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StoryCorps – Every Story Matters

The Jerome L. Greene Foundation is proud to provide support to StoryCorps and their mission-driven work of recording, sharing, and preserving the spoken stories of contemporary humankind. We believe their work builds connections between people, and creates a more just and compassionate world. Like StoryCorps, we believe every story matters and every voice counts.

Modigliani Unmasked at The Jewish Museum

Amedeo Modigliani, Lunia Czechowska, 1919. Oil on canvas 31½ x 20½ in. (80 x 52 cm) Museu de Arte de São Paulo Photograph by João Musa

The Jerome L. Greene Foundation is proud to be the lead sponsor of Modigliani Unmasked at The Jewish Museum. The exhibition features an extraordinary collection of drawings acquired by Dr. Paul Alexandre, the artist’s close friend and first patron. These works – many of which are being shown for the first time in the U.S. –  illuminate Modigliani’s heritage as an Italian Sephardic Jew and are pivotal to understanding his oeuvre.

In addition to the drawings from the Alexandre collection, a selection of Modigliani’s paintings, sculptures, and other drawings will be complemented by work representative of the various multicultural influences – African, Greek, Egyptian, Khmer, and Christian – that inspired the artist during this lesser-known, early period.

(Modigliani Unmasked is on view at the Jewish Museum from September 15 – February 4, 2018)

Calder: Hypermobility at the Whitney Museum of American Art

Alexander Calder (1898-1976). Aluminum Leaves, Red Post, 1941. Painted Sheet Metal, 60 3/14 x 40 3/4 x 42 1/2 in. (154.3 x 103.5 x 108 cm). The Lipman Family Foundation, Inc. T.1996.7 © 2017 Calder Foundation, New York/ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photograph Jerry L. Thompson

The Foundation is pleased to have supported Calder: Hypermobility at the Whitney Museum of American Art. This extraordinary exhibition focused on the breadth of movement and sound in the work of Alexander Calder, and was the result of a unique collaboration between members of the Calder family and the Calder Foundation, together with the Whitney Museum.

Visitors to the exhibition were provided a rare opportunity to experience Calder’s works as he intended – set in motion. Important pieces not seen publicly in recent memory were on view, including newly restored works that will be activated for the first time in more than fifty years. Calder’s sculptures operate in highly sophisticated ways, ranging from gentle rotations to uncanny gestures and, at times, triggered a sequence of percussive sounds. Whitney staff activated the work throughout the day so visitors were able to enjoy these important works in motion, as they were meant to be appreciated.

(Calder: Hypermobility was on view at the Whitney Museum of the American Art from June 9-October 23, 2017)

 

Henry James and American Art at the Morgan Library & Museum

John Singer Sargent (1856–1925), Henry James, 1913, Oil on canvas. National Portrait Gallery, London

John Singer Sargent (1856–1925), Henry James, 1913, Oil on canvas. National Portrait Gallery, London

Exhibition Supported by the Jerome L. Greene Foundation

Henry James and American Painting at The Morgan Library & Museum was the first museum exhibition to explore the fascinating intersection between the great author’s friendships with expatriate American artists and his literary work.

Many have written that James’ fiction reflects a painterly sensibility. This exhibition explored how his writings reflect a life­long, often passionate, relationship with the visual arts.

Included were some sixty works – paintings, drawings, watercolors, sculptures, photographs, manuscripts, letters and printed books from two-dozen museums in the United States and Great Britain.   Many of the leading artists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, all of them in James’s circle, were represented, among them John La Farge, John Singer Sargent, and James McNeill Whistler.

This exhibition was curated by Declan Kiely, formerly the Robert H. Taylor Curator of the Department of Literary and Historical Manuscripts at the Morgan along with Colm Toibin, the renowned Irish novelist and Jamesian specialist.

(Henry James and American Painting was at the Morgan Library and Museum from June 9, 2017 – September 10, 2017).

 

 

 

Treasures from the Nationalmuseum of Sweden at the Morgan Library & Museum

François Boucher (French, 1703-1770), Leda and the Swan. Nationalmuseum, Stockholm NM 771.

François Boucher, Leda and the Swan. Oil on canvas, 59.5 x 74 cm. Frame dims: 86 x 100 x 11 cm.

Exhibition Supported by the Jerome L. Greene Foundation

Morgan Library & Museum offered New Yorkers a rare viewing of great works from The Nationalmuseum of Stockholm’s largest and most distinguished art institution.

The collection was assembled by the Swedish diplomat and collector Count Carl Gustav Tessin (1696 – 1770) while he was serving on assignment in Paris. The over 75 masterpieces included 14 paintings and 60 drawing by artists such as Dürer, Boucher, Rembrandt, Rubens and Watteau. These distinguished works had not been seen outside of Stockholm since Tessin brought them to Sweden in 1742.

(Treasures from the Nationalmuseum of Sweden: The Collections of Count Tessin was at the Morgan Library and Museum from February 3, 2017 – May 14, 2017).

Read The New York Times review

 

Pierre Chareau, Modernist Icon of Design, at the Jewish Museum

Pierre Chareau and Bernard Bijvoet Maison de Verre, 1928-1932

Exhibition sponsored by the Jerome L. Greene Foundation

The Jewish Museum presented the work of Parisian avant-garde architect and designer Pierre Chareau (1883-1950). In addition to his iconic furniture and architecture, including the world-famous “Maison de Verre”, the show highlighted Chareau’s Jewish patrons, his little known film collaborations and his exile in New York City after World War II. Works from Chareau’s own art collection by Chagall, Picasso, Mondrian and Miro were featured.  This was the first comprehensive exhibition of Chareau’s work ever presented in the United States.

Chareau’s furniture was particularly innovative. His streamlined designs, featuring state-of-the-art movable parts, illustrated his unique understanding of the aesthetics and uses of furniture. The exhibition was curated by Esther da Costa Meyer.

(Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design was on view at the Jewish Museum from November 4, 2016 – March 25, 2017).

Read The New York Times review.

Museum of the City of New York presents “New York at its Core”

Exhibition Sponsored by the Jerome L. Greene Foundation

In 2016, the Museum of the City of New York opened New York at Its Core.  This permanent, landmark exhibition explores New York by telling the compelling story of the city’s rise from a thriving Dutch village to being “Capital of the World.” The exhibition explores the human energy that drove New York to become a city like no other.

New York at Its Core displays over 400 historic objects and images, many from the Museum’s rich collection, as well as contemporary video, photography, and interactive digital experiences. Visitors are invited to dive deep into the city’s past, learn about it’s rich and ongoing history, and then to create individual visions for the City’s future. Sam Roberts in The New York Times, wrote about the exhibition “The nexus of money, diversity, density and creativity that the exhibition embodies is what nurtured the regenerative core of the Big Apple, making it a fertile mecca for newcomers and an incubator for innovation. The seeds, or pits, sprouted, as they still do, into the city we know today.”

Read the New York Times review in its entirety here.

New Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative

Dr. John Leo of the Children's Hospital at Montefiore consults with a patient at the Montefiore School Health Program Lehman High School Clinic.

In June 2015, Montefiore Health System announced that JLGreene would support an intensive effort to address unintended teenage pregnancy in the Bronx. The Montefiore/Greene Foundation Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative will serve approximately 22,000 students in grades nine through 12 at 12 high school campuses, and will build upon the Montefiore School Health Program, the largest high school health program in the country. The goal of this Initiative is to produce a validated program aimed at reducing pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease rates by 50% within a three year period. A fundamental component of the program will be a rigorous analysis of its results. If the results are positive, the Foundation hopes that this will serve as a prototype for similar programs across the country.

Lavish “King and I” Revival Wins Four Tony Awards

Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I

Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I, Photo: Paul Kolnik

The King and I,  directed by Bartlett Sher, with Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe, celebrates the iconic Rodgers & Hammerstein musical based on Margaret Landon’s novel, Anna and the King of Siam and the irresistible music of Richard Rodgers.  Playing at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater, this magnificent production with 51 actors and a full orchestra is a revival of a classical musical updated for our time. It has won four Tony Awards: Best Revival of a Musical, Best Costumes, Kelli O’Hara as Best Actress in a Musical and Ruthie Ann Miles as Best Featured Actress in a Musical.