Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney: Sculpture

January 25, 2018 - April 29, 2018

Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney is best known as an art patron and founder of New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art. Yet she also had a significant career as a sculptor, exhibiting throughout the United States and Europe and receiving major commissions and prizes. Featuring approximately 40 sculptures and drawings, this will be the first exhibition of Whitney’s art since her death in 1942. Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney: Sculpture will showcase rarely seen works from private collections, examining her creation of some of the most popular public sculpture of her era. Unlike most other American artists, Whitney portrayed the grim realities of World War I, reflecting the fact that she had served as a nurse in France and experienced the war firsthand. Her sensitive portraits of working class people, including African Americans and the unemployed are also exceptional, while her deco monuments represent remarkable explorations of modernism. Curated by Ellen E. Roberts, the Norton’s Harold and Anne Berkley Smith Curator of American Art.