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Foundation for Art Resources records

Creator:
Foundation for Art Resources (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Names:
Morgan Thomas Gallery (Santa Monica, Calif.)  Search this
ThomasLewallen Gallery (Santa Monica, Calif.)  Search this
Baldessari, John, 1931-  Search this
Branca, Glen  Search this
Cypis, Dorit, 1951-  Search this
Fisher, Morgan, 1942-  Search this
Gehry, Frank O., 1929-  Search this
Mullican, Matt, 1951-  Search this
Sublette, Ned  Search this
Extent:
0.4 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1979-1983
Scope and Contents:
Records from the files of managing director Dorit Cypis, including photographs, fliers and announcements, press releases, exhibition files, grants and budget, and other business records. Artists and art organizations represented in the collection include Glen Branca, John Baldessari, Morgan Fisher, Frank Gehry, Matt Mullican, Ned Sublette, the ThomasLewallen Gallery, and its predecessor, the Morgan Thomas Gallery, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Art center; Los Angeles, Calif. The Foundation (F.A.R.) is a public non-profit organization created in 1977 for the production and presentaion of new art and ideas in Los Angeles. Activities included film screenings, publications, exhibitions, performances, lectures, radioprograms, and public installations.
Provenance:
Donated 1994 by Dorit Cypis.
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.
Topic:
Arts -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Function:
Art centers -- California
Identifier:
AAA.founfor
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9930b7ca3-9029-4744-9474-3391f6b9fdd6
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-founfor

Oral history interview with Jean Milant

Interviewee:
Milant, Jean, 1943-  Search this
Interviewer:
Drohojowska-Philp, Hunter  Search this
Names:
Cirrus Editions  Search this
Cirrus Gallery  Search this
Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art  Search this
Los Angeles Visual Arts (Organization)  Search this
Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Tamarind Institute  Search this
University of New Mexico -- Student  Search this
University of Wisconsin  Search this
Antreasian, Garo Z., 1922-2018  Search this
Auder, Michel  Search this
Baldessari, John, 1931-  Search this
Blum, Irving, 1930-  Search this
Burden, Chris, 1946-  Search this
Card, Greg S., 1945-  Search this
Carson, Karen, 1943-  Search this
Cointet, Guy de, 1934-1983  Search this
Egelston, Robert  Search this
Francis, Sam, 1923-1994  Search this
Gehry, Frank O., 1929-  Search this
Goodman, Marian  Search this
Harrison, Newton, 1932-  Search this
Hill, Charles Christopher  Search this
Inch, Terry  Search this
Irwin, Robert, 1928-  Search this
Kanemitsu, Matsumi  Search this
Kauffman, Craig, 1932-2010  Search this
Leiber, Steven  Search this
Marron, Donald B.  Search this
Mizuno, Riko  Search this
Moses, Ed, 1926-  Search this
Nauman, Bruce, 1941-  Search this
Overby, Robert, 1935-1993  Search this
Price, Kenneth, 1935-2012  Search this
Rivière, Alain, 1958-  Search this
Rosen, Gerry  Search this
Ruscha, Edward  Search this
Sturman, Eugene  Search this
Trowbridge, David, 1945-  Search this
Tyler, Kenneth E.  Search this
Viva, 1938-  Search this
Wayne, June, 1918-2011  Search this
Wood, Jonas, 1977-  Search this
de Beauvau-Craon, Minnie  Search this
Extent:
4 Items (Sound recording: 4 sound files (3 hr., 7 min.), digital, wav)
102 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Place:
Europe -- description and travel
France -- description and travel
New York (N.Y.) -- Description and Travel
Date:
2015 July 20
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Jean Milant, conducted 2015 July 20, by Hunter Drohojowska-Philp, for the Archives of American Art at Milant's home in Los Angeles, California.
Jean Milant discusses growing up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and his French and German heritage; his introduction to art instruction in high school and further studies at the University of Wisconsin; his trips to Europe and New York City as an undergraduate art student; his time as a graduate student at the University of New Mexico, and his work at the Tamarind Institute printmaking program and his introduction to Los Angeles; his work at Tamarind with Ed Ruscha, Sam Francis, Ed Moses, and Ken Price, among others; the beginnings of Cirrus Gallery and Cirrus Editions and his search for backers for the two endeavors; his partnership with Terry Inch as a backer for Cirrus. Mr. Milant also describes the decision to move his gallery and printmaking shop to downtown Los Angeles in 1979; the support of Robert Egelston and the collector Donald Marron and other collectors who first subscribed to his print editions; his experiences in France with Minnie de Beauvau-Craon; the gallery and museum scene in Los Angeles in the early '70s and '80s; his efforts to promote Los Angeles as a vibrant center of art, including trips to Europe in the early '70s to show his artists; the creation of Ed Ruscha's prints using food; working with Bruce Nauman and John Baldessari to create prints; the creation of the Los Angeles Visual Arts group of L.A. art dealers; his involvement with the creation of the Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art in 1974; his work with the artist Guy de Cointet and Mr. Cointet's early performances at Cirrus Gallery; the opening of MOCA in 1984; his desire to create a think-tank institute to help create a viable future for art. Mr. Milant also recalls Garo Antreasian, Newton Harrison, June Wayne, Frank Gehry, Robert Irwin, Eugene Sturman, Matsumi Kanemitsu, Ken Tyler, Riko Mizuno, Irving Blum, Gerry Rosen, Robert Overby, David Trowbridge as well as Chris Burden, Greg Card, Karen Carson, Craig Kauffman, Marian Goodman, Alain Rivière, Charles Christopher Hill, Steven Leiber, Viva, Michel Auder, and Jonas Wood, among others.
Biographical / Historical:
Jean Robert Milant (1943- ) is an art dealer and publisher in Los Angeles, California. Hunter Drohojowska-Philp is an art critic and writer from Beverly Hills, California.
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.
Occupation:
Art dealers -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Publishers -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Prints -- Technique  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.milant15
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9701ff32d-8750-4c85-8945-ab052ba58fc3
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-milant15
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Moshe Safdie interviews

Creator:
Safdie, Moshe, 1938-  Search this
Interviewer:
Goodwin, George M.  Search this
Names:
Gehry, Frank O., 1929-  Search this
Kahn, Louis I., 1901-1974  Search this
Le Corbusier, 1887-1965  Search this
Meier, Richard, 1934-  Search this
Mendelsohn, Erich, 1887-1953  Search this
Neutra, Richard Joseph, 1892-1970  Search this
Schindler, R. M. (Rudolph M.), 1887-1953  Search this
Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1867-1959  Search this
Extent:
2 Items (sound cassettes (3 hrs.) : typescript summary (5 p.), analog +)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1992 Feb.1 - Oct. 17
Scope and Contents:
Interview of Moshe Safdie conducted by George M. Goodwin.
Safdie discusses becoming an architect; moving from Israel to Canada at 15, his family background; attending McGill University; the work of Erich Mendelsohn in Palestine; his relationship to Richard Meier; and the work of other architects, including Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Kahn, Frank Gehry, R.M. Schindler, and Richard Neutra; how being a Jew is central to his identity and his work; his significant buildings; critics' attitudes; clients' response; and 1992 projects.
Provenance:
Donated by George M. Goodwin in 1992.
Restrictions:
Untranscribed; use requires an appointment.
Topic:
Architecture  Search this
Architects -- Canada -- Interviews  Search this
Architects -- Israel -- Interviews  Search this
Architects -- United States -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.safdmosh
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9d7246ed9-8022-47a4-b2cd-ed049c3393f8
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-safdmosh

Oral history interview with Alexis Smith

Creator:
Smith, Alexis, 1949-  Search this
Interviewer:
Drohojowska-Philp, Hunter  Search this
Names:
Holly Solomon Gallery  Search this
Honor Fraser Gallery  Search this
Margo Leavin Gallery  Search this
Mizuno Gallery  Search this
Nicholas Wilder Gallery  Search this
University of California, Irvine -- Students  Search this
University of California, Los Angeles -- Faculty  Search this
Bell, Larry, 1939-  Search this
Burden, Barbara  Search this
Burden, Chris, 1946-  Search this
Celmins, Vija, 1938-  Search this
Chicago, Judy, 1939-  Search this
Coplans, John  Search this
Gehry, Frank O., 1929-  Search this
Grieger, Scott  Search this
Howard, Coy  Search this
Irwin, Robert, 1928-  Search this
Krull, Craig  Search this
Moses, Avilda  Search this
Ruppersberg, Allen, 1944-  Search this
Sedivy, Richard  Search this
Solomon, Jerry  Search this
Extent:
5 Items (Sound recording: 5 sound files (3 hr., 11 min.), digital, wav)
84 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Place:
France -- description and travel
Date:
2014 January 24-April 14
Scope and Contents:
An interview with Alexis Smith conducted 2014 January 24 and April 14, by Hunter Drohojowska-Philp, for the Archives of American Art at Smith's studio, in Venice, California.
Ms. Smith discusses growing up in Southern California and her early years living with her parents on the grounds of Metropolitan State Hospital, a mental institution in Norwalk, California; her mother's death when Ms. Smith was 11; the family's time in Whittier and Palm Springs and being raised as an only child by her father; her early interest in French studies and travel to France as a student; her interest in studying art beginning with a John Coplans class at UC Irvine; her time at at UC Irvine in the early days of the university and her growing attraction to the life of an artist; the origin of her name Alexis Smith; and the encouragement of her fellow artists to continue pursuing her cut-up collages from literature, photos, magazines, and Hollywood ephemera. Ms. Smith also describes her time with her artist women's group in the 70s; her husband Scott Grieger; working for Frank Gehry; her showing with the Nicholas Wilder Gallery; her relationship with Chris Burden and her time with him during his period of performance pieces in the 70s; the Riko Mizuno Gallery; her work with terrazzo and its use for installations at the LA Convention Center, Ohio State University, and other installations; the appropriation of text and the assistance of Jerry Solomon utilizing custom frames in her artwork; the impact of women from history, media and literature on her art; her relationship with Coy Howard; the Holly Solomon Gallery; her Jane series; her On the Road series; her installation Snake Path at UC San Diego; her piece for SITE Santa Fe Red Carpet; teaching at UCLA; her installation of the piece Scarlet Letter at Las Vegas Central Library and its subsequent removal; her associations with Margo Leavin Gallery and Honor Fraser gallery; and the loss of her long-time studio space and the challenges of storing her artwork. Ms. Smith also recalls Judy Chicago, Robert Irwin, Vija Celmins, Larry Bell, Barbara Burden, Richard Sedivy, Avilda Moses, Craig Krull, and Allen Ruppersberg among others.
Biographical / Historical:
Alexis Smith (1949- ) is a collage, multimedia, and installation artist in Los Angeles, California. Hunter Drohojowska-Philp is an art critic and writer from Beverly Hills, California.
General:
Originally recorded as 5 sound files. Duration is 3 hr., 11 min.
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:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Occupation:
Collagists -- California  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Installations (Art)  Search this
Multimedia (Art)  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.smith14
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9cf7d681a-7826-4d6b-9c1f-4565e032b593
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-smith14
Online Media:

Jan Butterfield papers

Creator:
Butterfield, Jan  Search this
Names:
Lapis Press  Search this
Pacific Enterprises  Search this
Bell, Larry, 1939-  Search this
Bischoff, Elmer, 1916-1991  Search this
Dugmore, Edward, 1915-  Search this
Francis, Sam, 1923-1994  Search this
Gehry, Frank O., 1929-  Search this
Goode, Joe, 1937-  Search this
Greene, George  Search this
Guston, Philip, 1913-1980  Search this
Harrison, Helen Mayer, 1929-  Search this
Harrison, Newton, 1932-  Search this
Hopkins, Henry, 1928-2009  Search this
Hudson, Robert, 1938-  Search this
Irwin, Robert, 1928-  Search this
Karp, Michael  Search this
Kienholz, Edward, 1927-  Search this
Nauman, Bruce, 1941-  Search this
Nordman, Maria  Search this
Orr, Eric, 1939-1998  Search this
Rauschenberg, Robert, 1925-2008  Search this
Reinhardt, Ad, 1913-1967  Search this
Resnick, Milton, 1917-2004  Search this
Roche, Jim  Search this
Ruscha, Edward  Search this
Shaw, Richard, 1941 Sept. 12-  Search this
Still, Clyfford, 1904-1980  Search this
Turrell, James  Search this
Wheeler, Douglas  Search this
Wortz, E.  Search this
Wortz, Melinda  Search this
Young, R. Joshua  Search this
Interviewee:
Cage, John, 1912-1992  Search this
Extent:
15 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Transcripts
Interviews
Scrapbooks
Date:
1950-1997
Summary:
The papers of Jan Butterfield measure 15 linear feet and date from circa 1950 to 1997. Papers contain hundreds of recorded interviews with and lectures by artists, panel discussions of artists and art historians, as well as extensive writings by Butterfield. Also found are project files, personal business records, printed materials, photographs, and additional sound and video recordings related to art subjects.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of Jan Butterfield measure 15 linear feet and date from circa 1950 to 1997. Papers contain hundreds of recorded interviews with and lectures by artists, panel discussions of artists and art historians, as well as extensive writings by Butterfield. Also found are project files, personal business records, printed materials, photographs, and additional sound and video recordings related to art subjects.

Interviews and Lectures include hundreds of interviews conducted by Butterfield between 1971 and 1987 with contemporary artists about whom she was writing at the time. The artists Robert Irwin and Sam Francis are represented particularly well. Also found are slide talks, class discussions, and lectures given by artists, which are assumed to have been recorded by Butterfield in most cases. Also among the recordings are recorded performances by John Cage, Joe Goode, Newton and Helen Harrison, Jim Roche, and George Greene. Panel discussions include two notable recordings involving Milton Resnick, one with the painter Edward Dugmore in 1959, and the other with the painter Ad Reinhardt at The Club in 1961, which was later dubbed "The Attack."

The bulk of the writings relate to Butterfield's published work The Art of Light and Space, represented here in multiple drafts, research, and photographs of works of art by the artists discussed in the work including Robert Irwin, James Turrell, Maria Nordman, Douglas Wheeler, Bruce Nauman, Eric Orr, Larry Bell, DeWain Valentine, Susan Kaiser Vogel, and Hap Tivey. Also found are extensive drafts and research for catalog essays for exhibitions of Larry Bell, Richard Shaw, Robert Hudson, and Elmer Bischoff. Drafts of articles and publicity writing are mainly about artists but also some galleries and other art events. There are a few transcripts of recorded interviews, and it appears that many of the writings are based on Butterfield's interviews.

Project files include records relating to Butterfield's involvement with the production of a catalog for the corporate art collection of Pacific Enterprises. These also include additional artist interviews and artist files containing research and writing, mainly by her associate Michael Karp. Also found are photographs and sound recordings for the Waterfront Project at the San Francisco Art Institute, an interdisciplinary community-centered development project that involved Larry Bell, Robert Irwin, Melinda Wortz, Eric Orr, Dr. E. Wortz, Frank Gehry, Newton and Helen Harrison, Josh Young, and students at the Art Institute. And finally, project files include photographs, interviews, and printed material related to publications of Lapis Press, where Butterfield was Executive Director.

Personal business records include correspondence, price lists, financial records, notes, press releases, and career documentation of Butterfield. Printed materials include articles by Butterfield, articles about Butterfield, and articles by Henry Hopkins, most of which are photocopies. There are also clippings, exhibition catalogs, exhibition posters, and publicity. Of note is a disassembled scrapbook pertaining to the controversial Ed Kienholz exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1966, and a directory of art spaces in Los Angeles from 1978.

Most of the photographs are of works of art by artists about whom Butterfield wrote. Also found are a few files of photographs of artists, some taken by Butterfield, including Philip Guston, Ed Kienholz, Henry Hopkins with Clyfford Still, Robert Irwin, Robert Rauschenberg, and James Turrell. Additional video and sound recordings include artist installations, a documentary on Sam Francis, and an acoustiguide for an Ed Ruscha exhibition.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged as 7 series.

Missing Title

Series 1: Interviews and Lectures (Boxes 1-5; 4.2 linear feet)

Series 2: Writings (Boxes 5-7, 16, OV 17; 3.7 linear feet)

Series 3: Project Files (Boxes 8-10, 16; 1.6 linear feet)

Series 4: Personal Business Records (Boxes 10-11, OV 17-19; 1.1 linear feet)

Series 5: Printed Materials (Boxes 11-12, 16, OV 17-19; 1.8 linear feet)

Series 6: Photographs (Boxes 12-14, 16; 2.2 linear feet)

Series 7: Sound and Video Recordings (Box 15; 0.4 linear feet)
Biographical / Historical:
Jan Butterfield (1937-2000) was an art writer and critic of contemporary art who spent most of her career in California. She is best known for her writings on late twentieth century installation and craft artists, particularly those who worked in California and the American West.

Butterfield was born Jan Van Alstine in Los Angeles, California in 1937 and attended the Univeristy of California, Los Angeles. She received numerous fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts as an art critic, and contributed art writing to dozens of exhibition catalogs and art publications including Art International, Images and Issues, Art News, Art in America, and Flash Art. Her most ambitious work of writing was The Art of Light and Space (Abbeville Press: 1993), which profiles the work of contemporary artists Robert Irwin, James Turrell, Maria Nordman, Douglas Wheeler, Bruce Nauman, Eric Orr, Larry Bell, DeWain Valentine, Susan Kaiser Vogel, and Hap Tivey. She was also the author of a 1972 monograph of the Abstract Expressionist painter Sam Francis.

Butterfield held positions in public relations at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art from its opening until 1970, and at the Fort Worth Art Museum from 1970 to 1974. She taught at Northwood Experimental Art Institute in Dallas, Texas, the San Francisco Art Institute, San Jose State University, and Mills College in Oakland, California between 1973 and 1983. At the San Francisco Art Institute, she was Director of the extension program and Coordinator of the visiting artist program and the Waterfront Project between 1976 and 1978. In 1984, Butterfield and the artist Sam Francis co-founded the Lapis Press, where she served as Executive Director from its founding until 1988.

Butterfield was married twice, the second time to Henry Hopkins, Museum Director at LACMA, the Museum of Fine Art of Houston, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She died in 2000 after an extended illness.
Related Materials:
Also found among the collections of the Archives of American Art is a 1981 panel discussion on Bay area art criticism sponsored by the National Women's Caucus for Art, in which Butterfield participated, as well as an oral history interview Butterfield conducted with Helen Lundeberg for the Archives' Oral History Program in 1980.
Separated Materials:
The Archives of American Art also holds microfilm of material lent for microfilming on reel 1042 including two volumes of scrapbooks. Loaned materials were returned to the lender and are not described in the collection container inventory.
Provenance:
Jan Butterfield lent material in 1975 for microfilming. She donated the Robert Irwin material in 1980 of and most of the interviews and audio tapes in 1989. An additional 12 feet of papers, including some material previously loaned and microfilmed, along with two additional audio tapes, were donated by Butterfield's brother, and Trustee of the Jan Butterfield Trust, Derek Van Alstine in 2002.
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:
Art critics -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Art historians -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Authors -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Topic:
Women art critics  Search this
Women art historians  Search this
Women authors  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Transcripts
Interviews
Scrapbooks
Citation:
Jan Butterfield papers, 1959-1998. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.buttjan
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Jan Butterfield papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9cc490739-2463-4f67-9f43-570692783628
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-buttjan
Online Media:

Stanley and Elyse Grinstein papers

Creator:
Grinstein, Stanley, 1927-2014  Search this
Grinstein, Elyse, 1929-2016  Search this
Names:
Gemini G.E.L. (Firm)  Search this
Gehry, Frank O., 1929-  Search this
Glass, Philip  Search this
Hockney, David  Search this
Extent:
1.3 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1937-2010
Summary:
The papers of Stanley and Elyse Grinstein date from 1937-2010 and measure 1.3 linear feet. The collection documents the role the Grinsteins played in nurturing and promoting the mid-century Los Angeles art scene through personal friendships with area artists, the print studio Gemini G.E.L., and their art collecting activities. Records include biographical material, artist files including substantive letters and postcards from notable artists, musicians, writers and architects, a small amount of documentation relating to Gemini G.E.L. and Elyse Grinstein's architectural work, printed material, and a few photographs.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of Stanley and Elyse Grinstein date from 1937-2010 and measure 1.3 linear feet. The collection documents the role the Grinsteins played in nurturing and promoting the mid to late twentieth century Los Angeles art scene through personal friendships with area artists, the print studio Gemini G.E.L., and their art collecting activities. Records include biographical material, artist files including substantive letters and postcards from notable artists, musicians, writers and architects, a small amount of documentation relating to Gemini G.E.L. and Elyse Grinstein's architectural work, printed material, and a few photographs.

Biographical material and letters includes records of Elyse Grinstein's education in architecture, records of parties and events at the Grinstein home from the 1980s on, and letters demonstrating the family's involvement in philanthropic and political causes. Artist files include at least one or two items, and often more, from artists, writers, composers, and performers such as letters, illustrated letters and cards, printed material, and photos indicative of the extent to which the Grinsteins were at the heart of the West Coast art scene from the 1960s on, and the warmth of the friendships the Grinsteins enjoyed with many of the artists represented in the files.

Records related to professional activities highlight some of Elyse Grinstein's other work and include a few items from Gemini G.E.L. Printed material documents exhibitions of artists including Joseph Cornell, Robert Rauschenberg, Man Ray, and others, the collecting activities of the Grinsteins, and their connections to art and performance groups such as Grand Union and the Los Angeles Fine Arts Squad. A few photographs picture artists including Lloyd Hamrol, George Herms, and choreographer Steve Paxton.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 5 series.

Series 1: Biographical Material and Letters, 1937-2008 (Box 1; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 2: Artist Files, circa 1961-2010 (Box 1, OV 3; 0.5 linear feet)

Series 3: Professional Activities, 1937-1990s (Box 1; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 4: Printed Material, circa 1964-circa 1988 (Boxes 1-2, OV 3; 0.3 linear feet)

Series 5: Photographs, circa 1960s-circa 1970s (Box 2; 8 folders)
Biographical / Historical:
Los Angeles art collectors and philanthropists Stanley and Elyse Grinstein were known for their patronage of West Coast artists for over forty years and were important catalysts of the nascent Los Angeles art scene.

Following their marriage in 1952, the Grinsteins began collecting art as a way to pursue a shared hobby. Stanley Grinstein (1927-2014) was the proprietor of a forklift business and Elyse Grinstein (1929-2016) had been an elementary school teacher. The couple co-founded the print studio, Gemini G.E.L., with Rosamund and Sidney B. Felsen in 1966. Through celebrated collaborations with Josef Albers, David Hockney, Ellsworth Kelly, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg, Richard Serra, and many others, the studio quickly became the West Coast destination for innovative printmaking.

In addition to having a passion for art, Elyse Grinstein was also an architect who earned her master's degree in architecture from the University of California Los Angeles in the 1970s, graduating at the age of 50. She interned with close friend Frank O. Gehry before forming her own company, Grinstein/Daniels, Inc., with Jeffrey Daniels. Her subsequent work included remodeling David Hockney's Hollywood Hills home, remodeling areas of the CalArts campus after the 1994 earthquake, and designing the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant with partner Jeff Daniels in L.A.'s Koreatown. Elyse Grinstein was also a philanthropist who raised money relentlessly for art and medical institutions, and devoted time to political campaigns and other causes.

In 1965 the Grinsteins bought a house in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles and moved with their three daughters to the Rockingham Avenue home. In the ensuing years they hosted legendary parties and receptions for their friends in the art world, providing an environment that fostered the relationships and emerging ideas of the burgeoning West coast art scene and helped introduce Los Angeles artists to a wide network of East Coast and international artists. The couple also offered invaluable practical support, that often enabled artists to keep working, buying work they loved for their home, providing other occasional financial assistance, and offering free accommodation and a place to work for their out-of-town artist, writer, and musician friends.
Provenance:
The collection was donated 2017 by the Grinstein family, via Ayn Grinstein, Ellen Grinstein Perliter, and Nancy Grinstein, executors.
Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
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:
Architects -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Philanthropists -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Collectors -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Printers -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Women architects  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.grinstan
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Stanley and Elyse Grinstein papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9d3a01d24-889e-4baf-94b1-b1bad1707a9b
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-grinstan
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Angels & Franciscans : innovative architecture from Los Angeles and San Francisco / Frank O. Gehry ... [et al.] ; edited by Bill Lacy, Susan deMenil

Title:
Angels and Franciscans
Author:
Gehry, Frank O. 1929-  Search this
Lacy, Bill  Search this
De Menil, Susan  Search this
Leo Castelli Gallery  Search this
Gagosian Gallery  Search this
Santa Monica Museum of Art  Search this
Physical description:
126 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
California
Los Angeles
San Francisco
Los Angeles (Calif.)
San Francisco (Calif.)
Date:
1992
Topic:
Architecture, Postmodern  Search this
Buildings, structures, etc  Search this
Call number:
NA735.L55 A54 1992X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_446402

Peter Eisenman & Frank Gehry

Title:
Peter Eisenman and Frank Gehry
Author:
Eisenman, Peter 1932-  Search this
Gehry, Frank O. 1929-  Search this
International Architectural Exhibition (5th : 1991 : Venice, Italy)  Search this
Subject:
Eisenman Architects  Search this
Frank O. Gehry and Associates  Search this
University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning  Search this
Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (unpaged) : chiefly ill. (some col.) ; 43 cm. + 6 slides (b&w and col.)
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
1991
C1991
20th century
Topic:
Space (Architecture)  Search this
Architecture, Postmodern  Search this
Architecture--History  Search this
Call number:
NA737.E33I61 1991
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_955593

Global architecture document 96 Steven Holl, Tadao Ando, Frank O. Geary, Morphosis, Enric Miralles Benedetta Tagliabue, UN Studio

Subject:
Holl, Steven http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n80108618 http://viaf.org/viaf/71450966/ http://dbpedia.org/resource/Steven_Holl  Search this
Andō, Tadao 1941- http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n82130882 http://viaf.org/viaf/109158630/  Search this
Gehry, Frank O. 1929- http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n82013991 http://viaf.org/viaf/89113091/ http://dbpedia.org/resource/Frank_Gehry  Search this
Miralles, Enric http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/nr91018040 http://dbpedia.org/resource/Enric_Miralles  Search this
Tagliabue, Benedetta http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/nr95029350  Search this
Andō, Tadao 1941- http://id.worldcat.org/fast/fst00099690 http://viaf.org/viaf/109158630/  Search this
Gehry, Frank O. 1929- http://id.worldcat.org/fast/fst00086448 http://viaf.org/viaf/89113091/ http://dbpedia.org/resource/Frank_Gehry  Search this
Holl, Steven http://id.worldcat.org/fast/fst00059645 http://viaf.org/viaf/71450966/ http://dbpedia.org/resource/Steven_Holl  Search this
Miralles, Enric http://id.worldcat.org/fast/fst00286326 http://viaf.org/viaf/37721524/ http://dbpedia.org/resource/Enric_Miralles  Search this
Tagliabue, Benedetta http://id.worldcat.org/fast/fst00360322 http://viaf.org/viaf/62408659/  Search this
Morphosis Architects http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n86086944  Search this
UN Studio http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/no00016902 http://viaf.org/viaf/7397609/  Search this
Morphosis Architects http://id.worldcat.org/fast/fst00620260 http://viaf.org/viaf/130677869/  Search this
UN Studio http://id.worldcat.org/fast/fst00753990 http://viaf.org/viaf/7397609/  Search this
Physical description:
107 pages illustrations (some color), plans 30 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2007
21st century
Topic:
Architecture, Modern  Search this
Call number:
NA687 .G67 2007
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1111685

Frank Gehry : new bentwood furniture designs : [exhibition / organized by David A. Hanks & Associates for the Montreal Museum of Decorative Arts ; edited by Ellen Davidson]

Title:
New bentwood furniture designs
Author:
Gehry, Frank O. 1929-  Search this
Davidson, Ellen  Search this
Musée des arts décoratifs de Montréal  Search this
David A. Hanks & Associates  Search this
Subject:
Gehry, Frank O. 1929-  Search this
Physical description:
111 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 20 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Place:
United States
Date:
1992
Topic:
Bentwood furniture  Search this
Architect-designed furniture  Search this
Call number:
NK2439.G44 A4 1992
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_451306

Gabriel Orozco / edited by Staffan Ahrenberg, Sam Keller, Hans Ulrich Obrist

Artist:
Orozco, Gabriel 1962-  Search this
Publisher:
Ahrenberg, Staffan  Search this
Editor:
Keller, Sam 1965-  Search this
Obrist, Hans Ulrich  Search this
Book designer:
Meiré, Mike  Search this
Printer:
Offsetdruckerei Karl Grammlich  Search this
Subject:
Orozco, Gabriel 1962- Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Abdessemed, Adel  Search this
Gehry, Frank O. 1929-  Search this
Giorno, John  Search this
LeWitt, Sol 1928-2007  Search this
Picasso, Pablo 1881-1973  Search this
Schütte, Thomas 1954-  Search this
Physical description:
238 pages : colour illustrations ; 33 cm. + in box (33 x 25 x 3 cm)
Type:
Books
Date:
2017
Call number:
N6559.O755 A4 2017b
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1080486

A capital collection : masterworks from the Corcoran Gallery of Art / Eleanor Heartney ; essays by Frank O. Gehry ... [et al.]

Author:
Corcoran Gallery of Art  Search this
Heartney, Eleanor 1954-  Search this
Gehry, Frank O. 1929-  Search this
Subject:
Corcoran Gallery of Art  Search this
Physical description:
286 p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Exhibitions
Place:
Washington (D.C.)
Date:
2002
19th century
20th century
Topic:
Art, Modern  Search this
Art  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_715069

Symphony : Frank Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall / preface by Deborah Borda ; introduction by Frank Gehry ; with essays by Richard Koshalek ... [et al.] ; photography by Grant Mudford

Author:
Gehry, Frank O. 1929-  Search this
Koshalek, Richard  Search this
Subject:
Gehry, Frank O. 1929- Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Physical description:
173 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
California
Los Angeles
Los Angeles (Calif.)
Date:
2003
Topic:
Music-halls  Search this
Buildings, structures, etc  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_738584

The building : Weisman Art Museum, Frank Gehry designs

Title:
Weisman Art Museum, Frank Gehry designs
Frank Gehry designs
Author:
Gehry, Frank O. 1929-  Search this
King, Lyndel Saunders  Search this
Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum  Search this
Subject:
Gehry, Frank O. 1929-  Search this
Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum  Search this
Physical description:
78 p. : chiefly ill. (some col.) ; 18 cm
Type:
Pictorial works
Place:
Minnesota
Minneapolis
Date:
2003
C2003
Topic:
Art museum architecture  Search this
Call number:
N582.59 .B85 2003
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_746041

Building Stata : the design and construction of Frank O. Gehry's Stata Center at MIT / Nancy E. Joyce ; commentary by Frank O. Gehry ; photographs by Richard M. Sobol

Author:
Joyce, Nancy (Nancy Eleanor)  Search this
Gehry, Frank O. 1929-  Search this
Subject:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Buildings Design and construction  Search this
Ray and Maria Stata Center for Computer, Information, and Intelligence Sciences (Cambridge, Mass.)  Search this
Physical description:
xxi, 137 p. : ill. (some col.), col. maps ; 23 x 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2004
C2004
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_780170

Learning from the Bilbao Guggenheim / edited by Anna Maria Guasch and Joseba Zulaika

Author:
Guasch, Ana María  Search this
Zulaika, Joseba  Search this
Subject:
Gehry, Frank O. 1929- Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Museo Guggenheim Bilbao  Search this
Physical description:
294 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Congresses
Place:
Bilbao (Spain)
Date:
2005
C2005
Topic:
Architecture and society  Search this
Buildings, structures, etc  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_799769

Frank O. Gehry : the complete works / Francesco Dal Co, Kurt W. Forster ; building descriptions by Hadley Arnold

Author:
Dal Co, Francesco 1945-  Search this
Gehry, Frank O. 1929-  Search this
Forster, Kurt Walter  Search this
Arnold, Hadley Soutter  Search this
Subject:
Gehry, Frank O. 1929- Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Physical description:
614 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1998
Topic:
Architecture, Postmodern  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_567542

Il Corso del coltello = The Course of the knife / [edited by] Germano Celant ; [project and performance by] Claes Oldenburg, Coosje van Bruggen, Frank O. Gehry

Author:
Celant, Germano  Search this
Oldenburg, Claes 1929-  Search this
Bruggen, Coosje van  Search this
Gehry, Frank O. 1929-  Search this
Subject:
Oldenburg, Claes 1929-  Search this
Bruggen, Coosje van  Search this
Gehry, Frank O. 1929- Exhibitions  Search this
Physical description:
239 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1987
1987, c1986
Topic:
Performance art  Search this
Course of the knife (Performance art)  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.O44 C39c 1987
N40.1.O44C39c 1987
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_436018

Vitra Design Museum : architect, Frank O. Gehry / edited & photographed by Yukio Futagawa ; text by Alexander von Vegesack

Author:
Vegesack, Alexander von  Search this
Gehry, Frank O. 1929-  Search this
Futagawa, Yukio 1932-  Search this
GA Design Center (Tokyo, Japan)  Search this
Subject:
Gehry, Frank O. 1929-  Search this
Vitra Design Museum  Search this
Physical description:
[60] p. : ill., plans ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Germany
Weil am Rhein
Weil am Rhein (Germany)
Date:
1993
C1993
Topic:
Museum architecture  Search this
Buildings, structures, etc  Search this
Call number:
NA6700.W42 V42 1993
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_468738

Schnabel House : Frank Gehry / James Steele

Author:
Steele, James 1943-  Search this
Gehry, Frank O. 1929-  Search this
Subject:
Gehry, Frank O. 1929-  Search this
Schnabel, Rockwell Anthony 1936- Homes and haunts  Search this
Schnabel House (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (unpaged) : ill. (some col.), plans, port. ; 30 cm. x 30 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
California
Los Angeles
Los Angeles (Calif.)
Date:
1993
Topic:
Architecture, Domestic  Search this
Buildings, structures, etc  Search this
Call number:
NA737.G38 S814 1993
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_481438

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