GET YOUR PASSPORTS READY! Rodin Museum in Paris to reopen on November 12 after three years of extensive renovation

Image.septWith the help of the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation, The Musée Rodin, often voted Paris’ most beloved museum, has during the past three years undergone a complete renovation.  This work has been the most extensive conducted since Auguste Rodin himself used the eighteenth-century palace more than 100 years ago.  The renovation will not only give visitors a better understanding of how the building looked and was used during Rodin’s time, it will also elevate the popular museum’s infrastructure to the high standards of today’s modern museums.  In addition, the Musée’s staff is planning a complete re-installation of the artworks, emphasizing Rodin’s working methods.

As Ryan Fisher, Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Cantor Foundation, explains, “The Cantors’ support for the Musée Rodin goes back more than 60 years, to the days when Bernie Cantor became friends with the museum’s then-director, Cécile Goldscheider.  That support continues today because of the Musée’s strong leader, Catherine Chevillot, whose friendship with Iris Cantor and the Cantor Foundation is ongoing.  Part of this long relationship has always been simple friendship. Part has been a shared desire to encourage scholarship.  The largest part has been the feeling that it’s important to preserve Rodin’s art in the way Rodin himself would have.  It is no surprise that Iris and the Cantor Foundation are joining with Catherine Chevillot and her inspired team to preserve the integrity of the Musée Rodin for future generations.”

Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Center Funds Groundbreaking Research in Women’s Health

At the Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Center Annual Lunch with the Scientists:  (l to r) Ryan Fisher; Janet Pregler, M.D.; Mary Ann Cloyd; Cameron Diaz; Gail Greendale, M.D.; and Sandra Bark

At the Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Center Annual Lunch with the Scientists: (l to r) Ryan Fisher; Janet Pregler, M.D.; Mary Ann Cloyd; Cameron Diaz; Gail Greendale, M.D.; and Sandra Bark

This month we bring you news from one of our early healthcare partners, the Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Center.  Opening in 1995, the Center was one of the first in the nation to feature ’one stop shopping,” as Iris Cantor calls it.  For the past few years the Woman’s Health Center has also supported research, using funds raised especially for this purpose by its Executive Advisory Board.  Seeking to understand human sex differences in health and disease, awardees have conducted ground-breaking studies in medical issues and diseases unique to women and have developed and tested clinical interventions for women. All investigators at UCLA CTSI (Clinical and Translational Science Institute) centers are eligible for these research grants.


Recently five projects received these Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Center Executive Advisory Board-CTSI Awards for their contributions to women’s health research or research where exploration of sex and gender-based differences is relevant. The awardees are:
  • Hilary Coller, PhD; Associate Professor, Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology and Biological Chemistry, UCLA:  ”Is switching from long to short form RECK (reversion-inducing cysteine-rich protein with kazal motifs) an important contributor to breast cancer progression and metastasis for triple negative breast cancer?”
  • Sandra Orsulic, PhD; Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Cedars Sinai Medical Center:  ”Molecular events associated with ovarian aging that lead to the development of ovarian cancer.”
  • Kirsten Tillisch, MD; Associate Professor, Medicine (Digestive Diseases), UCLA:  ”Sex differences in gut microbiota in IBS.”
  • Kathrin Plath, PhD; Professor, Biological Chemistry, UCLA; and Anna Sahakyan; 3rd Year Graduate Student, UCLA:  ”Improving the epigenetic stability of female human embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells for their safe use in downstream applications.”
  • Edythe London, PhD; Professor, Psychiatry and Molecular and Medical Pharmacology, UCLA; and Nicole Petersen, PhD; Postdoctoral Student, Department of Psychiatry (Molecular Imaging), UCLA:  ”Gender differences in behavioral and neural response to reduced nicotine cigarettes in young smokers.”
A list of prior awarded projects is available at the Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Center Website.

First Rodin Exhibition in Hawaii Opens at Honolulu Museum of Art


The Foundation’s newest exhibition of Rodin sculpture, Auguste Rodin: The Human Experience, Selections from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collections, opened July 22 to members of the Honolulu Museum of Art. More than 150 members attended the early evening reception, their opportunity to view the much-anticipated show before it opened to the general public.

The Museum, which looks equally to Asia as well as to the Americas and Europe in its collections, programming, and visitors, provides a unique opportunity to highlight Rodin’s popularity in Japan both during and after his lifetime. Plus the Museum has a cast of one of the artist’s earliest pieces, The Age of Bronze, as well as sculpture by students of Rodin and other artists influenced by him.

On opening day the Museum presented Foundation Director and Exhibition Curator Judith Sobol live for ten minutes on its Periscope; she spoke about the exhibition and fielded questions in real time from viewers. While there Judith also spoke with the Museum’s docents and presented a public program on the creation of Iris and B. Gerald Cantor’s remarkable collection of works by Auguste Rodin. She also explored the artist’s singular achievement in transforming traditional sculpture into modern sculpture and his influence on sculptors working today.

The Honolulu Museum of Art is complementing the Rodin exhibition with specially-guided Touch Tours for the visually impaired, sketching in the gallery, and yoga sessions that explore Rodin’s expressive use of the human body. The show will be there until January 10, 2016.

PHOTOS top left: Foundation Trustees Michele Geller and Suzanne Fisher. Top right: Honolulu Museum of Art member Randy Moore (who with his wife Lynne Johnson is among major supporters of the show) with Rodin’s Monumental Head of Jean d’Aire. Bottom left: Foundation Vice President Ryan Fisher and Honolulu Museum of Art Director Stephan F.F. Jost. Bottom right: Honolulu Museum of Art Board Chair Violet Loo, Foundation Executive Director and Exhibition Curator Judith Sobol, Ryan Fisher, Michele Geller, Suzanne Fisher, Honolulu Museum of Art Curator of European and American Art Theresa Papanikolas. (Photo credit top left and middle horizontal: Ryan Fisher. Other photos: Honolulu Museum of Art/Shuzo Uemoto photographer.)

Health Care Comes to Rodin Sculpture

The Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation actively lends its wonderful collection of Rodin sculpture to museums all over the world. We do this with the assurance that our museum partners take very good care of our sculptures. Yet with the passage of time and with the rigors of crating/ uncrating/crating again — no matter how careful — bronze sculpture periodically needs some TLC from the docs — er, conservators — who know just what to do to keep the artworks healthy both in fact and in appearance.

Thus every few years we bring in our team of conservators to check all the Rodins and to perform as-needed ‘healthcare.’ This happened most recently in October at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, on the occasion of the then-impending opening of our new traveling show. Here’s a look at our consultant conservators hard at work.

Over $5 Million Raised: NewYork-Presbyterian Honors Iris Cantor for Her Visionary Support for Improved Health Care for Women


Iris Cantor’s long-standing commitment to NewYork-Presbyterian, and particularly to the unique health-care needs of women, was celebrated by the venerable hospital at its annual Gala in April. More than 1300 people participated in the event, which also honored Carmen and John Thain. The Gala featured a special concert by Kelly Clarkson, who performed some of her biggest hits.

Internationally-lauded for her commitment to improving health care for women, Mrs. Cantor created the hospital’s Iris Cantor Women’s Health Center in 2002. Today it is one of the most comprehensive medical facilities for women in the world, having served more than 200,000 women (and men) since its founding. According to Center Director Orly Etinger, M.D., it demonstrates daily Mrs. Cantor’s inspiration for the Center: Convenience is an incentive to good health.

Today, the Cantor model for clinical care for women is widely admired and emulated. And even copied close to home: in 2011 Iris Cantor personally funded the Men’s Health Center at NewYork-Presbyterian; it follows the model of her women’s centers.

The benefit, which raised more than $5 million to support the hospital’s women’s health services, also celebrated all that NewYork-Presbyterian physicians, nurses and clinical researchers are doing to provide the very best interdisciplinary and comprehensive health care available for women at all stages of life.

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