The Clark Family and The Corcoran Museum

The Clark Family and The Corcoran Museum

We examine how former Montana senator and copper barron W.A. Clark and his youngest daughter, Huguette, became major benefactors of the Corcoran Gallery of Art.

During America's Gilded Age, former Montana Sen. W.A. Clark made a fortune in copper mining and railroads -- and collected art. When he died in 1925, he donated hundreds of works to the Corcoran Gallery of Art. His reclusive youngest daughter, Huguette, was also a major benefactor of the museum, paying for a major expansion and donating millions more over the years. We consider the family's patronage and influence at the Corcoran, which is becoming part of George Washington University and the National Gallery of Art.

Guests

Bill Dedman

investigative reporter, NBC News; co-author, "Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune"

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