Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller: New York Art Collector

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Jingdezhen ware, Zhengde era (1506-1521)
Asia Society, NY:  Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3r Collection, 1979.181.  Photography by Synthescape, courtesy Asia Society.
This week in New York City marks both Asian Art Week and the 60th anniversary of the founding of Asia Society.  The life and legacy of Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller (1909-1992) are at the heart of the idea that art is an indispensable tool for understanding Asian societies.  She is a sort of spiritual empress of these two events.
In and Out of Context: Asia Society Celebrates the Collections at 60,” commemorates the legacy of collecting and exhibiting Asian art that Blanchette and her husband, John D. Rockefeller 3rd (1906–1978), set in motion.  The celebration highlights the Rockefeller dream by juxtaposing both historical and contemporary art works.
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Ah Xian, China, China – Bust 57, 2002.  Porcelain with low-temperature yellow glaze and relief.  Asia Society, NY:  Asia Society Museum Collection, 2002.37.  Photography by Synthescape, courtesy of Asia Society.
Asia Society inaugurated a collection of contemporary Asian and Asian American art in 2007. The vision for these works was propelled by the new technologies used in artistic production from Asian.  This vision rested upon the development of technologies such as video and photography that were first developed in Asia.  Thus, our New York collector never witnessed the full extent of the technologies that have influenced these works.
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Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller with selected works of Asian art.
Photo by Bill Cunningham, 1986.
But she was always at the heart of New York City as a leader in civic and cultural affairs.  Mrs. Rockefeller was a member of the Asia Society’s Gallery Advisory Committee and of the Japan Society’s Gallery Advisory Committee. She was a member of the National Council on the Humanities and served on the New York State Council on the Arts. She was a member of the New York Philharmonic Symphony Society, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and other leading cultural institutions.
Blanchette Rockefeller, whose life spanned almost the entire 20th century seems perfectly positioned as the catalyst for this new exhibition and the frenzy of Asian Art Week that link art of the 21st century with the past, art in NYC with art in Asia.  How New York is that, ladies?
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Willem de Kooning, Woman II.
Gift of Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller, Museum of Modern Art.
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