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Block, Irving

Collection Creator:
Federal Art Project. Photographic Division  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1940-1941
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 Rights:
The Federal Art Project, Photographic Division collection is 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:
Federal Art Project, Photographic Division collection, circa 1920-1965, bulk 1935-1942. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Federal Art Project, Photographic Division collection / Series 1: Artist Files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Abraham Joel Tobias papers

Creator:
Tobias, Abraham Joel, 1913-1996  Search this
Names:
Congress of Industrial Organizations (U.S.)  Search this
Fine Arts Federation of New York  Search this
United States. Work Projects Administration  Search this
Block, Irving  Search this
Brooks, James, 1906-1992  Search this
Caswell, Edward C.  Search this
Evergood, Philip, 1901-1973  Search this
Gaber, George  Search this
Gill, Brendan, 1914-1997  Search this
La Gambina, Vincent, 1909-1994  Search this
Lishinsky, Abraham  Search this
Orozco, José Clemente, 1883-1949  Search this
Spivak, Max, 1906-1981  Search this
Tobey, Alton S. (Alton Stanley), 1914-2005  Search this
Extent:
2.8 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Interviews
Video recordings
Photographs
Date:
1913-2000
Summary:
The Abraham Joel Tobias papers date from 1913 to 2000 and measure 2.8 linear feet. Through project and exhibition files, printed material, correspondence, and photographs, the collection provides an overview of Tobias's career as a painter and muralist in New York City.
Scope and Content Note:
The Abraham Joel Tobias papers date from 1913 to 2000 and measure 2.8 linear feet. Through project and exhibition files, printed material, correspondence, and photographs, the collection provides an overview of Tobias's career as a painter and muralist in New York City.

General correspondence regards mural proposals, exhibitions, professional activities, and museums' acquisitions of artwork by Tobias. A file of correspondence with the Fine Arts Federation of New York concerns efforts to recognize murals by Irving Block, James Brooks, Philip Evergood, Abraham Lishinsky, José Clemente Orozco, and Max Spivak as landmarks; it also includes minutes of meetings, 1988-1995, that reflect Tobias's service as a board member. Other correspondence is with friends and artists including Edward Caswell, George Gaber, Filia Holtzman, Vincent La Gambina, and Alton S. Tobey.

Project files document murals such as: The Four Freedoms, Midwood High School, Brooklyn, New York, honoring students and teachers who died in World War II (circa 1946); Birth for the maternity ward at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City (1951-1953); and Medical Science and Medical Research, Long Island Jewish Hospital (1954). The Science and Engineering project file (1958) contains a patent certificate for striated plastic, a material Tobias used in two murals. Also of interest is correspondence with the Harman Foundation regarding a documentary film about Tobias's use of ethyl silicate for outdoor murals. Among the exhibitions documented are: "Plastics U.S.A.," "New York WPA Artists Then and Now," and "Abraham Joel Tobias: Sculptural Paintings of the 1930s."

Printed material consists of announcements, invitations, solo and group exhibition catalogs, and clippings relating to Tobias's artistic career. Also found are pamphlets he designed for the Congress of Industrial Organizations. Photographs are of Tobias's artwork and the artist with friends and family. There is a video recording of an interview with Tobias conducted by Brendan Gill in 1995.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 8 series:

Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1913-1996 (Boxes 1, 4; 0.3 linear feet)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1933-1997 (Box 1; 0.4 linear feet)

Series 3: Project and Exhibition Files, 1938-2000 (Boxes 1, 2, 4, OV 5; 1.6 linear feet)

Series 4: Writings, circa 1928-1992 (Box 2; 0.1 linear feet)

Series 5: Printed Material, 1913-1999 (Boxes 3, 4; 0.3 linear feet)

Series 6: Artwork, circa 1990s (Box 3; 1 folder)

Series 7: Photographs, 1929-1970 (Box 3; 0.1 linear feet)

Series 8: Video Recording, 1995 (Box 3, 1 folder)
Biographical Note:
Abraham Joel Tobias (1913-1996) was a painter, muralist, and educator in New York City. He was a pioneer in the use of shaped canvases.

A native of Rochester, New York, Tobias came to New York City to study at the Cooper Union School of Art, 1930-1931, and at the Art Students League, 1930-1933. He worked for the Federal Arts Project,1938-1940, where he continued his training as a muralist, working with artist and technicians.

During World War II, Tobias served in the armed forces. He was an art director with the Intelligence Division, Army Air Force, and in 1945 was employed as a graphic designer for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). Tobias was artist-in-residence and served as instructor in painting and drawing at Adelphia College, Garden City, Long Island, 1947-1957. He also was was a visiting lecturer at various schools including Howard University, Brooklyn Museum Art School, Pratt Institute Art School, as well as at colleges in Illinois and Kansas.

Tobias completed over ten mural commissions for governmental agencies and educational institutions, including: United States Post Office, Clarendon, Arkansas; Howard University, Washington, D.C.; James Madison High School, Brooklyn, New York; Beth Israel Hospital, New York City; Domestic Relations Court Building, Brooklyn, New York; and Adelphi College, Garden City, New York. In 1962, Tobias began The History of Science mural for the lobby of the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn; it was never completed.

Tobias experimented with diverse materials such as terrazzo and mosaic for mural application. He also broke new ground with the use of ethyl silicate paint as a permanent medium for outdoor murals. In 1958, he patented striated plastic, a pliable material used to achieve an effect similar to stained glass.

He participated in many solo and group exhibitions. In 1935, Tobias presented his shaped canvas painting in the "Sculptural Painting" exhibition at Delphic Studios in New York City. In 1987, Tobias was recognized for his earlier pioneering work with a retrospective exhibition, "Abraham Joel Tobias: Sculptural Paintings" at The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum of Rutgers University. Other exhibitions included: "Plastics U.S.A.," the United States Information Service's exhibition in Moscow (1961); "New York City WPA Art," Parsons School of Design, New York City (1977); "For a Permanent Public Art," Tweed Gallery, New York City (1989); and "The Technological Muse," Katonah Museum of Art, New York (1991).

Tobias's professional memberships included the Architectural League of New York, National Society of Mural Painters, and New York Artists Equity Association. He served on the Board of Directors for the Fine Arts Federation of New York from 1988-1996. He won the Architectural League Award in 1952. The Art Commission of the City of New York recognized Tobias, posthumously, for distinguished service to public art.

Abraham Joel Tobias married Carolyn Pratt in 1949; the couple had one daughter. Abraham Joel Tobias died in Rego Park, New York, in 1996 at the age of 82.
Provenance:
The papers were donated in 2001 by Carolyn Tobias, the widow of Abraham Joel Tobias.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Rights:
The Andrew Joel Tobias 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.
Topic:
Mural painting and decoration  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Muralists -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Video recordings
Photographs
Citation:
Abraham Joel Tobias papers, 1913-2000. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.tobijoel
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Archives of American Art
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Photographs of Southern California artists / Arnold Chanin, photographer, 1969-2007

Creator:
Chanin, Arnold, 1934-  Search this
Subject:
Stussy, Jan  Search this
Schwarts, Jilda  Search this
Mesches, Arnold  Search this
De Miranda, Yvonne  Search this
Fricano, Tom S.  Search this
Miller, Judith  Search this
Macdonald-Wright, Stanton  Search this
Bieser, Natalie  Search this
Chann, George  Search this
Bengston, Billy Al  Search this
Mains, Brian  Search this
Danieli, Fidel  Search this
Eversley, Frederick  Search this
Danieli, Edie  Search this
Gino, Robert  Search this
Schifrin, Arnold  Search this
Arnold, Chuck  Search this
Johnston, Ynez  Search this
Crutchfield, William  Search this
Kohn, Edmond  Search this
Lagerberg, Don  Search this
Dimitrov, Steve  Search this
Levi, Linda  Search this
Plagens, Peter  Search this
Murrill, Gwynn  Search this
Bell, Larry  Search this
Mullican, Lee  Search this
Diebenkorn, Richard  Search this
Berlant, Anthony  Search this
Tunberg, William  Search this
McLaughlin, John  Search this
Dimitrov, Lucienne Bloch  Search this
Jackman, Sandra  Search this
Mason, LaNelle  Search this
Gebhardt, Harold  Search this
Valerio, James  Search this
Block, Irving  Search this
Gibson, George  Search this
Treiman, Joyce Wahl  Search this
Faiss, Fritz  Search this
Krasnow, Peter  Search this
Cytron, Dan  Search this
Arnold, Florence Millner  Search this
Hartman, Donald  Search this
Hanzakos, Claire  Search this
Wullner, Janet  Search this
Csengeri, George  Search this
Kohn, Gabriel  Search this
Wagner, Gordon  Search this
Falkenstein, Claire  Search this
Finch, Keith  Search this
Thompson, J. B.  Search this
Woelffer, Emerson  Search this
Vilumsons, Alex  Search this
Burkhardt, Hans Gustav  Search this
Strombotne, James  Search this
Casanova, Aldo John  Search this
Finkelstein, Max  Search this
Steinberg, Harry  Search this
Richards, Bruce  Search this
Hanzakos, Mike  Search this
Stussy, Maxine Kim  Search this
Brigante, N.P.  Search this
Bassler, Robert Covey  Search this
Vasa  Search this
Benjamin, Karl  Search this
Saar, Betye  Search this
Gebhardt, Peter Martin  Search this
Topic:
Photographers  Search this
Photography  Search this
Artists  Search this
Photographs  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11161
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209533
AAA_collcode_chanarno
Theme:
Audio - Visual
Photography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209533

Hy Cohen papers, 1927-1972

Creator:
Cohen, Hy, 1901-  Search this
Subject:
Block, Irving  Search this
Newman, Elias  Search this
Evergood, Philip Howard  Search this
Nevelson, Louise  Search this
Pereira, I. Rice (Irene Rice)  Search this
Artists Equity Association  Search this
Topic:
Photographs  Search this
Sculptors  Search this
Exhibition catalogs  Search this
Painters  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7482
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209640
AAA_collcode_cohehy
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209640

Irving Block papers, 1938-1986

Creator:
Block, Irving, 1910-1986  Search this
Subject:
Whitman, Walt  Search this
Faiss, Fritz  Search this
Burkhardt, Hans Gustav  Search this
Works Progress Administration  Search this
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.  Search this
Ankrum Gallery  Search this
California State University, Northridge  Search this
Topic:
Animation (Cinematography)  Search this
Sketches  Search this
Sound recordings  Search this
Painters  Search this
Art teachers  Search this
Motion picture industry  Search this
Painting, Modern  Search this
Illustrated letters  Search this
Photographs  Search this
Motion picture studios  Search this
Art and motion pictures  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Drawings  Search this
Illustration of books  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9587
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211789
AAA_collcode_blocirvi
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Audio - Visual
Government Sponsorship of the Arts
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211789

Ankrum Gallery records, circa 1900-circa 1990s, bulk 1960-1990

Creator:
Ankrum Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Duveneck, Frank  Search this
Secunda, Arthur  Search this
Halpert, Edith Gregor  Search this
Groth, Bruno  Search this
Bauer, Richard  Search this
Mesches, Arnold  Search this
Broderson, Morris Gaylord  Search this
Schuler, Melvin  Search this
Jackson, Suzanne  Search this
Casey, Bernie  Search this
Johnson, Buffie  Search this
Herschler, David  Search this
Almaraz, Carlos  Search this
Feitelson, Lorser  Search this
Andrews, Benny  Search this
Block, Irving  Search this
Lundeberg, Helen  Search this
Caryl, Naomi  Search this
Varda, Jean  Search this
Shores, Kenneth  Search this
Hirshhorn, Joseph H.  Search this
Ankrum, Joan  Search this
Miller, Henry  Search this
Homer, Jessie  Search this
Hirshhorn, Olga  Search this
Zev  Search this
Storm King Art Center  Search this
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.  Search this
Staempfli Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Art Dealers Association of America  Search this
California Arts Council  Search this
San Diego Museum of Art  Search this
Paramount Pictures  Search this
Black Arts Council (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Krannert Art Museum  Search this
Laguna Art Museum (Laguna Beach, Calif.)  Search this
Palm Springs Desert Museum  Search this
Topic:
Art galleries, Commercial  Search this
Scrapbooks  Search this
Artists  Search this
Photographs  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6569
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)215861
AAA_collcode_ankrgall
Theme:
The Art Market
Lives of American Artists
Art Gallery Records
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_215861
Additional Online Media:

Abraham Joel Tobias papers, 1913-2000

Creator:
Tobias, Abraham Joel, 1913-1996  Search this
Subject:
Caswell, Edward C.  Search this
Spivak, Max  Search this
Gaber, George  Search this
Gill, Brendan  Search this
Block, Irving  Search this
La Gambina, Vincent  Search this
Brooks, James  Search this
Tobey, Alton S. (Alton Stanley)  Search this
Evergood, Philip Howard  Search this
Orozco, José Clemente  Search this
Lishinsky, Abraham  Search this
Fine Arts Federation of New York  Search this
United States.Work Projects Administration  Search this
Congress of Industrial Organizations (U.S.)  Search this
Topic:
Painters  Search this
Mural painting and decoration  Search this
Interviews  Search this
Photographs  Search this
Muralists  Search this
Video recordings  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)5976
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)228104
AAA_collcode_tobijoel
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_228104
Additional Online Media:

Oral history interview with Irving Block, 1965 April 16

Interviewee:
Block, Irving, 1910-1986  Search this
Interviewer:
McGlynn, Betty Lochrie Hoag, 1914-2002  Search this
Subject:
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Topic:
Interviews  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Art  Search this
Art teachers  Search this
Painters  Search this
Sound recordings  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12145
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213320
AAA_collcode_block65
Theme:
New Deal
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_213320

Irving Alexander Block, 1910-1986 [Folder]

Contents:
Folder(s) may include exhibition announcements, newspaper and/or magazine clippings, press releases, brochures, reviews, invitations, illustrations, resumes, artist's statements, exhibition catalogs.
Topic:
Artists  Search this
Location:
Art & Artist files at the Smithsonian American Art Museum/ National Portrait Gallery Library
Art & Artist files at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILAF_27923

Ankrum Gallery records

Creator:
Ankrum Gallery  Search this
Names:
Art Dealers Association of America  Search this
Black Arts Council (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
California Arts Council  Search this
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden  Search this
Krannert Art Museum  Search this
Laguna Art Museum (Laguna Beach, Calif.)  Search this
Paramount Pictures  Search this
San Diego Museum of Art  Search this
Staempfli Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Storm King Art Center  Search this
Almaraz, Carlos  Search this
Andrews, Benny, 1930-2006  Search this
Ankrum, Joan  Search this
Bauer, Richard, 1944-  Search this
Block, Irving  Search this
Broderson, Morris, 1928-2011  Search this
Caryl, Naomi  Search this
Casey, Bernie  Search this
Duveneck, Frank, 1848-1919  Search this
Feitelson, Lorser, 1898-1978  Search this
Groth, Bruno  Search this
Halpert, Edith Gregor, 1900-1970  Search this
Herschler, David  Search this
Hirsch, Joseph, 1910-1981  Search this
Hirshhorn, Olga  Search this
Homer, Jessie  Search this
Jackson, Suzanne, 1944-  Search this
Johnson, Buffie  Search this
Lundeberg, Helen, 1908-1999  Search this
Mesches, Arnold, 1923-  Search this
Miller, Henry, 1891-  Search this
Palm Springs Desert Museum  Search this
Schuler, Melvin  Search this
Secunda, Arthur  Search this
Shores, Kenneth, 1928-  Search this
Varda, Jean  Search this
Zev  Search this
Extent:
41.5 Linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Scrapbooks
Photographs
Date:
circa 1900-circa 1990s
bulk 1960-1990
Summary:
The Ankrum Gallery records measure 41.5 linear feet and date from circa 1900 to circa 1990s, with the bulk of the records dating from 1960 to 1990. The papers include over 395 artists files, general gallery correspondence, project files, administrative records, exhibition files, collector and client files, financial material, printed material, 1 unbound scrapbook, and photographs. Also included are personal papers of gallery founder Joan Ankrum and her nephew, artist Morris Broderson.
Scope and Contents:
The Ankrum Gallery records measure 41.5 linear feet and date from circa 1900 to circa 1990s, with the bulk of the records dating from 1960 to 1990. The papers include over 395 artists files, general gallery correspondence, project files, administrative records, exhibition files, collector and client files, financial material, printed material, 1 unbound scrapbook, and photographs. Also included are personal papers of gallery founder Joan Ankrum and her nephew, artist Morris Broderson.

General correspondence is with artists, museums, collectors, and clients, and generally concerns sales, exhibitions, and consignments. Correspondents include Irving Block, Morris Broderson, Naomi Caryl, Suzanne Jackson, Joseph and Olga Hirshhorn, among many others. Correspondence is also found in the artists files and the collector/client files.

Project files document various events, benefits, and projects undertaken by the gallery, including a UNICEF benefit, "Up Against Hunger," the Exceptional Children's foundation, and the Young Art Patrons.

Administrative files document many activities of the gallery, such as the gallery's and Joan Ankrum's membership in the Black Arts Council, the California Arts Council, and the Art Dealers Association of California of which Joan Ankrum was a primary organizer. Also found are publicity files, a file on the history of the gallery, leases, floor plans, insurance documents, lists of graphics for sale, and other miscellany.

Exhbition files appear to be incomplete, but do include files for Huichol Indian's art, "The Art of African Peoples" (1973), "Five Contemporary Mexican Painters" (1977), Ethiopian Folk Painting (1978), San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild All Media Exhibition (1982), "25th Anniversary Exhibition" (1985), among several others.

Extensive artists' files include correspondence, price lists, photographs and slides,resumes and biographical material, and sales invoices. Files are found for Benny Andrews, Carlos Almaraz, Richard Bauer, Irving Block, Naomi Caryl, Bernie Casey, Frank Duveneck, Lorser Feitelson, Bruno Groth, David Herschler, Jessie Homer, Suzanne Jackson, Buffie Johnson, Samella Lewis, Helen Lundeberg, Arnold Mesches, Henry Miller, Melvin Schuler, Arthur Secunda, Ken Shores, Jean Varda, and Zev, among many others. The Pat Alexander and Andy Nelson files also contain motion picture film.

Collector and client files document the gallery's relationship with over 115 collectors, museums, and art centers. Files may include correspondence and sales records and are found for Edith Halpert, Olga and Joseph Hirshhorn and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Krannert Art Museum, Laguna Art Museum, Palm Spring Desert Museum, Paramount Pictures, San Diego Museum of Art, Staempfli Gallery, and Storm King Art Center, among many others.

Financial material documents sales through numbered invoices, consignments, loans, and insurance valuations. Printed material consists of exhibition catalogs and announcements, bulletins, periodicals, and newspaper clippings. One unbound scrapbook contains clippings and exhibition materials.

Photographs are of artwork, artists, and gallery openings. Additional photographs are found in the artists' files.

Joan Wheeler Ankrum personal papers document her personal and professional relationship with family, artists, and collectors. They include correspondence, personal writings, personal financial materials, printed material and loose scrapbook materials, family photographs and photographs of her as an actress, and artwork from various artists.

The papers of artist Morris Broderson, nephew of Joan Ankrum, document his professional relationship with the gallery as his primary dealer. Included are biographical materials, correspondence, publicity files, travel files, projects, exhibitions, collector/client files, financial material, printed material, photographs, and artwork.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged as 12 series.

Series 1: Correspondence, 1961-1994 (0.5 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 2: Project Files, 1965-1987 (0.25 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 3: Administrative Records, 1961- circa 1990s (1 linear foot; Boxes 1-2)

Series 4: Exhibition Files, 1961-1991 (1 linear foot; Boxes 2-3)

Series 5: Artists' Files, 1957-1994 (22.5 linear feet; Boxes 3-25, 41-42, FC 43-45)

Series 6: Collector and Client Files, 1960-1994 (3.2 linear feet; Boxes 25-28)

Series 7: Financial Material, 1962-1990 (1.5 linear feet; Boxes 28-30)

Series 8: Printed Material, 1957-1994 (2 linear feet; Boxes 30-32, 41)

Series 9: Scrapbook, 1960-1988 (3 folders; Box 32)

Series 10: Photographs, circa 1960s-circa 1990s (0.35 linear feet; Boxes 32, 42)

Series 11: Joan Ankrum Personal Papers, circa 1900-1993 (2 linear feet; Boxes 32-34, 41)

Series 12: Morris Broderson Papers, 1941-1989 (7.2 linear feet; Boxes 34-42)
Biographical / Historical:
The Ankrum Gallery was established 1960 in Los Angeles by American film actress Joan Wheeler Ankrum and William Chalee. The gallery closed in 1989.

Joan Wheeler Ankrum and William Challee opened Ankrum Gallery on La Cienega Boulevard in Los Angeles in 1960 with a one-man show of Ankrum's nephew Morris Broderson. With a focus on contemporary California artists, Ankrum Gallery represented over 395 artists during its 30 years in operation, including Benny Andrews, Carlos Almaraz, Richard Bauer, Irving Block, Naomi Caryl, Bernie Casey, Frank Duveneck, Lorser Feitelson, Bruno Groth, David Herschler, Jessie Homer, Suzanne Jackson, Buffie Johnson, Samella Lewis, Helen Lundeberg, Arnold Mesches, Henry Miller, Melvin Schuler, Arthur Secunda, Ken Shores, Jean Varda, and Zev. In addition, the gallery was among the earliest to exhibit the work of black artists. The gallery also held exhibitions of world artists, which included "Art of African Peoples" (1973), "Yarn Paintings of the Huichol Indians" (1973), "Five Contemporary Mexican Painters" (1977), and "Ethiopian Folk Painting" (1978). Ankrum Gallery closed in 1989.

Art dealer and gallery owner, Joan Wheeler Ankrum was an actress before establishing the Ankrum Gallery primarily to showcase the work of her deaf nephew, Morris Broderson. Born in 1913 in Palo Alto, California, she began acting at the Pasadena Playhouse where she met her first husband Morris Ankrum with whom she had two sons, David and Cary Ankrum. She married gallery co-owner and partner William Challee in 1984. She helped organize the Los Angeles Art Dealers Association and the Monday Night Art Walks on La Cienega Boulevard. She was a member of the relatively short-lived Black Arts Council. Joan Wheeler Ankrum died in 2001 at the age of 88.

Morris Broderson (1928-2011) was a deaf painter. His first one-man show was at the Stanford Museum in 1957, followed by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. By 1959 he'd won two awards from the Los Angeles County Museum, and appeared in the Whitney Museum's "Young America" show in 1960. His travels influenced his work, including the hand gestures of Kabuki art in Japan. His work is in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, among others. Following Joan Ankrum's death in 2001, Broderson was represented by her son David Ankrum.
Related Materials:
Also found in the Archives of American Art are two oral history interviews with Joan Ankrum, one conducted by Betty Hoag, April 28, 1964, and a second by Paul Karlstrom, November 5, 1997-February 4, 1998. Additionally, there is an oral history interview with Morris Broderson conducted by Paul Karlstrom, March 11-13, 1998.
Provenance:
The Ankrum Gallery records were donated to the Archives of American Art by Joan Ankrum in 1995.
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.
Rights:
The Ankrum Gallery records 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.
Topic:
Art galleries, Commercial -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Artists -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Genre/Form:
Scrapbooks
Photographs
Citation:
Ankrum Gallery records, circa 1900-circa 1990s, bulk 1960-1990. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.ankrgall
See more items in:
Ankrum Gallery records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-ankrgall
Additional Online Media:

Block, Irving

Collection Creator::
Hirshhorn, Joseph H.  Search this
Container:
Box 3 of 31
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Box 31 contains materials restricted indefinitely; see finding aid; Contact reference staff for details.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7449, Joseph H. Hirshhorn Papers
See more items in:
Joseph H. Hirshhorn Papers
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru7449-refidd1e865

Block, Irving

Collection Creator:
O'Connor, Francis V.  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 12
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1968
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 and electronic media with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice. The Artists' Questionanaires require permission from each artist before publishing, quoting, or reproducing. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
The Francis V. O'Connor papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Francis O'Connor has retained any intellectual property rights, including copyright, he may possess. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Francis V. O'Connor papers, 1920-2009. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Francis V. O'Connor papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-oconfran-ref232

Block, Irving

Collection Creator:
Ankrum Gallery  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 17-31
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1963-1991
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 Rights:
The Ankrum Gallery records 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:
Ankrum Gallery records, circa 1900-circa 1990s, bulk 1960-1990. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Ankrum Gallery records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Jill

Artist:
Irving Alexander Block, 1910 - 1986  Search this
Sitter:
Jill  Search this
Medium:
Oil on fiberboard
Dimensions:
25.4cm x 19.3cm (10" x 7 5/8")
Type:
Painting
Date:
1961
Topic:
Jill: Female  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution
Website: www.hmsg.si.edu
Object number:
66.543
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Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
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Francesca

Artist:
Irving Alexander Block, 1910 - 1986  Search this
Sitter:
Francesca  Search this
Medium:
Oil on board
Dimensions:
19 x 11.5 cm (7 1/2 x 4 1/2" )
Type:
Painting
Date:
1968
Topic:
Francesca: Female  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution
Website: www.hmsg.si.edu
Object number:
86.452
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Catalog of American Portraits
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Catalog of American Portraits
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Jill and Lute

Artist:
Irving Alexander Block, 1910 - 1986  Search this
Sitter:
Jill And Lute  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
49.5 x 49.5 cm (19 1/2 x 19 1/2" ), Estimate
Type:
Painting
Date:
1970
Topic:
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution
Website: www.hmsg.si.edu
Object number:
86.468
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Catalog of American Portraits
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Catalog of American Portraits
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Lizabie

Artist:
Irving Alexander Block, 1910 - 1986  Search this
Sitter:
Lizabie  Search this
Medium:
Oil on board
Dimensions:
25.5 x 20.4 cm (10 1/16 x 8 1/16" ), Estimate
Type:
Painting
Date:
1965-1975
Topic:
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution
Website: www.hmsg.si.edu
Object number:
86.472
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Catalog of American Portraits
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Catalog of American Portraits
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Penelope

Artist:
Irving Alexander Block, 1910 - 1986  Search this
Sitter:
Penelope  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
17.8 x 17.8 cm (7 x 7" )
Type:
Painting
Date:
1970
Topic:
Penelope: Female  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution
Website: www.hmsg.si.edu
Object number:
86.475
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Catalog of American Portraits
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Catalog of American Portraits
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Francesca And Shells

Artist:
Irving Alexander Block, 1910 - 1986  Search this
Sitter:
Francesca  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Dimensions:
50.8 x 50.8 cm (20 x 20" )
Type:
Painting
Topic:
Francesca: Female  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution
Website: www.hmsg.si.edu
Object number:
DC260571
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Catalog of American Portraits
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Catalog of American Portraits
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Block, Irving

Collection Creator::
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Office of the Director  Search this
Container:
Box 8 of 25
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 510, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Office of the Director, Records
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Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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