Michael Auping and Andrea Karnes
In conjunction with the exhibition Modern Masters: A Tribute to Anne Windfohr Marion, Michael Auping, former Chief Curator of the Modern, and Andrea Karnes, current Chief Curator of the Modern, discuss the rich and generous legacy of the Modern’s longtime patron Anne Windfohr Marion. Curated by Auping, the exhibition begins with three renowned works gifted to the Museum from Marion’s collection: Arshile Gorky’s poetic The Plow and the Song, 1947; Willem de Kooning’s bold and historically significant Two Women, 1954–55; and Mark Rothko’s sublime White Band No. 27, 1954. As a scholar of Abstract Expressionism, Auping has described the gift of these paintings as “a monumental addition to the Museum’s collection, each work a classic example of the artist’s signature style.” The exhibition and talk also present major additions to the Museum’s collection in the areas of Color Field painting, Minimalism, and American and European photography of the 1980s and 1990s, of which Marion was a major supporter.