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Creator:
Messer, Thomas M., 1920-2013  Search this
Subject:
Tworkov, Jack  Search this
Bell, Larry  Search this
Moore, Henry  Search this
Giacometti, Alberto  Search this
Koczy, Rosemarie  Search this
Flavin, Dan  Search this
Burri, Alberto  Search this
Knowlton, Grace  Search this
Rickey, George  Search this
Kuh, Katharine  Search this
Ernst, Max  Search this
Simonds, Charles  Search this
Hélion, Jean  Search this
Chryssa  Search this
KoláÚr, JiÚrí  Search this
Chagall, Marc  Search this
Frankenthaler, Helen  Search this
Hamilton, Richard  Search this
Still, Clyfford E.  Search this
Barnet, Will  Search this
Dubuffet, Jean  Search this
Bury, Pol  Search this
Martin, Agnes Bernice  Search this
Bacon, Francis  Search this
Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation  Search this
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
4.6 linear feet
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of electronic records requires advance notice.
Summary:
The papers of New York museum director and independent curator Thomas M. Messer measure 4.6 linear feet and date from 1949-2010. Material includes correspondence, a diary transcript, and printed material that reflect Messer's long career, primarily as director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. Correspondence comprises the bulk of the collection and documents the relationships he built with artists, art historians, curators, and others colleagues. Notable correspondents include Francis Bacon, Will Barnet, Larry Bell, Alberto Burri, Pol Bury, Marc Chagall, Chryssa, Jean Dubuffet, Max Ernst, Dan Flavin, Helen Frankenthaler, Alberto Giacometti, Richard Hamilton, Jean Hélion, Grace Knowlton, Rosemarie Koczy, Jirí Kolár, Katherine Kuh, Agnes Martin, Henry Moore, George Rickey, Charles Simonds, Clyfford Still, Jack Tworkov, and many others.
Citation:
Thomas M. Messer papers, 1949-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Related Materials:
Also found in the Archives of American Art are two oral history interviews with Thomas Messer conducted by Paul Cummings in 1970 and by Andrew Decker in 1994-1995.
Biography Note:
Thomas Messer was a museum director and independent curator in New York, New York. Messer was director at the Roswell Museum, Roswell, New Mexico, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Massachusetts and at the Solomon R.Guggenheim Museum, New York, New York.
Provenance:
Donated to the Archives of American Art in 1995 by Thomas Messer and in 2016 by the Thomas Messer estate via Adam Lehner, executor.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Transcripts  Search this
Art museum directors  Search this
Curators  Search this
Diaries  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6570
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)215863
AAA_collcode_messthom
Theme:
Communities, Organizations, Museums
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_215863