Louise and Bernard Palitz Gallery Makes Art an Attraction at Lubin
House is New York Citys window on Syracuse University. A complex
of two adjacent 19th-century buildings on Manhattans Upper
East Side, the facility originated with Joseph I. Lubins gift
to the University of the building at 11 East 61st Street in 1964.
It has since grown to serve a number of vital functions for SU,
providing offices and meeting space for admissions, alumni relations,
and development activities, as well as classrooms for SUs
burgeoning New York City academic programs. The University has also
made it a cultural center, offering lectures, readings, musical
concerts, dance recitals, and art exhibitions.
Louise Beringer Palitz 44 and Bernard Palitz
an April dinner attended by Chancellor Kenneth A. Shaw and Associate
of the Chancellor Mary Ann Shaw, the art exhibition space was officially
named the Louise and Bernard Palitz Gallery. This is a fitting tribute
to SU Trustee Louise Beringer Palitz 44 and Bernard Palitz,
who have, through their many gifts and personal attentions, made
the cultivation of the gallery a labor of their love for the arts,
art education, and Syracuse University. In so doing they have greatly
helped maximize Lubin Houses potential as a showcase for the
Palitzes have, quite literally, put the gallery that now bears their
name on the citys cultural map, funding physical improvements
and the publication of exhibition catalogs, and even contributing
works from their own collection to its offerings. In 1997, for example,
they loaned several original Rembrandt paintings to a Lubin House
showing of the Dutch masters work that was mounted by the
University Art Collection. The results were wonderful,
says Bernard Palitz. I think what it did was tell everybodyNew
York City area alumni and the general publicthat Syracuse
University has this marvelous facility at this perfect location.
2001, the University renovated Lubin Houses entire infrastructure.
This created an opportunity to make major improvements in the gallery
and give Syracuse a first-class exhibition space within walking
distance of the Whitney, the Guggenheim, the Frick Collection, the
Museum of Modern Art, and a dozen other internationally significant
art institutions. As collectors and East Side residents, Louise
and Bernard Palitz understood the possibilities that a modernization
of the gallery would create for the University, and generously stepped
forward with ample support to get the job done.
Art Collection associate director Domenic Iacono, who has curated
many shows at Lubin House, could hardly contain his excitement.
This latest gift from Louise and Bernard Palitz allowed us
to turn the gallery into something much more than a pleasant space
in a charming old building, he says. We are upgrading
our environmental systems, hoping to improve our control over temperature
and humidity. An advanced lighting system that optimizes viewing
conditions, while also protecting delicate materials, has been installed.
The new security system, beyond its obvious advantages, will help
satisfy insurance requirements and allow us to exhibit works on
loan from other institutions. In short, we are preparing the gallery
to meet archival standards.
was quick to exploit some of these new features, opening the Palitz
Gallery last spring with William Blake at Syracuse, an exhibition
that featured 19th-century prints from Blakes books Songs
of Innocence (from the special collections of the University
Library) and The Book of Job and Gays Fables
(both of which are part of the University Art Collection). The
Blake exhibition would not have been possible without the Palitzes,
Iacono says. The old lighting system could have damaged the
fragile colors of these prints.
Palitz was pleased with the choice of subject for the gallery opening.
I didnt know the University had those Blake prints,
and this is a great way to show them, she says. A painter
in her own right, she developed an interest in art even before coming
to study at Syracuse, and her work includes the lobby mural of a
major New York office tower. Today I like to work in oils
as well as water-based paints, she says. We go up to
Maine in the summer and I sit behind Homer Winslows studio
on the rocks, and I paint the ocean.
Dombrowski 79, executive director of Lubin House, says the
Palitzes have been a special part of the Lubin House family for
as long as she can remember. Im personally excited that
the Palitz name has a permanent place here, she says. Their
generosity will enable us to bring important shows to Lubin House
and increase the Universitys visibility in the New York museum
and art community.
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the works of William Blake on display at Lubin House were
Frontispiece (top) and The Voice of the Ancient
Bard. Both appear in his book Songs of Innocence.