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Eliot Elisofon Art photographs

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
5,000 Photographic Prints ((10 boxes), b&w, 14 x 11 in. or smaller)
Container:
Box 1
Box 2
Box 3
Box 4
Box 5
Box 6
Box 7
Box 8
Box 9
Box 10
Culture:
Asante (African people)  Search this
Kuba (African people)  Search this
Kyaman (African people)  Search this
Dogon (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photos
Photographic Prints
Photographic prints
Black-and-white photographs
Place:
Mali
Côte d'Ivoire
Nigeria
Ghana
Africa
Congo (Democratic Republic)
Tanzania
Date:
1942-1972
Summary:
Photographs taken by Eliot Elisofon in Africa and in European and American museums and collections during his extensive travels from 1942 through 1972. African kingdoms and peoples represented include Afo, Anyi, Asante, Atie, Baga, Bamana, Baule, Bembe, Benin, Bobo, Boki, Bozo, Chamba, Chokwe, Dan, Dinka, Dogon, Ebrie, Efik, Ejagham, Hausa, Ibibio, Idoma, Ife, Igbo-Ukwu, Ijo, Jenne, Jukun, Kamba, Kissi, Kom, Kongo, Kono, kota, Kpelle, Kuba, Kuyu, Kwele, Lega, Lobi, Loma, Lozi, Luba, Lulua, Lunda, Mambila, Mende, Mossi, Nalu, Ndebele, Ngbaka, Ngoni, Nok, Nupe, Nyamwezi, Pende, Suku, Susu, Tabwa, Teke, Temne, Tetela, Tiv, Tuareg, Urhobo, Vai, Woyo, Yaka, Yoruba, and Zande.
Arrangement note:
Images indexed by negative number.
Biographical/Historical note:
A photographer best known for his work in Life magazine. Elisofon worked as a free-lance magazine photographer from 1933 to 1937, as a staff photographer for Life from 1933 to 1937 and on photographic assignments for various magazines, including the Smithsonian magazine, from 1942 to 1945. Elisofon traveled extensively in Africa, Asia, Europe and South America documenting the peoples of these lands as well as their arts and environments. A founding member and curatorial associate of the privately owned Museum of African Art, which in 1981 became the National Museum of African Art (NMAfA), Elisofon bequeathed his collection of African photographs to the museum when he died in 1973.
General note:
Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.
Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Genre/Form:
Photographic prints
Black-and-white photographs
Identifier:
EEPA.1973-002
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-eepa-1973-002

Warren M. Robbins Papers, circa 1927-2009

Creator:
Robbins, Warren M  Search this
Uniform title:
African Art in American Collections (Monograph). 1966  Search this
African Art in American Collections (Monograph). 1989  Search this
Subject:
Angelou, Maya  Search this
Barnes, Ernie 1938-2009  Search this
Bellow, Saul  Search this
Douglass, Frederick 1817?-1895  Search this
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Gross, Chaim 1904-1991  Search this
Holtzman, Harry  Search this
Mead, Margaret 1901-1978  Search this
Mondrian, Piet 1872-1944  Search this
Robbins, Warren M  Search this
Shahn, Ben 1898-1969  Search this
Toledano, Roulhac  Search this
Fried, Otto 1922-  Search this
Fuller, R. Buckminster (Richard Buckminster) 1895-1983  Search this
Gilot, Françoise 1921-  Search this
Hayakawa, S. I (Samuel Ichiyé) 1906-1992  Search this
Howard, Frances Humphrey  Search this
Humphrey, Hubert H (Hubert Horatio) 1911-1978  Search this
Museum of African Art (U.S.)  Search this
National Museum of African Art (U.S.)  Search this
Smithsonian Institution  Search this
United States Foreign Service  Search this
University of Michigan  Search this
University of New Hampshire  Search this
Center for Cross Cultural Communication  Search this
Robbins Center for Cross Cultural Communication  Search this
A Nigerian Showcase (Exhibition) (1980: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
African Art Playing Cards: 52 Paintings by Harold Jerome (Exhibition) (1978: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
African Art in Motion (Exhibition) (1974: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
African Art in Washington Collections (Exhibition) (1972: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
African Art: The de Havenon Collection (Exhibition) (1971: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
African Miniatures: Traditional Sculpture from the Hersey Collection (Exhibition) (1967: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
African Sculpture at Princeton University (Exhibition) (1971: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
African Style: Art of Zaire (Exhibition) (1978: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
African Weaving and Traditional Dress (Exhibition) (1975: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Animals in African Art (Exhibition) (1977: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Animals in African Art (Exhibition) (2000: Salisbury, M.D.)  Search this
Art from Zaire: 100 Masterpieces from the National Collections (Exhibition) (1975-1976: New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Art of Nigeria (Exhibition) (1964: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Bamana Figurative Sculpture: A Human Ideal in African Art (Exhibition) (1986: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Ben Shahn on Human Rights (Traveling exhibition)  Search this
Contemporary African Paintings and Graphics (Exhibition) (1974: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Contemporary Nigerian Pottery (Exhibition) (1972: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Contemporary Tapestries from Senegal (Exhibition) (1978: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Five Afro-American Artists (Exhibition) (1981: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Five Nineteenth Century Afro-American Artists (Exhibition) (1979: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Forms and Influences of African Art (Exhibition) (1985: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Images of Ancestors: Ties That Bind (Exhibition) (1995: Charlottesville, V.A.)  Search this
Life . . . Afterlife: African Funerary Sculpture (Exhibition) (1981: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Out of the Ordinary: Domestic and Ritual Furnishings from Africa (Exhibition) (1981: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Salute to Sierra Leone (Exhibition) (1976: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Secular and Religious Art of Ethiopia (Exhibition) (1976: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Tapestries from Lesotho (Exhibition) (1976: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
The African Heritage (Exhibition) (1964: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
The Art of Cameroon (Traveling exhibition)  Search this
The Art of Henry O. Tanner (Exhibition) (1969: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
The Beauty of the Ghetto (Exhibition) (1974: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
The Great Beautiful Black Women Collection (Exhibition) (1978: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
The Heritage of African Art (Exhibtion) (1967: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
The Image of the Black in Western Art (Traveling exhibition)  Search this
The Impact of African Sculpture on Modern Art (Exhibition) (1975: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
The Language of African Art (Exhibition) (1970: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
The Language of Art in Traditional African Life (Traveling exhibition)  Search this
The Meaning of African Art (Exhibition) (1967: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
The Sculptor's Eye: The African Art Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Chaim Gross (Traveling exhibition)  Search this
The Stranger Among Us (Exhibition) (1982: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
The Useful Arts of Kenya (Exhibition) (1979: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Traditional African Art from the Peabody Museum, Harvard University (Exhibition) (1966: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Traditional African Sculpture (Exhibition) (1964: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Traditional Costumes and Jewelry in Africa (Exhibition) (1981: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Traditional Costumes and Jewelry in Egypt (Exhibition) (1981: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Traditional Sculpture from Upper Volta (Exhibition) (1979: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Traditonal Art of the Nigerian Peoples (Exhibition) (1977: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Traditonal and Contemporary Crafts from Botswana (Exhibition) (1978: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Treasures of Ancient Nigeria: Legacy of 2000 Years (Exhibition) (1980-1981: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Tribute to Africa: The Photography and the Collection of Eliot Elisofon (Exhibition) (1974: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Weaving Magic: Traditional African Textiles (Exhibition) (1998: Savannah, G.A.)  Search this
Physical description:
83.1 cu. ft. (80 record storage boxes) (4 12x17 boxes) (2 16x20 boxes)
Type:
Manuscripts
Collection descriptions
Brochures
Clippings
Newsletters
Floor plans
Maps
Color photographs
Black-and-white photographs
Black-and-white negatives
Black-and-white transparencies
Color transparencies
Color negatives
Glass negatives
Audiotapes
Artifacts
Place:
Cameroon
Date:
1927
1927-2009
circa 1927-2009
Topic:
Art, African  Search this
Communication  Search this
Cultural relations  Search this
Kom (African people)  Search this
Museum attendance  Search this
Museum directors  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Museum finance  Search this
Museum publications  Search this
Museum techniques  Search this
Museums--Acquisitions  Search this
Museums--Collection management  Search this
Museums--Educational aspects  Search this
Museums--Management  Search this
Museums--Public relations  Search this
Museums and community  Search this
Semantics  Search this
Afo-A-Kom (Statue)  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-001
Restrictions & Rights:
Series 9 - Smithsonian Conflict, 1982-2002 restricted for 5 years from the date of transfer, until Jan-01-2016; Transferring office; 09/13/2010 Deed of Gift; Contact reference staff for details
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_309956

Anton Refregier papers, circa 1900-circa 1990

Creator:
Refregier, Anton, 1905-1979  Search this
Subject:
Fast, Howard  Search this
Kent, Rockwell  Search this
Randall, Byron  Search this
Evergood, Philip Howard  Search this
Yavno, Max  Search this
Siqueiros, David Alfaro  Search this
Geddes, Norman Bel  Search this
Packard, Emmy Lou  Search this
Dreyfuss, Henry  Search this
O'Higgins, Pablo  Search this
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Kuniyoshi, Yasuo  Search this
De Diego, Julio  Search this
Greenwood, Marion  Search this
Morley, Eugene  Search this
Refregier, Lila  Search this
Works Progress Administration  Search this
ACA Galleries  Search this
Woodstock Artists Association  Search this
Bard College  Search this
National Council of American-Soviet Friendship (U.S.)  Search this
World Peace Council  Search this
Gosudarstvennyµi þErmitazh (Russia)  Search this
New York World's Fair  Search this
Topic:
Artists' studios  Search this
Political clubs  Search this
Transcripts  Search this
Sketches  Search this
Designers  Search this
Art  Search this
Painters  Search this
Travel diaries  Search this
Mural painting and decoration  Search this
Scrapbooks  Search this
Photographs  Search this
Tapestry  Search this
Interviews  Search this
Greeting cards  Search this
Cartoons (working drawings)  Search this
Muralists  Search this
Diaries  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9646
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211854
AAA_collcode_refranto
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211854

Tribute to Africa: the photography and the collection of Eliot Elisofon; a memorial exhibition at the Museum of African Art, June through December, 1974

Author:
Museum of African Art (U.S.)  Search this
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Subject:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Elisofon, Eliot Art collections  Search this
Physical description:
48 p. illus. 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1974
[1974]
Topic:
Sculpture, African  Search this
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.E415 M9
TR647.E43 M9
TR140.E4 M87 1974X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_46963

Robbins Center Collection

Owner:
Robbins, Warren M.  Search this
Robbins, Warren M.  Search this
Creator:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Names:
Barnes, Ernie, 1938-2009  Search this
Duchamp, Marcel, 1887-1968  Search this
Logan, Juan  Search this
Extent:
1 Watercolor (framed)
3 Prints (black and white, 1 framed, 2 matted)
1 Portfolio
28 Posters
7 Documents ((brochures))
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Watercolor
Prints
Portfolios
Posters
Documents
Date:
circa 1969-1990
Summary:
The Robbins Center Collection includes posters advertizing the Museum of African Art (now the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution) and its exhibits, exhibit brochures, a watercolor painting and photographs by Eliot Elisofon, and museum signage.
Scope and Contents:
The Robbins Center Collection includes posters advertizing the Museum of African Art (now the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution) and its exhibits, exhibit brochures, a watercolor painting and photographs by Eliot Elisofon, and museum signage. The exhibition posters include those for Icons, Ideals and Power in the Art of Africa (1989-1990), Art of Henry O. Tanner (Frederick Douglass House, 1969), African Weaving and Traditional Dress (1975), Black Heritage (circa 1971), Tribute to Africa, and The Language of African Art (1970).
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged in one series.
Biographical / Historical:
The Robbins Center (originally called Center for Cross Cultural Communication) was established in 1962 by Warren Robbins and is located in Washington, D.C. Serving as an educational institute integrating, popularizing and utilizing the insights and perspectives of the social sciences and the arts to foster international and interracial understanding as well as communication between the academic world and a broader public audience. One of first major projects of the CCCC was the creation in 1964 of the Museum of African Art (MAA).

The museum was originally located in the Washington, DC residence of Frederick Douglass and became part of the Smithsonian Institution in 1979 and was later renamed the National Museum of African Art (NMAfA) in 1981. During the 15 years that the MAA was in operation, the CCCC operated under the Museum's name. Following the Museum's inclusion as part of the Smithsonian, it reverted back to its original corporate name with the inclusion of Robbins' name in the title to become the Robbins Center for Cross-Cultural Communication. From 1964 to 1982, Robbins was the Director of the MAA, later becoming the Founding Director Emeritus and Senior Scholar from 1982-1995. After leaving the Smithsonian, Robbins continued his work at the Robbins Center for Cross Cultural Communications to apply the perspectives and insights of the social sciences and the arts in public education with particular emphasis on interracial understanding. Robbins passed away on December 4, 2008.
Provenance:
Donated by Lydia Robbins, Robbins Center, in 2015.
Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
National Museum of African Art  Search this
Museums -- History -- Exhibitions  Search this
Citation:
Robbins Center Collection, EEPA 2015-013, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
EEPA.2015-013
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-eepa-2015-013

Africa's ancient splendor still gleams in the Akan people's golden art. / Eliot Elisofon

Author:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Books
Place:
Ghana
Date:
1973
Topic:
Goldwork, Akan  Search this
Gold jewelry  Search this
Jewelry  Search this
Asante gold regalia  Search this
Call number:
AP2 .S666
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_670775

Anton Refregier papers

Creator:
Refregier, Anton, 1905-  Search this
Names:
ACA Galleries  Search this
Bard College -- Faculty  Search this
Gosudarstvennyĭ Ėrmitazh (Russia)  Search this
National Council of American-Soviet Friendship (U.S.)  Search this
New York World's Fair (1939-1940)  Search this
United States. Works Progress Administration  Search this
Woodstock Artists Association (Woodstock, N.Y.)  Search this
World Peace Council  Search this
De Diego, Julio, 1900-  Search this
Dreyfuss, Henry, 1904-  Search this
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Evergood, Philip, 1901-1973  Search this
Fast, Howard, 1914-  Search this
Geddes, Norman Bel, 1893-1958  Search this
Greenwood, Marion, 1909-1970  Search this
Kent, Rockwell, 1882-1971  Search this
Kuniyoshi, Yasuo, 1889-1953  Search this
Morley, Eugene, 1909-1953  Search this
O'Higgins, Pablo, 1904-  Search this
Packard, Emmy Lou, 1914-1998  Search this
Randall, Byron, 1918-1999  Search this
Refregier, Lila  Search this
Siqueiros, David Alfaro  Search this
Yavno, Max  Search this
Extent:
35.9 Linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Travel diaries
Greeting cards
Interviews
Cartoons (working drawings)
Scrapbooks
Transcripts
Photographs
Diaries
Sketches
Place:
Chile
Soviet Union
Guatemala
Mexico
Date:
circa 1900-circa 1990
Summary:
The papers of Woodstock area painter, muralist, and designer, Anton Refregier (1905-1979) date from circa 1900 to circa 1990 and measure 35.9 linear feet. The collection records Refregier's early commercial work and murals for the Works Progress Adminstration (WPA) and documents his career through to the 1970s with records of commissions for many public and private buildings, exhibitions in the United States and abroad, teaching positions, essays and publications, and extensive travel, particularly to the Soviet Union and Mexico. The collection contains scattered biographical material, personal and business correspondence, notes and writings, 15 diaries and journals, mural and tapestry files, exhibition files, personal business records, printed material, 10 scrapbooks, artwork including sketches and cartoons for murals, and photographs of Refregier, his friends, family and travels.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of Woodstock area painter, muralist, and designer, Anton Refregier (1905-1979) date from circa 1900 to circa 1990 and measure 35.9 linear feet. The collection records Refregier's early commercial work and murals for the Works Progress Adminstration (WPA) and documents his career through to the 1970s with records of commissions for many public and private buildings, exhibitions in the United States and abroad, teaching positions, essays and publications, and extensive travel, particularly to the Soviet Union and Mexico. The collection contains scattered biographical material, personal and business correspondence, notes and writings, diaries and journals, mural and tapestry files, exhibition files, personal business records, printed material, scrapbooks, artwork including sketches and cartoons for murals, and photographs of Refregier, his friends, family and travels.

Biographical material contains legal records such as Refregier's will and marriage and death records, passports, resume material and 2 interview transcripts.

Correspondence, both chronological and alphabetical, constitutes almost a third of the collection and documents all aspects of Refregier's career including his work for the WPA, private commissions, representation by ACA Galleries, his involvement with groups such as the Woodstock Artists Association and his teaching work for institutions such as Bard College. Also documented are his involvement with local political groups and international organizations such as the National Council of American-Soviet Friendship and the World Peace Council, and travels including visits to the Soviet Union. Notable correspondents include Henry Dreyfuss, Philip Evergood, Rockwell Kent, Emmy-Lou Packard, and Byron Randall. Correspondence also includes family letters written primarily by Refregier to Lila Refregier, in addition to greeting cards received by the Refregier family, many of which contain original arwork.

Writings are primarily by Refregier and include drafts of many essays and autobiographical writings, in addition to copies of published works including Natural Figure Drawing, An Artists Journey and Sketches of the Soviet Union.

The collection contains diaries and journals from 12 years in various formats including published and handmade day planners and typed and handwritten journal entries. They include sketches and primarily record travel and daily activities including specific projects such as the New York World's Fair mural (1938-1939).

Mural and Tapestry files document individual commissions bid on and/or completed by Refregier. The creation of the Rincon Annex Post Office mural and subsequent controversies over its subject matter are well-documented here, as are many of Refregier's commissions for banks, hospitals, hotels, shopping centers, and schools.

Exhibition files document at least 15 of Refregier's exhibitions, including his first one-man show at ACA Galleries (1942) and his exhibition of paintings at the Hermitage Museum (1967) in what was then Leningrad.

Personal business records contain addresses of contacts. Scattered records referencing market values for Refregier's work can be found throughout the series in records such as bills and receipts, financial notes and tax records.

Printed material provides extensive coverage of Refregier's entire career through announcements, invitations, catalogs, and news clippings. His interests in art, literature, music, theater and politics are also well-represented in these files.

The collection contains 10 scrapbooks, mostly in fragmented condition, which contain a mixture of photographs, sketches and other artwork, notes and fragments of writings, and printed material. The scrapbooks document a variety of subjects including Refregier's family life, travels to Guatemala and the Soviet Union, and the artist at work.

Artwork consists primarily of artwork by Refregier in the form of mural design sketches and cartoons in various media, including pencil, ink and pastel, in addition to 21 sketchbooks, many of which also contain journal entries and notes. Also found here are prints and reproductions of Refregier's "Peace card" block engravings for every year from 1950-1973, with the exception of 1970.

Photographs document all phases of Refregier's career and include family photographs dating from circa 1900, photos of Refregier in the studio including work for the WPA, Refregier and other artists and individuals at events and parties from the 1940s-1970s, travel snapshots probably taken in Chile, Guatemala, Mexico, and the Soviet Union, and photographs of artwork and installations. Individuals pictured include Julio de Diego, Marion Greenwood, Rockwell Kent, Pablo O'Higgins and David Siqueiros; also, a series of press photographs by Albert A. Freeman pictures Refregier with Howard Fast, Norman Bel Geddes, Marion Greenwood, John Kingsbury, Yasuo Kuniyoshi and Harry Stockwell. One photograph by Eliot Elisofon, 2 by Eugene Morley and 4 by Max Yavno can also be found here.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 11 series:

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1925-1980 (Box 1; 0.25 linear ft.)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1912-circa 1990s (Boxes 1-11, 36, OVs 38, 45; 10.2 linear ft.)

Series 3: Writings, circa 1930s-circa 1970s (Boxes 11-14, OV 45; 3.3 linear ft.)

Series 4: Diaries and Journals, 1923-1979 (Box 15; 0.6 linear ft.)

Series 5: Mural and Tapestry Files, circa 1930s-circa 1970s (Boxes 15-18, 36, OVs 38, 45, 46, RD 42; 3.65 linear ft.)

Series 6: Exhibition Files, 1942-1981 (Boxes 18-19; 0.6 linear ft.)

Series 7: Personal Business Records, 1920s-1980s (Boxes 19-20; 1.8 linear ft.)

Series 8: Printed Material, circa 1920s-1980s (Boxes 21-28, 36; 7.4 linear ft.)

Series 9: Scrapbooks, 1930s-1960s (Boxes 28, 37, BV 47; 1.1 linear ft.)

Series 10: Artwork, circa 1930s-circa 1970s (Boxes 28-30, 36, OVs 40, 41, RDs 42-44; 3.5 linear ft.)

Series 11: Photographic Material, ca. 1900-1980s (Boxes 31-35, 39; 4.5 linear ft.)
Biographical Note:
Russian-born Woodstock painter Anton Refregier (1905-1979) immigrated to the United States in 1920. Refregier was well-known for his sometimes controversial social realist murals for the WPA.

After an apprenticeship to the sculptor, Vasilief, in Paris, Anton Refregier attended the Rhode Island School of Design from 1920-1925 and studied with Hans Hofmann in Germany in 1927. He had his first one-man show at ACA Galleries in New York City in 1942 and settled in Woodstock, New York, with his wife, Lila, and three children Anton, Jr., Brigit and Aleksandre, where he became a prominent member of the artist community.

Refregier completed several social realist murals for the federal Works Progress Adminstration (WPA) program, including one at the New York Worlds Fair in 1939 and the controversial Rincon Annex Post Office mural in San Francisco begun in 1941. He also completed interior design installations for businesses such as the nightclub, Cafe Society Uptown, and the restaurant, The Cookery, in New York City. In addition to being an easel and mural painter Refregier worked in tapestry, mosaic, ceramic, and collage, and completed many commissions for hotels, banks, hospitals, restaurants, synagogues, supermarkets and deparment stores throughout the country.

Refregier taught at various institutions including Stanford University, the University of Arkansas, and Bard College and his publications inlcude Natural Figure Drawing (1948), An Artist's Journey (1965), and Sketches of the Soviet Union (1978). He traveled regularly to the Soviet Union to explore and exchange ideas about art and culture and as a representative of the World Peace Council.

Anton Refregier died in Moscow in October 1979 while visiting the Soviet Union. His work can be found in many museums including the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Metropolitan Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Related Material:
Also found in the Archives of American Art are an oral history interview with Anton Refregier, 1964, Nov. 5 by Joseph Trovato; and Papers regarding Anton Refregier mural controversy, 1953.
Provenance:
Donated 1983 by Lila Refregier, widow of Anton Refregier, and in 1992 by Brigit R. Sutton, Refregier's daughter.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Anton Refregier papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. They may be used for research, study and scholarship. Authorization to quote or reproduce for purposes of publication must be obtained from: Brigit R. Sutton, Box 344D, Woodstock, New York, 12498.
Topic:
Tapestry  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Political clubs  Search this
Muralists -- New York -- Woodstock  Search this
Art -- Commissioning  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- Woodstock  Search this
Mural painting and decoration -- Archival resources -- 20th century  Search this
Designers -- New York (State)  Search this
Artists' studios -- Photographs  Search this
Genre/Form:
Travel diaries
Greeting cards
Interviews
Cartoons (working drawings)
Scrapbooks
Transcripts
Photographs
Diaries
Sketches
Citation:
Anton Refregier papers, circa 1900-circa 1990. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.refranto
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-refranto

Collection AFRICAN CARVING

Creator:
Blakely, Thomas  Search this
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Gardner, Robert  Search this
Extent:
1 item (DVD , col.)
Container:
Item 1
Culture:
Dogon  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
DVD
Place:
Africa
Mali
Date:
1974
Scope and Contents:
Film (DVD format) entitled "African Carving: A Dogon Kanaga Mask" by Thomas Blakely and Eliot Elisofon in collaboration with Robert Gardner. Originally produced in 1974, this color copy was released in 2008 and runs 19 minutes.
Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Cultural landscapes  Search this
Rites and ceremonies -- Africa  Search this
Masks  Search this
Masquerades  Search this
Dance  Search this
Carving  Search this
Genre/Form:
DVD
Citation:
African Carving Collection, EEPA 2012-012, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.2012-012
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-eepa-2012-012

Photograph of Eliot Elisofon Accepting Award from Modern Photography

Collector:
Freyer, Bryna  Search this
Names:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Modern Photography  Search this
Moulin Rouge (Motion picture : 1952)  Search this
Extent:
1 Photographic Print (b&w, 23.5 x 17.8 cm)
Container:
Item 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photos
Photographic Prints
Photographic print
Date:
1953 March 1
Scope and Contents:
Photographic print of Eliot Elisofon accepting an award on March 1, 1953 from Modern Photography for "Outstanding Color Photography" in the film Moulin Rouge.
Local Numbers:
EEPA 2014-006
Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Awards  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographic print
Citation:
Photograph of Eliot Elisofon Accepting Award from Modern Photography, EEPA 2014-006, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.2014-006
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-eepa-2014-006

Eliot Elisofon vintage photographs

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
silver gelatin (black & white, 16 x 20 in. or smaller. )
Container:
Box 1
Box 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographic prints
Place:
Africa
Date:
between 1942-1972
Summary:
Photographs taken by Eliot Elisofon.
Arrangement note:
Images indexed by negative number.
Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Genre/Form:
Photographic prints
Identifier:
EEPA.1973-012
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-eepa-1973-012

The Bambara : outline of manuscript

Author:
Imperato, Pascal James  Search this
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Physical description:
11 leaves
Type:
Manuscripts
Date:
1971
Topic:
Art, Bambara  Search this
Bamana art  Search this
Call number:
VF-- Art, Bamana
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_674972

Visualism and the authentication of the object : reflections on the Eliot Elisofon collection at the National Museum of African Art / Amy J. Staples

Author:
Staples, Amy J. 1958-  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Elisofon, Eliot Archives  Search this
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
Africa
Date:
2007
20th century
Topic:
Photography  Search this
Photography in ethnology  Search this
Call number:
AM1 .C65
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1088574

Henry Billings letters and photographs, 1955

Creator:
Billings, Henry, 1901-1985  Search this
Subject:
Scaravaglione, Concetta Maria  Search this
Redmond, Roland Livingston  Search this
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Kaz, Nathaniel  Search this
De Rivera, José Ruiz  Search this
Cronbach, Robert M.  Search this
Lawrence, Jacob  Search this
National Council for U.S. Art  Search this
Topic:
Photographs  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)5948
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)208791
AAA_collcode_billhenr
Theme:
Government Sponsorship of the Arts
Audio - Visual
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_208791

Chief S. O. Alonge: Photographer to the Royal Court of Benin, Nigeria, Exhibit

Subject:
Alonge, Solomon Osagie  Search this
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
National Museum of African Art (U.S.)  Search this
Chief S.O. Alonge: Photographer to the Royal Court of Benin, Nigeria (Exhibition) (2014-2016: National Museum of African Art)  Search this
Place:
Benin
Nigeria
Date:
September 17, 2014 to July 31, 2016
Topic:
Exhibition catalogs  Search this
Ethnology  Search this
Sculpture  Search this
Photographic artifacts  Search this
Exhibitions  Search this
Artifacts  Search this
Kings and rulers  Search this
Photography--Exhibitions  Search this
Photographers  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_14648

Images of Africa [picture] : a collection of twelve postcards

Author:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
National Museum of African Art (U.S.)  Search this
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives  Search this
Physical description:
12 postcards : col. ; 11 x 15 cm., in container, 13 x 17 cm
Type:
Pictures
Pictorial works
Place:
Africa
Date:
1987
C1987
Call number:
DT12.2 .I312 1987
DT12.2.I312 1987
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_366943

The temple of Konarak: erotic Spirituality : photographs Eliot Elisofon; text Alan Watts

Author:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Watts, Alan 1915-1973  Search this
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Subject:
Sun Temple (Konārak, India)  Search this
Physical description:
125 p. (chiefly ill., port). ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
India
Konārak
Date:
1971
Topic:
Sculpture  Search this
Sex in art  Search this
Call number:
726.1 .W18
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_863618

Dan mask Côte d'Ivoire

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Evans, Walker, 1903-1975  Search this
Extent:
1 photographic print (b&w, 24 x 17 cm.)
Type:
Archival materials
Black-and-white photographs
Photographic prints
Place:
Africa
Côte d'Ivoire
Date:
1935
Scope and Contents:
Photograph by Walker Evans in 1935 of a mask displayed in an exhibit of the same year entitled 'African Negro Art' in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Original catalog caption reads, "Mask, Ivory Coast, Dan. Wood, 9 7/8 inches high. Collection Charles Ratton, Paris."
Local Numbers:
Evans 101
General:
Title source: Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Citation source: Archives staff.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Art objects  Search this
Genre/Form:
Black-and-white photographs
Photographic prints
Identifier:
EEPA.1985-010, Item EEPA 1985-100101
See more items in:
Walker Evans photographs
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1985-010-ref518

Baule bobbins Côte d'Ivoire

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Evans, Walker, 1903-1975  Search this
Extent:
1 photographic print (b&w, 8 x 10 in.)
Type:
Archival materials
Black-and-white photographs
Photographic prints
Place:
Africa
Côte d'Ivoire
Date:
1935
Scope and Contents:
Photograph by Walker Evans in 1935 of two Baule bobbins displayed in an exhibit of the same year entitled 'African Negro Art' in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Original catalog caption reads, "Two bobbins, Ivory Coast, Baule, Ivory Coast. Baule. Wood, 7 and 9 inches high. Collection Percier, Paris and Mme. Helena Rubinstein, New York."
Local Numbers:
Evans 129
General:
Title source: Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Citation source: Archives staff.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Art objects  Search this
Genre/Form:
Black-and-white photographs
Photographic prints
Identifier:
EEPA.1985-010, Item EEPA 1985-100129
See more items in:
Walker Evans photographs
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1985-010-ref519

Benin bronze head Nigeria

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Evans, Walker, 1903-1975  Search this
Extent:
1 photographic print (b&w, 8 x 10 in.)
Type:
Archival materials
Black-and-white photographs
Photographic prints
Place:
Africa
Nigeria
Date:
1935
Scope and Contents:
Photograph by Walker Evans in 1935 of a Benin bronze head displayed in an exhibit of the same year entitled 'African Negro Art' in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Original catalog caption reads, "Head, Benin, British Nigeria, Bronze, 7 3/4 inches high (photograph over actual size). Collection Captain A.W.F. Fuller, London."
Local Numbers:
Evans 184
General:
Title source: Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Citation source: Archives staff.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Art objects  Search this
Genre/Form:
Black-and-white photographs
Photographic prints
Identifier:
EEPA.1985-010, Item EEPA 1985-100184
See more items in:
Walker Evans photographs
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1985-010-ref520

Africa reviewed : the photographic legacy of Eliot Elisofon / Amy J. Staples

Author:
Staples, Amy J. 1958-  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives  Search this
National Museum of African Art (U.S.)  Search this
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Africa
Date:
2014
Topic:
Photography  Search this
Photography of African sculpture  Search this
Call number:
N5310.7 .W927
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1025264

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