“Remember her name and try to follow her exhibitions,” Auguste Rodin said after meeting Getrtude Vanderbilt Whitney in 1911. Little did he know! As the museum Whitney founded endures another week of protests, the Newport Art Museum pays tribute to its founder with her first exhibition since she died in 1942. If you’re bored by the idea of some rich lady’s sculptures from a hundred years ago, you might be part of the problem. Though her life was opulent – her parents summered at The Breakers – Whitney was unimpressed with society life and worked hard to be taken seriously as an artist. Not an easy feat when you’re a woman sculptor from a famous family! Her grim war memorials make a compelling case for pacifism.
pictured: Robert Henri, Portrait of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, 1916