Judy Glickman Lauder gifts 600-plus photographs to Portland Museum of Art

Judy Glickman Lauder gifts 600-plus photographs to Portland Museum of Art

Photographer and philanthropist Judy Glickman Lauder has given a reward of more than 600 images to the Portland Museum of Artwork, the museum recently announced. The selection contains works by important 20th-century photographers these types of as Gordon Parks, Richard Avedon, and Margaret Bourke-White, together with some of Glickman Lauder’s own pictures, and will be proven in an exhibit in October 2022.

“To have her believe in us with this assortment, and spouse with the Portland Museum of Artwork, is one particular of the proudest times of my career,” reported museum director Mark Bessire. “Judy highlights the electricity and prospective and even obligation of photography.”

Glickman Lauder’s perform as a photographer appears in about 300 community and private collections, which includes at the Whitney Museum of American Artwork and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her pictures have been published in a selection of guides, most not long ago “Further than the Shadows: The Holocaust and the Danish Exception,” which characteristics 30 decades of pictures of focus camps and portraits of people involved in the rescue of Danish Jewish survivors. She lives in Maine, serves on the museum’s board, and has been an lively member of the Maine photography local community for a long time, reported Bessire.

In an e-mailed assertion to the Globe, Glickman Lauder mentioned she grew to become interested in pictures because of her father, Irving Bennett Ellis, a medical doctor and photographer whose perform also seems in the collection. She commenced accumulating photos early in her existence and ongoing to do so with her partner, Leonard A. Lauder.

“He and I agree that the pleasure of any assortment isn’t just a single photo or the other but that prevalent thread that helps hook up, inspire, and spark emotion and understanding,” Glickman Lauder explained.

Bessire identified as Glickman Lauder’s gift “a dream appear genuine,” noting that it lets the museum to showcase photography as an art kind, together with its other collections.

“For me, this collection is all about humanity,” Glickman Lauder wrote. “It’s that full spectrum of the human knowledge . . . and to me that has always been the splendor of this medium.”

The 600-moreover pictures will make up “Presence: The Photography Selection of Judy Glickman Lauder,” curated by Anjuli Lebowitz, the inaugural Judy Glickman Lauder Associate Curator of Pictures.

“This is the first specific curator whose occupation is just pictures,” Bessire stated. “We necessary that career to help this assortment coming in, and Judy made that materialize.”

Lebowitz, who earlier served in the curatorial departments of the Philadelphia Museum of Artwork and the Metropolitan Museum of Artwork, reported she’s excited to be curating this new exhibit.

Though she has met Glickman Lauder a couple of moments, “the principal way that I’ve gotten to know her is via these objects,” Lebowitz mentioned. “You truly get a feeling [of] what attracts somebody to a thing.”

Lebowitz said that when the assortment focuses on mid-20th-century images, the material varies. “To characterize it I feel would give it brief shrift, but there is this truly incredible group of 20th-century photos that she’s pulled jointly.”

Gordon Parks, “American Gothic, Washington, DC,” 1942, gelatin silver print. Promised reward from the Judy Glickman Lauder Collection.Graphic courtesy of Luc Demers. Courtesy of and copyright The Gordon Parks Basis.

The museum not long ago ordered two more buildings, Bessire reported, and with the current donation there is talk of including a image middle.

“Hopefully, this assortment will incorporate to that vibrancy and present joy and inspiration to locals and travelers alike,” Glickman Lauder stated, “cementing Portland as a true vacation spot for photography in addition to all the other amazing factors that this city is regarded and loved for.”


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