Leon Berkowitz and Ida Fox Berkowitz papers, circa 1900-1986
Berkowitz, Leon, 1919-1987
Berkowitz, Ida Fox, 1913-1979
De Kooning, Elaine
Kern, Helmuth F.
Washington Workshop Center for the Arts
Place of publication, production, or execution:
3.0 linear feet
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The collection documents the lives of painter and educator Leon Berkowitz and his first wife, poet Ida Fox Berkowitz, and provides insight into the cultural and artistic climate in 1940s and 1950s Washington D.C. through correspondence, notes, sketches, photographs, printed material, and audio cassettes. Topics include Leon Berkowitz' philosophy of painting, a 1940s U.S. Army art therapy project, the Washington Workshop Center for the Arts (1940s-1950s), WCFM radio station (1949-1953), and exhibitions of Leon's paintings. The collection also contains some of his lecture notes and photographs of the couple's European and Mexican trips. Correspondents include Helmuth F. Kern, co-founder of the WWCA; painters John Ulbricht, Elaine de Kooning, Arthur Okamura, and sculptor Scott Burton.
REEL 2786: Printed materials.
Leon Berkowitz and Ida Fox Berkowitz papers, circa 1900-1986. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Microfilm reel 2786 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Leon Berkowitz (1919-1987) was a painter in Washington, D.C.Birthdate also cited as 1911. Ida Fox was a poet. With his first wife, poet Ida Fox (1913-197?), and Helmuth Kern, Berkowitz co-founded the Washington Workshop Center for the Arts (1945-1956) and the short-lived Washington D.C.-based cooperative radio station WCFM (1949-1953).
Leon Berkowitz donated the papers of his first wife, Ida. After his death his second wife, Maureen Berkowitz, donated his papers.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001