ARTIST AND COLLECTOR KATHERINE DREIER JOINED MARCEL DUCHAMP and Man Ray in 1920 to found the Société Anonyme,
an organization designed to support and generate awareness of modernist art; the group’s name, a French phrase meaning “incorporated,
” highlighted the fact that the organization was not allied with any particular artistic school.
The Société Anonyme promoted new artists by arranging exhibitions to introduce audiences to their work
and develop their reputations among galleries and collectors.
Critics praised the Société Anonyme for its commitment to new artists and its inclusion of their work in exhibits and catalogs.Between 1920 and 1940 they held 80 exhibitions showing mostly abstract art.
Katherine Dreier played an essential role in generating American interest in and acceptance of modern art.
She ran the Société Anonyme’s small gallery, curated exhibitions, and wrote essays and gave lectures in support of modern art.
Dreier was also an accomplished painter—two of her paintings hung in the legendary Armory Show of 1913.
The Katherine S. Dreier Papers / Société Anonyme Archive documents the life of Katherine S. Dreier and the activities of the Société Anonyme.