In the 17th century, Dutch settlers named one particular hill, that stood four hundred feet above an expansive river, “Kykuit,” meaning “high point” or “lookout.”
That’s the name given to the Rockefeller Estate located on a wide sweep of the Hudson River known as the Tappan Zee in Pocantico Hills , New York, which was the country home for four generations of the Rockefeller family, beginning with the philanthropist John D. Rockefeller himself.
Our 2019-20 season’s first speaker, Cynthia Bronson Altman, a graduate of Middlebury College in Vermont, has an M.A. in Art History specializing in Asian Art from Columbia University. She served as the Curator of Collections at Kykuit for the Rockefeller Brothers Fund from 1991 until 2018, and privately for the Rockefeller family for several years prior. She oversaw the conservation and care of their 20th century outdoor sculpture collections and fine and decorative arts within the house.
She has published and lectured on the history of the collections and gardens, and has arranged exhibitions at Pocantico and the Rockefeller University. She has also advised on Curatorial issues for the National Trust at Philip Johnson’s Glass House and at Rockefeller University.
Ms. Altman currently serves on the Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza Art Commission and the exhibitions committee of the International Center for Photography. She is a sustaining member of the Association of Professional Art Advisors.
And we were thrilled to welcome her to the stage at the Chrysler Museum of Art to kick off our season to a full house this past September 25th.