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Website Records

Topic:
Oh Freedom!: Teaching African American Civil Rights through American Art at the Smithsonian (Website)
Creator::
Smithsonian Institution  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Electronic records
Web sites
Date:
2018
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of the "Oh Freedom!: Teaching African American Civil Rights through American Art at the Smithsonian" website, crawled on August 6, 2018. The website is jointly maintained by the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Museum of African American History and Culture. It offers a new introduction to the Civil Rights movement through the unique lens of Smithsonian Institution collections by drawing connections among art, history, and social change and providing educators with tools to help students re-imagine and reinterpret the struggle for civil rights, justice, and equality in fresh ways. It includes a timeline, collections information, lesson plans, bibliographies, teaching guides, and student projects. The website was retired shortly after it was crawled. Server files for the website were also transferred. Materials are in electronic format.
Topic:
African Americans  Search this
Civil rights  Search this
Historical museums  Search this
Art museums  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Museums -- Public relations  Search this
Museums -- Educational aspects  Search this
Web sites  Search this
Genre/Form:
Electronic records
Web sites
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 19-212, Smithsonian Institution, Website Records
Identifier:
Accession 19-212
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Website Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa19-212

Website Records

Creator::
National Museum of African Art  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Electronic records
Web sites
Date:
2018
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of the National Museum of African Art website as it existed on July 9, 2018. The website includes information about visiting, collections, exhibitions, and related topics. It also includes educational resources. This accession does not include detailed collections information and, due to technical issues, some features of this crawled website may not function properly. Materials are in electronic format.
Topic:
Web sites  Search this
Museums -- Public relations  Search this
Museums -- Collection management  Search this
Museums -- Educational aspects  Search this
Art, African  Search this
Art museums  Search this
Genre/Form:
Electronic records
Web sites
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 19-208, National Museum of African Art, Website Records
Identifier:
Accession 19-208
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Website Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa19-208

Website Records

Topic:
Innovations in Flight: Family Day and Outdoor Aviation Display (Website)
Creator::
National Air and Space Museum  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Electronic records
Web sites
Date:
2018
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of two websites maintained by the National Air and Space Museum.

The primary website for the National Air and Space Museum was crawled on August 8, 2018. It consists of information about the museum, including its Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, and its exhibitions, collections, staff, research, programs, and events. The website also includes online exhibitions and educational resources. Detailed collection information is not included in this accession. Due to technical issues, some images may be missing.

The "Innovations in Flight: Family Day and Outdoor Aviation Display" website was crawled on July 20, 2018, and promotes the event which occurred on June 16, 2018. The website provides information about the National Air and Space Museum's event of the same name at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.

Materials are in electronic format.
Topic:
Aeronautical museums  Search this
Astronautical museums  Search this
Web sites  Search this
Museums -- Public relations  Search this
Special events  Search this
Museums -- Educational aspects  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Genre/Form:
Electronic records
Web sites
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 19-207, National Air and Space Museum, Website Records
Identifier:
Accession 19-207
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Website Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa19-207

Exhibition Records

Creator::
National Museum of the American Indian. Office of Education and Museum Programs  Search this
Extent:
1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Clippings
Manuscripts
Compact discs
Electronic records
Architectural drawings
Date:
1992-2008, 2015-2016
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of records created and maintained by Carolyn Rapkievian, Assistant Director. The materials document her work on exhibitions for the opening of the National Museum of the American Indian on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Some materials date to when the office was known as the Office of Public Programs. Exhibitions documented include the Potomac Atrium, Window on Collections, and Nation to Nation: Treaties between the United States and American Indian Nations. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, meeting minutes, presentations, scripts, object lists, architectural drawings, maps, and clippings. Some materials are in electronic format.
Rights:
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2032; Transferring office; 09/30/2019 memorandum, Toda to Rapkievian; Contact reference staff for details.
Topic:
Museums -- Public relations  Search this
Museums -- Educational aspects  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Indians of North America -- Museums  Search this
Genre/Form:
Clippings
Manuscripts
Compact discs
Electronic records
Architectural drawings
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 19-204, National Museum of the American Indian. Office of Education and Museum Programs, Exhibition Records
Identifier:
Accession 19-204
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Exhibition Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa19-204

Departmental Records

Creator::
National Museum of the American Indian. Museum Learning and Programs  Search this
Extent:
4 cu. ft. (4 record storage boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Brochures
Clippings
Manuscripts
Compact discs
Electronic records
Color photographs
Audiotapes
Date:
1984-2018
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of the records of Carolyn Rapkievian, Assistant Director for Interpretation, and document her work coordinating educational programs and outreach at the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI). Rapkievian first began her tenure at NMAI shortly after the Museum of the American Indian in New York City was transferred to the Smithsonian Institution. She helped organize a preview of the National Museum of the American Indian, George Gustav Heye Center in New York City in 1992 as well as helped organize exhibitions, public programs, and the opening of the museum in 1994. Starting in 1995, Rapkievian was on the team responsible for the planning of the NMAI museum in Washington, D.C. and its opening celebration in 2004. Since then she has been responsible for the running of educational programs and outreach at the museum until she retired in 2019. Among the various titles Rapkievian held include Assistant Director for Education and Museum Programs. Some records date to when the office was known as the Office of Public Programs and the Office of Education and Museum Programs. Also some materials date to when the museum was known as the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation and was not part of the Smithsonian Institution.

Materials include correspondence, memoranda, trip reports, visitor surveys, reports, lectures, publications, conference records, blog post text, guidelines, workshop records, study guides, brochures, images, forms, clippings, and other related materials. Some materials are in electronic format.
Topic:
Museums -- Public relations  Search this
Museums -- Educational aspects  Search this
Indians of North America -- Museums  Search this
Museum outreach programs  Search this
Workshops  Search this
Genre/Form:
Brochures
Clippings
Manuscripts
Compact discs
Electronic records
Color photographs
Audiotapes
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 19-203, National Museum of the American Indian. Museum Learning and Programs, Departmental Records
Identifier:
Accession 19-203
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Departmental Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa19-203

Correspondence

Creator::
Lemelson Center  Search this
Extent:
2.5 cu. ft. (2 record storage boxes) (1 document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Compact discs
Digital versatile discs
Electronic records
Date:
1994-2014
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of correspondence documenting administrative decision-making, development and execution of Lemelson Center activities, events, exhibitions, and programs. Materials primarily include the incoming and outgoing correspondence of Arthur P. Molella, Director, 1995-2015. Some materials date from when Molella was the Department Chair of the Department of History of Science and Technology, National Museum of American History.
Topic:
Museums -- Administration  Search this
Inventions  Search this
Inventors  Search this
Museums -- Educational aspects  Search this
Science -- Study and teaching  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Compact discs
Digital versatile discs
Electronic records
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 15-270, Lemelson Center, Correspondence
Identifier:
Accession 15-270
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Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa15-270

Exhibition Records, 1992-2008, 2015-2016

Creator:
National Museum of the American Indian (U.S.) Office of Education and Museum Programs  Search this
Subject:
Rapkievian, Carolyn  Search this
National Museum of the American Indian (U.S.) Office of Public Programs  Search this
National Museum of the American Indian (U.S.) Potomac Atrium  Search this
Window on Collections (Exhibition) (2004- : Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations (Exhibition) (2014-2018: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Physical description:
1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Type:
Clippings
Collection descriptions
Manuscripts
Compact discs
Electronic records
Architectural drawings
Date:
1992
1992-2008
1992-2008, 2015-2016
Topic:
Museums--Public relations  Search this
Museums--Educational aspects  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Indians of North America--Museums  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 19-204
Restrictions & Rights:
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2032; Transferring office; 09/30/2019 memorandum, Toda to Rapkievian; Contact reference staff for details
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Exhibition Records 1992-2008, 2015-2016 [National Museum of the American Indian (U.S.) Office of Education and Museum Programs]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_398591

Website Records, 2018

Creator:
National Air and Space Museum (U.S.)  Search this
Uniform title:
Innovations in Flight: Family Day and Outdoor Aviation Display (Website)  Search this
Subject:
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center  Search this
Innovations in Flight: Family Day and Outdoor Aviation Display  Search this
Exploring the Planets (Online exhibition)  Search this
Apollo to the Moon (Online exhibition)  Search this
A New Moon Rises: Views from the Lunar Reconaissance Orbiter Camera (Online exhibition)  Search this
Outside the Spacecraft: 50 Years of Extra-Vehicular Activity (Online exhibition)  Search this
Hawaii by Air (Online exhibition)  Search this
Fifty Years of Human Space Flight (Online exhibition)  Search this
Out of This World (Online exhibition)  Search this
America by Air (Online exhibition)  Search this
The Wright Brothers and the Invention of the Aerial Age (Online exhibition)  Search this
Explore the Universe (Online exhibition)  Search this
Star Wars: The Magic of Myth (Online exhibition)  Search this
Space Race (Online exhibition)  Search this
Looking at Earth (Online exhibition)  Search this
Type:
Electronic records
Collection descriptions
Web sites
Date:
2018
Topic:
Aeronautical museums  Search this
Astronautical museums  Search this
Web sites  Search this
Museums--Public relations  Search this
Special events  Search this
Museums--Educational aspects  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 19-207
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Website Records 2004, 2009-2020 [National Air and Space Museum (U.S.)]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_398609

Website Records, 2018

Creator:
National Museum of African Art (U.S.)  Search this
Type:
Electronic records
Collection descriptions
Web sites
Date:
2018
Topic:
Web sites  Search this
Museums--Public relations  Search this
Museums--Collection management  Search this
Museums--Educational aspects  Search this
Art, African  Search this
Art museums  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 19-208
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Website Records 2009-2018 [National Museum of African Art (U.S.)]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_398612

Website Records, 2018

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution  Search this
Uniform title:
Oh Freedom!: Teaching African American Civil Rights through American Art at the Smithsonian (Website)  Search this
Subject:
Smithsonian American Art Museum  Search this
National Museum of African American History and Culture (U.S.)  Search this
Type:
Electronic records
Collection descriptions
Web sites
Date:
2018
Topic:
African Americans  Search this
Civil rights  Search this
Historical museums  Search this
Art museums  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Museums--Public relations  Search this
Museums--Educational aspects  Search this
Web sites  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 19-212
See more items in:
Website Records 1995-2020 [Smithsonian Institution]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_398617

Departmental Records, 1984-2018

Creator:
National Museum of the American Indian (U.S.) Museum Learning and Programs  Search this
Subject:
Rapkievian, Carolyn  Search this
National Museum of the American Indian (U.S.) Office of Public Programs  Search this
National Museum of the American Indian (U.S.) Office of Education and Museum Programs  Search this
Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation  Search this
National Museum of the American Indian (U.S.) George Gustav Heye Center  Search this
Physical description:
4 cu. ft. (4 record storage boxes)
Type:
Brochures
Collection descriptions
Clippings
Manuscripts
Compact discs
Electronic records
Color photographs
Audiotapes
Date:
1984
1984-2018
Topic:
Museums--Public relations  Search this
Museums--Educational aspects  Search this
Indians of North America--Museums  Search this
Workshops  Search this
Museum outreach programs  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 19-203
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Departmental Records 1984-2018 [National Museum of the American Indian (U.S.) Museum Learning and Programs]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_398586

Alan R. Solomon papers

Creator:
Solomon, Alan R., 1920-1970  Search this
Names:
Albright-Knox Art Gallery  Search this
Amsterdam (Netherlands). Stedelijk Museum  Search this
Art Gallery of Ontario  Search this
Artforum  Search this
Biennale di Venezia  Search this
Centro de Artes Visuales (Asunción, Paraguay)  Search this
Cornell University. -- Faculty  Search this
Expo 67 (Montréal, Québec)  Search this
Harvard University -- Students  Search this
Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, Mass.)  Search this
Jewish Museum (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Leo Castelli Gallery  Search this
Los Once (Artists' group)  Search this
Pasadena Art Museum  Search this
San Francisco Art Institute  Search this
University of California (System)  Search this
Velvet Underground (Musical group)  Search this
Bontecou, Lee, 1931-  Search this
Castelli, Leo  Search this
Chamberlain, John, 1927-2011  Search this
Childs, Lucinda  Search this
Dine, Jim, 1935-  Search this
Duchamp, Marcel, 1887-1968  Search this
Dunn, Judith  Search this
Fahlström, Öyvind, 1928-1976  Search this
Finkelstein, Nat  Search this
Frankenthaler, Helen, 1928-2011  Search this
Greenberg, Clement, 1909-1994  Search this
Greenberg, Jeanine  Search this
Grisi, Laura  Search this
Hay, Alex  Search this
Hay, Deborah  Search this
Johns, Jasper, 1930-  Search this
Kron, Joan  Search this
Lichtenstein, Roy, 1923-1997  Search this
Louis, Morris, 1912-1962  Search this
MacElroy, Robert R.  Search this
Moore, Peter  Search this
Morris, Robert  Search this
Mulas, Ugo  Search this
Namuth, Hans  Search this
Newman, Barnett, 1905-1970  Search this
Noland, Kenneth, 1924-2010  Search this
Novick, Elizabeth  Search this
Oldenburg, Claes, 1929-  Search this
Oldenburg, Patty  Search this
Paxton, Steve  Search this
Picasso, Pablo, 1881-1973  Search this
Poons, Larry  Search this
Provinciali, Michele  Search this
Rainier, Yvonne  Search this
Rauschenberg, Robert, 1925-2008  Search this
Redon, Odilon, 1840-1916  Search this
Reed, Lou  Search this
Rosenquist, James, 1933-  Search this
Sabol, Audrey, 1922-  Search this
Schute, Terry  Search this
Scull, Ethel  Search this
Scull, Robert C.  Search this
Segal, George, 1924-2000  Search this
Sisler, Mary  Search this
Sonnabend, Ileana  Search this
Stella, Frank  Search this
Warhol, Andy, 1928-  Search this
Whitman, Robert  Search this
Extent:
9.9 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Drawings
Transcripts
Photographs
Interviews
Lithographs
Place:
Italy -- Venice
Date:
1907-1970
bulk 1944-1970
Summary:
The papers of New York art historian, museum director, curator, writer, and educator, Alan R. Solomon, measure 9.9 linear feet and date from 1907-1970, with the bulk of the material dating from 1944-1970. Through biographical material, correspondence, interview transcripts, writings and notes, teaching and study files, subject files, exhibition files, business records, printed material, and photographs, the collection documents Solomon's education, his early teaching appointments at Cornell University, and his subsequent direction of many diverse curatorial and research projects relating to contemporary American art, particularly the transition from Abstract Expressionism to later modern movements, and the thriving New York City art scene.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of New York art historian, museum director, curator, writer, and educator, Alan R. Solomon, measure 9.9 linear feet and date from 1907-1970, with the bulk of the material dating from 1944-1970. Through biographical material, correspondence, interview transcripts, writings and notes, teaching and study files, subject files, exhibition files, business records, printed material, and photographs, the collection documents Solomon's education, his early teaching appointments at Cornell University, and his subsequent direction of many diverse curatorial and research projects relating to contemporary American art, particularly the transition from Abstract Expressionism to later modern movements, and the thriving New York City art scene.

Biographical material includes résumés, an engagement book, and a monthly planning book from 1965, identification cards, and educational transcripts.

Correspondence documents Solomon's education at Harvard College and Harvard University, and his teaching appointments at Cornell University. Correspondence also provides some documentation of his involvement with museums and arts organizations, including the Jewish Museum, Stedlijk Museum, the San Francisco Art Institute, the University of California, and Centro de Artes Visuales; his submission of writings for publications including Artforum, Art International, and Konstrevy; and his relationships with artists and colleagues including Jim Dine, Joan Kron, Audrey Sabol, and Ileana Sonnabend. Also found is correspondence related to Solomon's work for Mary Sisler, who employed Solomon to sell her collection of artwork by Marcel Duchamp in the late 1960s.

One series comprises transcripts of interviews with many of the artists who were central to the transition from Abstract Expressionism to later modern movements that occurred in the 1950s and 1960s, such as Neo-Dada and Pop art. Artists represented in the interviews include Jim Dine, Helen Frankenthaler, Jasper Johns, Barnett Newman, Kenneth Noland, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella, and Andy Warhol.

Solomon's writings include many of his essays for exhibition catalogs, magazines, and journals, and are in a combination of annotated manuscript and published formats. There are writings on Jim Dine, Barnett Newman, Robert Rauschenberg, and Jasper Johns, and on the new movements in theater and performance art of the 1960s. His writings also document the art history education which informed all of his later work, with the inclusion of papers written as a student and teacher, his honors thesis on Odilon Redon, and his dissertation on Pablo Picasso. This material is supplemented by notes, and teaching and study files, documenting courses taken and taught at Harvard and Cornell universities. Also found is the manuscript of the text for New York: The New Art Scene, accompanied by a partial published copy of the book and photographs by Ugo Mulas.

Solomon's subject files augment several of the other series, comprising material on various art related subjects and individual painters and sculptors, arranged alphabetically. Material found here includes printed matter documenting exhibitions and other events, scattered letters from artists, related writings, and photographs.

One series documents Solomon's involvement with the First New York Theater Rally, which he co-produced with Steve Paxton in 1965. This material includes a drawing each by Jim Dine and Alex Hay, pieces of a combine by Robert Rauschenberg, and photographs of the group including Dine, Hay, and Rauschenberg, as well as Lucinda Childs, Judith Dunn, Deborah Hay, Robert Morris, Claes Oldenburg, the Once Group, Steve Paxton, Yvonne Rainier, Alan Solomon, and Robert Whitman. The series includes multiple contact sheets of photos of First New York Theater Rally events, by Peter Moore, Elizabeth Novick, and Terry Schute.

Exhibition files document Solomon's role as an organizer and curator for some of his most well-known exhibitions, including American Painting Now (1967) for Expo '67 in Montreal; Andy Warhol (1966) at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston; Dine-Oldenburg-Segal (1967) at the Art Gallery of Ontario and Albright-Knox Gallery; the American exhibition at the 1964 Venice Biennale; Young Italians (1968) at the Institute of Contemporary Art; and Painting in New York 1944-1969, a major retrospective installed for the opening of the new Pasadena Art Museum in fall, 1969. Records include correspondence, lists and notes, financial records, printed material, and photographs of artists and installations, including a series by Ugo Mulas taken at the Venice Biennale.

Solomon's business records include lists, notes, contracts, expense forms, vouchers, purchase orders, and receipts. They provide scattered documentation of exhibition-related expenses and purchases of artwork, as well as Solomon's income from teaching appointments, lectures, honorariums, and writings. Amongst Solomon's general business records is an American Federation of Musicians agreement between the Institute of Contemporary Art and "Louis Reed," with booking agent Andy Warhol, for a performance by the Velvet Underground and Nico, performing as The Exploding Plastic Inevitable on October 29, 1966. This seemingly mundane item documents an event that accompanied Solomon's landmark Warhol exhibition of nearly forty iconic works, and the accompanying show by The Exploding Plastic Inevitable was hailed by the Boston Phoenix newspaper as one of the greatest concerts in Boston history.

Printed material includes announcements, catalogs, and posters for exhibitions and art related events, including two Jasper Johns lithographs for a 1960 exhibition at Galerie Rive Droite, and a 1963 exhibition at Leo Castelli Gallery. Also found are news clippings, press releases, and other publications.

Photographs are of Solomon, artists, friends and colleagues, exhibitions and other events, and artwork. They include snapshots of Solomon, and a series of photographs of him at various events and parties, many taken by Ugo Mulas, as well as a photo taken by Robert Rauschenberg of Ugo Mulas, Michele Provinciali, and Solomon. Additional photos by Ugo Mulas include some which were probably taken for New York: The New Art Scene, and a series of photos of Robert Rauschenberg and others at the Venice Biennale. Photos of artists include Lee Bontecou, John Chamberlain, Jim Dine, Marcel Duchamp, Öyvind Fahlström, Laura Grisi, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Morris Louis, Barnett Newman, Kenneth Noland, Claes and Patty Oldenburg, Larry Poons, James Rosenquist, George Segal, Frank Stella, and Andy Warhol and The Factory. Photos of others include Leo Castelli, Clement and Jeanine Greenberg, and Ethel and Robert Scull. Also found are photos of the exhibition Toward a New Abstraction (1963), at The Jewish Museum, photos of Venice, and photos of artwork by many of the above named, and other, artists. In addition to Ugo Mulas, photographers represented in this series include Nat Finkelstein, Robert R. McElroy, and Hans Namuth.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as eleven series.

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1938-1968 (5 folders; Box 1)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1930-1970 (0.66 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 3: Interviews, 1965-1969 (0.25 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 4: Writings and Notes, 1945-1969 (1.35 linear feet; Boxes 1-3, 11)

Series 5: Teaching and Study Files, 1944-1958 (0.25 linear feet; Box 3)

Series 6: Subject Files, 1907-1969 (2.92 linear feet; Boxes 3-6, 1, OV 12)

Series 7: First New York Theater Rally, 1963-1965 (0.15 linear feet; Boxes 6, 11)

Series 8: Exhibition Files, 1954-1969 (1.42 linear feet; Boxes 6-7, 11, OV 12)

Series 9: Business Records, 1945-1970 (0.3 linear feet; Boxes 7-8)

Series 10: Printed Material, 1914-1970 (0.8 linear feet; Boxes 8-9, OV 12)

Series 11: Photographs, circa 1951-circa 1970 (1.7 linear feet; Boxes 9-11, OV 13)
Biographical / Historical:
New York art historian, museum director, art consultant, educator, writer, and curator, Alan R. Solomon (1920-1970), organized over two hundred exhibitions in the course of his career. He was known for his skill in exhibition design, and for bringing the perception and understanding of an art historian to the field of contemporary art.

Solomon was born in Quincy, Massachusetts, and educated at Harvard College and Harvard Graduate School. In 1953, during his 1952-1962 tenure with the Cornell University department of art history, he established the Andrew Dickson White Museum of art. Solomon served as the museum's first director until 1961, whilst simultaneously pursuing his doctorate, which he received from Harvard University in 1962.

In 1962 Solomon was hired by the Jewish Museum in New York, New York, and immediately began to take the institution in a more contemporary direction, mounting Robert Rauschenberg's first retrospective in 1963, and a major Jasper Johns retrospective in 1964. Also, in 1963, Solomon was appointed the United States Commissioner for the 1964 Venice Biennale. He was determined to show "the major new indigenous tendencies, the peculiarly America spirt of the art" in works by two consecutive generations of artists, including Jasper Johns, Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland, and Robert Rauschenberg. With this in mind, and given the inadequacy of the existing space to house the installation he envisaged, Solomon secured a verbal agreement from Biennale officials to approve additional space for the American exhibition in an annex at the former American Consulate. The agreement was never formalized, however, and a series of administrative problems and controversies over the eligibility of the American submissions threatened to undermine Solomon's efforts. Nevertheless, Robert Rauschenberg became the first American to take the Grand Prize for foreign artist, and the attention garnered by the American exhibition monopolized press coverage of the Biennale. In response, Solomon stated publicly that "it is acknowledged on every hand that New York has replaced Paris as the world art capital."

Solomon subsequently left the Jewish Museum, having engendered resistance to leading the museum in a more experimental direction, away from the traditional Jewish educational aspects of its mission. In the mid-sixties he worked as a consultant and writer for a National Educational Television series entitled "U. S. A. Artists," which drew on artist interviews, many conducted by Solomon. He also wrote the text for Ugo Mulas's classic photographic study, New York: The New Art Scene (1967: Holt Rinehart and Winston).

In 1966 Solomon was hired by the United States Information Agency to organize the United States contribution to the Canadian World Exhibition in Montreal, known as Expo '67. His stunning American Painting Now installation placed large scale paintings by twenty-three artists, including Jim Dine, Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Barnett Newman, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg, and James Rosenquist, inside Buckminster Fuller's twenty-story Biosphere of Montreal.

Other important exhibitions organized by Solomon included Andy Warhol (1966) at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, which was only the second of two exhibitions dedicated to the artist; Dine-Oldenburg-Segal (1967) at the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery; and Young Italians (1968) at the Institute of Contemporary Art.

Solomon was also interested in contemporary theater and organized the First New York Theater Rally with Steve Paxton in 1965, a series of performances which combined new dance and a revival of the Happenings of the early 1960s, in which Claes Oldenburg, Jim Dine and others were involved.

Following a six-week appointment as a senior lecturer at the University of California, Irvine, in spring 1968, Solomon became chairman of the University's art department and director of the art gallery. His last exhibition, Painting in New York, 1944-1969 (1969-1970), was held at the Pasadena Art Museum and closed in January 1970, just a few weeks before Solomon's sudden death at the age of forty-nine.
Provenance:
The Leo Castelli Gallery served as executor of Solomon's estate, and donated his papers to the Archives of American Art in 1974 and 2007.
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.
Rights:
The Alan R. Solomon 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:
Abstract expressionism  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Art historians -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art -- Economic aspects  Search this
Art -- History -- Study and teaching  Search this
Performance art  Search this
Art, Abstract -- United States  Search this
Art -- Exhibitions  Search this
Art -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Authors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Sculptors  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Educators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Curators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Theater  Search this
Pop art  Search this
Museum directors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Drawings
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Citation:
Alan R. Solomon papers, 1907-1970, bulk 1944-1970. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.soloalan
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Alan R. Solomon papers
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Archives of American Art
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ead_collection:sova-aaa-soloalan
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The reflective museum practitioner : expanding practice in science museums edited by Laura W. Martin, Lynn Uyen Tran, and Doris Ash

Editor:
Martin, Laura M. W  Search this
Tran, Lynn Uyen  Search this
Ash, Doris  Search this
Author:
ProQuest (Firm)  Search this
Physical description:
1 online resource (169 pages)
Type:
Electronic resources
Date:
2019
Topic:
Science museums--Educational aspects  Search this
Call number:
Q105.A1 .R445 2019 (Internet)
Restrictions & Rights:
1-user
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1118523

Working with young children in museums : weaving theory and practice edited by Abigail Hackett, Rachel Holmes and Christina MacRae

Editor:
Hackett, Abigail 1980-  Search this
Holmes, Rachel (Rachel D.)  Search this
MacRae, Christina  Search this
Author:
ProQuest (Firm)  Search this
Physical description:
1 online resource (223 pages)
Type:
Electronic resources
Date:
2020
Topic:
Museums--Educational aspects  Search this
Museums and children  Search this
Call number:
AM7 .W675 2020 (Internet)
Restrictions & Rights:
1-user
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1118528

Research informing the practice of museum educators : diverse audiences, challenging topics, and reflective praxis / edited by David Anderson, Alex de Cosson and Lisa McIntosh

Editor:
Anderson, David  Search this
Cosson, Alex de  Search this
McIntosh, Lisa  Search this
Author:
ProQuest (Firm)  Search this
Physical description:
1 online resource (262 pages) : illustrations
Type:
Electronic resources
Date:
2015
Topic:
Museums--Educational aspects  Search this
Museums--Study and teaching  Search this
Museum visitors--Education  Search this
Call number:
AM7 .R474 2015 (Internet)
Restrictions & Rights:
1-user
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1107928

Natural history dioramas - traditional exhibits for current educational themes : science educational aspects / Annette Scheersoi, Sue Dale Tunnicliffe, editors

Editor:
Scheersoi, Annette  Search this
Tunnicliffe, Sue Dale  Search this
Author:
ProQuest (Firm)  Search this
Physical description:
1 online resource (218 pages) : illustrations
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2019
Topic:
Natural history museums  Search this
Call number:
QH70.A1 .N388 2019 (Internet)
Restrictions & Rights:
1-user.
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1107933

Interpreting religion at museums and historic sites / edited by Gretchen Buggeln and Barbara Franco

Editor:
Buggeln, Gretchen Townsend  Search this
Franco, Barbara 1945-  Search this
Physical description:
xvi, 223 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
2018
Topic:
Religion--Museums  Search this
Religions--Museums  Search this
Museums--Educational aspects  Search this
Historic sites--Interpretive programs  Search this
Religion  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1104438

Academics, artists, and museums : 21st-century partnerships / edited by Irina D. Costache and Clare Kunny

Editor:
Costache, Irina Dana  Search this
Kunny, Clare  Search this
Author:
ProQuest (Firm)  Search this
Physical description:
1 online resource (232 pages)
Type:
Electronic resources
Date:
2019
Topic:
Art museums--Educational aspects  Search this
Museums and schools  Search this
Call number:
N430 .A29 2018 (Internet)
Restrictions & Rights:
1-user.
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1105273

Learning from museums / John H. Falk and Lynn D. Dierking

Author:
Falk, John H (John Howard) 1948-  Search this
Dierking, Lynn D (Lynn Diane) 1956-  Search this
Author:
ProQuest (Firm)  Search this
Physical description:
1 online resource (295 pages)
Type:
Electronic resources
Date:
2018
Topic:
Museums--Educational aspects  Search this
Museum visitors  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Experiential learning  Search this
Active learning  Search this
Non-formal education  Search this
Call number:
AM7 .F355 2018 (Internet)
Restrictions & Rights:
3-users.
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1105275

Museum activism / edited by Robert R. Janes and Richard Sandell

Editor:
Janes, Robert R. 1948-  Search this
Sandell, Richard 1967-  Search this
Physical description:
xxx, 405 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color] ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2019
Topic:
Museums--Social aspects  Search this
Museums--Political aspects  Search this
Museums--Educational aspects  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Social justice  Search this
Social influence  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1106407

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