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Liz Lefkofsky’s Softened Edge

The philanthropist’s understated look quietly pushes boundaries

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'The Devil Is Beating His Wife' by Mark Bradford
Mark Bradford, The Devil is Beating His Wife, 2003
 

Lefkofsky was among the backers of an exhibition of Mark Bradford’s multimedia work at the Museum of Contemporary Art (on view at the museum through September 18; information at mcachicago.org).

 

 

A Lanvin shoulder bag tucked into a lineup of designer figurines
“My husband and I are attracted to the same kinds of things, but we continually push each other in new directions.”
 

A Lanvin shoulder bag tucked into a lineup of designer figurines

 

 

Lefkofsky's collection of Balenciaga bags

The Balenciaga bags in Lefkofsky’s collection have casual silhouettes that still flirt with the avant-garde. “[Each one is] a little complicated once you look closely.”

 

 

Lefkofsky and her older sister, Stephanie
Lefkofsky (right) with her sister Stephanie
 

Lefkofsky’s older sister, Stephanie Kramer, was diagnosed in 1972 with a brain tumor, which took her life two years later. In 1973, their mother, Susan Kramer, cofounded the American Brain Tumor Association. Last year, ABTA raised $4.2 million for research, as well as patient education and support. Lefkofsky has been a lifelong volunteer for the organization. “It’s always been what I’ve done,” she says of nonprofit work. “It’s where I’m from.”

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Photography: Anna Knott

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