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Holtzman, Harry. American Abstract Artists

Collection Creator:
Kiesler, Lillian, 1910?-2001  Search this
Container:
Box 16, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1937
Scope and Contents:
Oversized material housed in Box 50, Folder 3.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Lillian and Frederick Kiesler papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Lillian and Frederick Kiesler papers, circa 1910s-2003, bulk 1958-2000. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Holtzman, Harry. American Abstract Artists

Collection Creator:
Kiesler, Lillian, 1910?-2001  Search this
Container:
Box 50, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1937
Scope and Contents:
Oversized material from Box 16, Folder 3.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Lillian and Frederick Kiesler papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Lillian and Frederick Kiesler papers, circa 1910s-2003, bulk 1958-2000. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archives of American Art
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Holtzman, Harry

Collection Creator:
American Abstract Artists  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 10
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Citation:
The American Abstract Artists records, 1936-1983. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Holtzman, Harry

Collection Creator:
Kiesler, Lillian, 1910?-2001  Search this
Container:
Box 6, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1934-1935, 1952, undated
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Lillian and Frederick Kiesler papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Lillian and Frederick Kiesler papers, circa 1910s-2003, bulk 1958-2000. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Holtzman, Harry (transcript)

Collection Creator:
Bowman, Ruth, 1923-  Search this
Extent:
3 Sound tape reels
Container:
Box 20, Folder 3-5
Type:
Archival materials
Sound tape reels
Date:
1964 May 9
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Ruth Bowman papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. They may be used for research, study, and scholarship. Authorization to quote, publish or reproduce her unpublished writings and related research materials requires written permission from Ruth Bowman, 200 East 66th Street, Apt. B-2101, New York, New York 10021.
Collection Citation:
Ruth Bowman papers, 1936-2006, bulk 1963-1999. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archives of American Art
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Holtzman, Harry, 1912-1987

Collection Creator:
Rosenblum, Walter, 1919-2006  Search this
Extent:
48 photographs
Container:
Binder 23
Type:
Archival materials
Photos
photographs
Collection Restrictions:
Researcher may use study prints on file in the Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum. Advance appointments are required. Original negatives are stored off-site in cold storage and are not accessible to the public.
Collection Rights:
Copyright to photographs from the Walter Rosenblum Collection is held by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Requests for permission to reproduce photographs from the collection must be submitted in writing to the Photograph Archives. Certain works of art, as well as photographs of those works of art, may be protected by copyright, trademark, privacy or publicity rights, or other interests not owned by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. It is the applicant's responsibility to ascertain whether any such rights exist, and to obtain any other permission necessary to reproduce and publish the image.
Collection Citation:
Walter Rosenblum Collection, Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Archival Repository:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Research and Scholars Center
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American Abstract Artists records, 1936-1983

Creator:
American Abstract Artists  Search this
Subject:
Billings, Henry  Search this
Hasegawa, Saburo  Search this
Rabkin, Leo  Search this
Mondrian, Piet  Search this
Gurin, Ruth  Search this
Holtzman, Harry  Search this
Archipenko, Alexander  Search this
Feininger, Lyonel  Search this
Calder, Alexander  Search this
Mason, Alice Trumbull  Search this
Albers, Josef  Search this
Rousseau, Irene  Search this
Topic:
Art  Search this
Sculptors  Search this
Photographs  Search this
Painters  Search this
Art, Abstract  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9533
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211732
AAA_collcode_amerabst
Theme:
The Art Market
Art Movements and Schools
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211732
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Vertical Volume No. 1, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Holtzman, Harry 1912-1987  Search this
Medium:
Acrylic and oil on gessoed masonite
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Carnegie Institute Museum of Art 4400 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 15213 Accession Number: 86.34
Date:
1930-1940
Topic:
Undetermined  Search this
Control number:
IAS 46470034
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_297065

Sculpture I, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Holtzman, Harry 1912-1987  Search this
Medium:
Oil and acrylic on gessoed masonite
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Carnegie Institute Museum of Art 4400 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 15213 Accession Number: 83.1
Date:
1940
Topic:
Undetermined  Search this
Control number:
IAS 46470035
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_297066

Transformation : arts, communication, environment

Title:
Trans formation
Author:
Holtzman, Harry  Search this
Physical description:
3 v. : ill. ; 22-29 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Date:
1950
1952
C1950-c1952]
Topic:
Arts  Search this
Call number:
AP1 .T76
AP1.T76
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_69510

Sculpture, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Holtzman, Harry 1912-1987  Search this
Medium:
Sculpture: oil and tempera on cheesecloth or muslin laid down on Masonite; Base: Plexiglas
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Yale University Art Gallery 1111 Chapel Street New Haven Connecticut 06520 Accession Number: 1950.112
Date:
1941-1942
Topic:
Abstract--Geometric  Search this
Control number:
IAS 07260100
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_27925

Marchal Landgren papers, 1881-circa 1982, bulk 1930-1975

Creator:
Landgren, Marchal E., 1907-1983  Search this
Subject:
Holtzman, Harry  Search this
Laufman, Sidney  Search this
Glackens, Ira  Search this
Cox, George Collins  Search this
Mitchell, Donald Grant  Search this
Gershwin, George  Search this
Gallatin, A. E. (Albert Eugene)  Search this
Newman, Robert Loftin  Search this
Fruhauf, Aline  Search this
Kane, John  Search this
Albers, Josef  Search this
Portinari, Cândido  Search this
Ryder, Albert Pinkham  Search this
Sprinchorn, Carl  Search this
De Laittre, Eleanor  Search this
Avery, Milton  Search this
Geist, Sidney  Search this
Logasa, Charles  Search this
Beaton, Cecil Walter Hardy  Search this
Janauschek, Francesca Romana Magdalena  Search this
Orr, Elliot  Search this
Fitch, Clyde  Search this
Constant, George  Search this
Force, Juliana  Search this
Kipling, Rudyard  Search this
Hunt, William Morris  Search this
Harari, Hananiah  Search this
Saint-Gaudens, Augustus  Search this
Abbott, Berenice  Search this
Greene, Balcomb  Search this
Higgins, Eugene  Search this
Artists Equity Association  Search this
Art Students League (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
American Abstract Artists  Search this
Municipal Art Committee (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Contemporary Arts (Gallery)  Search this
University of Maryland (College Park, Md.)  Search this
District of Columbia.Public Library  Search this
Old Print Shop (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Joseph Mitchell Gallery  Search this
Topic:
Art, Modern  Search this
Educators  Search this
Librarians  Search this
Art historians  Search this
Photographs  Search this
Authors  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Drawings  Search this
Scrapbooks  Search this
Christmas cards  Search this
Art consultants  Search this
Sketches  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7084
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209217
AAA_collcode_landmarc
Theme:
Art Theory and Historiography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209217
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Lillian and Frederick Kiesler papers, [circa 1910]-2003, bulk 1958-2000

Creator:
Kiesler, Lillian Olinsey, 1911-2001  Search this
Kiesler, Frederick, 1890-1965  Search this
Subject:
Hawkins, Erick  Search this
Copley, Alfred L. (Alfred Lewin)  Search this
Kamler, Richard  Search this
Holtzman, Harry  Search this
Andres, Jo  Search this
MacIver, Loren  Search this
Meredith, Burgess  Search this
Takaezu, Toshiko  Search this
Zogbaum, Wilfrid  Search this
Buscemi, Steve  Search this
Dubuffet, Jean  Search this
Dreier, Katherine Sophie  Search this
Hodges, Alice  Search this
Owen, Jane Blaffer  Search this
Tawney, Lenore  Search this
Montgomery, Chandler  Search this
Dorazio, Virginia Dortch  Search this
Dlugoszewski, Lucia  Search this
Bartos, Armand P.  Search this
Milius, Tom  Search this
Hofmann, Hans  Search this
Dorazio, Piero  Search this
Howe, George  Search this
Castelli, Leo  Search this
Adnan, Etel  Search this
Arnaud, Leopold  Search this
Mondrian, Piet  Search this
Purdy, James  Search this
Bultman, Fritz  Search this
Kiesler, Lillian Olinsey  Search this
Duchamp, Marcel  Search this
Miller, Henry  Search this
Diller, Burgoyne  Search this
Whitney Museum of American Art  Search this
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation  Search this
Hans Hofmann School of Fine Arts (Provincetown, Mass.)  Search this
University of Iowa. Museum of Art  Search this
Anthology Film Archives  Search this
Topic:
Diaries  Search this
Sound recordings  Search this
Art patrons  Search this
Educators  Search this
Painters  Search this
Photographs  Search this
Authors  Search this
Motion pictures (visual works)  Search this
Actors  Search this
Designers  Search this
Scrapbooks  Search this
Sculptors  Search this
Scripts (documents)  Search this
Exhibitions  Search this
Set designers  Search this
Art schools  Search this
Architects  Search this
Interviews  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6310
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)223516
AAA_collcode_kieslill
Theme:
Women
Art Movements and Schools
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_223516
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Ruth Bowman papers, 1936-2006, bulk 1963-1999

Creator:
Bowman, Ruth, 1923-  Search this
Subject:
Mason, Alice Trumbull  Search this
Bengelsdorf, Rosalind  Search this
Albers, Josef  Search this
Lipchitz, Jacques  Search this
Holty, Carl  Search this
Noguchi, Isamu  Search this
Sloan, Helen Farr  Search this
Eakins, Thomas  Search this
Reinhardt, Ad  Search this
Ferren, John  Search this
Diller, Burgoyne  Search this
Levine, Les  Search this
Morris, George L. K. (George Lovett Kingsland)  Search this
Bolotowsky, Ilya  Search this
MacDonald, Duncan  Search this
Anshutz, Thomas Pollock  Search this
Cézanne, Paul  Search this
Wilfred, Thomas  Search this
Lassaw, Ibram  Search this
Burkhardt, Hans Gustav  Search this
Holtzman, Harry  Search this
McNeil, George  Search this
Picasso, Pablo  Search this
American Federation of Arts  Search this
Los Angeles County Museum of Art  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
New York University  Search this
Brooklyn Museum  Search this
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Newark Museum  Search this
American Association of Museums  Search this
Craft and Folk Art Museum  Search this
Long Beach Museum of Art  Search this
Massachusetts Institute of Technology  Search this
WNYC (Radio station : New York, N.Y.)  Search this
KUSC (Radio station : Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Canadian Museums Association  Search this
Topic:
Art historians  Search this
Scripts (documents)  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Photographs  Search this
Sound recordings  Search this
Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11586
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)249278
AAA_collcode_bowmruth2
Theme:
Art Theory and Historiography
Lives of American Artists
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_249278
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Harry Holtzman : drawings 1930's-sculpture 1980's : September 11-October 27, 1990

Author:
Holtzman, Harry  Search this
Washburn Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Holtzman, Harry  Search this
Physical description:
[6] p. : col. ill. ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1990
[1990]
Call number:
N6537.H5755 A4 1990
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_792544

American Abstract Artists records

Creator:
American Abstract Artists  Search this
Names:
Albers, Josef  Search this
Archipenko, Alexander, 1887-1964  Search this
Billings, Henry, 1901-  Search this
Calder, Alexander, 1898-1976  Search this
Feininger, Lyonel, 1871-1956  Search this
Gurin, Ruth  Search this
Hasegawa, Saburō, 1906-1957  Search this
Holtzman, Harry  Search this
Mason, Alice Trumbull, 1904-1971  Search this
Mondrian, Piet, 1872-1944  Search this
Rabkin, Leo  Search this
Rousseau, Irene  Search this
Extent:
1.6 Linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Date:
1936-1983
Summary:
The records of the American Abstract Artists measure 1.6 linear feet and date from 1936 through 1983. The records document the founding of the organization in 1936, membership activities, general administration, and exhibitions via correspondence, member writings, financial and legal records, printed materials, and photographs.
Scope and Contents:
The records of the American Abstract Artists measure 1.6 linear feet and date from 1936 through 1983. The records document the founding of the organization in 1936, membership activities, general administration, and exhibitions via correspondence, member writings, financial and legal records, printed materials, and photographs.

Correspondence mainly relates to the exhibitions and member activities of the American Abstract Artists. There are letters from Josef Albers, Alexander Archipenko, Alexander Calder, Lyonel Feininger, Harry Holtzman, Piet Mondrian, and Irene Rousseau, President Emeritus of the American Abstract Artists. Official bulletins sent to members are also found among the correspondence.

Administrative records include founding prospectus, meeting minutes, lists of members, and drafts and amendments to the American Abstract Artists constitution.

Member writings are by Saburo Hasegawa, Henry Billings, Leo Rabkin, and Ruth Gurin. Financial and legal records include ledger books, insurance documents, and other financial material. Printed materials include announcements for the American Abstract Artists' annual exhibitions, as well as exhibition posters. Finally, there are two photographs of collage paintings by members.
Arrangement:
The arrangement and description in this finding aid refer to unmicrofilmed portions of the collection. Legacy microfilm arrangement is not reflected.

The collection is arranged as 6 series.

Series 1: Correspondence, 1937-1982 (Box 1; 0.3 linear feet)

Series 2: Administrative Records, 1937-1982 (Box 1; 0.3 linear feet)

Series 3: Member Writings, 1938-1954 (Box 1; 4 folders)

Series 4: Financial and Legal Records, 1942-1983 (Box 1-2; 0.5 linear feet)

Series 5: Printed Materials, 1936-1982 (Box 2-3, OV 4; 0.5 linear feet)

Series 6: Photographs, 1963 (Box 3; 1 folder)
Biographical / Historical:
The American Abstract Artists group was established in 1936 in New York, New York by a group of painters and sculptors. The American Abstract Artists contributed to the introduction of abstract art to the American public through exhibitions, publications, and lectures.

During the era of the formation of the American Abstract Artists, abstraction was not critically accepted. In 1937, the American Abstract Artists held their first exhibition at the Squibb Galleries in New York City. It received negative reactions from both the press and the public - the exhibition had a high attendance but poor reviews. The American Abstract Artists addressed the role of the critic through their publications, specifically the 1940 pamphlet "The Art Critics! How Do They Serve the Public? What Do They Say? How Much Do They Know?—Let's Look at the Record!"

The group was most active from 1937 to 1942, and supported the critical success of Abstract Expressionism in later decades.
Related Materials:
Among the holdings of the Archives of American Art are the Ruth Bowman Interviews of American Abstract Art members, 1963-1965, and Susan C. Larsen's Interviews of American Abstract Art members, 1973-1978.
Separated Materials:
The Archives of American Art also holds microfilm of material lent for microfilming available on 35 mm microfilm reels D539, N59-11, N69-72, N69-96, N69-97, N69-137, and N70-48. Much of this material and the papers on reels N70-48 and N59-11 were included in subsequent gifts, and may have been microfilmed again. Loaned materials not donated later are not described in the collection container inventory.
Provenance:
The Archives of American Art acquired the American Abstract Artists records in three installments by Presidents Emeriti of the American Abstract Artists. Alice Trumball Mason first lent papers for microfilming in 1959, and she later gifted the majority of this material in 1969. Following, Leo Rabkin donated records in 1969, and Irene Rousseau gave more papers in 1983.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Topic:
Painters  Search this
Art -- Societies, etc. -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Sculptors  Search this
Art, Abstract -- United States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
The American Abstract Artists records, 1936-1983. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.amerabst
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Holtzman, Harry, 1950-1991 (2 folders)

Collection Creator:
Robbins, Warren M  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
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.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 11-001, Robbins, Warren M, Warren M. Robbins Papers
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Warren M. Robbins Papers
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa11-001-refd1e2838

The new art--the new life : the collected writings of Piet Mondrian / edited and translated by Harry Holtzman and Martin S. James

Author:
Mondrian, Piet 1872-1944  Search this
Holtzman, Harry  Search this
James, Martin S  Search this
Subject:
Mondrian, Piet 1872-1944 Correspondence  Search this
Physical description:
xxv, 414 p., [48] p. of plates : ill. ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Netherlands
Date:
1986
C1986
Topic:
Artists--Correspondence  Search this
Neoplasticism  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.M74 A1n
N40.1.M74A1n
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_308609

Ruth Bowman papers

Creator:
Bowman, Ruth, 1923-  Search this
Names:
American Association of Museums  Search this
American Federation of Arts  Search this
Brooklyn Museum  Search this
Canadian Museums Association  Search this
Craft and Folk Art Museum  Search this
KUSC (Radio station : Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Long Beach Museum of Art  Search this
Los Angeles County Museum of Art  Search this
Massachusetts Institute of Technology  Search this
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
New York University  Search this
Newark Museum  Search this
WNYC (Radio station : New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Albers, Josef  Search this
Anshutz, Thomas Pollock, 1851-1912  Search this
Bengelsdorf, Rosalind, 1916-1979  Search this
Bolotowsky, Ilya, 1907-1981  Search this
Burkhardt, Hans Gustav, 1904-1994  Search this
Cézanne, Paul, 1839-1906  Search this
Diller, Burgoyne, 1906-1965  Search this
Eakins, Thomas, 1844-1916  Search this
Ferren, John, 1905-1970  Search this
Holty, Carl, 1900-1973  Search this
Holtzman, Harry  Search this
Lassaw, Ibram, 1913-2003  Search this
Levine, Les, 1935-  Search this
Lipchitz, Jacques, 1891-1973  Search this
MacDonald, Duncan (Broadcaster)  Search this
Mason, Alice Trumbull, 1904-1971  Search this
McNeil, George, 1908-1995  Search this
Morris, George L. K., 1905-1975  Search this
Noguchi, Isamu, 1904-1988  Search this
Picasso, Pablo, 1881-1973  Search this
Reinhardt, Ad, 1913-1967  Search this
Sloan, Helen Farr, 1911-  Search this
Wilfred, Thomas, 1889-1968  Search this
Extent:
26.7 Linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Interviews
Sound recordings
Scripts (documents)
Date:
1936-2006
bulk 1963-1999
Summary:
The papers of art historian and museum educator Ruth Bowman are dated 1936-2006, bulk 1963-1999, and measure 26.7 linear feet. Professional correspondence and subject files document Bowman's relationships with colleagues and reflect her interests, activities including curatorial work, and accomplishments as a museum educator. Writings and related research materials include her thesis,"Thomas Pollock Anshutz, 1851-1912" (M.A., Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, 1971), and unfinished projects. Also found are interviews conducted by Bowman with a wide range of individuals for a variety of purposes.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of art historian and museum educator Ruth Bowman are dated 1936-2006, bulk 1963-1999, and measure 26.7 linear feet. Professional correspondence and subject files document Bowman's relationships with colleagues and reflect her interests, activities including curatorial work, and accomplishments as a museum educator. Writing and related research materials include her thesis, "Thomas Pollock Anshutz, 1851-1912" (M.A., Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, 1971), and unfinished projects. Also found are interviews conducted by Bowman with a wide range of individuals for a variety of purposes.

Biographical materials consist of certificates, resumes, and a few photographs of Ruth Bowman. Correspondence concerns Bowman's professional activities and interests. Among the most frequent correspondents are: American Association of Museums, Craft and Folk Art Museum (Los Angeles), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Museum of Modern Art.

Writings by Ruth Bowman, published and unpublished, include a thesis and articles about Thomas Pollock Anshutz, catalogs for American Federation of Arts and The Newark Museum exhibitions, lectures, as well as articles about museum education and visual arts programs. Research relates to her writings about Anshutz, and to unrealized projects concerning Anshutz, Cézanne, Eakins, Picasso, and other subjects. Also found are two brief writings about Bowman.

Subject files--general subjects, artists' files, Ruth Bowman activities, and "Sunrise Semester"--contain the majority of Bowman's professional correspondence along with printed material, writings, photographs, and sound recordings. Among the most thoroughly documented general subjects are: The Brooklyn Museum's Trustees Retreat, Canadian Museums Association, a 1981 Craft Symposium, International Network for the Arts, Long Beach Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, "Museum Directors' Forum", New York University Art Collection, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Council for the Arts. Artists' files are comprised mainly of printed material with a small amount of correspondence and some photographs. The Les Levine file consists of the first issue of Art-Rite featuring a brief article about Levine on its cover; Thomas Wilfred's file includes information about Lumia. Ruth Bowman activities include lectures, radio and television appearances, and participation in professional events. "Sunrise Semester," a collaboration between CBS television and New York University, offered early morning courses for college credit. Ruth Bowman was the instructor for "20th Century American Art," which is documented by general information, scripts, and sound recordings of all 46 classes.

Interviews conducted by Bowman are with English museum administrators and educators; people knowledgeable about a controversial proposal for an Annenberg Fine Arts Center at The Metropolitan Museum of Art; guests on KUSC radio shows "Sounds of Seeing" and "Live from Trump's"; and guests on the WNYC radio program "Views on Art." Interviews with miscellaneous individuals include Josef Albers, Hans Burkhardt, Carl Holty, Isamu Noguchi, and Helen Farr Sloan. Bowman interviewed a dozen American abstract artists, including Ilya Bolotowsky, Rosalind Bengelsdorf Browne, Burgoyne Diller, John Ferren, Carl Holty, Harry Holtzman, Ibram Lassaw, Jacques Lipchitz, Alice Mason, George McNeil, George L. K. Morris, and Ad Reinhardt for a thesis on the subject, but eventually wrote on a different topic. Two interviews with Bowman were conducted by Duncan MacDonald and an unidentified interviewer.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged as 5 series:

Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1964-1984 (Box 1; 0.1 linear feet)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1963-1996 (Box 1; 0.7 linear feet)

Series 3: Writings and Related Research, 1942-1999 (Boxes 1-3; 1.5 linear feet)

Series 4: Subject Files, 1936-2006 (Boxes 3-12, 26; 9.6 linear feet)

Series 5: Interviews, 1963-1989 (Boxes 12-25; 9.2 linear feet)
Biographical / Historical:
Ruth Bowman (b. 1923) is an art historian and museum educator who worked in New York City and Los Angeles. She is known for her interest in using new communications technology for museum education, discovering Arshile Gorky's long forgotten murals at Newark Airport, and expertise in the work of Thomas Anshutz.

A graduate of Bryn Mawr College (B.A. 1944), where she had studied art history and classical archaeology, Ruth Bowman began a museum career in New York as an assistant curator at the Jewish Museum in the early 1960s. From 1963-1974 Ruth Bowman served as curator of the York University Art Collection and was involved in its transition to the Grey Art Gallery and Study Center. Bowman wrote her master's thesis on Philadelphia artist Thomas Pollock Anshutz and received a degree from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University in 1971. During this same period, she was a staff lecturer at The Museum of Modern Art and taught art history in divisions of New York University. She was the instructor for a "Sunrise Semester" 20th century American art course broadcast nationally on CBS.

In 1974 Bowman and her family moved to California and she began an association with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as Director of Education. She attended summer courses in arts administration at Harvard University (1975) and similar training provided by the British Arts Council (1976). She taught at University of California Santa Barbara, as well as at California State University at Fullerton and Long Beach. Bowman was active in the Council of the American Association of Museums (vice president), the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles (vice president), and has served as a consultant to several museums and a corporate collection.

Ruth Bowman with her friend Harry Kahn (1916-1999) developed a collection of self-portraits by 20th century American artists, which she donated to the National Portrait Gallery in 2002. Mrs. Bowman is the widow of R. Wallace Bowman and currently resides in New York City.
Provenance:
Donated by Ruth Bowman in 2004.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Rights:
The Ruth Bowman papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. They may be used for research, study, and scholarship. Authorization to quote, publish or reproduce her unpublished writings and related research materials requires written permission from Ruth Bowman, 200 East 66th Street, Apt. B-2101, New York, New York 10021.
Topic:
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Art historians -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Art, American -- 20th century  Search this
Art historians -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Interviews
Sound recordings
Scripts (documents)
Citation:
Ruth Bowman papers, 1936-2006, bulk 1963-1999. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.bowmruth2
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-bowmruth2
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Referencing Mondrian no. 1 : Ilya Bolotowsky, Burgoyne Diller, Fritz Glarner, Harry Holtzman, Charmion von Wiegand : October 17-November 18, 1995

Title:
Referencing Mondrian number one
Author:
Washburn Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Mondrian, Piet 1872-1944 Influence Exhibitions  Search this
Bolotowsky, Ilya 1907-1981  Search this
Diller, Burgoyne 1906-1965  Search this
Glarner, Fritz 1899-1972 Exhibitions  Search this
Holtzman, Harry Exhibitions  Search this
Von Wiegand, Charmion  Search this
Physical description:
[8] p. : col. ill., ports. ; 21 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
1995
[1995]
Topic:
Painting, Abstract  Search this
Call number:
ND212.5.A2 R44 1995
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_653884

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