The papers of Miami art critic Helen Kohen date from 1978 through 1996 and contain letters, postcards, exhibition announcements and invitations, seventy-six untranscribed interviews of artists, dealers, and collectors in the Miami area, and two event recordings.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of art historian and critic Helen L. Kohen measure one linear foot and date from 1976 through 1996. They consist primarily of letters, postcards, exhibition announcements and invitations from artists in the Miami area. Also found are eighty-two mini cassette tapes of seventy-six interviews Kohen conducted with art dealers, collectors, contemporary artists, and others in the Miami area as research and background for her newspaper column and other articles. Also included are two event recordings.
The collection is arranged into five series:
Series 1: Correspondence, 1954, 1984-1993, undated (Box 1, 10 folders)
Series 2: Printed Material, 1979-1996, undated (Box 1, 3 folders)
Series 3: Photographs, 1969, 1974, 1980-1994 (Box 1, 1 folder)
Series 4: Miscellany, 1983-1992, undated (Box 1 , 1 folder)
Series 5: Taped Interviews, 1986-1996, undated (Box 1, 1 folder and 82 micro-cassettes)
Art historian and critic Helen L. Kohen has authored numerous articles on contemporary art focusing on the formation of the art culture in Miami since the early 1980s. Helen L. Kohen is art critic emeritus for the The Miami Herald newspaper in Miami, Florida.
Helen L. Kohen donated her papers to the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution in 1997.
The collection is open for research. Use requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington, D.C. research facility.
Agustín Fernández and Helen L. Kohen. Interview with Agustin Fernandez and Conversation about Agustin Fernandez, 1992 October 26. Helen L. Kohen papers, 1978-1996. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.