ADAM WEINBERG: I’m Adam Weinberg, Alice Pratt Brown Director of the Whitney Museum of American Art. It is my pleasure to welcome you to Legacy: The Emily Fisher Landau Collection.
This exhibition presents highlights from Emily Fisher Landau’s spectacular gift to the museum of over 400 works of art by more than eighty-five modern and contemporary artists. Mrs. Landau is one of the preeminent collectors of post-war American art in the United States. She has been a long-time friend and supporter of the Whitney and a Trustee since 1987.
As you will see today, Mrs. Landau has consistently supported risk-taking artists, who, in her words, “portray the world we are living in now.” This installation traces significant styles and ideas that have shaped art since the 1960s—abstraction, conceptualism, postmodernism, new approaches to photography, and explorations of personal identity and narrative.
Through my own relationship with Mrs. Landau, I have been continually inspired by her keen eye for talent and deep curiosity about all that is new. Emily Fisher Landau once advised, “Never stop learning. Never stop looking. Art is the greatest teacher.” It is in this spirit that we present works from her collection. The Whitney is proud to serve as stewards of her legacy.
This audio guide, introduced by Alice Pratt Brown Director Adam D. Weinberg, highlights a diverse range of works from the exhibition Legacy: The Emily Fisher Landau Collection. Artists John Baldessari, Gregory Crewdson, Eric Fischl, Jasper Johns, Glenn Ligon, and Mark Tansey provide additional commentary.
To use the audio guide at the Museum:
|1.||Audio guide stop for Introduction to Legacy: The Emily Fisher Landau Collection||COLLECT|
|2.||Audio guide stop for Ed Ruscha, The Act of Letting a Person into Your Home, 1983||COLLECT|
|3.||Audio guide stop for Andy Warhol, Portrait of Emily Fisher Landau, 1984||COLLECT|
|4.||Audio guide stop for Willem de Kooning, (no title), 1987||COLLECT|
|5.||Audio guide stop for Cy Twombly, Untitled, 1964/84||COLLECT|
|6.||Audio guide stop for Richard Prince, Man Crazy Nurse #3, 2003||COLLECT|
|7.||Audio guide stop for Mark Tansey, Valley of Doubt, 1990||COLLECT|
|8.||Audio guide stop for Andy Warhol, Myths, 1981||COLLECT|
|9.||Audio guide stop for Agnes Martin, This Rain, 1960||COLLECT|
|10.||Audio guide stop for Carl Andre, GAZETTEER, 1960||COLLECT|
|11.||Audio guide stop for Rodney Graham, Oak, Banford, 1990||COLLECT|
|12.||Audio guide stop for Allen Ruppersberg, The Gift and the Inheritance (Strive and Succeed), 1989||COLLECT|
|13.||Audio guide stop for John Baldessari, What This Painting Aims To Do, 1967||COLLECT|
|14.||Audio guide stop for Joseph Kosuth, Titled (Art as Idea as Idea), [self], 1967||COLLECT|
|15.||Audio guide stop for Nan Goldin, Self-Portrait with Milagro, the Lodge, Belmont, MA 1988, 1988||COLLECT|
|16.||Audio guide stop for Peter Hujar, Divine, 1975||COLLECT|
|17.||Audio guide stop for Robert Mapplethorpe, Self-Portrait, 1988||COLLECT|
|18.||Audio guide stop for Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Untitled (Love Letter from the War Front), 1988||COLLECT|
|19.||Audio guide stop for Glenn Ligon, Son of a Role Model, 1990/91||COLLECT|
|20.||Audio guide stop for Gregory Crewdson, Untitled (beckoning bus driver), 2001–02||COLLECT|
|21.||Audio guide stop for Neil Jenney, Threat and Sanctuary, 1969||COLLECT|
|22.||Audio guide stop for Eric Fischl, Emptying of the Estuary, 1993||COLLECT|
|23.||Audio guide stop for Jenny Holzer, Under a Rock: You Spit on Them, 1989||COLLECT|
|24.||Audio guide stop for Jasper Johns, Painting with Two Balls, 1971||COLLECT|
|25.||Audio guide stop for Jasper Johns, Untitled, 1988||COLLECT|
|26.||Audio guide stop for Keith Haring, Untitled, 1985||COLLECT|
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