The First Complete Biography Of The Founder Of New York City S Museum Of Modern Art In 1901, Abby Aldrich Married John D Rockefeller, Jr., And Set About Transforming The Fabulously Wealthy But Closed Minded Rockefellers Into The Progressive Force In Philanthropy, The Arts, And Politics We Know Today Photos. Abby Aldrich was the daughter of the powerful Senator from Rhode Island As a young woman, she spent a great deal of time with her father because her mother was unwell After her marriage to John Rockefeller in 1901, she had six children John D III was a reserved, religious man, forever trying to please his father, Senior John was extremely dependent on Abby, even resenting time spent away from him with their children Abby had a tremendous ease about her and had a talent for making people comfortable in her presence Travel in Europe early in her marriage brought a love of art, and Abby had a knack for discovering great art, however unknown the artist Although John did not approve of modern art, and would not have Abby hang it in portions of their homes that he frequented, he did, ultimately, donate the land for MoMA in NYC The Rockefellers also restored Colonial Williamsburg, and Abby s collection of folk art became the core of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Museum of Folk Art in Williamsburg The Rockefellers also gave the land to New York for Fort Tryon Park and the Cloisters Museum Nelson Rockefeller s collection of Mexican folk art is now housed in two museums the San Antonio Museum of Art and the Mexican Museum in San Francisco John D Rockefeller donated the Manhattan land along the East River for the permanent home of the United Nations I have never cried upon reading the end of a biography until reading this one I am so glad I pe
This book was recommended by a friend whose daughter was married in the seminary s chapel, on the Aldrich estate The reception was held in the Aldrich mansion Because of this setting, I was interested in this biography I found the political and economical influences upon Jo
A fascinating look at a world we cannot imagine and within it a marriage hard to believe Mrs Rockefeller lived under the thumb of her husband and yet learned to thrive and have her way, enough to give us the Museum of
Well researched and fairly engaging, which is surprising because it s not clear if the author knows how to write anything but stand alone paragraphs The lack of flow and internal chapter inconsistency made what could have been an interesting read a chore instead. All one could hope for in a biogarphy and was good to learn so much about the founding of MOMA. Great history tied into the life of Mrs Rockefeller Learned quite a few things about her and Mr Rockefeller putting them in a different light in regards to their philanthropic ways.
- 537 pages
- Abby Aldrich Rockefeller: The Woman in the Family
- Bernice Kert
- 01 February 2017 Bernice Kert