Published: October 3, 2000
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Art collector Clara Weitzenhoffer has left the University of Oklahoma, Norman, a collection of French Impressionist paintings that includes works by Degas, Gauguin, Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh and Toulouse-Lautrec. Weitzenhoffer’s gift to the university has an estimated value of about $50 million, the university said as it announced the gift. In addition to 22 paintings and 11 works on paper, the bequest includes her Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century decorative arts such as period furniture, porcelain and silver. “My parents’ good fortune made it possible for my mother to acquire these works of art, which gave her so much pleasure during her lifetime,” said A. Max Weitzenhoffer, a Broadway and London theater producer. He has been a supporter of the university’s drama and theater programs and building projects. The university said the collection has rarely been shown in the past 50 years. It will go on public display for the first time on November 14 at the university’s museum of art and will be on view through January 14.
Kate Duffy has been hired by the Williamstown Art Conservation Center (WACC), Williamstown, Mass., to head its Department of Analytical Services. Duffy was previously Associate Museum Scientist at Winterthur Museum & Gardens in Winterthur, Del., where she worked from 1995. As department head, Duffy will provide treatment-related analysis for WACC conservators in paintings, paper, furniture and objects, consults with WACC members and private clients, and participates as a lecturer in the Williams College Graduate Program of Art History conservation course.
Painter and pioneering printmaker Dorr Bothwell, who traveled Asia, Europe and Africa for inspiration before becoming a pillar of the Mendocino County arts community, died September 24 in Fort Bragg, Calif., at the age of 98. Bothwell’s paintings, drawings, collages and prints were exhibited in the United States and Europe, in museums such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum of American Art; the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris; and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Derrick Cartwright, currently director of the Musee d’Art Americain in Giverny, France, has been appointed the new director of the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H. He will begin in January and succeeds Timothy Rub, who joined the Cincinnati Art Museum in December 1999. Margaret Dyer Chamberlain, associate provost of Dartmouth, has been serving as acting director.
One of a trio of teen-age fossil hunters who found a previously unknown gliding reptile 40 years ago is suing another in the group in a dispute over the $167,500 the fossil fetched at Butterfields online auction August 27. Michael Brandrowski, 55, of Cliffside Park, N.J., filed a lawsuit last week in Superior Court in Hackensack against Alfred Siefker, 56, of North Bergen. Brandrowski claims that he discovered the 200 million-year-old fossil, is the rightful owner and that the money it fetched at auction belongs to him. Icarosaurus siefkeri is set to be displayed next week at the American Museum of Natural History, returned by its new owner.
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