"The Maslow Collection: Context and Content Collecting in the 80s and early 90s" On Display Through October 3

Published on Tue, September 14, 2010

Marywood University exhibits The Maslow Collection: Context and Content Collecting in the 80s and early 90s today through October 3 in the Mahady Gallery and Maslow Study Gallery for Contemporary Art, Shields Center for Visual Arts. The exhibit will also be on display at Sordoni Gallery, Wilkes University. The concurrent exhibitions share a common theme of collections from the early 80s and early 90s.

Richard and Marilyn Maslow began collecting art in 1982, with the assistance and advice from New York City artists and art consultants Tony and Gloria Sorce, assembling what would eventually become the most significant collection of contemporary art in Northeast Pennsylvania. At the outset, the Maslow family focused their attention on collecting major prints by the most celebrated American artists of the time, namely Johns, Rauschenberg, Dine, Stella, Warhol, Lichtenstein, and Rosenquist, as well as important vintage and contemporary photographs. Within a short period of time, the collection began to include paintings and works on paper by newly established or emerging artists who were exhibiting in NYC at the time.

The installation at the Sordoni Gallery, Wilkes University, focuses on a collection compiled in a one-year period during 1991. By that year, the Maslow family had been collecting for nearly 10 years. The attention to one year of collecting better illustrates the range of work, in terms of content and media that would have been considered for purchase during a relatively short period of time.



  • Collecting in the 80s: Looking Back at a Process and a Period of Multiple Possibilities

Sunday, September 19, 2 p.m., Mahady Gallery, Shields Center for Visual Arts, Marywood University

The symposium will provide a lively forum to discuss the dynamics of collecting in the 1980s. Robert Schweitzer, curator of The Maslow Collection, moderates a panel. Additional panelists include Mr. Richard Maslow and his long time consultant and advisor, Tony Sorce, as well as two of the gallerists, Michael Walls and Pat Caporaso (formerly of Castelli Graphics), from whom many of the purchases were made to build The Maslow Collection.


  • Collectors and Collecting in Northeast Pennsylvania

Sunday, October 3, 2 p.m., Mahady Gallery, Shields Center for Visual Arts, Marywood University

The symposium brings together local collectors to discuss their particular interests and concerns in collecting and the process that they have each employed to create and expand their collections. The panel discussion, which will encourage active audience participation, will be moderated by Robert Schweitzer, Curator, The Maslow Collection.

The symposiums are free and open to the public. However, seating is limited. For reservations call (570)348-6278 or email at gallery@marywood.edu  

Admission to the galleries is free and open to the public seven days a week. Gallery hours include Monday, Thursday, and Friday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. - 8 p. m. and Saturday and Sunday 1 - 4 p .m.

For more information or directions, contact Marywood University Art Galleries at (570) 348-6211 ext. 2428 or www.marywood.edu/galleries or themaslowcollection.org.


Additional Information on The Maslow Collection:

  • Includes over 500 works by artists such as Rauschenberg, Close, Johns, Warhol, Skoglund, Stella, Jaudon, Levine, Meyer, Friedlander, Sorce, Hammond, Reed, Halley, Cumming, and Goldstein.
  • Changes exhibitions in The Maslow Study Gallery for Contemporary Art that provides a stimulating environment for student and faculty discussions on a wide range of topics.
  • Enables in-depth research and study in the areas of art history, printmaking, mixed media, painting, and photography, as well as curatorial studies.
  • Acts as a resource for the greater community, with students from Misericordia University, Keystone College, and The University of Scranton, as well as area high school students taking part in gallery discussions and special programs. The Gallery is open to the general public during normal gallery hours.