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Taos and Santa Fe; the artist's environment, 1882-1942

Author:
Coke, Van Deren 1921-2004  Search this
Amon Carter Museum of Western Art  Search this
New Mexico State University University Art Gallery  Search this
Physical description:
160 pages illustrations 27 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Place:
New Mexico
Taos
Santa Fe
Date:
1963
[1963]
Topic:
Art  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Call number:
N6535.T33 C6
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_39667

Nina Howell Starr papers

Creator:
Starr, Nina Howell  Search this
Names:
International Women's Art Festival  Search this
Museum of American Folk Art  Search this
Photographic Historical Society of New York  Search this
Professional Women's Photographers, Inc.  Search this
Sharon Arts Center  Search this
Southern Regional Council  Search this
Brandt, Helene, 1936-  Search this
Cohen, Stephenie  Search this
Coke, Van Deren, 1921-  Search this
Connor, Linda  Search this
Daitz, Evelyne Z.  Search this
DiSpirito, Henry, 1898-1995  Search this
Evans, Minnie, 1892-  Search this
Evans, Walker, 1903-1975  Search this
Ghent, Henri, 1926-  Search this
Kanaga, Consuelo, 1894-  Search this
Kernan, Margo, 1927-  Search this
Kruger, Louise, 1924-  Search this
Lippard, Lucy R.  Search this
Macdonald-Wright, Stanton, 1890-1973  Search this
Mainardi, Patricia  Search this
Morgan, Barbara Brooks, 1900-  Search this
Putnam, Wallace, 1899-1989  Search this
Ringgold, Faith  Search this
Rose, Ruth Starr, 1887-1965  Search this
Savage, Naomi, 1927-2005  Search this
Sherwood, Maggie, 1922-1984  Search this
Siskind, Aaron  Search this
Strand, Paul, 1890-1976  Search this
Szarwarski, John  Search this
Uelsmann, Jerry, 1934-  Search this
Extent:
21.2 Linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Scrapbooks
Photographs
Interviews
Drawings
Sketches
Transcripts
Sound recordings
Prints
Date:
circa 1933-1996
Summary:
The papers of photographer and art historian Nina Howell Starr measure 21.2 linear feet and date from circa 1933 to 1996. The papers contain research files about various art historical topics, museums and galleries, photography, and artists. There are extensive files documenting Starr's relationship as researcher, dealer, and friend of folk painter Minnie Evans. Additionally, the papers include biographical materials, writings, speeches, project files, printed material collected or authored by Starr, and hundreds of artistic and documentary photographs and negatives created by Starr depicting her travels, Minnie Evans' paintings, roadside folk art, and other topics.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of photographer and art historian Nina Howell Starr measure 21.2 linear feet and date from circa 1933 to 1996. The papers contain research files about various art historical topics, museums and galleries, photography, and artists. There are extensive files documenting Starr's relationship as researcher, dealer, and friend of folk painter Minnie Evans. Additionally, the papers include biographical materials, writings, speeches, project files, printed material collected or authored by Starr, and hundreds of artistic and documentary photographs and negatives created by Starr depicting her travels, Minnie Evans' paintings, roadside folk art, and other topics.

Biographical materials are scattered and include grant and publication applications, curriculum vitae, lists of artwork, and miscellany.

Starr's lectures, writings, and project files are arranged into one series. They include Starr's student writings, a notebook about Civil Rights, files documenting her work on a Florida public housing project, the Southern Regional Council, and the League of Women Voters. A few files of general writings and lectures mostly concern folk artist Minnie Evans and the exhibition Women Photograph Men, held at the International Women's Arts Festival in 1976.

Subject files on artists, art history topics, photographers and photography (including Starr's work), and on folk artist and friend Minne Evans comprise the bulk of the collection. The files are a mix of collated materials and primary sources created by Starr and others and many contain correspondence, notes, photographs, and a few sketches and orginal prints. Also included are materials related to professional and organizational groups in which Starr was involved, including the Professional Women's Photographers, Inc., the Photographic Historical Society of New York, and the Museum of American Folk Art; files on several of Starr's exhibitions; and files on artists that contain printed materials, correspondence, and photographs. The file on Ruth Starr Rose contains prints and drawings. There are also photographs taken by Stephanie Cohen. Particularly rich files are found for Stephanie Cohen; Van Deren Coke, Director of the George Eastman Company; Evelyn Daitz, Director of the Witkin Gallery; Henry DiSpirito; Walker Evans; the Fotofolio printing company; curator Henri Ghent; photographer Consuelo Kanaga and husband Wallace Putnam; Margot Starr Kernan; Lucy Lippard; Stanton Mac-Donald Wright; Sharon Arts Center; photographer Paul Strand; curator John Szarwarski; and photographer Jerry Uelsman.

The collection also documents the friendship between painter Minnie Evans and Starr, and Starr's business dealings on Evans' behalf. There is correspondence about and with Evans, several sound recordings of interviews conducted by Starr and others with Evans, many with transcripts, financial documents, publications about Evans including exhibition catalogs, clippings, journal articles and monographs, two posters, a scrapbook, and one sketch by Evans.

Printed material includes published articles, exhibition catalogs and announcements, and clippings about Starr.

Photographic materials are extensive and include photographs and slides taken by Starr of friends, family, artwork by Minnie Evans, events, exhibition openings, world travels, and folk art, especially roadside. Prominent artists and art historians photographed include: photographers Maggie Sherwood, Naomi Savage, Barbara Morgan, Linda Connor, Aaron Siskind, Consuelo Kanaga, Faith Ringgold, and Walker Evans; sculptors Louise Kruger and Helene Brandt; feminist and art historian Pat Mainardi; and curators Henri Ghent and John Szarkowski. Starr's artistic photographic work is also represented, and includes two silver gelatin prints of Minnie Evans, and subject studies on hands, people, and nature, among others.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 6 series.

Series 1: Biographical material, 1954-circa 1990 (8 folders; Box 1)

Series 2: Writings, Speeches and Projects, 1933-1995 (1.1 linear feet; Boxes 1-2)

Series 3: Subject Files, circa 1939-1996 (8.3 linear feet; Boxes 2-10)

Series 4: Minnie Evans, 1962-1996 (3.7 linear feet; Boxes 10-13, 23, OV 24)

Series 5: Printed Material, 1936-1995 (2.7 linear feet; Boxes 13-16, 23)

Series 6: Photographic Material, circa 1939-1993 (5.4 linear feet; Boxes 16-23, OV 24)
Biographical / Historical:
Nina Howell Starr (1903-2000) was a photographer, art dealer, and art historian who worked primarily in New York City. Born in Newark, New Jersey in 1903 as Cornelia Margaret Howell, Starr attended Wellesley College and graduated from Barnard in 1926. Also in 1926, she married Nathan Comfort Starr, an English professor, and, over the years the couple lived in Massachusetts, Maryland, Florida, and New York City.

In 1963, at the age of 60, Starr received the first M.F.A. in photography granted by the University of Florida. Starr exhibited widely in both solo and group exhibitions, including Magic Lantern (Photographer's Gallery, London, 1976), and the Strength of Women (Witken Gallery, 1991), and numerous shows featuring photographs of outsider art. Her "New Yorker" project became an exhibition in 2016. Her work is owned by several prominent museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography.

As art historian, self-proclaimed critic, and civil rights and feminist advocate, Starr lectured widely, wrote articles and letters to editors, and corresponded with many notable art world figures. She became especially interested in outsider and folk art. Starr met outsider artist Minnie Evans in 1962 and became Evans' lifelong friend, advocate, and representative dealer. She wrote about Evans and introduced Evans' works to galleries and other exhibition spaces in New York, including the Whitney Museum, where she guest-curated an exhibition of Evans' work in 1975.

Starr was an active member of professional organizations including the Photographic Historical Society of New York, Professional Women's Photographers, Inc., and the Museum of American Folk Art where she served on the Advisory Committee.

Nina Howell Starr died in 2000 in Connecticut at the age of 97.
Provenance:
The Nina Howell Starr papers were donated by Nina Howell Starr in 1996.
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 access copy requires advance notice. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Rights:
The Nina Howell Starr 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:
Folk art -- United States  Search this
Civil rights  Search this
Art historians -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art dealers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
African American art  Search this
Folk art -- Photographs  Search this
Women photographers  Search this
Photography  Search this
Photographers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Scrapbooks
Photographs
Interviews
Drawings
Sketches
Transcripts
Sound recordings
Prints
Citation:
Nina Howell Starr papers, circa 1933-1996. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.starnina
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-starnina
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Clinton Adams : a retrospective exhibition of lithographs

Author:
Adams, Clinton 1918-2002  Search this
Coke, Van Deren 1921-2004  Search this
University of New Mexico Art Museum  Search this
Subject:
Adams, Clinton  Search this
Physical description:
32 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1973
Call number:
NE2312.A33 A4 1973
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_808696

The photographs of Faurest Davis : [exhibition] San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 28 September-11 November 1984 / [text by Van Deren Coke]

Author:
Davis, Faurest 1906-  Search this
Coke, Van Deren 1921-2004-  Search this
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art  Search this
Subject:
Davis, Faurest 1906-  Search this
Physical description:
[24] p. : chiefly ill. ; 25 x 30 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1984
Topic:
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Call number:
TR647 D394 1984
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_722405

Florida photogenesis : the work of creative and experimental photographers in Florida / text by Robert W. Fichter ; interview with Van Deren Coke

Author:
Fichter, Robert 1939-  Search this
Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts  Search this
Appleton Museum of Art (Ocala, Fla.)  Search this
Southeast Museum of Photography  Search this
Subject:
Coke, Van Deren 1921-2004  Search this
Physical description:
63 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Interviews
Exhibition catalogs
Place:
Florida
Date:
2000
©2000
Topic:
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Photographers  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_627282

Portraits of artists, faces photographed : from the permanent collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Author:
Coke, Van Deren 1921-2004  Search this
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art  Search this
Physical description:
48 p. : ill., ports. ; 31 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Portraits
Date:
C1984
Topic:
Portrait photography  Search this
Artists  Search this
Call number:
TR.681.A7S35.1984
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_635602

Photographs from the Coke collection : Des Moines Art Center

Author:
Coke, Van Deren 1921-2004  Search this
Des Moines Art Center  Search this
Subject:
Coke, Van Deren 1921- Art collections Exhibitions  Search this
Physical description:
[16] p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1970
C1970
Topic:
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Call number:
TR646.U6 D4
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_637191

The Robert C. May photography collection : with essays / by Van Deren Coke and Jonathan Greene

Author:
University of Kentucky Art Museum  Search this
Greene, Jonathan, 1943-  Search this
Coke, Van Deren 1921-2004  Search this
Subject:
May, Robert C (Robert Carl) 1935-1993 Photograph collections  Search this
University of Kentucky Art Museum Photograph collections  Search this
Physical description:
112 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Kentucky
Lexington
Date:
1995
Topic:
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Photograph collections  Search this
Call number:
TR6.U62 L488 1995
TR647.M4675 U5 1995
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_654588

Van Deren Coke : scholar as collector : an exhibition of photographs : University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque, New Mexico, June 26-September 16, 2001

Title:
Scholar as collector
Author:
University of New Mexico Art Museum  Search this
Coke, Van Deren 1921-2004  Search this
Subject:
Coke, Van Deren 1921- Photograph collections  Search this
University of New Mexico Art Museum Photograph collections  Search this
Physical description:
79 p. : ill., port. ; 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2001
[2001]
Topic:
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Call number:
TR645.A33 U55 2001
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_670625

1980 SECA photography invitational / San Francisco Museum of Modern Art ; Gay Block ... [et al. ; sponsored by Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art /SECA/ of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art ; introduction by Van Deren Coke]

Author:
Coke, Van Deren 1921-2004-  Search this
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art  Search this
Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art  Search this
Subject:
Block, Gay 1942-  Search this
Physical description:
23 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1980
C1980
20th century
Topic:
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Photography--Exhibitions  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Call number:
TR646.U6 S3655 1980
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_690185

Three generations of Hispanic photographers working in New Mexico : John Candelario, Cavalliere Ketchum, Miguel Gandert : [exhibition] May 28 to July 24, 1993 / curated by Van Deren Coke

Author:
Coke, Van Deren 1921-2004  Search this
Candelario, John 1916-  Search this
Ketchum, Cavalliere 1937-  Search this
Gandert, Miguel A  Search this
Harwood Foundation Museum  Search this
Subject:
Candelario, John 1916- Exhibitions  Search this
Ketchum, Cavalliere 1937- Exhibitions  Search this
Gandert, Miguel A Exhibitions  Search this
Physical description:
16 p. : ill. ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
New Mexico
Date:
1993
[1993]
Topic:
Hispanic American photographers--Exhibitions  Search this
Call number:
TR645.T362 H37 1993
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_522403

Forecast, shifts in direction / Van Deren Coke

Author:
Coke, Van Deren 1921-2004  Search this
Museum of Fine Arts (Museum of New Mexico)  Search this
Physical description:
23 p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1994
C1994
20th century
Topic:
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Art and photography  Search this
Avant-garde (Aesthetics)--History  Search this
Call number:
TR646.U62 S3734 1994
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_542413

Ralph Eugene Meatyard : a retrospective / photographs selected by Van Deren Coke ; organized by the Center for the Visual Arts Gallery and Independent Curators Incorporated, Washington, D.C

Author:
Meatyard, Ralph Eugene 1925-1972  Search this
Coke, Van Deren 1921-2004  Search this
Illinois State Normal University Center for the Visual Arts Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Meatyard, Ralph Eugene 1925-1972 Exhibitions  Search this
Physical description:
[39] p. : ill. ; 22 x 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1976
C1976
Call number:
TR647.M48 C68 1976
TR647.M48C68 1976
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_408291

Crosscurrents II : recent additions to the collection / Van Deren Coke

Author:
Coke, Van Deren 1921-2004  Search this
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art  Search this
Subject:
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Photograph collections  Search this
Physical description:
[32] p. : ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
California
San Francisco
Date:
1986
C1986
Topic:
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Photograph collections--Exhibitions  Search this
Call number:
TR650.C58 1986X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_313796

Photography, a facet of modernism : photographs from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art / Van Deren Coke, with Diana du Pont

Author:
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art  Search this
Coke, Van Deren 1921-2004  Search this
Du Pont, Diana C. 1953-  Search this
Subject:
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Photograph collections  Search this
Physical description:
196 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 31 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1986
C1986
Topic:
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Art and photography  Search this
Call number:
TR650.S26 1986X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_313799

Portraits of artists : 9 December 1984-10 March 1985 : faces photographed : 9 December 1984-24 March 1985 : from the permanent collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Author:
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art  Search this
Coke, Van Deren 1921-2004  Search this
Physical description:
48 p. : ill., ports. ; 31 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Portraits
Date:
1984
C1984
Topic:
Portrait photography  Search this
Artists  Search this
Call number:
TR681.A7 S19 1984
TR681.A7S19 1984
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_330002

Clinton Adams : paintings and watercolors 1945-1987 : [exhibition] University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 7 August-20 September 1987

Author:
Adams, Clinton 1918-2002  Search this
Coke, Van Deren 1921-2004  Search this
University of New Mexico Art Museum  Search this
Subject:
Adams, Clinton 1918-  Search this
Physical description:
32 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 22 x 28 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1987
C1987
Call number:
ND237.A262 A4 1987
N40.1.A212 C68 1987
N40.1.A212C68 1987
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_375306

Brett Weston, master photographer

Author:
Weston, Brett  Search this
Coke, Van Deren 1921-2004  Search this
Subject:
Weston, Brett  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (unpaged) : ill. ; 37 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1989
Call number:
TR647.W53 W5mp 1989
TR647.W53W5mp 1989
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_392390

Joel-Peter Witkin : forty photographs / San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Author:
Coke, Van Deren 1921-2004  Search this
Witkin, Joel-Peter 1939-  Search this
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art  Search this
Subject:
Witkin, Joel-Peter 1939-  Search this
Physical description:
47 p. : ill. ; 30 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1985
C1985
Topic:
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Call number:
TR647.W825 C6
TR647.W825C6
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_276845

Twentieth-century photographs from Hawaii collections : [exhibition] Honolulu Academy of Arts, September 13-October 21, 1984 / guest curator, Van Deren Coke ; essays by Van Deren Coke and Frank Tillman

Author:
Coke, Van Deren 1921-2004  Search this
Tillman, Frank  Search this
Honolulu Academy of Arts  Search this
Physical description:
95 p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1983
C1983
Topic:
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_283651

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