Everson Museum exhibits Victoria Schonfeld ceramics collection

Kate Malone, ‘Small Lidded Flower Jar and Waddesdon Bird,’ 2016 crystalline-glazed stoneware and porcelain, 9⅞ x 7½ x 6¾ inches. Victoria Schonfeld Collection

Kate Malone, ‘Small Lidded Flower Jar and Waddesdon Bird,’ a 2016 crystalline-glazed stoneware and porcelain piece, measuring 9⅞ x 7½ x 6¾ inches. Victoria Schonfeld Collection

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – On July 24, the Everson Museum of Art will open Mutual Affection: The Victoria Schonfeld Collection. The exhibition will continue through January 30, 2022.

Victoria Schonfeld (1950-2019) was a prominent New York lawyer, collector, and philanthropist whose discerning eye was matched only by the fierceness of devotion to her friends. From the time she began collecting ceramics in the 1990s, Schonfeld developed lasting friendships with the artists who caught her eye.

Beatrice Wood Pink, ‘Blush/Gold Chalice,’ ca. 1982 earthenware and luster glaze, 12½ x 7 inches. Victoria Schonfeld Collection

Beatrice Wood Pink, ‘Blush/Gold Chalice,’ a circa 1982 earthenware and luster glaze piece measuring 12½ x 7 inches. Victoria Schonfeld Collection

Schonfeld was particularly devoted to championing female artists, including Betty Woodman, Alison Britton, and Carol McNicoll, as well as younger artists like Lauren Mabry and Rain Harris. Her taste encompassed everything from classical beauty to pointedly political works, all linked by her boundless curiosity.

Long before her untimely death, Schonfeld began donating works by artists she admired to museums across the United States, including the Everson Museum of Art. It is with the deepest gratitude that the Everson accepts key works from the Schonfeld collection that will endure as a tribute to her generosity and lasting network of friendships.

Myashita Zenji, ‘Triangular,’ 2003 stoneware and colored clay, 17¾ x 9 x 6⅞ inches. Victoria Schonfeld Collection

Myashita Zenji, ‘Triangular,’ a 2003 stoneware and colored clay piece measuring 17¾ x 9 x 6⅞ inches. Victoria Schonfeld Collection

Mutual Affection marks the debut of the Victoria Schonfeld Collection at the Everson, fleshed out by additional works loaned by her family and friends. Each object in this exhibition stands on its own merit, but also represents a node in Schonfeld’s vast network of reciprocal relationships.

Visit the website for the Everson Museum of Art and see its dedicated page for Mutual Affection: The Victoria Schonfeld Collection.