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Lerner, Abram  Search this
Cummings, Paul  Search this
Diller, Burgoyne, 1906-1965  Search this
Dlugoszewski, Lucia  Search this
Evergood, Philip  Search this
Hirshhorn, Joseph H.  Search this
MacAgy, Douglas  Search this
Weber, Max  Search this
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden  Search this
Sound recordings
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
179 Pages, Transcript
General Note:
Originally recorded on 3 sound tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 6 digital wav files. Duration is 5 hrs., 36 min.
An interview of Abram Lerner conducted 1975 Dec. 9-1976 Jan. 27, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art.
Lerner speaks of his childhood and youth in New York City; his education; going to museums and developing an interest in art; his painting career; getting on the WPA mural project; artists' unions and their importance; the gallery scene in New York City in the 1930s; going to work at the A.C.A. Gallery; meeting Joseph Hirshhorn, becoming friends and going to work for him; Hirshhorn's style of collecting; vainly trying to keep track of Hirshhorn's acquisitions; early exhibitions of Hirshhorn's collection, and their effect on the art market; Hirshhorn's involvement with the Smithsonian Institution and the beginning of the Hirshhorn Museum; the development of the Museum and its interaction with the Smithsonian; early exhibitions there; problems of museum administration and security; public response to the Hirshhorn Museum.
Lerner recalls Philip Evergood, Burgoyne Diller, Max Weber, and Douglas MacAgy.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Abram Lerner, 1975 Dec. 9-1976 Jan. 27. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.
Biography Note:
Abram Lerner (1913-2007) was a museum director in Washington, D.C.
Language Note:
English .
These interviews are part of the Archives' Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
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Data Source:
Archives of American Art