Jennifer Tonkovich, Curator of Drawings and Printsat The Morgan Library & Museum in New York, shares the "panic and purchases" story of Pierpont Morgan in 1907.
Jennifer Tonkovich is an art historian and curator at the Morgan Library & Museum, New York. During the past thirteen years, she has organized and collaborated on more than twenty-five exhibitions, contributed to numerous catalogues, and published articles, essays, and conference papers on subjects ranging from old master drawings to the history of collecting. She has a lively interest in cultural patrimony, heritage preservation, the role of nationalism in the conservation of historical sites, and the concept of the “museum” in the developing world. She has explored such subjects in her recent travels to Libya, Burma, Ethiopia, Uzbekistan, and Guatemala, among other places. Her research interests also include comparative architecture and architectural decoration, and the manifestation of the human impulse for mark making—from cave paintings to graffiti.
Everett Fahy, chairman emeritus of the Department of European Paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art , describes how the New York art scene, including public museums, depended on the later art purchases of J.P. Morgan.