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Judith Neisser


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Judith Neisser Obituary
Neisser, Judith Art Collector, writer, philanthropist, Judith Neisser (nee Einstein) died at age 82 on July 11, 2018. A dynamic force within Chicago and Aspen's cultural community, Neisser served as trustee emerita at the Art Institute of Chicago and Life Trustee at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Her involvement and philanthropy benefited numerous Chicago organizations, notably the Harris Theater, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, Fulcrum Point New Music Project, and Erikson Institute. A talented writer and keen observer, Judy's insights informed her published interviews and essays on modern architecture. She was an energetic, lifelong champion of excellence in architecture and design and wrote for publications including Chicago Magazine, Art and Auction, Inland Architect, and Architectural Digest. Through the Neisser Family Foundation, Judy supported the building which houses Archeworks, a Chicago-based alternative architecture school. Her many friends adored her vivid sense of humor and intelligence; her ability to shift easily from the latest television series to the most rigorous works of minimalism. Judy created enduring friendships with so many individuals each of who embraced her authentic warmth and loyalty. Her marriage to Edward Neisser was a great partnership; their children, David and Kate, and grandsons Edward and Isaac, were the source of pride and endless affection for Judy. She also held a special place in her heart for Bronwyn Poole and Stephen Burns. A memorial will take place at the Art Institute of Chicago in the fall.Details will be shared later this summer. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Judy's name to the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Published in Chicago Sun-Times on July 13, 2018
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