SMITHSONIAN ARCHIVES OF AMERICAN ART

Aug 27

Prepare to be amazed. This is a letter about letters.
This morning we uploaded more letters to our Art of Handwriting project on the Smithsonian Transcription Center. We suggest starting with this lovely letter by accomplished printmaker, social activist, and nun Sister Mary Corita Kent.Corita Kent letter to Ben Shahn, circa 1953-1969. Ben Shahn papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Prepare to be amazed. This is a letter about letters.

This morning we uploaded more letters to our Art of Handwriting project on the Smithsonian Transcription Center. We suggest starting with this lovely letter by accomplished printmaker, social activist, and nun Sister Mary Corita Kent.

Corita Kent letter to Ben Shahn, circa 1953-1969. Ben Shahn papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Aug 26

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Last unofficial week of summer! Make it to the beach yet? Satisfy your seasonal needs (vicariously) by looking at the rad beach houses in our collection. 

McMullen Beach House, Mantoloking, New Jersey. Marcel Breuer and Herbert Beckhard, architects. Ben Schnall, photographer, between 1960 and 1964 / unidentified photographer. Marcel Breuer papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Last unofficial week of summer! Make it to the beach yet? Satisfy your seasonal needs (vicariously) by looking at the rad beach houses in our collection. 

McMullen Beach House, Mantoloking, New Jersey. Marcel Breuer and Herbert Beckhard, architects. Ben Schnall, photographer, between 1960 and 1964 / unidentified photographer. Marcel Breuer papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Aug 22

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Aug 21


If you are in Washington, D.C. this weekend, stop by our Lawrence A. Fleischman Gallery to see Artists and Their Models before it closes next week.  These lovelies will be putting their robes back on and climbing back into their boxes for a long rest period on August 27th, so catch them while you can!

Unidentified artists’ model posing, 193-? / unidentified photographer. Allyn Cox papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

If you are in Washington, D.C. this weekend, stop by our Lawrence A. Fleischman Gallery to see Artists and Their Models before it closes next week.  These lovelies will be putting their robes back on and climbing back into their boxes for a long rest period on August 27th, so catch them while you can!

Unidentified artists’ model posing, 193-? / unidentified photographer. Allyn Cox papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Aug 19

“I was oriented toward the love of the art, the love of the piece, the love of the color, the love of the balance in a painting or in a piece of sculpture, a hunk of jewelry, or a piece of ceramics; love, not investment.” 

-Peggy deSalle, founder of the Little Gallery

From an interview of Peggy deSalle conducted 1975 Jan. 27-Jul. 16, by Dennis Barrie, for the Archives of American Art.

Aug 18

Feeling very primary today.  Sometimes basic colors are the most striking.
Ramón Carulla sketchbook, 1987-1988. Ramón Carulla papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Feeling very primary today.  Sometimes basic colors are the most striking.

Ramón Carulla sketchbook, 1987-1988. Ramón Carulla papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Aug 15

Today marks the 45th anniversary of Woodstock, but it wasn’t the only music being made in that little New York hamlet. This photo of Artist Konrad Cramer and friends was taken 20 years before the famous festival ever arrived.
Konrad Cramer playing the guitar, ca. 1949 / unidentified photographer. [Rosalie Berkowitz collection of photographs], Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Today marks the 45th anniversary of Woodstock, but it wasn’t the only music being made in that little New York hamlet. This photo of Artist Konrad Cramer and friends was taken 20 years before the famous festival ever arrived.

Konrad Cramer playing the guitar, ca. 1949 / unidentified photographer. [Rosalie Berkowitz collection of photographs], Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Aug 14

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Aug 13

What do cybernetics, media, and ecology have in common? They all inspired the innovative work of Paul Ryan. 
Ryan was a pioneer in video art and environmental activism. The finding aid to his papers is now on our website. His archive is a treasure trove of correspondence, writings, and video recordings of his projects. 
Artist book based on the Triadic Tapes, 1976. Paul Ryan papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

What do cybernetics, media, and ecology have in common? They all inspired the innovative work of Paul Ryan. 

Ryan was a pioneer in video art and environmental activism. The finding aid to his papers is now on our website. His archive is a treasure trove of correspondence, writings, and video recordings of his projects. 

Artist book based on the Triadic Tapes, 1976. Paul Ryan papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.