Ten Women Who Built NYC’s Art Scene

The Whitney, the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim—these are world-famous art museums and their founders (or co-founders) all happen to be women. New York’s art scene doesn’t hinge on three institutions, however. From art salons and extensive commissions to forward-thinking galleries, women built what would become one of the richest cultural scenes on the planet. Some names are more familiar than others—Peggy Guggenheim (founder of Art of This Century Gallery, which first showed Pollock and Kahlo), Abby Aldrich Rockefeller (co-founder of MoMA), and Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (co-founder of The Whitney), for example—but others with lesser known names have done just as much, if not more. To learn more about 10 of these impact women, head over to Artsy.