NOW OPEN in Washington DC: “A Day in the Life: Artists’ Diaries from the Archives of American Art” in our Lawrence A. Fleischman Gallery.
What will you read beneath these covers? Direct and private, diaries provide firsthand accounts of appointments made and met, places seen, and work in progress—all laced with personal ruminations, name-dropping, and the occasional sketch or doodle. Whether recording historic events or simple day-to-day moments, these diary entries evoke the humanity of these artists and their moment in time.
Diaries from the top:
Janice Lowry journal 93, 2001 July 12-December 3. Janice Lowry papers.
Reginald Marsh diary, 1912. Reginald Marsh papers.
Katherine Lane Weems diary, 1945. Katharine Lane Weems papers.
William Penhallow Henderson diary, 1902. William Penhallow Henderson papers.
"This book is not intended for other eyes than the writer’s, and when they are forever closed, I hope this book will be laid in the fire. This is only a journal of my outward life…God alone keeps record of the rest."
Fortunately, printmaker Blanche Lazzell never tossed this diary from her youth into the fire. Direct and private, diaries provide firsthand accounts of an artist’s life. Our next exhibition “A Day in the Life: Artists’ Diaries from the Archives of American Art" considers the importance of the diary as a historical and personal record. The exhibit opens this Friday at the Lawrence A. Fleischman Gallery in Washington, DC.
Blanche Lazzell diary, 1899-1900. Blanche Lazzell papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.