You pile food on. You don’t serve one slice of roast beef on white bread with one green pea. —
Painter Audrey Flack’s comment comparing Jewish art with Jewish food (i.e., not minimalist) seems thoroughly in the spirit of Thanksgivukkah. Pile on the pastrami-wrapped turkey and sweet potato latkes, please!
Oral history interview with Audrey Flack, 2009 Feb. 16, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
Got any hand-illuminating needs? Holiday gifts lacking in personal character? Talk to Robert Strong Woodward.
An advertisement for the hand illuminating services of Robert Strong Woodward, between 1910 and 1915. F. Earl Williams papers relating to Robert Strong Woodward, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
On our blog today: a beautiful example of the personality and life that you can divine from archival materials (in this case the papers of Jerome Caja), by grad student Craig M. Corpora. Favorite sentence: “Drag queens don’t come out of the womb in heels and lipstick…there is an evolution of knowledge, of self-acceptance and probably a lot of throwing caution to the wind.”
American Red Cross certification of Basic Rescue and Water Safety for Jerome Caja, 1978 March 15. Jerome Caja papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Greetings and remembrances from “Jack’s town.”
Postcard from Robert Indiana to Eleanor Ward and Alan Groh at the Stable Gallery, 1962 April. Stable Gallery records, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Is it just me or does this dog look incredibly smug?
Dog seated on a table, 195-? / Honoré Desmond Sharrer, photographer. Honoré Sharrer papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
They were worth more to me and moved me more than the whole British Museum, for I have studied that kind of thing and could in some degree appreciate them. One minute I felt like crying and the next I wanted to stand on my head and yell. —
Bolton Coit Brown records his reaction to an exhibition of Turner drawings in a letter to his parents. Has an artwork ever moved you to tears or yelling?
Bolton Coit Brown, Paris letter to Edmund Woodward Brown and Martha Coit Brown, 1887 June 13-14. Bolton Coit Brown papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
For this Movember Mustache Monday we humbly submit this offering of two mustaches for the price of one. Also, suspenders.
Printers in a print shop, 189-? / unidentified photographer. Leigh H. Hunt papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Although this charmingly illustrated letter was written in January, squirrels always make me think of Fall. It is the time of year when they are in their element (so many nuts to bury, so little time!)
Miné Okubo letter to Roy Leeper, 1974 January 3. Roy Leeper and Gaylord Hall collection of Miné Okubo papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.