New Tweed Museum of Art exhibition:
WORKS ON PAPER from the Collection of Dr. Robert and Frances Leff
Where: Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota Duluth
1201 Ordean Court, Duluth, MN 55812
- Opening reception (free and open to the public), 2-4pm, Sunday, Oct 30
- Gallery talk by Dr. Robert Leff, 2:30pm, Sunday, 30th
- Exhibition runs through March 19, 2006
The Tweed Museum of Art, UMD, is proud to open a new exhibition of prints, drawings and collages from the collection of Dr. Robert and Frances Leff of Duluth. Dr. Leff is a specialist in Rheumatology who works for SMDC and in the UMD Medical School.
Acquired by the Leffs over the past 30 years, this unique collection focuses on works on paper produced after WW II and before 1965. Says Dr. Leff of the collection: “In the late 1980s we became interested in prints produced by artists living in the United States in the post-World War II era, and through the tumultuous sixties. This was a period of great innovation in printmaking, which brought about great changes in the types of imagery these artists created.”
The exhibition feature 55 drawings, collages, and prints in a variety of techniques by 33 artists. These include artists known to our region like Minnesotan George Morrison and Wisconsin printmakers Dean Meeker, Alfred Sessler and Warrington Colescott, as well as innovative printmakers from the east and west coasts. The Leff collection also holds works many great immigrant printmakers who influenced American art after WW II: Hildegarde Haas (German); Seong Moy (Chinese); Stanley William Hayter (British); Krishna Reddy (East Indian); and Gabor Peterdi (Hungarian).
The Leffs have a long history of involvement with the Tweed Museum of Art. They have been supporting members for years, have donated artworks to the museum’s collection, and along with other generous community members, have contributed funds for major acquisitions. Rob Leff was a member of the museum’s Advisory Board for four years, serving as its chair for two. Recently, the Leffs established of a fund at the museum specifically for the acquisition and care of works on paper – the Daniel Kasle Fund for Works on Paper The fund is named in honor of Rob’s uncle, whose example and advice inspired them to take the first steps on their own collecting journey.