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Thomas M. Messer papers, 1949-2010

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Creator:
Messer, Thomas M., 1920-2013
Subject:
Tworkov, Jack
Bell, Larry
Moore, Henry
Giacometti, Alberto
Koczy, Rosemarie
Flavin, Dan
Burri, Alberto
Knowlton, Grace
Rickey, George
Kuh, Katharine
Ernst, Max
Simonds, Charles
Hélion, Jean
Chryssa
KoláÚr, JiÚrí
Chagall, Marc
Frankenthaler, Helen
Hamilton, Richard
Still, Clyfford E.
Barnet, Will
Dubuffet, Jean
Bury, Pol
Martin, Agnes Bernice
Bacon, Francis
Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation
Place of publication, production, or execution:
Other
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:
Diaries
Transcripts
Art museum directors
Curators
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

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