New York hasn't always been a city filled with artists and museums. The Whitney Women and the Museum They Made: A Family Memoir tells the true stories of three generations of women who fueled a boom in the Manhattan art world. Eliza Foss' humane and precise performance of Flora Miller Biddle's family memoir is dazzling. With Foss' voice acting, this historical account of strong women and beautiful art becomes as clear and colorful as one of the famed paintings in the Whitney.
Until Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney opened her studio on Eight Street in Manhattan in 1914 - which evolved into the Whitney Museum almost two decades later - there were few art museums in the United States, let alone galleries for contemporary artists to exhibit their work. When the mansions of the wealthy cried out for art they sought it from Europe, then the art capital of the world. It was in her tiny sculptor’s studio in Greenwich Village that Whitney began holding exhibitions of contemporary American Artists. This remarkable effort by a scion of America’s wealthiest family helped to change the way art was cultivated in America.
The Whitney Women and the Museum They Made is a tale in which high ideals, extraordinary altruism, and great dedication that stood steadfast against inflated egos, big business, intrigue, and the harsh realities of today’s world. Flora Biddle’s sensitive and insightful memoir is a success story of three generations of forceful, indomitable women.