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Subversive Beauty: Women Breaking the Rules – Session 3

March 9, 2021 @ 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm EST

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$12.00 – $30.00


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These three talks look at historical women navigating the art world. Stepping into the public sphere of business, marketing, and meeting and shaping taste, each of these women carefully navigated her world to ultimately achieve success.

Session 3: Three Powerhouse Women Shape the Art World
Tues. Mar. 9 @ 2:30– 3:45pm EST

Wealthy New Yorkers Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney and Abby Aldridge Rockefeller rocked the staid art world of the early 20th century. Defying the strictures set for elite women, they not only amassed distinctive collections, but also established cultural institutions in New York and beyond. In addition, Whitney infused her vision into the art itself, as a sculptor and through her intellectual salon that touched generations of American artists. Edith Halpert, the outsider who brought her smarts to work, influenced Rockefeller and touched many museum collections as a savvy, influential gallerist. Her belief that art belongs to everyone guided her business and consequently all types of collectors. Come see. You’ll be influenced!

Also in the series:

Session 1: The Pre-Raphaelites and Marie Spartali Stillman
Tues. Feb 23 @ 2:30– 3:45pm EST

Session 2: The Red Rose Girls
Tues. Mar. 2 @ 2:30– 3:45pm EST

All lectures on Zoom at 2:30-3:45pm EST 

About Rena Tobey:

Rena Tobey’s greatest passion is making art accessible, invigorating, insightful, and fun. She teaches art history at NYU’s School for Professional Studies, conducts lively, interactive tours of museum exhibitions, and provides talks on American art for community organizations. Just for fun, she created Artventures!® Game–a cheeky party game on the adventures of art and art history.


March 9, 2021
2:30 pm - 3:45 pm EST
$12.00 – $30.00
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