About Marcuse Pfeifer


Marcuse (Cusie) Pfeifer is The Dorsky Museum’s Special Honored Guest at Art Uncorked 2019

Marcuse (Cusie) Pfeifer is The Dorsky Museum’s Special Honored Guest
at Art Uncorked 2019

  • The Dorsky Museum’s Art Uncorked Benefit and Auction is the single largest source of funding for the museum’s exhibitions, publications and public education programs. This year’s event will be held on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at The Rubin Museum of Art in New York City. Art Uncorked will be a lively evening attended by approximately 150 museum patrons that will include wine tastings, silent and live auctions of works of art, fine wines and memorable experiences.


  • Marcuse “Cusie” Pfeifer is acknowledged as a key figure in the recognition and promotion of photography as fine art. In 1976 Pfeifer opened one of New York City’s first galleries devoted exclusively to photography. Marcuse Pfeifer’s gallery—located initially on Madison Avenue, and later in Soho—gained a reputation as one of the few places where one could view and purchase photographs by both well-known and up-and-coming artists. She helped launch the careers of numerous contemporary photographers, including Sally Mann, Peter Hujar, and Timothy Greenfield-Sanders. Pfeifer also played a major role in reviving the reputations of important women artists including Carlotta Corpron, Nell Dorr, Clara Sipprell, and Trude Fleischmann. In addition to her role as a gallerist, Pfeifer was a founding member and president of the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD), which hosts The Photography Show, one of the world’s foremost photography art fairs. Pfeifer was also a founding member of the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center in Kingston, NY, where she ran the Center’s art exhibition program for over ten years.


In 2018 Pfeifer donated 67 photographs by 19th and 20th century masters to the permanent collection of the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz, adding scope and depth to the museum’s already significant collection of vintage and contemporary photography. Many of these photographs can be seen in an exhibition entitled In Celebration: A Recent Gift from the Photography Collection of Marcuse Pfeifer, on display at The Dorsky through July 14, 2019.

  • The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at the State University of New York at New Paltz (The Dorsky) is located at the geographic center of the SUNY New Paltz campus and is one of the largest museums in the SUNY system, with more than 9,000 square feet of exhibition art space distributed over six galleries and a permanent collection of over 6,000 works of art.


For more information for Art Uncorked, contact Sara Pasti at 845.257.3846, or via e-mail at pastis@newpaltz.edu.

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