Hunter Drohojowska-Philp, our LA-based collector, is eager to pack up these papers and send to our DC offices. Then, they will be accessioned and stored until an archivist can arrange and process the clippings, albums, and files.
Jason Stieber, our national collector, recently visited with artist Gerda Meyer Bernstein at her studio in Chicago. Meyer Berstein, pictured here, seated in the chair, was a founding member of ARC (Artists, Residents of Chicago), 1973, a non-profit membership-governed feminist gallery. Ingrid Fassbender, her dealer, is standing behind her. Meyer Berstein’s papers have connections to many other artists including Nancy Spero, Leon Golub, and Vera Clement, whose papers are already in our collection. During their visit, she showed Jason this piece of hers entitled Gaza Tunnel.
Studying Robert Motherwell and his contemporaries? The Dedalus Foundation invites applications for a visiting scholar to conduct research at the Archives of American Art. Scholars will receive a $3000 grant.
Robert Motherwell, 1952 / Kay Bell Reynal, photographer. [Photographs of artists taken by Kay Bell Reynal], Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Archives staff member Sarah preserves flat file, oversized items and in a few months, has already gone through almost 3,000 folders. During her time surveying these holdings, Sarah documents the cats that crop up in all different formats and media. Here’s one of her favorites from painter and photographer Stanley Twardowicz’s papers.
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Painter Peter Blume often made preliminary “doodles” or sketches of paintings.
What does this doodle remind you of?
Doodle #93, undated. Peter Blume papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
"H is for house and the plural is hice." That’s what you get from a coloring book by architect and furniture designer Marcel Breuer.
Original drawings for the Marcel Breuer Coloring Book, not before 1962. Original drawings for The Marcel Breuer Coloring Book, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
On This Day in 1979, Pope John Paul II visited New York City. Filmmaker Maryette Charlton wrote in her diary, “I tried all day to keep ahead of his scheduled appearances to avoid all the crowds.”
This diary is currently on view in our exhibition "A Day in the Life: Artists’ Diaries from the Archives of American Art."
Maryette Charlton diary, 1979 June 28-October 29. Maryette Charlton papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Getting ready for our 2014 Annual Benefit taking place at the end of this month. We’ll be awarding the Archives of American Art Medal to Claes Oldenburg among others. This photo of Mr. Oldenburg was taken in 1973 when he was a visiting artist at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.
Claes Oldenburg, visiting artist, 1973 / unidentified photographer. Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture records, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.