This exhibition is the first public showing in California of selections from Arlene and Harold Schnitzers’s extensive glass collection. Well known for their distinctive collections of painting and sculpture by Northwest artists, Chinese funerary arts, Native American arts, and American silver, Arlene and her late husband, Harold, also assembled an astute and personal glass collection.
Their holdings include works by international as well as local artists recognized as the finest in their regions. Favorite Things is comprised of exactly that: twenty-five of Arlene’s favorite pieces that reflect a wide diversity of glass techniques and aesthetic styles found in contemporary glass.
Arlene’s entrée into collecting dates back to 1961 when she opened the Fountain Gallery of Art in Portland, Oregon, where she began a twenty-five year career nurturing and educating curators and collectors about her stable of artists. She created a vital sphere of creativity and support for Northwest artists, bringing national attention to their achievements. While several glass artists were shown at her gallery in the mid-1970s and early 1980s, she and Harold only began collecting glass passionately after the gallery closed in 1986.
Arlene and Harold shared a philanthropic ethos that has been passed onto their son, Jordan Schnitzer, who continues the family’s collecting passion and generous support of artists and arts institutions.
This exhibition is organized by Palm Springs Art Museum and curated by Katherine Hough, retired Chief Curator.
Special thanks to Arlene Schnitzer and her Collections Manager Laurie LaBathe for their guidance, and to The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation for their generous exhibition support.