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Hirshhorn, Olga

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role Collector Patron
dates 1920-
city Greenwich
stateCT
other citiesWashington, DC; Martha's Vineyard, MD; Naples, FL;
gender F
historical notes Olga C. Hirshhorn (1920- ), an art collector, was instrumental in the founding of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Born Olga Zatorsky, she was raised in Greenwich, Connecticut.

She attended New York University and from 1939 to 1962 was married to John Cunningham. She established several of her own businesses, including a day care center and a business services firm, Services Unlimited.

In 1964, she married financier and art collector, Joseph H. Hirshhorn (1900-1981), also a resident of Greenwich. She assisted her husband with his career and art avocation and began her own collection of modern art. The Hirshhorns were important figures in the art world and formed lasting friendships with many artists. In 1966, at the urging of Smithsonian Secretary S. Dillon Ripley, Joseph Hirshhorn donated his modern art collection to the Smithsonian Institution. In 1974, it opened as the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.
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Archives of American Art Oral history interviews with Olga C. Hirshhorn, 1986-1988. see details...
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library Other Papers and Miscellaneous Manuscript Collections see details...
The Museum of Modern Art Artist file: Hirshhorn, Olga; miscellaneous uncataloged material. see details...
Smithsonian Institution Archives Hirshhorn Papers Project, 1990-1994.
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Archives of American Art Adeline Herder Papers, 1942-1999. see details...
Smithsonian Institution Archives Oral history interviews with Olga C. Hirshhorn, 1986-1988. see details...

see also:
Hirshhorn, Joseph H.