Kaleidoscopic Porcelain from the Edith & Alfred Susskind Porcelain Collection
Kaleidoscopic Porcelain from the Edith & Alfred Susskind Porcelain Collection is a cornucopia of delightfully patterned porcelain plates and cups that recalls a woman who loved life and made it her business to add panache to everything she did. Portions of the recent gift of the Alfred & Edith Susskind Porcelain Collection will be on exhibition in tandem with the Betty Bressi Retrospective exhibition.
Also on view will be “Affinities,” works from the Museum Collection that relate to Ms. Bressi’s art, including creations by Charles Hinman, Milton Glaser, Utagawa Hiroshige, Victor Vasarely, William Blake, Arthur Wesley Dow, a Tlingit Basket, and others, assembled by the Museum’s Curator of Art, Robert Bunkin.
About Edith and Alfred Susskind
Native Staten Islander Edith Susskind was known to most as a gift specialist, boa-wearing business woman, and benefactor for education and culture, but she was also an avid collector of decorative arts. In 1943 Alfred and Edith married and shared their lives and love of early porcelain and fine antiques until his death in 1996. Mr. Susskind’s wedding-anniversary gift to his bride was her original retail shop on Elizabeth Street, around the corner from her famed Forest Avenue location.
Mrs. Susskind was a 1987 Advance Woman of Achievement winner and a Soroptimist International Woman of Distinction. She was presented with the Louis R. Miller Business Leadership Award and was inducted into the Curtis High School Alumni Hall of Fame. She was also named a Woman of Valor by the UJA Federation.
Mrs. Susskind taught marketing and retailing courses, as well as a course on antiques at the College of Staten Island. She sponsored scholarship community service awards each year at PS 45, West Brighton, her alma mater, and at PS 52, Dongan Hills.