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Porter A. McCray papers, 1939-1989

Creator:
McCray, Porter A., 1908-2000  Search this
Subject:
Paik, Nam June  Search this
Humphrey, Hubert H. (Hubert Horatio),  Search this
Thiel, Philip  Search this
Oshima, Kazuko  Search this
Cutting, Brock  Search this
Richie, Donald  Search this
Thetong, Tenzin  Search this
Morley, Grace  Search this
Rockefeller, John D.  Search this
Sherfield, Roger Mellor Makins  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Asia Society  Search this
Cathedral of St. John the Divine (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
International Council of the Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Japan Society (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Unesco  Search this
United States.Foreign Service  Search this
Society of Architectural Historians  Search this
Byrd Hoffman Foundation  Search this
Cunningham Dance Foundation  Search this
Topic:
Arts administrators  Search this
Cultural relations  Search this
Lectures  Search this
Arts boards  Search this
Transcripts  Search this
Interviews  Search this
Photographs  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6445
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)215589
AAA_collcode_mccrport
Theme:
Communities, Organizations, Museums
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_215589
Additional Online Media:

Amerikanische Druckgraphik 1913-1963 : 252. Ausstellung 15. Jänner bis 27. Februar 1976, Graphische Sammlung Albertina

Title:
Amerikanische Druckgrafik aus dem Museum of Modern Art
Author:
Castleman, Riva  Search this
International Council of the Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Physical description:
72, [1] p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1976
Topic:
Prints, American  Search this
Call number:
NE508 .C35 G1976
NE508.C35 G1976
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_140709

Sovremennoe amerikanskoe iskusstvo v Posol'stve SShA v Moskve = American contemporary art, American Embassy, Moscow

Author:
Potter, Margaret  Search this
International Council of the Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
United States Embassy (Soviet Union)  Search this
Physical description:
[56] p. : ill. (some col.) ; 18 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1970
1970?]
Call number:
N6512 .S72 1970
N6512.S72 1970
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_351963

Robert Motherwell : Gemälde, Collagen, Zeichnungen

Author:
Motherwell, Robert  Search this
International Council of the Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Museum Folkwang Essen  Search this
Subject:
Motherwell, Robert  Search this
Physical description:
[11] p. : ill. (some col.) ; 14 x 29 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1966
Call number:
N6537.M67 A4 1966
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_636526

Mark Rothko : Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, 24 november-27 december 1961

Author:
Rothko, Mark 1903-1970  Search this
Amsterdam (Netherlands) Stedelijk Museum  Search this
International Council of the Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Rothko, Mark 1903-1970  Search this
Physical description:
[15] p. (some folded) : ill., port. ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1961
Call number:
ND237.R725 A4 1961
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_636634

Cézanne to Miró : masters of modern painting : [exhibition] September 12-22, 1968 / organized by the International Council of the Museum of Modern Art

Author:
International Council of the Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Physical description:
[36] p. ; 27 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1968
[1968]
20th century
19th century
Topic:
Painting, Modern  Search this
Call number:
ND195 .C49 1968
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_824491

Fifteen Canadian artists. Organized by the Canadian Advisory Committee with the assistance of the Canada Council and circulated under the auspices of the International Council of the Museum of Modern Art, New York

Author:
International Council of the Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Turner, Evan H  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (unpaged) illus. 25 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Canada
Date:
[n.d.]
20th century
Topic:
Artists--Exhibitions  Search this
Art, Canadian  Search this
Call number:
N6545 .F54
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_655002

Jong Amerika schildert. Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, 17 oct.-24 nov. 1958

Author:
Amsterdam (Netherlands) Stedelijk Museum  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
International Council of the Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (unpaged) illus., ports. 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1958
1958]
20th century
Topic:
Painting, American  Search this
Call number:
ND212 .A535 1958
ND212.A535 1958
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_350432

Hans Hofmann : mostra organizzata sotto gli auspici dell'International Council del Museum of Modern Art di New York, Torino, Galleria civica d'arte moderna, aprile 1965 / [catalogo a cura di William C. Seitz]

Author:
Hofmann, Hans 1880-1966  Search this
Seitz, William Chapin  Search this
Turin (Italy) Galleria civica d'arte moderna  Search this
International Council of the Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Hofmann, Hans 1880-1966  Search this
Physical description:
xix p., [43] leaves of plates : ill. (some col.), port. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1965
Call number:
ND237.H667 S4a
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_645984

Information. Edited by Kynaston L. McShine

Editor:
McShine, Kynaston  Search this
Author:
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
International Council of the Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Physical description:
207 pages illustrations 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Date:
1970
[1970]
Topic:
Artists' books  Search this
Call number:
NX427.N5 I43
NX427.N5 I43
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_6502

A Collection of contemporary art : [catalogue of paintings and lithographs in the residence of Ambassador and Mrs. John Kenneth Galbraith]

Author:
United States Information Service  Search this
International Council of the Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.) Art in Embassies Committee  Search this
Subject:
Galbraith, John Kenneth 1908-2006  Search this
United States Embassy (India) Art collections  Search this
Physical description:
[28] p. : ill. (some col.) ; 19 x 24 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Catalogs
Place:
India
New Delhi
Date:
1962
[1962?]
20th century
Topic:
Art, Modern  Search this
Painting, Indic  Search this
Call number:
N6488.I4 N53 1962
N6488.I4N53 1962
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_357191

El arte del surrealismo; una exposición organizada bajo los auspicios del International Council of the Museum of Modern Art, Nueva York; ensayo de Bernice Rose

Author:
Rose, Bernice  Search this
International Council of the Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (Argentina)  Search this
Physical description:
31 p. illus. (part col.) 22 x 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1971
1972
1971 or 2]
20th century
Topic:
Surrealism  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Call number:
N6494.S8 R6
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_668764

Desenhos e aquarelas abstratos USA : Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, maio 1962 / com a colaboração do International Council of the Museum of Modern Art, New York e cooperação da Divisão Cultural da Embaixada dos Estado Unidos da América do Norte

Author:
International Council of the Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
United States Embassy (Brazil) Divisão cultural  Search this
Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (unpaged) : ill. ; 21 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
1962
1962]
20th century
Topic:
Art, Abstract  Search this
Watercolor painting, American  Search this
Call number:
N6512.5.A2 D47 1962
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_977031

Max Beckmann, 1884-1950; paintings, drawings, and graphic work

Author:
Bechmann, Max 1884-1950  Search this
Willett, John 1917-  Search this
Tate Gallery  Search this
Arts Council of Great Britain  Search this
International Council of the Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Physical description:
70 p. illus. (part col.) 19 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1965
Call number:
N40.1.B39 T2
N40.1.B39T2
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_2300

Robert Rauschenberg : illustrasjoner til Dantes Inferno

Author:
Rauschenberg, Robert 1925-2008  Search this
Lieberman, William S (William Slattery) 1924-2005  Search this
International Council of the Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Kunstnernes hus (Oslo, Norway)  Search this
Subject:
Rauschenberg, Robert 1925-2008  Search this
Dante Alighieri 1265-1321 Inferno  Search this
Physical description:
22 p. : ill., port. ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1965
Call number:
N6537.R27 L6
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_635506

Art in the Roosevelt House

Title:
Roosevelt House
Author:
Bowles, Chester 1901-1986  Search this
International Council of the Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Phillips Collection  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
United States Information Service  Search this
Physical description:
[24] p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1963
1969
[between 1963 and 1969]
Call number:
N620.M9 A78
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_638101

Jackson Pollock : drawing into painting, Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris, 26 septembre-18 novembre 1979 / exposition organisée sous les auspices du International Council of the Museum of Modern Art, New York dans le cadre du Festival d'automne à Paris

Author:
Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris  Search this
International Council of the Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Pollock, Jackson 1912-1956  Search this
Physical description:
95 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1979
Call number:
N6537.P57 A4 1979
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_655348

Porter A. McCray papers

Creator:
McCray, Porter A., 1908-2000  Search this
Names:
Asia Society  Search this
Byrd Hoffman Foundation  Search this
Cathedral of St. John the Divine (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Cunningham Dance Foundation  Search this
International Council of the Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Japan Society (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Society of Architectural Historians  Search this
UNESCO  Search this
United States. Foreign Service  Search this
Cutting, Brock  Search this
Humphrey, Hubert H. (Hubert Horatio), 1911-1978  Search this
Kazuko Oshima  Search this
Morley, Grace, 1900-1985  Search this
Paik, Nam June, 1932-2006  Search this
Richie, Donald, 1924-2013  Search this
Rockefeller, John D., 1906-  Search this
Sherfield, Roger Mellor Makins, Baron, 1904-1996  Search this
Thetong, Tenzin  Search this
Extent:
12.3 Linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Lectures
Interviews
Paintings
Transcripts
Date:
1936-1989
Summary:
The papers of New York City arts administrator Porter A. McCray measure 12.3 linear feet and date from 1936 to 1989. The papers include scattered biographical materials, correspondence, and writings and notes. The bulk of the collection consists of professional files documenting his advisory and consulting work for museums, institutions, organizations, and foundations. Also found within the collection are printed materials and photographs of McCray and artwork.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of New York City arts administrator Porter A. McCray measure 12.3 linear feet and date from 1936 to 1989. The papers include scattered biographical materials, correspondence, and writings and notes. The bulk of the collection consists of professional files documenting his advisory and consulting work for museums, institutions, organizations, and foundations. Also found within the collection are printed materials and photographs of McCray and artwork.

Scattered biographical materials include appointment books, curricula vitae, a transcript of an interview conducted by McCray with Dr. Grace Morley, and an unsigned painting.

Found within the general correspondence are letters that relate to his work as an arts advisor and consultant, but which appear to be more personal in nature. The bulk of correspondence related to specific projects is found within the professional files. Correspondents include Hubert Humphrey, Mrs. John Lockwood, Grace Morely, Kazuko Oshima, Donald Richie, John D. Rockefeller III, and Tenzin Thetong among others.

Writings and notes include lectures by McCray and writings by others including Brock Cutting, Lord Sherfield, and Nam June Paik. Also found are travel notes for McCray's travels throughout Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

Professional files document McCray's work as an arts advisor and consultant for numerous museums, foundations, organizations, foundations, and special committees, as well as his membership in various arts committees and boards. Files document McCray's work for and/or membership in the Asia Society, Asian Cultural Program of Cultural Exchange, Byrd Hoffman Foundation, Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, Cunningham Dance Foundation, Indo-United States committees, International Council of Museums, Japan Society, John D. Rockefeller 3rd Fund, Museum of Modern Art, Society of Architectural Historians, UNESCO, and the United States Foreign Service.

Printed materials include clippings and articles, a Drawing and Architecture exhibition catalog, and a book by Robert Wilson. Photographs include personal photographs and oversized photographs of sculptures by an unknown artist.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged as 6 series.

Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1959-1982 (0.5 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1959-1986 (0.5 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 3: Writings and Notes, 1960-1983 (1.5 linear feet; Box 2-3)

Series 4: Professional Files, 1936-1987 (8.2 linear feet; Box 3-11, OVS 12-13)

Series 5: Printed Materials, 1965-1989 (0.5 linear feet; Box 11, OV 14)

Series 6: Photographs, 1945-1980s (0.2 linear feet; Box 11, OV 15)
Biographical / Historical:
Porter A. McCray (1908-2000) was an arts administrator working in New York City, New York.

Born in Clarksburg, West Virginia in 1908, McCray recieved a degree in English literature from the Virginia Military Institute in 1930, and a degree in architecture from Yale University in 1941. McCray traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, developing relationships with individuals and organizations across the world.

In 1941, McCray worked as an exhibition specialist in the Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs and collaborated with the Museum of Modern Art on an American exhibition at the Guatemala National Fair. After serving as an ambulance driver in World War II, he was employed by the architectural firm of Harrison and Abramovitz where he worked on some preliminary designs of the present site of the United Nations.

While working for Harrison, McCray met Nelson Rockefeller, who was chairman of the board of the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). In 1947, Rockefeller asked McCray to serve as the director of circulating exhibitions at MOMA and be responsible for the Museum's national and international traveling exhibition program. McCray accepted and remained at MOMA until 1961. The following year, he orchestrated the preparation of a MOMA exhibition of Mark Rothko's work in Paris in 1962. In 1963, McCray became the executive director of the JDR 3rd Fund, a non-profit started by John D. Rockefeller III to promote artistic and cultural exchanges between the United States and Asia. McCray also worked as a consultant for the Japan Society's visual arts programs, the Asian Cultural Council, for the dean of the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine's visual and performing arts program, and for MOMA's International Program after retiring.

McCray died in 2000 in Hightstown, New Jersey.
Related Materials:
Also found at the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview of Porter A. McCray conducted by Paul Cummings from September 17 to October 4, 1977.
Provenance:
The collection was donated in 1994 by Porter McCray.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Rights:
The Porter A. McCray 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:
Arts boards  Search this
Cultural relations  Search this
Arts administrators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Lectures
Interviews
Paintings
Transcripts
Citation:
Porter A. McCray Papers, 1936-1989. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.mccrport
See more items in:
Porter A. McCray papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-mccrport
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Mirrors and windows : la photographie américaine depuis 1960 : une exposition de l'International Council of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, [au] Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris, 6 novembre 1980-4 janvier 1981 / John Szarkowski

Author:
Szarkowski, John  Search this
International Council of the Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris  Search this
Physical description:
15 p. ; 20 x 25 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
History
Place:
United States
Date:
1980
1980]
20th century
Topic:
Photography--History  Search this
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1029410

Mostra di disegni americani moderni. Catalogo a cura di Giovanni Carandente. Spoleto, Palazzo Ancaiani, 16 giugno-16 luglio 1961

Author:
Carandente, Giovanni  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
International Council of the Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Festival of Two Worlds (4th : 1961)  Search this
Physical description:
37 p., 44 p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1961
[1961]
Topic:
Drawing, American  Search this
Call number:
NC108.M6X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_207331

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