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Thomas M. Messer papers

Creator:
Messer, Thomas M.  Search this
Names:
Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation  Search this
Bacon, Francis, 1909-1992  Search this
Barnet, Will, 1911-2012  Search this
Bell, Larry, 1939-  Search this
Burri, Alberto, 1915-  Search this
Bury, Pol, 1922-2005  Search this
Chagall, Marc, 1887-  Search this
Chryssa, 1933-  Search this
Dubuffet, Jean, 1901-  Search this
Ernst, Max, 1891-1976  Search this
Flavin, Dan, 1933-  Search this
Frankenthaler, Helen, 1928-2011  Search this
Giacometti, Alberto, 1901-1966  Search this
Hamilton, Richard, 1922-  Search this
Hélion, Jean, 1904-1987  Search this
Knowlton, Grace, 1932-  Search this
Koczy, Rosemarie, 1939-2007  Search this
Kolář, Jiří, 1914-2002  Search this
Kuh, Katharine  Search this
Martin, Agnes, 1912-2004  Search this
Moore, Henry, 1898-1986  Search this
Rickey, George  Search this
Simonds, Charles, 1945-  Search this
Still, Clyfford, 1904-1980  Search this
Tworkov, Jack  Search this
Extent:
4.6 Linear Feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Transcripts
Diaries
Date:
1949-2010
Summary:
The papers of New York museum director and independent curator Thomas M. Messer measure 4.6 linear feet and date from 1949-2010. Material includes correspondence, a diary transcript, and printed material that reflect Messer's long career, primarily as director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. Correspondence comprises the bulk of the collection and documents the relationships he built with artists, art historians, curators, and others colleagues. Notable correspondents include Francis Bacon, Will Barnet, Larry Bell, Alberto Burri, Pol Bury, Marc Chagall, Chryssa, Jean Dubuffet, Max Ernst, Dan Flavin, Helen Frankenthaler, Alberto Giacometti, Richard Hamilton, Jean Hélion, Grace Knowlton, Rosemarie Koczy, Jirí Kolár, Katharine Kuh, Agnes Martin, Henry Moore, George Rickey, Charles Simonds, Clyfford Still, Jack Tworkov, and many others.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of New York museum director and independent curator Thomas M. Messer measure 4.6 linear feet and date from 1949-2010. Material includes correspondence, a diary transcript, and printed material that reflect Messer's long career, primarily as director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. Correspondence comprises the bulk of the collection and documents the relationships he built with artists, art historians, curators, and others colleagues. Notable correspondents include Francis Bacon, Will Barnet, Larry Bell, Alberto Burri, Pol Bury, Marc Chagall, Chryssa, Jean Dubuffet, Max Ernst, Dan Flavin, Helen Frankenthaler, Alberto Giacometti, Richard Hamilton, Jean Hélion, Grace Knowlton, Rosemarie Koczy, Jirí Kolár, Katharine Kuh, Agnes Martin, Henry Moore, George Rickey, Charles Simonds, Clyfford Still, Jack Tworkov, and many others.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as three series

Series 1: Correspondence, 1962-2010 (4 linear feet; Box 1-4)

Series 2: Diary Transcript, 2007-2009 (0.02 gigabytes; ER01)

Series 3: Printed Material, 1949-1987 (0.6 linear feet; Box 5-6)
Biographical / Historical:
Thomas Messer (1920-2013) was a museum director and independent curator in New York, New York. Born and raised in Czechoslovakia, Messer became a United States citizen in 1944 and served in the United States Army in World War II. He earned his bachelor's degree from Boston University and studied at the Sorbonne in France before returning to the United States to study art history and museology at Harvard University. After obtaining his graduate degree, Messer was the director of the Roswell Museum in Roswell, New Mexico and then of the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. In 1961, Messer became the director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, which includes the Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy. Messer retired from his position there in 1988 and became a freelance curator, teacher, writer, and arts consultant.
Related Materials:
Also found in the Archives of American Art are two oral history interviews with Thomas Messer conducted by Paul Cummings in 1970 and by Andrew Decker in 1994-1995.
Provenance:
Donated to the Archives of American Art in 1995 by Thomas Messer and in 2016 by the Thomas Messer estate via Adam Lehner, executor.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Use of electronic records requires advance notice.
Rights:
The Thomas M. Messer papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Occupation:
Art museum directors -- United States  Search this
Topic:
Curators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Transcripts
Diaries
Citation:
Thomas M. Messer papers, 1949-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.messthom
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-messthom

Oral history interview with Charles Simonds, 2012 July 31-August 14

Interviewee:
Simonds, Charles, 1945-  Search this
Interviewer:
Lyon, Christopher, 1949-  Search this
Topic:
Interviews  Search this
Sculptors  Search this
Sound recordings  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)16238
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)370419
AAA_collcode_simond12
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_370419

Projects for PCA Philadelphia College of Art : April 19-May 21, 1976 : Anne Healy, Patrick Ireland, Robert Irwin, Charles Simonds

Author:
Healy, Anne  Search this
Ireland, Patrick  Search this
Irwin, Robert 1928-  Search this
Simonds, Charles 1945-  Search this
Philadelphia College of Art  Search this
Subject:
Healy, Anne  Search this
Ireland, Patrick  Search this
Irwin, Robert 1928-  Search this
Simonds, Charles 1945-  Search this
Physical description:
35 p. : ill ; 23 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Date:
1976
20th century
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Site-specific art  Search this
Art  Search this
Call number:
N6512 .P784 1976
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_809214

Charles Simonds

Title:
Simonds
Author:
Simonds, Charles 1945-  Search this
Galerie Enrico Navarra  Search this
Subject:
Simonds, Charles 1945-  Search this
Simonds, Charles 1945-  Search this
Physical description:
125 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 x 25 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Chronology
Date:
2001
C2001
Topic:
Buildings in art  Search this
Landscapes in art  Search this
Call number:
NB237.S565 A4 2001
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_714427

Charles Simonds / [curator Teresa Millet ; text Kosme de Barañano ... [et al.]

Author:
Simonds, Charles 1945-  Search this
Millet, Teresa  Search this
Barañano Letamendía, Kosme María de 1952-  Search this
Institut Valencià d'Art Modern  Search this
Subject:
Simonds, Charles 1945-  Search this
Physical description:
299 p. : col. ill. ; 31 x 37 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2003
C2003
Topic:
Buildings in art  Search this
Landscapes in art  Search this
Call number:
NB237.S565 A4 2003
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_720233

Charles Simonds

Author:
Simonds, Charles 1945-  Search this
Galerie nationale du jeu de paume (France)  Search this
Subject:
Simonds, Charles 1945-  Search this
Simonds, Charles 1945-  Search this
Physical description:
121 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 30 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Chronology
Date:
1994
C1994
Topic:
Buildings in art  Search this
Landscapes in art  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_731764

Charles Simonds / Exposició organitzada per la Fundació "la Caixa" = Exposición organizada por la Fundación "la Caixa"

Author:
Simonds, Charles 1945-  Search this
Fundació "La Caixa" Centre Cultural  Search this
Subject:
Simonds, Charles 1945-  Search this
Physical description:
139 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1994
Call number:
NB237.S565 A4 1994a
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_644495

Simonds / préface de Gilbert Lascault

Author:
Simonds, Charles 1945-  Search this
Galerie Maeght (Paris, France)  Search this
Subject:
Simonds, Charles 1945-  Search this
Physical description:
[16] p. : col. ill. ; 32 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1986
C1986
Call number:
NB237.S565 A4 1986
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_646421

Three peoples / Charles Simonds

Author:
Simonds, Charles 1945-  Search this
Physical description:
27 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Artists' books
Date:
1976
1976, ©1975
Call number:
N6537.S55 A4 1975
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_651483

Charles Simonds : schwebende Städte und andere Architekturen = Floating cities and other architectures : [Ausstellung], Westfälischer Kunstverein Münster, 10.3-9.4.1978, Bonner Kunstverein, 14.4-21.5.1978 : [Katalog / Charles Simonds und Herbert Molderings ; Übersetzungen, Brigitte Kalthoff und Friedmar Apel]

Author:
Simonds, Charles 1945-  Search this
Molderings, Herbert  Search this
Westfälischer Kunstverein  Search this
Bonner Kunstverein  Search this
Subject:
Simonds, Charles 1945-  Search this
Physical description:
59 p. : ill. (2 col.) ; 21 x 25 cm
Type:
Interviews
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
1978
Topic:
Artists  Search this
Call number:
N6537.S55 A4 1978
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_651750

Charles Simonds : [an exhibition at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, June 11-July 17, 1977]

Author:
Simonds, Charles 1945-  Search this
Albright-Knox Art Gallery  Search this
Buffalo Fine Arts Academy  Search this
Subject:
Simonds, Charles 1945-  Search this
Physical description:
16 p. : ill. ; 18 x 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1977
C1977
Call number:
N6537.S55 C47
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_651771

Charles Simonds : Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, November 7, 1981-January 3, 1982

Author:
Simonds, Charles 1945-  Search this
Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago, Ill.)  Search this
Subject:
Simonds, Charles 1945-  Search this
Physical description:
97 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1981
C1981
Call number:
N40.1.S6125 M87 1981
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_506089

Charles Simonds : mythologies : demeures : Niagara Gorge : La Placita, paysage social : architectures rituels et cosmologie : demeure - Ouroboros / [texte et interview par] Daniel Abadie

Author:
Simonds, Charles 1945-  Search this
Abadie, Daniel  Search this
Subject:
Simonds, Charles 1945-  Search this
Physical description:
69 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Type:
Interviews
Place:
United States
Date:
1975
Topic:
Artists  Search this
Call number:
N6537.S55 A2 1975
N40.1.S6125 A2
N40.1.S6125A2
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_328582

Layers : the art of Charles Simonds / by Gregory C. Albert

Title:
Art of Charles Simonds
Author:
Albert, Gregory C  Search this
Subject:
Simonds, Charles 1945-  Search this
Physical description:
96 leaves : photographs (some color) ; 29 cm
Type:
Manuscripts
Date:
1985
Call number:
N40.1.S6125 A3 1985
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_331462

Cracking = Brüchig Werden / Charles Simonds und Lucy R. Lippard

Title:
Brüchig Werden
Author:
Simonds, Charles 1945-  Search this
Lippard, Lucy R  Search this
Subject:
Simonds, Charles 1945-  Search this
Lippard, Lucy R  Search this
Physical description:
126 pages : chiefly illustrations (some color) ; 11 x 16 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1979
[©1979]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1034240

Charles Simonds : May 10-July 3, 1988

Author:
Simonds, Charles 1945-  Search this
Beardsley, John  Search this
Corcoran Gallery of Art  Search this
Subject:
Simonds, Charles 1945-  Search this
Beardsley, John  Search this
Physical description:
[12] p. : ill ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1988
C1988
Call number:
NB237.S565 A4 1988
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_923323

Charles Simonds : demeures

Title:
Demeures
Author:
Simonds, Charles 1945-  Search this
Spies, Werner 1937-  Search this
Abattoirs (Museum complex)  Search this
Subject:
Simonds, Charles 1945-  Search this
Physical description:
1 folded sheet ([15] p.) : col. ill. ; 35 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
2004
Call number:
N6537.S55 A4 2004
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_970634

Charles Simonds : mental earth, growths and smears / essay by Arthur C. Danto

Title:
Mental earth, growths and smears
Author:
Simonds, Charles 1945-  Search this
Danto, Arthur C. 1924-2013  Search this
M. Knoedler & Co  Search this
Subject:
Simonds, Charles 1945-  Search this
Physical description:
55 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 23 x 28 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
2011
C2011
Call number:
NB237.S565 A4 2011
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_975626

Landscape body dwelling : Charles Simonds at Dumbarton Oaks / John Beardsley, editor

Title:
Landscapebodydwelling
Charles Simonds at Dumbarton Oaks
Author:
Simonds, Charles 1945-  Search this
Beardsley, John  Search this
Dumbarton Oaks  Search this
Subject:
Simonds, Charles 1945-  Search this
Physical description:
109 p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 23 x 27 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
2011
C2011
Call number:
NB237.S5654 A4 2011
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_976726

Permanent collection : Charles Simonds, Dwellings. [Max Neuhaus, Sound installation] : Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

Title:
Charles Simonds, Dwellings
Max Neuhaus, Sound installation
Author:
Simonds, Charles 1945-  Search this
Neuhaus, Max  Search this
Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago, Ill.)  Search this
Subject:
Simonds, Charles 1945-  Search this
Neuhaus, Max  Search this
Physical description:
1 brochure ([6] p.) : ill. ; 28 x 64 cm. (folded to 28 x 22 cm)
Type:
Books
Catalogs
Exhibitions
Date:
1984
[1984]
Call number:
N6537.S55 A4 1984
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_989837

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