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Louis Bunce papers

Creator:
Bunce, Louis, 1907-1983  Search this
Names:
Fountain Gallery of Art  Search this
KOIN-TV (Television station : Portland, Or.)  Search this
Metropolitan Arts Commission (Portland, Or.)  Search this
Oregon Historical Society  Search this
Portland Center for the Visual Arts  Search this
Portland Museum School -- Faculty  Search this
Bunce, Edna  Search this
Bunce, Gloria  Search this
Griffin, Rachael  Search this
Hammack, John  Search this
Judd, Sally  Search this
Pollock, Jackson, 1912-1956  Search this
Russell, Pee Wee  Search this
Weber, Max, 1881-1961  Search this
Wells, Wendy  Search this
Extent:
9.1 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Interviews
Sound recordings
Sketches
Photographs
Sketchbooks
Video recordings
Transcripts
Scrapbooks
Date:
1890s-1983
Summary:
The papers of Portland, Oregon painter, printmaker, and educator Louis Bunce (1907-1983) measure 9.1 linear feet and date from the 1890s to 1983. Found are biographical materials, correspondence, writings and notes, interviews and interview transcripts, organizational records, personal business records, printed materials, nine scrapbooks, eighteen sketchbooks, artwork, and photographs. A few audiovisual recordings are scattered throughout series.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of Portland, Oregon painter, printmaker, and educator Louis Bunce (1907-1983) measure 9.1 linear feet and date from the 1890s to 1983. Found are biographical materials, correspondence, writings and notes, interviews and interview transcripts, organizational records, personal business records, printed materials, nine scrapbooks, eighteen sketchbooks, artwork, and photographs. A few audiovisual recordings are scattered throughout series.

Biographical materials include address and appointment books, awards, life documents, resumes, and Bunce family genealogical records. There is a video recording of Bunce's retirement party from the Portland Museum School and of Bunce hanging his artwork for a show at the Fountain Gallery.

Bunce's correspondence is with his wives, Eda and Gloria, family, friends, fellow artists, and galleries and institutions. Notable correspondents include Jackson Pollock, Pee Wee Russell, and Max Weber. Writings and notes by Bunce include a notebook containing sales information, lists of works of art, sketches, and artist's statements. There are also autobiographical sketches and a video recording of a 1961 television show hosted by Bunce entitled "The Jazz Arts" depicting Bunce painting while jazz musicians perform. There are a few writings about Bunce by others.

There are two recorded interviews and three transcripts of interviews with Bunce conducted by Rachel Griffin, Wendy Wells of the Fountain Gallery, the Oregon Historical Society, KOIN TV, and an art student.

Organizational records document Louis Bunce's association with the Portland Center for the Visual Arts and the Portland Building Public Art Selection Committee of the Metropolitan Arts Commission. Personal business records include agreements and contracts, including an agreement with Sally Judd to form a gallery, consignment records, income and sales records, price lists and inventories (see also series 3 for a notebook containing lists of artwork and sales information), and personal legal documents. Printed materials consist of bulletins, clippings, and exhibition catalogs and announcements. There is also a video recording of a broadcast of KGW-TV depicting Bunce painting an outdoor mural.

Nine mixed media scrapbooks contain sketches, notes, printed material, photographs, correspondence, project proposals, writings, notes, addresses, receipts and sales records. Many of the scrapbooks contain artwork drawn directly onto the paper while some have artwork pasted into the pages. Eighteen sketchbooks of Bunce depict abstract drawings, figures, portraits, landscapes, and street scenes in pencil, pen and watercolor. Also found is a Valentine's Day-themed flipbook by Bunce and unidentified sketches likely by John Hammack and others.

Photographs are of Bunce, Bunce's family, Bunce at events, Bunce with his art, and Bunce at work in his studio. Also found are photographs of travel, stills of footage used on KOIN-TV, works of art, and exhibitions.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 11 series.

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1902-1983 (Box 1, 13; 0.7 linear feet)

Series 2: Correspondence, circa 1916-1983 (Box 1-3; 1.7 linear feet)

Series 3: Writings and Notes, 1940-1970s (Box 3; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 4: Interviews and Interview Transcripts, 1955-1982 (Box 3; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 5: Organizational Records, 1970s-1983 (Box 3; 0.1 linear feet)

Series 6: Personal Business Records, 1948-1983 (Box 3-4; 0.8 linear feet)

Series 7: Printed Material, 1930s-1980s (Box 4-6, 13; 1.7 linear feet)

Series 8: Scrapbooks, 1941-1982 (Box 6, 9-10; 1.0 linear feet)

Series 9: Sketchbooks, 1940-1960s (Box 6-7, 11; 1.2 linear feet)

Series 10: Artwork, circa 1944-1979 (Box 7, 13-15; 0.6 linear feet)

Series 11: Photographs, 1890s-1981 (Box 7-8, 12; 0.9 linear feet)
Biographical / Historical:
Louis Bunce (1907-1983) was a painter, printmaker, and educator active in Portland, Oregon. His modernist style influenced many artists in the Pacific Northwest.

Born in Wyoming in 1907, Bunce began his art education at the Museum Art School in Portland Oregon in 1925. After two years, he moved to New York City to study at the Art Students League. During the great Depression, Bunce returned to Oregon and worked for the federal WPA Section of Painting and Sculpture. He painted murals for post offices in Portland (St. Johns neighborhood), and Grants Pass. Bunce moved back to New York in 1940, where he continued working as a WPA mural and easel painter, and befriended fellow artists Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Robert Motherwell, Franz Kline, and other American modernists.

A prominent member of the arts scene of Portland, Bunce taught at the Museum Art School (now the Pacific Northwest College of Art) from 1946 until 1972. In 1949, he and his wife Gloria opened the Kharouba Gallery, the first art gallery in Portland to show modernist, avant-garde, and experimental art. In 1958, Bunce's abstract mural for the Portland International Airport created some controversy over its modernist style. The mural can still be seen in the airport.

Bunce married twice, to Eda Hult and Gloria Scott. With Eda, he had a son, Jon Bunce. Louis Bunce died in Portland, Oregon in 1983 from an aneurysm.
Related Materials:
Also in the Archives of American Art are two oral history interviews with Bunce, one conducted on October 29, 1965 by Dorothy Bestor and a second conducted on December 3-13, 1982 by Rachel Rosenfield, for the Archives of American Art's Northwest Oral History Project
Provenance:
The Louis Bunce papers were donated by the artist's son, Jon Bunce in 1984.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advanced notice.
Rights:
The Louis Bunce 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 -- Oregon -- Portland  Search this
Printmakers -- Oregon  Search this
Educators -- Oregon  Search this
Topic:
Artists' studios -- Photographs  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Sketches
Photographs
Sketchbooks
Video recordings
Transcripts
Scrapbooks
Citation:
Louis Bunce papers, 1890s-1983. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.buncloui
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Louis Bunce papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-buncloui

Rosenquist, James - Portland Center for the Visual Arts (October-November)

Collection Creator:
Leo Castelli Gallery  Search this
Container:
Box 55, Folder 89
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1973
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Leo Castelli Gallery 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.
Collection Citation:
Leo Castelli Gallery records, circa 1880-2000, bulk 1957-1999. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Leo Castelli Gallery records
Leo Castelli Gallery records / Series 3: Exhibition Files / 3.6: Solo Shows, Other Galleries
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-leocast-ref10983

Portland Center for the Visual Arts

Collection Creator:
Leo Castelli Gallery  Search this
Container:
Box 17, Folder 14
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1973-1980
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Leo Castelli Gallery 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.
Collection Citation:
Leo Castelli Gallery records, circa 1880-2000, bulk 1957-1999. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Leo Castelli Gallery records
Leo Castelli Gallery records / Series 1: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-leocast-ref8925

Portland Center for the Visual Arts

Collection Creator:
Bunce, Louis, 1907-1983  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 18
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1970s-1983
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advanced notice.
Collection Rights:
The Louis Bunce 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.
Collection Citation:
Louis Bunce papers, 1890s-1983. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Louis Bunce papers
Louis Bunce papers / Series 5: Organizational Records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-buncloui-ref55

Organizational Records

Collection Creator:
Bunce, Louis, 1907-1983  Search this
Extent:
0.1 Linear feet (Box 3)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1970s-1983
Scope and Contents:
Found here are files regarding Bunce's involvement in the Portland Center for the Visual Arts and the Metropolitan Arts Commission, including records about the selection of the sculpture Portlandia.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advanced notice.
Collection Rights:
The Louis Bunce 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.
Collection Citation:
Louis Bunce papers, 1890s-1983. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.buncloui, Series 5
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Louis Bunce papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-buncloui-ref6

Portland Center for the Visual Arts

Collection Creator:
Lippard, Lucy R.  Search this
Container:
Box 15, Folder 41
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1970s
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
The Lucy R. Lippard 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.
Collection Citation:
Lucy R. Lippard papers, 1930s-2007, bulk 1960s-1990s. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Lucy R. Lippard papers
Lucy R. Lippard papers / Series 2: Correspondence / 2.1: Correspondence by Name
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-lipplucy-ref1857

Portland Center for the Visual Arts

Collection Creator:
Waddell Gallery  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 131
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1973
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection Rights:
The Waddell Gallery 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.
Collection Citation:
Waddell Gallery records, 1961-1978. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Waddell Gallery records
Waddell Gallery records / Series 2: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-waddgall-ref141

The Portland Center for the Visual Arts, Portland OR

Collection Creator:
National Endowment for the Arts, Visual Arts Program  Search this
Container:
Box 12, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1972-1973
Collection Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Researchers interested in accessing audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
National Endowment for the Arts, Visual Arts Program selected records, 1970-1980. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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National Endowment for the Arts, Visual Arts Program selected records
National Endowment for the Arts, Visual Arts Program selected records / Series 1: Art Organization Files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-natiendo-ref254

Printed Material

Collection Creator:
Scarpitta, Salvatore, 1919-2007  Search this
Extent:
0.4 Linear feet (Box 1)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1934-2000
Scope and Contents:
Printed materials include magazine and newsletter clippings related to Scarpitta, exhibition materials from specific museums and galleries such as the Leo Castelli Gallery and the Portland Center for the Visual Arts, exhibition catalogs and press releases, and miscellaneous materials, such as school yearbooks. Some of the material is in Italian.
Collection Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Researchers interested in accessing born-digital records or audio visual recordings in this collection must use access copies. Contact References Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Salvatore Scarpitta papers, 1934-2012. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.scarsalv, Series 3
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Salvatore Scarpitta papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-scarsalv-ref15

Exhibition Materials, Portland Center for the Visual Arts

Collection Creator:
Scarpitta, Salvatore, 1919-2007  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 22
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1979
Collection Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Researchers interested in accessing born-digital records or audio visual recordings in this collection must use access copies. Contact References Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Salvatore Scarpitta papers, 1934-2012. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Salvatore Scarpitta papers
Salvatore Scarpitta papers / Series 3: Printed Material
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-scarsalv-ref21

Portable Gallery - Portland State University

Collection Creator:
Tworkov, Jack  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 63
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1961-1978
Scope and Contents note:
Portable Gallery

Porter, Katherine

Portland Art Museum

Portland Center for the Visual Arts

Portland State University
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Jack Tworkov 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.
Collection Citation:
Jack Tworkov papers, 1926-1993. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Jack Tworkov papers
Jack Tworkov papers / Series 2: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-tworjack2-ref326

Portland Center for the Visual Arts

Collection Creator:
Stella, Frank  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 23
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1973-1974
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Use requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Frank Stella 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.
Collection Citation:
Frank Stella papers, 1941-1993, bulk 1978-1989. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Frank Stella papers
Frank Stella papers / Series 1: Correspondence / 1.4: Institutions and Organizations
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-stelfran-ref146

Louis Bunce papers, 1890s-1983

Creator:
Bunce, Louis, 1907-1983  Search this
Subject:
Bunce, Gloria  Search this
Griffin, Rachael  Search this
Hammack, John  Search this
Judd, Sally  Search this
Pollock, Jackson  Search this
Russell, Pee Wee  Search this
Wells, Wendy  Search this
Weber, Max  Search this
Bunce, Edna  Search this
Portland Center for the Visual Arts  Search this
Portland Museum School  Search this
Fountain Gallery of Art  Search this
Metropolitan Arts Commission  Search this
Oregon Historical Society  Search this
KOIN-TV  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Sketches
Photographs
Sketchbooks
Video recordings
Transcripts
Scrapbooks
Topic:
Artists' studios -- Photographs  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7626
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209789
AAA_collcode_buncloui
Theme:
Sketches & Sketchbooks
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209789
Online Media:

Portland Center for the Visual Arts [Folder]

Contents:
Folder(s) may include exhibition announcements, newspaper and/or magazine clippings, press releases, brochures, reviews, invitations, illustrations, resumes, artist's statements, exhibition catalogs.
Place:
Portland (Or.)
Topic:
Art Organizations  Search this
Location:
Art & Artist files at the Smithsonian American Art Museum/ National Portrait Gallery Library
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILAF_103717

Sol Lewitt wall drawings : seventeen squares of eight feet with sixteen lines and one arc, Sept. 16-Oct. 14, 1973

Author:
LeWitt, Sol 1928-2007  Search this
Portland Center for the Visual Arts  Search this
Subject:
LeWitt, Sol 1928-2007  Search this
Physical description:
[16] p. : ill., plans ; 22 cm
Type:
Specimens
Exhibitions
Artists' books (books)
Smithsonian Libraries artists' books
Date:
1973
1973?]
Topic:
Artists' books  Search this
Geometrical drawing  Search this
Call number:
N7433.4.L48 A4 1973
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_635934

144 blocks & stones : [exhibition] Portland, Ore., Portland Center for the Visual Arts, February 11-March 11, 1973 / Carl Andre

Author:
Andre, Carl 1935-  Search this
Smithson, Robert  Search this
Portland Center for the Visual Arts  Search this
Subject:
Andre, Carl 1935-  Search this
Physical description:
[36] p. : all ill. ; 21 cm
Type:
Specimens
Artists' books (books)
Smithsonian Libraries artists' books
Date:
1973
C1973
Topic:
Artists' books  Search this
Call number:
NB237.A53 A4 1973
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_652671

Under currents : an exhibition of West Coast artists / curated by Laura Ross-Paul, catalog essay by Peter Frank

Author:
Frank, Peter 1950-  Search this
Ross-Paul, Laura  Search this
Portland Center for the Visual Arts  Search this
Physical description:
[20] p. : ill., ports. ; 18 x 22 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
West (U.S.)
Date:
1987
20th century
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Call number:
N6525 .U53
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_636306

Nature, ritual and sensuous art from the Northwest / an exhibition selected by Lucy R. Lippard for the Portland Center for the Visual Arts, Portland, Oregon, September 26, through October 30, 1976

Author:
Lippard, Lucy R  Search this
Portland Center for the Visual Arts  Search this
Physical description:
[54] leaves : ill. ; 12 x 20 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Northwestern States
Date:
1976
1976?]
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Call number:
N6526 .L56
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_637383

Jackie Winsor/Sculpture

Author:
Contemporary Arts Center (Cincinnati, Ohio)  Search this
Winsor, Jackie 1941-  Search this
Physical description:
44 p. ill. (part. col.)
Type:
Books
Date:
1976
1976]
Call number:
NB.237.W55.A4.1976
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_639973

Twenty seven installations

Author:
O'Doherty, Brian  Search this
Portland Center for the Visual Arts  Search this
Oregon Art Institute  Search this
Physical description:
[64] p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
1989
20th century
Topic:
Installations (Art)  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Call number:
N6512.5.I56 T97 1989
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_470720

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