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Ellen Hulda Johnson papers, 1872-2018

Creator:
Johnson, Ellen H. (Ellen Hulda), 1910-1992  Search this
Subject:
Hesse, Eva  Search this
Tworkov, Jack  Search this
Cézanne, Paul  Search this
Milles, Carl  Search this
Wilke, Wendell  Search this
Kensett, John Frederick  Search this
Saunders, David  Search this
Picasso, Pablo  Search this
Oldenburg, Claes  Search this
Tacha, Athena  Search this
Stieglitz, Alfred  Search this
Venturi, Robert  Search this
Archipenko, Alexander  Search this
Dine, Jim  Search this
American-Scandinavian Foundation  Search this
Oberlin College  Search this
College Art Association  Search this
Allen Memorial Art Museum  Search this
Place:
Ossabaw Island (Ga.)
Topic:
Pop art  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Study and teaching  Search this
Art, Scandinavian  Search this
Art, Modern -- 19th century -- Study and teaching  Search this
Artist colonies -- Georgia  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6514
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)215772
AAA_collcode_johnelle
Theme:
Art Theory and Historiography
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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Ellen Hulda Johnson papers

Creator:
Johnson, Ellen H.  Search this
Names:
Allen Memorial Art Museum  Search this
American-Scandinavian Foundation  Search this
College Art Association (U.S.)  Search this
Oberlin College -- Faculty  Search this
Archipenko, Alexander, 1887-1964  Search this
Cézanne, Paul, 1839-1906  Search this
Dine, Jim, 1935-  Search this
Hesse, Eva, 1936-1970  Search this
Kensett, John Frederick, 1816-1872  Search this
Milles, Carl, 1875-1955  Search this
Oldenburg, Claes, 1929-  Search this
Picasso, Pablo, 1881-1973  Search this
Saunders, David  Search this
Stieglitz, Alfred, 1864-1946  Search this
Tacha, Athena, 1936-  Search this
Tworkov, Jack  Search this
Venturi, Robert  Search this
Wilke, Wendell  Search this
Extent:
60.3 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Place:
Ossabaw Island (Ga.)
Date:
1872-2018
bulk 1921-1992
Summary:
The papers of art historian, art critic, author, librarian and educator Ellen Hulda Johnson measure 60.3 linear feet and date from 1872-2018, with the bulk of the material dating from 1921-1992. The papers include biographical materials; personal and family files; personal, professional, and business correspondence; extensive research and writing files; teaching files; subject files; professional and curatorial files; and artists' files. Johnson's papers reflect the full range of her career, interests, and close relationships with many artists.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of art historian, art critic, author, librarian and educator Ellen Hulda Johnson measure 60.3 linear feet and date from 1872-2018, with the bulk of the material dating from 1921-1992. The papers include biographical materials; personal and family files; personal, professional, and business correspondence; extensive research and writing files; teaching files; subject files; professional and curatorial files; and artists' files. Johnson's papers reflect the full range of her career, interests, and close relationships with many artists.

Personal papers consist of biographical materials and personal and family files, including "memorabilia" files compiled by Johnson. Correspondence is a mix of personal, business, and professional correspondence. Significant correspondents include David Saunders (who painted a portrait of Johnson), Claes Oldenburg, Jack Tworkov, Robert Venturi, the American Scandinavian Foundation. A folder of correspondence compiled for the Archives includes letters from Alfred Stieglitz, Wendell Wilkie, Carl Milles, Jim Dine, and Alexander Archipenko.

Extensive and comprehensive writing and research project files include articles, lectures, presentations, manuscripts, notes and notebooks, including her class notebooks from courses she attended in Paris in 1935, and additional notes and notebooks on a wide variety of subjects. The numerous articles, lectures, papers, and drafts were written primarily by Johnson for the College Art Association, the Allen Memorial Art Museum bulletin, and numerous additional publications and presentations; but there are also writings by others included in the research files. Major writing projects and related research files cover Scandinavian art, the Ossabaw Island artist's colony, Cezanne, Eva Hesse, John Frederick Kensett, Claes Oldenburg, Picasso, David Saunders, Athena Tacha, Pop Art, and many other topics. Johnson's research files, manuscripts, correspondence, and photographs for major exhibitions, including one on Eva Hesse (1982) and for her published books including American Artists on Art from 1940-1980 (1982), Claes Oldenburg (1971), Fragments Recalled at 80: The Art Memoirs of Ellen H. Johnson (1993), and Modern Art and Object (1976) are arranged with the writing project files. Johnson's bibliographic index cards are found here as well.

The collection contains extensive teaching files for courses taught by Johnson at Oberlin and as a visiting professor at other institutions; professional and curatorial files reflecting her curatorial career at Allen Memorial Art Museum, as a consultant, jury member, and continuing education courses she later attended, including the Baldwin Lecture Series; and 18 linear feet of artist's files assembled by Johnson.
Arrangement:
The Ellen Hulda Johnson papers are arranged into seven series:

Series 1: Personal Papers, circa 1905-2009 (5 linear feet; Boxes 1-2, 56-59)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1927-2009 (5.5 linear feet; Boxes 3-7, 60)

Series 3: Writing and Research Projects, 1872, 1932-1994 (15.5 linear feet; Boxes 7-20, 56, 61-62)

Series 4: Subject Files, 1930-1993 (5 linear feet; Boxes 21-25, 62)

Series 5: Teaching Files, 1928-1989 (6 linear feet; Boxes 26-31, 62)

Series 6: Professional and Curatorial Files, 1936-1991 (6 linear feet; Boxes 32-37, 56)

Series 7: Artists Files, 1935-1992 (18.3 linear feet; Boxes 37-55, 62)
Biographical / Historical:
Ellen Hulda Johnson (1910-1992) was an art historian, critic, and professor who worked and taught at Oberlin College in Ohio for most of her career.

Ellen Hulda Johnson was born in 1910 in Warren, Pennsylvania. She received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in art history at Oberlin in 1933 and 1935. She worked briefly at the Toledo Museum of Art before returning to Oberlin as the art librarian. In 1940 she started Oberlin's art rental program, the first of its kind in the country. She was appointed to the faculty in 1948 and taught nineteenth and twentieth century art, American art from colonial times to the present, contemporary art, and Scandinavian art. She was a member of the Allen Memorial Art Museum's acquisition committee and appointed honorary curator of modern art in 1973. She remained at Oberlin her entire career, retiring from teaching in 1977.

Johnson was a scholar of Cézanne, Claes Oldenburg, Eva Hesse, Pablo Picasso, Edvard Munch, John F. Kensett and other modern masters, as well as Scandinavian art. In 1962 she wrote the first important article on Claes Oldenburg and, in 1970, assisted curator Athena Tacha commission his first permanent large sculpture (3-Way Plug) for the grounds of the Allen Memorial Art Museum. She was the first to show the black-striped paintings that established Frank Stella's reputation. Her efforts in promoting acquisitions of young contemporary artists helped make the Allen Memorial Art Museum a leading institution in contemporary art. Her Oberlin lectures on modern art became so popular that they had to be held in the college's largest auditorium and influenced generations of students, many of whom went on to signficant positions in the field. A new wing of the museum designed by Robert Venturi opened in 1977 and was named in honor of Johnson.

Johnson was the author of numerous articles, books, and exhibition catalogs including Cezanne (Penquin, 1967); Claes Oldenburg (Penquin, 1971); American Artists on Art from 1940-1980 (Harper and Row, 1982); and Modern Art and the Object (Thames and Hudson, 1976).

In 1968, Johnson purchased the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Weltzheimer house in Oberlin, and spent a considerable part of her time and money restoring the building where she lived the rest of her life. She bequethed the house and her significant art collection to Oberlin upon her death in 1992.
Related Materials:
Papers of Ellen H. Johnson, 1933-1992, are also located at Oberlin College Archives.
Separated Materials:
Shortly after aquisition, the Archives transferred Ellen Hulda Johnson's vertical file (16 linear feet) of clippings, press releases, and exhibition announcements to the library of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery.
Provenance:
The Ellen Hulda Johnson papers were donated in 1994, 1998, and 2019 by the estate of Ellen Hulda Johnson via exectutor Athena Tacha.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington D.C. Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Occupation:
Educators -- Ohio -- Oberlin  Search this
Librarians -- Ohio  Search this
Authors -- Ohio  Search this
Art historians -- Ohio -- Oberlin  Search this
Art critics -- Ohio  Search this
Topic:
Pop art  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Study and teaching  Search this
Art, Scandinavian  Search this
Art, Modern -- 19th century -- Study and teaching  Search this
Artist colonies -- Georgia  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Citation:
Ellen Hulda Johnson papers, 1872-2018, bulk 1921-1992. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.johnelle
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Teaching Files

Collection Creator:
Johnson, Ellen H.  Search this
Extent:
6 Linear feet (Boxes 26-31)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1928-1989
Scope and Contents:
Teaching files consist of lecture and research notes, schedules, literature, student papers, and administrative course materials for courses Johnson taught at Oberlin College, as a visiting professor, and for seminars such as the Baldwin seminar. Included are files from some of her earliest courses in the 1940s. The files contain a variety of materials, including handwritten notes and annotations of articles and clippings that Johnson used in preparation for writing the lectures, exam and test booklets, assignment sheets, student recommendations, bibliographies, and correspondence. Courses and subjects represented include Introduction to the Visual Arts, Museum Course, American Painting, Modern Art, Scandinavian Art, and Contemporary Art Seminar.
Arrangement:
Materials from Oberlin College have been arranged alphabetically by course number and title, or subject area. Some lectures and courses as a visiting professor are arranged by the location of the lecture or name of seminar.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington D.C. Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Ellen Hulda Johnson papers, 1872-2018, bulk 1921-1992. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.johnelle, Series 5
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Archives of American Art
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Exhibition photography for "Scandinavian Modern, 1880-1980," [photographs]

Physical description:
0.2 linear feet (15 folders)
Type:
Exhibition catalogs
Photographs
Negatives (photographic)
Slides (photographs)
Transparencies
Date:
Ca. 1983
Topic:
Art, Scandinavian  Search this
Art museums--Exhibitions  Search this
Image number:
EXH E0000389
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_143054

Elmgreen & Dragset Linda Yablonsky, Martin Herbert, Connie Butler, Jason Schmidt

Title:
Elmgreen and Dragset
Interviewee:
Yablonsky, Linda  Search this
Author:
Herbert, Martin 1973-  Search this
Butler, Cornelia H.,  Search this
Schmidt, Jason 1969-  Search this
Physical description:
158 pages chiefly illustrations (chiefly color) 30 cm
Type:
Texts
Interviews
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Date:
2019
21st century
Topic:
Art, Scandinavian  Search this
Installations (Art)  Search this
Installation  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1111596

Scandinavian art; illustrated. [By] Carl Laurin, Emil Hannover, Jens Thiis; with an introduction by Christian Brinton

Author:
Laurin, Carl G (Carl Gustaf) 1868-1940  Search this
Hannover, Emil 1864-1923  Search this
Thiis, Jens 1870-1942  Search this
Physical description:
662 p. col. front., illus. 24 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Date:
1922
Topic:
Art, Scandinavian  Search this
Art, Scandinavian--History  Search this
Call number:
N7001.S3X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_179704

Matisse & Jesper Just, Aino Kannisto, Malene Landgreen : 13. August til 4. December 2005 / kataloget er forfattet af Tine Nygaard ; teksterne er baseret på interview og samtaler med Helle Andersen [and others]

Subject:
Matisse, Henri 1869-1954 Influence  Search this
Just, Jesper 1974-  Search this
Kannisto, Aino 1973-  Search this
Landgreen, Malene 1962-  Search this
Physical description:
64 pages ; 27 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Date:
2005
21st century
Topic:
Art, Scandinavian  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1108511

Arterritory conversations

Physical description:
volumes : illustrations ; 21 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Date:
20uu
20th century
21st century
Topic:
Art, Baltic  Search this
Art, Scandinavian  Search this
Art, Russian  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1113816

A cultural history of the avant-garde in the Nordic countries 1900-1925 / edited by Hubert van den Berg, Irmeli Hautamäki, Benedikt Hjartarson, Torben Jelsbak, Rikard Schönström, Per Stounbjerg, Tania Ørum, Dorthe Aagesen ; editorial assistant: Marianne Ølholm

Editor:
Hjartarson, Benedikt  Search this
Physical description:
680 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
History
Place:
Scandinavia
Date:
2019
20th century
Topic:
Arts, Scandinavian--History  Search this
Avant-garde (Aesthetics)--History  Search this
Arts and society--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1107531

John Singer Sargent / [redaktör, Per Hedström]

Author:
Sargent, John Singer 1856-1925  Search this
Hedström, Per 1963-  Search this
Nationalmuseum (Sweden)  Search this
Subject:
Sargent, John Singer 1856-1925  Search this
Sargent, John Singer 1856-1925 Influence  Search this
Physical description:
224 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), ports. ; 24 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Date:
2018
[2018]
19th century
Topic:
Art, Scandinavian  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.S24 N385 2018
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1102615

Border crossings : fourteen Scandinavian artists / [edited by] Jane Alison and Carol Brown, with essays by Dorthe Aagesen ... [et al.] ; selected writings by August Strindberg ... [et al.]

Author:
Alison, Jane  Search this
Brown, Carol  Search this
Barbican Art Gallery  Search this
Physical description:
168 p. : ill. (some col.), ports. ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1992
[1992]
20th century
Topic:
Art, Scandinavian  Search this
Call number:
N7008 .A45 1992
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_658175

Nuit blanche : scènes nørdiques : les années 90 / Eiija Liisa Ahtila ... [et al.] ; rédaction, Sophie Grêlé, Carrie Pilto ; traductions, Claire Bonifay ... [et al.]

Author:
Grêlé, Sophie  Search this
Pilto, Carrie  Search this
Ahtila, Eija-Liisa 1959-  Search this
Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (unpaged) : ill. (some col.) ; 18 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1998
Topic:
Art, Scandinavian  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_800633

Beyond paradise : Nordic artists travel east : Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Kjell Bjørgeengen, Elina Brotherus, Olafur Eliasson, Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset, Maria Friberg, Mads Gamdrup, Annika von Hausswolff, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Helena Hietanen, Henrik Håkansson, Peter Johansson, Iver Jåks, Peter Land, Jouko Lehtola, Per Maning, Esko Männikkö, Anneè Olofsson, Heli Rekula, Torbjørn Rødland, Vibeke Tandberg, Mette Tronvoll, Salla Tykkä, Magnus Wallin / [curator, Apinan Poshyananda]

Title:
Nordic artists travel east
Author:
Poshyananda, Apinan 1956-  Search this
Hō̜sinlapa hǣng Chāt (Thailand)  Search this
Balai Seni Lukis Negara (Malaysia)  Search this
Shanghai bo wu guan  Search this
Moderna museet (Stockholm, Sweden)  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (unpaged) : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 30 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2002
[2002]
20th century
21st century
Topic:
Art, Scandinavian  Search this
Call number:
N7008 .B49 2002
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_803141

Hvad naturen giver : nordisk nutidskonst = Mitä luonto antaa : pohjoismaista nykytaidetta ... = What nature provides : Nordic contemporary art

Title:
Mitä luonto antaa
What nature provides
Author:
Nordiska Bondeorganisationernas Centralråd  Search this
Physical description:
111 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1991
[1991]
20th century
Topic:
Art, Scandinavian  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Call number:
N7008 .H83 1991
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_819326

Truls Melin, Jussi Niva, Bente Stokke : XLV Biennale di Venezia 1993 / [catalogue editors, Lars Nittve, Ulrika Levén]

Author:
Melin, Truls  Search this
Niva, Jussi  Search this
Stokke, Bente  Search this
Nittve, Lars 1953-  Search this
Levén, Ulrika  Search this
Biennale di Venezia (45th : 1993 :) Venice, Italy)  Search this
Subject:
Melin, Truls  Search this
Niva, Jussi  Search this
Stokke, Bente  Search this
Physical description:
71 p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1993
1993]
20th century
Topic:
Art, Scandinavian  Search this
Call number:
N7008 .T78 1993
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_825856

The scream : Borealis 8, Nordic Fine Arts 1995-96 / Kim Levin, curator

Title:
Nordic Fine Arts 1995-96
Author:
Borealis (8th : 1996 : Ishøj, Denmark)  Search this
Levin, Kim  Search this
Nordic Arts Centre  Search this
Arken museum for moderne kunst (Ishøj, Denmark)  Search this
Physical description:
175 p. : col. ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Scandinavia
Date:
1996
[1996]
20th century
Topic:
Artists  Search this
Art, Scandinavian  Search this
Call number:
N7008 .B67 1996
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_761316

Devil-may-care : the Nordic Pavillion at the 50th Venice Biennial 2003 / edited by Anne Karin Jortveit and Andrea Kroksnes

Author:
Jortveit, Anne Karin  Search this
Kroksnes, Andrea  Search this
Biennale di Venezia (50th : 2003 : Venice, Italy)  Search this
Subject:
Biennale di Venezia (50th : 2003 : Venice, Italy)  Search this
Biennale di Venezia History  Search this
Physical description:
252 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 23 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2003
C2003
20th century
Topic:
Art, Scandinavian  Search this
Call number:
N7008 .D48 2003
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_771748

Bent : gender and sexuality in contemporary Scandinavian art : Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Jesper Just, Annika Larsson, Annica Karlsson Rixon / [Whitney Chadwick, editor]

Author:
Chadwick, Whitney  Search this
San Francisco State University Fine Arts Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Ahtila, Eija-Liisa 1959-  Search this
Just, Jesper  Search this
Larsson, Annika 1972-  Search this
Karlsson Rixon, Annica  Search this
Physical description:
64 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2006
C2006
20th century
21st century
Topic:
Art, Scandinavian  Search this
Gender identity in art  Search this
Sex in art  Search this
Call number:
N7008 .B46 2006
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_799557

A Nordic quintessence

Author:
Granath, Olle 1940-  Search this
ASF Gallery  Search this
Physical description:
73 p. : ill. (some col.), ports. ; 25 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
New York (State)
New York
Date:
1985
20th century
Topic:
Art, Scandinavian  Search this
Call number:
N7008 .N67 1985
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_609547

Norden : zeitgenössische Kunst aus Nordeuropa, 26. Mai-17. September 2000 = North : contemporary art from Northern Europe, May 26-September 17, 2000 / [Herausgeber, Sabine Folie, Brigitte Kölle, Gerald Matt ; Übersetzungen, Wolfgang Bernard ... et al.]

Title:
North
Author:
Folie, Sabine 1962-  Search this
Kölle, Brigitte  Search this
Matt, Gerald  Search this
Kunsthalle Wien  Search this
Physical description:
351 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2000
C2000
20th century
Topic:
Art, Scandinavian  Search this
Call number:
N7008 .N65 2000
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_613563

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