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Porter A. McCray papers

Creator:
McCray, Porter A., 1908-2000  Search this
Names:
Asia Society  Search this
Byrd Hoffman Foundation  Search this
Cathedral of St. John the Divine (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Cunningham Dance Foundation  Search this
International Council of the Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Japan Society (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Society of Architectural Historians  Search this
UNESCO  Search this
United States. Foreign Service  Search this
Cutting, Brock  Search this
Humphrey, Hubert H. (Hubert Horatio), 1911-1978  Search this
Kazuko Oshima  Search this
Morley, Grace, 1900-1985  Search this
Paik, Nam June, 1932-2006  Search this
Richie, Donald, 1924-2013  Search this
Rockefeller, John D., 1906-  Search this
Sherfield, Roger Mellor Makins, Baron, 1904-1996  Search this
Thetong, Tenzin  Search this
Extent:
12.3 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Lectures
Interviews
Paintings
Transcripts
Date:
1936-1989
Summary:
The papers of New York City arts administrator Porter A. McCray measure 12.3 linear feet and date from 1936 to 1989. The papers include scattered biographical materials, correspondence, and writings and notes. The bulk of the collection consists of professional files documenting his advisory and consulting work for museums, institutions, organizations, and foundations. Also found within the collection are printed materials and photographs of McCray and artwork.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of New York City arts administrator Porter A. McCray measure 12.3 linear feet and date from 1936 to 1989. The papers include scattered biographical materials, correspondence, and writings and notes. The bulk of the collection consists of professional files documenting his advisory and consulting work for museums, institutions, organizations, and foundations. Also found within the collection are printed materials and photographs of McCray and artwork.

Scattered biographical materials include appointment books, curricula vitae, a transcript of an interview conducted by McCray with Dr. Grace Morley, and an unsigned painting.

Found within the general correspondence are letters that relate to his work as an arts advisor and consultant, but which appear to be more personal in nature. The bulk of correspondence related to specific projects is found within the professional files. Correspondents include Hubert Humphrey, Mrs. John Lockwood, Grace Morely, Kazuko Oshima, Donald Richie, John D. Rockefeller III, and Tenzin Thetong among others.

Writings and notes include lectures by McCray and writings by others including Brock Cutting, Lord Sherfield, and Nam June Paik. Also found are travel notes for McCray's travels throughout Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

Professional files document McCray's work as an arts advisor and consultant for numerous museums, foundations, organizations, foundations, and special committees, as well as his membership in various arts committees and boards. Files document McCray's work for and/or membership in the Asia Society, Asian Cultural Program of Cultural Exchange, Byrd Hoffman Foundation, Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, Cunningham Dance Foundation, Indo-United States committees, International Council of Museums, Japan Society, John D. Rockefeller 3rd Fund, Museum of Modern Art, Society of Architectural Historians, UNESCO, and the United States Foreign Service.

Printed materials include clippings and articles, a Drawing and Architecture exhibition catalog, and a book by Robert Wilson. Photographs include personal photographs and oversized photographs of sculptures by an unknown artist.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged as 6 series.

Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1959-1982 (0.5 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1959-1986 (0.5 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 3: Writings and Notes, 1960-1983 (1.5 linear feet; Box 2-3)

Series 4: Professional Files, 1936-1987 (8.2 linear feet; Box 3-11, OVS 12-13)

Series 5: Printed Materials, 1965-1989 (0.5 linear feet; Box 11, OV 14)

Series 6: Photographs, 1945-1980s (0.2 linear feet; Box 11, OV 15)
Biographical / Historical:
Porter A. McCray (1908-2000) was an arts administrator working in New York City, New York.

Born in Clarksburg, West Virginia in 1908, McCray recieved a degree in English literature from the Virginia Military Institute in 1930, and a degree in architecture from Yale University in 1941. McCray traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, developing relationships with individuals and organizations across the world.

In 1941, McCray worked as an exhibition specialist in the Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs and collaborated with the Museum of Modern Art on an American exhibition at the Guatemala National Fair. After serving as an ambulance driver in World War II, he was employed by the architectural firm of Harrison and Abramovitz where he worked on some preliminary designs of the present site of the United Nations.

While working for Harrison, McCray met Nelson Rockefeller, who was chairman of the board of the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). In 1947, Rockefeller asked McCray to serve as the director of circulating exhibitions at MOMA and be responsible for the Museum's national and international traveling exhibition program. McCray accepted and remained at MOMA until 1961. The following year, he orchestrated the preparation of a MOMA exhibition of Mark Rothko's work in Paris in 1962. In 1963, McCray became the executive director of the JDR 3rd Fund, a non-profit started by John D. Rockefeller III to promote artistic and cultural exchanges between the United States and Asia. McCray also worked as a consultant for the Japan Society's visual arts programs, the Asian Cultural Council, for the dean of the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine's visual and performing arts program, and for MOMA's International Program after retiring.

McCray died in 2000 in Hightstown, New Jersey.
Related Materials:
Also found at the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview of Porter A. McCray conducted by Paul Cummings from September 17 to October 4, 1977.
Provenance:
The collection was donated in 1994 by Porter McCray.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Rights:
The Porter A. McCray papers 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.
Occupation:
Arts administrators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Arts boards  Search this
Cultural relations  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Lectures
Interviews
Paintings
Transcripts
Citation:
Porter A. McCray Papers, 1936-1989. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.mccrport
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Porter A. McCray papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-mccrport
Online Media:

Robert Rauschenberg : illustrasjoner til Dantes Inferno

Author:
Rauschenberg, Robert 1925-2008  Search this
Lieberman, William S (William Slattery) 1924-2005  Search this
International Council of the Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Kunstnernes hus (Oslo, Norway)  Search this
Subject:
Rauschenberg, Robert 1925-2008  Search this
Dante Alighieri 1265-1321 Inferno  Search this
Physical description:
22 p. : ill., port. ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1965
Call number:
N6537.R27 L6
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_635506

Moderner Schmuck von Malern und Bildhauern = Moderne juwelen door schilders en beeldhouwers = Jewelry by contemporary painters and sculptors / an exhibition organized for circulation by the Museum of Modern Art

Author:
Neu, Renée Sabatello  Search this
Hessisches Landesmuseum (Darmstadt, Germany)  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.) Jewelry by painters and sculptors  Search this
International Council of the Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.) Jewelry by contemporary painters and sculptors  Search this
Museum Boymans-Van Beuningen Moderne juwelen door schilders en beeldhouwers  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.) Department of Circulating Exhibitions Jewelry by painters and sculptors  Search this
Physical description:
89 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 20 x 21 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Date:
1967
[1967]
Topic:
Jewelry  Search this
Call number:
NK7310 .M63 1967
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1093945

Cézanne to Miró : masters of modern painting : [exhibition] September 12-22, 1968 / organized by the International Council of the Museum of Modern Art

Author:
International Council of the Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Physical description:
[36] p. ; 27 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1968
[1968]
20th century
19th century
Topic:
Painting, Modern  Search this
Call number:
ND195 .C49 1968
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_824491

Surrealism : an exhibition circulated under the auspices of the International Council of the Museum of Modern Art

Author:
Rose, Bernice  Search this
Auckland City Art Gallery  Search this
International Council of the Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Museum of Modern Art Surrealism  Search this
Physical description:
[89] p. : ill. (some col.) ; 19 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1972]
Topic:
Surrealism  Search this
Call number:
N6494.S8.S82
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_635562

Arshile Gorky, drawings. [An exhibition organized by the Museum of Modern Art, New York / under the auspices of its International Council, and shown by the Arts Council at City Art Gallery, York, 5-30 December, 1964, and 4 other galleries, through May 1, 1965

Author:
Gorky, Arshile 1904-1948  Search this
O'Hara, Frank 1926-1966  Search this
Arts Council of Great Britain  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
International Council of the Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Gorky, Arshile 1904-1948  Search this
Physical description:
[20] p. : ill., ports. ; 20 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1964
1964]
Call number:
NC139.G64 A4 1964
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_635808

Robert Motherwell : Gemälde, Collagen, Zeichnungen

Author:
Motherwell, Robert  Search this
International Council of the Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Museum Folkwang Essen  Search this
Subject:
Motherwell, Robert  Search this
Physical description:
[11] p. : ill. (some col.) ; 14 x 29 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1966
Call number:
N6537.M67 A4 1966
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_636526

Mark Rothko : Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, 24 november-27 december 1961

Author:
Rothko, Mark 1903-1970  Search this
Amsterdam (Netherlands) Stedelijk Museum  Search this
International Council of the Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Rothko, Mark 1903-1970  Search this
Physical description:
[15] p. (some folded) : ill., port. ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1961
Call number:
ND237.R725 A4 1961
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_636634

Art in the Roosevelt House

Title:
Roosevelt House
Author:
Bowles, Chester 1901-1986  Search this
International Council of the Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Phillips Collection  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
United States Information Service  Search this
Physical description:
[24] p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1963
1969
[between 1963 and 1969]
Call number:
N620.M9 A78
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_638101

Alexander Calder: escultura, acuarelas y dibujos, grabados, libros ilustrados y joyas de la colección del Museum of Modern Art de Nueva York. Ensayo introductorio de Bernice Rose

Author:
Calder, Alexander 1898-1976  Search this
Rose, Bernice  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
International Council of the Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (Argentina)  Search this
Physical description:
36 p. illus. 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1971
[1971?]
Call number:
NB237.C28 A4 1971
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_641572

Leonard Baskin : sculptuur, tekeningen, grafiek

Author:
Baskin, Leonard 1922-2000  Search this
Ebbinge Wubben, J. C  Search this
Museum Boymans-Van Beuningen  Search this
International Council of the Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Baskin, Leonard 1922-2000 Catalogs  Search this
Physical description:
[16] p., [21] p. of plates : ill., ports. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1961
1969
[1961]̉
Call number:
N6537.B23 A4 1961
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_643653

Hans Hofmann : mostra organizzata sotto gli auspici dell'International Council del Museum of Modern Art di New York, Torino, Galleria civica d'arte moderna, aprile 1965 / [catalogo a cura di William C. Seitz]

Author:
Hofmann, Hans 1880-1966  Search this
Seitz, William Chapin  Search this
Turin (Italy) Galleria civica d'arte moderna  Search this
International Council of the Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Hofmann, Hans 1880-1966  Search this
Physical description:
xix p., [43] leaves of plates : ill. (some col.), port. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1965
Call number:
ND237.H667 S4a
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_645984

Fifteen Canadian artists. Organized by the Canadian Advisory Committee with the assistance of the Canada Council and circulated under the auspices of the International Council of the Museum of Modern Art, New York

Author:
International Council of the Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Turner, Evan H  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (unpaged) illus. 25 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Canada
Date:
[n.d.]
20th century
Topic:
Artists--Exhibitions  Search this
Art, Canadian  Search this
Call number:
N6545 .F54
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_655002

Jackson Pollock : drawing into painting, Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris, 26 septembre-18 novembre 1979 / exposition organisée sous les auspices du International Council of the Museum of Modern Art, New York dans le cadre du Festival d'automne à Paris

Author:
Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris  Search this
International Council of the Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Pollock, Jackson 1912-1956  Search this
Physical description:
95 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1979
Call number:
N6537.P57 A4 1979
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_655348

El arte del surrealismo; una exposición organizada bajo los auspicios del International Council of the Museum of Modern Art, Nueva York; ensayo de Bernice Rose

Author:
Rose, Bernice  Search this
International Council of the Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (Argentina)  Search this
Physical description:
31 p. illus. (part col.) 22 x 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1971
1972
1971 or 2]
20th century
Topic:
Surrealism  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Call number:
N6494.S8 R6
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_668764

Rishumim Ameriḳaʼim bene zemanenu : 21 be-Aṿgusṭ-3 be-Oḳṭober 1961 / hurkavah, organah, ṿe-nashlaḥah maṭaʻam ha-Moʻatsah ha-ben-leumit shel ha-Muzeʼon le-amanut modernit, Nyu Yorḳ ; Maḥlaḳat ha-taʻarukhot ha-nodadot

Title:
Modern American drawings
Modern American drawings loan exhibition
Author:
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.) Department of Circulating Exhibitions  Search this
International Council of the Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Bet ha-nekhot ha-leʼumi Betsalʼel  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (unpaged) : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1961
[1961?]
20th century
Topic:
Drawing, American  Search this
Call number:
NC108 .R57 1961
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_696213

Lipton, Rothko, Smith, Tobey : Stati Uniti d'America : XXIX Biennale Venezia 1958 / esposizione organizzata dall' International Program of The Museum of Modern Art sotto gli auspici dell' International Council at The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Author:
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
International Council of the Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Biennale di Venezia (29th : 1958 : Venice, Italy)  Search this
Subject:
Lipton, Seymour 1903-1986  Search this
Rothko, Mark 1903-1970  Search this
Smith, David 1906-1965  Search this
Tobey, Mark  Search this
Physical description:
[52] p. : ill. ; 18 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1958
[1958]
20th century
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Call number:
N6512 .L573 1958
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_698659

Quattro artisti americani : Guston, Hofmann, Kline, Roszak : XXX Biennale, Venezia 1960, Stati Uniti d'America : mostra a cura del Baltimore Museum of Art, in collaborazione con The International Council of The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Author:
Baltimore Museum of Art  Search this
Guston, Philip 1913-1980  Search this
Hofmann, Hans 1880-1966  Search this
Kline, Franz 1910-1962  Search this
Roszak, Theodore 1907-1981  Search this
International Council of the Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Biennale di Venezia (30th : 1960 : Venice, Italy) )  Search this
Subject:
Guston, Philip 1913-1980  Search this
Hofmann, Hans 1880-1966  Search this
Kline, Franz 1910-1962  Search this
Roszak, Theodore 1907-1981  Search this
Physical description:
55 p. : ill. (some col.), ports. ; 18 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1960
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_698744

Sobre papel : obras de Arshile Gorky y Robert Motherwell / Museo Universitario de Ciencias y Arte [y] Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Dirección General de Difusión Cultural, Departamento de Artes Plásticas

Title:
Obras de Arshile Gorky y Robert Motherwell
Author:
García Ponce, Juan  Search this
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México Museo Universitario de Ciencias y Arte  Search this
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México Departamento de Artes Plásticas  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.) Department of Circulating Exhibitions  Search this
International Council of the Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Gorky, Arshile 1904-1948  Search this
Motherwell, Robert  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Physical description:
31 p. : ill. (some col.), ports. ; 24 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1968
1968]
20th century
Topic:
Art, Modern  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.G66 U55 1968
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_549518

Philip Guston : opere su carta 1933-1980 : Galleria nazionale d'arte moderna, Roma, 11 ottobre-26 novembre 1989 / [a cara di Magdalena Dabrowski]

Author:
Guston, Philip 1913-1980  Search this
Guston, Philip 1913-1980  Search this
Dabrowski, Magdalena  Search this
Galleria nazionale d'arte moderna (Italy)  Search this
International Council of the Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Italy Ministero per i beni culturali e ambientali  Search this
Subject:
Guston, Philip 1913-  Search this
Physical description:
138 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1989
C1989
Call number:
N40.1.G98x D116 I1989
N40.1.G98xD116 I1989
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_406087

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