Dr. Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, President of Oakland University, is a pediatric endocrinologist. She was the Eli Lilly Company’s Senior Vice President and U.S. Medical Leader for Lilly Biomedicines, and before that, Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs and Health System CEO at the University of Michigan. Prior to that, she spent 21 years at Indiana University, where she was a member of the faculty, Executive Associate Dean for Research, CEO of Riley Hospital for Children and Vice President for Research.

However, before her ascent to academic and professional leadership, she started out as a student at Northwestern University. It was there that she met her husband, Mark Pescovitz, in 1974. As the son of an artist and a surgeon, he found a way to meld his interests but also mirror his parents’ path. By the time these two aspiring scientists were married in 1979, he had begun to amass a small art collection.

Dr. Mark Pescovitz, who died in 2010, was a Professor of Microbiology/Immunology and director of the transplant immunology laboratory at Indiana University School of Medicine. Together, Mark and Ora Hirsch Pescovitz raised three children and built a life committed to the investigation of curiosity, investment in community, and stewardship of education. Their united commitment to science, art, and culture meets at the intersection of this exhibition and is strongly reflected in the works they chose to collect.

This exhibition includes works by: Yaacov Agam, Garo Zareh Antresian, Nancy Morgan Barnes, Robert Berkshire, Michael Berman, Christyl Boger, Philip H. Campbell, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Chuck Close, James L. Cunningham, James Wille Faust, Mark Flinkinger, Miquel Gelabert, Sam Gilliam, Janis G. Goodman, Elizabeth Guipe Hall, Felrath Hines, Tom Keesee, Robert Mapplethorpe, Jeanette May, Peter Milton, Louis Pasteur, Mark Pescovitz, Judy Pfaff, Ronald Cohen-Rozencohn, Ivan Schwebel, Constance Edwards Scopelitus, Ivan Sizonenko, John Torreano, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Mary Lou Dooley Waller.

Curated by Dick Goody

Opening Reception: Friday, September 10, 5-7pm

In the Press

Detroit Art Review
SEPTEMBER 22, 2021
In general, collectors have little regard for investment or profit. Rather, art is important to them for other reasons. The best way to understand the underlying drive of art collecting is by describing it as a means to create and strengthen social bonds and for collectors to communicate information about themselves to the world and newly formed networks. Great collectors are often as well-known and widely respected as the art they collect.