November 2016 Branch Meeting

Noted Art Historian and Lecturer, Dr. Karen Pope, will present a program based on her Famous Collectors Series. Peggy Guggenheim 1898-1979, was very much ahead of her time and generation. At only 14 years old, she lost her father, Benjamin Guggenheim, in the 1912 sinking of the RMS Titanic.

As a young woman, Peggy moved to London and opened an art gallery in 1938, but was forced to leave London with the outbreak of WW II. She returned to New York, and in 1949, purchased the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni on the Grand Canal in Venice. Peggy would become famous as a collector of 20th century art and vowed to “buy a picture a day”. She had the “eye” and the resources from the Guggenheim fortune to accomplish this goal. She continued to live in the palazzo for 30 years and exhibit art until her death in 1979. Today, the museum continues to grow and exhibit the major movements of modern art.