Shared Vision · The Myron A. and Anne Jaffe Portenar Collection
July 19 – October 14, 2014
In March 2013, a remarkable gift of over 500 prints, photographs, works on paper, paintings, and sculpture was donated to the University of Pennsylvania’s Art Collection from Myron A. Portenar, M.D. and Anne Jaffe Portenar (C’49). The Portenar collection will be presented to the pubic for the first time and the exhibition will include 20th century masters Stuart Davis, Joan Miró, Robert Motherwell, Louise Nevelson, James Rosenquist, and Susan Rothenberg among others. The Portenar’s gift reflects 40 years of passionate collecting by these generous donors.
Dr. and Mrs. Portenar selectively built their collection over forty years, filling the walls of their homes in New York, New Jersey, and Florida. A Penn alumna, Anne Portenar’s passion and vision focused on 20th century masters, including Joan Miró, Robert Motherwell, Jacob Lawrence, Stuart Davis, Robert Rauschenberg, and Susan Rothenberg. Mexican modernism is represented in prints by Rufino Tamayo, Francisco Mora, and Jose Clemente Orozco. Photographs in the show are a virtual “Who’s Who”, including Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Curtis, Edward Steichen, Minor White, Berenice Abbott, Margaret Bourke-White, Edward Weston, and Walker Evans. Paintings and sculptures by Jennifer Bartlett, Tobi Kahn, and Louise Nevelson compliment the works on paper. Seen by the pubic for the first time, Shared Vision celebrates the couple’s lifelong passion for art. At Penn the Portenar collection will continue to give—as it is used for teaching, research, and new scholarship by faculty, students, artists, and curators.
Shared Vision · The Myron and Anne Jaffe Portenar Collection is the fourth in a series of exhibitions highlighting the University of Pennsylvania Art Collection and is sponsored jointly by the Office of the Curator and the Arthur Ross Gallery. The exhibition is co-curated by Lynn Marsden-Atlass, (University Curator and Director of the Arthur Ross Gallery), and Heather Moqtaderi, (University Art Collections Manager). Additional support is provided by Mrs. Arthur Ross, Mr. George Gillespie, the Arthur Ross Foundation, and the Donor’s Circle and Friends of the Arthur Ross Gallery.