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.

2 weeks ago 40 notes

Just look at those faces.  Why can’t it be #nationaldogday everyday?

'Echo' Triptych, 1974 / Lowell Nesbitt, photographer. Lowell Nesbitt papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Lowell Nesbitt sitting with his dogs in front of his artwork, 1979 / Jack Mitchell, photographer. Lowell Nesbitt papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

3 weeks ago 52 notes

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.

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User Experience Internship at the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian

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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.

3 weeks ago 51 notes

“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.

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August
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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.

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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.

1 month ago 45 notes

Have you used your passport this summer? These artists’ passports found in the Archives, have got us itching to travel before fall sets in, and also reveal something of the holder.

Guy Pène Du Bois and Dorothy Liebes were both quite fashionable, as evidenced by their passport photos (something we can only aspire to after a long haul flight). Jackson Pollock’s passport tells us he was missing part of his right index finger. 

Top to bottom: Guy Pène Du Bois’ passport, 1929 April 16. Guy Pène Du Bois papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Dorothy Liebes’ passport, 1958. Dorothy Liebes papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Jackson Pollock’s passport, 1955 July 21. Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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August
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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.

1 month ago 51 notes