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artist , Museum director

Abram Lerner, museum director, artist. Decorated commandeur in de Orde Van Oranje-Nassau (The Netherlands); chevalier dans L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France).


Lerner, Abram was born on April 11, 1913 in New York City. Son of Hyman and Sarah (Becker) Lerner.


Bachelor of Arts, New York University, 1935;student, Ednl. Alliance, Art Students League, Brooklyn Museumprivate studies, Florence, Italy.


Associate director, A.C.A. Gallery and Artist's Gallery, New York City, 1945-1957;curator, Joseph H. Hirshhorn Collection, New York City, 1957-1966;director, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, 1967-1985;founding director emeritus, retired, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, 1985. Advisory board Archives American Art, since 1970.


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    • Author: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden - Inaugural Book, 1974, Gregory Gillespie, 1977. Contributor to magazines, museum catalogues. One man show, Davis Gallery, New York City, 1958, Corcoran Gallery, Washington, 2007.

      Group shows include, A.C.A. Gallery, Peridot Gallery, Brooklyn-Museum, Pennsylvania Academy, Davis Gallery. Represented in private collections.


Married Pauline Hanenberg, October 7, 1940. 1 child, Aline.

Hyman Lerner

Sarah (Becker) Lerner

Pauline Hanenberg

Aline Lerner