Presence: The Photography Collection of Judy Glickman Lauder

Feb 11, 2023 — Apr 29, 2023
Level 2 Changing Exhibition Galleries

From the anonymous to the celebrity and from the everyday to era-defining events such as the Great Depression, the Holocaust, and the Civil Rights Movement, Presence is a riveting exploration of photography that captures the wide spectrum of the human experience.

About the Exhibition

Presence: The Photography Collection of Judy Glickman Lauder features 140 photographs by 70 artists from the collection of Judy Glickman Lauder — photographer, collector, and humanitarian. Through Glickman Lauder’s selection of artists, Presence creates a dialogue between some of the most beloved and influential photographers of the 20th century, including Berenice Abbott, Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Margaret Bourke-White, Danny Lyon, Sally Mann, Gordon Parks, and James Van Der Zee. The exhibition also includes photographs by critical contributors to the medium’s history, such as Irving Bennett Ellis, Graciela Iturbide, Lotte Jacobi, and Alma Lavenson. 

Organized by the Portland Museum of Art and drawn from Glickman Lauder’s monumental gift of more than 600 works of art, Presence is inextricably shaped by her personal and artistic vision. Her collection, developed over several decades, reflects an intimate, lifelong connection to the medium; as the daughter of a photographer and a master photographic activist and storyteller in her own right. As an artist, Glickman Lauder’s photographs have been exhibited worldwide and are represented in over 300 public and private collections, including the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the United States Holocaust Museum. 

The exhibition is curated by Anjuli Lebowitz, PhD, the Judy Glickman Lauder Associate Curator of Photography at the Portland Museum of Art. The presentation of Presence at GRAM expands upon a long history of photographic exhibitions and acquisitions at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, including notable acquisitions in recent years by Dawoud Bey, Lois Connor, Jess T. Dugan, Walter Iooss, Ellsworth Kelly, David Leventhal, Dario Robleto, Carrie Mae Weems, and James Van Der Zee. This broad-ranging exhibition will provide a context for GRAM’s collection and open a dialogue with the community and collectors for future areas of acquisition. 

A companion publication of the same title will document and commemorate Glickman Lauder’s photography collection at the Portland Museum of Art. Published by Aperture, the book includes 140 full plate reproductions with an introduction by Mark Bessire, the Judy and Leonard Lauder Director of the Portland Museum of Art, an essay by Dr. Anjuli Lebowitz, the Judy Glickman Lauder Associate Curator of Photography, and an essay on the artist by Adam Weinberg, Director of the Whitney Museum of American Art, and reflections from Judy Glickman Lauder on her life in photography.