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The American Fellows is the Whitney’s exclusive patron group designed for enthusiasts and connoisseurs of American art from 1900-1960s.  Members participate in an exciting exploration of early to mid-20th century American painting and sculpture and have the opportunity to meet with renowned art historians, critics, curators, and collectors who share the same interest.  Founded in 1999, the group is led by Barbara Haskell, a curator at the Whitney since 1975 and acclaimed for organizing such landmark exhibitions as The American Century: Art & Culture, 1900–1950 in 1999, Oscar Bluemner: A Passion for Color in 2005, Georgia O’Keeffe: Abstraction in 2009, and the upcoming Lyonel Feininger: At the Edge of the World in 2011.  Each season, Ms. Haskell shares her considerable access and expertise relating to early 20th century American Modernists, as well as Abstract Expressionists and Pop artists to create unparalleled programs, including intimate panel discussions, connoisseur workshops, and tours highlighting the Whitney’s early-twentieth-century holdings. In addition to receiving these unique privileges, membership will help support the Whitney’s mission to collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit American art and special projects focused on the first half of the twentieth century.

Participation begins with an annual gift of $10,000.

For further information please emailpatron_groups@whitney.org or call 
(212) 671-5319.

RECENT EVENTS INCLUDE:

  • Day trip to Philadelphia for a private tour of Arshile Gorky: A Retrospective followed by lunch and visits to private art collections
  • Reception and tour of ADAA: The Art Show at the Park Avenue Armory
  •  Connoisseur Workshop on Ralston Crawford with John Crawford (son of the artist), and St. Louis Art Museum Curators Eric Lutz and Andrew Walker
  • American Fellows Spring Weekend 2010, featuring exclusive private collection visits, a curator-led tour of 2010, the Whitney Biennial, private gallery visits, and dinner at the home of the Museum’s Director

American Fellows members enjoy a sneak preview of Georgia O’Keeffe:  Abstraction with curators Barbara Haskell and Sasha  Nicholas.

American Fellows members enjoy a sneak preview of Georgia O’Keeffe: Abstraction with curators Barbara Haskell and Sasha Nicholas.