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The Chorus [painting] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Marsh, Reginald 1898-1954  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1944
Topic:
Architecture--Civic--Theater  Search this
Performing Arts--Theater--Performer  Search this
Figure group  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0045588
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_45589

Wrapped Modern Art Book, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Christo 1935-2020  Search this
Medium:
Mixed media
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Housatonic Community College Housatonic Museum of Art 900 Lafayette Boulevard Bridgeport Connecticut 06604
Topic:
Object--Written Matter--Book  Search this
Control number:
IAS 66460001
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_307027

Burt Chernow papers

Creator:
Chernow, Burt  Search this
Names:
Housatonic Community College (Bridgeport, Conn.)  Search this
Housatonic Museum of Art  Search this
Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection  Search this
Westport-Weston Arts Council (Westport, Conn.)  Search this
Arman, 1928-2005  Search this
Avery, Milton, 1885-1965  Search this
Christo, 1935-  Search this
Christo, 1935- (Wrapped Reichstag)  Search this
Hendricks, Barkley L., 1945-  Search this
Jeanne-Claude, 1935-2009  Search this
Johnson, Lester, 1919-2010  Search this
Peterdi, Gabor  Search this
Woodham, Jean, 1925-  Search this
Zúñiga, Francisco, 1912-1998  Search this
Extent:
21.8 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Interviews
Transcriptions
Video recordings
Sound recordings
Photographs
Date:
1930-2002
Summary:
The papers of Burt Chernow measure 21.8 linear feet and consist mainly of research materials gathered and produced in the course of writing Christo and Jeanne-Claude: A Biography over an extensive period of close contact with the subjects, from the early 1980s until Chernow's death in 1997. Research materials for the biography include photocopies of personal documents of the Christos, hundreds of recorded interviews with Christo, Jeanne-Claude, their family members, and their associates, transcripts of interviews and research on interview subjects, other collected research material compiled chronologically, drafts of the biography written by Chernow, drafts of the biography and its epilogue produced after Chernow's death, and business records related to the book's production, which include significant correspondence with the Christos. Also found are the published German and U.S. editions of the biography, printed materials and photographs related to the book's subject matter, and fabric samples from five of the Christos' projects undertaken during Chernow's association with them. Chernow's career as an art critic, writer, educator, and arts advocate, primarily in Southern Connecticut, is documented in Chernow's other writings, organizational records, printed materials, and photographs.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of Burt Chernow measure 21.8 linear feet and consist mainly of research materials gathered and produced in the course of writing Christo and Jeanne-Claude: A Biography over an extensive period of close contact with the subjects, from the early 1980s until Chernow's death in 1997. Research materials for the biography include photocopies of personal documents of the Christos, hundreds of recorded interviews with Christo, Jeanne-Claude, their family members, and their associates, transcripts of interviews and research on interview subjects, other collected research material compiled chronologically, drafts of the biography written by Chernow, drafts of the biography and its epilogue produced after Chernow's death, and business records related to the book's production, which include significant correspondence with the Christos. Also found are the published German and U.S. editions of the biography, printed materials and photographs related to the book's subject matter, and fabric samples from five of the Christos' projects undertaken during Chernow's association with them.

Chernow's career as an art critic, writer, educator, and arts advocate, primarily in Southern Connecticut, is documented in Chernow's other writings, organizational records, printed materials, and photographs. Other writings include drafts of articles, lectures, exhibition reviews, and catalog essays, some of which include research material gathered on the subjects. Artists written about by Chernow include Arman, Milton Avery, Barkley Hendricks, Francisco Zuñiga, Lester Johnson, Gabor Peterdi, and Jean Woodham, among many others, and including many Connecticut artists. A recorded interview with Arman, as well as transcripts of multiple interviews with Zuñiga, are filed with these writings. Also found are many writings and lectures related to the value of visual art in public life and in elementary and higher education. Numerous lectures by Chernow about several of the Christos' large-scale projects are also found, one of which, on the Wrapped Reichstag, is recorded on video.

Organizational records document Chernow's involvement in various art education organizations, his years of teaching at Housatonic Community College, his development of the Housatonic Museum of Art collection, and his work with several local arts organizations in Westport, Conn., including the Westport Arts Advisory Council, the Westport Arts Center, the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection Committee, and the Westport Weston Arts Council. Types of documents found include correspondence, clippings, photographs, flyers, and notes.

Printed material includes many of the books written by Chernow, and monographs and magazines which included essays on specific artists by Chernow. A file of clippings about Chernow spanning his career is also found. Photographs include prints, negatives, and contact sheets, and consist mainly of photographs of artists, many of which were taken by Chernow, and many of which are signed by the artists with a personal note to the Chernows. A handful of personal photographs of the Chernows are also found.
Arrangement:
Collection is arranged as 5 series.

Series 1: Research Material for -- Christo and Jeanne-Claude: A Biography -- , 1930-2002 (17.1 linear feet; Boxes 1-17, 23, OV 24)

Series 2: Other Writing, 1962-1999 (1.5 linear feet; Boxes 17-19)

Series 3: Organizational Records, 1963-2000 (1.1 linear feet; Boxes 19-20, 23, OV 24)

Series 4: Printed Material, 1960-2002 (1.3 linear feet; Boxes 20-21, 23)

Series 5: Photographs, 1950-1997 (0.8 linear feet; Boxes 21-23, OV 24)
Biographical / Historical:
Burt Chernow was an art historian, writer, educator, collector, and dealer who founded the Housatonic Museum of Art in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and who, upon his retirement from Housatonic Community College, became the authorized biographer of Christo and Jeanne-Claude, which he researched through close contact with the Christos from 1984 until his death in 1997. Although he had not completed the biography when he died, his wife Ann Chernow saw the manuscript through to publication, and the biography, Christo and Jeanne-Claude: A Biography, was first published in Germany in 2000, and then in the United States in 2002.

Born in New York City in 1933, Chernow earned a master's degree in art education at New York University in 1960, and began his career as an art teacher in the Westport, Connecticut public schools, later joining the faculty of the Art Department at the Housatonic Community College, where he eventually became the department's director. He also taught at the Museum of Modern Art, organizing the Children's Art Carnival in Harlem through the museum, and at Silvermine School of the Arts, the A.B.C.D. Arts Center in Bridgeport, Conn., and the Stamford Museum. While on the faculty at Housatonic Community College, he began collecting original artworks, mainly through donations directly from the artists, for what eventually became the Housatonic Museum of Art. Over the course of nearly 30 years he amassed over 4000 works for the collection, the largest of its kind for a community college, and remained the museum's Emeritus Director until his death. He remained active in civic arts organizations in Westport as well, where he was a founding member of the Westport Arts Center, served on the Westport Arts Advisory Council, and helped to establish the annual Westport Arts Awards.

Upon his retirement from the Housatonic faculty in 1984, Chernow approached Christo and Jeanne-Claude about becoming their authorized biographer. He had participated in their project Surrounded Islands in Miami in 1983, and had played a role in exhibitions and artist talks by Christo at the Aldrich Museum (1981) and the Wadsworth Atheneum (1978) as well. He and his wife Ann Chernow attended and helped to document the Wrapped Pont Neuf (1985) in Paris, and then visited Christo's family in Bulgaria in 1986. It was after their Bulgarian trip that Christo and Jeanne-Claude agreed to authorize him to write their biography, and Chernow's research began in earnest. He conducted hundreds of interviews with them, their family, and associates, participated in the major large-scale projects that took place between 1985 and 1995, and completed a draft of the biography up to the year 1982 before he died suddenly in 1997. After his death, his wife Ann Chernow saw the biography through to publication. It was published with an epilogue by Wolfgang Volz, the Christos' official photographer, bringing the Christos' story up to date from where Chernow had left off, first in Germany, and later in the United States and Italy.

Chernow wrote many books, catalogs, and articles about other artists as well, including Milton Avery, Francisco Zuniga, Gabor Peterdi, Will Barnet, Jean Woodham, and Lester Johnson, among others, and published and lectured widely on the subjects of art education and public art.
Provenance:
Donated 2002 by Ann Chernow, the widow of Burt Chernow.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Rights:
The Burt Chernow 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 historians -- Connecticut  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Art critics -- Connecticut  Search this
Authors -- Connecticut  Search this
Educators -- Connecticut  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Transcriptions
Video recordings
Sound recordings
Photographs
Citation:
Burt Chernow papers, 1930-2002. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.cherburt
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Burt Chernow papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-cherburt
Online Media:

Housatonic Museum of Art

Collection Creator:
Chernow, Burt  Search this
Container:
Box 19
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Burt Chernow 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.
Collection Citation:
Burt Chernow papers, 1930-2002. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Burt Chernow papers
Burt Chernow papers / Series 3: Organizational Records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-cherburt-ref1028

Catalogs and Poster

Collection Creator:
Chernow, Burt  Search this
Container:
Box 19, Folder 30
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1980-2000
Scope and Contents:
Oversized poster in OV 24.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Burt Chernow 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.
Collection Citation:
Burt Chernow papers, 1930-2002. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Burt Chernow papers
Burt Chernow papers / Series 3: Organizational Records / Housatonic Museum of Art
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-cherburt-ref1030

Clippings

Collection Creator:
Chernow, Burt  Search this
Container:
Box 19, Folder 31
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1997
Scope and Contents:
Oversized laminated clipping in Box 23.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Burt Chernow 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.
Collection Citation:
Burt Chernow papers, 1930-2002. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Burt Chernow papers
Burt Chernow papers / Series 3: Organizational Records / Housatonic Museum of Art
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-cherburt-ref1032

Dedication of Burt Chernow Galleries

Collection Creator:
Chernow, Burt  Search this
Container:
Box 19, Folder 32
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1997
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Burt Chernow 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.
Collection Citation:
Burt Chernow papers, 1930-2002. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Burt Chernow papers
Burt Chernow papers / Series 3: Organizational Records / Housatonic Museum of Art
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-cherburt-ref1033

Exhibitions

Collection Creator:
Chernow, Burt  Search this
Container:
Box 19, Folder 33
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1980-1986
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Burt Chernow 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.
Collection Citation:
Burt Chernow papers, 1930-2002. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Burt Chernow papers
Burt Chernow papers / Series 3: Organizational Records / Housatonic Museum of Art
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-cherburt-ref1034

Television Publicity

Collection Creator:
Chernow, Burt  Search this
Container:
Box 19, Folder 34
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1985
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Burt Chernow 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.
Collection Citation:
Burt Chernow papers, 1930-2002. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Burt Chernow papers
Burt Chernow papers / Series 3: Organizational Records / Housatonic Museum of Art
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-cherburt-ref1035

Writings

Collection Creator:
Chernow, Burt  Search this
Container:
Box 19, Folder 35
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1980-1997
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Burt Chernow 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.
Collection Citation:
Burt Chernow papers, 1930-2002. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Burt Chernow papers
Burt Chernow papers / Series 3: Organizational Records / Housatonic Museum of Art
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-cherburt-ref1036

Organizational Records

Collection Creator:
Chernow, Burt  Search this
Extent:
1.1 Linear feet (Boxes 19-20, 23, OV 24)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1963-2000
Scope and Contents:
Organizational records document Chernow's affiliations with organizations, primarily in Connecticut, for which he worked, or in which he served as an officer or member. Records include correspondence, catalogs, clippings, yearbooks, notes, writings, and photographs. Records are found related to Housotanic Community College (which later became Housatonic Community Technical College) where Chernow taught, the Housatonic Museum of Art, founded by Chernow, multiple projects of the Westport arts advisory council, the Westport Arts Center, the Westport schools permanent art collection committee, and the Westport Weston arts council. The bulk of records are for the Westport arts awards, organized by the Westport arts advisory council, which include correspondence, notes, writings, photographs, event invitations, and financial records. The "One Percent for the Arts Ordinance" file documents Chernow's advocacy for the ordinance in correspondence with town representatives, drafts of the ordinance, and collected documents relating to a similar "Art in Architecture" program from 1977. Records for the Housatonic Community College include yearbooks from three of the years Chernow taught there, with multiple photographs of him marked within them. A photograph of Chernow with Governor Rowland of Connecticut is also found relating to the construction of the Bridgeport facility for the Housatonic College in 1997. A small file is also found for Connecticut Fine Arts, Chernow's art dealership business, containing letters and a database printout of artworks.
Arrangement:
See also series 2, Other Writings, for Chernow's retirement speech from HCC and a file of teaching materials.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Burt Chernow 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.
Collection Citation:
Burt Chernow papers, 1930-2002. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.cherburt, Series 3
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Burt Chernow papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-cherburt-ref18

"The Housatonic Museum of Art: A Prototype the Explores the Potential of the Visual Arts in a Community College Education"

Collection Creator:
Chernow, Burt  Search this
Container:
Box 18, Folder 31
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1970-1979
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Burt Chernow 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.
Collection Citation:
Burt Chernow papers, 1930-2002. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Burt Chernow papers
Burt Chernow papers / Series 2: Other Writings / Articles
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-cherburt-ref961

Burt Chernow papers, 1930-2002

Creator:
Chernow, Burt, 1933-1997  Search this
Subject:
Peterdi, Gabor  Search this
Hendricks, Barkley L.  Search this
Johnson, Lester  Search this
Arman  Search this
Avery, Milton  Search this
Christo  Search this
Zúñiga, Francisco  Search this
Woodham, Jean  Search this
Jeanne-Claude  Search this
Christo (Wrapped Reichstag)  Search this
Westport-Weston Arts Council  Search this
Housatonic Community College  Search this
Housatonic Museum of Art  Search this
Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Transcriptions
Video recordings
Sound recordings
Photographs
Topic:
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Art critics -- Connecticut  Search this
Authors -- Connecticut  Search this
Educators -- Connecticut  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6021
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)235373
AAA_collcode_cherburt
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_235373
Online Media:

Genesis, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Chinni, Peter Anthony 1928-2019  Search this
Medium:
Bronze
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Housatonic Community College Housatonic Museum of Art 900 Lafayette Boulevard Bridgeport Connecticut 06604
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Allegory--Life--Birth  Search this
Control number:
IAS 66460016
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_307042

Tower, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Marisol 1930-2016  Search this
Medium:
Bronze
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Housatonic Community College Housatonic Museum of Art 900 Lafayette Boulevard Bridgeport Connecticut 06604
Topic:
Figure group  Search this
Architecture--Civic--Tower  Search this
Control number:
IAS 66460009
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_307035

Michael Hafftka : a retrospective : large oils 1985-2003 / introd. by Robbin Zella ; essays by Michael Brodsky, Sam Hunter

Author:
Hafftka, Michael 1953-  Search this
Housatonic Museum of Art  Search this
Subject:
Hafftka, Michael 1953-  Search this
Physical description:
[60 p., 6 leaves] : col. ill. ; 36 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
2004
C2004
Call number:
ND237.H16 A4 2004
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_772202

Producing histories : African art in the Housatonic Museum of Art collection / [by Lyneise Williams]

Author:
Williams, Lyneise  Search this
Housatonic Museum of Art  Search this
Subject:
Housatonic Museum of Art  Search this
Physical description:
20 p. : ill. (some col.), map ; 22 x 22 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Connecticut
Bridgeport
Date:
1999
C1999
Topic:
Art, African  Search this
Art  Search this
Call number:
N522.B6 W54 1999
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_620169

Selections from a growing permanent collection / Housatonic Museum of Art

Author:
Housatonic Museum of Art  Search this
Chernow, Burt  Search this
Physical description:
[80] p. : ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Connecticut
Bridgeport
Date:
1980
1981
Topic:
Art  Search this
Call number:
N522.B6 A66
N522.B6A66
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_142759

Blow in the Face, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Ossorio, Alfonso A. 1916-1990  Search this
Medium:
Mixed
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Housatonic Community College Housatonic Museum of Art 900 Lafayette Boulevard Bridgeport Connecticut 06604
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Object--Other--Shell  Search this
Object--Other--Feather  Search this
Figure--Fragment--Eye  Search this
Figure--Fragment--Face  Search this
Control number:
IAS 66460002
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_307028

Moon Carrier, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Pavia, Phillip 1913-2005  Search this
Medium:
Marble
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Housatonic Community College Housatonic Museum of Art 900 Lafayette Boulevard Bridgeport Connecticut 06604
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Allegory--Place--Extraterrestrial  Search this
Control number:
IAS 66460003
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_307029

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