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Papers relating to art commissioned for the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1992-1998

Creator:
Zilczer, Judith, 1948-  Search this
Zilczer, Judith, 1948-  Search this
Subject:
Puryear, Martin  Search this
Sonnier, Keith  Search this
Robin, Stephen  Search this
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
United States. Public Buildings Service. Art-in-Architecture Program.  Search this
Topic:
Federal aid to the arts -- United States  Search this
Art -- Commissioning -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Art patronage  Search this
Theme:
Government Sponsorship of the Arts  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6241
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216554
AAA_collcode_zilcjudi
Theme:
Government Sponsorship of the Arts
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_216554

Papers relating to art commissioned for the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

Creator:
Zilczer, Judith  Search this
Names:
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
United States. Public Buildings Service. Art-in-Architecture Program.  Search this
Puryear, Martin, 1941-  Search this
Robin, Stephen, 1944-  Search this
Sonnier, Keith, 1941  Search this
Extent:
0.4 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1992-1998
Summary:
The papers relating to art commissioned for the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, compiled by Judith Zilczer, measure 0.4 linear feet and date from 1992-1998. Papers kept by Zilczer in her capacity as a member of an advisory committee to the General Services Administrations (GSA) Art-in-Architecture Program, charged with recommending works of art to decorate the federal Ronald Reagan Building and International Center. The collection documents the process that resulted in the selection of three works of art: Martin Puryear's Bearing Witness, Stephen Robin's Federal Triangle Flowers, and Keith Sonnier's Route Zenith. The records also document the role of the committee as advocates for the artists when Stop Work Orders for Puryear and Sonnier were issued due to massive construction overruns.
Scope and Contents:
The papers relating to art commissioned for the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, compiled by Judith Zilczer, measure 0.4 linear feet and date from 1992-1998. Papers kept by Zilczer in her capacity as a member of an advisory committee to the General Services Administrations (GSA) Art-in-Architecture Program, charged with recommending works of art to decorate the federal Ronald Reagan Building and International Center. The collection documents the process that resulted in the selection of three works of art: Martin Puryear's Bearing Witness, Stephen Robin's Federal Triangle Flowers, and Keith Sonnier's Route Zenith. The records also document the role of the committee as advocates for the artists when Stop Work Orders for Puryear and Sonnier were issued due to massive construction overruns.

Records include correspondence and printed material about the building opening preparations and dedication ceremony; correspondence and notes about the Stop Work Order in 1995; correspondence and site proposal from Keith Sonnier; correspondence, meeting minutes and notes, projects, installations, and artists regarding the Art-in-Architecture Program; and correspondence, proposals, and architectural drawings regarding the GSA.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged as 1 series.
Biographical / Historical:
The U.S. General Services Administration allocates up to ½ of one percent of the estimated construction costs of a Federal building for commissioning works of art. The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, at Pennsylvania Avenue and 14th Streets, had an estimated construction cost of $350 million, but became the most expensive federal building ever constructed at a price tag of more than $818 million. Judith Zilczer served on the panel to make recommendations concerning the type and location of works of art for GSA's consideration. Other panelists were Charles Atherton, Charles Blitzer, M. J. Brodie, Peggy Cooper Cafritz, Jack Cowart, James Ingo Freed, Tom Green, George Gurney, Lester Hunkele, and Alec Simpson. Because of their deliberations, Puryear, Robin, and Sonnier were awarded commissions. While these papers document Zilczer's interactions with committee members and others, they concern only her participation. The story behind the Reagan Building GSA commission forms a significant chapter in the history of late twentieth-century public patronage.
Related Materials:
Also found in the Archives of American Art are personal papers of historian, writer and curator Judith Zilczer, which measure 0.4 linear feet and date from 1973-1995, and an oral history interview with Paul Allen Reed conducted by Judith Zilczer, April 29, 1994.

Additionally, The Smithsonian Institution Archives in Washington, D.C. holds a large collection of Judith K. Zilczer Papers, 1975-2003.
Provenance:
The papers relating to art commissioned for the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center were transferred from the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden on July 9, 1998, where Zilczer worked as curator.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Topic:
Federal aid to the arts -- United States  Search this
Art -- Commissioning -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Art patronage  Search this
Citation:
Papers relating to art commissioned for the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1992-1998. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.zilcjudi
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Papers relating to art commissioned for the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-zilcjudi

Records

Creator::
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Office of Development/External Affairs  Search this
Extent:
1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Clippings
Black-and-white photographs
Color photographs
Date:
1988-2001
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of press materials, clippings, photographs, development reports and information pertaining to the new Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (WWICS) space in the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (Washington, D.C.).
Topic:
Fund raising  Search this
International education  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Clippings
Black-and-white photographs
Color photographs
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 04-193, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Office of Development/External Affairs, Records
Identifier:
Accession 04-193
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Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa04-193

The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Washington, D.C. : [a short discussion of the building by James Ingo Freed]

Title:
Short discussion of the building by James Ingo Freed
Author:
Freed, James Ingo  Search this
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center  Search this
Physical description:
[6] p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1998
1998?]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_622761

The silent brush : selected works by contemporary Iranian artists : International Trade Center, Washington, D.C., May 1 - May 31, 2000

Author:
Pākbāz, Rūʼīn  Search this
Chevron Corporation  Search this
Subject:
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Physical description:
24 p. : col. ill. ; 16 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2000
20th century
Topic:
Art, Iranian  Search this
Call number:
N7285 .S55 2000
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_980324

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