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Why Daniel C. French, Why Now?

Updated: Feb 10, 2022

I put the question, and others, before Thayer Tolles at the MET. Her reply renewed my enthusiasm for a documentary that now occupies all of my days, and most of the nights as well. "Daniel Chester French" has now become a major force that moves me forward.

Thayer Tolles joined the American Wing staff in 1992. A sculpture specialist, she served as editor and co-author of a two-volume catalogue of the Museum’s historic American sculpture collection (1999, 2001); participated in the department’s renovation and reinstallation between 2001 and 2012; and organized numerous exhibitions with accompanying catalogues, including Augustus Saint-Gaudens in The Metropolitan Museum of Art (2009) and The American West in Bronze, 1850–1925 (2013). A graduate of Williams College, she received her MA from the University of Delaware and her PhD from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

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