Faulconer Gallery unveils bequest of posters and lithographs

GRINNELL – Grinnell College’s Faulconer Gallery has received a bequest of 14 posters and lithographs by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Pierre Bonnard and others from the estate of William M. Moore. The works are now on view in the Print and Drawing Study Room on the lower level of Burling Library, 1111 Sixth Ave. on the Grinnell College campus.

In the collection, named The Lenny Seidenman Collection, bequest of William M. Moore, in memory of Nina Seidenman ’71, are three posters including the iconic “Divan Japonais” and seven lithographs by Toulouse-Lautrec, a poster by Bonnard, three posters by Jules Chret and a large theatrical poster by Bcon.

The collection honors both Moore’s deceased wife, Nina, who attended Grinnell College for two years and remembered her college experience with great pride, and his father-in-law, Lenny Seidenman, who collected the art while doing Jewish relief work in Paris just after World War II.

In making the offer of the collection, Moore wrote, “It has fallen to me to try to keep the collection intact by finding an eventual home for it, somewhere that would appreciate these incredible images when I am no longer able to enjoy them” The quality of the works and the connection with a Grinnell alumnus, along with the family’s deep connection to education, made this bequest a wonderful addition to the Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell College art collection.

Both Moore and his wife taught at Milton Academy, a private school in Milton, Mass. Moore was raised in Vermont. His wife grew up in Europe, where her father was executive vice-president of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, working in France, Italy and other countries to relocate Jewish refugees.

“The Lenny Seidenman Collection adds wonderful posters and prints from the late 19th century to our works on paper collection. These posters and prints will be of interest to students and faculty in art, French, theatre, history, gender, women’s and sexuality studies and to our wider audience,” said Lesley Wright, director of the Faulconer Gallery. “Mr. Moore first approached us about adding the bequest to his will in 2013. We are honored to have the collection at Grinnell.”

The collection, with exhibit labels researched by Grinnell second-year student Murielle O’Brien, are on view in the Print and Drawing Study Room, open Monday through Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information visit grinnell.edu/faulconergallery.

Burling Library is located at 1111 Sixth Ave., with accessible parking in the lot on the east side of the building. Further information on parking and accessibility is available on the college’s website: www.grinnell.edu.