American Ambassador and American Hospital of Paris Honor Iris Cantor for Her Contributions to Healthcare for Women
Iris Cantor, Founder and President of the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation, is recognized around the world for essentially redefining clinical health care for women — the result of her determination to move the medical establishment toward compassionate healthcare customized to each gender. This past June Iris visited Paris as guest of honor of American Ambassador Jane Hartley, the American Embassy, and the American Hospital of Paris. She was honored for her years of dedication to women’s health around the world. Most importantly, her visit commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation’s funding an endowed lecture series at the American Hospital of Paris making possible an annual lecture about the newest developments in women’s healthcare.
Introducing her guest at a luncheon in her honor, Ambassador Hartley joked that if she listed all her “good friend Iris’ awards and accomplishments, we would all be sitting at lunch for another 20 years.”
Starting with the strong belief that sharing information leads to greater accomplishments, twenty years ago Iris and Bernie Cantor also sparked a relationship between New York-Presbyterian Hospital and the American Hospital of Paris. They encouraged periodic travel by doctors from both hospitals, visiting the other to share discoveries, information, and procedures.
Iris is still encouraging sharing. At the June events she introduced the doctors and friends of the American Hospital to her friends at the Musée Rodin, who led the Hospital team on an “amazing” tour through the newly restored mansion-museum. Reports are that the week in Paris was filled with laughter, great company, and wonderful food. Au revoir Paris, until next time!
Rodin: Portraits of a Lifetime, Selections from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collections now on view at Cedar Rapids Museum of Art in Iowa
Residents and summer visitors to Cedar Rapids have the opportunity to see the Foundation’s circulating exhibition, Rodin: Portraits of a Lifetime, now on view at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art until September 11. Part of a museum-wide celebration of portraiture, the exhibition’s stop in Cedar Rapids is part of its three-year nation-wide tour.
“The Rodin exhibition offers people a rare opportunity to see work by the most important sculptor since Michelangelo,” said Sean Ulmer, the Museum’s Executive Director. “Rodin redefined sculpture and ushered in the modern era. In many ways, he did for sculpture what the Impressionists did for painting.”
Commenting on the long-term friendship between the Cantor Foundation and the Museum, Foundation Executive Director and Curator Judith Sobol noted that the Museum hosted a large Cantor Rodin respective in 1991 and has also been a “favorite place for loans. We are delighted that the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art continues to welcome loans and traveling exhibitions from our collection.”
Iris Cantor and the Board of the Cantor Foundation joined with hundreds of friends, alumni, and supporters in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. The April 4 event at Jazz at Lincoln Center raised a gala record of scholarship support for the much-admired school.
The Cantor Family and the Cantor Foundation have been long-term and ardent supporters of Tisch. Previous Cantor support has included a Cantor Scholarship Fund and the creation of the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Film Center. Most recently Iris Cantor announced her support for the construction of a state-of-the-art proscenium theater at the School. The performance space will be named the Iris Cantor Theater.
As you can see by the photos, Tisch has a great many admirers!
San Antonio Museum of Art Celebrates Opening of Rodin: The Human Experience, Selections from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collections
A week of events marked the early March opening at the San Antonio Museum of Art of the Foundation’s large traveling exhibition, Rodin: The Human Experience, Selections from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collec-tions. Beautifully installed in one of the Museum’s remodeled galleries — the Museum is in a nineteenth-century brewery building — the show opened with two days of receptions and a public lecture by Judith Sobol, Executive Director of the Cantor Foundation, who also curated the show. In San Antonio the show was installed under the expert stewardship of SAMA Curator of European Art Merribell Parsons and her team. (Merribell, Judith, and Cantor Foundation Vice President Ryan Fisher are left-to-right in the top left photograph, above.)
It’s always fascinating for us to see how different museums present our shows. The San Antonio Museum of Art wove the experience of this Rodin exhibition into a museum-wide multisensory tour it offers to visitors who are visually impaired. It combines music, scent, and touch to bring the experience of the sculpture to those who cannot see well. San Antonio’s tour leader Norma Gomez-Perez reported that “touching the art surprised all our guests who lovingly did it and couldn’t keep their [gloved] hands away from the pieces [in all the Museum galleries] allowed to be touched: Sekhmet, Rodin’s Jean d’Aire, Rodin’s Caryatid with Stone and J.L. Rivera Barrera’s Enamoramiento. Incredible music selections and well matched scents completed the presentations beautifully. This time we offered a very brief explanation and reasons for the scents selected, something that we will continue doing because it proved to be valuable and appreciated by all. We heard so many positive comments from the visitors, they were so grateful for this tour!” Excelente San Antonio!
The exhibition closes in San Antonio on May 29; it travels from here to the Joel and Lila Harnett Gallery at the University of Richmond, where it opens in August.
Rodin’s Portraits of a Lifetime Draws Large Crowds at Methodist University in Fayetteville, North Carolina
Rodin’s glorious seven-foot tall figure of Claude Lorrain currently reigns over the elegant small art gallery at Methodist University in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The largest bronze in the exhibition Rodin: Portraits of a Lifetime: Selections from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collections, it has been a crowd pleaser since the exhibition opened to the public on February 11 in the University’s David McCune International Art Gallery.
The exhibition includes many iconic Rodins, including Bust of Jean Baptiste Rodin (the artist’s father), Heroic Bust of Victor Hugo, Monumental Head of Balzac, Mask of the Man with the Broken Nose, Bust of Mrs. Russell, and The Creator, thought by many to be a self-portrait.
Gallery Director Silvana Foti beams about the exhibition. “We are a gallery that you wouldn’t think would be able to get a show like Rodin. This type of exhibit would usually be in a museum with a huge staff, with people trained to handle the art in a certain way. We have a small staff and recognize that this is a rare opportunity.”
Foti created a support team to help her bring Rodin to Fayetteville. A visiting crew of specialists helped uncrate the sculpture, install the pieces in the Gallery, and examine and record the physical condition of the works. A special Advisory Committee came together to raise community awareness of the show, recruit a corps of docents, schedule tours for groups from the local schools and assisted-living communities, and raise funds for special programs and events. By the time Cantor Foundation Executive Director and exhibition curator Judith Sobol showed up for the opening, tours were scheduled, docents were educated, invitations were mailed to small and large opening receptions, and Rodin: The Gates of Hell, Iris Cantor’s award-winning film on the 1979 casting of Rodin’s famous piece, was scheduled for showings on the College campus and in the city’s popular downtown art theater.
Publicity on the show went out statewide. It was featured in Fayetteville’s CityView Magazine, was on the cover of the four state artGuide, and was the lead-off story on North Carolina Pubic Television’s popular show about what’s happening in the Tar Heel State, North Carolina Weekend.
“I am wowed by the way this community stepped up to make this beautiful exhibition a success,” said Judith. “When Bernie and Iris Cantor said they wanted people all over America to see and appreciate Rodin’s work, this is what they had in mind.”
Photo at top: Opening reception for Rodin: Portraits of a Lifetime, Selections from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collections (photo Jason Canady).
Photos circling billboard, starting upper left: Gallery visitor Stanislav Belyakov with Bust of Victor Hugo (photo Carrie A. Kirkpatrick); McCune Gallery Director Silvana Foti and visitor from Vision Resource Center with The Creator (photo Daniel Cestero); Methodist University students discuss Monument to General Lynch (photo Jason Canady); Cantor Foundation Executive Director and Exhibition Curator Judith Sobol and Silvana Foti in front of Monument to Claude Lorrain (photo Doo Lee); Gallery Docent Lu Erwin and visitor from Vision Resource Center explore The Creator; Methodist University President Ben Hancock, Silvana Foti, and Debbie Hancock (photo Doo Lee); Mark Sternlicht, Chair of McCune Gallery Advisory Board (photo Doo Lee); Judith Sobol speaking about Monument to Claude Lorrain at exhibition opening reception (photo Carrie A. Kirkpatrick). (Doo Lee and Jason Canady photos: contributed photos Methodist University.)
Center: billboard announcing exhibition along major highway entering Fayetteville.