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The papers of curator and museum director Marcia Tucker measure 2.4 linear feet and date from 1973-1994. The collection documents Tucker's tenure as the director of the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York through artists' files, correspondence, project files, printed material, and photographs. The papers also reflect Tucker's activities as an advocate for women in the arts.
Artists' files include correspondence, artists' statements, exhibition lists, press releases, printed material, and photographs of artwork. There is extensive correspondence with Richard M. Allen, James W. Johnson, Bruce Melamid, and Earl and Suzanne Staley.
Correspondence consists of a mix of professional and personal letters between Tucker and artists, business colleagues, and friends. Correspondence relating to the founding of the New Museum includes draft versions of the mission statement. Among the notable correspondents are: Louise Bourgeois, Joan Brown, Howardena Pindell, Markus Raetz, Joan Snyder, and Idelle Weber. Project files reflect Marcia Tucker's activities as an educator, writer, and advocate for women's role in the arts.
Photographs include an inscribed photograph to Marcia Tucker from Raymond Lark.
Marcia Tucker papers, 1973-1994. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Also found in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with Marcia Tucker conducted by Paul Cummings, Aug. 11-Sept. 8, 1978.
Curator and museum director Marcia Tucker (1940-2006) lived and worked in New York.
Donated in 2000 by Marcia Tucker.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001