Author: Donna Rosen

The Whitney Women

I had the pleasure of reading “The Whitney Women” by Flora Miller Biddle a few weeks ago. It is a marvelous story of her family’s commitment to American art. Her grandmother, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, came up with the novel idea …Read More

Josephine and I

  We first saw Cush Jumbo play Marc Anthony in the Donmar production of “Julius Caesar” at St. Ann’s warehouse two seasons ago. In that all-female cast, Cush more than held her ground against the brilliant Harriet Walter as Caesar. …Read More

Love Letters

  Ben and I saw “Love Letters” last night at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.  Full disclosure — we are friends with director Gregory Mosher and one of the two cast members, Mia Farrow.   Additionally, many years ago while living in …Read More


  I recently visited MoMA to see the much-anticipated exhibition, “Alibis,” the work of 20th-century German artist Sigmar Polke. I have followed his work for 25 years and never quite understood why I coveted some paintings and found others rather …Read More

Nicole Charbonnet: Gallery Opening

Full disclosure: Nicole Charbonnet, a regular VDP contributor, is an artist that I exhibited while in the gallery business in New Orleans. Her new work continues to grow in her investigation of memory through the layering and erasing of paintings …Read More

Luke Barr: Provence

What happens when a group of American culinary enthusiasts gather in the South of France in 1970? If the group consists of Julia and Paul Child, Richard Olney, M.F.K. Fisher and James Beard, plenty happens. A new cuisine is born …Read More

Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital

At Museum of Arts and Design, Columbus Circle. Curated by Ronald Labaco, this is a fascinating exhibition that is concerned with how artists are exploring advanced artmaking through computer-assisted digital fabrication. The exhibit includes works by Frank Stella, Zaha Hadid, …Read More

Edward Burtynsky — “Water”

While in New Orleans recently, Ben and I went to see the exhibition “Water” by the Canadian photographer, Edward Burtynsky. Curated by Russell Lord of the New Orleans Museum of Art, this is the second exhibition in a series of …Read More

The Mount

It has been 10 years since I last visited The Mount, the home of Edith Wharton, in Lenox, Mass.  I had no idea what a treat was in store for me due to renovations of the gardens, which began in …Read More

Photography and the American Civil War

At the The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  My daughter Melanie and I went to the Met to see the costume exhibit, Punk: Chaos to Couture. It was a trip down memory lane for me, as the exhibit begins in the early …Read More

Hopper Drawing

At the Whitney Museum. This is a marvelous opportunity, as the curator Carter Foster says, “to get inside the head of the artist.”  The preparatory drawings and sketches reveal Edward Hopper’s obsessive thought processes and offer an even deeper appreciation …Read More

The British Museum Has Done It Again

    THE BRITISH MUSEUM has done it again!  It’s giving us, the viewer, an opportunity to “see” our contemporary world through the eyes of antiquity with two concurrent exhibits, “Ice Age Art” and “Life and Death: Pompeii and Herculaneum.”  “Ice Age …Read More

Manet: Portraying Life

Ben and I are in London for our semiannual Bataan Death March through theater, museums and galleries.  Our first stop was The Royal Academy to see Manet and his portraits of everyday life.  Being a Manet fan, the show has …Read More

George Bellows

At the Met Museum. A painter associated with the Ashcan School of American Painting, he never traveled to Europe.  But as a student of Robert Henri, he spent most of his time looking at pictures in The Met.  In fact, …Read More

Sinister Pop

At the Whitney. An inspired look at pop art through the curatorial skills of Donna deSalvo and Scott Rothkopf (recently promoted to curator and associate director of programs). Drawing from the Whitney’s permanent collection, I was pleasantly surprised to discover …Read More

They Eat Puppies, Don’t They?

By Christopher Buckley is a hilarious farce that skewers politics, culture, and just about everything else in contemporary America.  I am a huge fan of Buckley and of his incredible skill as a storyteller. He’s a craftsman of the language, …Read More


At The Whitney Museum of American Art.  Guyton is one of the most exciting artists I have seen in many years.  [Disclosure: I am a Whitney trustee.] He continues to explore American abstract painting, but rather than using such traditional methods of …Read More

Edward Hopper Grand Palais Exhibition

Confession – I am NOT an art historian but have devoted my life to the study of American painting and sculpture of the 20th century.  Ben and I had the pleasure of accompanying patrons of the Whitney Museum to Paris …Read More