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Iris Cantor Lauded by French President François Hollande

On March 20 Iris Cantor was celebrated by French President François Hollande in a ceremony where he bestowed on her the new rank of Officier in the French Legion d'Honneur. Mrs. Cantor, President and Chairman of the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation, first became a member of this august organization in 2000, when she was named a Chevalier. During the past two decades she has been repeatedly cited for her profound philanthropy and support for the worlds of culture and healthcare for women in France. Before a crowd of about 100 people -- including members of the press and of Paris' museum community, well-wishers, and friends -- President Hollande told Iris Cantor that she was "right to be passionate about Rodin. He is a beautiful companion." He went on to say, "Thanks to your love for Rodin, you and your husband have contributed to the influence of France. Therefore, because...

International Art World Commemorates One-Hundredth Anniversary Year of Rodin’s Death

When Auguste Rodin died on November 17, 1917 he was the most famous sculptor since Michelangelo. His work was exhibited and collected world-wide and it had an enormous influence on what sculptors of his day and ours create and exhibit. Now, one hundred years after his death, museums all over the world are commemorating Rodin's vision as he transformed sculpture from a traditional artform to a modern one. The Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation has been a major participant in this commemoration. As it has every year since the late 1970s, the Cantor Foundation has loaned traveling exhibitions to museums all over North America. Much sought-after, these exhibitions have visited scores of museums and have introduced Rodin to more than ten million people since the program began. Currently on tour are Rodin: The Human Experience; Selections from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collections and Rodin: Portraits of a Lifetime;...

Foundation Offering Two New Rodin Exhibitions for 2018, 2019, 2020

Two new exhibitions are now in the works. Muses, Sirens, and Lovers: Rodin and Women, Selections from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collections will include about 45 bronzes of Rodin’s women: as models; as objects of love, dalliance and appetite; as collectors of his work; and of course as the subject of his artistic fascination. The exhibition will include special loans of Rodins that have been donated by the Cantors and the Cantor Foundation to the Brooklyn Museum, the Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University, the North Carolina Museum of Art, and other institutional friends of the Cantors and the Foundation. The other exhibition is a general, 22-piece retrospective filled with "stars." It's called Rodin: Truth, Form, Life, Selections from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collections. Sized especially for college museums and galleries, it's being snatched up by academic institutions. Both shows will travel though 2020. Museums are...

Foundation Leadership Gets “New Portfolios”

At its April meeting, the Boad of Directors of the Cantor Foundation named Vice President of the Board of Trustees Ryan Fisher the new Executive Director of the Foundation. The fourth Executive Director in the Foundation's 41-year history, Fisher's election to the leadership position puts him directly in charge of the Foundation's philanthropic efforts and its vision for moving forward into the 21st century. Fisher's first official act was to name Judith Sobol, who had been ED for 16 years and as such oversaw the curatorial, philanthropic, and administrative functions of the Foundation, to the new position of Curator of Collections and Exhibitions. As such, Sobol will focus on the Foundation's traveling exhibitions and loan programs. Photo: Ryan Fisher and Judith Sobol chat during a visit to Rodin's exhibition pavilion at his home in Meudon, a suburb of Paris....

University of Richmond’s Harnett Museum Hosts RODIN: THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE

On a lovely summer evening in late August a lively crowd of students, faculty, and townspeople turned out for the public opening of Rodin:  The Human Experience; Selections from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collections at the Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art at the University of Richmond.  This exhibition of 32 bronzes from the Cantor Collections is on a three-year tour of American museums. The Harnett's opening celebration began with a welcome by Elizabeth Schlatter (left), deputy director and curator of exhibitions at the Museums.  She shared insights gained about Rodin's sculpture from the process of installing the show, saying that "one thing I didn’t quite expect until we started laying out the exhibition was the contrast between the dark and often warm colors of the bronzes and the creamy white paint of our walls and pedestals. This contrast creates a silhouette effect and manages to bring out the strong linear quality...

Symposium Highlights Catalyst Role of Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Center

  [caption id="attachment_2410" align="alignleft" width="300"] Photo includes (standing) panel moderator Dr. Andrea Hevener, Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology & Diabetes, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine; second from right is Gail Greendale, MD, Professor of Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology and Research Director for the Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Center.[/caption] The Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Center sponsored a “Catalyst” symposium on women’s health research this past spring. It was attended by 80 UCLA scientists and included panel presentations on current research and a poster session where 20 researchers described their current research projects and findings.To further their work, three poster presenters were each awarded $2,000 by the Director’s Fund of the Center. A medical student and public health student were also recognized for their work. “We were thrilled to receive support from the UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute, funded by the National Institutes of Health, for this first of its kind...

American Ambassador and American Hospital of Paris Honor Iris Cantor for Her Contributions to Healthcare for Women

[caption id="attachment_2278" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Top block of photos:top: Karin Charnoff-Katz, M.D.; Bernadette Toomey; Sharon Jacquet; Iris Cantor; Anne Moore, M.D.; Sam Selesnick, M.D.; Alexander Swistel, M.D.bottom left: Iris Cantor and Honorable Jane D. Hartley, U.S. Ambassador to France.bottom center: Susan Mascitelli, Iris Cantor, Ryan Fisherbottom right: Honorable Howard H. Leach, former U.S. Ambassador to France.[/caption] Iris Cantor, Founder and President of the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation, is recognized around the world for essentially redefining clinical health care for women — the result of her determination to move the medical establishment toward compassionate healthcare customized to each gender. This past June Iris visited Paris as guest of honor of American Ambassador Jane Hartley, the American Embassy, and the American Hospital of Paris. She was honored for her years of dedication to women's health around the world. Most importantly, her visit commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Iris and B. Gerald...

Rodin: Portraits of a Lifetime, Selections from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collections now on view at Cedar Rapids Museum of Art in Iowa

Residents and summer visitors to Cedar Rapids have the opportunity to see the Foundation's circulating exhibition, Rodin: Portraits of a Lifetime, now on view at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art until September 11. Part of a museum-wide celebration of portraiture, the exhibition's stop in Cedar Rapids is part of its three-year nation-wide tour. “The Rodin exhibition offers people a rare opportunity to see work by the most important sculptor since Michelangelo," said Sean Ulmer, the Museum's Executive Director. "Rodin redefined sculpture and ushered in the modern era. In many ways, he did for sculpture what the Impressionists did for painting.” Commenting on the long-term friendship between the Cantor Foundation and the Museum, Foundation Executive Director and Curator Judith Sobol noted that the Museum hosted a large Cantor Rodin respective in 1991 and has also been a "favorite place for loans. We are delighted that the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art continues to...

Cantor Foundation Celebrates NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts’ Fiftieth Anniversary

Iris Cantor and the Board of the Cantor Foundation joined with hundreds of friends, alumni, and supporters in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. The April 4 event at Jazz at Lincoln Center raised a gala record of scholarship support for the much-admired school. The Cantor Family and the Cantor Foundation have been long-term and ardent supporters of Tisch. Previous Cantor support has included a Cantor Scholarship Fund and the creation of the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Film Center. Most recently Iris Cantor announced her support for the construction of a state-of-the-art proscenium theater at the School. The performance space will be named the Iris Cantor Theater. As you can see by the photos, Tisch has a great many admirers!    ...

San Antonio Museum of Art Celebrates Opening of Rodin: The Human Experience, Selections from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collections

A week of events marked the early March opening at the San Antonio Museum of Art of the Foundation's large traveling exhibition, Rodin: The Human Experience, Selections from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collec-tions. Beautifully installed in one of the Museum's remodeled galleries -- the Museum is in a nineteenth-century brewery building -- the show opened with two days of receptions and a public lecture by Judith Sobol, Executive Director of the Cantor Foundation, who also curated the show. In San Antonio the show was installed under the expert stewardship of SAMA Curator of European Art Merribell Parsons and her team. (Merribell, Judith, and Cantor Foundation Vice President Ryan Fisher are left-to-right in the top left photograph, above.) It's always fascinating for us to see how different museums present our shows. The San Antonio Museum of Art wove the experience of this Rodin exhibition into a museum-wide multisensory tour it...