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Spring 2005 Newsletter

Herzstein Charitable Foundation Legacy Lives On at the Ransom Center


Portrait of Albert and Ethel Herzstein.

Since 2001, the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation of Houston has been among the most important supporters of Ransom Center programs and initiatives. The Herzstein Foundation's Jewish Literature and Culture Fund at the Ransom Center provided crucial support for the publication of Laura Wilson's Avedon at Work: In the American West, the final book about Richard Avedon published in his lifetime. Income from this endowed fund supported the acquisition of the historic archive of Stella Adler, founder of the famed Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting. The Foundation's gift for our inaugural gala in 2003 helped establish an endowed fund for public education and programming. The foundation also provided the lead gift for the acquisition of the Forzinetti/Dreyfus archive, which made it possible for us to bring this seminal record of Jewish and French history to Texas.

The Ransom Center is pleased to announce that the Foundation's board has awarded a gift to name the Center's Art Gallery after Albert and Ethel Herzstein. The Albert and Ethel Herzstein Gallery will, over the years in a series of rotating installations, be the home of thousands of items from the Center's permanent collections of over 100,000 works of art and design. This space is designed to enable us to install exhibitions of various sizes and styles-from the most intimate shows of our smallest prints by Dürer and Rembrandt to displays of our largest masterpieces, such as Siquerios's Portrait of Gershwin in Concert.

Patrons, scholars, and students will come to associate the names of Albert and Ethel Herzstein with this rich and diverse collection. We are deeply grateful to L. Michael Hajtman, Richard J. Loewenstern, Renee Masaryk, Emil Nakfoor, David L. Nelson, George W. Strake, Jr., Nathan Topek, M.D., and the board members and staff of the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation for making this gift possible.  

-Tom Galyean

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