Exhibition marks Judy Glickman Lauder's promised gift of nearly 700 works of art to Portland Museum of Art

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Exhibition marks Judy Glickman Lauder's promised gift of nearly 700 works of art to Portland Museum of Art
Max Yavno (United States, 1911–1985), Cable Car, San Francisco, 1947, gelatin silver print, 15 1/2 x 17 1/2 inches. Portland Museum of Art, Maine, Promised Gift from the Judy Glickman Lauder Collection, 7.1998.73. Image courtesy Luc Demers. © Center for Creative Photography, The University of Arizona.

PORTLAND, ME.- Presence: The Photography Collection of Judy Glickman Lauder captures the full spectrum of the human experience, from the anonymous to the celebrity and from the everyday to era-defining events such as the Great Depression, the Holocaust, and the Civil Rights Movement. It is a riveting exploration of photography as it engages the human spirit.

With approximately 150 photographs by 70 artists, the exhibition is drawn entirely from the collection of Judy Glickman Lauder—photographer, collector, humanitarian, advocate, philanthropist, and community builder. Presence creates a dialogue among an incredible array of photographs by some of the most beloved and influential practitioners of the 20th century, including Berenice Abbott, Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Danny Lyon, Sally Mann, Gordon Parks, and James Van Der Zee. It also includes photographs by critical contributors to the medium’s history, such as Irving Bennett Ellis, Graciela Iturbide, Lotte Jacobi, Alma Lavenson, and Glickman Lauder, the collector herself. Through compassion and wonder, Presence: The Photography Collection of Judy Glickman Lauder immediately stands out as one of the most humanistic and affecting exhibitions of 2022.

The exhibition marks Judy Glickman Lauder’s promised gift of nearly 700 works of art to the museum, which has immediately transformed the PMA’s collection. With incredible strengths in Pictorialism, modernism, landscapes, fashion work, street photography, and much, much more, the Judy Glickman Lauder Collection will be the foundation of photography installations for years to come. The collector’s lifelong love of photography and devotion to Maine have combined in this landmark gift.

Organized by Dr. Anjuli Lebowitz, the inaugural Judy Glickman Lauder Associate Curator of Photography, the exhibition will open at the Portland Museum of Art and travel to additional venues through 2023.

A companion publication, also entitled Presence: The Photography Collection of Judy Glickman Lauder, commemorates Glickman Lauder’s generosity to the PMA. Published by Aperture and edited by Chris Boot, the book includes approximately 150 illustrations with Glickman Lauder’s reflections on her life in photography, an introduction by Mark Bessire, the Judy and Leonard Lauder Director of the Portland Museum of Art, and essays by Dr. Anjuli Lebowitz, the Judy Glickman Lauder Associate Curator of Photography, and Adam Weinberg, the Alice Pratt Brown Director of the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Judy Glickman Lauder is internationally known as an acclaimed photographer, collector, humanitarian, advocate, philanthropist, and community builder. Her life’s work, whether through her art, her generosity, or her collecting, is defined by a deep appreciation for life and all its intricacies. This fascination with humanity, and the nuances and complexities therein, encompasses all her creative and spiritual endeavors, and has led her across the world in the pursuit of connecting people to one another.

Glickman Lauder has made indelible contributions to the field of photography in Maine and beyond. As a trustee of the Portland Museum of Art, Glickman Lauder’s transformative capacity has been on full display for decades, supporting the museum’s exhibitions, collections, galleries, mission, and more. Over the years, her collection has enabled countless presentations, exhibitions, and unforgettable moments at the museum. Her guidance and wealth of knowledge have supported the PMA’s photographic program and enabled the museum to develop a contemporary and photographic audience.

As an artist, Glickman Lauder’s photographs have been exhibited worldwide and are represented in over 300 public and private collections, including the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the United States Holocaust Museum. Numerous books of her work have been published, most recently Beyond the Shadows: The Holocaust and the Danish Exception which was published by The Aperture Foundation on the 75th anniversary of the remarkable rescue of the Danish Jews during the Nazi occupation in 1943. The publication features Glickman Lauder’s photographs over a 30-year span documenting concentration camps and portraits of both survivors of the rescue and the brave men and women who risked their own lives to help deliver the Jews in danger east to Sweden.

Judy Glickman Lauder was born in 1938 and raised in Piedmont, California before moving to Los Angeles as a teenager. She later attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where she met and eventually married Albert B. Glickman.

Over the next fifty-four years, the couple developed a national reputation as committed philanthropists, and for Judy, an additional reputation as an advocate and champion for the photographic arts. Her involvement with fellow photographers at the Maine Photographic Workshops was a major turning point in her relationship with photography and the camera and would set her off on a new path exploring the medium’s unique qualities and characteristics. Albert Glickman passed away in 2013, and in 2015 Judy married her family friend and fellow art enthusiast and collector Leonard A. Lauder. Together, they have continued to build on Judy Glickman Lauder’s legacy of humanitarianism through the arts, supporting the Portland Museum of Art as well as a wide variety of arts and cultural organizations, receiving the Gordon Parks Patron of the Arts Award in 2016.

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