The World of Degas/Cassatt
Exploring the Art of Collaboration
Throughout Booz Allen’s 100th anniversary year, we partnered with several leading institutions to support their efforts to bring art, commerce, ideas, and freedom to the world. We were especially proud to sponsor Degas/Cassatt, a free exhibition of some 70 works in a variety of media by Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt which ran from May 11 to October 5, 2014 at the National Gallery of Art, in Washington, Degas/Cassatt focused on the height of their artistic alliance—the late 1870s through the mid-1880s—and explored how these two Impressionist masters inspired, drove, and learned from each other. Cassatt stated that her first encounter with Degas’s art “changed my life,” while Degas, upon seeing Cassatt’s art for the first time, remarked, “There is someone who feels as I do.”
We believe Degas/Cassatt was particularly well suited to our centennial celebration because of the way these great artists’ commitment to collaboration and innovation mesh with Booz Allen’s values: our culture of collaboration, value of diversity, commitment to innovation, and belief in the power of the intersection of art and science.
Booz Allen further believes it’s important for companies like ours to support the arts, because art inspires us and connects us all. This is why our firm has a long history of paying tribute to great artists, including the sponsorship of two other major exhibitions over the past decade. In 2007, we sponsored Edward Hopper, also at the National Gallery of Art, which drew more than 360,000 people to see one of the largest ever retrospectives of the American realist’s work free of charge. This legacy continued in 2010, when Booz Allen sponsored the major exhibition Telling Stories: Norman Rockwell from the Collections of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. It is through partnerships like these that we help enrich and inspire our people and the community.