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The Century Association

September 22, 2010

This weekend I am lucky enough to be attending a private curatorial tour of The Century Association, a New York club of authors, artists, and “amateurs of letters and the fine arts” renowned since 1847 for its art collection (and distinguished list of  100 original members, which it was named for). A few of the club’s more notable past members include artists of the Hudson River School (including Thomas Cole and Thomas Doughty) as well as artists Asher Durand, Winslow Homer and architect Stanford White (whose firm, Mckim, Mead & White, designed the clubhouse, which is located at 7 West 43rd Street), not to mention poets such as William Bryant. A neat list of some original members and their occupations and what they were known for (designing the UN headquarters, NYTimes publisher, US Secretary of State, “quarks and strangeness” and so on) is available here. Today, the club has more than 2,000 members and its main activity is conversation (according to its very mysterious website).

The collection I will have a sneak peak at includes paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints and photographs. Some of the better known represented artists include: Augustus Saint-Gaudens, John Singer Sargent, Robert Motherwell and the artists listed above.

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