The Société Anonyme: Modernism for America
The Société Anonyme Collection at the Yale University Art Gallery is an exceptional anthology of European and American Art from 1920 to 1940. The collection was formed largely through the efforts of Katherine S. Dreier (1877–1952), an artist and educator who in 1920 founded the Société Anonyme in New York with artists Marcel Duchamp and Man Ray. The group’s core mission was that artists, rather than historians, would chronicle the rise of modern art. The Société Anonyme: Modernism for America, a major traveling exhibition organized by the Gallery in 2006, traces the transformation of this organization from its original conception as an exhibition initiative to an extraordinary modern art collection. Created in conjunction with the exhibition, this website presents information on a wide range of Société Anonyme artists, highlights major group exhibitions and activities, and tells the story of how the collection developed and later found its way to Yale University.