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Library Installation

Exhibition poster for the Arensberg Collection, 20th century
Exhibition poster for the Arensberg Collection, 20th century

Modern Collectors

July 10–October 26, 2018
From 1941 to 1950, five major collectors—Walter and Louise Arensberg, Christian Brinton, A. E. Gallatin, and Alfred Stieglitz—donated their personal collections to the Museum. Each were inspired to collect modern works and present them in a public setting for all to enjoy.

This installation presents library and archival materials that illuminate how these donors helped Museum director Fiske Kimball realize his vision for a “Modern Museum.” Discover how the donors pursued modern works of art, displayed objects prior to their arrival in the galleries, and negotiated terms and conditions with Museum staff.

The installation complements the exhibition Modern Times.


Susan Anderson Laquer, the Martha Hamilton Morris Archivist


Library Reading Room, second floor, Perelman Building

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