Gift of Art Collection In-Kind and Art Research & Study Center

Photo of Stanley Goodman, M.D.Profile: Retired cardiologist Stanley Goodman, M.D., spends his mornings in a warehouse space in Fort Lauderdale creating art, mostly sculptures. Pearl Goodman, an educator who taught sixth grade in New York City's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, became interested in real estate and tax-free bonds when the couple moved to Florida 50 years ago. She continues to work in that field even through retirement. "What would I do if I weren't working?" she said.

Each May, however, they're off to New York for the spring art auctions. It's where they continue to augment their extensive modern and contemporary Mexican and Latin American art collection—a 25-year passion they've shared together.

The Goodmans have bequeathed their collection of, at last count, 90 paintings to the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale. With an emphasis on the educational value of the art work and its scholarly cohesiveness, the bequest also requests the establishment of a research and study center at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale for Mexican and Latin American art. The couple is also active on the museum's board, the Broward Performing Arts Foundation, Funding Arts Broward, and Jewish Family Services of Broward County, among other charities.

What Matters Most: Stanley and Pearl Goodman began their collection of Mexican and Latin American art when they purchased a small watercolor by Mexican artist David Alfaro Siqueiros bought in Miami in 1990, "before the glorious days of Basel," according to Pearl Goodman. It grew from there.

Pearl Goodman had an interest in Mexico, studying languages in college and visiting relatives in Mexico City. She was intrigued with the mural art in the city and its marvelous museums. Stanley Goodman, with his own interest in art, shared her passion.

The collection includes works by such notable artists as Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo, Joaquín Torres García, José Clemente Orozco, Frida Kahlo, Leonora Carrington, Remedios Varo, Gunther Gerzso, Wolfgang Paalen, Wilfredo Lam, and Siqueiros, among others. The artists are represented at different periods in their careers, which is what adds to the value of the collection and makes it an important teaching model.


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