Art History majors Jaden Dagenais (’22) and Grace McCormick (’22) have been hard at work as curatorial interns at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, NY. The two seniors assisted in preparing the current exhibition, Mutual Affection: The Victoria Schonfeld Collection.
Victoria Schonfeld (1950-2019) was a prominent New York lawyer, collector, and philanthropist whose discerning eye was matched only by the fierceness of devotion to her friends. From the time she began collecting ceramics in the 1990s, Schonfeld developed lasting friendships with the artists who caught her eye, and she was particularly devoted to championing female artists. Her taste encompassed everything from classical beauty to pointedly political works, all linked by her boundless curiosity. Long before her untimely death, Schonfeld began donating works by artists she admired to museums across the United States, including the Everson Museum of Art. It is with the deepest gratitude that the Everson accepts key works from the Schonfeld collection that will endure as a tribute to her generosity and lasting network of friendships. Mutual Affection marks the debut of the Victoria Schonfeld Collection at the Everson, fleshed out by additional works loaned by her family.
Way to go, Jaden and Grace! And thanks to AMH alum Steffi Chappell (M.A. ’15) for providing us with information about this exciting exhibition.