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It Couldn't Have Happened Without Them: Women Who Shaped the Course of Modern Art

This course invites you to delve into the remarkable lives of exceptional women who have exerted an enormous influence on the course of modern art, including American art collectors Claribel Cone and Etta Cone; Katherine Dreier, artist and co-founder (with Man Ray and Marcel Duchamp) of Société Anonyme, the first modern art organization in the US (1920); Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, Lillie Bliss, and May Quinn Sullivan, co-founders of the Museum of Modern Art (1929); Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, sculptor and founder of the Whitney Museum of American Art (1931); Baroness Hilla von Rebay, co-founder and first director of the Guggenheim Museum (1939); self-proclaimed “art addict” and modern art propagandist Peggy Guggenheim; art historian and curator Marcia Tucker, founder of the New Museum of Contemporary Art (1977); and progressive patrons of the arts such as the writer Gertrude Stein, suffragette Louisine Havemeyer, arts benefactor and high society doyenne Jayne Wrightsman, and MoMA Life Trustee Agnes Gund. A section of this course will be devoted to women who are currently at the helm of major art museums, including Anne Pasternak (director, Brooklyn Museum), Thelma Golden (director, Studio Museum in Harlem), and Lisa Phillips (director, New Museum).

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Familiarity with notable women art collectors and their influence on modern art
  • Knowledge about women leaders of NYC museums today

Ideal for

  • Art enthusiasts
  • Prospective and practicing arts professionals
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    • Section

    • Semester

      Summer 2021
    • Date

      Jun 1 - Jul 20
    • Day

    • Time

      • Online
    • Format

      • Online
    • Sessions

    • Location

      Instructor Led
    Tuition $639