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Lena Gurr papers

Creator:
Gurr, Lena, 1897-1992  Search this
Names:
ACA Galleries  Search this
Art Students League (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
John Reed Club  Search this
New York World's Fair (1939-1940)  Search this
Allen, Mary Cecil, 1893-1962  Search this
Ascher, Mary G. (Mary Goldman), b. 1900  Search this
Baron, Herman, 1892-1961  Search this
Biel, Joseph, 1891-1943  Search this
Block, Dorothy, 1904-1984  Search this
Ehrenreich, Emma, 1906-  Search this
Fabri, Ralph, 1894-1975  Search this
Force, Juliana, 1876-1948  Search this
Grosz, George, 1893-1959  Search this
Harkavy, Minna, b. 1895  Search this
Jones, Joe, 1909-1963  Search this
Kent, Rockwell, 1882-1971  Search this
Knaths, Karl, 1891-1971  Search this
Lawrence, Jacob, 1917-2000  Search this
Lozowick, Louis, 1892-1973  Search this
Model, Elisabeth D. (Elisabeth Dittmann), 1897-1993  Search this
Norman, Maria  Search this
Soyer, Raphael, 1899-1987  Search this
Von Wicht, John, 1888-1970  Search this
Ward, Lynd, 1905-1985  Search this
Extent:
7 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Prints
Photographs
Christmas cards
Interviews
Phonograph records
Sketchbooks
Place:
New York (N.Y.) -- Pictorial works
Date:
1908-1979
Summary:
The Lena Gurr (1897-1992) papers date from 1908 to 1979 and measure 7.0 linear feet. Gurr was a painter and printmaker who studied under John sloan and Maurice Sterne at the Art Students League between 1920-1922. She also studied in France and married painter and photographer Joseph Biel in 1931. The papers document both Gurr and Biel's careers through correspondence, notes, art work, printed material, scrapbooks, and photographs. The collection offers researchers a valuable resource for studying the New York art community of the pre-war era.
Scope and Content Note:
The Lena Gurr papers date from 1908 to 1979 and measure 7.0 linear feet. The collection presents a good overview of Gurr's career as a painter and printmaker, and her relationship with her husband, painter Joseph Biel. Through biographical material, correspondence, notes, an interview with Lena Gurr, original artwork by Gurr and others, scrapbooks, printed material, photographs of Gurr, family, and friends, and photographs of artwork by Gurr and others, the collection offers researchers a valuable resource for studying the New York art community of the pre-war era.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into eight series. Material within each series is arranged chronologically.

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1968, undated (box 1; 1 folder)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1921-1979, undated (boxes 1-4; 3.1 linear ft.)

Series 3: Notes, 1926-1972 (box 4; 4 folders)

Series 4: Interview, 1950 (box 4; 1 folder)

Series 5: Artwork, circa 1908-1951 (box 4; 36 folders)

Series 6: Scrapbooks, 1912-1948 (boxes 4-5, 8-11; 1.45 linear ft.)

Series 7: Printed Material, 1926-1978 (box 5; 21 folders)

Series 8: Photographs, 1912-1978 (boxes 5-7; 1.05 linear ft.)
Biographical Note:
Born October 27, 1897, in Brooklyn, New York, Lena Gurr was the daughter of Hyman and Ida (Gorodnick) Gurr. She attended the Maxwell Training School for Teachers from 1915 to 1917, then turned her energies toward art. She studied painting and printmaking at the Educational Alliance Art School in 1919, and at the Art Students League (1920-1922), where she was a student of John Sloan and Maurice Stern. She also studied art in Paris, Nice, and Mentone, France. Her first solo exhibition was in 1932 at the Brooklyn Museum.

On November 24, 1931, Gurr married painter and photographer Joseph Biel. He was born October 27, 1891 in Russia, studied at the Russian Academy in Paris, and at the Workman's College, Melbourne, Australia. He also established the first Jewish Library in Melbourne. Upon his arrival in the United States, he studied under George Grosz at the Art Students League. Biel died in April 1943 of a heart ailment.
Provenance:
The Lena Gurr papers were donated to the Archives of American Art by Lena Gurr from 1966 to 1979.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Patrons must use microfilm copy.
Rights:
The Lena Gurr 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:
Painters  Search this
Topic:
Works of art  Search this
Photographers  Search this
Artists' studios -- France -- Paris -- Photographs  Search this
Women artists -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Painting, American -- Massachusetts -- Provincetown  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Printmakers  Search this
Genre/Form:
Prints
Photographs
Christmas cards
Interviews
Phonograph records
Sketchbooks
Citation:
Lena Gurr papers, 1908-1979. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.gurrlena
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Lena Gurr papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-gurrlena

Joe Jones: artist file, [photographs]

Artist:
Jones, Joe 1909-1963  Search this
Physical description:
1 folder
Type:
Photograph
Artist files
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Image number:
VFM VF001589
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_140114

Barn and Farm Fields [painting] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)

Artist:
Jones, Joe 1909-1963  Search this
Photographer:
Rosenblum, Walter 1919-2006  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Topic:
Renthal Gallery  Search this
Landscape--Farm  Search this
Architecture exterior--Farm--Barn  Search this
Image number:
ROS R0001444
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_130907

No Title Given: Coastal Scene with Boats, Palm Trees, and Bather [art work] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Jones, Joe 1909-1963  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Topic:
Landscape--Beach  Search this
Architecture--Boat  Search this
Figure female  Search this
Landscape--Tree--Palm Tree  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0052602
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_52603

No Title Given: Boats at Dock [art work] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Jones, Joe 1909-1963  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Topic:
Waterscape--Wharf  Search this
Architecture--Boat  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0052603
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_52604

No Title Given: Coastal Scene [painting] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Jones, Joe 1909-1963  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Topic:
Waterscape--Coast  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0052604
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_52605

Harvest, [painting] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Title:
Wheat Field, [painting] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)
Artist:
Jones, Joe 1909-1963  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
Ca. 1942
Topic:
Figure group  Search this
Occupation--Farm--Harvesting  Search this
Landscape--Farm  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0052605
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_52606

No Title Given: Coastal Scene with Boats, Palm Trees and Bather [art work] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Jones, Joe 1909-1963  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Topic:
Landscape--Beach  Search this
Landscape--Tree--Palm Tree  Search this
Architecture--Boat  Search this
Figure female  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0052606
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_52607

No Title Given: Boats at Dock [art work] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Jones, Joe 1909-1963  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Topic:
Waterscape--Wharf  Search this
Architecture--Boat  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0052607
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_52608

Abraham Walkowitz [painting] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Jones, Joe 1909-1963  Search this
Subject:
Walkowitz, Abraham  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1943-1944
Topic:
Portrait male--Bust  Search this
Occupation--Art--Artist  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0010751
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_10751

Jones, Joe, 1909-1963

Collection Creator:
Rosenblum, Walter, 1919-2006  Search this
Extent:
1 Photograph
Container:
Binder 24
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Photographs
Collection Restrictions:
Researcher may use study prints on file in the Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum. Advance appointments are required. Original negatives are stored off-site in cold storage and are not accessible to the public.
Collection Rights:
Copyright to photographs from the Walter Rosenblum Collection is held by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Requests for permission to reproduce photographs from the collection must be submitted in writing to the Photograph Archives. Certain works of art, as well as photographs of those works of art, may be protected by copyright, trademark, privacy or publicity rights, or other interests not owned by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. It is the applicant's responsibility to ascertain whether any such rights exist, and to obtain any other permission necessary to reproduce and publish the image.
Collection Citation:
Walter Rosenblum Collection, Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
See more items in:
Walter Rosenblum photographs
Walter Rosenblum photographs / Series 1: Photographs of artists' works
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Research and Scholars Center
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-saam-photo-ros-ref315

Oral history interview with Alison Knowles

Interviewee:
Knowles, Alison, 1933-  Search this
Interviewer:
Richards, Judith Olch  Search this
Creator:
Elizabeth Murray Oral History of Women in the Visual Arts Project  Search this
Names:
California Institute of the Arts -- Faculty  Search this
Elizabeth Murray Oral History of Women in the Visual Arts Project  Search this
Middlebury College -- Students  Search this
Pratt Institute. Art School -- Students  Search this
Albers, Josef  Search this
Brecht, George  Search this
Callahan, Harry M.  Search this
Chicago, Judy, 1939-  Search this
De Kooning, Willem, 1904-1997  Search this
Duchamp, Marcel, 1887-1968  Search this
Gordon, Coco, 1938-  Search this
Gottlieb, Adolph, 1903-1974  Search this
Hamilton, Richard, 1922-  Search this
Hendricks, Jon, 1921-  Search this
Higgins, Dick, 1938-1998  Search this
Johnson, Ray, 1927-1995  Search this
Jones, Joe, 1909-1963  Search this
Kaprow, Allan  Search this
Kuehn, Kathy  Search this
Lauf, Cornelia  Search this
Lindner, Richard, 1901-1978  Search this
Mac Low, Jackson  Search this
Maciunas, George, 1931-1978  Search this
Moorman, Charlotte  Search this
Ono, Yōko  Search this
Paik, Nam June, 1932-  Search this
Pollock, Jackson, 1912-1956  Search this
Rauschenberg, Robert, 1925-2008  Search this
Saito, Takako, 1929-  Search this
Schapiro, Miriam, 1923-2015  Search this
Schneemann, Carolee, 1939-  Search this
Schöning, Klaus  Search this
Shiomi, Mieko, 1909-1948  Search this
Silverman, Gilbert  Search this
Spoerri, Daniel, 1930-  Search this
Teitelbaum, Richard  Search this
Tenney, James  Search this
Waśko, Ryszard  Search this
Extent:
86 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2010 June 1-2
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Alison Knowles conducted 2010 June 1-2, by Judith Olch Richards, for the Archives of American Art's Elizabeth Murray Oral History of Women in the Visual Arts Project, at Knowles' home and studio, in New York, N.Y.
Knowles speaks of her family background; her father's (an English professor) influence on her education; her love of nature and isolation as a young girl; her French studies at Middlebury College; her transfer to Pratt Institute to study art; the social and academic environment at Pratt; her inclinations towards abstraction; her first marriage to Jim Ericson; her first studio at 423 Broadway; her early jobs as a commercial artist; her first gallery show at Nonagon, in 1958, and how she subsequently burned the paintings in that show; her second marriage to Dick Higgins in 1960; her Judson Gallery Show in 1962 and how she subsequently discarded those works; her involvement in the Fluxus group; her involvement with the "Cage class," and its early performances; her collaboration with John Cage on the book, "Notations" (1968); her collaboration with Marcel Duchamp on a print (1967); the circumstances surrounding her performance piece, "Make a Salad" (1962), her travels through Europe with Higgins; the birth of her twins; her computerized poetic piece and installation, "House of Dust" (1967) and how it was later vandalized; her move to Los Angeles to teach at CalArts; the rebuilding of "House of Dust" at CalArts; her move back to New York; the processes leading up to several projects and collaborations including "Loose Pages," "Big Book," "Bread and Water," and more; where she finds her inspiration; her thoughts on performance art; her studio environment in Barrytown, N.Y.; the influence and support of Germany on her work and Fluxus in general; her recent work, including "Identical Lunch"; and current challenges she faces as an artist.
She recalls Richard Lindner, Adolph Gottlieb, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, Judy Chicago, Josef Albers, Dorothy Podber, Ray Johnson, Dick Higgins, Robert Rauschenberg, John Cage, Klaus Schöning, Jon Hendricks, Gilbert Silverman, George Maciunas, George Brecht, Jack Mac Low, Yoko Ono, Mieko Shiomi, Takako Saito, Joe Jones, Marcel Duchamp, Daniel Spoerri, Richard Hamilton, Nam June Paik, Charlotte Moorman, Helmut Becker, Coco Gordon, Jim Tenney, Cornelia Lauf, Rirkrit Tirvanija, Allan Kaprow, Simone Forte, Carolee Schneemann, Richard Teitelbaum, Miriam Schapiro, Miguel Abrau, James Fuentes, Cyrilla Wozenter, Kathy Kuehn, Ryszard Wasko.
Biographical / Historical:
Alison Knowles (1933- ) is an artist and a founding member of Fluxus in New York, N.Y. Judith Olch Richards (1947- ) is a former director of iCI in New York, N.Y.
General:
Originally recorded on 5 mini discs. Duration is 5 hr., 45 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.
Topic:
Fluxus (Group of artists)  Search this
Women artists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Performance art  Search this
Function:
Artists' studios
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.knowle10
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-knowle10

Oral history interview with Tyrus Wong

Interviewee:
Wong, Tyrus  Search this
Interviewer:
McGlynn, Betty Hoag  Search this
Creator:
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Names:
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Buck, Frank E. (Frank Eugene), 1889 or 90-1959  Search this
Jeakins, Dorothy  Search this
Jones, Joe, 1909-1963  Search this
Macdonald-Wright, Stanton, 1890-1973  Search this
Murry, Jerre, 1904-1973  Search this
Newell, Gordon  Search this
O'Hara, Eliot, 1890-1969  Search this
Stanley, George M., 1903-  Search this
Winter, Carl, 1906 Jan. 10-  Search this
Extent:
28 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1965 January 30
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Tyrus Wong conducted 1965 January 30, by Betty Hoag, for the Archives of American Art.
Wong discusses making a film for grade schools and UCLA, which was produced by Eliot O'Hara, where he demonstrated Oriental painting techniques and Joe Jones demonstrated American techniques; working as an illustrator for Republic Studio; designing pottery plates for Greenfield Pottery, Gabriel Pottery in Pasadena; illustrations for the Western Art Review magazine; covers for the Los Angeles Times Home Section 1954 & 1955; text and illustrations for Watercolor Portraits, 1949; designing ads for various magazines; and doing watercolors, lithographs, and murals for the WPA, including the Santa Monica Library. Wong recalls Surasawa, Dorothy Jeakins, Nick Berganti, Hideo Dati, Benjy Ocobo, Carl Winter, Stanton Macdonald-Wright, Jerre Murry, Steven LaVerne Dunwell, George Stanley, Gordon Newell, and Frank Buck.
Biographical / Historical:
Tyrus Wong (1910- ) was a painter, designer, illustrator, and printmaker from California.
General:
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 48 min.
Only the second half of this interview was successfully recorded.
Provenance:
Conducted as part of the Archives of American Art's New Deal and the Arts project, which includes over 400 interviews of artists, administrators, historians, and others involved with the federal government's art programs and the activities of the Farm Security Administration in the 1930s and early 1940s.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Topic:
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- California  Search this
Painting, Asian  Search this
Sculptors -- United States -- Interviews  Search this
Asian American artists -- Interviews  Search this
Painters -- California -- Interviews  Search this
Designers -- California -- Interviews  Search this
Printmakers -- California -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.wong65
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-wong65

Post masters : Arkansas post office art in the New Deal / John Purifoy Gill

Title:
Arkansas post office art in the new deal
Author:
Gill, John Purifoy  Search this
Allen, Willie  Search this
Woeltz, Julius  Search this
Olney, Dan  Search this
Tobias, Abraham Joel 1913-  Search this
Purser, Mary  Search this
Mactarian, Ludwig  Search this
Simon, Henry 1901-1995  Search this
Traher, William  Search this
Freund, H. Louis  Search this
Johnson, Avery E  Search this
Jones, Joe 1909-1963  Search this
Margoulies, Berta  Search this
Sargent, Richard  Search this
Robertson, John T  Search this
Carroll, Orville W  Search this
Vorst, Joseph P  Search this
Rhodes, Dan  Search this
Adams, Bertrand R  Search this
Henry, Natalie  Search this
Hennings, E. Martin 1886-1956  Search this
Magafan, Ethel  Search this
Physical description:
106 p. : ill. ; 20 cm
Type:
Guidebooks
Place:
Arkansas
Date:
2002
Topic:
Art, Municipal  Search this
Art  Search this
New Deal art  Search this
Public art  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Post office buildings  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_737454

Joe Jones & J.B. Turnbull : visions of the Midwest in the 1930s

Author:
Jones, Joe 1909-1963  Search this
Turnbull, James Barre 1909-1976  Search this
Marling, Karal Ann  Search this
Patrick and Beatrice Haggerty Museum of Art  Search this
Subject:
Turnbull, James Barre 1909-1976 Exhibitions  Search this
Jones, Joe 1909-1963 Exhibitions  Search this
Patrick and Beatrice Haggerty Museum of Art  Search this
Physical description:
51 p., [1] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 24 x 31 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Place:
Middle West
Date:
1987
C1987
20th century
Topic:
Mural painting and decoration, American--Exhibitions  Search this
Mural painting and decoration--Exhibitions  Search this
Regionalism in art--Exhibitions  Search this
Middle West in art--Exhibitions  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.J772 P3
N40.1.J772P3
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_361609

Joe Jones (1909-1963) : Memorial exhibition

Author:
Jones, Joe 1909-1963  Search this
Selected Artists Galleries (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Jones, Joe 1909-1963  Search this
Physical description:
[12] p. : ill., port. ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1963
[1963]
Call number:
ND237.J754 A4 1963
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_951874

Joe Jones : radical painter of the American scene / Andrew Walker, general editor ; with essays by Janeen Turk ... [et al.]

Author:
Jones, Joe 1909-1963  Search this
Walker, Andrew 1964-  Search this
Turk, Janeen  Search this
St. Louis Art Museum  Search this
Dixon Gallery and Gardens  Search this
Subject:
Jones, Joe 1909-1963  Search this
Physical description:
224 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 29 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
In art
Place:
Middle West
United States
Date:
2010
C2010
20th century
Topic:
Regionalism in art  Search this
Art and society--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_965570

Industrial Landscape, Saint Louis, (painting)

Painter:
Jones, Joe 1909-1963  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Date:
1932
Topic:
Landscape--Missouri--St. Louis  Search this
Architecture exterior--Industry--Factory  Search this
Control number:
IAP 8E390044
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_444900

Spring Plowing, (painting)

Painter:
Jones, Joe 1909-1963  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Newark Museum 49 Washington Street Newark New Jersey 07101 Accession Number: 45.6
Date:
1942
Topic:
Landscape--Season--Spring  Search this
Landscape--Farm  Search this
Figure male--Full length  Search this
Occupation--Farm--Sowing  Search this
Animal--Horse  Search this
Object--Tool--Plow  Search this
Control number:
IAP 31820771
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_447018

Rockaway River, (painting)

Painter:
Jones, Joe 1909-1963  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Newark Museum 49 Washington Street Newark New Jersey 07101 Accession Number: 65.146
Date:
1950s
Topic:
Landscape--River--Rockaway River  Search this
Control number:
IAP 31820772
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_447019

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