The Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation
Announces Plans for 87 Eldridge Street
The Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation is pleased to announce plans to renovate Milton Resnick’s former studio and home at 87 Eldridge Street, Manhattan, as a public exhibition space, and to house the Foundation’s offices. The Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation is a not-for-profit foundation established in 2013 under the terms of the will of the painter Pat Passlof (1926–2011). Its chief mission is to exhibit, preserve and publish works by Milton Resnick (1917–2004), Pat Passlof, and other painters. A future goal is to provide assistance to mature painters, and poets.
The building at 87 Eldridge Street has a rich history, reflecting the changing character of the Lower East Side of Manhattan over the past century, having been respectively a tenement, a synagogue, an African American church, and finally Resnick’s studio and home from 1977 until his death in 2004. It was here that Resnick painted many of the heavily encrusted paintings that he became known for, as well as visionary late works of the mid-90s on. The Foundation has hired the firm of Ryall Porter Sheridan to renovate 87 Eldridge Street. They will retain the special character of the over-100-year-old building, especially its soaring main Sanctuary, while making its spaces suitable for the exhibition of paintings, and bringing it into compliance with city and state regulations. We expect the building to open to the public in 2016, with a rotating installation of works by Resnick and Passlof, and an ongoing program of temporary exhibitions of other painters working in what can be broadly considered the Abstract Expressionist tradition.