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Untitled #978 Gertrude and Juliana (The Whitney Women)

Petah Coyne (American, born 1953). Untitled #978 Gertrude and Juliana (The Whitney Women), 1999–2000. Wire, acrylic paint, chicken wire, wood, fiberglass cast statuary, drywall, plaster bandages, and plaster, 144 x 206 x 54 inches (365.8 x 523.2 x 137.2 cm) Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Anonymous Gift in honor of Marian Griffiths, 2001 (2001:15). © 2001 Petah Coyne

After Hours—Power-Hungry Emperors, Civic-Minded Magnates, and Visionary Ladies: The Famous Art Collectors Who Created Modern Museums

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 ● 6 pm
7 pm

$15 / $10 for Individual, Family, and Life Members
FREE for Corporate Members and Albright-Knox Members at the Professional level and above

Virtual Event

Today, most American art museums, like the Albright-Knox, are non-profit institutions that collect and exhibit art for the benefit of the public. But this kind of art museum didn’t always exist. In this talk, Assistant Curator Dr. Tina Rivers Ryan will tell the story of how major art collectors—from Emperor Napoleon to the financier Andrew W. Mellon and the socialite Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney—helped create the idea of museums as we know them today. The talk will also touch on how today’s mega-collectors, like Eli and Edythe Broad and Don and Mera Rubell, are creating new models of museums in the 21st century. (This is the first event in a four-part series about collecting art.)


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