Gift/Deeds: Collectors at PAFA

Exhibition Info
Historic Landmark Building
Curated by
Dr. Brittany Webb, Evelyn and Will Kaplan Curator of Twentieth Century Art and the John Rhoden Collection
This focused installation highlights selections of 20th century and contemporary art from six significant art collections gifted to PAFA's permanent collection.

This focused installation featuring 20th century and contemporary art from the permanent collection highlights selections from six significant art collections. Each of the collections on view were gifted to the museum by private collectors who served artists and arts institutions: collecting artwork guided by their intellectual interests, activist impulses and their passions, and giving the art to the Museum to ensure its long-term care, preservation, and display for future audiences. For these collectors, loving the art and giving it away was a series of good deeds, ensuring a much wider public could enjoy the art than if it remained in their possession. Across six galleries, visitors will see collectors committed to adventurous approaches to the figure, to the medium of print, to the most celebrated names in American art, or to artists overlooked by mainstream canons. Come and explore how the generosity of these collectors helps to build the collection at PAFA and expands the stories we tell about American Art.

The installation will unfold in the galleries of PAFA's Historic Landmark Building throughout the summer of 2022.

  • The Robert and Frances Coulborn Kohler Collection opens May 20
  • The Ofelia Garcia Collection opens June 30
  • The Vivian O. and Meyer P. Potamkin Collection opens August 4
  • The Bernice McIlhenny Wintersteen Collection opens August 11
  • Sculpture from the Linda Lee Alter Collection of Art by Women opens August 25
  • Abstraction in the Harold A. and Ann R. Sorgenti Collection of Contemporary African American Art opens August 25

With gratitude to Linda Lee Alter, Ofelia Garcia, Robert and Frances Coulborn Kohler, Vivian O. and Meyer P. Potamkin, Harold A. and Ann R. Sorgenti, and Bernice McIlhenny Wintersteen. 

Banner image credit: Luis Cruz Azaceta (b. 1942), Self-Portrait with Phony Hat, 1980, Colored ink and pencils on paper, Robert and Frances Coulborn Kohler Collection, 2013.10.2.

Exhibition Highlights

Dinner plate with floral design.
Judy Chicago (b. 1939)
Untitled [(test plate) from the Dinner Party, 1976], 1976
China paint on porcelain
Art by Women Collection, Gift of Linda Lee Alter, 2011.1.10
China Marks
China Marks (b. 1942)
Hope and Despair Greet the New Century, 1990
Four color lithograph with chine collé and sculptural attachments
Gift of Ofelia Garcia, 2019.50.8
People waiting in line for cheese and butter against red brick building.
Robert Neal (1916-1987)
Cheese and Butter Line, 1984
Oil on canvas
Robert and Frances Coulborn Kohler Collection, 2021.13
Streetscape looking at a church with cars driving by.
Jimmy C. Lueders (1927-1994)
Saint John's, 1952
Oil on canvas
Gift of Vivian O. and Meyer P. Potamkin, 1984.39
Abstract dots in different bright colors.
Stanley K. Whitney (b. 1946)
Untitled, 1990
Oil on canvas
The Harold A. and Ann R. Sorgenti Collection of Contemporary African-American Art, 2004.20.58
Painting of purple flower.
Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986)
Coxcomb, 1931
Oil on canvas
Partial gift and bequest of Bernice McIIhenny Wintersteen, 1977.24.2

Exhibition Support

Special exhibitions at PAFA are made possible thanks to leadership support from Emily and Mike Cavanagh, and Dorothy and Ken Woodcock. Generous support is provided by Bill and Laura Buck, Ralph Citino and Lawrence Taylor, Ro and Martin King, Robert E. Kohler, the Lau Longsworth Charitable Fund, Sueyun and Gene Locks, Maggie and Brien Murphy, Donna Ostroff and Carl Capista, and Howard Sacks and Vesna Todorović Sacks. Additional support is provided by Marilyn Fishman and James MacElderry, and other generous donors to the PAFA Special Exhibitions Fund.

Donor lists as of August 8, 2022.