Modernist Networks: The Annette Campbell-White Collection

24 August 2019–5 January 2020

Exhibition Overview

Annette Campbell-White served as the founder and senior managing partner of MedVenture Associates, a biomedical venture capital firm from 1986 until 2015, and is a founding member of the Wikipedia Endowment Advisory Board. Throughout her career, she has nurtured a second passion—collecting works by Modernist writers and artists.

Campbell-White's early focus on friendships and personal stories as a guiding principle in her collecting choices reveals the Modernist writers through their humanity, struggling to create, establishing careers, and enjoying success or, sometimes, suffering diminished expectations. Her attention to the scholarly value of what she adds to her collection closely tracks how institutional collectors make decisions about new acquisitions. Campbell-White's experiences as a private collector compellingly parallel those of institutional collectors and will intrigue and inspire anyone who shares a similar passion.

The exhibition will feature artworks, letters, manuscripts, and more that chart creative influences across generations, disciplines, and continents. Annette Campbell-White's memoir, Beyond Market Value: A Memoir of Book Collecting and the World of Venture Capital, published in conjunction with the exhibition, offers a compelling back-story to this selection of highlights from her collection.

Highlights include:

· Original manuscripts and correspondence by Virginia Woolf and other members of Britain's Bloomsbury Group
· Works by French aviator and author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
· Original materials crafted by Polish-born British novelist Joseph Conrad
· Focus on French Symbolist poets, such as Charles Baudelaire, Stéphane Mallarmé, Paul Verlaine, and Arthur Rimbaud
· A selection of letters by prominent American and British writers, including Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, and F. Scott Fitzgerald

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