DYK we have an instagram account? Indeed we do, and we just posted our 100th ‘gram today. If you like the collection highlights you see here on tumblr but also want more behind-the-scenes archival action, follow us @: instagram.com/archivesamerart.
Hmmmm, we’ll have - a Boby Coktail, the Consommé à l’oeuf poché, the Bouillabaisse Marseillaise avec Langouste, and for dessert, Fraises Melba. How are you celebrating Bastille Day?
Grand Hotel de Provence menu, 1932 July 14. Charles Green Shaw papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
It’s James McNeill Whistler’s birthday! Celebrate by admiring his palette, searching for his butterfly signature in our fully digitized James McNeill Whistler collection, 1863-1906, circa 1940, or going to freersackler and blissing out in the Peacock Room.
James McNeill Whistler’s palette and brushes, ca. 1889. Leon Dabo papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Like our gallery talk today at 1pm! Stop by the Lawrence A. Fleischman Gallery on your lunch break for a talk by the curator of Artists and Their Models, Elizabeth Botten.
If it were up to us, all letters to the editor would be written in the curls of a disapproving old man’s beard.
Jim Maley letter to Russell Lynes, between 1946 and 1962. Harper’s Magazine records kept by managing editor Russell Lynes, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Are you Fierce? Can you smize with the best of them? Compare your skills to this roundup of Top Artists’ Models on our blog, and if you have what it takes, submit a pic to us on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #strikeapose, or show us your moves in person at a free gallery talk, this Friday, July 11th at 1pm in the Lawrence A. Fleischman Gallery. Tyra would be proud.
Top: Model for Josef Presser, 194-? / unidentified photographer. Josef Presser papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Every single day Wally would propose to me, and after a year was up…I said yes. He said, “Did you say yes? Did you say yes?” And he got up and he left, closed the door, walked out, came back 10 minutes later and said, “Did you say yes?” And I said, “Yes, I said yes, Wally, I’ll marry you.” And he said, “Can we get married tomorrow?” And I said, “No, we cannot get married tomorrow.” —
Since we’re in the thick of wedding season, enjoy this charming proposal story from Wilhelmina Holladay, art collector and one of the founders of the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
Oral history interview with Wilhelmina Holladay, 2005 Aug. 17-2005 Sept. 23, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution