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Thomas M. Messer letter to Joseph Cornell

Creator:
Messer, Thomas M., 1920-2013  Search this
Cornell, Joseph, 1903-1972  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
ca. 1966
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)8102
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Joseph Cornell papers, 1804-1986, bulk 1939-1972
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_8102
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The Louis K. Meisel Gallery selected records, 1964-2003

Creator:
Louis K. Meisel Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Rose, Barbara  Search this
Rivers, Larry  Search this
Messer, Thomas M.  Search this
Meisel, Susan Pear  Search this
Vogel, Dorothy  Search this
Taylor, Elizabeth  Search this
Stamos, Theodoros  Search this
Sadat, Anwar  Search this
Warhol, Andy  Search this
Vogel, Herbert  Search this
Baldessari, John  Search this
Battcock, Gregory  Search this
Bourdon, David  Search this
Close, Chuck  Search this
Baeder, John  Search this
Kramer, Hilton  Search this
Krauss, Rosalind E.  Search this
Meisel, Louis K.  Search this
Eddy, Don  Search this
Estes, Richard  Search this
Flack, Audrey  Search this
Goings, Ralph  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Topic:
Art galleries, Commercial -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15671
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)282709
AAA_collcode_louikmei
Theme:
Art Gallery Records
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_282709
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Jacques Seligmann & Co. records, 1904-1978, bulk 1913-1974

Creator:
Jacques Seligmann & Co.  Search this
Subject:
Hauke, Cesar M. de (Cesar Mange)  Search this
Glaenzer, Eugene  Search this
Haardt, Georges  Search this
Seligman, Germain  Search this
Seligmann, Arnold  Search this
Parker, Theresa D.  Search this
Waegen, Rolf Hans  Search this
Trevor, Clyfford  Search this
Seligmann, René  Search this
Seligmann, Jacques  Search this
De Hauke & Co., Inc.  Search this
MM. Jacques Seligmann & fils  Search this
Eugene Glaenzer & Co.  Search this
Germain Seligmann & Co.  Search this
Gersel  Search this
Type:
Gallery records
Topic:
Mackay, Clarence Hungerford, 1874-1938 -- Art collections  Search this
Schiff, Mortimer L. -- Art collections  Search this
Arenberg, duc d' -- Art collections  Search this
Liechtenstein, House of -- Art collections  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- France -- Paris  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Art galleries, Commercial -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art dealers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
World War, 1939-1945 -- Art and the war  Search this
Art dealers -- France -- Paris  Search this
La Fresnaye, Roger de, 1885-1925  Search this
Art, Renaissance  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Art treasures in war  Search this
Art, European  Search this
Art galleries, Commercial -- France -- Paris  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9936
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212486
AAA_collcode_jacqself
Theme:
The Art Market
Art Gallery Records
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_212486
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The Louis K. Meisel Gallery selected records

Creator:
Louis K. Meisel Gallery  Search this
Names:
Baeder, John  Search this
Baldessari, John, 1931-  Search this
Battcock, Gregory, 1937-  Search this
Bourdon, David  Search this
Close, Chuck, 1940-  Search this
Eddy, Don, 1944-  Search this
Estes, Richard, 1932-  Search this
Flack, Audrey  Search this
Goings, Ralph  Search this
Kramer, Hilton  Search this
Krauss, Rosalind E.  Search this
Meisel, Louis K.  Search this
Meisel, Susan Pear  Search this
Messer, Thomas M.  Search this
Rivers, Larry, 1925-2002  Search this
Rose, Barbara  Search this
Sadat, Anwar, 1918-1981  Search this
Stamos, Theodoros, 1922-1997  Search this
Taylor, Elizabeth, 1932-2011  Search this
Vogel, Dorothy  Search this
Vogel, Herbert  Search this
Warhol, Andy, 1928-  Search this
Extent:
0.4 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
1964-2003
Summary:
The Louis K. Meisel Gallery selected records measure 0.4 linear feet and date from 1964-2003. The records of this New York gallery consist of correspondence with artists and other individuals, writings by Louis K. Meisel, subject files on Gregory Battcock and Jason Seley, and photographs. Correspondence documents the gallery's dealings with its artists.
Scope and Contents note:
The Louis K. Meisel Gallery selected records measure 0.4 linear feet and date from 1964-2003. The records of this New York gallery consist of correspondence with artists and other individuals, writings by Louis K. Meisel, subject files on Gregory Battcock and Jason Seley, and photographs. Correspondence documents the gallery's dealings with its artists.

Among the correspondents are John Baeder, Chuck Close, Don Eddy, Richard Estes, Audrey Flack, Ralph Goings, Richard McClean, Theodoros Stamos, and others. Also found are letters from Larry Rivers, Anwar el-Sadat, Robert Hughes, and Tom Messer.

Writings include a typescript by Louis K. Meisel on becoming an art dealer. A subject file on art historian Gregory Battcock contains several reviews, scattered materials including letters, clippings, lists, press releases, and a photograph of Battcock with David Bourdon, Hilton Kramer, Rosalind Krauss, Barbara Rose, and others attending an International Art Association of Art Critics conference. There are subject files on Jason Seley containing photographs, correspondence, and printed materials.

Photographs include a photograph of Louis K. Meisel and his wife, Susan Meisel with Photorealists artists at a book party. Also found are photographs of John Baldesarri with Herbert and Dorothy Vogel; and Andy Warhol and Elizabeth Taylor.
Arrangement note:
The collection is arranged as 4 series:

Series 1: Correspondence, 1964-2003 (Box 1; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 2: Writings, circa 1970s (Box 1; 1 folder)

Series 3: Subject Files, 1974-1981 (Box 1; 5 folders)

Series 4: Photographs, circa 1980s-1993 (Box 1; 0.1 linear feet)
Biographical/Historical note:
Louis K. Meisel (1942- ) opened the Louis K. Meisel Gallery on Prince Street in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City in 1966. The gallery has promoted the work of realist painters, sculptors, and photographers. Louis K. Meisel Gallery has also championed another genre of American realism, the Pin-up; the gallery has an extensive collection of vintage and contemporary Pin-ups. Artists represented include: John Baeder, Robert Bechtle, Charles Bell, Chuck Close, Audrey Flack, Ronald Kleemann, Mel Ramos, and Theodoros Stamos, among others.

Born in 1942 in Brooklyn, Louis K. Meisel has had a varied career as an art dealer, writer, and collector. Meisel attended Columbia University, 1964 and the New School for Social Research in New York, 1963-1965. Credited with coining the phrase, Photorealism in the late 1960s, Meisel defined the qualities of the Photorealist artist.

Louis K. Meisel has written numerous books and articles on Photorealism, the American Pin-Up, and other art-related topics. He has also lectured at academic and art-related institutions, including the Arts and Crafts Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1978; Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 1980, 2002; the Natural History Museum, Smithsonian Institution, 1993; and the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, 2002. His collecting interests have been wide-ranging. In addition to his extensive collection of Photorealist paintings and Pin-up illustrations, Meisel is a collector of 1940s Moderne, tin toys, Art Deco statues, and naturalia.

Since 2000, Louis K. Meisel, in partnership with Frank Bernarducci, has operated the Bernarducci. Meisel. Gallery on 57th Street in New York as a venue for established and emerging artists.
Provenance:
The Louis K. Meisel Gallery selected records were donated by Louis K. Meisel in 1990 and 2009.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Louis K. Meisel Gallery selected 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 galleries, Commercial -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
Louis K. Meisel Gallery selected records, 1973-2003. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.louikmei
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Archives of American Art
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ead_collection:sova-aaa-louikmei

Oral history interview wih Clara Diament Sujo, 2010 June 8-16

Interviewee:
Diament Sujo, Clara, 1921-  Search this
Interviewer:
Berman, Avis, 1949-  Search this
Subject:
Barr, Alfred H., Jr.  Search this
Córdova, Arturo de  Search this
D'Harnoncourt, Rene  Search this
De Kooning, Willem  Search this
Duchamp, Marcel  Search this
Hughes, Langston  Search this
Johns, Jasper  Search this
Kuh, Katharine  Search this
Lam, Wifredo  Search this
Marisol  Search this
Messer, Thomas M.  Search this
Miller, Dorothy Canning  Search this
Otero Rodríguez, Alejandro  Search this
Perón, Juan Domingo  Search this
Pollock, Jackson  Search this
Rauschenberg, Robert  Search this
Reverón, Armando  Search this
Romero Brest, Jorge  Search this
Soto, Jesús Rafael  Search this
Sterne, Hedda  Search this
Valera, Víctor  Search this
Elizabeth Murray Oral History of Women in the Visual Arts Project  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Topic:
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Art dealers -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Gallery owners -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15879
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)295424
AAA_collcode_diamen10
Theme:
Women
Latino and Latin American
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_295424
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Joseph Beuys : drawings, objects, and prints / [texts, Götz Adriani, Thomas M. Messer ; translation, Stewart Spencer, Michael O'Donnell]

Author:
Beuys, Joseph  Search this
Adriani, Götz 1940-  Search this
Messer, Thomas M  Search this
Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen  Search this
Subject:
Beuys, Joseph  Search this
Physical description:
167 p. :ill. (some col.) ; 32 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Germany (West)
Date:
1989
[c1989]
Topic:
Conceptual art  Search this
Call number:
N6888.B463 A4 1989
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_649850

Oral history interview with Diane Waldman, 2010 June 8-9

Interviewee:
Waldman, Diane, 1936-  Search this
Interviewer:
Richards, Judith Olch, 1947-  Search this
Subject:
Cornell, Joseph  Search this
De Kooning, Willem  Search this
Ernst, Max  Search this
Fry, Edward F.  Search this
Hess, Thomas B.  Search this
Kelly, Ellsworth  Search this
Lichtenstein, Roy  Search this
Messer, Thomas M.  Search this
Wright, Frank Lloyd  Search this
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum  Search this
Guggenheim International Exhibition  Search this
Elizabeth Murray Oral History of Women in the Visual Arts Project  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Art historians -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Authors -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Curators -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Art -- History -- Study and teaching  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15823
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)290221
AAA_collcode_waldma10
Theme:
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_290221
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Oral history interview with Diane Waldman

Interviewee:
Waldman, Diane  Search this
Interviewer:
Richards, Judith Olch  Search this
Names:
Elizabeth Murray Oral History of Women in the Visual Arts Project  Search this
Guggenheim International Exhibition  Search this
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum  Search this
Cornell, Joseph  Search this
De Kooning, Willem, 1904-1997  Search this
Ernst, Max, 1891-1976  Search this
Fry, Edward F.  Search this
Hess, Thomas B.  Search this
Kelly, Ellsworth, 1923-  Search this
Lichtenstein, Roy, 1923-1997  Search this
Messer, Thomas M.  Search this
Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1867-1959  Search this
Extent:
106 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2010 June 8-9
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Diane Waldman conducted 2010 June 8-9, by Judith Olch Richards, for the Archives of American Art's Elizabeth Murray Oral History of Women in the Visual Arts project, at Waldman's home, in New York, N.Y.
Waldman speaks of her background; education and early career; her curatorial work at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; relationships with artists; her exhibitions of works by Joseph Cornell, Willem de Kooning, Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Max Ernst, and others; her travels to India; her life after resigning from the Guggenheim Museum; Frank Lloyd Wright's building; the Guggenheim International; the museum profession dominated by men; writing detective stories; and other topics. She recalls Ed Fry, Thomas Hess, Thomas Kress, Thomas Messer, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Diane Waldman (1936- ) is an independent art history scholar in New York, N.Y. Judith Olch Richards (1947- ) is a former director of iCI in New York, N.Y.
General:
Originally recorded on 4 memory cards. Duration is 5 hr., 57 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:
Art historians -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Authors -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Curators -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Art -- History -- Study and teaching  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.waldma10
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-waldma10

Oral history interview wih Clara Diament Sujo

Interviewee:
Diament Sujo, Clara  Search this
Interviewer:
Berman, Avis  Search this
Creator:
Elizabeth Murray Oral History of Women in the Visual Arts Project  Search this
Names:
Elizabeth Murray Oral History of Women in the Visual Arts Project  Search this
Barr, Alfred H., Jr., 1902-1981  Search this
Córdova, Arturo de, 1908-1973  Search this
D'Harnoncourt, Rene, 1901-1968  Search this
De Kooning, Willem, 1904-1997  Search this
Duchamp, Marcel, 1887-1968  Search this
Hughes, Langston, 1902-1967  Search this
Johns, Jasper, 1930-  Search this
Kuh, Katharine  Search this
Lam, Wifredo  Search this
Marisol, 1930-  Search this
Messer, Thomas M.  Search this
Miller, Dorothy Canning, 1904-2003  Search this
Otero Rodríguez, Alejandro  Search this
Perón, Juan Domingo, 1895-1974  Search this
Pollock, Jackson, 1912-1956  Search this
Rauschenberg, Robert, 1925-2008  Search this
Reverón, Armando, 1889-1954  Search this
Romero Brest, Jorge  Search this
Soto, Jesús Rafael, 1923-2005  Search this
Sterne, Hedda, 1910-2011  Search this
Valera, Víctor, 1927-  Search this
Extent:
98 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Date:
2010 June 8-16
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Clara Diament Sujo conducted 2010 June 8-16, by Avis Berman, for the Archives of American Art's Elizabeth Murray Oral History of Women in the Visual Arts project, at Sujo's home, in New York, New York.
Diament speaks of her childhood in Argentina; her father's early influence; working with Abbott Industries; her travels with her father as a child to Punta del Este in Urguay, and Mar del Plata; her experiences in the United States; life under Juan Perón and how political events helped shape her education; teaching in Venezuela; collecting art for the Venezuelan science museum; her views on art; the artists that she has worked with and represented; the opening of her first gallery in Venezuela; her gallery in New York City; the influence of Jorge Romero Brest; and her work with the museum network to represent Latin American artists. She recalls Katharine Kuh, Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Richard Wright, Langston Hughes, Jesus Rafael Soto, Arturo de Cordova, Alejandro Otero, Victor Valera, Armando Reverón, Mercedes Pardo, Wilfredo Lam, Alfred Barr, Rene d'Harnoncourt, Dorothy Miller, Thomas Messer, Marcel Duchamp, Hedda Sterne, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Marisol Escobar, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Clara Diament Sujo (1921-) is owner and director of CDS Gallery in New York, New York. Avis Berman (1949-) is a scholar in New York, New York.
General:
Originally recorded on 1 compact disc. Reformatted in 2010 as 3 digital wav files. Duration is 5 hr., 10 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:
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Art dealers -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Gallery owners -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.diamen10
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-diamen10

Oral history interview with Thomas M. Messer, 1970 Sept. 22

Interviewee:
Messer, Thomas M., 1920-2013  Search this
Interviewer:
Cummings, Paul, 1933-  Search this
Subject:
American Federation of Arts  Search this
Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, Mass.)  Search this
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum  Search this
Roswell Museum  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Art museum directors -- United States -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11676
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212065
AAA_collcode_messer70
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212065

Oral history interview with Thomas M. Messer, 1994 Oct.-1995 Jan

Interviewee:
Messer, Thomas M., 1920-2013  Search this
Interviewer:
Decker, Andrew  Search this
Subject:
Kandinsky, Wassily  Search this
Klee, Paul  Search this
Guggenheim, Peggy  Search this
Guggenheim, Harry Frank, 1890-1971  Search this
American Federation of Arts  Search this
Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, Mass.)  Search this
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum  Search this
Národní galerie v Praze  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Art museum directors -- United States -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11803
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)215810
AAA_collcode_messer94
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_215810
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Oral history interview with Jeanne L. Wasserman, 1993-1994

Interviewee:
Wasserman, Jeanne L., 1915-2006  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F  Search this
Subject:
Agam, Yaacov  Search this
Beale, Arthur  Search this
Cook, Christopher Capen  Search this
Coolidge, John  Search this
Hyde, Andrew C. (Andrew Cornwall)  Search this
Indiana, Robert  Search this
Mangravite, Peppino  Search this
Messer, Thomas M.  Search this
Oldenburg, Claes  Search this
Plaut, James S. (James Sachs)  Search this
Prokopoff, Stephen S.  Search this
Rickey, George  Search this
Ross, David A.  Search this
Saint-Phalle, Niki de  Search this
Stieglitz, Alfred  Search this
Thurman, Sue M.  Search this
Tinguely, Jean  Search this
Wasserman, Max  Search this
Fogg Art Museum  Search this
Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, Mass.)  Search this
Massachusetts Institute of Technology  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- Massachusetts -- Interviews  Search this
Art museum curators -- Massachusetts -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11984
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216506
AAA_collcode_wasser93
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_216506
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Oral history interview with H. Harvard Arnason, 1970 March 3-9

Interviewee:
Arnason, H. Harvard, 1909-1986  Search this
Interviewer:
Cummings, Paul, 1933-  Search this
Subject:
Cahill, Holger  Search this
Messer, Thomas M.  Search this
Rebay, Hilla  Search this
Sweeney, James Johnson  Search this
Wright, Frank Lloyd  Search this
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum  Search this
Walker Art Galleries (Minneapolis, Minn.)  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Museum architecture -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Museum directors -- Minnesota -- Minneapolis -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12761
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211934
AAA_collcode_arnaso70
Theme:
Architecture & Design
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_211934

Thomas M. Messer papers, 1949-2010

Creator:
Messer, Thomas M., 1920-2013  Search this
Subject:
Rickey, George  Search this
Barnet, Will  Search this
Still, Clyfford  Search this
Chryssa  Search this
Flavin, Dan  Search this
Chagall, Marc  Search this
Moore, Henry, 1898-1986  Search this
Knowlton, Grace  Search this
Dubuffet, Jean  Search this
Giacometti, Alberto  Search this
Tworkov, Jack  Search this
Ernst, Max  Search this
Kuh, Katharine  Search this
Simonds, Charles  Search this
Frankenthaler, Helen  Search this
Bell, Larry  Search this
Bacon, Francis  Search this
Hamilton, Richard  Search this
Martin, Agnes  Search this
Koczy, Rosemarie  Search this
Bury, Pol  Search this
Hélion, Jean  Search this
Kolář, Jiří  Search this
Burri, Alberto  Search this
Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation  Search this
Type:
Transcripts
Diaries
Topic:
Curators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6570
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)215863
AAA_collcode_messthom
Theme:
Communities, Organizations, Museums
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_215863
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Howard M. Gibbs papers, 1904-1975

Creator:
Gibbs, Howard M. (Howard Manning), 1904-1970  Search this
Subject:
Littlefield, William Horace  Search this
Messer, Thomas M.  Search this
Miller, Dorothy Canning  Search this
Pezzati, Pietro  Search this
Price, Vincent  Search this
Barrie, Erwin S.  Search this
Brouillette, Gilbert  Search this
Provincetown Art Association  Search this
Type:
Sketchbooks
Topic:
Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8969
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211156
AAA_collcode_gibbhowa
Theme:
Sketches & Sketchbooks
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211156

Your part of art : sound recording, 1970 Nov. 14

Creator:
Hollingsworth, Alvin C., 1928-2000  Search this
Subject:
Rousseau, Theodore  Search this
Green, Wilder  Search this
Messer, Thomas M.  Search this
Paris, Jeanne C.  Search this
Baur, John I. H. (John Ireland Howe)  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10734
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)214344
AAA_collcode_hollalvy
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_214344

Oral history interview with Jeanne L. Wasserman

Interviewee:
Wasserman, Jeanne L.  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F.  Search this
Names:
Fogg Art Museum  Search this
Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, Mass.)  Search this
Massachusetts Institute of Technology -- Art collections  Search this
Agam, Yaacov, 1928-  Search this
Beale, Arthur  Search this
Cook, Christopher Capen, 1932-  Search this
Coolidge, John, 1913-1995  Search this
Hyde, Andrew C. (Andrew Cornwall), 1941-  Search this
Indiana, Robert, 1928-  Search this
Mangravite, Peppino, 1896-  Search this
Messer, Thomas M.  Search this
Oldenburg, Claes, 1929-  Search this
Plaut, James S. (James Sachs), 1912-1996  Search this
Prokopoff, Stephen S.  Search this
Rickey, George  Search this
Ross, David A., 1949-  Search this
Saint-Phalle, Niki de, 1930-2002  Search this
Stieglitz, Alfred, 1864-1946  Search this
Thurman, Sue M., 1927-2012  Search this
Tinguely, Jean, 1925-  Search this
Wasserman, Max, 1913-1986  Search this
Extent:
5 Items (sound cassettes (7 hrs., 30 min.), analog.)
125 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1993-1994
Scope and Contents:
Interview of Jeanne L. Wasserman, conducted by Robert F. Brown for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, in Cambridge, MA from January 28, 1993-July 19, 1994.
Wasserman speaks of her parents' cultural interests; first becoming interested in sculpture after visiting a Rodin exhibition in Paris with her family; visiting art galleries and studying painting in New York City as a young woman; her education at Fieldston and Radcliffe; trying to get a job in New York after college; working in advertising; meeting her husband, Max, and building a business with him; beginning to collect art; putting together a collection for the condominium project, 180 Beacon; the opening of 180 Beacon; working on a condominium project in the Virgin Islands; curating sculpture exhibitions at the Fogg Museum and at Wellesley; writing the catalogue for a Daumier exhibition at the Fogg; serving on the board of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; organizing forums on contemporary art with the Council of the Arts at MIT; becoming involved with Harvard's Institute for Learning in Retirement; and notable purchases of work by Daumier, Rodin, Degas, Giacometti, de Chirico, Nicolas Schöffer, Henry Moore, and others. Wasserman also recalls Alfred Stieglitz, Peppino Mangravite, Elie Nadelman, Hyman Swetzoff, Joseph Hirshhorn, Erica Brausen, René and Charles Gimpel, Louise Nevelson, Niki de Saint Phalle, Jean Tinguely, Robert Indiana, Claes Oldenburg, Denise René, Yaacov Agam, George Rickey, George Segal, David Ross, Milena Kalinovska, Jacques de Caso, Yulla Lipchitz, Vera List, Jim Cuno, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Jeanne L. Wasserman, (1915-2006) was a museum curator and art collector from Boston, Massachusetts.
General:
Originally recorded on 5 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 10 digital wav files. Duration is 7 hrs., 12 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:
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- Massachusetts -- Interviews  Search this
Art museum curators -- Massachusetts -- Interviews  Search this
Function:
Art museums -- Massachusetts
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.wasser93
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-wasser93

Oral history interview with Thomas M. Messer

Interviewee:
Messer, Thomas M.  Search this
Interviewer:
Decker, Andrew  Search this
Names:
American Federation of Arts  Search this
Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, Mass.)  Search this
Národní galerie v Praze  Search this
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum  Search this
Guggenheim, Harry Frank, 1890-1971  Search this
Guggenheim, Peggy, 1898-  Search this
Kandinsky, Wassily, 1866-1944  Search this
Klee, Paul, 1879-1940  Search this
Extent:
83 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1994 Oct.-1995 Jan
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Thomas M. Messer conducted 1994 Oct.-1995 Jan., by Andrew Decker, for the Archives of American Art, at the Americas Society, New York, N.Y.
Messer speaks about his youth in pre-World War II Czechoslavakia, his directorship of the American Federation of Arts; the Roswell Museum in Roswell, N.M.; the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston; and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. He discusses his collecting interests in connection with the development of the Guggenheim, particularly Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky; his working relationship with Harry, Peter, and Peggy Guggenheim; numerous exhibitions; and the acquisitions of several major collections. Finally, he comments on post-retirement projects, particularly at the National Gallery of Prague.
Biographical / Historical:
Thomas M. Messer (1920- ) is a museum director in New York, N.Y.
General:
Originally recorded on 7 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 12 digital wav files. Duration is 7 hrs., 23 min.
End of interview session Jan. 24, 1995 (Tape 6, side B) not recorded due to equipment malfunction.
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:
Art museum directors -- United States -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.messer94
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-messer94

Thomas M. Messer papers

Creator:
Messer, Thomas M.  Search this
Names:
Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation  Search this
Bacon, Francis, 1909-1992  Search this
Barnet, Will, 1911-2012  Search this
Bell, Larry, 1939-  Search this
Burri, Alberto, 1915-  Search this
Bury, Pol, 1922-2005  Search this
Chagall, Marc, 1887-  Search this
Chryssa, 1933-  Search this
Dubuffet, Jean, 1901-  Search this
Ernst, Max, 1891-1976  Search this
Flavin, Dan, 1933-  Search this
Frankenthaler, Helen, 1928-2011  Search this
Giacometti, Alberto, 1901-1966  Search this
Hamilton, Richard, 1922-  Search this
Hélion, Jean, 1904-1987  Search this
Knowlton, Grace, 1932-  Search this
Koczy, Rosemarie, 1939-2007  Search this
Kolář, Jiří, 1914-2002  Search this
Kuh, Katharine  Search this
Martin, Agnes, 1912-2004  Search this
Moore, Henry, 1898-1986  Search this
Rickey, George  Search this
Simonds, Charles, 1945-  Search this
Still, Clyfford, 1904-1980  Search this
Tworkov, Jack  Search this
Extent:
4.6 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Transcripts
Diaries
Date:
1949-2010
Summary:
The papers of New York museum director and independent curator Thomas M. Messer measure 4.6 linear feet and date from 1949-2010. Material includes correspondence, a diary transcript, and printed material that reflect Messer's long career, primarily as director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. Correspondence comprises the bulk of the collection and documents the relationships he built with artists, art historians, curators, and others colleagues. Notable correspondents include Francis Bacon, Will Barnet, Larry Bell, Alberto Burri, Pol Bury, Marc Chagall, Chryssa, Jean Dubuffet, Max Ernst, Dan Flavin, Helen Frankenthaler, Alberto Giacometti, Richard Hamilton, Jean Hélion, Grace Knowlton, Rosemarie Koczy, Jirí Kolár, Katharine Kuh, Agnes Martin, Henry Moore, George Rickey, Charles Simonds, Clyfford Still, Jack Tworkov, and many others.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of New York museum director and independent curator Thomas M. Messer measure 4.6 linear feet and date from 1949-2010. Material includes correspondence, a diary transcript, and printed material that reflect Messer's long career, primarily as director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. Correspondence comprises the bulk of the collection and documents the relationships he built with artists, art historians, curators, and others colleagues. Notable correspondents include Francis Bacon, Will Barnet, Larry Bell, Alberto Burri, Pol Bury, Marc Chagall, Chryssa, Jean Dubuffet, Max Ernst, Dan Flavin, Helen Frankenthaler, Alberto Giacometti, Richard Hamilton, Jean Hélion, Grace Knowlton, Rosemarie Koczy, Jirí Kolár, Katharine Kuh, Agnes Martin, Henry Moore, George Rickey, Charles Simonds, Clyfford Still, Jack Tworkov, and many others.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as three series

Series 1: Correspondence, 1962-2010 (4 linear feet; Box 1-4)

Series 2: Diary Transcript, 2007-2009 (0.02 gigabytes; ER01)

Series 3: Printed Material, 1949-1987 (0.6 linear feet; Box 5-6)
Biographical / Historical:
Thomas Messer (1920-2013) was a museum director and independent curator in New York, New York. Born and raised in Czechoslovakia, Messer became a United States citizen in 1944 and served in the United States Army in World War II. He earned his bachelor's degree from Boston University and studied at the Sorbonne in France before returning to the United States to study art history and museology at Harvard University. After obtaining his graduate degree, Messer was the director of the Roswell Museum in Roswell, New Mexico and then of the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. In 1961, Messer became the director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, which includes the Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy. Messer retired from his position there in 1988 and became a freelance curator, teacher, writer, and arts consultant.
Related Materials:
Also found in the Archives of American Art are two oral history interviews with Thomas Messer conducted by Paul Cummings in 1970 and by Andrew Decker in 1994-1995.
Provenance:
Donated to the Archives of American Art in 1995 by Thomas Messer and in 2016 by the Thomas Messer estate via Adam Lehner, executor.
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.

Use of electronic records requires advance notice.
Rights:
The Thomas M. Messer 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:
Art museum directors -- United States  Search this
Topic:
Curators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Transcripts
Diaries
Citation:
Thomas M. Messer papers, 1949-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.messthom
See more items in:
Thomas M. Messer papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-messthom

Oral history interview with Thomas M. Messer

Interviewee:
Messer, Thomas M.  Search this
Interviewer:
Cummings, Paul  Search this
Names:
American Federation of Arts  Search this
Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, Mass.)  Search this
Roswell Museum  Search this
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum  Search this
Extent:
35 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1970 Sept. 22
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Thomas M. Messer conducted 1970 Sept. 22, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art. Messer speaks of his childhood in Czechoslovakia; his early interest in art and music; coming to the United States; his education at Boston University; directing a museum, in Roswell, N.M., for three years; going to the American Federation of Arts and becoming director there; moving on to the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston; the development of his interest in Latin American art and culture; becoming the director of the Guggenheim Museum; his philosophy on museum acquisitions; the current art market; what makes exhibitions successful or unsuccessful; and the future of museums.
Biographical / Historical:
Thomas M. Messer (1919- ) is a museum director from New York, N.Y.
General:
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hrs., 9 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives' 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 others.
Restrictions:
Transcript: Patrons must use microfilm copy.
Topic:
Art museum directors -- United States -- Interviews  Search this
Function:
Art museums -- United States
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.messer70
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-messer70

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