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Institute of Contemporary Arts records

Creator:
Institute of Contemporary Arts (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Names:
Meridian House Foundation  Search this
People-to-People (Organization)  Search this
United States. Veterans Administration  Search this
Albers, Anni  Search this
Albers, Josef  Search this
Barr, Alfred H., Jr., 1902-1981  Search this
Copland, Aaron, 1900-1990  Search this
Cummings, E. E. (Edward Estlin), 1894-1962  Search this
Eliot, T. S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965  Search this
Fangor, Wojciech, 1922-  Search this
Gabo, Naum, 1890-1977  Search this
Giampietro, Alexander  Search this
Gordimer, Nadine  Search this
Graves, Robert, 1895-1985  Search this
Gropius, Walter, 1883-1969  Search this
Hawkins, Erick  Search this
Huxley, Aldous, 1894-1963  Search this
Jahn, Janheinz  Search this
Phillips, Duncan, 1886-1966  Search this
Raine, Kathleen, 1908-2003  Search this
Read, Herbert Edward, Sir, 1893-1968  Search this
Richman, Robert  Search this
Richter, Hans, 1888-1976  Search this
Sage, Kay  Search this
Tanguy, Yves, 1900-1955  Search this
Williams, William Carlos, 1883-1963  Search this
Extent:
36 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Scrapbooks
Photographs
School records
Date:
1927-circa 1985
bulk 1947-1967
Summary:
The records of the Washington, D.C. arts and educational organization, Institute of Contemporary Arts, measure 36 linear feet and date from 1927-circa 1985, with the bulk of the material spanning the organization's active years, 1947-1967. The collection documents the arts and cultural programming organized by the ICA through correspondence, artists' files, program and exhibition files, administrative and financial records, printed materials and photographs. Also found are administrative, student, and teacher records of the ICA school; records of the Fine Arts Committee of the People-to-People Project; and some personal papers of the ICA's founder, Robert Richman.
Scope and Contents:
The records of the Washington, D.C. arts and educational organization, Institute of Contemporary Arts, measure 36 linear feet and date from 1927-circa 1985, with the bulk of the material spanning the organization's active years, 1947-1967. The collection documents the arts and cultural programming organized by the ICA through correspondence, artists' files, program and exhibition files, administrative and financial records, printed materials and photographs. Also found are administrative, student, and teacher records of the ICA school; records of the Fine Arts Committee of the People-to-People Project; and some personal papers of the ICA's founder, Robert Richman.

Robert Richman's professional and personal relationships with numerous artists and writers which the ICA hosted in D.C. are documented in Correspondence and Artists' Files. Correspondence files include letters from Joseph and Anni Albers, Alfred Barr, e.e. cummings, Alexander Giampietro, Naum Gabo, Walter Gropius, Erick Hawkins, Duncan Phillips, Hans Richter, Kay Sage and Yves Tanguy, and William Carlos Williams. Also found is correspondence with benefactors, board members, and arts organizations regarding exhibitions and administrative details; and with teachers and the Veteran's Administration regarding school issues.

Artists' Files contains mostly incoming and outgoing correspondence, but also found are biographies, exhibition printed materials, handwritten notes, newspaper clippings and scattered portrait photographs. Of interest are files on Aaron Copland, e.e. cummings, T.S. Eliot, Wojciech Fangor, Nadine Gordimer, Robert Graves, Aldous Huxley, Janheinz Jahn, Kathleen Raine, and Sir Herbert Read.

In addition to Correspondence and Artists' Files, materials regarding ICA's programming, such as correspondence with artists and galleries, press releases, shipping records, financial records, printed materials, photographs, inventory and price lists, are found in ICA Program Files.

The ICA and Robert Richman collaborated with numerous arts and international exchange organizations to organize exhibitions, performances, symposium, and to host visiting artists. Materials regarding such collaborations are found in Organizations and includes correspondence, scattered financial records, notes, and printed materials such as bulletins, brochures, schedules, reports, and press releases. This series also includes substantial material related to the Fine Arts Committee of the People-to-People Program, an international exchange initiative of President Dwight D. Eisenhower begun in 1956.

The school's records include correspondence, notebooks (attendance books), teacher files documenting classes and grades, extensive student files and student enrollment cards, mailing lists, class cards, and notes for classes taught by Robert Richman.

Administrative and Financial Files include accounting and banking records, budgets, founding documents, fundraising records, grants records, mailing lists, membership lists, and Meridian House Foundation records.

ICA's programs are also documented by comprehensive printed materials arranged by ICA seasons, 1947-1967. Printed materials include program calendars, exhibition announcements, invitations, membership forms, and press releases. Also found are newspaper clippings and three oversized clippings scrapbooks.

Photographs include black and white photographs and negatives of people, most of whom are unidentified. Robert Richman's personal papers includes personal correspondence, correspondence related to "New Republic," handwritten and typed writings, some bills, and his curriculum vitae.

Unrepresented in this collection are records of ICA's ICONART Collection (Contemporary Arts Archives), an archive of films and tapes of artists' performances, lectures and events held by ICA.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 9 series.

Series 1: Correspondence, 1937, 1944-1980 (2.7 linear feet; Boxes 1-3)

Series 2: Artists' Files, 1943-1967, 1970-1979 (4.9 linear feet; Boxes 3-8)

Series 3: ICA Program Files, circa 1947-1968 (5.2 linear feet; Boxes 8-13, 27)

Series 4: Organizations, 1927, 1940s-1967 (7.3 linear feet; Boxes 13-20, OV 39)

Series 5: ICA School Files, 1945-1953 (7.0 linear feet; Boxes 21-27)

Series 6: Administrative and Financial Files, 1945-1979, 1983 (5.2 linear feet; Boxes 28-33, 38)

Series 7: Printed Materials, 1945-1970 (2.9 linear feet; Boxes 33-35, 38)

Series 8: Photographs, circa 1930s-1960s, circa 1985 (0.4 linear feet; Boxes 35-36)

Series 9: Personal Papers of Robert Richman, 1940s-1980 (0.4 linear feet; Boxes 36-37)
Biographical / Historical:
The Washington, D.C. arts and educational organization, Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), was founded by poet Robert Richman in 1947 to bring arts and culture to the nation's capital. The school, originally named the King-Smith School of Creative Arts, was redesigned and renamed Institute of Contemporary Arts by Richman in 1948. The school's philosophy was based on Sir Herbert Read's Education Through Art, and provided professional training in painting, sculpture, literature, music, and theater. In addition, the ICA operated an evening school and brought prominent artists and literary figures to the nation's capital for exhibitions, concerts, workshops, lectures, readings, and performances. Teachers at the school included potter Alexander Giampietro, sculptor David Aaron, designers Beatrice Takeuchi and Hubert Leckie, and painter Kenneth Noland.

The school closed in August 1951, but the ICA continued to provide an impressive roster of programs and performances held at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and other D.C. institutions, such as exhibitions by Naum Gabo, Bernard Leach, Isamu Noguchi, and Hans Richter; readings by W.H. Auden, T.S. Eliot, Katherine Anne Porter, and Dylan Thomas; lectures by Charles Eames, Aldous Huxley, Octavio Paz, and Frank Lloyd Wright; and performances by Aaron Copland, Paul Hindemith, José Limón Dance Company, and Ravi Shankar. The organization also sponsored visiting professorships for international artists and writers, such as Nadine Gordimer, and hosted an annual Congress of Artists and Writers from 1959-1964.

In the late 1950s and early 1960s, the ICA was successful in securing some large grants to continue and expand its programming and to secure permanent space at the Meridian House Foundation. However, by the late 1960s the organization's programming declined.

ICA founder Robert Richman was a poet and literary editor at New Republic magazine in the early 1950s. He was active in the arts community in D.C. and in international exchange organizations, including the Fine Arts Committee of the People-to-People Project, an initiative started by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in the late 1950s. Robert Richman passed away in 1987.
Provenance:
The Institute of Contemporary Arts records were donated by Maida Richman, the wife of the ICA's founder, Robert Richman, in 1986.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Institute of Contemporary Arts records are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Art -- Societies, etc. -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Scrapbooks
Photographs
School records
Citation:
Institute of Contemporary Arts records, 1927-circa 1985, bulk 1947-1967. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.instcona
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Institute of Contemporary Arts records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-instcona
Online Media:

Institute of Contemporary Arts records, 1927-circa 1985, bulk 1947-1967

Creator:
Institute of Contemporary Arts  Search this
Subject:
Phillips, Duncan  Search this
Barr, Alfred H., Jr.  Search this
Richman, Robert  Search this
Albers, Josef  Search this
Albers, Anni  Search this
Copland, Aaron  Search this
Fangor, Wojciech  Search this
Gropius, Walter  Search this
Hawkins, Erick  Search this
Cummings, E. E. (Edward Estlin)  Search this
Giampietro, Alexander  Search this
Gabo, Naum  Search this
Sage, Kay  Search this
Huxley, Aldous  Search this
Eliot, T. S. (Thomas Stearns)  Search this
Graves, Robert  Search this
Gordimer, Nadine  Search this
Williams, William Carlos  Search this
Tanguy, Yves  Search this
Richter, Hans  Search this
Jahn, Janheinz  Search this
Raine, Kathleen  Search this
Read, Herbert Edward, Sir  Search this
United States  Search this
People-to-People  Search this
Meridian House Foundation  Search this
Type:
Scrapbooks
Photographs
School records
Topic:
Art -- Societies, etc. -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9688
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211907
AAA_collcode_instcona
Theme:
Communities, Organizations, Museums
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211907
Online Media:

Gordimer, Nadine, Lecture Tour

Collection Creator:
Institute of Contemporary Arts (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Container:
Box 6, Folder 24-26
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1960-1961
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Institute of Contemporary Arts records are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Institute of Contemporary Arts records, 1927-circa 1985, bulk 1947-1967. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Institute of Contemporary Arts records
Institute of Contemporary Arts records / Series 2: Artists' Files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-instcona-ref158

Chief Luthuli / by Nadine Gordimer

Author:
Gordimer, Nadine  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Luthuli, A. J (Albert John) 1898-1967  Search this
African National Congress  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
South Africa
Date:
1959
Topic:
Nationalists  Search this
Political activists  Search this
Call number:
AP2 .A8X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1114860

None to accompany me / Nadine Gordimer

Author:
Gordimer, Nadine  Search this
Physical description:
324 pages ; 20 cm
Type:
Fiction
Romance fiction
Domestic fiction
Legal stories
Love stories
Place:
South Africa
Date:
1995
Topic:
Women lawyers  Search this
Man-woman relationships  Search this
Marriage  Search this
Race relations  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1098681

Burger's daughter / Nadine Gordimer

Author:
Gordimer, Nadine  Search this
Physical description:
361 pages ; 22 cm
Type:
Fiction
Domestic fiction
Place:
Europe
South Africa
Date:
1979
Topic:
Fathers and daughters  Search this
South Africans  Search this
Domestic fiction  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1098471

A guest of honour / Nadine Gordimer

Author:
Gordimer, Nadine  Search this
Physical description:
523 pages ; 20 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1982
1970
1973, ©1970
20th century
Topic:
South African literature (English)  Search this
Call number:
PR9369.3.G6 G87 1982
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1098521

A soldier's embrace : stories / by Nadine Gordimer

Author:
Gordimer, Nadine  Search this
Physical description:
144 pages ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Fiction
Short stories
Place:
South Africa
Date:
1980
Topic:
Short stories  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1094525

Livingstone's companions: stories

Author:
Gordimer, Nadine  Search this
Physical description:
[7], 248 pages 21 cm
Type:
Books
Fiction
Uncorrected proofs
Place:
South Africa
Date:
1972
1972, ©1971
20th century
Topic:
Social life and customs  Search this
Call number:
PR9369.3.G6 L58 1972
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1095372

The future is another country / Nadine Gordimer and Stephen Clingman

Author:
Gordimer, Nadine  Search this
Clingman, Stephen  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Gordimer, Nadine  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
1992
Topic:
South African literature  Search this
Call number:
DT433.2 .T772
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_513412

Censorship and the word / Nadine Gordimer

Author:
Gordimer, Nadine  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
South Africa
Date:
1980
Topic:
Censorship in literature  Search this
Call number:
PT6510 .B56
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1088730

Conserving the cogito : rereading Nadine Gordimer's The conservationist / Tamlyn Monson

Author:
Monson, Tamlyn  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Gordimer, Nadine Conservationist  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
2004
Call number:
PL8010 .R46X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1087722

Nobel Laureate Nadine Gordimer dies / Keyan G. Tomaselli

Author:
Tomaselli, Keyan G. 1948-  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Gordimer, Nadine  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
2014
Call number:
P92.S58 C74X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1038013

'That's not my pot!' : a pot-ent history / Kathryn Wheeler and Joni Brenner

Author:
Wheeler, Kathryn  Search this
Brenner, Joni 1969-  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Gordimer, Nadine Art collections  Search this
Nel, Karel Art collections  Search this
Nala, Nesta  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
2016
Topic:
Pottery, Zulu  Search this
Call number:
N7391.65 .L544 2016
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1085715

The essential gesture : writing, politics, and places / Nadine Gordimer ; edited and introduced by Stephen Clingman

Author:
Gordimer, Nadine  Search this
Clingman, Stephen  Search this
Subject:
Gordimer, Nadine  Search this
Physical description:
vii, 356 p. ; 20 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
South Africa
Date:
1989
20th century
Topic:
Novelists, South African  Search this
Politics and government  Search this
Race relations  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_897577

Present and future South Africa : as revealed by fabricated environments and journey in Nadine Gordimer's short fiction / by Jennifer Lynn Del Nero

Author:
Del Nero, Jennifer Lynn  Search this
Subject:
Gordimer, Nadine Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Physical description:
iv, 99 p. ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
South Africa
Date:
1993
Topic:
In literature  Search this
Call number:
PR9369.3.G6 Z44 1993
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_898491

A new sense of social space : Gordimer's civil imaginary

Author:
Dimitriu, Ileana  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Gordimer, Nadine Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
2001
Call number:
PN771 .S624 2001X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_756742

African earth

Author:
Gordimer, Nadine  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Gordimer, Nadine Ethnological collections  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
South Africa
Date:
1990
Topic:
Pottery--Private collections  Search this
Call number:
NA7100 .H6X CHM
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_760399

The quiet mentor

Author:
Rossouw, Henk  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Gordimer, Nadine  Search this
Gordimer, Nadine Art collections  Search this
Goldblatt, David  Search this
Koloane, David 1938-  Search this
Cassirer, Reinhold  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
2005
Call number:
N1 .A788
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_775615

South Africa : towards a desk drawer literature

Author:
Gordimer, Nadine  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
1968
Topic:
South African literature  Search this
South African literature--Censorship  Search this
Call number:
AP9 .C614
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_678427

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