The board and staff of the Michener Art Museum are deeply saddened by the passing of H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest, a remarkable man who significantly shaped the cultural landscape of Philadelphia and beyond. Together with his wife Marguerite, he touched countless lives and institutions— not only through his generous philanthropy, but also through his continued personal engagement with everyone and everything he valued. Gerry had a tremendous commitment to making the world a better place.
He and Marguerite certainly made the Michener Art Museum a better place. In 1999, the Lenfests presented the Museum with 59 Pennsylvania Impressionist paintings and an endowment. These gifts became the cornerstone of the Michener’s permanent collection and allowed the Museum to be globally recognized as the center for Pennsylvania Impressionism.
We are glad we had the chance to honor Gerry and Marguerite this—our 30th— year by presenting the current exhibition American Moderns: The Legacy of Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest, a poignant reminder of how stellar human beings with vision and values can transform entire communities. We will miss Gerry profoundly, and extend our heartfelt condolences to the Lenfest family.