Friends of the Collection Benefit

Friends of the Collection Benefit

Collectors in Conversation

John Marin (United States, 1870–1953), Movement in Red, Blue, Green and Umber (detail), 1950, oil on canvas, 22 x 28 inches. Courtesy of Meredith Ward Fine Art.

Established in 1983, the Friends of the Collection comprises individuals whose generosity directly supports the acquisition, conservation, and care for the collection as well as related programming. The collection of more than 18,000 works of art is the heart of the institution, and the Friends of the Collection is instrumental in shaping and maintaining it. 

Collectors in Conversation: How a Passion for Art Can Transform a Museum and its Community
5 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Cocktail Reception in the David E. Shaw and Family Sculpture Park
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Collectors in Conversation lecture in the Bernard Osher Foundation Auditorium
SOLD OUT 8 p.m.: Dinner at the home of Mark Bessire, Judy and Leonard Lauder Director 

Due to circumstances beyond our control, Judy and Leonard Lauder are unable to join us this evening. We are delighted to welcome Dr. Emily Braun, Curator of The Leonard A. Lauder Collection.

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Join us for this special program with Mark H.C. Bessire, Judy and Leonard Lauder Director, in conversation with: 

Scott Black, Honorary Trustee
Mr. Black, a graduate of Deering High School, began acquiring exceptional examples of European modernism in 1985 and almost immediately agreed to loan many of these works to the PMA. His collection is critical to our presentation of European and transatlantic art. 

Walter B. Goldfarb, M.D., Trustee
Dr. Walter Goldfarb and his late wife, Marcia, began collecting more than 30 years ago in three distinct categories: ship portraits by Robert Salmon and others; landscapes in the tradition of the Hudson River School; and trompe l’oeil still lifes by John Haberle, William Michael Harnett, and John Frederick Peto. Dr. Goldfarb has generously donated several paintings to the museum and lent others for display in the galleries. 

Dr. Emily Braun, Curator of The Leonard A. Lauder Collection
Dr. Emily Braun has served as the Curator of the Leonard A. Lauder Collection since 1987. In addition to her writings on Cubism and fin-de siecle Vienna, she has published extensively on 20th-century Italian art and on European culture of the interwar period. She is the author of Thomas Hart Benton: The American Today Murals (1985) and has co-authored and contributed to many award-winning catalogues, including Alberto Burri: The Trauma of Painting (2015); Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection (2014); The Steins Collect (2012); The Power of Conversation: Jewish Women and their Salons (2005); Gardens and Ghettos: The Art of Jewish Life in Italy (1990); and Northern Light: Realism and Symbolism in Scandinavian Painting (1982). Braun was a Fellow at the New York Public Library's Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers (2002-2003) and received a Senior Research Grant from the Getty Foundation (1993).

Peter and Paula Lunder
Peter and Paula Lunder are philanthropists and collectors of American art. The Lunders are actively involved with the Colby College Museum of Art and serve on its Board of Governors. They have made several transformative contributions through gifts of art to the museum, including paintings, sculpture, photography, and works on paper. Last year, they gifted a set of 100 Pablo Picasso etchings from the 1930s, and most recently, they announced the creation of The Lunder Institute for American Art, which will enable students of all disciplines to interact with scholars and artists in an intensive residency program.

Host Committee:
Elizabeth Astor
Agatha S. Barclay
Eliot and Melanie Stewart Cutler
Eileen Gillespie and Tim Fahey
Alex and Brianne Fisher
Kathy and Rick Grossman
Patricia and Cyrus Hagge
John and Hilary Isacke
Harry W. Konkel
Betsey McCandless
Karen McDonald
Nion McEvoy and Leslie Berriman
Leslie B. Otten
Annette Pakula
Tina Petra
Alec Porteous
Chris and Maggie Robinson
David E. Shaw
Jaqueline Soley
Joe Soley
Jane Costello Wellehan
Amy Woodhouse and Tobey Scott