Susan Weber Soros
American historian
Susan Weber Soros
Susan Weber Soros is the founder and director of the Bard Graduate Center for studies in the Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture affiliated with Bard College. Weber studied at Barnard College, the Parsons School of Design, and the Royal College of Art, where she earned her Ph.D. (1998) with a thesis on the furniture of E. W. Godwin. In 1993, she established the Bard Graduate Center, where she is Professor of History of the Decorative Arts.
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BIG DEAL; Make a Bid
NYTimes - almost 8 years
JAMES TOBACK, a writer and director, has a long connection to the Majestic on Central Park West. His grandfather, Joseph Levy, the founder of a clothing chain and real estate empire, lived in the most expensive apartment, on the 19th floor of the twin-towered co-op. His parents lived four floors below, and he grew up in the building, occasionally
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PARTIES; List of Key Names For the City's Galas Keeps Expanding
NYTimes - over 14 years
IN these difficult times, the right names for New York City's big-ticket charity benefits are, even more than ever, the ones with money behind them. Many names are familiar, boldfaced ones like Sanford I. Weill, Blaine Trump, Felix G. and Elizabeth Rohayton and Oscar and Annette de la Renta, who continue to play important roles as organizers and
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A Briton Is Chosen as Director of the Cooper-Hewitt
NYTimes - over 16 years
In a sure sign that design credentials flow freely beyond borders, the Smithsonian Institution announced yesterday that the new director for its Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum is British. Paul Warwick Thompson, the director of the Design Museum in London, will be the first non-American to serve as director in the 33-year history of the
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Art Museum Trustees Say City Hall Pushed Them Too Hard
NYTimes - over 17 years
The board of trustees of the Brooklyn Museum of Art has long been a placid little backwater for the rich and powerful of New York City. Once, years ago, there was a bit of a dust-up over a decision to buy an Albert Bierstadt by selling a Winslow Homer. Some trustees resigned in protest. But mostly, board membership has consisted of tiresome
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Big Gifts Are Growing, and So Are the Lists of Big Givers
NYTimes - about 19 years
When Ted Turner griped to Maureen Dowd of The New York Times last year about the need for a list of ''most generous Americans,'' he said he thought that such a ranking would egg the rich on to greater feats of competitive philanthropy. The immediate effect was to spur the media on to a flurry of competitive list making. Three lists -- compiled by
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Inside Art
NYTimes - about 19 years
When a Wall Is Not Just a Wall In pricey neighborhoods in Manhattan, artists' rights and property owners' interests are colliding, threatening some well-loved works of public art with destruction. Take the dispute over ''The Wall,'' a 1973 sculpture by Forrest W. Myers that is actually the north wall of 599 Broadway, at the corner of Houston Street
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Sowing the Classics, Reaping New Listeners
NYTimes - over 20 years
O.K., so maybe it doesn't have the ring of Academy of St. Martin in the Fields or Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. But when it comes to putting live classical music where the people are, the New York City Housing Authority Symphony plays second fiddle to none. For 25 years, mostly in the summer, the orchestra and its chamber ensembles, made up of
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AT HOME WITH: SUSAN SOROS;A Private Life, A Public Passion
NYTimes - almost 21 years
SUSAN SOROS, wife of the financier George Soros, the man who manages nearly $11 billion in assets, the man known for winning $2 billion by betting against the British pound, moves through Manhattan enveloped in a skein of mystery. When her car pulls to a curb, her chauffeur jumps out and carefully scans the landscape for danger. Mrs. Soros, 40, is
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THE NIGHT; It's a Fix-Up, Dress-Up, Button-Down World
NYTimes - over 22 years
Many of the guests inspecting the mirrors on exhibit at the Parrish Art Museum's design biennial, benefit and auction on Sept. 17 couldn't help inspecting themselves as well. But they did so clandestinely. During the cocktail hour, in bouts with the vice of vanity and with the expediency of the guilty sucking on cigarettes in stairwells, they snuck
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Susan Weber Soros
  • 1993
    Age 39
    So with $20 million of her husband's money, she started her own school in 1993, establishing the Bard Graduate Center where she is Professor of History of the Decorative Arts.
    More Details Hide Details BGC offers graduate degrees in History of the Decorative and Applied Arts, Cultural and Design History, and Garden History and Landscape Studies. The Bard Center is one of only three places in the United States where a student can obtain an advanced degree in the decorative arts. The others are the Winterthur Museum program affiliated with the University of Delaware, and the Parsons program. Prior to establishing the BGC, Weber was Executive Director of the Open Society Institute (OSI), the umbrella name for some 24 independent foundations that support the advancement of freedom of expression around the globe. OSI also supports cultural exchange through grants to individuals and associations.
  • 1983
    Age 29
    In 1983, Weber married business magnate, investor, and philanthropist George Soros, twenty five years her senior, and the primary contributor to the OSI. In 2004, they separated and in 2005, they divorced.
    More Details Hide Details They have two children:
  • 1954
    Age 0
    Born in 1954.
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