American Philanthropy and Art, 1830-1930
ISBN10: 0226555844 ISBN13: 9780226555843 Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr Published: Feb 15 1993 Weight: 1.05lbs. Height: 9.25" Width: 6.00" Depth: 1.00" Language: English
Kathleen McCarthy here presents the first book-length treatment of the vital role middle- and upper-class women played in the development of American museums in the century after 1830. By promoting undervalued areas of artistic endeavor, from folk art to the avant-garde, such prominent individuals as Isabella Stewart Gardner, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller were able to launch national feminist reform movements, forge extensive nonprofit marketing systems, and "feminize" new occupations.