Selections from the John C. Whitehead Collection on Display at Haverford
“A Selection of Late 19th- and Early 20th-Century French Masterpieces from the Collection of John C. Whitehead,” one of Haverford’s most prominent alumni, will be exhibited this fall at the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery. Organized by Achim Moeller, the collector’s art dealer and advisor, the exhibition includes 27 paintings, drawings, and sculptures owned by Mr. Whitehead, a graduate of the Class of 1943. The exhibition will be open to the public from September 17 through October 31, 2004.
Included among the works exhibited are paintings by Caillebotte, Courbet, and Denis, drawings and watercolors by Daumier, Degas, Gauguin, Manet, Matisse, Picasso, Pissarro, and Rodin, and sculpture by Degas, Lipchitz, Maillol, and Rodin.
John Whitehead has been collecting art for more than 25 years: “It's a refreshing break from what I do. I like being surrounded by beautiful things.” He describes his collection as “still very much in progress...As long as I live, it will never be finished.”
An alumnus of Haverford and Harvard Business School, Mr. Whitehead spent 37 years as chairman of the investment banking and securities firm Goldman, Sachs & Co. and is currently chairman of the Goldman, Sachs Foundation. He also served as deputy secretary of state in the Reagan Administration, and received the President’s Citizen’s Medal. One of the country’s foremost philanthropists, he sits on the boards of many educational, civic, cultural, and charitable organizations, including Haverford College, the Trustees Council of the National Gallery of Art, the United Nations Association, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. At present he serves as chairman of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation.
Located in Whitehead Campus Center, the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery is open Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 12-5 p.m. An opening reception will be held Friday, October 1, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the gallery.