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Alexander Liberman papers

Creator:
Liberman, Alexander, 1912-1999  Search this
Names:
André Emmerich Gallery  Search this
Bennington College  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum  Search this
Barr, Alfred H., Jr., 1902-1981  Search this
Beaton, Cecil Walter Hardy, Sir, 1904-  Search this
Cartier-Bresson, Henri, 1908-  Search this
Chernow, Burt  Search this
Dalí, Salvador, 1904-  Search this
De Kooning, Willem, 1904-  Search this
Dietrich, Marlene  Search this
Emmerich, André  Search this
Frankenthaler, Helen, 1928-2011  Search this
Greenberg, Clement, 1909-1994  Search this
Hopps, Walter  Search this
Klein, William  Search this
Kline, Franz, 1910-1962  Search this
Leibovitz, Annie, 1949-  Search this
Motherwell, Robert  Search this
Mulas, Ugo  Search this
Namuth, Hans  Search this
Newman, Barnett, 1905-1970  Search this
Newton, Helmut, 1920-  Search this
Parks, Gordon, 1912-2006  Search this
Parsons, Betty  Search this
Penn, Irving  Search this
Picasso, Pablo, 1881-1973  Search this
Ritts, Herb  Search this
Snowdon, Antony Armstrong-Jones, Earl of, 1930-  Search this
Steichen, Edward, 1879-1973  Search this
Vogel, Lucien  Search this
Vreeland, Diana  Search this
Extent:
59 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Drafts (documents)
Drawings
Scrapbooks
Interviews
Photographs
Sketches
Sound recordings
Transcripts
Video recordings
Date:
circa 1912-2003
Summary:
The papers of sculptor, painter, and publishing executive Alexander Semeonovitch Liberman date from circa 1913-2003 and measure 59 linear feet. Found within the papers are biographical materials; correspondence with family, galleries, museums, and many artists; numerous recorded interviews and transcripts with and by Liberman, including one of Walter Hopps; writings and writing project files; extensive subject files maintained by Liberman; exhibition files; printed materials; scattered drawings; and extensive photographs of Liberman's artwork, exhibitions, Liberman, and of Liberman with notable artists, dealers, collectors, and critics. Many of the photographs were taken by noted photograhers. Also found within the papers are unidentified sound and video recordings. Additional sound and video recordings have been integrated into other series.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of sculptor, painter, and publishing executive Alexander Semeonovitch Liberman date from circa 1913-2003 and measure 59 linear feet. Found within the papers are biographical materials; correspondence with family, galleries, museums, and many artists; numerous recorded interviews and transcripts with and by Liberman, including one of Walter Hopps; writings and writing project files; extensive subject files maintained by Liberman; exhibition files; printed materials; scattered drawings; and extensive photographs of Liberman's artwork, exhibitions, Liberman, and of Liberman with notable artists, dealers, collectors, and critics. Many of the photographs were taken by noted photograhers. Also found within the papers are unidentified sound and video recordings. Additional sound and video recordings have been integrated into other series.

Biographical materials include awards, biographies and chronologies, family history materials, membership cards, writings by Liberman's mother, and a scrapbook about his father.

Correspondence is extensive and concerns both personal and professional affairs. It is with artists and photographers, art magazines, organizations and museums, art collectors, businesses, and family. Notable correspondents include Cecil Beaton, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Burt Chernow, Salvador Dali, Robert Motherwell, Helen Frankenthaler, Barnett and Annalee Newman, Additional correspondence is found within the subject files compiled and organized by Liberman (series 6).

There are sound and video recordings and transcripts of interviews with and by Liberman, most completed for broadcast television and radio shows. Of particular interest are sound cassettes, a sound tape reel, and a transcript of an interview with Walter Hopps by Liberman.

Writings by Liberman include essays, short stories, and a play entitled 2+1. Writing project files were organized by Liberman for writing projects for which he was the author, collaborator, or subject. There are numerous files concerning Barbara Rose's book about Liberman Alexander Liberman that also include recorded interviews with Liberman and transcripts. Other books for which there are files include The Art and Technique of Color Photography, The Artist in His Studio, Vogue: The First 100 Years, Vogue History of Fashion Photography, and others.

Subject files were organized by Liberman for a wide variety of work projects, activities, topics, and entities of interest. Files cover commissions, the filming and distribution of the 1981 documentary film Alexander Liberman: A Lifetime Burning, Liberman's personal collection of art, gifts of artwork, and his relationship with galleries and dealers, particularly André Emmerich Gallery.

Exhibition files document exhibitions of Liberman's artwork, and include those held at André Emmerich Gallery, Bennington College, the Guggenheim, Museum of Modern Art, among other venues. Files contain correspondence, contracts, photographs, plans and drawings, notes, etc. Also found are inventory records of Liberman's artwork in the form of lists, index cards, bound registers, and notes.

Ten linear feet of printed materials include exhibition announcements and catalogs, books and book flyers, brochures, calendars, clippings, postcards, posters, press releases, and other materials.

There are scattered drawings and sketches found within the papers, some of which are sketches of sculpture pieces.

Nearly one-half of the collection is comprised of photographs of Liberman and his artwork, and of artists and colleagues, many of which were taken by noted photographers, including Cecil Beaton, Henri Cartier-Bresson, William Klein, Henri Lartique, Annie Leibowitz, Inge Morath, Ugo Mulas, Hans Namuth, Helmut Newton, Gordon Parks, Irving Penn, Herb Ritts, and Lord Snowden, among others. Subjects of note found in the photographs include Alfred Barr, Salvador Dali, Marlene Dietrich, Willem de Kooning, Andre Emmerich, Helen Frankenthaler, Clement Greenberg, Franz Kline, Robert Motherwell, Barnett Newman, Betty Parsons, Pablo Piccaso, Edward Steichen, Lucien Vogel, and Diana Vreeland, among many others.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into twelve series. Photographs retain Liberman's original numerical and alpha schemas and the corresponding indexes are found in the Inventory Records in Series 8.

Series 1: Biographical Materials, circa 1930s-1999 (1 linear foot; Box 1, 56)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1944-1997 (4 linear feet; Boxes 1-5, 56, OV 65)

Series 3: Interviews, 1946-1996 (1.4 linear feet; Boxes 5-7, 56)

Series 4: Writings, 1948-1995 (0.9 linear feet; Boxes 7-8)

Series 5: Writing Project Files, 1951-1997 (1.8 linear feet; Boxes 8-9, 56)

Series 6: Subject Files, 1946-2000 (6 linear feet; Boxes 9-15, 56, OV 66-67)

Series 7: Exhibition Files, 1954-1991 (0.7 linear feet; Boxes 15-16, 56, OV 68)

Series 8: Inventory Records, 1938-1998 (6 linear feet; Boxes 16-22)

Series 9: Printed Materials, 1932-2003 (10 linear feet; Boxes 22-31, 56-57, OV 69)

Series 10: Artwork, circa 1940s-1990s (0.4 linear feet; Boxes 32, 57, OV 70)

Series 11: Photographic Materials, circa 1912-1999 (26 linear feet; Boxes 32-55, 57-64, OVs 71-77)

Series 12: Unidentified Sound and Video Recordings, circa 1941-1999 (0.8 linear feet; Boxes 55, 64)
Biographical / Historical:
Alexander S. Liberman (1912-1999) was a sculptor, painter, photographer, graphic designer, writer, and publishing executive who worked primarily in New York City. He held senior positions at Condé Nast Publications for 32 years.

Alexander Semeonovitch Liberman was born in 1912 in Kiev Russia. He was educated in London and the École des Beaux Art in Paris. He began his journalistic career in Paris at VU magazine owned by Lucien Vogel and there he befriended photographers Henri Cartier-Bresson, Brassai, Robert Capa, and André Kértesz. He served in the French army for a short time in 1940, but he and his family fled Paris in 1941 to New York City. Condé Nast hired Liberman in 1941 as an assistant to the art director of Vogue magazine. Liberman became art director in 1943 and editorial director of Condé Nast Publications in 1962, a position he held until his retirement in 1994.

Liberman was also a photographer whose subjects included Georges Braque, Alexander Calder, Alberto Giacometti, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Marlene Dietrich, among others, many represented in his 1960 book entitled The Artist in his Studio and Marlene: An Intimate Photographic Memoir (1992). He was also the subject of the work of noted photographers Cecil Beaton, Irving Penn, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Gordon Parks, Lord Snowden, Jill Krementz, Henri Lartique, Annie Leibovitz, and Hans Namuth.

Liberman took up painting and sculpting in the 1950s. Although his first exhibition was at the Betty Parsons Gallery, he was primarily associated with the André Emmerich Gallery in New York City. His monumental sculptures were mostly assembled from industrial parts and painted and can be seen in museums and public sites worldwide.

Liberman was briefly married to Hildegarde Sturm. He married his second wife Tatiana Yacovleff du Plessix in 1942. Before their marriage, they fled occupied France together. She was a noted hat designer, working for Henri Bendel and Saks, where she became known as Tatiania of Saks. She died in 1991 and, in 1992, Liberman married Melinda Pechangco, a nurse who had earlier cared for Tatiania. Alexander Liberman died in 1999 in Miami, Florida.
Related Materials:
Related collections found at the Archives of American Art include the Dodie Kazanjian and Calvin Tomkins research materials on Alexander Liberman and numerous collections of gallery records.
Provenance:
The Alexander Liberman papers were donated to the Archives of American Art by Liberman Art Partners in 2010 via Dodie Kazanjian.
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. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Rights:
The Alexander S. Liberman 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.
Occupation:
Publishers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Graphic designers  Search this
Topic:
Photographers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Photography  Search this
Sculptors -- France -- Paris  Search this
Sculptors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Fashion photography  Search this
Painters -- France -- Paris  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Photographers -- France -- Paris  Search this
Genre/Form:
Drafts (documents)
Drawings
Scrapbooks
Interviews
Photographs
Sketches
Sound recordings
Transcripts
Video recordings
Citation:
Alexander Liberman Papers, circa 1912-2003. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.libealex
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-libealex
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Bennington College, Paintings of Alexander Liberman (1964)

Collection Creator:
Liberman, Alexander, 1912-1999  Search this
Container:
Box 15, Folder 34
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1964
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. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Alexander S. Liberman 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:
Alexander Liberman Papers, circa 1912-2003. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Alexander Liberman papers
Alexander Liberman papers / Series 7: Exhibition Files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-libealex-ref511

Bennington College, Various Exhibitions (1964-1971)

Collection Creator:
Liberman, Alexander, 1912-1999  Search this
Container:
Box 15, Folder 35
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1964-1971
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. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Alexander S. Liberman 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:
Alexander Liberman Papers, circa 1912-2003. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Alexander Liberman papers
Alexander Liberman papers / Series 7: Exhibition Files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Clemens Kalischer papers, ca.1946-1966

Creator:
Kalischer, Clemens, 1921-  Search this
Subject:
Motherwell, Robert Burns  Search this
Cunningham, Merce  Search this
Adler, Samuel  Search this
Torres, John  Search this
Granda, Julio  Search this
Gray, Cleve  Search this
Abe, Kongo  Search this
Lieberman, Alexander  Search this
Ts?ai, Wen-ying  Search this
Neel, Alice  Search this
Albers, Josef  Search this
Coonhan  Search this
Mazur, Michael  Search this
De Kooning, Elaine  Search this
Frankenthaler, Helen  Search this
Wildenhain, Marguerite Friedlaender  Search this
Abate, Peter  Search this
Whitecross, Iain  Search this
Cox, Jan  Search this
Dombek, Blanche  Search this
Hayter, Stanley William  Search this
Okubo, Miné  Search this
Rosenberg, Jakob  Search this
Fuller, R. Buckminster (Richard Buckminster),  Search this
Kilbourn, Victoria  Search this
Der Hovanesian, Garabed  Search this
Prestopino, Gregorio  Search this
MeÚstroviÔc, Ivan  Search this
Glickman, Maurice  Search this
Fimple, Vernon  Search this
Borowski, Wies?aw  Search this
Grausman, Philip  Search this
Doubrova, Jan  Search this
Gil, David  Search this
Smith, David  Search this
Epping, Franc  Search this
Rockwell, Norman  Search this
Forst, Miles  Search this
Abel, Cora-Beth  Search this
Morris, George L. K. (George Lovett Kingsland)  Search this
Bengtz, Ture  Search this
Noland, Kenneth  Search this
Aschenbach, Paul  Search this
Dehner, Dorothy  Search this
Voulis, Asapia  Search this
Black Mountain College (Black Mountain, N.C.)  Search this
Bennington College  Search this
MacDowell Colony  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Topic:
Photographers  Search this
Artists  Search this
Artist colonies  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7808
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209974
AAA_collcode_kaliclem
Theme:
Audio - Visual
Photography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209974

Stefan Hirsch and Elsa Rogo papers, 1851-1986, bulk 1920s-1960s

Creator:
Hirsch, Stefan, 1899-1964  Search this
Rogo, Elsa, 1901-1996  Search this
Subject:
Shan, Benjamin  Search this
Mumford, Lewis  Search this
Samuel, Halpert  Search this
Villalobos, Efren  Search this
Albers, Josef  Search this
Bier, Justus  Search this
Field, Hamilton Easter  Search this
Anguiano, Raúl  Search this
Mérida, Carlos  Search this
Downtown Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Bard College  Search this
Bennington College  Search this
United States.Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs  Search this
Type:
Transcripts
Sketchbooks
Sound recordings
Glass plate negatives
Etchings
Scrapbooks
Motion pictures (visual works)
Topic:
Mural painting and decoration, Mexican  Search this
Art, Latin American  Search this
Journalists  Search this
Educators  Search this
Mexico  Search this
Painters  Search this
Art teachers  Search this
Mural painting and decoration  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6044
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216012
AAA_collcode_hirsstef
Theme:
Sketches & Sketchbooks
Art Materials, Techniques, and Studio Art Education
Latino and Latin American
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_216012
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Alexander Liberman papers, circa 1912-2003

Creator:
Liberman, Alexander Semeonovitch, 1912-1999  Search this
Subject:
Kline, Franz  Search this
Dalí, Salvador  Search this
Frankenthaler, Helen  Search this
De Kooning, Willem  Search this
Motherwell, Robert Burns  Search this
Dietrich, Marlene  Search this
Barr, Alfred H.  Search this
Picasso, Pablo  Search this
Newton, Helmut  Search this
Vreeland, Diana  Search this
Klein, William  Search this
Chernow, Burt  Search this
Steichen, Edward  Search this
Ritts, Herb  Search this
Snowdon, Antony Armstrong-Jones  Search this
Beaton, Cecil Walter Hardy  Search this
Parks, Gordon  Search this
Vogel, Lucien  Search this
Emmerich, Andre  Search this
Penn, Irving  Search this
Newman, Barnett  Search this
Namuth, Hans Heinz Oskar Adolf Rudolf  Search this
Hopps, Walter  Search this
Parsons, Betty  Search this
Greenberg, Clement  Search this
Cartier-Bresson, Henri  Search this
Leibovitz, Annie  Search this
Mulas, Ugo  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
André Emmerich Gallery  Search this
Bennington College  Search this
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum  Search this
Type:
Video recordings
Transcripts
Sound recordings
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Drawings
Sketches
Interviews
Drafts (documents)
Topic:
Graphic designers  Search this
Publishers  Search this
Photographers  Search this
Fashion photography  Search this
Photography  Search this
Painters  Search this
Sculptors  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15871
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)295430
AAA_collcode_libealex
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_295430
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Oral history interview with Paulus Berensohn, 2009 March 20-21

Interviewee:
Berensohn, Paulus, 1933-2017  Search this
Interviewer:
Shapiro, Mark, 1955-  Search this
Subject:
Callahan, Harry M. (Harry Morey)  Search this
Karnes, Karen  Search this
Anderson, Ian  Search this
Garfinkel, Ron  Search this
Peterson, Mary  Search this
Cowles, Fleur  Search this
Dunn, Robert G.  Search this
Williams, Gerald  Search this
Brown, William J. (William Joseph)  Search this
Takaezu, Toshiko  Search this
Pieser, Jane  Search this
Ekman, June  Search this
Stannard, Ann  Search this
Cunningham, Merce  Search this
Kokis, George  Search this
Graham, Martha  Search this
Charlip, Remy  Search this
Stanford, Verne  Search this
Mendes, Jerry  Search this
Oliver, Mary  Search this
Bennion, Joseph W.  Search this
Richards, Mary Caroline  Search this
Supree, Burton  Search this
Raine, Yvonne  Search this
Brown, Carolyn  Search this
Bennington College  Search this
Columbia University  Search this
Yale University  Search this
Penland School of Crafts  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
New York Philharmonic  Search this
Goddard College  Search this
Juilliard School  Search this
Pendle Hill (School : Wallingford, Pa.)  Search this
Swarthmore College  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Topic:
Communal living  Search this
Dance  Search this
Clay  Search this
Poets  Search this
Diaries  Search this
Artists' books  Search this
Australia  Search this
Dyslexia  Search this
Ceramicists  Search this
Artists  Search this
Photography  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15906
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)296474
AAA_collcode_berens09
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_296474
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Bennington College

Collection Creator:
Kepes, Gyorgy, 1906-2001  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 8
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1946-1956
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
Authorization to publish, quote, or reproduce must be obtained from Juliet Kepes Stone or Imre Kepes.
Collection Citation:
Gyorgy Kepes papers, 1909-2003, bulk 1935-1985. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Gyorgy Kepes papers
Gyorgy Kepes papers / Series 2: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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ead_component:sova-aaa-kepegyor-ref45

Bennington College

Collection Creator:
Spero, Nancy, 1926-2009  Search this
Container:
Box 8, Folder 5
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1997
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Nancy Spero 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:
Nancy Spero papers, 1940s-2009. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Nancy Spero papers
Nancy Spero papers / Series 5: Subject Files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-spernanc-ref103

Playbill for A Flea in Her Ear

Published by:
Playbill, American, founded 1884  Search this
Used by:
Roundabout Theatre Company, American, founded 1965  Search this
Subject of:
Mark Linn-Baker, American, born 1954  Search this
Michael Countryman, American, born 1955  Search this
Wally Dunn, American, born 1960  Search this
George Hall  Search this
James Lally, American, born 1956  Search this
Bruce MacVittie  Search this
Mark Douglas Brown McKinney, Canadian, born 1959  Search this
Angie Phillips  Search this
Alice Playten, American, 1947 - 2011  Search this
Shaun Powell  Search this
Kali Rocha, American, born 1971  Search this
Camilla Sanes  Search this
Richard Shull, 1929 - 1999  Search this
Virginia Louise Smith  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 8 1/2 x 5 1/4 in. (21.6 x 13.3 cm)
Type:
theater programs
Place used:
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Date:
1998
Topic:
African American  Search this
Comedy (Theatre)  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Kayla Deigh Owens
Object number:
2011.45.31
Restrictions & Rights:
Playbill used by permission. All rights reserved, Playbill Inc.
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Memorabilia and Ephemera
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2011.45.31
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Aline Meyer Liebman papers, 1906-1978

Creator:
Liebman, Aline Meyer, 1879-1966  Search this
Subject:
Stieglitz, Alfred  Search this
Marin, John  Search this
Weston, Edward  Search this
Adams, Ansel Easton  Search this
Macdonald-Wright, Stanton  Search this
Lachaise, Gaston  Search this
Bluemner, Oscar  Search this
Strand, Paul  Search this
O'Keeffe, Georgia  Search this
Benton, Thomas Hart  Search this
Borglum, Gutzon  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Type:
Scrapbooks
Photographs
Topic:
Art patrons  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Art patronage  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Painters  Search this
Photographers  Search this
Art  Search this
Modernism (Art)  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9850
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212345
AAA_collcode_liebalin
Theme:
Women
The Art Market
Photography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_212345

Stefan Hirsch and Elsa Rogo papers

Creator:
Hirsch, Stefan, 1899-1964  Search this
Rogo, Elsa, 1901-1996  Search this
Names:
Bard College -- Faculty  Search this
Bennington College -- Faculty  Search this
Downtown Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
United States. Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs  Search this
Albers, Josef  Search this
Anguiano, Raúl, 1915-2006  Search this
Bier, Justus, 1899-1990  Search this
Field, Hamilton Easter  Search this
Halpert, Edith Gregor, 1900-1970  Search this
Mumford, Lewis  Search this
Mérida, Carlos, 1891-1984  Search this
Shahn, Ben, 1898-1969  Search this
Extent:
19.6 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Motion pictures (visual works)
Sound recordings
Etchings
Sketchbooks
Scrapbooks
Glass plate negatives
Transcripts
Place:
Mexico -- photographs
Date:
1851-1986
bulk 1920-1960
Summary:
The papers of artists and educators Stefan Hirsch and Elsa Rogo measure 19.6 linear feet and date from 1851 to 1986, with the bulk of the material dating from 1920s to the 1960s. Their artistic, teaching, and journalism careers are documented through biographical materials, correspondence, writings and notes, professional files, printed materials, photographs and motion picture films, and sketchbooks and other artwork.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of artists and educators Stefan Hirsch and Elsa Rogo measure 19.6 linear feet and date from 1851 to 1986, with the bulk of the material dating from 1920s to the 1960s. Their artistic, teaching, and journalism careers are documented through biographical materials, correspondence, writings and notes, professional files, printed materials, photographs and motion picture films, and sketchbooks and other artwork.

Biographical materials include address lists, resumes and biographical sketches, identification cards, material relating to Hirsch's military service, and legal documents. Two sound recordings, one personal and another of Rogo on Spanish National Radio, are also found here.

Correspondence is both professional and personal. Professional correspondence concerns commissions, exhibitions, travel, and teaching. Notable correspondents include Josef Albers, Justus Bier, Downtown Gallery (Edith Halpert), Carlos Mérida, Lewis Mumford, Ben Shahn, and many others. Personal correspondence is largely between Hirsch and Rogo. Writings are found for both Hirsch and Rogo and include notebooks, diary fragments and transcripts, lectures, essays on art, articles, and notes. A manuscript by Hamilton Easter Field is also found and a writing by an unknown author. Professional files document teaching positions, projects, commissions, memberships, and other professional activities undertaken by Hirsch and Rogo. They document Hirsch's teaching career at Bard College, Bennington College, and his mural work in South Carolina and Mississippi. Files concerning Rogo's work with the Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs are found here, as well as files documenting their professional and personal travel. These contain a wide variety of materials, such as correspondence, printed material, meeting minutes, photographs, and writings. Also found are scattered files relating to general areas of interest.

Hirsch's and Rogo's business records include contracts concerning Elsa Rogo's book agreements, records settling the estate of the Hirsch family in Nürnberg (Nuremberg), Germany, insurance records, a lease, price lists, and general receipts and invoices. Also found are personal art collection records including a sales agreement and a list of Latin American art owned by Hirsch and Rogo. Printed materials include books, brochures, clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs for Stefan Hirsch and others, issues of magazines and other periodicals, copies of published writings by Hirsch and Rogo, and a dismantled printed materials scrapbook.

Photographs are extensive and include personal photos of Stefan Hirsch and Elsa Rogo, their family, friends, and colleagues. Numerous travel photos were taken by Rogo in her role as a journalist in Latin American and the United States. The bulk of the professional travel photos were taken in Mexico in the 1930s to the 1960s and show events, cities, and cultural activities. Also found are glass plate negatives, photographs of works of art, and sixteen reels of motion picture film taken in Mexico, Bard College, and Oqunquit, Maine.

Eighteen sketchbooks are largely unsigned but are likely by Stefan Hirsch. Additional artwork includes sketches and etchings by Hirsch, sketches by Elsa Rogo, and works by others including Raul Anquiano and Efren Villalobos.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 9 series:

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1899-1986 (0.6 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1920s-1960s (3.2 linear feet; Boxes 1-4)

Series 3: Writings and Notes, circa 1920-1960s (1.2 linear feet: Boxes 4-5)

Series 4: Professional Files, 1912-1966 (2.8 linear feet; Boxes 6-8)

Series 5: Personal Business Records, 1927-1957 (0.5 linear feet; Boxes 8-9)

Series 6: Printed Material, 1851-1964 (2.9 linear feet; Boxes 9-12, 19)

Series 7: Photographs and Motion Picture Film, circa 1870-1960s (6.9 linear feet; Boxes 12-17, 20, FC 21-29)

Series 8: Sketchbooks, circa 1930s-circa 1940s (0.6 linear feet; Box 18)

Series 9: Artwork and Artifacts, 1916-1982 (0.5 linear feet; Boxes 18-19)
Biographical / Historical:
German-born Stefan Hirsch (1899-1964) was a painter and educator. Elsa Rogo (1901-1966) was married to Hirsch and was an artist, educator and journalist. They were active in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, and Vermont, and traveled extensively throughout Mexico and Latin America where they documented local arts and crafts, village life, and befriended prominent Mexican artists.

Born in Nurnberg, Germany, Stefan Hirsch grew up in Europe and studied art at the University of Zurich. After settling in the United States in 1919, he took summer courses under Hamilton Easter Field in Ogunquit, Maine. Hirsch developed a Precisionist style combined with Social Realism but much of his work was difficult to restrict to one specific style. Hirsch was a founder and exhibitor at the avant-garde Salons of America which served as an alternative to the Society of Independent Artists. During the 1930s and 1940s, Hirsch participated in the U.S. government's Federal Art Project and painted murals in Aiken, South Carolina and Booneville, Mississippi. Hirsch began his teaching career in 1937 at Bennington College in Vermont, and later accepted a position at Bard College where he served as the chairman of the art department until he retired in 1961.

In 1930, Hirsch married Elsa Rogo. Together, they traveled throughout Mexico and Latin America where they became involved in the social and art scenes. They befriended prominent Mexican artists like Diego Rivera and David Siqueiros. As a journalist, Rogo documented Mexican life, events, and art extensively through photographs. Rogo also served in the U.S. Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs, established in 1940 to promote cultural diplomacy and solidarity primarily in Latin America. In Taxaco, Mexico, she taught art to school children. Her book, Walls and Volcanos: The Creative Impulse of the Mexican People, was published in 1937.

Stefan Hirsch died in 1964. Elsa Rogo died in 1966.
Provenance:
Portions of the Stefan Hirsch and Elsa Rogo papers were donated in 1996 by the Elsa Rogo estate, via Sylvia Siskin, executrix. Additions were donated 2002, 2014, and 2019 by professor James Oles, Art Department, Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts on behalf of Sylvia Siskin.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice. Original film reels and archival negative copies are stored off-site and are closed to researchers.
Rights:
The Stefan Hirsch and Elsa Rogo 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.
Occupation:
Journalists -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Painters -- New York (State)  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Art teachers  Search this
Educators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art, Latin American  Search this
Mural painting and decoration, Mexican -- Photographs  Search this
Mural painting and decoration -- South Carolina  Search this
Mural painting and decoration -- Mississippi  Search this
Genre/Form:
Motion pictures (visual works)
Sound recordings
Etchings
Sketchbooks
Scrapbooks
Glass plate negatives
Transcripts
Citation:
Stefan Hirsch and Elsa Rogo papers, 1851-1986, bulk 1920s-1960s. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.hirsstef
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-hirsstef
Additional Online Media:

Bennington College Visual Arts Department records, 1948-1982

Creator:
Bennington College. Visual Arts Dept  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Exhibition catalogs
Topic:
Art  Search this
Art in universities and colleges  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8448
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210623
AAA_collcode_benncoll
Theme:
Ephemera, Miscellany, and General Art Related
Art Materials, Techniques, and Studio Art Education
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210623

Paul Feeley papers, 1911-1972

Creator:
Feeley, Paul, 1910-1966  Search this
Topic:
Portrait painters  Search this
Portrait painting, American  Search this
Muralists  Search this
Mural painting and decoration, American  Search this
Portrait painting  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8902
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211087
AAA_collcode_feelpaul
Theme:
Diaries
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211087

E. C. (Eugene) Goossen papers, 1931-1998, (bulk 1950-1998)

Creator:
Goossen, E. C.  Search this
Subject:
Frankenthaler, Helen  Search this
Kelly, Ellsworth  Search this
Ohlson, Douglas Dean  Search this
Feeley, Paul  Search this
O'Keeffe, Georgia  Search this
Ferber, Herbert  Search this
Bennington College  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Photographs
Interviews
Topic:
Art historians  Search this
Painters  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6106
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216306
AAA_collcode_goose
Theme:
Art Theory and Historiography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_216306

Marianna Pineda papers, 1943-1998, (bulk 1980-1995)

Creator:
Pineda, Marianna, 1925-1996  Search this
Subject:
Liliuokalani  Search this
Tovish, Harold  Search this
Type:
Video recordings
Topic:
Women sculptors  Search this
Sculptors  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6145
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216367
AAA_collcode_pinemari
Theme:
Women
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_216367

Richard Haas papers, 1937-2012

Creator:
Haas, Richard, 1936-  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Drawings
Sketchbooks
Travel diaries
Sketches
Watercolors
Topic:
Printmakers  Search this
Muralists  Search this
Educators  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)16038
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)308619
AAA_collcode_haasrich
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_308619
Additional Online Media:

Oral history interview with Helen Frankenthaler, 1968

Interviewee:
Frankenthaler, Helen, 1928-2011  Search this
Interviewer:
Rose, Barbara, 1938-  Search this
Subject:
Feeley, Paul  Search this
Pollock, Jackson  Search this
Hofmann, Hans  Search this
Picasso, Pablo  Search this
Tamayo, Rufino  Search this
Kandinsky, Wassily  Search this
De Kooning, Willem  Search this
Motherwell, Robert Burns  Search this
Greenberg, Clement  Search this
Hartigan, Grace  Search this
Dzubas, Friedel  Search this
Bennington College  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
Painting  Search this
Sculptors  Search this
Painters  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12171
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212046
AAA_collcode_franke69
Theme:
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212046
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Oral history interview with Susan Crile, 1972 August 1-3

Interviewee:
Crile, Susan, 1942-  Search this
Interviewer:
Cummings, Paul, 1933-  Search this
Subject:
Greenberg, Clement  Search this
Olitski, Jules  Search this
Smith, Tony  Search this
Alloway, Lawrence  Search this
Feeley, Paul  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
Painters  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12575
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212320
AAA_collcode_crile72
Theme:
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212320

Oral history interview with Richard Haas, 2009 Jan. 13 and Mar. 16

Interviewee:
Haas, Richard, 1936-  Search this
Interviewer:
Berman, Avis, 1949-  Search this
Subject:
United States.General Services Administration Design Excellence and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Topic:
Trompe l'oeil painting  Search this
Muralists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15677
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)282736
AAA_collcode_haas09
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_282736
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