Nelson Rockefeller (left) is depicted in front of Picasso's famous Demoiselles D'Avignon when it was at MoMA. Rockfeller constituted perhaps the greatest single effort to initiate art diplomacy on behalf of the United States.
Yasuo Kuniyoshi was represented at the 1952 Venice Biennale, among others, in spite of official U.S. government distaste for his work. Only through private efforts could his work be submitted to represent the United States.
The United States Pavilion was purchased with private funds through efforts coordinated by MoMA's International Council. American representation at the 1954 Venice Biennale was organized completely by private efforts, making the United States the…
Rene d'Harnoncourt, then Director of MoMA, is pictured at the International Program's first major exhibition abroad. A Jackson Pollock painting is displayed left and behind d'Harnoncourt while an Alexander Calder mobile hangs over him.