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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
Type:
Interviews
Transcripts
Lectures
Photographs
Topic:
Arts administrators  Search this
Cultural relations  Search this
Arts boards  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
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The Japanese art exhibit : a study of its impact in three cities / prepared for the Japan Society

Author:
American University (Washington, D.C.) Bureau of Social Science Research  Search this
Japan Society (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Physical description:
viii, 134 leaves ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Date:
1955
Topic:
Traveling exhibitions  Search this
Art, Japanese  Search this
Museum exhibits--Evaluation  Search this
Call number:
AM151 .A44 1955
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1112679

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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Chinese, Corean and Japanese potteries : descriptive catalogue of loan exhibition of selected examples / the Chinese and Corean authenticated by R. L. Hobson, and the Japanese by Edward S. Morse. All exhibited under the auspices of the Japan society, at the galleries of M. Knoedler & co. New York, March 2-21, 1914. With illustrations in colour and half-tone, and with a report on early Chinese potteries, compiled from original sources by Rose Sickler Williams

Author:
Japan Society (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Hobson, R. L (Robert Lockhart) 1872-1941  Search this
Morse, Edward Sylvester 1838-1925  Search this
Williams, Rose Sickler  Search this
Former owner:
Freer, Charles Lang 1854-1919 DSI-F  Search this
Physical description:
129 p. illus. 33cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1914
Topic:
Pottery  Search this
Pottery, Chinese  Search this
Pottery, Japanese  Search this
Pottery, Korean  Search this
Call number:
738.5 .J35
NK4163.J3 1914aX
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_249271

Kosode, 16th-19th century textiles from the Nomura Collection / Amanda Mayer Stinchecum ; with essays by Monica Bethe and Margot Paul ; edited by Naomi Noble Richard and Margot Paul

Author:
Stinchecum, Amanda Mayer  Search this
Bethe, Monica  Search this
Richard, Naomi Noble  Search this
Paul, Margot  Search this
Japan House Gallery  Search this
Japan Society (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Nomura, Shojiro Art collections  Search this
Kokuritsu Rekishi Minzoku Hakubutsukan (Japan)  Search this
Physical description:
234 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Japan
Sakura-shi
Date:
1984
[1984]
Edo period, 1600-1868
Topic:
Textile fabrics--History  Search this
Kimonos  Search this
Kimonos--Private collections  Search this
Costume  Search this
Call number:
746 .S8
GT1560.S85
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_847947

Japan Society (New York, N.Y.). Gallery [Folder]

Additional name:
Japan House Gallery  Search this
Contents:
Folder(s) may include exhibition announcements, newspaper and/or magazine clippings, press releases, brochures, reviews, invitations, illustrations, resumes, artist's statements, exhibition catalogs.
Place:
New York (N.Y.)
Topic:
Art Organizations  Search this
Location:
Art & Artist files at the Smithsonian American Art Museum/ National Portrait Gallery Library
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILAF_100365

Report of the study group on care of works of art in traveling exhibitions of the Museum Exchange Subcommittee of the United States-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange

Author:
United States-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange Museum Exchange Subcommittee  Search this
Japan Society (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Physical description:
25 p. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1980
Topic:
Art objects--Conservation and restoration  Search this
Call number:
N8555 .U54
N8555 .U54
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_135598

A giant leap : the transformation of Hasegawa Tōhaku / Masatomo Kawai, Miyeko Murase; with contributions by Matthew McKelway, Hiroyoshi Tazawa, and Masato Matsushima

Artist:
Hasegawa, Tōhaku 1539-1610  Search this
Author:
Kawai, Masatomo  Search this
Murase, Miyeko  Search this
McKelway, Matthew P.  Search this
Tazawa, Hiroyoshi 1960-  Search this
Matsushima, Masato  Search this
Host institution:
Japan Society (New York, N.Y.) Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Hasegawa, Tōhaku 1539-1610  Search this
Physical description:
96 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 21 x 25 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2018
Kamakura-Momoyama periods, 1185-1600
Topic:
Ink painting, Japanese  Search this
Call number:
ND1059.H37 A4 2018
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1091711

Pauline B. and Myron S. Falk, Jr. Papers, 1904-1998 (bulk 1935-1980)

Creator:
Falk, Johnny 1906-1992  Search this
Falk, Pauline  Search this
Subject:
Baerwald, Paul 1871-1961  Search this
Salmony, Alfred 1890-1958  Search this
Sickman, L. C. S (Laurence C. S.)  Search this
David, Percival Sir 1892-1964  Search this
Lawton, Thomas 1931-  Search this
Wenley, A. G (Archibald Gibson) 1898-1962  Search this
Pope, John Alexander 1906-1982  Search this
Stern, Harold P  Search this
Pan American World Airways, Inc  Search this
Japan Society (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Asia House Gallery  Search this
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Brooklyn Museum  Search this
Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York  Search this
Bennington College  Search this
Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Columbia University Teachers College Lincoln School  Search this
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee  Search this
National Refugee Service (U.S.)  Search this
Chinese Art Society of America  Search this
Physical description:
24 linear feet
Type:
Correspondence
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Diaries
Maps
Place:
USA, New York, New York
China
Date:
1904
1904-1998
bulk 1935-1980
20th century
Topic:
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Bronzes, Chinese  Search this
Ceramics  Search this
Art, Asian--Collectors and collecting  Search this
Description and travel  Search this
Local number:
FSA A2002.03
Restrictions & Rights:
Access is by appointment only, Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please contact the Archives to make an appointment: AVRreference@si.edu
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository
See more items in:
Pauline B. and Myron S. Falk, Jr. Papers 1904-1998
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_283512

Gates of paradise

Author:
Sugimoto, Hiroshi 1948-  Search this
Writer of added commentary:
Erdmann, Mark K.  Search this
Hiraoka, Ryūji 1974-  Search this
Kamiya, Yukie  Search this
Verdon, Timothy  Search this
Organizer:
Japan Society (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Sugimoto, Hiroshi 1948-  Search this
Sugimoto, Hiroshi 1948- Exhibitions  Search this
Japan Society (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Physical description:
216 pages : illustrations, maps ; 30 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
New York (State)
New York
Japan
Date:
2017
21st century
Topic:
Art, Japanese  Search this
Art, Japanese--Christian influences  Search this
Christian art and symbolism  Search this
Photography, Artistic--Exhibitions  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1087582

Shikō Munakata : the modern master of woodblock art

Author:
Munakata, Shikō 1903-1975  Search this
Nardiello, Carl  Search this
Japan Society (New York, N.Y.) Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Munakata, Shikō 1903-1975 Exhibitions  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (unpaged) : ill. ; 20 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1998
C1998
Topic:
Prints, Japanese  Search this
Call number:
NE1325.M8 A4 1998d
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_806616

Making a home : Japanese contemporary artists in New York / Eric C. Shiner, Reiko Tomii

Author:
Shiner, Eric C  Search this
Tomii, Reiko  Search this
Japan Society (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Japan Society (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Physical description:
223 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 34 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
New York (State)
New York
Date:
2007
C2007
Topic:
Japanese American art  Search this
Japanese American artists  Search this
Artists  Search this
Call number:
N6538.J32 S55 2007
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_830679

Chinese, Corean and Japanese potteries : descriptive catalogue of loan exhibition of selected examples / the Chinese and Corean authenticated by R. L. Hobson, and the Japanese by Edward S. Morse. All exhibited under the auspices of the Japan society, at the galleries of M. Knoedler & co. New York, March 2-21, 1914. With illustrations in colour and half-tone, and with a report on early Chinese potteries, compiled from original sources by Rose Sickler Williams

Author:
Japan Society (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Hobson, R. L (Robert Lockhart) 1872-1941  Search this
Morse, Edward Sylvester 1838-1925  Search this
Williams, Rose Sickler  Search this
Former owner:
Freer, Charles Lang 1854-1919 DSI-F  Search this
Physical description:
129 p. illus. 33cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1914
Topic:
Pottery  Search this
Pottery, Chinese  Search this
Pottery, Korean  Search this
Pottery, Japanese  Search this
Call number:
738.5 .J351
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_843443

The craft of the Japanese sculptor

Author:
Warner, Langdon 1881-1955  Search this
Japan Society (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Physical description:
9 p. l., 3-55 p., 86 l : 85 pl. ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1936
Topic:
Sculpture, Japanese  Search this
Buddhist art  Search this
Call number:
730.52 .W28
NB1050.W3X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_847685

Little boy : the arts of Japan's exploding subculture / edited by Takashi Murakami

Title:
Ritoru bōi : bakuhatsusuru Nihon no sabukaruchā āto
リトルホーイ : 爆発する日本のサフカルチャーアート
Arts of Japan's exploding subculture
Author:
Murakami, Takashi 1962-  Search this
Okada, Toshio 1958-  Search this
Kasahara, Chiaki  Search this
Tomii, Reiko  Search this
Japan Society (New York, N.Y.) Gallery  Search this
Physical description:
xiv, 298 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 29 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Japan
Date:
2005
C2005
20th century
21st century
Topic:
Popular culture--History  Search this
Pop art--History  Search this
Arts, Japanese  Search this
Art, Modern--Themes, motives  Search this
Animated films  Search this
Caricatures and cartoons  Search this
Call number:
N6512.5.P6 .L48 2005
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_847926

Nippon-tō art swords of Japan : the Walter A. Compton Collection / Walter A. Compton, Homma Junji, Sato Kanichi, Ogawa Morihiro

Author:
Japan House Gallery  Search this
Compton, Walter Ames  Search this
Japan Society (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Compton, Walter Ames Art collections  Search this
Physical description:
134 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 37 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Japan
Date:
1976
C1976
Topic:
Swords  Search this
Call number:
739.7 .J1
NK6784.N719
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_848018

Kazari : decoration and display in Japan, 15th-19th centuries / edited by Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere ; foreword by Tsuji Nobuo ; essays by John T. Carpenter ... [et al.]

Title:
Decoration and display in Japan, 15th-19th centuries
Author:
Rousmaniere, Nicole Coolidge 1961-  Search this
Tsuji, Nobuo 1932-  Search this
Carpenter, John T  Search this
Japan Society (New York, N.Y.) Gallery  Search this
British Museum  Search this
Physical description:
304 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 29 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Japan
Date:
2002
C2002
To 1868
Topic:
Decoration and ornament--History  Search this
Decorative arts--History  Search this
Call number:
NK1071 .K396 2002
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_854989

An American shrine in Tokyo : memorial meeting for Townsend Harris held at Zempuku-ji

Title:
Memorial meeting for Townsend Harris held at Zempuku-ji
Author:
Phi Beta Kappa  Search this
Subject:
Harris, Townsend 1804-1878  Search this
Japan Society (New York, N.Y.) Townsend Harris Endowment Fund Committee  Search this
Physical description:
[2], 41 p., [1] folded leaf of plates : ill., facsim., port., 25cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1931
Call number:
DS881.3 .A63 1931
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_855405

Transmitting the forms of divinity : early Buddhist art from Korea and Japan / Washizuka Hiromitsu, Park Youngbok and Kang Woo-bang ; [contributors, Ariga Yoshitaka ... et al. ; edited by Naomi Noble Richard]

Author:
Washizuka, Hiromitsu  Search this
Park, Youngbok 1945-  Search this
Kang, U-bang  Search this
Richard, Naomi Noble  Search this
Japan Society (New York, N.Y.) Gallery  Search this
Korea Society (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Physical description:
384 p. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 30 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Japan
Korea
Date:
2003
C2003
To 1600
To 935
Topic:
Art, Japanese  Search this
Buddhist art  Search this
Art, Korean  Search this
Call number:
N7353.12 .W37 2003
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_856232

Traditional Japanese design : five tastes / by Michael Dunn

Author:
Dunn, Michael  Search this
Japan Society (New York, N.Y.) Gallery  Search this
Physical description:
181 p. : chiefly ill. (all col.) ; 31 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Japan
Date:
2001
C2001
Tokugawa period, 1600-1868
Meiji period, 1868-1912
Topic:
Decorative arts--History  Search this
Handicraft--History  Search this
Call number:
NK1071 .D86 2001
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_856498

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