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Mildred Constantine papers, 1945-2008

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Creator:
Constantine, Mildred, 1913-2008
Subject:
Abakanowicz, Magdalena
Albers, Anni
Barr, Alfred H.
Barragán, Luis
Block, Lou
Bourgeois, Louise
Buic, Jagoda
Burle Marx, Roberto
Cohen, Elaine Lustig
Coiner, Charles T.
Corzo, Miguel Angel
D'Harnoncourt, Anne
Danto, Arthur Coleman
Dehner, Dorothy
Fitch, James Marston
Goeritz, Mathias
Hart, Allen M.
Hicks, Sheila
Koch, Richard H.
Larsen, Jack Lenor
Lionni, Leo
Reeves, Ruth
Reuter, Laurel
Roosevelt, Eleanor
Shahn, Ben
Smith, David
Ten Haeff, Ingeborg
Vignelli, Massimo
Weisman, Donald M.
Wilder, Elizabeth
Wilke, Ulfert
Zeisler, Claire
Cleveland Museum of Art
Getty Conservation Institute
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)
Museum of New Mexico
Ohio State University
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Rhode Island School of Design
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
5.3 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:
The papers of Mildred Constantine measure 5.3 linear feet and are dated 1945-2008. Subject files, writings, photographs, and a scrapbook provide an overview of her curatorial work in the Architecture and Design department of the Museum of Modern Art, and subsequent activities as an independent curator, and art consultant. Especially well documented is the book, "Whole Cloth" that she wrote with Laurel Reuter.
Correspondence, though mostly business related, often touches on personal matters since many of the artists and art world figures with whom she corresponded were also friends. Correspondents include Miguel Angel Corzo, Arthur C. Danto, Dorothy Dehner, Allen Hart (who sent more than 40 illustrated letters), Elizabeth Wilder, and Donald L. Weisman. She also corresponded with many art institutions and organizations, among them the Cleveland Museum of Art, Independent International Design Conference, El Museo del Barrio, Museum of New Mexico, Ohio State University, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Estate of David Smith.
Subject files reflect Constantine's activities and interests. A large portion of this series concerns "Whole Cloth," a book written with Laurel Reuter, that presents an historical look at how artists have used cloth in their work. Correspondence between the two authors, with artists, institutions, and others concerns researching and writing the volume. Also documented are the successes and failures of Constantine's decade long pursuit to publish the book. Other substantive files relate to the Cleveland Museum of Art, Getty Conservation Institute, Sheila Hicks, Jack Lenor Larsen, Rhode Island School of Design, and Soviet Film Posters. Files concerning the University of the Arts' 2003 Commencement include a videocassette.
Writings by Constantine are lecture material and notes. Also found are transcripts of interviews with Constantine and writings by others. Printed material includes newspaper and magazine articles about Constantine and her career. A scrapbook of printed material and photographs documents an exhibition of Latin American posters at the Library of Congress organized by Constantine.
Photographs of people include Mildred Constantine with family, friends, artists, and others at public and private events around the world. Notable photographs include: Magdalena Abakanowicz, Anni Albers, Alfred Barr, Luis Barragan, Lou Block, Louise Bourgeois, Jagoda Buic, Elaine Lustig Cohen, Charles Coiner, James Marston Fitch, Mathias Goeritz, Ingeborg Ten Haeff, Ann d'Harnoncourt, Sheila Hicks, Richard Koch, Nancy Koenigsberg, Jack Lenor Larsen, Leo Lionni, Roberto Burle Marx, Ruth Reeves, Laurel Reuter, Eleanor Roosevelt, Ben Shahn, Massimo Vignelli, Ulfert Wilke, and Claire Zeisler. Also, there are photographs of artwork by a wide range of artists.
Citation:
Mildred Constantine papers, 1945-2008. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Related Materials:
Oral history interviews with Mildred Constantine were conducted for the Archives of American Art by Harlan Phillips, 1965 October 15, and by Paul Cummings, 1976 May 3-1976 August 26.
Biography Note:
Curator and writer Mildred Constantine (1913-2008) was associated with the Museum of Modern Art's Department of Architecture and Design from 1943 to 1971.
Provenance:
Donated 2009 by Judith Bettelheim and Vicki McDaniel, Constantine's daughters.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Curators
Film posters, Russian
Illustrated letters
Interviews
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Textile fabrics in art
Transcripts
Video recordings
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15687
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)282795
AAA_collcode_consmild
Theme:
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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