IWF Chicago member Barbara Levy Kipper didn’t expect to become one of the greatest collectors of asian ethnic jewelry and ritual objects when she began to travel throughout Asia in the 1960s as a photographer. It happened in the course of her travels, including over twenty trips to Southern Africa and more than ten to India, and countries including Turkey, Nepal, rural China, Viet Nam, Cambodia, and Thailand. Today, at the Art Institute of Chicago, the gifts of her brilliant collection are displayed in the exhibit, “Vanishing Beauty: Asian Jewelry and Ritual Objects from the Barbara and David Kipper Collection”
The collection features more than 400 handmade Buddhist artworks. Kipper served as chair of the newspaper, magazine, and book distributor Chas. Levy Circulating Company until 2011 and is a lifetime trustee of the Art Institute of Chicago.
IWF members will tour the Art Institute of Chicago in a specially curated Behind the Scenes program for the 2016 IWF World Leadership Conference in Chicago this September, the museum will also host the Opening Reception.
You can learn more about Barbara on her photo site here.
To get a glimpse of some of the incredible works and read more, visit the Art Institute of Chicago website here.