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Currier Announces May Gruber Bequest

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Jim Hodges, Like This 12, 2002, cotton on cotton, 40 1/4 x 60 in., Bequest of May B. Gruber. Art © Jim Hodges.

Manchester, NH – The Currier Museum of Art is pleased to announce that it has received a significant gift from the estate of Manchester businesswoman May Gruber. Included in the bequest are works of art by Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn and Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, as well as works by more contemporary artists such as Jennifer Bartlett, David Hockney, Michael Mazur, Jim Hodges and Elizabeth Murray. “May Gruber felt strongly about giving back to the community that helped her company to grow,” said Susan Strickler, Currier Director and CEO. “Her tastes were eclectic and wide-ranging, as is evidenced by the works she gave to the Currier. Because of her bequest, the region has an even more exceptional collection of art to cherish.”

The Currier has placed on view many of the works that Gruber bequeathed to the Museum in the European, Modern and Contemporary art galleries. Gruber came to know several of the artists, including Jennifer Bartlett and Jim Hodges. She often contacted artists when she purchased their work because she wanted to learn about their lives and artistic motivation.

About May Gruber

May Gruber was a powerful force within the Greater Manchester community and the state of New Hampshire. The former head of Pandora Industries, a Manchester institution that created iconic sweaters and other knitwear in this city from 1940 until 1983, Gruber helped found Child Health Services and the Manchester Community Music School, organizations which are now integral to the region.

Gruber and her first husband, Saul Sidore, began collecting art in the 1960s based on advice from Charles Buckley, then director of the Currier (1955-1964). Collecting became a passion during her second marriage to Sam Gruber, a painter in his own right.

Complete List of Works of Art in Bequest

The following works of art are on view through the end of May 2014:

Jennifer Bartlett, Shadow, (1984)
Etching in four sheets

Jim Hodges, Like This 12, (2002)
Cotton on cotton

Michael Mazur, Vine Tree, Fall (1983)
Pastel on paper

Elizabeth Murray, Depot, Summer, (1992)
Casein, collage, colored pencil and graphite on paper

Elizabeth Murray, Untitled, New York, (1992)
Casein and collage on paper

Elizabeth Murray, Untitled, (Spring 1991)
Casein, ink and collage on paper

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Head of a Man Looking Up, (about 1750-1760)
Red and white chalk on blue paper

Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn, Old Man with a Divided Fur Cap, (1640)
Etching and drypoint

Félix Hilaire Buhot, Westminster Clock Tower (Westminster Bridge), (1880-1890)
Etching and drypoint

James Jacques Tissot, Soiree d'É, (1881)
Etching and drypoint

The following works of art are not currently on view:

David Hockney, Sun, from Weather Series, (1973)
Silkscreen / lithograph

Giuseppe Nicola Rossigliani, Sybil with a Child, (mid-16th century)
Woodcut on paper

Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, Tobit Burying the Dead, (active 1610-1670)

Marco Pitteri, St. Phillip Neri, (1703-1767)

James Jacques Tissot, Le Banc de Jardin, (about 1885)

Pierre Bonnard, Les Boulevards, (1900)
Color lithograph

James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Gants de Suede, (1904)


Earlier Donations

Previously, Ms. Gruber donated these works of art, all of which are currently on view:

Joan Mitchell, Cous-cous, (1961-62)
Oil and acrylic on canvas. Gift of Sam and May Gruber, 1992

Joan Miro, Partie de Campagne II, (1976)
Colored aquatint. Gift of May Gruber, 2003

Hans Hofmann, Landscape, (1940)
Oil on plywood. Gift of May Gruber in Honor of Marilyn F. Hoffman, 1997

Richard Anuszkiewicz, Primary Contrast, (1965)
Acrylic on canvas. Gift of the Saul O. Sidore Memorial Foundation, 1965

General Information

The Currier Museum of Art, located at 150 Ash Street, Manchester, N.H., is open every day except Tuesday. It is home to an internationally respected collection of European and American paintings, decorative arts, photographs and sculpture, including works by Picasso, Matisse, Monet and O'Keeffe. Visitors of all ages will enjoy the engaging exhibitions, the dynamic programs ranging from art-making and lectures to music, a Museum Shop, and an airy, light-filled café. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the Museum. The Currier welcomes visitors with disabilities and special needs. We are wheelchair accessible and offer FM headsets for sound amplification at all public programs. For more information, visit or call 603.669.6144, x108. The Currier Art Center, celebrating its 75th year of operations, offers studio classes, art camps, Master classes and intensive workshops for all ages. The Museum also owns the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Zimmerman House, complete with the original furnishings and the owners' fine art collection.