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Oral history interview with Robert Cottingham, 1998 July 27

Interviewee:
Cottingham, Robert, 1935-  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F.  Search this
Subject:
Close, Chuck  Search this
Woelffer, Emerson  Search this
Rawlings, John  Search this
Close, Leslie  Search this
Irwin, Robert  Search this
United States.Army  Search this
Young & Rubicam  Search this
Molly Barnes Gallery  Search this
Brooklyn Technical High School (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)  Search this
New York World's Fair  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Topic:
Cartographers  Search this
Printmakers  Search this
Times Square (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Art directors  Search this
Painters  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11960
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216381
AAA_collcode_cottin98
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_216381
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Gyorgy Kepes papers, 1909-2003, bulk 1935-1985

Creator:
Kepes, Gyorgy, 1906-2001  Search this
Subject:
Mead, Margaret  Search this
Chermayeff, Serge  Search this
Dreyfuss, Henry  Search this
Rickey, George  Search this
Arnheim, Rudolf  Search this
Entwhistle, Clive  Search this
Boghosian, Varujan  Search this
Moholy-Nagy, László  Search this
Eames, Ray Kaiser  Search this
Burgess, Lowry  Search this
Burnham, Jack  Search this
Blee, Michael  Search this
Thiel, Philip  Search this
Johnson, Philip  Search this
Hélion, Jean  Search this
Ts?ai, Wen-ying  Search this
Osborn, Robert Chesley  Search this
Tange, Kenzo  Search this
Tovish, Harold  Search this
Nusberg, Lev  Search this
Lynch, Kevin  Search this
Saarinen, Eero  Search this
Read, Herbert Edward  Search this
Gropius, Walter  Search this
Calder, Alexander  Search this
Kowalski, Piotry  Search this
Kepes, Juliet  Search this
Steinberg, Saul  Search this
Wolff, Robert Jay  Search this
Brazdys, Konslancija  Search this
Hayter, Stanley William  Search this
Eames, Charles  Search this
Fuller, R. Buckminster (Richard Buckminster),  Search this
Moholy-Nagy, Sibyl  Search this
Wurster, William Wilson  Search this
Sonfist, Alan  Search this
Richards, I. A. (Ivor Armstrong),  Search this
Zvilna, Jekabs  Search this
Takis, Vassilakis  Search this
Bertoia, Harry  Search this
McLuhan, Marshall  Search this
Piene, Otto  Search this
Tacha, Athena  Search this
Egawa, Kazuhiko  Search this
Center for Advanced Visual Studies  Search this
Illinois Institute of Technology  Search this
Massachusetts Institute of Technology  Search this
Saidenberg Gallery  Search this
Triennale di Milano  Search this
Type:
Motion pictures (visual works)
Sketches
Designs
Sound recordings
Sketchbooks
Photographs
Caricatures
Topic:
City planning  Search this
Educators  Search this
Artists' studios  Search this
Art  Search this
Times Square (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7252
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209402
AAA_collcode_kepegyor
Theme:
Sketches & Sketchbooks
Art Movements and Schools
Architecture & Design
Chicago's Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209402

New Astor Hotel and 20-story Times Building. [Cat. No. 45 : stereoscopic photonegative]

Topic:
UNITED STATES--NEW YORK CITY
Publisher:
Underwood & Underwood  Search this
H.C. White Co.  Search this
Names:
Astor Hotel (New York, N.Y.) -- Photographs -- 1900-1910  Search this
Collection Creator:
Underwood & Underwood  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (3-3/4" x 7".)
Type:
Archival materials
Cityscapes
Stereoscopic photographs
Photographs
Place:
New York (N.Y.) -- 1900-1910
Times Square (New York, N.Y.) -- 1900-1910
Date:
[ca. 1910.]
Scope and Contents:
Street-level view shows Times Square buildings, with horse and wagon.
Local Numbers:
RSN 1
General:
131 on envelope.
Currently stored in box 1.1.1 [162], moved from [158].
Collection Restrictions:
Researchers should view the positive videodisc image first or locate the image in SIRIS on the World Wide Web. The original glass plate is available for inspection if necessary in the Archives Center.

A limited number of fragile glass negatives and positives in the collection can be viewed directly in the Archives Center by prior appointment.,Contact David Haberstich, 633-3721.

Digital image files linked to item-level records in SIRIS Webpac.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Architecture -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Horses -- New York (State) -- New York -- 1890-1920.  Search this
Hotels, taverns, etc. -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Skyscrapers -- New York (State) -- New York. -- 1900-1910.  Search this
Streets -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Carts and wagons -- 1900-1910 -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
City views -- 1900-1910  Search this
Cities and towns -- 1900-1910 -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Cityscapes
Stereoscopic photographs
Photographs -- 1900-1910 -- Black-and-white negatives -- Glass
Collection Citation:
Underwood &Underwood Glass Stereograph Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Underwood & Underwood Glass Stereograph Collection
Underwood & Underwood Glass Stereograph Collection / Series 1: H. C. White glass plates / 1.1: H.C. White Negatives / RSN Numbers 1-108
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0143-ref877

[Huge crowd in city street, night view, possibly Times Square. No. 69 : stereo photonegative,]

Topic:
UNITED STATES--NEW YORK CITY
Publisher:
Underwood & Underwood  Search this
H.C. White Co.  Search this
Photographer:
White, C. W.  Search this
Collection Creator:
Underwood & Underwood  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (3-3/4" x 7".)
Type:
Archival materials
Stereoscopic photographs
Photographs
Place:
Times Square (New York, N.Y.) -- 1900-1910
New York (N.Y.)
Date:
1906
Scope and Contents:
Image includes illuminated signs for Studebaker and Sanderson's Scotch.
Local Numbers:
RSN 59
General:
Currently stored in box 1.1.1 [162], moved from [158]. Associated number, 387-E. "C.W.W. '06" on original envelope.
Collection Restrictions:
Researchers should view the positive videodisc image first or locate the image in SIRIS on the World Wide Web. The original glass plate is available for inspection if necessary in the Archives Center.

A limited number of fragile glass negatives and positives in the collection can be viewed directly in the Archives Center by prior appointment.,Contact David Haberstich, 633-3721.

Digital image files linked to item-level records in SIRIS Webpac.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Crowds -- New York (State) -- New York -- 1900-1910.  Search this
Buildings -- New York  Search this
Night photography  Search this
Skyscrapers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Stereoscopic photographs
Photographs -- 1900-1910 -- Black-and-white negatives -- Glass
Collection Citation:
Underwood &Underwood Glass Stereograph Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Underwood & Underwood Glass Stereograph Collection
Underwood & Underwood Glass Stereograph Collection / Series 1: H. C. White glass plates / 1.1: H.C. White Negatives / RSN Numbers 1-108
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0143-ref935

[High view of Times Square, New York City, at night. Active No. 70. Stereoscopic photonegative,]

Topic:
UNITED STATES--NEW YORK CITY
Publisher:
Underwood & Underwood  Search this
H.C. White Co.  Search this
Photographer:
White, C. W.  Search this
Collection Creator:
Underwood & Underwood  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (3-3/4" x 7".)
Type:
Archival materials
Stereoscopic photographs
Photographs
Place:
New York (N.Y.) -- 1890-1920
Times Square (New York, N.Y.)
Date:
1906
Scope and Contents:
Night exposure showing artificial illumination, including searchlights, and (apparently) crowds on street. Signs for Rector's and Cadillac Hotel are shown. "C.W.W. '06" on original envelope.
Local Numbers:
RSN 60
General:
Associated number: 386-B.
Currently stored in box 1.1.1 [162], moved from [158].
Collection Restrictions:
Researchers should view the positive videodisc image first or locate the image in SIRIS on the World Wide Web. The original glass plate is available for inspection if necessary in the Archives Center.

A limited number of fragile glass negatives and positives in the collection can be viewed directly in the Archives Center by prior appointment.,Contact David Haberstich, 633-3721.

Digital image files linked to item-level records in SIRIS Webpac.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Night photography  Search this
Cityscapes -- 1890-1920  Search this
Crowds -- New York (State) -- New York -- 1900-1910.  Search this
Skyscrapers -- New York (State) -- New York -- 1890-1920.  Search this
Genre/Form:
Stereoscopic photographs
Photographs -- 1900-1910 -- Black-and-white negatives -- Glass
Collection Citation:
Underwood &Underwood Glass Stereograph Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Underwood & Underwood Glass Stereograph Collection
Underwood & Underwood Glass Stereograph Collection / Series 1: H. C. White glass plates / 1.1: H.C. White Negatives / RSN Numbers 1-108
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0143-ref936

Times Square Looking North from Times Bldg. [photomechanical reproduction of photograph from book, "Catalog of Night Scenes,"]

Publisher:
Newcomb Publishing Co. (New York)  Search this
Photographer:
Inslee & Deck Co.  Search this
Series Creator:
Warshaw, Isadore, d. 1969  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (Illustration on page of book)
Type:
Archival materials
Photomechanical prints
Place:
New York (N.Y.) -- 1900-1910
Times Square (New York, N.Y.) -- 1900-1910
Date:
1907
Local Numbers:
8511 (CBA Neg.)
Series Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Some items may be restricted due to fragile condition.
Series Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Night photography -- New York (State) -- New York -- 1900-1910  Search this
Architecture -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photomechanical prints
Series Citation:
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Architecture, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
See more items in:
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Architecture
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0060-s01-01-architecture-ref874

Times Square, New York, N.Y.

Artist:
Louis Faurer, born Philadelphia, PA 1916-died New York City 2001  Search this
Medium:
gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
sheet: 10 15/16 x 14 in. (27.7 x 35.5 cm) image: 7 7/16 x 8 1/2 in. (18.8 x 21.6 cm)
Type:
Photography-Photoprint
Date:
ca. 1948, printed 1980-1981
Topic:
Figure group  Search this
Cityscape\New York\New York  Search this
Dress\accessory\umbrella  Search this
Cityscape\street\Times Square  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of David L. Davies and John D. Weeden and museum purchase
Object number:
2002.47.1
Restrictions & Rights:
© Estate of Louis Faurer
See more items in:
Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_2002.47.1

Times Square, New York, N.Y.

Artist:
Louis Faurer, born Philadelphia, PA 1916-died New York City 2001  Search this
Medium:
gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
sheet: 13 15/16 x 11 in. (35.4 x 27.9 cm) image: 11 3/4 x 8 1/16 in. (29.9 x 20.5 cm)
Type:
Photography-Photoprint
Date:
1947, printed 1980-1981
Topic:
Figure group  Search this
Cityscape\New York\New York  Search this
Dress\accessory\hat  Search this
Cityscape\street\Times Square  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of David L. Davies and John D. Weeden and museum purchase
Object number:
2002.47.15
Restrictions & Rights:
© Estate of Louis Faurer
See more items in:
Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_2002.47.15

Gyorgy Kepes papers

Creator:
Kepes, Gyorgy, 1906-2001  Search this
Names:
Center for Advanced Visual Studies  Search this
Illinois Institute of Technology  Search this
Saidenberg Gallery  Search this
Triennale di Milano (Milan, Italy)  Search this
Arnheim, Rudolf  Search this
Bertoia, Harry  Search this
Blee, Michael  Search this
Boghosian, Varujan  Search this
Brazdys, Konslancija  Search this
Burgess, Lowry, 1940-  Search this
Burnham, Jack, 1931-  Search this
Calder, Alexander, 1898-1976  Search this
Chermayeff, Serge, 1900-  Search this
Dreyfuss, Henry, 1904-1972  Search this
Eames, Charles  Search this
Eames, Ray  Search this
Egawa, Kazuhiko  Search this
Entwhistle, Clive  Search this
Fuller, R. Buckminster (Richard Buckminster), 1895-  Search this
Gropius, Walter, 1883-1969  Search this
Hayter, Stanley William, 1901-1988  Search this
Hélion, Jean, 1904-1987  Search this
Johnson, Philip, 1906-2005  Search this
Kepes, Juliet  Search this
Kowalski, Piotry  Search this
Lynch, Kevin, 1918-1984  Search this
McLuhan, Marshall, 1911-1980  Search this
Mead, Margaret, 1901-1978  Search this
Moholy-Nagy, László, 1895-1946  Search this
Moholy-Nagy, Sibyl, 1905-  Search this
Nusberg, Lev, 1937-  Search this
Osborn, Robert Chesley, 1904-1994  Search this
Piene, Otto, 1928-  Search this
Read, Herbert Edward, Sir, 1893-1968  Search this
Richards, I. A. (Ivor Armstrong), 1893-1979  Search this
Rickey, George  Search this
Saarinen, Eero, 1910-1961  Search this
Sonfist, Alan  Search this
Steinberg, Saul  Search this
Tacha, Athena, 1936-  Search this
Takis, Vassilakis  Search this
Tange, Kenzō, 1913-  Search this
Thiel, Philip  Search this
Tovish, Harold, 1921-2008  Search this
Tsʻai, Wen-ying, 1928-  Search this
Wolff, Robert Jay, 1905-  Search this
Wurster, William Wilson  Search this
Zvilna, Jēkabs, 1913-1997  Search this
Faculty:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology  Search this
Extent:
21.2 Linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Caricatures
Designs
Photographs
Sketchbooks
Sketches
Sound recordings
Place:
Times Square (New York, N.Y.)
Date:
1909-2003
bulk 1935-1985
Summary:
The papers of Hungarian-born artist, art theorist, and educator, Gyorgy Kepes, measure 21.2 linear feet and date from 1909-2003, with the bulk of the material dating from the 1935-1985. The papers document Kepes's career as an artist and educator, and as founder of the Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.), through biographical material, correspondence, writings by Kepes and others, project files, exhibition files, printed material, sketchbooks, artwork, sound recordings and motion picture films, and photographic material.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of Hungarian-born artist, art theorist, and educator, Gyorgy Kepes, measure 21.2 linear feet and date from 1909-2003, with the bulk of the material dating from the 1935-1985. The papers document Kepes's career as an artist and educator, and as founder of the Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.), through biographical material, correspondence, writings by Kepes and others, project files, exhibition files, printed material, sketchbooks, artwork, sound recordings and motion picture films, and photographic material.

Correspondence provides a wide range of documentation on all aspects of Kepes's career including his collaborations and friendships with artists, architects, writers, scientists, and fellow educators including Rudolf Arnheim, Alexander Calder, Henry Dreyfuss, Charles and Ray Eames, Clive Entwhistle, R. Buckminster Fuller, Walter Gropius, S. W. Hayter, Jean Hélion, Laszlo and Sibyl Moholy-Nagy, Lev Nussberg, Robert Osborn, George Rickey, Saul Steinberg, Kenzo Tange, Robert Jay Wolff, and Jekabs Zvilna. Correspondence also documents the evolution of Kepes's vision for the Center for Advanced Visual Studies, which he established in 1967, and his subsequent leadership of CAVS at M.I.T. Records document his collaborations with students and fellows including Lowry Burgess, Jack Burnham, Piotry Kowalski, Margaret Mead, Otto Piene, Alan Sonfist, Athena Tacha, Vassilakis Takis, Philip Thiel, Harold Tovish, and Wen-Ying Tsai. Correspondents also include people who contributed to Kepes's Vision + Value series, including Michael Blee, Kazuhiko Egawa, Jean Hélion, and others. Correspondence includes three motion picture films, including what appears to be an early version of Powers of Ten by Charles and Ray Eames.

Writings include notes and manuscripts for articles and essays in which Kepes explored ideas evident in his books The New Landscape and Language of Vision, and submitted to publications such as Daedalus, Design, Domus, and Leonardo. Writings also include manuscripts for lectures, and draft manuscripts documenting Kepes's collaborative work with fellow M.I.T. professor Kevin Lynch on city planning, which culminated in Lynch's research project "The Perceptual Form of the City."

A small group of "Times Square Project" files documents Kepes's proposal for a lightscape in Times Square that was ultimately not realized.

Teaching files include sound recordings of circa five symposia and discussions held at M.I.T., the Illinois Institute of Technology, and elsewhere, some featuring Kepes and including Philip Johnson, Eero Saarinen and others.

Exhibition files include documentation of three exhibitions, including Light as a Creative Medium (1968) and a Kepes exhibition at Saidenberg Gallery (1968). They also record Kepes's involvement in designing the 1968 Triennale di Milano.

Printed material includes a substantial collection of announcements and catalogs for Kepes exhibitions, lectures, and other events, and includes catalogs and announcements for scattered exhibitions of his wife, artist and illustrator, Juliet Kepes. Clippings from newspapers and magazines include articles about Kepes, and contain some copies of published writings and designs by him. The series also includes sound recordings and motion picture films containing original material for a CBS television series "The 21st Century," probably as part of the episode "Art for Tomorrow," which appear to feature M.I.T. fellows Jack Burnham and Vassilakis Takis. Another motion picture film of an Italian documentary "Operazione Cometa" can also be found here.

Two sketchbooks contain pen and ink and painted sketches by Kepes. Artwork by Kepes includes original poster designs, caricatures, and many pencil, and pen and ink sketches and paintings on paper and board, including designs for stained glass. Artwork by others includes ink on mylar sketches by D. Judelson and Konstancija Brazdys, and a sketch by Harold Tovish. Also found are circa seventeen motion picture films and four sound recordings, the majority of which are untitled and by unidentified artists, but include films by M.I.T. fellows Otto Piene, Vassilakis Takis, Philip Thiel, Harold Tovish, Wen-Ying Tsai, and others.

Photographs are of Kepes, Juliet Kepes, and other family members; students, colleagues, and friends, including R. Buckminster Fuller, Serge Chermayeff, Harry Bertoia, Varujan Boghosian, Alexander Calder, Marchall McLuhan, Margaret Mead, Herbert Read, I. A. Richards, Saul Steinberg, and William Wurster; and of Kepes in his studio. There are also photos of exhibition installations in which Kepes's work appeared or which he designed, and photos of his artwork and of images for publications which he wrote or edited. Photos by others include artwork by established artists and work by students, as well as photographs arranged by subjects such as cityscapes, forms found in nature, light patterns, mechanical devices, and photomicrographs. A collection of lantern slides with similar content to the photos of artwork and photos by subject is also found in this series and includes a lantern slide of Picasso creating a design with light.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as eleven series.

Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1940-circa 1980 (0.25 linear feet; Boxes 1, 28)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1936-1984 (5.7 linear feet; Boxes 1-7, 28 OV 33, FCs 39-41)

Series 3: Interviews and Transcripts, 1954-1970 (4 folders; Box 7)

Series 4: Writings and Notes, 1948-circa 1980s (1.4 linear feet; Boxes 7-8, 28)

Series 5: Times Square Project Files, 1972-1974 (6 folders; Box 9)

Series 6: Teaching Files Sound Recordings, circa 1953-1972 (0.7 linear feet; Box 9)

Series 7: Exhibition Files, 1958-1973 (0.4 linear feet; Boxes 9-10)

Series 8: Printed Material, circa 1922-1989 (3.6 linear feet; Boxes 10-12, 28-29, OVs 35, 37, FCs 42-49)

Series 9: Sketchbooks, circa 1940s-circa 1970s (2 folders; Box 12)

Series 10: Artwork and Moving Images, circa 1924-2003 (2.5 linear feet; Boxes 12, 13, OVs 33-36, 38, FCs 50-62)

Series 11: Photographs, 1909-1988 (10.4 linear feet; Boxes 13-32)
Biographical / Historical:
Painter, designer, art theorist, and educator, Gyorgy Kepes (1906-2001), was born in Selyp, Hungary, and studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Budapest. He worked with Moholy-Nagy in Berlin and London before joining him at the New Bauhaus (later the Chicago Institute of Design) in 1937.

Kepes taught courses at the New Bauhaus from 1937 to 1945, and published Language of Vision in 1944, summarizing the educational ideas and methods he had developed during his time at the institute. In 1946 he accepted a teaching position at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) where he initiated a program in visual design.

In 1956 Kepes published The New Landscape in Art and Science, in which he presented images from nature that were newly accessible due to developments in science and technology, and explored his ideas for a common language between science and the visual arts.

In 1965, these ideas were apparent in Kepes's proposal of an expanded visual arts program at M.I.T., which would "build new as yet undetermined bridges between art and engineering and science," according to the minutes of an M.I.T. Art Committee meeting in March of that year. Kepes's vision dovetailed with M.I.T.'s vested interest in promoting the arts, and faculty and administrators were open to the argument that "The scientific-technical enterprise needs schooling by the artistic sensibilities." In 1967, they appointed Kepes Director of M.I.T.'s Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS).

Kepes retired from the regular faculty at M.I.T. in 1967, to focus on his role as director of CAVS, where he worked to provide artists with opportunities for exploring new artistic forms on a civic scale through a working dialogue with scientists and engineers. Early fellows of the center included Maryanne Amacher, Joan Brigham, Lowry Burgess, Jack Burnham, Piotry Kowalski, Otto Piene, Vassilakis Takis, and Wen-Ying Tsai.

In 1965-1966 Kepes edited a six-volume series entitled Vision + Value, published by George Braziller, Inc. Each volume featured essays that centered around a core theme: The Education of Vision; Structure in Art and Science; The Nature and Art of Motion; Module, Symmetry, Proportion, Rhythm; Sign, Image, Symbol; and Man-Made Object. Contributions came from prominent artists, designers, architects, and scientists of the time including Rudolf Arnheim, Saul Bass, Marcel Breuer, John Cage, R. Buckminster Fuller, Johannes Itten, Marshall McLuhan, and Paul Rand.

Kepes experimented widely with photography, producing abstract images through the application of fluids and objects to photographic paper. He also took commercial work throughout his career, producing designs for all kinds of objects, including books and stained glass windows for churches. He returned to painting in the 1950s, and his development as a painter continued throughout his career at M.I.T., where he remained until his retirement in 1974, and beyond. His paintings, which were abstract and often incorporated organic shapes and hints of landscapes, can be found in museums such as the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Kepes received many awards during his lifetime, including a Guggenheim Fellowship (1958); the Gold Star Award of the Philadelphia College of Art (1958); the National Association of Art Colleges Annual Award (1968); the California College of Art Award (1968); and the Fine Arts Medal from the American Institute of Architects (1968). In 1973 he was elected into the National Academy of Design as an associate member, and became a full academician in 1978. He was a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters and Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Related Materials:
Additional papers of Gyorgy Kepes can be found at Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Advanced Visual Studies Special Collection.
Separated Materials:
The Archives of American Art also holds material lent for microfilming (reel 1211) including ninety-eight letters to Kepes from colleagues, 1946-1974. Lent materials were returned to the lender and are not described in the collection container inventory.
Provenance:
Gyorgy Kepes lent papers for microfilming in 1974 and donated material to the Archives of American Art in a series of gifts between 1974 and 1993.
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 copies requires advance notice.
Rights:
Authorization to publish, quote, or reproduce must be obtained from Juliet Kepes Stone or Imre Kepes.
Topic:
Art -- Philosophy  Search this
Artists' studios--Photographs  Search this
City planning  Search this
Educators--Massachusetts--Cambridge  Search this
Motion pictures (visual works)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Caricatures
Designs
Photographs
Sketchbooks
Sketches
Sound recordings
Citation:
Gyorgy Kepes papers, 1909-2003, bulk 1935-1985. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.kepegyor
See more items in:
Gyorgy Kepes papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-kepegyor

1000 on 42nd / photographs by Neil Selkirk ; introduction by Tibor & Maria Kalman

Title:
One thousand on Forty-second
Author:
Selkirk, Neil  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (unpaged) : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Illustrated works
Pictorial works
Place:
New York (State)
New York
Times Square (New York, N.Y.)
Date:
2000
C2000
Topic:
Portrait photography  Search this
Pictorial works  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1094392

On the town : one hundred years of spectacle in Times Square / Marshall Berman

Author:
Berman, Marshall 1940-  Search this
Physical description:
xxxvi, 264 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
In art
Place:
New York (State)
New York
Times Square (New York, N.Y.)
New York (N.Y.)
Date:
2006
C2006
Topic:
Arts--History  Search this
Performing arts--History  Search this
History  Search this
Intellectual life  Search this
In literature  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
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Times Square spectacular : lighting up Broadway / Darcy Tell

Author:
Tell, Darcy  Search this
Physical description:
xi, 194 p. : ill. (some col.), col. map ; 27 cm
Type:
Pictorial works
Place:
New York (State)
New York
Times Square (New York, N.Y.)
New York (N.Y.)
Date:
2007
Topic:
Billboards--History  Search this
Neon signs--History  Search this
Street life--History  Search this
History  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Buildings, structures, etc  Search this
Data Source:
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edanmdm:siris_sil_841020

Times Square roulette : remaking the city icon / Lynne B. Sagalyn

Author:
Sagalyn, Lynne B  Search this
Physical description:
xviii, 620 p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
New York (State)
New York
Times Square (New York, N.Y.)
New York (N.Y.)
Date:
2001
C2001
Topic:
City planning  Search this
Urban renewal  Search this
Tourism and city planning  Search this
Politics and government  Search this
Data Source:
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Times squared : photographs / by Toby Old ; introduction by Richard Gordon

Author:
Old, Toby  Search this
Subject:
Old, Toby  Search this
Physical description:
120 p. : chiefly ill. ; 27 cm
Type:
Pictorial works
Catalogs
Place:
New York (State)
New York
Times Square (New York, N.Y.)
Date:
2002
C2002
Topic:
Documentary photography  Search this
Boxers (Sports)  Search this
Disco dancing  Search this
Fashion  Search this
Call number:
TR647.O45 A4 2002
Data Source:
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Jane Dickson : life under neon : paintings and drawings of Times Square, 1981-1988 : [exhibition] May 24-July 7, 1989, Goldie Paley Gallery, Moore College of Art and Design / catalog essay by Gary Indiana

Author:
Dickson, Jane  Search this
Indiana, Gary  Search this
Goldie Paley Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Dickson, Jane  Search this
Physical description:
12 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
In art
Place:
Times Square (New York, N.Y.)
Date:
1989
C1989
Call number:
ND237.D4625 A4 1989
Data Source:
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edanmdm:siris_sil_792362

Philip-Lorca diCorcia : heads / Philip-Lorca DiCorcia ; with an essay The planets by Luc Sante

Title:
Heads
Author:
DiCorcia, Philip-Lorca  Search this
Sante, Luc Planets  Search this
PaceWildenstein (Firm)  Search this
Subject:
DiCorcia, Philip-Lorca  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 31 x 38 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Pictorial works
Exhibition catalogs
Exhibition, pictorial works
Place:
Times Square (New York, N.Y.)
Date:
2001
C2001
Topic:
Street photography  Search this
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Call number:
TR654 .D534 2001
Data Source:
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Carnival crossroads : the story of Times Square / by W.G. Rogers and Mildred Weston ; drawings by O. Soglow

Author:
Rogers, W. G (William Garland) 1896-  Search this
Weston, Mildred  Search this
Physical description:
183 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Times Square (New York, N.Y.)
Date:
1960
Data Source:
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edanmdm:siris_sil_537711

Inventing Times Square : commerce and culture at the crossroads of the world / edited by William R. Taylor

Author:
Taylor, William Robert 1922-  Search this
Physical description:
xxvi, 467 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Times Square (New York, N.Y.)
New York (N.Y.)
Date:
1991
C1991
1865-1898
1898-1951
Topic:
History  Search this
Popular culture  Search this
Call number:
F128.65.T5I58 1991X
Data Source:
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Times Square : 45 years of photography / Lou Stoumen

Author:
Stoumen, Louis Clyde  Search this
Subject:
Stoumen, Louis Clyde  Search this
Physical description:
159 p. : ill. ; 31 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Times Square (New York, N.Y.)
Date:
1985
C1985
Topic:
History  Search this
Description and travel  Search this
Call number:
TR647.S883 A6
TR647.S883A6
Data Source:
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EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_272161

42nd Street Art Project : starting July 8, 1993, 42nd Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenues, New York City / [introduction and text written by Philip Yenawine]

Author:
Yenawine, Philip  Search this
Creative Time, Inc  Search this
Physical description:
1 folded sheet ([14] p.) : ill. ; 23 x 10 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Times Square (New York, N.Y.)
Date:
1993
Topic:
Art, American--Exhibitions  Search this
Public art--Exhibitions  Search this
Exhibitions  Search this
Data Source:
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EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_905446

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