[Virtual tour] During the early 20th century the art world in the U.S. was gaining momentum and increasingly more independence from Europe. The two sisters, Sarah and Eleanor Hewitt, granddaughters of Peter Cooper, passionately collected decorative arts during their travels and founded their own museum of decorative arts, which also served as a place of study and research to aspiring decorators and designers. Gertrude Stein and her siblings lived in Paris, but their famous salon not only brought together artists like Matisse and Picasso, it also connected writers and collectors and inspired other salons of great importance, While the Steins’ collection ended up being dispersed, their friends Claribel and Etta Cone’s collection is now a seminal part of the Baltimore Museum of Art. Florine Stettheimer too hosted a salon at her home, but turned her private space into an extravagant showroom and a safe space for experimental artists. Helena Rubinstein collected and commissioned artists, introducing them to her innovative beauty salons, inspiring her clientele to develop a sense of style and beauty for themselves. Mable Dodge Luhan’s salon was even more revolutionary; she too had connections to Gertrude Stein, but she ventured out west, establishing herself in New Mexico rather than Europe, connecting young American artists. Led by art historian Sylvia Laudien-Meo.