On October 9, Tacoma Art Museum
opened The Beauty of a Shared Passion: Highlights from the Rebecca and Jack Benaroya Collection, on view through April 23, 2017. This special preview exhibition unveils 65 major works of art from the Rebecca and Jack Benaroya Collection. These pieces are among 225 works along with $14 million included in a promised gift to TAM, announced on Mrs. Benaroyas 93rd birthday (January 14, 2016). The funds will support the care of the collection and construction of a new wing at TAM. Olson Kundig will design the museum expansion, planned to open late fall 2018.
Visitors will see stunning paintings, works on paper, sculptures and studio art glass by Northwest and international artists. In fact, this gift places TAM in the top 5 museums nationwide with a collection of American studio glass of this caliber. The exhibition provides an opportunity to see in one location major works by Deborah Butterfield, Kenneth Callahan, Dale Chihuly, Kyohei Fujita, Stanislav Libenský and Jaroslava Brychtová, Ginny Ruffner, Lino Tagliapietra, Cappy Thompson, and many other internationally acclaimed artists.
TAMs Executive Director Stephanie Stebich said Becky Benaroya made an extraordinary gift to our community. This preview exhibition will give visitors an exciting taste of Becky and Jacks impressive collection, with plenty of surprises in store for the future. Beckys generous gift honors her late husband Jack by ensuring their collection will remain together and can be enjoyed by all for generations to come. TAM is privileged to share the Benaroyas' passion and collecting vision.
TAMs Chief Curator Rock Hushka shared, The quality of this collection cannot be overstated. There are treasures by artists who are already in TAMs collections, as well as some who have been on our wish list. We are grateful for this precious gift and eager for visitors to experience it.
Becky and Jack Benaroya built their phenomenal collection over the course of 35 years, starting in 1980 with Dale Chihulys blown glass Tomato Red Basket Set. The couple followed their passions and acquired seminal works from Northwest artists who have had national and international impact. Each work in the collection evokes a special memory for the Benaroyas. They often formed lasting friendships with the artists, and purchased several works by each.
I am very much looking forward to seeing Jacks and my collection on view in the galleries at Tacoma Art Museum. So many people at the museum have been working diligently to share our story and the stories of the artists we have so dearly appreciated. It will be exciting to see our collection in the galleries at TAM, and I am so pleased to share our love of Northwest artists with the region, shared Becky Benaroya.