Two Lives in Art, and a Collection Tracing Their Trajectory | Modern Society of USA

Two Lives in Art, and a Collection Tracing Their Trajectory

Two Lives in Art, and a Collection Tracing Their Trajectory

On the day in 1983 when Laura Hoptman graduated from Williams College, she took a bus to Manhattan and moved into an apartment on East 10th Street. “I knew I wanted to be in the contemporary-art world, I knew I wanted to be a curator, but most of all, I knew I just wanted to be around artists,” said Ms. Hoptman, now executive director of the Drawing Center. Over the last three decades, she’s achieved the life she envisioned, and it’s reflected on the walls of the home she shares with her husband, the painter Verne Dawson, at another address on East 10th.

“For me, 10th Street means something special because it’s where I first started out, and it has art historical importance from the 1950s,” Ms. Hoptman said, noting that it has been home to influential galleries like Reuben and Tanager, Willem de Kooning’s studio and the critic Harold Rosenberg, who once lived directly downstairs from her apartment.

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