Albright-Knox Presents: The Famous Art Collectors Who Created Modern Museums

Petah Coyne (American, born 1953). Untitled #978 Gertrude and Juliana (The Whitney Women), 1999–2000

Albright-Knox Art Gallery Assistant Curator Dr. Tina Rivers Ryan will present “Power-Hungry Emperors, Civic-Minded Magnates, and Visionary Ladies: The Famous Art Collectors Who Created Modern Museums.” Today’s non-profit institutions that collect and exhibit art for the benefit of the public did not always exist. In this engaging talk, we will hear the story of how major art collectors—from Emperor Napoleon to the financier Andrew W. Mellon and the socialite Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney—helped create the idea of museums as we know them today.

Join the Cornell Club of Greater Buffalo for this virtual conversation on March 24, 2021 at 7:30pm EST.

Register here. Contact Dave Meade ’81 at with questions.