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The Arthur Ross Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania presents Shared Vision: The Myron A. and Anne Jaffe Portenar Collection that opens to the public on Saturday, July 19, 2014. The exhibition includes 62 works drawn from the Portenars’ extraordinary gift of over 800 prints, paintings, sculptures, photographs, and works on paper donated to the University in 2013.

Dr. and Mrs. Portenar selectively built their collection over forty years, filling the walls of their homes in New York and New Jersey. A Penn alumna, Anne Portenar’s passion and vision focused on 20th century masters, including Joan Miro, 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 public 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.



Friday, September 12 at 5:00 PM
Gallery Talk: Lynn Marsden-Atlass and Heather Gibson Moqtaderi, Co-Curators

Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 5:30 PM
Concert by Dolce Suono Ensemble
Mimi Stillman, flute
Misoon Ghim, mezzo soprano
Gideon Whitehead, guitar
Composers: Debussy, Bach, Handel, Rodrigo, Villa-Lobos, Piazzolla

Dolce Suono Ensemble presents a concert in conjunction with Shared Vision: The Myron A. and Anne Jaffe Portenar Collection. The program, curated by DSE Artistic Director Mimi Stillman, draws on the Modernist and Latin American works in the collection for its musical inspiration, connecting with two major DSE projects: "The Americas Project", exploring the music of the United States and Latin America, and “Música en tus Manos” (Music in Your Hands), an engagement initiative with Philadelphia's Latino community. Co-sponsored by Dolce Suono Ensemble and the Arthur Ross Gallery.

Thursday, October 2, at 6:00 PM
Lecture: “The Art of Collecting 20th- Century Prints”
Molly Steiger, Vice President, Senior Specialist, Prints, Sotheby’s, New York.
The lecture and reception are co-sponsored by Sotheby’s and the Arthur Ross Gallery.

Additional support for the exhibition is provided by the Arthur Ross Exhibition Fund, Mrs. Arthur Ross, Mr. George Gillespie, the Patron’s Circle of the Arthur Ross Gallery, the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

All programs are free to Friends of the Arthur Ross Gallery and Penn students, faculty, and staff with Penn card.

The Gallery is located at 220 South 34th Street, Philadelphia, and is free and open to the public. HOURS: Weekdays 10:00am 5:00pm; Weekends 12:00pm 5:00pm. Closed Mondays. Visit us on Facebook and Twitter. To reserve a group tour please contact us at or 215-898-3617. Additional information is available at or 215-898-2083.