Met Names American Wing Gallery After Jack and Susan Warner

Mr. Warner. (Courtesy Tuscaloosa News)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has named a gallery of early Hudson River School paintings in the New American Wing the Jack and Susan Warner Gallery after the benefactors who provided a large donation to the museum.

Mr. Warner, 95, is the grandson of the inventor of the flat-bottom brown paper bag (someone had to invent it) and the retired CEO of the Gulf States Paper Company. He has been a collector for 60 years.

The gallery named after Mr. Warner and his wife focuses on the emergence of the Hudson River School and contains work by Thomas Cole, Asher B. Durand, John William Casilear and John Frederick Kensett.

“The paintings in the gallery that was named in their honor celebrate the American landscape as a resource for spiritual renewal and an expression of national and cultural identity,” said Thomas P. Campbell, director and CEO of the Met, in a statement.