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Springer, Thomas E. "Eric"

Collection Creator:
Morehouse, Harold E., 1894-1973  Search this
Container:
Box 12, Folder 9
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
Harold E. Morehouse Flying Pioneers Biographies Collection, Acc. XXXX-0450, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Harold E. Morehouse Flying Pioneers Biographies collection
Harold E. Morehouse Flying Pioneers Biographies collection / Series 1.1: Biographies of Flying Pioneers 1.1
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0450-ref312
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Numbers: A videotape event for the Boston Symphony Orchestra

Creator:
Davis, Douglas Matthew, 1933-  Search this
Type:
Videorecording
Date:
1971-1972
Topic:
Video art  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)10699
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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_10699

Sequences/night video

Creator:
Davis, Douglas Matthew, 1933-  Search this
Type:
Videorecording
Date:
1971 October 13
Topic:
Video art  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)10702
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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_10702

Interview with Doug Davis

Creator:
Davis, Douglas Matthew, 1933-  Search this
Varian, Elayne H. (Elayne Hanley), 1913-1987  Search this
Subject:
Davis, Douglas Matthew  Search this
Type:
Sound Recording
Date:
circa 1972
Topic:
Video art  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)15295
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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_15295

Invitation to Gene Davis "giveaway" exhibition at Mayflower Hotel, Washington, DC

Subject:
Davis, Douglas Matthew  Search this
Davis, Gene  Search this
McGowin, Ed  Search this
Type:
Printed Materials
Date:
1969
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)19137
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Gene Davis papers, 1920-2000, bulk 1942-1990
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_19137

Ed McGowin, Gene Davis, and Douglas Davis planning for "Giveaway" exhibition

Photographer:
Miller, M. Susan  Search this
Subject:
Davis, Douglas Matthew  Search this
Davis, Gene  Search this
McGowin, Ed  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1969
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)19140
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Gene Davis papers, 1920-2000, bulk 1942-1990
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_19140
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Douglas Davis, Gene Davis, and Ed McGowin planning for "Giveaway" exhibition at Mayflower Hotel, Washington, D.C.

Photographer:
Miller, M. Susan  Search this
Subject:
Davis, Douglas Matthew  Search this
Davis, Gene  Search this
McGowin, Ed  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1969
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)19143
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Gene Davis papers, 1920-2000, bulk 1942-1990
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_19143
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Gene Davis, Douglas Davis, and others drawing up plans for Giveaway exhibition at Mayflower Hotel, Washington, D.C.

Photographer:
Miller, M. Susan  Search this
Subject:
Davis, Douglas Matthew  Search this
Davis, Gene  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Place:
Washington, D.C.
Date:
1967
Topic:
Exhibitions  Search this
Washington Color School (Group of artists)  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)19709
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Gene Davis papers, 1920-2000, bulk 1942-1990
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_19709
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1 Cent, United States, 1960

Mint:
U.S. Mint, Denver  Search this
Physical Description:
copper (overall metal)
0 (overall die axis)
0 (overall die axis measurement)
struck (overall production method)
Measurements:
overall:;
Object Name:
Coin
Place made:
United States
Place of issue:
United States
Date made:
1960
Credit Line:
Davis, Douglas K
ID Number:
NU.230867.0001
Accession number:
230867
Catalog number:
NU62008
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Work and Industry: National Numismatic Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a9-3e2f-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1091841

Minnijean Brown-Trickey New Lincoln School Commencement Program, Invitation, and Ticket 1959

Associated Name:
Little Rock Nine  Search this
Referenced:
Trickey, Minnijean Brown  Search this
Physical Description:
paper (invitation overall material)
ink (invitation overall material)
paper (program overall material)
ink (program overall material)
paper (ticket overall material)
ink (ticket overall material)
Measurements:
invitation overall: 18.8 cm x 13 cm; 7 13/32 in x 5 1/8 in
program overall: 21.5 cm x 15 cm; 8 15/32 in x 5 29/32 in
ticket overall: 7.8 cm x 10.1 cm; 3 1/16 in x 3 31/32 in
Object Name:
program
Place made:
United States: New York, New York City
Associated Place:
United States: New York, New York
Date made:
1959-05
Associated Date:
1959-06-05
Subject:
Civil Rights Movement  Search this
Education  Search this
Related event:
Little Rock Integration Crisis  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Minnijean Brown Trickey
ID Number:
2015.0238.11
Accession number:
2015.0238
Catalog number:
2015.0238.11
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Cultural and Community Life: Education
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b2-c955-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1764074
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Model, Static, Davis-Douglas Cloudster

Materials:
Wood - overall
Fabric - surface covering
Metal - bracing wires
Dimensions:
Model: 29.2 x 71.1 x 41.5cm (11 1/2 in. x 28 in. x 16 5/16 in.)
Type:
MODELS-Aircraft
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Date:
ca. 1949
Credit Line:
Gift of Douglas Aircraft Company, Inc.
Inventory Number:
A19520101000
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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National Air and Space Museum Collection
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nv9c211cef6-2d62-40d2-8cb2-cb39a3e87f19
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nasm_A19520101000

(Questions New York Moscow New York Moscow, Set) Questions New York Moscow New York Moscow

Artist:
Douglas Davis, Vitaly Komar, and Alexander Melamid  Search this
Douglas Davis, American, b. Washington, DC, 1933  Search this
Vitaly Komar, Russian, b. Moscow, 1943  Search this
Alexander Melamid, Russian, b. Moscow, 1945  Search this
Medium:
Photomechanical enlargement on paper mounted on paperboard
Dimensions:
24 X 18 IN. (61.0 X 45.7 CM.)
Type:
Mech Repro
Date:
(1976)
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of the artists, 1978
Accession Number:
78.62.1
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection
School:
Conceptual Art
Data Source:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/py2d6d7e315-fd9e-4d8c-83a8-4cd443436aaf
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:hmsg_78.62.1

Questions New York Moscow New York Moscow

Artist:
Douglas Davis, Vitaly Komar, and Alexander Melamid  Search this
Douglas Davis, American, b. Washington, DC, 1933  Search this
Vitaly Komar, Russian, b. Moscow, 1943  Search this
Alexander Melamid, Russian, b. Moscow, 1945  Search this
Medium:
Set of 4 photographs, 1 photomechanical reproduction and 1 photomechanical enlargement on paper
Dimensions:
see individual records
Type:
Photograph/set
Date:
(1976)
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of the artists, 1978
Accession Number:
78.62.1-6
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection
School:
Conceptual Art
Data Source:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/py2c08b2c63-4e94-418e-93a8-b023d452b3d8
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:hmsg_78.62.1-6

(Questions New York Moscow New York Moscow, Set) July 4 Performance

Artist:
Douglas Davis, Vitaly Komar, and Alexander Melamid  Search this
Douglas Davis, American, b. Washington, DC, 1933  Search this
Vitaly Komar, Russian, b. Moscow, 1943  Search this
Alexander Melamid, Russian, b. Moscow, 1945  Search this
Medium:
Photomechanical reproduction on paper mounted on paperboard
Dimensions:
19 1/8 X 21 3/4 IN. (48.6 X 55.2 CM.)
Type:
Mech Repro
Date:
(1976)
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of the artists, 1978
Accession Number:
78.62.2
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection
School:
Conceptual Art
Data Source:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/py298dde36d-2e5c-4d66-a23c-90b3f1c17485
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:hmsg_78.62.2

(Questions New York Moscow New York Moscow, Set) Where is the Line Between Us*

Artist:
Douglas Davis, Vitaly Komar, and Alexander Melamid  Search this
Douglas Davis, American, b. Washington, DC, 1933  Search this
Vitaly Komar, Russian, b. Moscow, 1943  Search this
Alexander Melamid, Russian, b. Moscow, 1945  Search this
Medium:
Photograph on paper
Dimensions:
29 1/2 x 40 7/16 in. (75.0 x 102.7 cm)
Type:
Photograph/set
Date:
(1976)
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of the artists, 1978
Accession Number:
78.62.3
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection
School:
Conceptual Art
Data Source:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/py2b7426ce5-814d-41fd-81b9-4ca7dabb28d1
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:hmsg_78.62.3

(Questions New York Moscow New York Moscow, Set) Why is the Line Between Us*

Artist:
Douglas Davis, Vitaly Komar, and Alexander Melamid  Search this
Douglas Davis, American, b. Washington, DC, 1933  Search this
Vitaly Komar, Russian, b. Moscow, 1943  Search this
Alexander Melamid, Russian, b. Moscow, 1945  Search this
Medium:
Photograph on paper
Dimensions:
29 1/2 x 40 3/8 in. (74.9 x 102.5 cm)
Type:
Photograph/set
Date:
(1976)
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of the artists, 1978
Accession Number:
78.62.4
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection
School:
Conceptual Art
Data Source:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/py2238d588a-2b5f-4a67-ac74-e11ac3cae3bd
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:hmsg_78.62.4

(Questions New York Moscow New York Moscow, Set) What is the Line Between Us*

Artist:
Douglas Davis, Vitaly Komar, and Alexander Melamid  Search this
Douglas Davis, American, b. Washington, DC, 1933  Search this
Vitaly Komar, Russian, b. Moscow, 1943  Search this
Alexander Melamid, Russian, b. Moscow, 1945  Search this
Medium:
Photograph on paper
Dimensions:
29 7/16 x 40 3/8 in. (74.8 x 102.4 cm)
Type:
Photograph/set
Date:
(1976)
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of the artists, 1978
Accession Number:
78.62.5
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection
School:
Conceptual Art
Data Source:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/py2d8e08eab-7fe6-4f8d-b257-f576c0f3d2da
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:hmsg_78.62.5

(Questions New York Moscow New York Moscow, Set) What is Beyond the Line*

Artist:
Douglas Davis, Vitaly Komar, and Alexander Melamid  Search this
Douglas Davis, American, b. Washington, DC, 1933  Search this
Vitaly Komar, Russian, b. Moscow, 1943  Search this
Alexander Melamid, Russian, b. Moscow, 1945  Search this
Medium:
Photograph on paper
Dimensions:
30 1/2 x 40 1/2 in. (77.5 x 102.8 cm)
Type:
Photograph/set
Date:
(1976)
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of the artists, 1978
Accession Number:
78.62.6
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection
School:
Conceptual Art
Data Source:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/py2f4a11065-aefe-4a82-b3c6-716f0e03124b
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:hmsg_78.62.6

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 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:
Video artists -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
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
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
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-finccoll
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Printed Matter, Inc. records

Creator:
Printed Matter, Inc.  Search this
Names:
Davis, Douglas  Search this
DeAk, Edit  Search this
Fasnacht, Heide, 1951-  Search this
Huebler, Douglas  Search this
Lawler, Louise  Search this
LeWitt, Sol, 1928-2007  Search this
Linn, Nancy  Search this
Lippard, Lucy R.  Search this
Nonas, Richard, 1936-  Search this
Princenthal, Nancy  Search this
Rosler, Martha  Search this
Ruscha, Edward  Search this
Sischy, Ingrid  Search this
Spiegelman, Art  Search this
Stuart, Michelle, 1933-  Search this
Tacha, Athena, 1936-  Search this
Weiner, Lawrence, 1942-  Search this
Extent:
24.9 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Architectural drawings
Date:
1970-1990
Summary:
The records of Printed Matter, Inc., a non-profit artists' book publisher and distributor in New York, measure 24.9 linear feet and date from 1970 to 1990. Documentation on this organization includes artist, distributor, and client files; inventory records; legal and administrative records; general correspondence; ledgers, invoices, and other financial records; files arranged by subject; and architectural drawings of the interior office space. The administrative correspondence scattered across the various series shows Printed Matter's philosophy, operations, and relationships to artists. Many early notes and minutes are in Sol LeWitt's handwriting. Among the names to be found in the files are former staff members Edith deAk, Mike Glier, Nancy Linn, Ingrid Sischy, and Nancy Princenthal; founders Sol LeWitt and Lucy Lippard; and contracted artists, such as Douglas Davis, Heidi Fasnacht, Jenny Holzer, Douglas Huebler, Louise Lawler, Richard Nonas, Martha Rosler, Ed Ruscha, Art Spiegelman, Michelle Stuart, Athena Tacha, and Lawrence Weiner.
Scope and Contents:
The records of Printed Matter, Inc., a non-profit artists' book publisher and distributor in New York, measure 24.9 linear feet and date from 1970 to 1990. Documentation on this organization includes artist, distributor, and client files; inventory records; legal and administrative records; general correspondence; ledgers, invoices, and other financial records; files arranged by subject; and architectural drawings of the interior office space. The administrative correspondence scattered across the various series shows Printed Matter's philosophy, operations, and relationships to artists. Many early notes and minutes are in Sol LeWitt's handwriting. Among the names to be found in the files are former staff members Edith deAk, Mike Glier, Nancy Linn, Ingrid Sischy, and Nancy Princenthal; founders Sol LeWitt and Lucy Lippard; and contracted artists, such as Douglas Davis, Heidi Fasnacht, Jenny Holzer, Douglas Huebler, Louise Lawler, Richard Nonas, Martha Rosler, Ed Ruscha, Art Spiegelman, Michelle Stuart, Athena Tacha, and Lawrence Weiner.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 9 series.

Artist Files, circa 1970-1990 (Boxes 1-3; 3.0 linear feet)

Distributor Files, 1976-1988 (Boxes 4-6; 3.0 linear feet)

Client Files, 1971-1989 (Boxes 7-8; 2.0 linear feet)

Inventory Cards, circa 1970s-1980s (Boxes 9-10; 2.0 linear feet)

Legal and Administrative Records, 1976-1989 (Boxes 11-13; 2.6 linear feet)

Correspondence, 1975-1986 (Boxes 13-14; 0.7 linear feet)

Subject Files, 1972-1990 (Boxes 14-20; 6.0 linear feet)

Financial Records, 1975-1989 (Boxes 20-25; 5.5 linear feet)

Architectural Drawings, circa 1985 (OV 26; 0.1 linear feet)
Biographical / Historical:
Printed Matter, Inc., a non-profit artists' book publisher and distributor in New York was established in 1976 by Sol LeWitt, Lucy Lippard, and others. The organization grew from a small business coalition of artists into the largest facility dedicated to publications made by artists in book form. By 1986, Printed Matter had published or disseminated books by more than 1800 artists. Its history also mirrors the trajectory of the downtown art scene in the 1970s and 1980s, for which it became a matrix, an outlet, and a representative.
Provenance:
Donated in 2001 by David Platzker for Printed Matter, Inc.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Occupation:
Publishers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Art galleries, Commercial -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Architectural drawings
Citation:
Printed Matter, Inc. records, 1970-1990. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.prinmati
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-prinmati
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