Date(s) - 08/09/2018
7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
70 South Gallery
A discussion of the importance of Vivian’s work in relation to photography guest speaker Dick Eger.
Highly diverse in his interest, and expertise, For 19 years Mr. Eger was a trustee of the Arts Council of the Morris Area, now known as Morris Arts. 9 of those years he spent as president. In conjunction with the Dodge Foundation, he formed an arts committee to jury artists’ work for exhibitions at 14 Maple Gallery, six of which he curated, at the Foundation’s home in Morristown shared with Morris Arts.
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More about Dick Eger
It has been my passion as long as I can remember. I was lucky that I grew up in a family around to he arts. My mother recognized this need in me and reached out to include cutting-edge opportunities to feed this enthusiasm. Early piano and conducting lessons, Dalcroze Eurythmics at 7 (teaches concepts of rhythm, structure and musical expression using movement), drawing and painting lessons at MOMA at 10, a yearly NY Philharmonic Orchestra subscription at 13, sculpture at the New School in NYC at 14, the same year I received a used 35mm camera and became a serious photographer. Later, I switched to my father’s medium format Rolleiflex and shot mostly in black and white until recently.
I have integrated art and music in every aspect of my life. When I was 18 I had a summer job framing art in a New York gallery. I spent every penny I made on work that I liked. It was the start of my serious collecting. The highlight for me in that job was when a woman brought in something she wanted reframed and pulled a cheaply framed print out of aWoolworth shopping bag. The gallery owner, usually a disinterested, phlegmatic personality bolted up to help her as he eyed the prize—an original 1904 etching of Picasso’s first serious effort at printmaking, The Frugal Repast. “Would you consider selling it,” he asked? “No,” she said, “I just want to change the frame.” He offered her $20,000 to change her mind but she simply turned and asked me to help her select a suitable frame and mat. At a 2014 Sotheby’s auction, it sold for 1.2 million GBP!
I volunteered with the late violinist, Isaac Stern when he became the new President of Carnegie Hall and who single-handedly saved it from a wrecking ball. I literally removed the all the photos and manuscripts from the walls of the hall with the 1st archivist who I helped hire, Gino Francesconi in preparation of it re-make.
Unfortunately, I have many diverse interests. With my brother Jeff, we and 18 others lent some of choice pieces from our collections for an exhibition first at the New York Public Library and than at the Louvre Museum in Paris to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty in 1986. We were consultants to the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Commission and published a book for them about the State of Liberty.
For 19 years (nine of which I was president), I was a trustee of the Arts Council of the Morris Area, now known as Morris Arts. In conjunction with the Dodge Foundation, I formed an arts committee to jury artists’ work for exhibitions at 14 Maple Gallery, six of which I curated, at the Foundation’s home in Morristown shared with Morris Arts.
I have mentored students, artists and photographers, supported the all the arts and art and music programs in a multitude of venues of locations to “spread the word”.
My degrees are in biology, chemistry, bacteriology and public health. I was a biochemist at The Rockefeller University and at Sloan-Kettering Institute, the research arm of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital where I was a biochemist who purified stem cell factors for leukemia research. Later I became the administrator of Sloan-Kettering Institute. Thirty years ago I changed careers and became a financial advisor managing investment portfolios and advising retail and institutional clients on financial matters. I continue to collect though, at a much slower pace with intermittent selling in recognition that all the space in the world is not mine!