The Great New York Collections: A History of Art Collecting and Art Museums in New York
New York City’s museums overflow with the world’s greatest treasures—it’s why many of us choose to live here! How on earth did all these treasures end up in New York? In this course, examine the amazing history of the transoceanic transfer of artwork that took place from the 19th to the 21st centuries; the lives of the often eccentric collectors (including Morgan, Altman, Frick, Louisine Havemeyer, the Rockefellers, and the Wrightsmans); and the dealers and museums (Met, MoMA, Frick, and Whitney) that—thanks to these collections—are now considered to be among the most important in the world. Along with stories of intrigue, daring, scandal, farce, and generosity, the course will provide a guide to the treasures to be seen in New York. Each weekly lecture will be fully illustrated with slides.
You'll Walk Away with
- An understanding of how so much great art ended up in New York City
- Greater familiarity with important donors and art collectors from the 19th to the 21st centuries
- Art professionals and all members of the community—working, retired, and in-between
- Art lovers and history buffs