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Sidney Janis letter to Jackson Pollock

Creator:
Janis, Sidney, 1896-1989  Search this
Pollock, Jackson, 1912-1956  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
1943 Sept. 27
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)13807
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Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner papers, circa 1914-1984, bulk 1942-1984
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_13807
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Sidney Janis letter to Jackson Pollock

Creator:
Janis, Sidney, 1896-1989  Search this
Pollock, Jackson, 1912-1956  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
1943 Sep. 27
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)16478
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Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner papers, circa 1914-1984, bulk 1942-1984
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_16478
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Interview with Sidney Janis

Creator:
Janis, Sidney, 1896-1989  Search this
Varian, Elayne H. (Elayne Hanley), 1913-1987  Search this
Subject:
Sidney Janis Gallery  Search this
Type:
Sound Recording
Date:
circa 1969
Topic:
Art galleries, Commercial  Search this
Dealers  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)12299
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Exhibition records of the Contemporary Study Wing of the Finch College Museum of Art, 1943-1975, bulk 1964-1975
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_12299

Sidney Janis Gallery exhibition catalogs, 1951-1998

Creator:
Sidney Janis Gallery  Search this
Janis, Sidney, 1896-1989  Search this
Type:
Exhibition catalogs
Topic:
Art galleries, Commercial -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6257
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216584
AAA_collcode_sidnjani
Theme:
The Art Market
Art Gallery Records
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_216584
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Joseph Randall Shapiro and Jory Shapiro papers

Creator:
Shapiro, Joseph Randall  Search this
Shapiro, Jory  Search this
Names:
Baj, Enrico, 1924-  Search this
Bohrod, Aaron  Search this
Buehr, George Frederick, 1905-1983  Search this
Chagall, Marc, 1887-1985  Search this
Cuevas, José Luis, 1934-  Search this
Golub, Leon, 1922-2004  Search this
Hoff, Margo  Search this
Ito, Miyoko, 1918-1983  Search this
Janis, Sidney, 1896-1989  Search this
Lanyon, Ellen  Search this
Matisse, Pierre, 1900-1989  Search this
Pattison, Abbott L. (Abbott Lawrence), 1916-1999  Search this
Petlin, Irving, 1934-2018  Search this
Rattner, Abraham  Search this
Sage, Kay  Search this
Tanguy, Yves, 1900-1955  Search this
Extent:
0.6 Linear feet ((on 1 microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1943-1985
Scope and Contents:
Letters, scrapbooks, and printed material documenting the development of the Shapiro's art collection. Correspondence, primarily from dealers, museums, art organizations and artists, includes letters from Enrico Baj, Aaron Bohrod (recommending Ben Shahn as a muralist), George Buehr, Jose Luis Cuevas, Leon Golub, Margo Hoff, Miyoko Ito, Sidney Janis, Ellen Lanyon, Pierre Matisse, Ida Meyer-Chagall (discussing her father's work), Abbott Pattison, Irving Petlin, Abraham Rattner, and Kay Sage Tanguy (discussing her husband's work). Printed material consists of 11 exhibition announcements and catalogs (1952-1984), and clippings (1965-1985).
Four scrapbooks (1943-1955) contain clippings, some dealing with the "Art to Live With" program, exhibition catalogs, a letter from Richard Daley (1958), a 3-page typescript "Surrealism Then and Now" by Doris Lane Butler (1958), press releases (1959), and a letter from R. J. Nedved of the Illinois Society of Architects (1967).
Biographical / Historical:
Born 1904. Died 1996. Joseph Shapiro began collecting in 1942 and was drawn to works in the Surrealist tradition. While establishing one of the most important art collections in Chicago, Shapiro and his wife Jory enjoyed personal friendships with artists and used their collection to educate and increase public appreciation of modern art in Chicago. Shapiro was a founder of the Museum of Contemporary Art and served on its board as President from 1967 until 1974.
Provenance:
Material on reel 3759 (fr. 1-320) donated 1986; and material on fr. 323-569 lent for microfilming 1986 all by Joseph R. Shapiro.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Art patrons  Search this
Topic:
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Surrealism -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.shapjose
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-shapjose

Oral history interview with Sidney Janis, 1972 Mar. 21-Sept. 26

Interviewee:
Janis, Sidney, 1896-1989  Search this
Interviewer:
Cummings, Paul, 1933-  Search this
Subject:
Sidney Janis Gallery  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Art dealers -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13049
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212744
AAA_collcode_janis72
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212744

Oral history interview with Sidney Janis, 1981 Oct. 15-Nov. 18

Interviewee:
Janis, Sidney, 1896-1989  Search this
Interviewer:
Berman, Avis, 1949-  Search this
Subject:
Rothko, Mark  Search this
Mark Rothko and His Times Oral History Project  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Abstract expressionism  Search this
Art dealers -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13301
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)215632
AAA_collcode_janis81
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_215632

Oral history interview with Sidney Janis

Interviewee:
Janis, Sidney, 1896-1989  Search this
Interviewer:
Berman, Avis  Search this
Creator:
Mark Rothko and His Times Oral History Project  Search this
Names:
Mark Rothko and His Times Oral History Project  Search this
Rothko, Mark, 1903-1970  Search this
Extent:
3 Items (sound cassettes, analog.)
32 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1981 Oct. 15-Nov. 18
Scope and Contents:
Interview of Sidney Janis, conducted on October 15 and November 18, 1981, by Avis Berman, for the Archives of American Art's Mark Rothko and His Times oral history project, at Janis' gallery, in New York, N.Y. Janis speaks of Mark Rothko life, including those who he was friends with, such as Marcel Duchamp, Max Ersnt, Willem de Kooning, and Andre Breton. He recalls Rothko's work ethic and his decent into depression later in life.
Biographical / Historical:
Sidney Janis (1896-1989) was an art dealer from New York, N.Y. Operated the Sidney Janis Gallery.
Provenance:
This interview was conducted as part of the Archives of American Art's Mark Rothko and his Times oral history project, with funding provided by the Mark Rothko Foundation.
Others interviewed on the project (by various interviewers) include: Sonia Allen, Sally Avery, Ben-Zion, Bernard Braddon, Ernest Briggs, Rhys Caparn, Elaine de Kooning, Herbert Ferber, Esther Gottlieb, Juliette Hays, Buffie Johnson, Jacob Kainen, Louis Kaufman, Jack Kufeld, Katharine Kuh, Stanley Kunitz, Joseph Liss, Dorothy Miller, Betty Parsons, Wallace Putnam, Rebecca Reis, Maurice Roth, Sidney Schectman, Aaron Siskind, Joseph Solman, Hedda Sterne, Jack Tworkov, Esteban Vicente and Ed Weinstein. Each has been cataloged separately.
Restrictions:
ACCESS RESTRICTED; written permission required.
Topic:
Abstract expressionism  Search this
Art dealers -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.janis81
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-janis81

Sidney Janis Gallery exhibition catalogs

Creator:
Sidney Janis Gallery  Search this
Janis, Sidney, 1896-1989  Search this
Extent:
2.8 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Exhibition catalogs
Date:
1951-1998
Summary:
The Sidney Janis Gallery exhibition catalogs measure 2.8 linear feet and date from 1951 to 1998. Found here is a complete set of catalogs published by the New York gallery.
Scope and Contents:
The Sidney Janis Gallery exhibition catalogs measure 2.8 linear feet and date from 1951 to 1998. Found here is a complete set of catalogs published by the New York gallery.

Researchers should note that this collection only includes published catalogs and not related exhibition documentation. The gallery did not publish a catalog for every exhibition, especially during the early years of the gallery's operation.
Arrangement:
This collection has been arranged into one series.

Series 1: Exhibition Catalogs, 1951-1998 (Boxes 1-7; 2.8 linear feet)
Biographical / Historical:
Sidney Janis Gallery (est. 1948-1999) was an art gallery in New York, N.Y., specializing in contemporary avant-garde art. Sidney Janis opened the gallery with his wife Harriet at 15 E. 57th Street in Manhattan. The gallery became a leading exhibitor of Pop art after the groundbreaking exhibition New Realists in 1962. The gallery moved to 110 W. 57th Street in the 1980s, and after Janis's death in 1989 the gallery was directed by his son, Carroll Janis.
Related Materials:
Also found at the Archives of American Art are two oral history interviews with Sidney Janis. One interview conducted March 21-September 26, 1972, by Paul Cummings, and one interview conducted on October 15 and November 18, 1981, by Avis Berman.
Provenance:
The collection was donated in 1999 by Carroll Janis, son of Sidney Janis.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Sidney Janis Gallery exhibition catalogs 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.
Topic:
Art galleries, Commercial -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Exhibition catalogs
Citation:
Sidney Janis Gallery exhibition catalogs, 1951-1998. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.sidnjani
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Sidney Janis Gallery exhibition catalogs
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-sidnjani
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Siden Gallery records

Creator:
Siden Gallery  Search this
Names:
Brooke Alexander, Inc.  Search this
Editions Alecto Ltd.  Search this
Gemini G.E.L. (Firm)  Search this
Marlborough Graphics Ltd.  Search this
Button, John, 1929-1982  Search this
Clarke, John Clem, 1937-  Search this
Crawford, Ralston, 1906-1978  Search this
Greene, Stephen, 1918-1999  Search this
Janis, Sidney, 1896-1989  Search this
Schapiro, Miriam, 1923-2015  Search this
Schneider, Arthur  Search this
Siden, Franklin  Search this
Extent:
0.4 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1962-1994
bulk [bulk 1966-1970]
Scope and Contents:
Biographical material on artists, correspondence, photographs, and printed material relating to the Siden Gallery.
Biographical material relates to artists Al Blaustein, John Clem Clarke, and Arthur Schneider. Correspondence includes letters from John Button, Stephen Greene, Gemini G.E.L, Miriam Schapiro and Sidney Janis. Photographs are of artists and works of art relating to the gallery. Printed material includes print sales catalogs from various publishers, including Multiples Inc., Brooke Alexander Editions, Editions Alecto, and Marlborough Graphics; newspaper clippings and exhibit catalogs.
Biographical / Historical:
Art gallery, Detroit, Mich.; est. 1962; closed 1994; owner, Franklin Siden. Specialized in American artists, both contemporary and print market.
Provenance:
Donated in 2008 by Harriet Siden, Franklin Siden's widow.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Function:
Art galleries, Commercial -- Michigan -- Detroit
Identifier:
AAA.sidegall
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-sidegall

David Parrish papers

Creator:
Parrish, David, 1939-  Search this
Names:
French & Company (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center -- Officials and employees  Search this
Nancy Hoffman Gallery  Search this
University of Alabama -- Students  Search this
Eddy, Don, 1944-  Search this
Hoffman, Nancy  Search this
Janis, Sidney, 1896-1989  Search this
Meisel, Louis K.  Search this
Interviewer:
Williams, Bob  Search this
Extent:
3.1 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Resumes
Essays
Interviews
Sketchbooks
Drawings
Photographs
Video recordings
Date:
1940-2009
bulk 1964-1998
Summary:
The papers of Alabama photorealist painter David Parrish measure 3.1 linear feet and date from 1940 to 2009, with the bulk of the material from 1964 to 1998. Parrish's career is documented through scattered biographical material; correspondence with galleries, publishers, art organizations, and friends; photographs of Parrish, his studio, and artwork; original artwork by Parrish and others; and printed material.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of Alabama photorealist painter David Parrish measure 3.1 linear feet and date from 1940 to 2009, with the bulk of the material from 1964 to 1998. Parrish's career is documented through scattered biographical material; correspondence with galleries, publishers, art organizations, and friends; photographs of Parrish, his studio, and artwork; original artwork by Parrish and others; and printed material.

Biographical material consists of resumes, one folder of financial records, brief artist statements written by David Parrish, and two essays about Parrish's works written by others. Also included is a VHS video recording of an interview with Parrish conducted by Bob Williams in 1997 in conjunction with an exhibition.

Correspondence is primarily of a professional nature and pertains to Parrish's relationships with various galleries, publishers, and arts organizations. Of note is correspondence with galleries that represented Parrish's work including French & Company, Sidney Janis, Nancy Hoffman, and Louis K. Meisel, and correspondence with fellow artist Don Eddy. Also included is a small amount of personal correspondence with friends and family.

Photographs of David Parrish include one baby photo, official portraits, photographs of him in his studio, with family and friends, and at exhibition openings. Also found are photographs and slides of his artwork, including gallery installations and early photographs of the interior of Nancy Hoffman Gallery.

Artwork includes a sketchbook kept by Parrish while a student at the University of Alabama, several ink drawings produced during his employment as a technical illustrator at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, and a few sketches by others. Printed material includes exhibition catalogs, announcements, and posters, newspaper clippings, press packets, and other gallery publications documenting Parrish's career as an artist.

Much of the material in the collection includes recent annotations by Parrish describing his involvement with the projects and exhibitions, and identifying friends and colleagues.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 5 series:

Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1970-2000 (Box 1; 8 folders)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1964-2008 (Box 1, 5; 0.9 linear feet)

Series 3: Photographs, 1940, 1960s-2009 (Boxes 1-2, 5; 0.4 linear feet)

Series 4: Artwork, circa 1961-2002 (Boxes 2, 5; 5 folders)

Series 5: Printed Material, 1962-2009 (Boxes 2-4; 1.5 linear feet)
Biographical Note:
David Parrish (1939-) is a Photorealist painter living in Huntsville, Alabama.

Parrish was born in Birmingham, Alabama, and received his B.F.A. from the University of Alabama in 1961. He briefly moved to New York with plans to become a magazine illustrator, but was unable to find a permanent job. He moved to Huntsville, Alabama in 1962 and became a technical illustrator for Hayes International Corporation. Parrish continued painting at his home studio, moving away from the painting style he learned in school, and instead working on paintings derived from photographs. He left his job as a technical illustrator in 1971 and became a full-time painter. That same year he joined French & Company in New York as a gallery artist and had his first one-man show at Brooks Memorial Art Gallery in Memphis, Tennessee.

During the 1970s Parrish saw success as a first generation photorealist. He was represented from 1973 to 1976 by Sidney Janis Gallery, and then moved to Nancy Hoffman Gallery. In 1987 he joined Louis K. Meisel Gallery, and is still represented by them today. Parrish's motorcycle paintings became his early trademark, and during the late 1980s into the 1990s he painted complex, intricate porcelain still lifes of Marilyn Monroe, Elvis, and other pop culture icons. Parrish has shown his work in numerous group and solo shows, including many international shows, and is in the permanent collection of many museums.
Provenance:
The collection was donated by David Parrish in 2009.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of video recording requires advance notice.
Rights:
The David Parrish 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.
Topic:
Artists' studios -- Photographs  Search this
Painters -- Alabama  Search this
Photo-realism  Search this
Genre/Form:
Resumes
Essays
Interviews
Sketchbooks
Drawings
Photographs
Video recordings
Citation:
David Parrish papers, 1940-2009, bulk 1964-1998. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.parrdavi
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David Parrish papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-parrdavi

Oral history interview with Betty Parsons

Interviewee:
Parsons, Betty  Search this
Interviewer:
Cummings, Paul  Search this
Names:
Betty Parsons Gallery  Search this
Club (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Wakefield Gallery  Search this
Gorky, Arshile, 1904-1948  Search this
Graham, John, 1887-1961  Search this
Janis, Sidney, 1896-1989  Search this
Newman, Barnett, 1905-1970  Search this
Okada, Kenzo, 1902-1982  Search this
Extent:
44 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1969 June 4-9
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Betty Parsons conducted 1969 June 4-9, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art. Parsons speaks of her family background; her years in Paris; living in California for four years; teaching sculpture and drawing; the Wakefield Gallery; the establishment of her own gallery, and some of her clients and artists; a pre-Columbian show at her gallery; the New York gallery scene; her own collection; her affiliation with Arshile Gorky and John Graham; the importance of The Club; and the influence of critics and art magazines. She recalls Kenzo Okada, Barnett Newman and Sidney Janis.
Biographical / Historical:
Betty Parsons (1900-1982) was a painter and art dealer from New York, N.Y.
General:
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hrs., 7 min.
Provenance:
These interviews are part of the Archives of American Art 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.
Topic:
Art dealers -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Function:
Art galleries, Commercial -- New York (State) -- New York
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.parson69
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-parson69

Oral history interview with Sidney Janis

Interviewee:
Janis, Sidney, 1896-1989  Search this
Interviewer:
Cummings, Paul  Search this
Names:
Sidney Janis Gallery  Search this
Extent:
12 Sound tape reels (Sound recording (22 hours 30 min.), 5 in.)
587 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound tape reels
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1972 Mar. 21-Sept. 26
Scope and Contents:
Interview of Sidney Janis conducted 1972 Mar. 21-Sept. 26, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art.
Biographical / Historical:
Sidney Janis (1896-1989) is an art dealer from New York, N.Y. Operated the Sidney Janis Gallery.
Provenance:
These interviews are part of the Archives of American Art 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.
Restrictions:
Use requires an appointment.
ACCESS RESTRICTED written permission required. ALL REQUESTS SHOULD BE FAXED TO CARROLL JANIS.
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Art dealers -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Function:
Art galleries, Commercial -- New York (State) -- New York
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.janis72
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-janis72

Exhibition records of the Contemporary Study Wing of the Finch College Museum of Art

Creator:
Finch College. Museum of Art  Search this
Varian, Elayne H.  Search this
Names:
Acconci, Vito, 1940-  Search this
Anderson, David K., 1935-  Search this
Benglis, Lynda, 1941-  Search this
Benyon, Margaret, 1940-  Search this
Bochner, Mel, 1940-  Search this
Brooks, James, 1906-1992  Search this
Castelli, Leo  Search this
Chase, Doris, 1923-  Search this
Cross, Lloyd G.  Search this
Davis, Douglas  Search this
Dwan, Virginia  Search this
Feigen, Richard L., 1930-  Search this
Glimcher, Arnold B.  Search this
Gottlieb, Adolph, 1903-1974  Search this
Graham, Dan, 1942-  Search this
Hollander, Irwin  Search this
Insley, Will, 1929-2011  Search this
Jackson, Martha Kellogg  Search this
Janis, Sidney, 1896-1989  Search this
Kirby, Michael  Search this
Levine, Les, 1935-  Search this
Lichtenstein, Roy, 1923-1997  Search this
Mazur, Michael, 1935-2009  Search this
Meyer, Ursula, 1915-  Search this
Nauman, Bruce, 1941-  Search this
O'Doherty, Brian  Search this
Parsons, Betty  Search this
Richter, Hans, 1888-1976  Search this
Siegelaub, Seth, 1941-  Search this
Smith, Tony, 1912-1980  Search this
Sonfist, Alan  Search this
Weiner, Sam  Search this
Wise, Howard  Search this
Extent:
20.9 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Transcripts
Interviews
Photographs
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Museum records
Date:
1943-1975
bulk 1964-1975
Summary:
The exhibition records of the Contemporary Study Wing of the Finch College Museum of Art measure 20.9 linear feet and date from 1943 to 1975, with the bulk of records dating from the period its galleries were in operation, from 1964 to 1975. Over two-thirds of the collection consists of exhibition files, which contain a wide range of documentation including artist files, checklists, correspondence, writings, photographs, interviews, numerous films and videos, artist statements, printed materials, and other records. Also found within the collection are administrative records of the museum, artist files, and papers of the Contemporary Wing's director and curator, Elayne Varian, which were produced outside of her work at Finch College.
Scope and Contents:
The exhibition records of the Contemporary Study Wing of the Finch College Museum of Art measure 20.9 linear feet and date from 1943 to 1975, with the bulk of records dating from the period its galleries were in operation, from 1964 to 1975. Over two-thirds of the collection consists of exhibition files, which contain a wide range of documentation including artist files, checklists, correspondence, writings, photographs, interviews, numerous films and videos, artist statements, printed materials, and other records. Also found within the collection are administrative records of the museum, artist files, and papers of the Contemporary Wing's director and curator, Elayne Varian, which were produced outside of her work at Finch College.

Administrative records include records relating to the general operation of the Contemporary Wing concerning fundraising, professional associations, budget, contact information for artists, donors, and lenders to exhibitions. Also found are records of the permanent collection of artworks acquired by the museum between 1964 and 1975 from contemporary artists and collectors of contemporary art.

Artist files contain basic biographical information on over 150 contemporary artists, with scattered correspondence, photographs, technical information about artworks, artist statements, and other writings. Artist files also include an incomplete run of artist questionnaires gathered by the New York Arts Calendar Annual for 1964.

Elayne Varian's personal papers include curatorial records, a course schedule and syllabus related to her teaching activities, and various writings. Curatorial projects documented in Varian's papers include three programs produced outside of Finch College, including a juried show at the New York State Fair in 1967, a film series at Everson Museum of Syracuse University, and an exhibition at Guild Hall in East Hampton in 1973. Several of Varian's writing projects involved interviews, which are also found in this series in the form of sound recordings and transcripts. Interview-based writing projects include individual profiles on Brian O'Doherty and Babette Newberger, and interviews conducted for an article on the artist-dealer relationship published in Art in America (January 1970). Dealers interviewed for the latter project include Leo Castelli, Virginia Dwan, John Gibson, Richard Feigen, Arnold Glimcher, Fred Mueller, Martha Jackson, Sidney Janis, Betty Parsons, Seth Siegelaub, and Howard Wise. Artists interviewed include Roy Lichtenstein, Adolph Gottlieb, and Charles Ross.

Exhibition files, comprising the bulk of the collection, document exhibitions held in the Contemporary Wing during its existence from 1964 to 1975. Types of records found in the series include exhibition catalogs, correspondence, loan agreements, lists, contact information, insurance valuations of artworks, photographs, biographical information on artists, clippings, posters, press releases, and other publicity materials. In addition to the rich textual and photographic records found for exhibitions, numerous audiovisual recordings are also found, some of which were made in preparation for an exhibition, some document mounted exhibitions, and others are artworks themselves or components of artworks exhibited in the galleries. Interviews with artists, dealers, and others involved in exhibitions include Alan Sonfist, Mel Bochner, Hans Richter, Ruth Richards, James Brooks and Janet Katz, Margaret Benyon, Irwin Hollander (transcript only), David Anderson, Doris Chase, Will Insley, Michael Kirby, Les Levine, Ursula Meyer, Brian O'Doherty, Charles Ross, Tony Smith, Douglas Davis, Jane Davis, Russ Connor, Les Levine, Michael Mazur, Paul Gedeohn, and physicists Lloyd G. Cross, Allyn Z. Lite, and Gerald Thomas Bern Pethick. Video artworks, recordings of performances, or components of multimedia artworks are found by artists Vito Acconci, Kathy Dillon, Douglas Davis, Dan Graham, Les Levine, Bruce Nauman, Michael Netter, Eric Siegel, and Robert Whitman. A film of the Art in Process: The Visual Development of a Structure (1966) exhibition is found, and video recordings of artists Lynda Benglis, Michael Singer, and Sam Wiener form as part of the documentation for the Projected Art: Artists at Work (1971) exhibition.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 4 series.

Series 1: Administrative Records, 1950-1975 (2 linear feet; Boxes 1-2, 22, OV 23)

Series 2: Artist Files, 1958-1975 (2.4 linear feet; Boxes 3-4, 22, OV 23, FC 27-28)

Series 3: Elayne Varian Personal Papers, 1965-1970 (1.3 linear feet; Boxes 5-6)

Series 4: Exhibition Files, 1943-1975 (14.9 linear feet; Boxes 6-22, OV 24-25, FC 26)
Biographical / Historical:
The Contemporary Study Wing of the Finch College Museum of Art, later called simply the "Contemporary Wing," was established in 1964 by the president of Finch College, Roland De Marco, as an extension the Finch College Museum of Art in New York City.

Its mission was to educate art history students at the Manhattan women's college who were interested in working with contemporary art. DeMarco, himself an art collector, hired Elayne Varian as director and curator of the contemporary wing. DeMarco met Varian in the New York office of the prominent international art dealership Duveen Brothers, where she had worked since the mid-1940s, most recently as an art dealer. Varian received her art education in Chicago, where she studied art history and education at the University of Chicago, and took classes in film at the Bauhaus and in fine art the Art Institute of Chicago. Sensitive to emerging art movements in galleries and studios around the city of New York, as the contemporary wing's curator, Varian quickly established a reputation for thoughtfully conceived, cutting-edge exhibitions which were consistently well-received by the press.

Under Varian, the Contemporary Wing carried out a dual mission of showing work of living artists and educating students and the public about the artwork and museum work in general. Varian used the galleries to provide practical training to students interested in a gallery or museum career throughout its existence. For several years, she also maintained an assistantship position for post-graduate museum professionals to gain experience in the field, many of whom went on to careers in museums across New York State.

The Contemporary Wing's best-known exhibitions formed a series of six shows called Art in Process, held between 1965 and 1972. Each of the Art in Process shows took a different medium, including painting, sculpture, collage, conceptual art, installation art, and serial art, and brought the process of art-making into the gallery with the artworks in various ways. For example, for Art in Process V (1972), the show about installation art, the galleries were open to the public for the entire process of its installation, allowing visitors to watch the works take shape. Another show entitled Documentation (1968) exhibited artworks with documentation such as artist's notes, sales records, and conservation records, bringing to light the value of record-keeping in the visual arts. Two exhibitions entitled Projected Art were also innovative, with the first (1966-1967) bringing experimental films from the cinema to the galleries, and the second (1971) showing artists' processes via footage and slides of artists working. Another show, Artists' Videotape Performances (1971), involved both screening of and creation of works in the gallery using a range of experiments with recent video technology. The museum also participated in an experimental broadcast of an artwork entitled Talk Out! by Douglas Davis, in which a telephone in the gallery allowed visitors to participate in its creation while it was broadcast live from Syracuse, NY. Other exhibitions that showcased experimentation in art included N-Dimensional Space (1970), on holography in art, Destruction Art(1968), on destructive actions being incorporated into contemporary art-making, and Schemata 7 (1967), a show about the use of environments in contemporary art, whose working title was "Walk-in Sculpture."

Other popular exhibitions at the Contemporary Wing included shows on Art Deco (1970) and Art Nouveau (1969). Several shows mined the private collections of prominent contemporary art collectors including Martha Jackson, Betty Parsons, George Rickey, Paul Magriel, Jacques Kaplan, Josephine and Philip Bruno, and Carlo F. Bilotti. A number of exhibitions featured contemporary art from overseas including Art from Belgium (1965), Art from Finland (1973), Seven Swedish Painters (1965), and Art in Jewelry (1966), which featured mainly international jewelry artists. Retrospective exhibitions of Hans Richter, Hugo Weber, and James Brooks were also held.

Hundreds of contemporary artists were shown at the Contemporary Wing in the eleven years of its existence, including many who came to be leading figures in contemporary art, and some who already were, including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Mel Bochner, Eva Hesse, Lynda Benglis, Bruce Nauman, Robert Morris, Lawrence Weiner, Robert Smithson, Sol Le Witt, Dan Flavin, Philip Pearlstein, and Yayoi Kusama, to name just a few.

The Contemporary Wing and the entire Finch College Museum of Art shut its doors in 1975, when Finch College closed due to lack of funds. The permanent collection was sold at that time, and the proceeds were used to pay Finch College employee salaries. Elayne Varian went on to the position of curator of contemporary art at the John and Mabel Ringling Museum in Sarasota, Florida. She died in 1987.
Related Materials:
Also found in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with curator Elayne Varian conducted by Paul Cummings, May 2, 1975.
Provenance:
The Archives of American Art acquired these records from the Finch College Museum of Art after it closed permanently in June 1975.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Rights:
The Exhibition records of the Contemporary Study Wing of the Finch College Museum of Art 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:
Museum administrators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Museum curators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Sculptors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art dealers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Video artists -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Gallery directors  Search this
Gallery owners  Search this
Genre/Form:
Transcripts
Interviews
Photographs
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Museum records
Citation:
Exhibition records of the Contemporary Study Wing of the Finch College Museum of Art, 1943-1975. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.finccoll
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Exhibition records of the Contemporary Study Wing of the Finch College Museum of Art
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Archives of American Art
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ead_collection:sova-aaa-finccoll
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Leo Castelli

Interviewee:
Castelli, Leo  Search this
Interviewer:
Rose, Barbara  Search this
Names:
Club (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Leo Castelli Gallery  Search this
Drouin, René  Search this
Guggenheim, Peggy, 1898-  Search this
Janis, Sidney, 1896-1989  Search this
Levy, Julien  Search this
Extent:
10 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1969 July
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Leo Castelli conducted 1969 July, by Barbara Rose, for the Archives of American Art. Castelli speaks of his first gallery with Rene Drouin, 1939; the Surrealists; the post-World War II art scene in New York City; the influence of Willem de Kooning, Arshile Gorky, Franz Kline, and Jackson Pollock; The Club; the Ninth Street Show, 1951; Clement Greenberg and French and Co.; and art movements. He recalls Peggy Guggenheim, Sidney Janis, and Julien Levy.
Biographical / Historical:
Leo Castelli (1907-1999) was an art dealer in New York, New York.
General:
Originally recorded as 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 1 digital wav file. Duration is 34 min.
Provenance:
This interview is 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.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Topic:
Art dealers -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Function:
Art galleries, Commercial -- New York (State) -- New York
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.castel69july
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-castel69july

Interview with Sidney Janis

Creator:
Janis, Sidney, 1896-1989  Search this
Gruen, John Jonas, 1926-2016  Search this
Type:
Sound Recording
Date:
1969 November 7
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)19405
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John Jonas Gruen and Jane Wilson papers, 1909-2016
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_19405

Fautrier (February 4-March 2)

Collection Creator:
Sidney Janis Gallery  Search this
Janis, Sidney, 1896-1989  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 7
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1957
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Sidney Janis Gallery exhibition catalogs 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:
Sidney Janis Gallery exhibition catalogs, 1951-1998. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Sidney Janis Gallery exhibition catalogs
Sidney Janis Gallery exhibition catalogs / Series 1: Exhibition Catalogs
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-sidnjani-ref10

Mondrian (February 7-March 9)

Collection Creator:
Sidney Janis Gallery  Search this
Janis, Sidney, 1896-1989  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 9
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1974
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Sidney Janis Gallery exhibition catalogs 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:
Sidney Janis Gallery exhibition catalogs, 1951-1998. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Sidney Janis Gallery exhibition catalogs
Sidney Janis Gallery exhibition catalogs / Series 1: Exhibition Catalogs
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-sidnjani-ref100

25 Years of Janis Part 2 (March 13-April 13)

Collection Creator:
Sidney Janis Gallery  Search this
Janis, Sidney, 1896-1989  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 10
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1974
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Sidney Janis Gallery exhibition catalogs 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:
Sidney Janis Gallery exhibition catalogs, 1951-1998. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Sidney Janis Gallery exhibition catalogs
Sidney Janis Gallery exhibition catalogs / Series 1: Exhibition Catalogs
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-sidnjani-ref101

Wesselmann (April 20-May 25)

Collection Creator:
Sidney Janis Gallery  Search this
Janis, Sidney, 1896-1989  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 11
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1974
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Sidney Janis Gallery exhibition catalogs 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:
Sidney Janis Gallery exhibition catalogs, 1951-1998. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Sidney Janis Gallery exhibition catalogs
Sidney Janis Gallery exhibition catalogs / Series 1: Exhibition Catalogs
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-sidnjani-ref102

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