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Giulio V. Blanc papers

Creator:
Blanc, Giulio V.  Search this
Names:
Cuban Museum of Arts and Culture (Miami, Fla.)  Search this
Brito, Maria, 1947-  Search this
Cano, Margarita, 1932-  Search this
Cano, Pablo  Search this
Carreño, Mario  Search this
Carulla, Ramón, 1938-  Search this
Demi, 1955-  Search this
Garcia, Hernan, 1935-  Search this
Gattorno, Antonio  Search this
Gaztelu, A. (Angel)  Search this
Goldman, Shifra M., 1926-2011  Search this
Gómez-Peña, Guillermo  Search this
Lam, Wifredo  Search this
Larraz, Julio  Search this
Libin, Victoria  Search this
Macia, Carlos A., 1951-1994  Search this
Martínez-Cañas, María  Search this
Riverón, Enrique  Search this
Rodríguez, Arturo, 1956-  Search this
Sánchez, Juan, 1954-  Search this
Sí, Juan  Search this
Trasobares, César  Search this
Vater, Regina  Search this
Vázquez Lucio, Oscar E. (Oscar Edgardo), 1932-  Search this
Interviewee:
Cabrera, Lydia  Search this
Gómez Sicre, José  Search this
Extent:
11 Linear feet
0.001 Gigabytes
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Gigabytes
Sound recordings
Date:
1920-1995
Summary:
The dates for the Giulio V. Blanc papers range from 1920-1995. Measuring a total of eleven linear feet and 0.001 GB, the collection provides documentation of the art exhibitions Blanc curated during his career, including original writings and exhibition catalogs. The extensive artists files in the collection provide information on numerous Latin American and Caribbean artists. The collection also provides historical information on the life and culture of Cuba.
Scope and Content Note:
The Giulio V. Blanc papers measure approximately 11 linear feet and 0.001 GB and date from 1920 to 1995. Compiled by Blanc since the beginning of his curatorial, writing, and research career in the 1980s, the papers consist primarily of artist files on Cuban, Cuban-American, and Latin American artists (1920-1995 and undated). Also found is biographical information (1994-1995), interviews by Blanc (1984-1987, 1994) and miscellaneous letters from artists and friends (1983-1995 and undated).

The first series, Biographical Files, 1994-1995 includes information about Blanc's career. Series 2: Miscellaneous Letters, 1983-1995, undated, consists of letters from artists and friends on various topics. Series 3: Artist Files, 1920-1995, undated, represents the bulk of the collection (approximately 300 artists in all, 6 linear feet), and contain materials either collected by Blanc or received by Blanc from the artists themselves. These consist of biographical material about the artist, usually two or three paragraphs written by Blanc, scattered resumes and copies of fellowship applications. Also found are newspaper clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs, and letters or correspondence between Blanc and the artists. Of special interest in this series are numerous taped interviews with celebrated Cuban artists and art historians such as José Gómez Sícre, founder and first director of the Art Museum of the Americas, Organization of American States. Gómez-Sícre describes his early career and involvement with acquisitions for the museum's permanent collection as well as his working relationship with Alfred H. Barr, first director of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Gómez-Sícre's notable book, Pintura Cubana de Hoy, published in Havana in 1944 is included in the files.

Elena Peláez de Medero, another interviewee, discusses her sister, Cuban painter Amelia Peláez (1896-1968). Blanc interviewed Elena Peláez in Miami for his 1988 exhibition Amelia Peláez: A Retrospective. The Peláez file includes Blanc's correspondence with her as well as copies of rare 1930s and 1940s exhibition catalogs from Amelia Peláez's early career. Among the catalogs is a copy of Modern Cuban Painters from the 1944 exhibition held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Also found are rare French, German and Spanish newspaper clippings on Peláez dating back to the 1920s. Of interest is a copy of Amado Blanco's 1937 poetry book, Poema desesperado. Published in Havana, the book is dedicated to the memory of Federico García Lorca and includes illustrations by Peláez.

Another prominent artist whom Blanc interviewed was Enrique Riverón (b. 1901) leader of the Cuban vanguardia. He was a member of El Grupo de Montparnasse, a talented group of painters and writers living in the southern district of Paris in the late 1920s, an area noted for its boisterous after-hour activities. The interview was published in the Journal of Decorative and Propaganda Arts in 1997. Also found in the papers are illustrated letters and greeting cards addressed to Blanc and his parents, Baron Lodovico Blanc and María V. Blanc.

Series 4: Exhibition Files, 1977-1995, undated, consists primarily of material Blanc compiled for exhibitions he curated. Found here are letters from museum directors, artists and colleagues, drafts and finished essays for exhibition catalogs, and printed material such as newspaper clippings of art reviews. This series also includes files on exhibitions Blanc did not curate.

Series 5: Subject Files, 1933-1995, undated, are files relating to Cuban art, culture, and society, the Cuban revolution, book projects, Biennials in Havana and São Paulo, the 1988 controversy surrounding the Cuban Museum of Arts and Culture (Miami, FL) and other topics. Found are letters, drafts of writings, notes, printed material such as newspaper clippings and magazine articles, press releases, and exhibition announcements.

Particularly extensive is the documentation about the 1980s conflict at the Cuban Museum of Arts and Culture. In April 1988, a fund-raising auction at the 24-year-old 'little Havana' institution resulted in heated disputes that escalated to violence. The works auctioned were by Cuban artists still living on the island. Many in Miami's Cuban community considered these artists to be supporters of the Communist regime and were outraged. One of the disputed works purchased the night of the auction, a drawing by Manuel Mendive, was taken across the street by its successful bidder and burned. In addition, the museum building was damaged by a pipe bomb shortly after the sale. In the National Public Radio news story (available in Blanc's papers on audio cassette) Helen Kohen, critic for the Miami Herald commented, "We're not talking about paintings. We're talking about `my brother's in jail'. That's what we're talking about." The situation intensified quickly; transcending local politics and involving the Treasury and Justice Departments, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Sotheby's and Christie's auction houses. Ramón Cernuda, the museum vice-president who organized the auction also had his personal collection of Cuban art impounded by the FBI. A second bombing took place in 1989 to protest an exhibition of Cuban artists who came to the U. S. during the early 1980s Mariel boatlift.

The seriousness of the conflicts in the Miami museum prompted the Museum of Modern Art in New York to withdraw an offer to lend three paintings to the Cuban museum for the 1988 exhibition Amelia Peláez: A Retrospective scheduled to open later that year. Curated by Giulio Blanc, it was the first U.S. retrospective of this important Cuban artist and the exhibition helped situate her work. The Cuban Museum of Art in Daytona Beach, an institution that helped start the Miami museum, also withdrew an offer to lend "Amelias". The result was an exhibition devoid of works owned by the Museum of Modern Art, important paintings created after 1963, the year President Kennedy imposed economic sanctions on Cuba.

To publicize the Peláez exhibition and boost attendance, the museum placed a public invitation in the Spanish section of the Miami Herald. The half page ad, also found in the Blanc papers, lists more than 100 intellectuals and professionals who supported the exhibition. Blanc stated in a letter to the Miami Herald, "It is horrifying to think there are those in Miami who would burn a painting for the sake of politics. This was the same reasoning utilized by Joseph Goebbels when he made bonfires of books and paintings by anti-Nazi and `degenerate' artists and writers in 1930s Germany... One can only pity the ignorance of those who play into the hands of the Castro regime by resorting to uncivilized tactics that can only hurt the image of the Cuban-exile community and of Miami in general."

The files concerning the Cuban Museum of Arts and Culture contain exhibition announcements, copies of court orders, press releases and correspondence between Blanc and the Museum of Modern Art in New York regarding the museum and the Peláez exhibition. Also included are a great number of newspaper articles printed in two of Miami's major newspapers, the Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald which covered the story until it was resolved in the early 1990s. Offering additional information on the controversy are a number of letters addressed to either Blanc or his parents from artists and friends expressing either discontent with the museum's state of affairs or gratitude for the Blanc's financial support during the museum's reconstruction. These provide remarkable insight into a relatively heterogeneous Cuban community.

Series 6: Sound Recordings, 1992, 1994 consists of two untranscribed audio cassette tapes. One is of the 1992 College Art Association's session: Artistic Voices of Latin America: The Aesthetics of Anti-Colonialism held in Chicago, Illinois in which Giulio V. Blanc was a panelist. The other is a rare 1994 interview conducted by Blanc with poet-priest Monseñor Angel Gaztelu, a friend of many Cuban writers and artists, and who presided over Peláez's funeral service in 1968.

The last series, Series 7: Photographs, 1981-1993, undated, includes black and whiteportraits of artists, group shots of Blanc with "Miami Generation" artists María Brito, Pablo Cano, María Martínez-Cañas, Carlos Macía, Arturo Rodríguez, and César Trasobares, and photos of other artists.
Arrangement:
The Giulio V. Blanc papers are arranged into seven series primarily according to type of material. Within each series, materials are arranged chronologically, except for Artist Files and Subject Files which are arranged alphabetically by either name or subject.

Missing Title

Series 1: Biographical Files, 1994-1995, undated (box 1; 3 folders)

Series 2: Miscellaneous Letters, 1983-1995, undated (box 1; 3 folders)

Series 3: Artist Files, 1920-1995, undated (boxes 1-8, ER01; 6 linear ft., 0.001 GB)

Series 4: Exhibition Files, 1977-1995, undated (box 8; 1 linear foot)

Series 5: Subject Files, 1933-1995, undated (boxes 8-12; 2.5 linear feet)

Series 6: Untranscribed Sound Recordings, 1992-1994 (box 12; 2 folders)

Series 7: Photographs, 1981, 1993, undated (box 12; 2 folders)
Biographical Note:
Cuban born independent curator, critic, art historian and consultant Giulio V. Blanc (1955-1995) specialized in Cuban and Latin American art history and in his lifetime collected a wealth of material on the subject. Through his numerous exhibitions and keen articles appearing in national and international art journals, Blanc became a leading authority on Latin American art and successfully established himself as a link between Cuban and Cuban-American artists and US galleries and museums. The Miami Generation (1983) and Amelia Peláez: A Retrospective (1988) are two significant exhibitions Blanc curated for Miami's Cuban Museum of Arts and Culture in addition to the celebrated Wifredo Lam and His Contemporaries, 1938-1952 (1992) for New York's Studio Museum in Harlem. Giulio V. Blanc was among the key figures that catapulted Latin American art onto the mainstream in the early 1980s.

Giulio V. Blanc was born in Havana in 1955 to Baron Lodovico Blanc and María V. Blanc. The Blanc name hails from Italy and the title of Baron was awarded to Alberto Blanc, Lodovico Blanc's grandfather, while he was Secretary of State in 1873 under Victor Emmanuel II of Italy. As young advocates of Cuban culture, the Blanc's collected a number of paintings by Cuban artists but were forced to leave behind the works of Cuban masters such as Carlos Enríquez, Victor Manuel, René Portocarrero, Fidelio Ponce and others to facilitate an uncomplicated exodus from the country during the revolution. Lodovico and María were in their thirties and Giulio was five years old when the family settled in Miami.

Giulio Blanc completed his undergraduate education at Harvard and proceeded to Brown University and the Institute of Fine Arts in New York for graduate work (1979-1980). During his career, he served as an independent curator and consultant to The Cuban Museum of Arts and Culture (Miami), The Metropolitan Museum (Miami), and The Museum of Contemporary Hispanic Art (New York) among others. He also lectured on Latin American art history at the Art Museum of the Americas, OAS (Organization of American States), Washington, DC, The University of Miami, and El Museo Nacional de Arte in La Paz, Bolivia. In addition, he worked as a consultant in the Latin American Paintings Department at Sotheby's auction house in New York and served on the editorial board of the magazine Art Nexus. Blanc was pursuing a doctoral degree in art history at the City University of New York before his premature death in 1995 at the age of thirty-nine.

Missing Title

1955 -- Born November 1 in Havana, Cuba to Baron Lodovico and Baroness María V. Blanc, young collectors of Cuban art. The title of Baron was awarded to Alberto Blanc, Lodovico Blanc's grandfather, in 1873 while Alberto was Secretary of State under Victor Emmanuel II of Italy.

1960 -- The Blanc family migrates to the United States because of the escalating revolution. Lodovico and Maria V. Blanc are in their thirties when they flee the island. The works of Cuban painters such as Carlos Enríquez, Victor Manuel, René Portocarrero, Fidelio Ponce and others were left behind to facilitate an uncomplicated exodus.

1976 -- Giulio V. Blanc serves as research assistant for one year at the Tozzer Library, Peabody Museum, Harvard University.

1977 -- Graduates cum laude from Harvard College with a B.A. in Archeology.

1979 -- Graduates from Brown University with a M.A. in Archeology. Was a research assistant until 1980 at the Gallery of the Center for Inter-American Relations, New York city.

1980 -- Receives a certificate in Museum Studies from the Graduate School of Arts and Science, New York University. Curates Emilio Sánchez: Lithographs which opens at the Pagoda, Ransom-Everglades School, Coconut Grove, Florida. Co-curates Cuba in the Nineteenth Century for Miami's Miami-Dade Public Library.

1981 -- Joins the Latin American Paintings Department, Sotheby's Auction House, New York and serves for two years.

1982 -- Co-curates Young Hispanics, USA which opens at the Lehigh University Museum, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and curates Ten Out of Cuba for INTAR Latin American Gallery in New York.

1983 -- Curates Cuban Fantasies at the Kouros Gallery in New York and Pablo Cano en Paris for the 4 Place de Saussaies in Paris, France. Also curates The Miami Generation: Nine Cuban-American Artists for the Cuban Museum of Arts and Culture in Miami and the Meridian House in Washington, DC.

1984 -- Serves as independent curator and consultant to Miami's Metropolitan Museum and Art Center and The Cuban Museum of Arts and Culture; The Museum of Contemporary Hispanic Art in New York and other institutions. Lectures at the Art Museum of the Americas (Organization of American States) in Washington, DC; The University of Miami; The Cuban Museum of Arts and Culture (Miami); The Center for the Fine Arts (Miami); Rockland Center for the Arts (West Nyack, NY); and the National Museum of Art, La Paz, Bolivia. Curates Young Collector's of Latin American Art which opened at Miami's Metropolitan Museum and Art Center.

1985 -- Curates Dancing Faces: An Exhibition of Mexican Masks for the Metropolitan Museum and Art Center in Miami and Nuevas Vistas: Latin American Paintings which opens at the Wistariahurst, Holyoke, Massachusetts. Curates Architecture in Cuban Painting, for the Miami Dade Public Library.

1986 -- Receives and M.A. in Art History at New York University's Institute of Fine Arts. Curates Carlos Enríquez for the Cuban Museum of Arts and Culture, Miami, Florida and Into the Mainstream: Ten Latin American Artists Working in New York for the Jersey City Museum in Jersey City, New Jersey.

1987 -- The exhibition Aurelia Muñoz: Selections, curated by Blanc, opens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Miami, Florida. Serves as juror for Expresiones Hispanas: Coors National Hispanic Art Exhibition, Denver, Colorado. Curates Visions of Self: The American Latin Artist for the Miami-Dade Community College gallery.

1988 -- Receives a grant from the NY State Council on the Arts for research on Cuban artist Wifredo Lam for the exhibition at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York. Enrolls in the art history Ph.D. program at the City University Graduate Center, New York city. First bombing of the Cuban Museum of Arts and Culture in Miami takes place. Blanc's Amelia Peláez: A Retrospective successfully opens at the Cuban Museum of Arts and Culture despite much controversy.

1989 -- Curates Urgent Dream: New Work by Mario Bencomo at the Museum of Contemporary Hispanic Art (MoCHA), New York. Second bombing of the Cuban Museum of Arts and Culture, Miami FL.

1990 -- New York correspondent for Arte en Colombia, Bogota. Serves as adjunct lecturer at Queens College (CUNY) for the Fall semester. Curates the exhibition, The Post-Miami Generation for the Inter-American Gallery in Miami, Florida. Co-curates Figurative Perspectives: Six Artists of Latin American Background for the Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack, NY.

1991 -- Visiting scholar at University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Writes a small play, Tía Carmela: A Cuban Tragicomedy, illustrated by Cuban artist and friend Pablo Cano.

1995 -- Dies at the age of forty of AIDS related complications.
Related Materials:
Papers of Giulio V. Blanc, 1930-1982, are also located at the University of Miami Archival Collections.
Provenance:
Margherite Blanc, sister of Giulio V. Blanc, donated her brother's papers in 1998 to the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. This collection, along with numerous other Latino collections, was acquired through the 1996 Latino Art Documentation Project in South Florida. Initiated to chronicle the thriving art scene so apparent in the city's galleries, museums, and private collections, the project resulted in numerous acquisitions described in the revised edition of the Papers of Latino and Latin American Artists. Both the project and the publication were made possible, in part, with funding provided by the Smithsonian Institution's Center for Latino Initiatives.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Use requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington, D.C. research facility.
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.
Occupation:
Art historians -- Florida -- Miami  Search this
Topic:
Cuban American art  Search this
Art, Latin American  Search this
Artists -- Cuba  Search this
Cuban American artists  Search this
Latino and Latin American artists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Citation:
Giulio V. Blanc papers, 1920-1995. Smithsonian Institution. Archives of American Art.
Identifier:
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Archives of American Art
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ead_collection:sova-aaa-blangiul
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Demi and Arturo Rodríguez papers, circa 1957-2016

Creator:
Rodríguez, Arturo, 1956-  Search this
Demi, 1955-  Search this
Subject:
Goldman, Shifra M.  Search this
Hassold, Cris  Search this
Kohen, Helen L.  Search this
Verdecia, Carlos  Search this
Wojnarowicz, David  Search this
Type:
Drawings
Interviews
Sketchbooks
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Citation:
Demi and Arturo Rodríguez papers, circa 1957-2016. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
Cuban American artists  Search this
Latino and Latin American artists  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Theme:
Latino and Latin American  Search this
Sketches & Sketchbooks  Search this
Women  Search this
Lives of artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)5536
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216325
AAA_collcode_rodrartu
Theme:
Latino and Latin American
Sketches & Sketchbooks
Women
Lives of artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_216325
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Alejandro Anreus and Arturo Rodríguez Momento Mori manuscript, 2010

Creator:
Anreus, Alejandro, 1960-  Search this
Rodríguez, Arturo, 1956-  Search this
Citation:
Alejandro Anreus and Arturo Rodríguez Momento Mori manuscript, 2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Poets -- New Jersey -- Roselle Park  Search this
Cuban American artists  Search this
Latino and Latin American artists  Search this
Theme:
Latino and Latin American  Search this
Research and writing about art  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)21695
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)398493
AAA_collcode_anrealej
Theme:
Latino and Latin American
Research and writing about art
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_398493

Oral history interview with Arturo Rodríguez

Interviewee:
Rodríguez, Arturo, 1956-  Search this
Interviewer:
Martínez, Juan A.  Search this
Names:
De Kooning, Willem, 1904-1997  Search this
Extent:
63 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1997 November 14
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Arturo Rodríguez conducted 1997 November 14, by Juan A. Martínez, in Rodriquez's home/studio, Miami, Fla., for the Archives of American Art.
Rodriguez speaks of his birthplace, Ranchuelo, Cuba, his early interest in drawing, his move to Madrid at 16, and his self-directed art education. He discusses the intertwined relationship of literature, poetry, and music. He comments on Spanish realists such as Antonio Lopez Quintanilla and American expressionists Willem de Kooning and others. He also recalls his exhibitions and art collectors, particularly Judith and William Ladner. He describes his paintings as a combination of expressionism, realism, surrealism, abstraction, and a pessimistic vision of the human condition.
Biographical / Historical:
Arturo Rodríguez (1956- ) is a painter from Miami, Fla. Rodriguez is a self-taught artist born in Cuba. His wife is the painter, Demi.
General:
Originally recorded on 1 sound cassette. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 17 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.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Topic:
Artists -- Florida -- Miami -- Interviews  Search this
Expatriate artists -- Florida -- Miami -- Interviews  Search this
Artists -- Cuba -- Interviews  Search this
Cuban American artists  Search this
Hispanic American artists  Search this
Cuban American art  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Florida -- Miami  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.rodrig97
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9b113f4cd-5eff-4134-a012-6af0c155ab01
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-rodrig97
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Arturo Rodríguez, 1997 November 14

Interviewee:
Rodríguez, Arturo, 1956-  Search this
Interviewer:
Martínez, Juan A  Search this
Subject:
De Kooning, Willem  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Arturo Rodríguez, 1997 November 14. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Artists -- Florida -- Miami -- Interviews  Search this
Expatriate artists -- Florida -- Miami -- Interviews  Search this
Artists -- Cuba -- Interviews  Search this
Cuban American artists  Search this
Hispanic American artists  Search this
Cuban American art  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Florida -- Miami  Search this
Theme:
Latino and Latin American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13542
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216456
AAA_collcode_rodrig97
Theme:
Latino and Latin American
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_216456
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Demi

Interviewee:
Demi, 1955-  Search this
Interviewer:
Martínez, Juan A.  Search this
Names:
Rodríguez, Arturo, 1956-  Search this
Extent:
22 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1997 November 20
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Demi conducted 1997 November 20, by Juan A. Martínez, in Demi's home/studio, Miami, Florida, for the Archives of American Art.
Demi speaks of her birthplace, Camaguey, Cuba; the death of her father in 1960, and being sent to Puerto Rico in 1971; her move to New York, and arrival in Miami in 1978; her theater studies at Miami Dade Community College. She recalls an opening at the Meeting Point Gallery in Coral Gables in 1980, where she met her husband, painter Arturo Rodriguez. She talks about her first painting in 1984, the role Arturo plays in her life, her first exhibition at the Cuban Museum of Arts and Culture in 1987, and the importance of touching the human spirit.
Biographical / Historical:
Demi (1955- ) is a painter from Miami, Florida. Demi (who uses only her first name) is a self-taught artist born in Cuba. Her husband is the painter Arturo Rodriguez.
General:
Originally recorded on 1 sound cassette. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav file. Duration is 1 hr., 9 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.
Occupation:
Painters -- Florida -- Miami  Search this
Topic:
Latino and Latin American artists  Search this
Cuban American art  Search this
Cuban American artists  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Self-taught artists  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.demi97
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw90393fffb-da33-4aa6-8c10-79031b32cc0e
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-demi97
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Helen L. Kohen papers

Creator:
Kohen, Helen L.  Search this
Names:
Alexander, Jane  Search this
Alfonzo, Carlos, 1950-1991  Search this
Algaze, Mario Arturo, 1947-  Search this
Anthony, Carol  Search this
Bedia, José, 1959-  Search this
Blaine, Michael  Search this
Blazer, Wendy  Search this
Brito, Maria, 1947-  Search this
Cano, Margarita, 1932-  Search this
Cano, Pablo  Search this
Carulla, Ramón, 1938-  Search this
Castagliola, Maria E., 1946-  Search this
Corone, Matthew  Search this
Couper, James M., 1937-  Search this
Cubiles, Miguel  Search this
De Monte, Claudia, 1947-  Search this
Delehanty, Suzanne, 1944-  Search this
Demi, 1955-  Search this
Duval-Carrié, Edouard, 1954-  Search this
Eisenstaedt, Alfred  Search this
Fernández, Agustin, 1928-  Search this
Frohnmayer, John  Search this
García, Fernando A., 1945-  Search this
Gelfman, Lynn Golub  Search this
Gillman, Barbara Seitlin, 1937-  Search this
González, Juan, 1942-1993  Search this
Gottlieb-Roberts, Marilyn Patricia, 1939-  Search this
Gutierrez, M. (Marta)  Search this
Henderson, Shirley  Search this
Jones, Pat  Search this
Juarez, Roberto, 1952-  Search this
Kardin, Janet  Search this
Kuitca, Guillermo, 1961-  Search this
Lanza, Bianca  Search this
Leibovitz, Annie, 1949-  Search this
Marisol, 1930-2016  Search this
Morgan, Andrew Wesley, 1922-  Search this
Muñoz, Celia Alvarez, 1937-  Search this
Orr-Cahall, Christina, 1947-  Search this
Paik, Nam June, 1932-  Search this
Paparelli, Janet  Search this
Pellon, Gina  Search this
Riverón, Enrique  Search this
Riverón, Noella  Search this
Rodriguez, Vivian  Search this
Rodríguez, Arturo, 1956-  Search this
Rojo, Damian  Search this
Rubell, Jason  Search this
Rubio, Lydia, 1946-  Search this
Salinas, Baruj  Search this
Sanchez, Emilio, 1921-1999  Search this
Schaaf, William  Search this
Scharf, Kenny  Search this
Scull, Haydée  Search this
Scull, Sahara  Search this
Shapiro, Joel  Search this
Slobodkina, Esphyr, 1908-2002  Search this
Spitzer, David D.  Search this
Strasser, Barbara  Search this
Sullivan, G. L.  Search this
Trasobares, César  Search this
Valdez-Fauli, Dora  Search this
Extent:
1 Linear foot
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1978-1996
Summary:
The papers of Miami art critic Helen Kohen date from 1978 through 1996 and contain letters, postcards, exhibition announcements and invitations, and seventy-four untranscribed interviews of artists, dealers, and collectors in the Miami area.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of art historian and critic Helen L. Kohen measure one linear foot and date from 1976 through 1996. They consist primarily of letters, postcards, exhibition announcements and invitations from artists in the Miami area. Also found are eighty-two mini cassette tapes of seventy-four interviews Kohen conducted with art dealers, collectors, contemporary artists, and others in the Miami area as research and background for her newspaper column and other articles
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into five series:

Missing Title

Series 1: Correspondence, 1954, 1984-1993, undated (Box 1, 10 folders)

Series 2: Printed Material, 1979-1996, undated (Box 1, 3 folders)

Series 3: Photographs, 1969, 1974, 1980-1994 (Box 1, 1 folder)

Series 4: Miscellany, 1983-1992, undated (Box 1 , 1 folder)

Series 5: Taped Interviews, 1986-1996, undated (Box 1, 1 folder and 82 micro-cassettes)
Biographical Note:
Art historian and critic Helen L. Kohen has authored numerous articles on contemporary art focusing on the formation of the art culture in Miami since the early 1980s. Helen L. Kohen is art critic emeritus for the The Miami Herald newspaper in Miami, Florida.
Provenance:
Helen L. Kohen donated her papers to the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution in 1997.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Use requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington, D.C. research facility.
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.
Occupation:
Art critics -- Florida -- Miami  Search this
Topic:
Artists -- Haiti  Search this
Latino and Latin American artists  Search this
Women art critics  Search this
Cuban American artists  Search this
Artists -- Florida -- Miami -- Interviews  Search this
Artists -- Florida -- Miami  Search this
Art -- Florida -- Miami  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Citation:
Helen L. Kohen papers, 1978-1996. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.kohehele
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Helen L. Kohen papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9e19f1645-ef4e-4dee-a68c-7a8f32c62220
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-kohehele

Arturo Rodríguez to Helen L. Kohen

Creator:
Rodríguez, Arturo, 1956-  Search this
Kohen, Helen L.  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
ca. 1990
Citation:
Arturo Rodríguez. Arturo Rodríguez to Helen L. Kohen, ca. 1990. Helen L. Kohen papers, 1978-1996. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Hispanic American artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)1635
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Helen L. Kohen papers, 1978-1996
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_1635

Arturo Rodríguez Christmas card to Helen L. Kohen

Creator:
Rodríguez, Arturo, 1956-  Search this
Kohen, Helen L.  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
not before 1982
Citation:
Arturo Rodríguez. Arturo Rodríguez Christmas card to Helen L. Kohen, not before 1982. Helen L. Kohen papers, 1978-1996. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)1652
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Helen L. Kohen papers, 1978-1996
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_1652
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Arturo Rodríguez, Miami, Fla. to Helen L. Kohen, Miami, Fla.

Creator:
Rodríguez, Arturo, 1956-  Search this
Kohen, Helen L.  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
1993 Feb. 8
Citation:
Arturo Rodríguez. Arturo Rodríguez, Miami, Fla. to Helen L. Kohen, Miami, Fla., 1993 Feb. 8. Helen L. Kohen papers, 1978-1996. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Hispanic American artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)1658
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Helen L. Kohen papers, 1978-1996
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_1658
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Oral history interview with Arturo Rodríguez, 2020 August 26

Interviewee:
Rodríguez, Arturo, 1956-  Search this
Interviewer:
Gillespie, Benjamin, 1988-  Search this
Subject:
Pandemic Oral History Project  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Video recordings
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Arturo Rodríguez, 2020 August 26. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Pandemics  Search this
COVID-19 (Disease)  Search this
Latino and Latin American artists  Search this
Theme:
Latino and Latin American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)21960
AAA_collcode_rodrig20
Theme:
Latino and Latin American
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_21960

Passages : the paintings of Arturo Rodríguez / essays by Wendy M. Blazier, Donald Kuspit and Alejandro Anreus

Author:
Rodríguez, Arturo 1956-  Search this
Blazier, Wendy M  Search this
Kuspit, Donald B (Donald Burton) 1935-  Search this
Anreus, Alejandro  Search this
Boca Raton Museum of Art  Search this
Subject:
Rodríguez, Arturo 1956-  Search this
Physical description:
32 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
2002
C2002
Call number:
N40.1.R69163 B63 2002
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_719682

Oral history interview with Arturo Rodríguez

Interviewee:
Rodríguez, Arturo, 1956-  Search this
Interviewer:
Gillespie, Benjamin, 1988-  Search this
Names:
Pandemic Oral History Project  Search this
Extent:
1 Item ((23 min.), digital, mp4)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Interviews
Video recordings
Date:
2020 August 26
Scope and Contents:
An interview with Arturo Rodríguez conducted 2020 August 26, by Benjamin Gillespie, for the Archives of American Art's Pandemic Oral History Project at Rodríguez's home and studio in Miami, Florida.
Biographical / Historical:
Arturo Rodríguez (1956- ) is a Cuban born painter in Miami, Florida.
Related Materials:
The Archives of American Art also holds the papers of Demi and Arturo Rodríguez.
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.
Restrictions:
This interview is open for research.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its Oral History Program interviews available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. Quotation, reproduction and publication of the audio is governed by restrictions. If an interview has been transcribed, researchers must quote from the transcript. If an interview has not been transcribed, researchers must quote from the audio recording. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Occupation:
Painters -- Florida -- Miami  Search this
Topic:
Pandemics  Search this
COVID-19 (Disease)  Search this
Latino and Latin American artists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Video recordings
Identifier:
AAA.rodrig20
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9cb9cadc3-01ff-473f-9be3-2ab0bbb2eae0
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-rodrig20
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Alejandro Anreus and Arturo Rodríguez Momento Mori manuscript

Creator:
Anreus, Alejandro, 1960-  Search this
Rodríguez, Arturo, 1956-  Search this
Extent:
1 Item
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
2010
Scope and Contents:
An annotated manuscript with approximately 60 designs and drawings for the book of poetry, Memento Mori, a collaboration between Alejandro Anreus who wrote the poetry, and Arturo Rodríguez who provided illustrations.
Biographical / Historical:
Alejandro Anreus (1960- ) is a Cuban born poet, curator, art historian and educator in Roselle Park, New Jersey. Arturo Rodríguez (1956- ) is a Cuban born painter in Miami, Florida.
Provenance:
The collection was donated in 2019 by Alejandro Anreus.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Occupation:
Painters -- Florida -- Miami  Search this
Topic:
Poets -- New Jersey -- Roselle Park  Search this
Cuban American artists  Search this
Latino and Latin American artists  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.anrealej
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9649b402b-08dc-477c-b98d-adcd1a64a568
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-anrealej

Posters

Collection Creator:
Rodríguez, Arturo, 1956-  Search this
Demi, 1955-  Search this
Container:
Oversize 8
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
2001-2007
Collection Restrictions:
One folder of samples of payments for sales is ACCESS RESTRICTED; use requires written permission. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and born-digital records with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
Photograph of Demi by Ramon Guerrero: Authorization to publish, quote or reproduce requires written permission from Demi. Contact Reference Services for more information.
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:
Demi and Arturo Rodríguez papers, circa 1957-2016. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Demi and Arturo Rodríguez papers
Demi and Arturo Rodríguez papers / Series 7: Printed Material
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9ffb2e476-48d7-405f-8b37-c6423e10d78b
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-rodrartu-ref114

Rosie Urango Interview, Digital Photographs and Documents

Collection Creator:
Rodríguez, Arturo, 1956-  Search this
Demi, 1955-  Search this
Extent:
0.042 Gigabytes (33 computer files)
Container:
Carton ER02
Type:
Archival materials
Gigabytes
Date:
2006-2009
Collection Restrictions:
One folder of samples of payments for sales is ACCESS RESTRICTED; use requires written permission. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and born-digital records with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
Photograph of Demi by Ramon Guerrero: Authorization to publish, quote or reproduce requires written permission from Demi. Contact Reference Services for more information.
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:
Demi and Arturo Rodríguez papers, circa 1957-2016. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Demi and Arturo Rodríguez papers
Demi and Arturo Rodríguez papers / Series 3: Interviews
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9b65de125-4681-444e-bd7e-e4120f93ba26
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-rodrartu-ref118

Inventory List of Artwork, Digital Documents and Photographs

Collection Creator:
Rodríguez, Arturo, 1956-  Search this
Demi, 1955-  Search this
Extent:
0.012 Gigabytes (Six computer files)
Container:
Folder ER08
Type:
Archival materials
Gigabytes
Date:
2013
Collection Restrictions:
One folder of samples of payments for sales is ACCESS RESTRICTED; use requires written permission. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and born-digital records with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
Photograph of Demi by Ramon Guerrero: Authorization to publish, quote or reproduce requires written permission from Demi. Contact Reference Services for more information.
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:
Demi and Arturo Rodríguez papers, circa 1957-2016. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Demi and Arturo Rodríguez papers
Demi and Arturo Rodríguez papers / Series 4: Writings
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw91e684add-4034-4143-a878-bde8caa47778
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-rodrartu-ref119

Archives of American Art

Collection Creator:
Rodríguez, Arturo, 1956-  Search this
Demi, 1955-  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 13
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1996
Collection Restrictions:
One folder of samples of payments for sales is ACCESS RESTRICTED; use requires written permission. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and born-digital records with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
Photograph of Demi by Ramon Guerrero: Authorization to publish, quote or reproduce requires written permission from Demi. Contact Reference Services for more information.
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:
Demi and Arturo Rodríguez papers, circa 1957-2016. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Demi and Arturo Rodríguez papers
Demi and Arturo Rodríguez papers / Series 2: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw95a60c40c-0483-4c20-a226-adc82e0477e3
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-rodrartu-ref15

Fuentes, Illeana

Collection Creator:
Rodríguez, Arturo, 1956-  Search this
Demi, 1955-  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 18
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1995-2005
Scope and Contents:
Correspondence is regarding a controversial article written by Fuentes.
Collection Restrictions:
One folder of samples of payments for sales is ACCESS RESTRICTED; use requires written permission. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and born-digital records with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
Photograph of Demi by Ramon Guerrero: Authorization to publish, quote or reproduce requires written permission from Demi. Contact Reference Services for more information.
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:
Demi and Arturo Rodríguez papers, circa 1957-2016. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Demi and Arturo Rodríguez papers
Demi and Arturo Rodríguez papers / Series 2: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw911905cba-6a6c-4bf7-a485-9b4a9fd8755f
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-rodrartu-ref20

Revista Encuentro de la Cultura Cubana Magazine

Collection Creator:
Rodríguez, Arturo, 1956-  Search this
Demi, 1955-  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 29
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
2002-2005
Collection Restrictions:
One folder of samples of payments for sales is ACCESS RESTRICTED; use requires written permission. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and born-digital records with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
Photograph of Demi by Ramon Guerrero: Authorization to publish, quote or reproduce requires written permission from Demi. Contact Reference Services for more information.
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:
Demi and Arturo Rodríguez papers, circa 1957-2016. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Demi and Arturo Rodríguez papers
Demi and Arturo Rodríguez papers / Series 2: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw93181660e-5ad6-4a82-9eeb-510cb33a0013
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-rodrartu-ref30

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