Mission Statement

copyright © Estate of Jesse Fernandez

The Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization established in 2015. The primary aim of the Foundation is the preservation, exhibition, and publication of works by the abstract-expressionist painters Milton Resnick (1917-2004) and Pat Passlof (1928-2011) and other painters working out of that tradition.

The Foundation will have its headquarters in Milton Resnick’s former studio and home at 87 Eldridge Street in the lower east side of Manhattan. We will maintain the building with exhibition spaces and be open to the public. The soaring second floor, the former main sanctuary of the synagogue, where Resnick painted his signature works in the 1970s-90s will be maintained mostly as a showplace for Resnick’s own work. Rotating exhibitions will be hosted as well as lectures, poetry readings and other events. The mezzanine floor, overlooking the sanctuary, will have the preserved small studio in which Resnick made works on paper after ill health made large scale painting impossible for him.

In addition to the Foundation offices, and at a later date, we plan to set up a research area where visiting scholars may study the papers of the two artists as well as the photographic archives of their works of art.