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Walter Pach Collection, Works Owned by Fabric Workshop Founder Marion Stroud Given to Bowdoin Museum

Walter Pach, Portrait of Frida Kahlo, 1933.


The Bowdoin College Museum of Art in Brunswick, Maine, said today that it has acquired two substantial new collections. One comprises some 350 works from the estate of Marion Boulton “Kippy” Stroud, the founder of the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia, who died in 2015 at the age of 76; the other is a trove of material by the pioneering American artist and art historian Walter Pach numbering some 1,200 pieces, compiled by New York art dealer Francis M. Naumann and his wife, Marie T. Keller. Both are coming to the museum as gifts.

The donation of material by Pach, who died in 1958 at 75, features around 420 prints, a bounty of drawings (many collected in notebooks), and more than 427 paintings, including portraits he made of Frida Kahlo and Rufino Tamayo. While living in Paris and associating with the European avant-garde, Pach helped organize the storied 1913 Armory Show in New York, and helped bring figures like Constantin Brancusi, Raymond Duchamp-Villon, and Jacques Villon into the exhibition. He taught at Bowdoin College, and his son attended school there.

Stroud’s connection to Maine is that she ran a residency initiative for artist and administrators on Mount Desert Island in the state called Acadia Summer Arts Program (ASAP)—or “Kamp Kippy,” as it was known to some. The gift from her holdings includes pieces by artists such as Dawoud Bey, Cai Guo-Qiang, Roni Horn, Alfredo Jaar, Robert Kushner, and Lucas Samaras, whose work will be entering its collection for the first time.

“We are thrilled to welcome the collections of Kippy Stroud and Walter Pach to the Museum,” said BCMA co-director Anne Goodyear. “These new contributions to our holdings reflect the remarkable vision of two individuals who have had a transformative impact on how art has been experienced, practiced, and interpreted from the early twentieth century to the present.”

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