We love Ray Yoshida’s source photos of Chicago signs and storefronts, and it being National Ice Cream Month and all, seemed like a good time to share this one. Mmm, soft serve.

Detail of a storefront sign in Chicago, between 1972 and 1981 / Ray Yoshida, photographer. Ray Yoshida papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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Wilna Hervey and Nan Mason, chillin’ on the Grand Canal in 1927. What vacation pics will you be sharing this summer?

Wilna Hervey in a gondola on the Grand Canal in Venice, 1927 / unidentified photographer.

Nan Mason in a gondola on the Grand Canal in Venice, 1927 / unidentified photographer.

both from: Wilna Hervey and Nan Mason papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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hirshhorn:

Visit hirshhorn.si.edu for all up-to-date information on the opening event!

We’re excited about this, and not only because of the barbecue and beer. We loaned several photos and documents from the Leo Castelli Gallery records (Castelli represented Scarpitta) to be included in this exhibit - can’t wait to see them in context with the artworks!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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The Best Things in Life are Free

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.

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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.

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.

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digitizingmillerhouseandgarden:

In 1978, the Miller House Guest Room and Master Bedroom went through a refresh with the addition of these vibrant textiles designed by Jack Lenor Larsen.

"Equation"  in Green Parrot, fabric by Jack Lenor Larsen for Thaibok, ca. 1978, Box 84, Folder 4, Miller House and Garden Collection, IMA Archives, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN. (MHG_IVa_B084_F004_002-003)

"Dynamic Purple" from Knoll, sofa cover for master bedroom, ca. 1978, Box 84, Folder 2, Miller House and Garden Collection, IMA Archives, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN. (MHG_IVa_B084_F002_002)

Mosaic Color Vermillion/Orchid/Blur by Jack Lenor Larsen for Master Bedroom Bedspread, ca. 1978, Box 84, Folder 2, Miller House and Garden Collection, IMA Archives, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN. (MHG_IVa_B084_F002_003)

If you like rad textiles, you will love digitizingmillerhouseandgarden. And if you like THESE rad textiles, you will love reading more in the finding aid to our Jack Lenor Larsen papers.

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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.

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