Describes the 1972 discovery and later conservation of Arshile Gorky's murals "Aviation" at the Newark, N.J. International Airport, executed in 1937 by Gorky as part of the Work Projects Administration art project. Art historian Ruth Bowman, N.J. Port Authority employees Saul Wenegrat and Stephen Staempler, and conservator Carroll Wales of Oliver Bros. are among those who describe their involvement. The murals are now in the Newark Museum.
Publication, Distribution, Etc. (Imprint):
New York : WNET/Thirteen, 1979.
Broadcast Dec. 1978 on WNET/Thirteen's Dateline, N.J. series. U-matic video produced April 16, 1979.
Based on the exhibition "Murals Without Walls: Arshile Gorky's Aviation Murals Rediscovered," Newark Museum, Nov. 1978-March 1979.
Donated by the American Federation of Arts, who sponsored a tour of the Newark Museum exhibition "Murals Without Walls: Arshile Gorky's Aviation Murals Rediscovered," July 1979-December 1980. The exhibit was curated by Ruth Bowman.
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Three photographs and two clippings about Stempler's discovery in 1972 of two mural panels by Gorky at the Newark, New Jersey Airport, executed while Gorky worked for the W.P.A. Federal Art Project in 1937. [Microfilm title: Arshile Gorky papers]
Biographical / Historical:
Stempler was an employee of the Port Authority of New York. He had known of the existence of the murals from Saul Wenegrat of the Port Authority's Architectural Services, and discovered them while surveying the art deco architectural details of the building.
Arshile Gorky papers (microfilm title)
Donated by Stephen Stempler, 1977.
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