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Howard Wise Gallery records

Creator:
Howard Wise Gallery  Search this
Names:
Burger, Warren E., 1907-1995  Search this
Chermayeff, Serge, 1900-  Search this
Dickinson, Edwin Walter, 1891-1978  Search this
Dubuffet, Jean, 1901-  Search this
MacAgy, Douglas, 1913-  Search this
Sturken, Marita, 1957-  Search this
Tworkov, Jack  Search this
Wise, Howard  Search this
Extent:
11.4 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Interviews
Video recordings
Date:
1943-1989
Summary:
The records of the Howard Wise Gallery in New York, and its predecessor the Howard Wise Gallery of Present Day Painting and Sculpture in Cleveland, Ohio, measure 11.4 linear feet and date from 1943-1989. Records consist of correspondence, artist files, exhibition files, business records, writings, and video recordings that document the activities of Wise's gallery in Cleveland from 1957-1961 and, to a lesser extent, his gallery in New York City from 1960-1970. Wise's activities following the closing of the Howard Wise Gallery are also found among the correspondence, artist files, business records, writings, and video recordings.
Scope and Content Note:
The records of the Howard Wise Gallery in New York, and its predecessor the Howard Wise Gallery of Present Day Painting and Sculpture in Cleveland, Ohio, measure 11.4 linear feet and date from 1943-1989. Records consist of correspondence, artist files, exhibition files, business records, writings, and video recordings that document the activities of Wise's gallery in Cleveland from 1957-1961 and, to a lesser extent, his gallery in New York City from 1960-1970. Wise's activities following the closing of the Howard Wise Gallery are also found among the correspondence, artist files, business records, writings, and video recordings.

Correspondence documents the operations of Wise's galleries in Cleveland and New York. A few subject files and a small amount of Howard Wise's personal correspondence (some pre-dating and post-dating the galleries) are also included in this series.

Artist files contain varying combinations of correspondence, printed material, notes and writings, and photographs. Most artists represented in this series were affiliated with Howard Wise Gallery either in Cleveland or New York City, but some files are for individuals of potential interest to the gallery, and those of continued interest to Wise after the closing of the gallery. Exhibition files contain correspondence, printed material, guest lists, and notes. Exhibition files are not a comprehensive record of exhibitions held in Wise's galleries.

Business records include records of cash disbursements that are primarily for Howard Wise's travel and entertainment expenses. Business memoranda and correspondence between the Cleveland and New York galleries document sales, inventory, shipments and financial information. Also among the business records are photographs of the Howard Wise Gallery of Present Day Painting and Sculpture in Cleveland, a set of slides of artworks and installation views dating to the late 1950s, and inventories and loan documentation related to Howard Wise's personal art collection. Writings consist of essays and speeches by Howard Wise, writings on Howard Wise and the Howard Wise Gallery artists by Douglas MacAgy and Marita Sturken, and a typescript recollection of a dinner party conversation with Supreme Court Justice Warren Burger from 1973.

Video recordings include 41 videoreels and videocassettes, a log book of video shot by Wise in the early 1970s, and a program for a screening of his videos held in Wellfleet, Mass. Recordings are mainly unedited footage of interviews with artists and community figures, gallery openings, and other community events in Wellfleet, Mass. and the greater Cape Cod region. A log book and detailed labels on videos provide details about their content. Three edited works made by Wise from the raw footage include "video portraits" of Serge Chermayeff, Edwin Dickinson, and Jack Tworkov. Also found is footage from the premiere performance of Jean Dubuffet's Coucou Bazaar at the Guggenheim Museum, and a dinner party attended by Dubuffet. Video of works by other artists include footage from media and kinetic artworks shown in the Howard Wise Gallery from 1964-1967, as well as a video performance by Hannah Wilke from 1974.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 5 series:

Series 1: Correspondence, 1943-1984 (Boxes 1-2; 2.0 linear ft.)

Series 2: Artist Files, 1950-1984 (Boxes 3-6; 3.4 linear ft.)

Series 3: Exhibition Files, 1957-1968 (Boxes 6-7; 0.9 linear ft.)

Series 4: Business Records, 1957-1989 (Boxes 7-9; 2.6 linear ft.)

Series 5: Writings, 1957-1984 (Box 9; 4 folders)

Series 6: Video Recordings, 1973-1985 (2.5 linear feet)
Historical Note:
After twenty-five years as president of Arco Company, his family's industrial paint and varnish manufacturing business in Cleveland, Howard Wise (1903-1989) sold his interest in the business and began to pursue his own artistic interests. The Howard Wise Gallery of Present Day Painting and Sculpture opened in Cleveland in 1957 and operated for the next five years. It first showed School of Paris and New York painters and also sold prints. With the exception of a few collectors and loyal customers, Clevelanders did not appreciate Wise's efforts to bring the best new art from all over the world to the city. The Cleveland Plain Dealer ran several editorials ridiculing modern art in general and Howard Wise and his gallery in particular. Attendance was poor and Wise decided to relocate to New York.

After a year of searching for a suitable location and renovating the space, Howard Wise Gallery opened at 50 West 57th Street in 1960. The gallery generated excitement among visitors and artists, and sales and attendance were much better than in Cleveland. After closing the Cleveland gallery in 1961 Wise never again returned to his native city. Despite being well received and conducting significantly more business in New York, the gallery was not a great financial success. Between 1962 and 1965, art consultant Douglas MacAgy, a friend and the former director of the Dallas Museum of Art, worked with Wise in running the gallery. Although the critics were not always favorably impressed, Howard Wise Gallery had a significant following and made important contributions through its support of the use of technology in art, specifically kinetic and light sculpture and the video art movement.

By the late 1960s, Wise recognized that a gallery setting was not suitable for many of the new art forms. He closed Howard Wise Gallery in 1970 so that he could focus his energy and resources on exploring the best way to support environmental sculpture, political work, and video art. Wise founded Electronic Arts Intermix in 1971. Originally an artist-run umbrella organization, today Electronic Arts Intermix is a non-profit videotape distribution service and editing facility, that has amassed an important and highly regarded video art collection.
Related Material:
Also found in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with Howard Wise conducted by Paul Cummings on February 22, 1971. The Harvard Art Museum Archives also holds archival records of the Howard Wise Gallery.
Separated Material:
The Archives of American Art also holds microfilm of material lent for microfilming (reel N70-77) including publicity materials, correspondence, exhibition plans, text of an exhibition catalog, and photographs relating to Howard Kiesler. Lent materials were returned to the lender and are not described in the collection container inventory.
Provenance:
In 1979, the Howard Wise Gallery lent material to the Archives of American Art for microfilming. The rest of the collection was donated by Howard Wise in 1971 and by Barbara Wise, Howard Wise's widow via Dana Kasarsky, Wise's daughter-in-law in 2011.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Use requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
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.
Topic:
Video art  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Art galleries, Commercial -- Ohio -- Cleveland  Search this
Art galleries, Commercial -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Kinetic sculpture  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Interviews
Video recordings
Citation:
Howard Wise Gallery records, 1943-1969. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.howawisg
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Howard Wise Gallery records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-howawisg
Online Media:

Opening of "1876: A Centennial Exhibition"

Creator:
Hofmeister, Richard K  Search this
Subject:
Burger, Warren E. 1907-1995  Search this
Ripley, S. Dillon (Sidney Dillon) 1913-2001  Search this
Arts and Industries Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Physical description:
8 x 10;
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1976
May 10, 1976
Topic:
American Revolution Bicentennial, 1976  Search this
Local number:
SIA RU000371 [76-6222-19A ]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_396587

Visit of Queen Elizabeth II to the Smithsonian Institution

Creator:
Wallace, Jim (James H.)  Search this
Subject:
Burger, Warren E. 1907-1995  Search this
Elizabeth II Queen of Great Britain 1926-  Search this
Ripley, Mary Livingston  Search this
Ripley, S. Dillon (Sidney Dillon) 1913-2001  Search this
Burger, Elvera Stromberg  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Physical description:
8 x 10;
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1976
July 8, 1976
Topic:
Special events  Search this
Local number:
SIA RU000371 [76-8515-11A]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_396614

Visit of Queen Elizabeth II to the Smithsonian Institution

Creator:
Wallace, Jim (James H.)  Search this
Subject:
Elizabeth II Queen of Great Britain 1926-  Search this
Ripley, S. Dillon (Sidney Dillon) 1913-2001  Search this
Rockefeller, Nelson A (Nelson Aldrich) 1908-1979  Search this
Burger, Warren E. 1907-1995  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Physical description:
8 x 10;
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1976
July 8, 1976
Topic:
Special events  Search this
Local number:
SIA RU000371 [76-8514-12A]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_396618

Visit of Queen Elizabeth II to the Smithsonian Institution

Creator:
Hofmeister, Richard K  Search this
Subject:
Elizabeth II Queen of Great Britain 1926-  Search this
Ripley, S. Dillon (Sidney Dillon) 1913-2001  Search this
Burger, Warren E. 1907-1995  Search this
Ramsbotham, Peter 1919-2010  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Physical description:
10 x 8;
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1976
July 8, 1976
Topic:
Special events  Search this
Local number:
SIA RU000371 [76-8525-18A]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_396620

Visit of Queen Elizabeth II to the Smithsonian Institution

Creator:
Hofmeister, Richard K  Search this
Subject:
Elizabeth II Queen of Great Britain 1926-  Search this
Ripley, S. Dillon (Sidney Dillon) 1913-2001  Search this
Rockefeller, Nelson A (Nelson Aldrich) 1908-1979  Search this
Burger, Warren E. 1907-1995  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Physical description:
8 x 10;
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1976
July 8, 1976
Topic:
Special events  Search this
Local number:
SIA RU000371 [76-8526-28A]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_396621

Dedication of Carmichael Auditorium, NMHT

Creator:
Hofmeister, Richard K  Search this
Subject:
Burger, Warren E. 1907-1995  Search this
Ripley, S. Dillon (Sidney Dillon) 1913-2001  Search this
Payne, Melvin Monroe 1911-1990  Search this
Harper, John C  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs  Search this
National Museum of History and Technology  Search this
Physical description:
Gelatin silver prints; 8 x 10;
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1974
January 21, 1974
Local number:
SIA RU000371 [74-653-05]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_396071

Dedication of Carmichael Auditorium, NMHT

Creator:
Hofmeister, Richard K  Search this
Subject:
Burger, Warren E. 1907-1995  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs  Search this
National Museum of History and Technology  Search this
Physical description:
Gelatin silver prints; 8 x 10;
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1974
January 21, 1974
Local number:
SIA RU000371 [74-653-14]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_396081

Visit of Queen Elizabeth II to the Smithsonian Institution

Creator:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Burger, Warren E. 1907-1995  Search this
Burger, Vera Stromberg  Search this
Ripley, Mary Livingston  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Printing and Photographic Services  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Physical description:
Color slides; 35mm;
Type:
Color transparencies
Date:
1976
July 8, 1976
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-009 [76-8850]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_391991

Visit of Queen Elizabeth II to the Smithsonian Institution

Creator:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Burger, Warren E. 1907-1995  Search this
Burger, Vera Stromberg  Search this
Ripley, Mary Livingston  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Printing and Photographic Services  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Physical description:
Color slides; 35mm;
Type:
Color transparencies
Date:
1976
July 8, 1976
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-009 [76-8851]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_391992

Visit of Queen Elizabeth II to the Smithsonian Institution

Creator:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Burger, Warren E. 1907-1995  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Printing and Photographic Services  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Physical description:
Color slides; 35mm;
Type:
Color transparencies
Date:
1976
July 8, 1976
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-009 [76-8852]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_391993

Visit of Queen Elizabeth II to the Smithsonian Institution

Creator:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Burger, Warren E. 1907-1995  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Printing and Photographic Services  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Physical description:
Color slides; 35mm;
Type:
Color transparencies
Date:
1976
July 8, 1976
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-009 [76-8853]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_391994

Visit of Queen Elizabeth II to the Smithsonian Institution

Creator:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Burger, Warren E. 1907-1995  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Printing and Photographic Services  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Physical description:
Color slides; 35mm;
Type:
Color transparencies
Date:
1976
July 8, 1976
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-009 [76-8854]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_391995

Visit of Queen Elizabeth II to the Smithsonian Institution

Creator:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Burger, Warren E. 1907-1995  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Printing and Photographic Services  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Physical description:
Color slides; 35mm;
Type:
Color transparencies
Date:
1976
July 8, 1976
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-009 [76-8856]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_391996

Visit of Queen Elizabeth II to the Smithsonian Institution

Creator:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Burger, Warren E. 1907-1995  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Printing and Photographic Services  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Physical description:
Color slides; 35mm;
Type:
Color transparencies
Date:
1976
July 8, 1976
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-009 [76-8857]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_391997

Visit of Queen Elizabeth II to the Smithsonian Institution

Creator:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Burger, Warren E. 1907-1995  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Printing and Photographic Services  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Physical description:
Color slides; 35mm;
Type:
Color transparencies
Date:
1976
July 8, 1976
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-009 [76-8859]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_391998

Visit of Queen Elizabeth II to the Smithsonian Institution

Creator:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Burger, Warren E. 1907-1995  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Printing and Photographic Services  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Physical description:
Color slides; 35mm;
Type:
Color transparencies
Date:
1976
July 8, 1976
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-009 [76-8860]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_391999

Visit of Queen Elizabeth II to the Smithsonian Institution

Creator:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Burger, Warren E. 1907-1995  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Printing and Photographic Services  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Physical description:
Color slides; 35mm;
Type:
Color transparencies
Date:
1976
July 8, 1976
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-009 [76-8861]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_392000

Visit of Queen Elizabeth II to the Smithsonian Institution

Creator:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Burger, Warren E. 1907-1995  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Printing and Photographic Services  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Physical description:
Color slides; 35mm;
Type:
Color transparencies
Date:
1976
July 8, 1976
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-009 [76-8862]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_392001

Visit of Queen Elizabeth II to the Smithsonian Institution

Creator:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Burger, Warren E. 1907-1995  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Printing and Photographic Services  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Physical description:
Color slides; 35mm;
Type:
Color transparencies
Date:
1976
July 8, 1976
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-009 [76-8866]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_392002

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