HENNING, EDWARD BURK (23 Oct. 1922 - 18 Apr. 1993) was an art historian and chief curator of modern art at
Born in Cleveland to Marguerite and William (stepfather) Henning, Edward graduated from West Technical High School, was a stained glass apprentice, then served in the Army during
Henning was an art teacher in the
Henning became the museum's first curator of contemporary art in 1962. In 1972 when modern art replaced contemporary Henning became curator and, in 1979, chief curator. Henning acquired the works of modern masters including Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, and Isamu Noguchi. He organized exhibitions and wrote books for major shows.
Henning advised private collectors, corporations and judged numerous art shows. He supervised the May Show until 1973 and served on the Art Advisory Panel to the Internal Revenue Service. Retiring in 1985 Henning continued working as a research curator, cataloguing the museums's modern art collection. Henning also headed the museum's film program until 1986.
Henning married Margaret Revacko on 31 Dec. 1942. They had three children, Eric, Lisa and Geoffrey. Henning died in