Kate Taylor profiles Robin Parness Lipson the woman who want wants to build a museum on the Jersey shore even though she hasn’t secured the location or the money to build it:
New museums are not born every day, and when they are, they are usually founded either by major art patrons — Whitneys, Guggenheims, de Menils — or, as in the case of the New Museum, by a visionary curator. Ms. Lipson is neither. But she does have the support of wealthy friends with a major art collection: Michael and Susan Hort. The Horts, who appear annually on ARTnews’s list of the world’s 200 top collectors, host a popular art party, a brunch at their TriBeCa loft, during the annual Armory Show.
[…] It was Ms. Hort who first showed Ms. Lipson around Chelsea and introduced her to the Armory Show and ArtBasel Miami Beach. Two years ago the Horts suggested that they might lend their collection, which includes pieces by John Currin, Chris Ofili, Elizabeth Peyton and others, to the Jersey City Museum, where Ms. Lipson was on the board, if the museum would change its mission to focus exclusively on contemporary art. Ms. Lipson loved the idea, but when the other trustees rejected her proposal, she resigned from the board and decided to go out on her own.
A Dream of a Contemporary Art Museum on the Jersey Shore (New York Times)