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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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"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.”"

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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

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Rather than comb our collections for images of flags/parades/hot dogs/fireworks for today’s post, we thought we’d go with what we do best and share a sampling of artists who made their mark on the American canon. All of these portraits are by Mimi Jacobs.

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Betye Saar, 1979; Ed Ruscha, 1979; Leo Valledor, 1976; Imogen Cunningham, ca. 1972; Mel Ramos, 1974; Jay DeFeo, 1976; Richard Diebenkorn, 1977

All from: [Photographs of artists taken by Mimi Jacobs, photographer], Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Happy 4th of July!!

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Because they’re pretty, and because it’s almost Independence Day, we present you marbled papers from our collections in shades of red, white and blue. For more fun with marbling see our new Pinterest board.

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Grace Anna Storrs Hunt travel diary, 1889 July 11 - July 24. Leigh H. Hunt papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Miscellaneous moods in verse; one hundred and one poems with illustrations, 1914. Elihu Vedder papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Jonathan Sturges receipt book, 1852-1866. Jonathan Sturges papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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Watch a rhinoceros sculpture come into being in our Katharine Lane Weems papers. We wonder if the enlarging machine being used in the 2nd photo was a predecessor to the kind of technology that smithsonian3d uses today.

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Study of a rhinoceros, 193-?

A life size model (in progress) of Katharine Lane Weems’ rhinoceros sculpture, not after 1937 / unidentified photographer.

Katharine Lane Weems at work on her sculpture Rhinoceros, between 1935 and 1936 / unidentified photographer.

Katharine Weems being introduced at the unveiling ceremony for her rhino sculptures at Harvard, 1937 May 12 / Harvard Film Service, photographer.

All images from: Katharine Lane Weems papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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Something in the style of Summer Loving for the Monuments Men’s George (not that one!) on Transcribe Tuesday.

Each week, on #TranscribeTuesday, we share work created by digital volunteers in the Transcription Center. In the recent film, the commander portrayed by George Clooney was inspired by George Leslie Stout - sounds as though Stout’s love for his wife Margie was suave and debonaire, indeed. His letter continues here: “…I did myself pretty well. I got a good woman…”

As an art conservator charged with documenting and protecting works of art caught in the ravages of World War II, Stout worked with other Monuments Men (and women) in Europe and established a unit in Tokyo.

This letter is part of the 200 page completed project in the Transcription Center. Shared by archivesofamericanart, it includes correspondence, maps, and inventories of the works recovered. You can download the volunpeer-created transcript and explore - you can also read Stout’s personal papers via Archives of American Art. 

We’ll never stop being charmed by George Stout.

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Posting this early in case you want to plan a Monet’s birthday party of your own. For the menu we’d suggest water lily cocktails and butterscotch haystacks, naturally.

Invitation to a party in honor of Claude Monet’s birthday, 196-? Paul Suttman papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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Color, meet Wheel. I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Color wheel, 19—? Rudolph Schaeffer papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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Toddler Jackson Pollock (dead center) struggles to hold a piece of watermelon almost as big as he is. That is pretty much all you need to know about this photo.

Pollock family eating watermelon in Arizona, circa 1914 / unidentified photographer. Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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