A new exhibition of 49 works by Auguste Rodin and three portraits of him by others opened in October at Memphis’ Dixon Gallery and Gardens. The show is an extraordinary insight into the French artist’s capacity to fill his bronzes with emotion, movement, and multiple meanings, a capacity that transformed sculpture at the beginning of the 20th Century from an art of description to one of evocation.
The Dixon Gallery’s presentation of Rodin: The Human Experience, Selections from the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Collections honors the memory of John Buchanan, who was Director of the Memphis museum in 1988 when it exhibited its first Rodin exhibition. Buchanan, who went on to direct the Portland Art Museum (Oregon) and the Fine Art Museums of San Francisco, died in 2012. “We thought that dedicating Rodin: The Human Experience to John would be a way of indicating the debt of gratitude that we owe him,” said the Dixon’s present director, Kevin Sharp. “He was central to the history of the Dixon. His ambition was translated into the Dixon’s ambition.” As a special homage to John, Iris Cantor has loaned the Dixon Gallery a monumental cast of Rodin’s The Three Shades.
“Much to my delight, the Dixon is the first stop on a nine-city tour for the exhibition,” said Cantor Foundation Executive Director Judith Sobol. “It seems the natural place to begin.” The exhibition goes from the Dixon to the Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, PA, and from there on to Honolulu, San Antonio, and Richmond. Other venues are currently being finalized.
Beginning in October, a new exhibition organized by the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation begins a three-year tour of American art museums. The show, entitled Rodin: The Human Experience, Selections from the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Collections, continues the Cantor tradition of sharing its great Rodin sculpture collections with the public. Opening at Memphis’ Dixon Gallery and Gardens on 19 October 2014, the exhibition reveals all aspects of Rodin’s work as the artist who bridged the divide between tradition and modernism in sculpture. From the Dixon it travels to the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown PA, where it opens on 28 February 2015. The exhibition, comprised of 32 pieces, will be augmented at these first two venues with the addition of 18 Rodin portrait bronzes and two portraits of Rodin.
Following these showings, the exhibition travels to the Honolulu Museum of Art in 2015, then to the San Antonio Museum of Art and the Joel & Lila Harnett Museum of Art at the University of Richmond in 2016. The following year it will be seen at the Flint Institute of Arts. Foundation Director Judith Sobol welcomes inquiries from additional museums about scheduling the exhibition.
Watch this space for additional news and photos from our host museums!
Iris Cantor Health Centers at Weill Cornell Medical College/New York Presbyterian Hospital Featured in Annual Report
In its most recent annual report, the Department of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College featured the Iris Cantor Women’s and Men’s Health Centers, lauding their work in clinical care, research, and health education. Dr. Orli Etingin, Director of the Iris Cantor Women’s Health Center, is shown receiving an award earlier in the year for her exceptional leadership. To read the entire article in bigger print, click here.
Californians have the good fortune of being able to enjoy Rodin’s iconic sculpture in some beautiful out-of-door settings. Recently Modern Family, one of television’s most popular and honored shows, filmed at LACMA and we caught four of its stars enjoying the Museum’s B. Gerald Cantor Sculpture Garden.
Iris Cantor, President and Chairman of the Cantor Foundation, was honored on April 9 by the Bard Graduate Center for her support for the arts. She received the Center’s Iris Foundation Award for outstanding patronage. Other awardees were Dame Rosalind Savill for outstanding achievement in scholarship, and Dr. Finbarr Barry Flood, outstanding mid-career scholar. The awards were presented by Susan Weber, Founder and Director of Bard Graduate Center.
In introducing Mrs. Cantor, Ms. Weber recognized her exemplary support for the arts and the cultural institutions that present them, as well as her inspiring work in improving health care for women. She expressed ”gratitude for your passionate commitment to enriching museums and other educational institutions across the country. Your achievements as a patron and an advocate for the arts and scholarship inspire us all. This is the true spirit of the Iris Award, and we are delighted to salute and celebrate your work today.”
The Iris Foundation Awards were created in 1997 to recognize scholars, patrons, and professionals who have made outstanding contributions to the study and appreciation of the decorative arts and thereby help to sustain world cultural heritage. The Awards are named for Susan Weber’s mother, Iris Weber. The Bard Graduate Center’s gallery exhibitions, MA and PhD programs, and research initiatives explore new ways of thinking about decorative arts, design history, and material culture. Located in New York City, it is a unit of Bard College.