Legacy: The Emily Fisher Landau Collection

Saturday, June 15 - Sunday, September 8, 2013

Three special film screenings of “13 Most Beautiful… Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests”  will take place this weekend: Friday (Sept. 6) at 6pm, Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 2pm, followed by a guided tour of ‘Legacy: The Emily Fisher Landau Collection’. Screenings and tours are included in regular admission for non-members and are free admission for members. Learn more about the film here.


Legacy: The Emily Fisher Landau Collection presents a selection of works from the historic gift of art pledged to the Whitney Museum of American Art in May 2010 by longtime Whitney Museum trustee Emily Fisher Landau. Considered one of the preeminent collectors of postwar art in the United States, Emily Fisher Landau’s personal approach to collecting has long paralleled that of the Whitney, an institution similarly devoted to the art of its time. The exhibition traces many of the ideas that have preoccupied artists in the United States, particularly since the 1960s. Questions about the relevance of painting in the aftermath of Minimalism, debates about representation, “culture wars,” and a revived interest in personal narratives are explored in works by artists such as Carl Andre, John Baldessari, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Peter Hujar, Neil Jenney, Barbara Kruger, Robert Mapplethorpe, Agnes Martin, Richard Prince, Martin Puryear, Susan Rothenberg, Mark Tansey, and David Wojnarowicz. Also highlighted in Legacy are some of the artists that Emily Fisher Landau collected in depth—Richard Artschwager, Jasper Johns, and Ed Ruscha—a reflection of her longstanding relationships with artists, her curiosity about their methods, and her understanding of their vision.

Legacy: The Emily Fisher Landau Collection is organized by Donna De Salvo, the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Programs, and David Kiehl, the Museum’s Curator of Prints and Special Collections.


Legacy is sponsored by the Midgard Foundation. Corporate support of the exhibition is provided by Bank of America/Merrill Lynch and TD Bank. Individual supporters of the exhibition include an anonymous donor, Nancy Holmes, Sally M. Kennedy, Michael J. McCue, Ladene and Russell Newton, Charlie and Eleanor Owen, Harry C. Rowney, Cherry and Paul Lentz Saenger, Pat and Paul Samuels, Mark and Marti Sidelnick, and Florence Wallin in memory of Franklin Wallin.


View selected works in the exhibition »