Presence: The Photography Collection of Judy Glickman Lauder

Feb 11, 2023 — Apr 29, 2023

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 145 photographs by 70 artists from the collection of photographer and humanitarian Judy Glickman Lauder. 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 collection of nearly 700 works of art, Presence is inextricably shaped by her personal and artistic vision. As the daughter of a photographer and a master photographic activist and storyteller in her own right, Glickman Lauder developed her collection over several decades, resulting in an intimate, lifelong connection to the medium. 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 presentation of Presence at the Grand Rapids Art Museum expands upon a long history of photographic exhibitions and acquisitions at the Museum, providing a context for GRAM’s collection and encouraging a dialogue with the community and collectors for future areas of acquisition. 

Presence: The Photography Collection of Judy Glickman Lauder is organized by the Portland Museum of Art, Maine. The exhibition was curated by Anjuli Lebowitz, Judy Glickman Lauder Associate Curator of Photography, Portland Museum of Art, Maine.

Presenting Sponsor

Exhibition Support

The Grand Rapids Art Museum presentation has been made possible by:

  • Wege Foundation
  • Eenhoorn, LLC.
  • James and Mary Nelson
  • BISSELL, Inc.
  • The Louis and Helen Padnos Foundation
  • Jane and John Meilner
  • Jack and Susan Smith
  • brightly
  • Burr & Company
  • Robert Daverman, AIA / Grand Rapids Community Foundation
  • Kayem Dunn
  • Erin Gravelyn
  • Haworth Helps
  • Dirk and June Hoffius
  • Linda and Scott LaFontsee
  • Enid Packard
  • Ruth Posthumus and Marlin Feyen
  • Lisa M. Rose and Emma Rose Starner
  • Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge
  • Williams Distributing
  • Friends of Presence: Mitchell and Karen Padnos, Phillip and Julie Croll, Jewish Federation of Grand Rapids, The Junior League of Grand Rapids, Milt and Barbara Rohwer, Paul and Beth Taylor

Additional funding provided by the GRAM Exhibition Society.


Published by Aperture, a companion publication of the same title commemorates the exhibition through nearly 160 images selected from Judy Glickman Lauder’s collection of over 650 prints. The catalogue includes 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.

Installation Photography