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Howard Somers Conant papers, [ca.1946]-1985

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Conant, Howard Somers, 1921-  Search this
Shahn, Ben  Search this
Calcagno, Lawrence  Search this
Greene, Stephen  Search this
Bolotowsky, Ilya  Search this
Kuniyoshi, Yasuo  Search this
Vicente, Esteban  Search this
Sonneman, Eve  Search this
McLuhan, Marshall  Search this
Warburg, Edward M. M.  Search this
Blumner, Jacob  Search this
Nakian, Reuben  Search this
Humphrey, John  Search this
Morris, Robert  Search this
Opper, John  Search this
Brooks, James  Search this
Johnson, Philip  Search this
Reinhardt, Ad  Search this
Greene, Balcomb  Search this
Motherwell, Robert Burns  Search this
Hess, Thomas B.  Search this
Wines, James  Search this
McNeil, George  Search this
Kaprow, Allan  Search this
Gottlieb, Adolph  Search this
Hoving, Thomas  Search this
Kiesler, Frederick  Search this
Nevelson, Louise  Search this
Hiler, Hilaire  Search this
Russell, John  Search this
Parker, Raymond  Search this
Yunkers, Adja  Search this
Rivers, Larry  Search this
Guston, Philip  Search this
Frankenthaler, Helen  Search this
Janis, Sidney  Search this
Woodruff, Hale Aspacio  Search this
LeWitt, Sol  Search this
Tworkov, Jack  Search this
Greene, Maxine  Search this
Tania  Search this
Hanson, Duane  Search this
Fuller, R. Buckminster (Richard Buckminster),  Search this
Kusama, Yayoi  Search this
Stamos, Theodoros  Search this
Rothko, Mark  Search this
Resnick, Milton  Search this
Vollmer, Ruth Landshoff  Search this
New York University  Search this
Institute for the Study of Art in Education  Search this
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Physical Description:
2.6 linear ft.
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Seventy taped recordings of untranscribed interviews with artists, panel discussions, lectures, and conferences and 5 transcripts of lectures by artists; correspondence; photographs; typescripts; and printed material.
Audio tapes include untranscribed interviews of Robert Motherwell, Nov. 10, 1964; Raymond Parker, John Opper and Tania, 1965; Stephen Greene, Robert Morris, and Jack Tworkov, Nov. 17, 1966; Marshall McLuhan and Jacob Blumner, Oct. 25, 1967; and Yayoi Kusama, Feb. 15, 1964; lectures delivered by Conant, Buckminster R. Fuller, Adolph Gottlieb, Frederick Kiesler, John Opper, James N. Wines and others; lectures and panel discussions of conferences of the Institute for the Study of Art in Education, Nov. 17, 1967 and Nov. 9, 1968; panel discussions sponsored by New York University, including "Synthesis in Modern Architecture, Painting and Sculpture," Oct. 22, 1965; and "The Art Student and the Future of the Avant-Garde, Nov. 29, 1966.
Also included are recordings of lectures and panel discussions, mainly transcribed, and partial typescripts, notes and other material relating to NYU's "Contemporary Artists on Art Series," organized and moderated by Conant, Oct.-Dec. 1960. Particpants in the series included Ilya Bolotowsky, Lawrence Calcagno, Helen Frankenthaler, Balcomb Greene, Stephen Greene, Hilaire Hiler, John Humphrey, George J. McNeil, Robert Motherwell, Reuben Nakian, Louise Nevelson, John Opper, Milton Resnick, Esteban Vicente, Ruth Vollmer and Hale Woodruff.
In addition, there are letters from James Brooks, Helen Frankenthaler, Philip Guston, Duane Hanson, Thomas Hess, Thomas Hoving, Sidney Janis, Philip Johnson, Allan Kaprow, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Sol LeWitt, Robert Motherwell, Ad Reinhardt, Larry Rivers, Mark Rothko, John Russell, Ben Shahn, Eve Sonneman, Theodoros Stamos, Edward M. M. Warburg, Adja Yunkers, and others, many relating to requests for employment or responses to Conant's letters asking artists to participate in classes or conferences; an unpublished study on the "Training of Artists," conducted by Conant for NYU in 1959, including correspondence and typescripts of statements by twenty-eight artists; a typescript of a lecture "Popular Culture," by Maxine Greene delivered at an NYU art education conference, 1971; photographs of participants in an NYU seminar, 1964; and miscellany.
Howard Somers Conant papers, [ca.1946]-1985. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Biography Note:
Art educator, painter. Chairman of the Department of Art and Art Education at New York University from 1955 to 1976.
Donated by Conant, 1978-1989.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
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Art, Abstract  Search this
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Art, Modern  Search this
Record number:
Art Theory and Historiography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art