Geneva (1997), and the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT (1995). He has also been featured in numerous group exhibitions including at Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal and the Tate Modern (both in 2005); the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2004); in the 2004 and 1977 Whitney Biennial Exhibitions, New York; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (in 2003); the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (both in 1996).
From acquisition narrative, June 2007