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May, Saidie Adler, 1879-1951

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role Collector Patron Artist
dates 1879-1951
city New York City
other citiesBaltimore, MD;
gender F
historical notes Saidie Adler May was an art collector, patron, and artist who studied with Hans Hoffman (1880-1966).

Her father, Charles Adler, was a Baltimore shoe manufacturer and her sister, Blanche Adler, and cousins, Claribel and Etta Cone, were fellow art collectors.

A collector of modern art, she was an early investor in both Surrealist and Abstract Expressionist art and her collection included work by, among others, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, William Baziotes, Robert Motherwell, André Masson, Hans Hoffman and Alfred Julio Jensen.

May bequeathed and made donations during her life to the Baltimore Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

May was most generous with the Baltimore Museum of Art. She gave them $300,000 for a wing dedicated to children, art and furnishings from her Park Lane apartment in New York, and made the contribution of the Renaissance Room purchased from William Randolph Hearst (including sculpture of St. Catherine of Alexandria and Giovannidal Ponté’s “St, Anthoney’s Abbot”).

May was married twice; first in 1902, to Albert Carl Lehman of Pittsburgh (divorced, one child Murray (1906-); secondly to Herbert L. May in 1922 which also ended in divorce.
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Baltimore Museum of Art Saidie A. May papers, ca. 1880-2002, bulk 1924-1972. see details...
Baltimore Museum of Art Saidie May Artist file: miscellaneous uncataloged material. see details...
Baltimore Museum of Art Renaissance Room Exhibition see details...
Baltimore Museum of Art BMA Building and Exhibitions Lantern Slides see details...

see also:
Adler, Blanche, 1877-1941
Jensen, Alfred, 1903-1981
Cone, Claribel, 1864-1929
Cone, Etta
Cone, Frederic W.