Join us on Saturday, July 1 at 11:00 am when Dodie Kazanjian leads a discussion with Flora Miller Biddle and Fiona Donovan about their recently republished book, The Whitney Women and the Museum They Made. From its founding by sculptor and patron Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney in 1930, the Whitney Museum of American Art has been fostered by Whitney women. Gertrude’s commitment to artists and disregard for convention has inspired four generations of her descendants who have been part of the Museum’s leadership since its founding. With the Museum in its striking new Renzo Piano designed building, Flora Biddle and Fiona Donovan will explore how this visionary legacy continues in the twenty-first century.
Gertrude’s granddaughter, Flora Miller Biddle, became a Whitney Trustee in 1958 and served as Board President from 1977 to 1994. Flora continues to hold the title of Honorary Chairman and is the author of several books on the Whitney family, including The Whitney Women and the Museum They Made. Flora’s daughter, Fiona Donovan, holds a Ph.D. in art history from Columbia University. She has served on the Whitney Museum Board for ten years. She wrote a foreword to the 2017 edition of The Whitney Women and the Museum they Made.
The program is free and all are welcome. Call 401.847.0295, ext. 112 to reserve a seat.