The acquisition of works of art is central to the Metropolitan Museum's mission, and was a hallmark of Philippe de Montebello's tenure as director. In conjunction with the exhibition The Philippe de Montebello Years, this series of lectures and panel discussions celebrates the impressive additions to the Museum collections made under Mr. de Montebello's esteemed directorship.
Chairman George Goldner speaks about the development of drawings collecting in the United States over the past thirty years, and the formation of an American drawings collecting practice. Goldner considers several American collectors as he takes us through the galleries. Some, like Curtis Baer and John Steiner, collected drawings in the European tradition, whereas other, more personally invloved collectors, like Rudolf and Lore Heinemann, moved from collecting drawings of historic interest, to collecting drawings that stand as works in and of themselves.
George R. Goldner, Drue Heinz Chairman, Department of Drawings and Prints, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Center for the History of Collecting in America at The Frick Collection
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