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

Conant, Howard Somers, 1921-
Shahn, Ben
Calcagno, Lawrence
Greene, Stephen
Bolotowsky, Ilya
Kuniyoshi, Yasuo
Vicente, Esteban
Sonneman, Eve
McLuhan, Marshall
Warburg, Edward M. M.
Blumner, Jacob
Nakian, Reuben
Humphrey, John
Morris, Robert
Opper, John
Brooks, James
Johnson, Philip
Reinhardt, Ad
Greene, Balcomb
Motherwell, Robert Burns
Hess, Thomas B.
Wines, James
McNeil, George
Kaprow, Allan
Gottlieb, Adolph
Hoving, Thomas
Kiesler, Frederick
Nevelson, Louise
Hiler, Hilaire
Russell, John
Parker, Raymond
Yunkers, Adja
Rivers, Larry
Guston, Philip
Frankenthaler, Helen
Janis, Sidney
Woodruff, Hale Aspacio
LeWitt, Sol
Tworkov, Jack
Greene, Maxine
Hanson, Duane
Fuller, R. Buckminster (Richard Buckminster),
Kusama, Yayoi
Stamos, Theodoros
Rothko, Mark
Resnick, Milton
Vollmer, Ruth Landshoff
New York University
Institute for the Study of Art in Education
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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
Art teachers
Art, Abstract
Art, Modern
Sound recordings
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Art Theory and Historiography
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