Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney
January 9, 1875 – April 18, 1942
Arts Pioneer, Sculptor, and Patron of Contemporary American Art
Whitney founded the Whitney Museum of American Art to usher in a new era of trailblazing modern American artwork.
In 1907 Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney bought and established the Whitney Studio Gallery at 8 West 8th Street adjacent to her own marvelous MacDougal Alley studio. While the museum left 8 West 8th St for larger space in the 1950s, it is fitting that the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture purchased the building in 1967 and continues fostering artists to this day.
Narrated by Blythe Danner
Music: Musetta’s Waltz
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