On Wednesday, February 11th, nearly 50 members of the National Trust joined the New York Studio School staff, students and supporters for a wonderful evening focused on the history of the Whitney Studio and surrounding buildings. Special guest lecturer Avis Berman, renowned author and art historian, delivered a talk entitled "115 Years of Art: An Artist’s History of 8-14 West Eighth Street."
Ms. Berman spoke about the fascinating history of this National Treasure, the legacy of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, Juliana Force and the artists who worked in the buildings now home to the New York Studio School. She placed what happened in Greenwich Village within the context of a transitioning art movement in New York City and explored why artists chose McDougal Alley as a place to convene and create. The lecture illustrated and brought to life the extraordinary people and stories that have made the Whitney legacy so enduring.
The National Trust is currently working with the New York Studio School to develop an interpretation plan that will help them welcome the public to the Studio and the School and share the rich stories of this National Historic Landmark.