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Peter Fingesten papers, 1936-1988

Creator:
Fingesten, Peter, 1916-1987
Subject:
Ahsen, Akhter
Fingesten, Michel
Reinhardt, Ad
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
2.6 linear feet
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.
Summary:
Biographical material, correspondence, writings, teaching material, photographs, printed material, and a scrapbook.
Correspondence concerns Fingesten's artistic career, his association with Pace University and his writings and lectures. Among the correspondence is a postcard from Ad Reinhardt, circa 1962, commending Fingesten for his articles in the College Art Journal. Writings include diaries, essays, art and exhibition reviews, and manuscripts by Fingesten and others. Included is a draft of Fingesten's article, "Breast of the Madonna," and related research material. Teaching material includes lecture notes and syllabi for courses taught at Pace University. Photographs are of Fingesten, his family, friends, and works of art. Printed material includes articles by Fingesten, exhibition catalogs and announcements, clippings, reviews of Fingesten's writings and books about religion, death, and the ancient world; a folio of reproductions of nine drawings; and a flyer/ A scrapbook, 1936-1957, (disbound) contains exhibition announcements and clippings.
Citation:
Peter Fingesten papers, 1936-1988. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
A small amount of the collection is available on microfilm reels 2804 (some printed materials) and 3482 (postcard from Ad Reinhardt). Microfilm is available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Use Note:
"Breast of the Madonna" draft and and related research material: Authorization to publish, quote, or reproduce must be obtained from: Carole Fingesten, 8 Vernal Ave., Foxboro, Mass. 02035
Biography Note:
Peter Fingesten (1916-1987) was a sculptor, graphic artist, and educator in New York. Born Berlin, Germany, Fingesten emigrated to the United States in 1939. He founded the Pace University Art Department in 1950 and served as chairman until 1986.
Provenance:
A small amount of printed material and a postcard from Ad Reinhardt was donated by Peter Fingesten in 1971 and 1976. His widow, Carole C. Fingesten Forbes, donated the remainder in 1989-1995 and 2014.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Art
Educators
Exhibition catalogs
Photographs
Sculptors
Sculpture, Modern
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)5898
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)208738
AAA_collcode_fingpete
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art

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