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The Leiber Collection Hosting Special Celebration In Honor Of Judith And Gerson

Olivia Rutigliano

One of Judith's masterpieces. (Photo: www.facebook.com)

The Leiber Collection in East Hampton is presenting a special celebration of the lives and works of Judith and Gerson Leiber on Saturday, July 28 from 2 to 5 p.m.

"The collection will have several hundred Judith Leiber bags and about a dozen Gerson Leiber paintings," Jeffrey Sussman explained.

During their 72-year marriage, Judith created some of the most unique, exceptional handbags, attracting a notable following for her namesake company, the Judith Leiber Company, while Gerson became an acclaimed modernist painter.

Currently, there are more than 80 Judith Leiber handbags in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Every First Lady, from 1953 to 2000 has carried one of her handbags to the presidential inauguration. The Museum of Art and Design in New York City celebrated Judith's achievements with an exhibition in 2017 based on a one-woman retrospective.

Gerson Leiber paintings hold residences in some of the United States' most prestigious museums. He most recently had six one man shows in galleries on Long Island and Manhattan.

"The event is really a party in celebration of the Leibers," he added.

The celebration will include stories from close friends of the Liebers, including biographer Jeffrey Sussman; curator Ann Stewart, and Foundation trustee, Patti Kenner at 4 p.m.

Through the generosity of the Judith and Gerson Leiber Foundation, art and fashions enthusiasts can enjoy the work of the two artists situated in the Renaissance-style Palladian museum and sculpture garden.

The collection can be seen at The Leiber Collection on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays from 1 to 4 p.m.

The Leiber Collection is located at 446 Old Stone Highway in East Hampton. For more information, call 631-329-3288 or visit www.leibermuseum.org.

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