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Creator:
Admiral, Virginia, 1915-2000  Search this
Names:
Art Workers Coalition  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
De Niro, Robert, Sr., 1922-1993  Search this
Mapplethorpe, Robert  Search this
Extent:
0.6 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1945-1978
Summary:
The papers of painter and poet Virginia Admiral measure 0.6 linear feet and date from 1945-1978. The scattered papers include identification cards, correspondence with artists and friends, personal business records, and printed material. Found are files relating to the Art Workers' Coalition, a group that sought to pressure the Museum of Modern Art and others to implement political and economic reforms to their practices.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of painter and poet Virginia Admiral measure 0.6 linear feet and date from 1945-1978. The scattered papers include identification cards, correspondence with artists and friends, personal business records, and printed material. Found are files relating to the Art Workers' Coalition, a group that sought to pressure the Museum of Modern Art and others to implement political and economic reforms to their practices.
Arrangement:
Due to the small size of this collection the papers are arranged as one series.
Biographical / Historical:
Virginia Admiral (1915-2000) was a painter and poet based in New York City, New York. She was the ex-wife of Robert De Niro and mother of actor Robert De Niro Jr. Virginia Admiral was born in Oregon in 1915 and studied at the Art Institute of Chicago. She worked for the Federal Arts Project in Oakland, California in 1938 but enrolled at the Hofmann School in New York City two years later. It was at the Hofmann school, where she studied under its founder Hans Hoffman, that she met fellow artist Robert De Niro. They married and had a son, Robert De Niro Jr., who would later become an actor. Admiral and De Niro divorced in 1945. Admiral's work was included in the 1948 Peggy Guggenheim exhibition at the Venice Biennale. Also an activist and a writer, Admiral participated in the anti-Vietnam War movement, and wrote for True Crimes magazine. She died in 2000 in New York City, New York.
Provenance:
Virginia Admiral donated her papers to the Archives of American Art in 1979 and 1980.
Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to the original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Occupation:
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Poets -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Women painters  Search this
Citation:
Virginia Admiral papers, 1945-1978. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.admivirg
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-admivirg