Aleksandra Kasuba papers, 1942-2013, bulk 1960-2000
Kasuba, Aleksandra, 1923-
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)
Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies
Place of publication, production, or execution:
5.9 linear feet
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The papers of sculptor and environmental artist Aleksandra Kasuba measure 5.9 linear feet and date from 1942-2013, with the bulk of the material from 1960-2000. The collection documents Kasuba's career through biographical material, correspondence, interviews, lectures and writings, extensive project files, printed material, a scrapbook, artwork, photographs, and motion picture film.
Biographical material contains artist's statements, biographical data, letters of recommendation, and a citation from the American Institute of Architects. General correspondence mostly consists of invitations to lecture at academic institutions and professional associations. There are letters between Kasuba and interior design firms, publishers, museums, and academic institutions. Included are letters from Columbia University, Museum of Modern Art, and the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies. Correpondence relates to commissioned projects, proposed exhibitions, and the scheduling of workshops and speaking engagements. Also found is correspondence with Thomas Whitridge about the publication of a monograph by Kasuba.
The collection includes three interviews with Kasuba and a panel discussion between the artist and Nina Freudenheim. There is a transcript of a 1976 interview by Jerilyn Berlind. Lectures and writings include draft lectures and an essay on art by Kasuba. Included is a typescript of an article about Kasuba's work.
Extensive project files provide detailed documentation on Kasuba's installations, exhibitions, and space shelters mainly from 1960-1990. Included are a variety of materials: correspondence, proposals, contracts and agreements, sketches of models, clippings, photographs, and motion picture films of work. Also found are files relating Kasuba's book projects and her participation in symposia and competitions.
Printed material includes exhibition catalogs, announcements, and brochures; news and magazine clippings document various projects, including Kasuba's wall mosaics, shell dwellings, and alternative living environments. A scrapbook consists mainly of news clippings and reviews on Kasuba's work.
Artwork consists of sketches and drawings used as preliminary designs for Kasuba's projects. Photographs are of Kasuba's wall mosaics, reliefs, space shelters, and live-in environments. Also found are slides and three slide binders of wall installations, shell dwellings, and environments made of tensile fabrics; included are slides used for lectures.
Aleksandra Kasuba papers, 1942-2013, bulk 1960-2000. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Aleksandra Kasuba (1923-), a Lithuanian-born sculptor, best known for her innovative architectural environments has lived in New York and New Mexico.
Donated 2013 by Aleksandra Kasuba.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001