Jack and Susan Warner Honored by the Met
The New American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is hardly old news. Continuing to attract widespread press coverage, the museum announced on Friday that one of the galleries in its New American Wing has been renamed The Jack and Susan Warner Gallery. The Warners have been avid collectors of American art for over sixty years, and have contributed generously to the Met. They have also been active supporters of the field of American art, creating a foundation with the slogan “Promoting an Understanding of American History Through Art.” In addition to their Warner Foundation, they founded the Westervelt-Warner Museum in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in 2003, which closed in 2011. Works from the Westervelt-Warner collection have recently traveled to the New Britain Museum of American Art in Connecticut and the Arthur Ross Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania.
The Jack and Susan Warner Gallery focuses on the Emergence of the Hudson River School, 1825–50, and showcases works by several important Hudson River School artists, including Thomas Cole, Asher B. Durand, John William Casilear, and John Frederick Kensett. The Met will host a Jack Warner Lecture Series devoted to American art later this year.
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