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Lewis Rubenstein's sketchbook documenting a hunger march to Washington, D.C.

Creator:
Rubenstein, Lewis W. (Lewis William), 1908-2003  Search this
Type:
Artworks
Place:
Italy
New York, N.Y.
Washington, D.C.
Date:
1932
Topic:
Demonstrations  Search this
Sketching  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)8065
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Lewis W. Rubenstein papers, 1923-1993
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_8065

Lewis W. Rubenstein sketchbook of hunger walk to Washington

Creator:
Rubenstein, Lewis W. (Lewis William), 1908-2003  Search this
Type:
Artworks
Place:
Washington, D.C.
Date:
1931
Topic:
Demonstrations  Search this
Labor  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)8088
See more items in:
Lewis W. Rubenstein papers, 1923-1993
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_8088

Oral history interview with Lewis W. and Erica Beckh Rubenstein

Interviewee:
Rubenstein, Lewis W. (Lewis William), 1908-2003  Search this
Creator:
Rubenstein, Erica Beckh, 1914-2014  Search this
Interviewer:
Polcari, Stephen  Search this
Names:
Vassar College -- Faculty -- Interviews  Search this
Lebrun, Rico, 1900-1964  Search this
Orozco, José Clemente, 1883-1949  Search this
Rubenstein, Erica Beckh, 1914-2014  Search this
Extent:
2 Items (sound cassettes (1 hr. 45 min.), analog.)
50 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1993 February 23
Scope and Contents:
An interview with Lewis and Erica Rubenstein conducted 1993 February 23, by Stephen Polcari, for the Archives of American Art.
Lewis Rubenstein discusses his early career as a fresco painter, including his training in Italy and friendship with Rico Lebrun. He talks specifically about commissioned murals at the Fogg Art Museum, the Busch-Reisinger Museum, and assisting Jose Clemente Orozco on "portable murals" for the Museum of Modern Art. He talks of his move away from realism and the themes that interested him in the 1950s and 1960s. He remembers spending summers in Provincetown and taking classes with Hans Hofmann, his work teaching studio art at Vassar College, and briefly about the visiting artists program he ran there. Erica Rubenstein talks about the significance of 1930s mural paintings, the WPA movement, and government support of the arts in general.
Biographical / Historical:
Lewis W. Rubentstein (1908-2003) was a painter, printmaker, and teacher and teacher at Vassar College. He lived in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Erica Beckh Rubenstein (1914-2014) was an art historian, whose Ph.D. thesis at Harvard, "Taxpayers Murals," related to New Deal murals.
General:
Originally recorded on 2 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 3 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 56 min.
Side B of Tape 1 is blank.
Provenance:
This interview is 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 administrators.
Restrictions:
This transcript is open for research. Access to the entire audio recording is restricted. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Art historians -- New York (State) -- Poughkeepsie -- Interviews  Search this
Topic:
Mural painting and decoration, American  Search this
Art and state  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- Poughkeepsie -- Interviews  Search this
Educators -- New York (State) -- Poughkeepsie -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.rubens93
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-rubens93

Lewis W. Rubenstein papers

Creator:
Rubenstein, Lewis W. (Lewis William), 1908-2003  Search this
Names:
Busch-Reisinger Museum  Search this
Fogg Art Museum  Search this
Curry, John Steuart, 1897-1946 -- Caricatures and cartoons  Search this
Lebrun, Rico, 1900-1964  Search this
Orozco, José Clemente, 1883-1949  Search this
Pach, Walter, 1883-1958 -- Caricatures and cartoons  Search this
Interviewer:
Catlin, Stanton L. (Stanton Loomis)  Search this
Extent:
5.5 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sketchbooks
Date:
1923-1993
Scope and Contents:
Journals, correspondence, writings, sketchbooks, interview, photographs and printed material document Rubenstein's painting career. A series of files relate to Rubenstein's longtime friendship with his teacher, Rico Lebrun.
The bulk of the collection consists of 60 v. of journals, 1930-June 1993, in which Rubenstein writes and sketches about his ideas for "time paintings," scrolls, films, his travels as a Fulbright scholar with his wife, Erica, his summers spent in Provincetown, Mass., "gallery pounding" in New York City trying to sell his work, inspirational biblical quotes, and various artist friends and colleagues, including Rico Lebrun, Walter Pach, Hans Hofmann, Ben Shahn, Karl Knaths, Olin Dows, Philip Guston, and Lloyd Goodrich.
Correspondence (0.2 ft.) relates to Rubenstein's nomination to the National Academy of Design, 1963, his murals in the Busch-Reisinger Museum and the Fogg Museum at Harvard University, the publication of an article by his wife Erica, regarding their stints as Fulbright scholars in Tokyo, illustrated by Lewis, and correspondence of a general nature from friends, colleagues, and admirers. Among the correspondents are Lynd Ward (Rubenstein's sponsor for the N.A.D. nomination), Derek Bok, president of Harvard, Olin Dows, and Edward Rowan, whose 1940 letter concerns Rubenstein's designs for murals for the Wareham, Mass. Post Office for the Section of Fine Arts.
Files on Rico Lebrun (ca. 0.8 ft.), contain several original and extensive photocopies of letters from Lebrun to Rubenstein, and a few letters from Constance Lebrun after her husband's death; a photograph of Lebrun with Constance and photographs of Lebrun's work, 39 drawings, 1933-1949, including studies for "The Cruxifixion" and "Portia"; a caricature of Diego Rivera working on a mural, and of John Steuart Curry by Lebrun, exhibition catalogs, clippings, and other printed material, and writings on Lebrun.
Art work by Rubenstein includes 9 v. of sketchbooks, 1930-1975, containing ink, pencil and charcoal drawings, and a caricature of Walter Pach.
The interview is a partial transcript (7 p.) of Rubenstein conducted by art historian Stanton L. Catlin, 1993, regarding Jose Clemente Orozco and a mural by him commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art, 1940, on which Rubenstein assisted. Also related to Orozco is a notebook containing technical details about the mural.
Photographs are mainly of Rubenstein's murals and paintings, but include several of him, and an album of snapshots of the Rubensteins and Lebruns in Europe, 1930-1932.
Printed material (1.2 linear ft.), documents exhibitions, awards, and works of art, and consists of exhibition announcements and catalogs, clippings, newsletters, Foreign Service journals, news releases, cartoons by Rubenstein, and postcards of Rubenstein's work. Two scrapbooks of newspaper clippings, 1935-1955, cover exhibitions.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter, printmaker, educator. Professor of painting at Vassar College. Rubenstein trained in frescoe painting with Rico Lebrun in Italy, and retained a lifelong friendship with him. His mural commissions include the Busch-Reisinger Museum and the Fogg Museum at Harvard, the Jewish Center in his hometown of Buffalo, N.Y., and the Wareham, Mass. Post Office for the WPA's Section of Fine Arts in 1940. Rubenstein attended Harvard University. He began his long teaching career at Vassar College in 1939. He began doing "Time Paintings" in late 1940s, executed on long canvases and viewed on special scrolled frames, merging Western and Far Eastern scroll painting styles.
Provenance:
Rubenstein donated the Lebrun drawings 1982-1987, and the remainder in 1993.
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.
Occupation:
Muralists  Search this
Topic:
Mural painting and decoration, American  Search this
Mural painting and decoration -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sketchbooks
Identifier:
AAA.rubelewi
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-rubelewi

Summary of oral history interview with Lewis Mumford

Interviewee:
Mumford, Lewis, 1895-1990  Search this
Interviewer:
Rubenstein, Erica Beckh, 1914-2014  Search this
Rubenstein, Lewis W. (Lewis William), 1908-2003  Search this
Creator:
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Names:
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Extent:
8 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Date:
1964 December 7
Scope and Contents:
A summary of an interview of Lewis Mumford conducted 1964 December 7, by Lewis and Erica Rubenstein, for the Archives of American Art.
Biographical / Historical:
Lewis Mumford (1895-1990) was an art administrator for the WPA in New York, New York.
Provenance:
The interview was conducted as part of the Archives of American Art's New Deal and the Arts project, which includes over 400 interviews of artists, administrators, historians, and others involved with the federal government's art programs and the activities of the Farm Security Administration in the 1930s and early 1940s. It is unclear why no actual transcript or tape exists for the interview; Mumford may have not wanted to be recorded.
Restrictions:
Use requires an appointment.
Topic:
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Arts administrators -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.mumfor64
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-mumfor64

Summary of oral history interview with Henry Morgenthau

Interviewee:
Morgenthau, Henry, 1891-1967  Search this
Interviewer:
Rubenstein, Erica Beckh, 1914-2014  Search this
Rubenstein, Lewis W. (Lewis William), 1908-2003  Search this
Creator:
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Names:
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Extent:
8 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Date:
1964 November 9
Scope and Contents:
A summary of an interview of Henry Morgenthau conducted 1964 November 9, by Erica and Lewis Rubenstein, for the Archives of American Art.
Biographical / Historical:
Henry Morgenthau (1891-1967) was a cabinet member in Roosevelt's administration in Washington, D.C.
General:
No tape exists; Morgenthau did not wish to be recorded. Summary is from notes taken by the interviewers.
Provenance:
This interview conducted as part of the Archives of American Art's New Deal and the Arts project, which includes over 400 interviews of artists, administrators, historians, and others involved with the federal government's art programs and the activities of the Farm Security Administration in the 1930s and early 1940s.
Restrictions:
Use requires an appointment.
Topic:
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.morgen64
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-morgen64

Oral history interview with Lewis W. and Erica Beckh Rubenstein, 1993 February 23

Interviewee:
Rubenstein, Lewis W. (Lewis William), 1908-2003  Search this
Interviewer:
Rubenstein, Erica Beckh, 1914-2014  Search this
Subject:
Lebrun, Rico  Search this
Orozco, José Clemente  Search this
Rubenstein, Erica Beckh  Search this
Vassar College  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Mural painting and decoration, American  Search this
Art and state  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- Poughkeepsie -- Interviews  Search this
Educators -- New York (State) -- Poughkeepsie -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12718
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)215330
AAA_collcode_rubens93
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_215330
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Lewis W. Rubenstein papers, 1923-1993

Creator:
Rubenstein, Lewis W. (Lewis William), 1908-2003  Search this
Subject:
Curry, John Steuart  Search this
Lebrun, Rico  Search this
Orozco, José Clemente  Search this
Pach, Walter  Search this
Catlin, Stanton L. (Stanton Loomis)  Search this
Busch-Reisinger Museum  Search this
Fogg Art Museum  Search this
Type:
Sketchbooks
Topic:
Mural painting and decoration, American  Search this
Mural painting and decoration -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6375
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)215300
AAA_collcode_rubelewi
Theme:
Sketches & Sketchbooks
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_215300

Sketchbook: Sketches around Cambridge and Boston

Creator:
Rubenstein, Lewis W. (Lewis William), 1908-2003  Search this
Subject:
Busch-Reisinger Museum  Search this
Type:
Artworks
Place:
Boston, Mass.
Cambridge, Mass.
Date:
1936-1937
Topic:
Labor  Search this
Murals  Search this
Sketching  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)8066
See more items in:
Lewis W. Rubenstein papers, 1923-1993
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_8066

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