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Mesches, Arnold, 1923-2016  Search this
Ciment, Jill  Search this
Danto, Arthur Coleman  Search this
Miller, Henry  Search this
Marshall, Kerry James  Search this
Motherwell, Robert  Search this
Shahn, Ben  Search this
Siqueiros, David Alfaro  Search this
Storr, Robert  Search this
Wayne, June  Search this
Zinn, Howard  Search this
Miami Dade College  Search this
New York University  Search this
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
13.6 Linear feet
The collection is arranged as ten series. Series 1: Biographical Material, 1960s-2012 (0.2 linear feet, Box 1) Series 2: Correspondence, 1949-2014 (0.8 linear feet, Box 1) Series 3: Writings, 1958-2013 (1.1 linear feet, Box 2-3) Series 4: Gallery and Exhibition Files, 1979-2015 (0.8 linear feet, Box 3) Series 5: Project Files, 1950s-2014 (5.3 linear feet, Box 3-8, 15, OV 16-19) Series 6: Subject Files, 1939-2000s (1.3 linear feet, Box 8-9) Series 7: Teaching Files, 1992-2004 (0.2 linear feet, Box 9-10) Series 8: Personal Business Records, 1983-2015 (0.5 linear feet, Box 10) Series 9: Printed Material, 1950s-2000s (1.5 linear feet, Box 10-11, 15, OV 20) Series 10: Photographic Material, 1940s-2010s (1.9 linear feet, Box 12-15)
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
The papers of New York City and Gainesville, Florida based painter Arnold Mesches (1923-2016) measure 13.6 linear feet and date from 1939-2015. The collection documents Mesches' politically-engaged career and work process through biographical material, correspondence, writings, gallery and exhibition files, project files, subject files, teaching files, personal business records, printed material, and photographic material. Project files comprise a bulk of the collection and include grant files, activism files, project notebooks, and over 100 art project files containing drawings, source material, and photographic material for individual artworks.
Arnold Mesches papers, 1939-2015. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Biography Note:
Arnold Mesches (1923-2016) was a painter in New York, New York and Gainesville, Florida. Born in the Bronx and raised in upstate Dunkirk, New York, Mesches studied advertising design in high school before moving to Los Angeles in 1943 to study art at the Jepson Art Institute and Chouinard Art Institute.
Language Note:
Collection is in English.
Donated to the Archives of American Art in 2017 by Jill Ciment, Mesches' widow.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Art -- Political aspects  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Painting -- Technique  Search this
Politics in art  Search this
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