Nelson A. Rockefeller and His Daughter Mary Morgan on His Collecting

Featured excerpts from Merchants and Masterpieces (1989), The Metropolitan Museum and The Educational Broadcasting Corporation, and Nelson Rockefeller Interview (1969), NBC Universal Archive

Still images: Braque collage, The Museum of Modern Art, Nelson A. Rockefeller Bequest (947.1979) Digital Image © The Museum of Modern Art/Licensed by SCALA / Art Resource, NY. © 2013 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris. Portrait of Michael Rockefeller, The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, 2006.

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In 1969, the extraordinary vision and generosity of Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller helped transform The Metropolitan Museum of Art with his announcement that his collection of non-Western art, previously housed at The Museum of Primitive Art (MPA), would be given a permanent home at the Metropolitan. Governor Rockefeller permanently and immeasurably broadened the Met’s collecting horizon and helped make its holdings truly encyclopedic and global.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition “The Nelson A. Rockefeller Vision: In Pursuit of the Best in the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas.”


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