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First Rodin Exhibition in Hawaii Opens at Honolulu Museum of Art

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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

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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.

Cantor Foundation Exhibitions Booked through 2017

Busy schedules await the Foundation’s two traveling exhibitions of works by Auguste Rodin, which can be seen together until June 14 at the Michener Art Museum in Doylestown Pennsylvania. When this combined show closes this summer at the Michener it will separate into two thematic shows that will travel through 2017.

The Honolulu Museum of Art is the first stop for a 32-piece exhibition that features Rodin bronzes of various subjects by the French master. The show is titled Rodin: The Human Experience, Selections from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collections. It opens to the public on July 23 and marks the first exhibition of Rodin’s bronzes in Hawaii. From here it goes to the San Antonio Museum of Art in Texas, opening in March 2016. The final stop in 2016 will be the Joel & Lila Harnett Museum of Art at the University of Richmond in Virginia. It opens here in August 2016.

A second show, of Rodin’s portraits will travel at the same time. Rodin: Portraits of a Lifetime, Selections from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collections features the sculptor’s portraits of the famous and influential figures of his time, along with three portraits of him by others. It opens February 11, 2016 at the David McCune International Art Gallery at Methodist University in Fayetteville North Carolina. It travels next to Iowa’s Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, where can be visited from June into September 2016. In October 2016 this portraits exhibition opens at Texas A&M University’s J. Wayne Stark Gallery in College Station, where it will be on view for the remainder of the year.

Both groups of sculpture come together again in January 2017 at Oregon’s Portland Art Museum, where it will be on view for four months. From here this combined show travels to the Flint Institute of Arts in Michigan for the period May through July 2017. Rodin: The Human Experience then travels to the Telfair Museum of Art in Savannah Georgia (September 2017-January 2018).

Because museums usually plan their exhibition schedules three years in advance, Foundation staff is working now on a new show that will begin its journey in 2018. Stay tuned for more news!

Busy Schedule of Rodin Traveling Exhibitions To Continue

IMG_0499Busy schedules await the Foundation’s two traveling exhibitions of works by Auguste Rodin, which can be seen together until June 14 at the Michener Art Museum in Doylestown Pennsylvania.  When this combined show closes this summer at the Michener it will separate into two thematic shows that are committed through 2017.

The first stop for a 32-piece exhibition that features bronzes of all kinds by the French master and is titled Rodin:  The Human Experience, Selections from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collections, is the Honolulu Museum of Art, where it opens in July 2015.  This will be the first exhibition of Rodin’s bronzes in Hawaii.  From here it goes to the San Antonio Museum of Art in Texas, opening in March 2016.  The final stop in 2016 will be the Joel & Lila Harnett Museum of Art at the University of Richmond in Virginia.  It opens here in August 2016.

A smaller show made up of Rodin portraits, titled Rodin:  Portraits of a Lifetime, Selections from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collections, will travel at the same time.  This show contains Rodin’s portraits of the famous and influential figures of his time, along with three portraits of him by others.  When it leaves the Michener it goes to the David McCune International Art Gallery at Methodist University in Fayetteville North Carolina; it opens here in February 2016.  Next it travels to Iowa’s Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, where can be visited from June into September 2016.  In October 2016 this portraits group opens at Texas A&M University’s J. Wayne Stark Gallery in College Station, where it will be on view for the remainder of the year.

Both groups of sculpture come together again in January 2017 at Oregon’s Portland Art Museum, where it will be for four months.  From here the combined show travels to the Flint Institute of Arts in Michigan for the period May through July 2017.  The figures group then travels to the Telfair Museum of Art in Savannah Georgia (September 2017-January 2018).

Because museums usually plan their exhibition schedules three years in advance, Foundation staff is working now on a new show that will begin its journey in 2018.  Stay tuned for more news!

 

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