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Barbara Haskell, Co-curator of “Breaking Ground: The Whitney’s Founding Collection”
Posted: July 28th, 2011

Looking towards the Whitney Museum of American Art’s move downtown, the museum’s curatorial team devised a series of special installations to give museum-goers an idea of what the Whitney’s collection might look like presented in a larger setting. In this SundayArts Profile, Paula Zahn speaks to Barbara Haskell, Co-curator of “Breaking Ground: The Whitney’s Founding Collection.”

  • Becky Duning

    Barbara Haskell is a great interviewee: informative, relaxed and exuding the love of her work that speaks wll for the Whitney. Congratulations on a marvelous exhibit and on continuing the adventurous spirit of GVWhitney with your new building now underway.

  • dorothy koppelman

    I listened to Barbara Haskell with great interest waiting to hear how Juliana Force affected and literally guided Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney in the formation of the Whitney Museum of American Art. It may be politically correct to aaccent the Vanderbilt connection to the Whitney, but is it accurate. I hpe Avis Berman’s scholarly researched and compelling account of the early Whitney days can be used to advantage to show the Whitney is just an elite and in some ways mothballed. As a young painter I came to the Whitney on Eighth Stret and walked up that curving staircase to see what was happening. I was so impressed and when I read about julian Force,, not withstanding her shortcomings, I was grateful for her energy and courage. I hope the facts about the formation of the Whitney can be told by Ms. Haskell in a near time.

  • dorothy koppelman

    A correciton: Juliana Force is the name–I mispelled. –Also I hope the sentence should read, to show the Whttney is NOT JUSTAN ELITE AND IN SOME WAY MOTHBALLED…

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