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87 Eldridge Street. Photo: the Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation

Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation to Open Exhibition Space

In February 2018 the Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation will open an exhibition space in Resnick’s former studio and home, Andrew Russeth of Artnews reports. Located at 87 Eldridge Street, the one-hundred-year-old building served as a tenement, a synagogue, and an African American church before the artist purchased it in 1976.

The foundation funded the renovation of the historic site by selling the synagogue where Passlof lived and worked. The artists bought the building on Eldridge Street in 1963, thirteen years before they purchased the second synagogue. Despite being married, Resnick and Passlof chose to live and work separately from each other. Ryall Sheridan Architects led the venue’s redesign. The firm focused on preserving the original character of the building while ensuring it could function as a twenty-first-century exhibition space.

“We are opening with a Milton retrospective, which will be the first retrospective that he has had in New York City, his home,” said Nathan Kernan, the foundation’s president. The exhibition will feature around thirty artworks from various collections. Among the pieces on view will be New Bride, 1963, a 210-inch-long canvas on loan from the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC. The show will coincide with exhibitions of Resnick’s works at Cheim & Read and Miguel Abreu, which will open February 22, 2018, and March 9, 2018, respectively. The foundation is also planning a retrospective of Passlof’s works.

The foundation intends to use the first and fourth floors of the space to present rotating shows by senior artists. Kernan said that Passlof had “wanted to help older artists, who maybe had a career and were not being promoted at the moment—who were not young and therefore were not attracting the attention of the art world.” The second floor will be dedicated to showcasing Resnick’s works, including the 350 pieces that make up the foundation’s collection.

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