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Pauline B. and Myron S. Falk, Jr. Papers

Creator:
Falk, Johnny, 1906-1992  Search this
Falk, Pauline  Search this
Names:
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee  Search this
Asia House Gallery  Search this
Bennington College  Search this
Brooklyn Museum  Search this
Chinese Art Society of America  Search this
Columbia University. Teachers College. Lincoln School  Search this
Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York  Search this
Japan Society (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
National Refugee Service (U.S.)  Search this
Pan American World Airways, Inc.  Search this
Baerwald, Paul, 1871-1961  Search this
David, Percival, Sir, 1892-1964  Search this
Lawton, Thomas, 1931-  Search this
Pope, John Alexander, 1906-1982  Search this
Salmony, Alfred, 1890-1958  Search this
Sickman, L. C. S. (Laurence C. S.)  Search this
Stern, Harold P.  Search this
Wenley, A. G. (Archibald Gibson), 1898-1962  Search this
Extent:
24 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Correspondence
Photographs
Diaries
Maps
Place:
China -- Description and Travel
China
USA -- New York -- New York
Date:
1904-1998
bulk 1935-1980
Scope and Contents:
Papers of art collectors Pauline Baerwald Falk (1910-2000) and Myron (Johnny) Falk Jr. (1906-1992), 1904-1998. Created and collected by the Falks, this collection includes: biographical data; black-and-white and color prints of art objects and people; photo albums of art objects in the Falk's art collection; symposium papers, scholarly reviews, and newspaper articles on Chinese art; Professor Alfred Salmony's lecture notes, Metropolitan Museum; purchase invoices for Chinese art, Japanese art, and Korean art; photographs, receipts, itineraries, one seal, atlases, and journals relating to the Falk's various trips to Asia and Europe, personal correspondence and correspondence with art dealers; guest books from 17 East 66th Street, New York and 888 Park Ave., New York, signed by guests from 1949-1997; committee papers; exhibition loan forms, Mr. Falk's notes about the collection and sale results from property consigned for sale; and four reels 16mm motion picture film taken during the Falk's 1937 trip to Asia.
Arrangement:
The collection is organized into five series. 1. Correspondence; 2. Personal papers; 3. Professional papers; 4. Travel related materials; 5. Falk art collection related materials.
Biographical / Historical:
Myron S. (Johnny) Falk Jr., and his wife Pauline Baerwald Falk were active philanthropists, prominent Asian art collectors and were both active in the Jewish and Art communities.
The purchase that started their collection happened while on their 1935 honeymoon in the English countryside where they came upon two blue-and-white Ming Dynasty porcelain dishes. Later, taking one of the inaugural Pan Am Clipper flights to China in 1937, their collecting began in earnest. There are home movies in the collection taken by Johnny that document their trip to a largely untouched China. However, because China was closed to the West starting in 1950, they were unable to return until 1979.
As collectors, the Falks made a good team. Due to his engineering background from school, Johnny became an expert on firing techniques and glazes; while Pauline was known as the ''eye.'' Their fervent and long-term involvement in the Asian art community led them to become close friends with the biggest dealers in America and Europe.
Johnny and Pauline collected wares of the Song dynasty, archaic bronzes, jades, stone sculptures, several fine Ming and Qing porcelains, Korean ceramics, and nearly 100 Japanese paintings. After more than fifty years collecting their art work totaled over 700 items.
Johnny and Pauline lent their artworks to museums, advised art institutions in the United States and abroad, and fostered the training of a new generation of curators, scholars and other professionals in the Asian art field.
Johnny was an investment banker, philanthropist and prominent collector of Asian art. He was a longtime trustee of the Asia Society and helped found the Oriental Art Council, Roebling Society of the Brooklyn Museum and Japan Society Gallery. He also served as a director of the New York Foundation and Hebrew Technical Institute, a board member of the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies and chairman of the Bennington College board of trustees.
Pauline was a philanthropist, collector of Asian art, president of the Jewish Board of Family and Children Services, and founder of the New Lincoln School in Manhattan. She worked with displaced Jewish refugees before and during World War II. She was active in the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and became a founding member of the National Refugee Service, the Council for Jewish Women and the Jewish Social Service Association.
Together they were strong supporters of the Asia Society, the Chinese Art Society, they helped establish the Friends of Asia House Gallery in 1971, and founded the Friends of the China Institute in America Gallery. They also established the "Archives of Chinese Art" in 1945 an important scholarly journal that is published today by The Asia Society as the "Archives of Asian Art," and are among the founding members of the Friends of the Far Eastern Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Friends of Asian Art at the Brooklyn Museum.
Local Numbers:
FSA A2002.03
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.
Topic:
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Bronzes, Chinese  Search this
Ceramics -- China  Search this
Art, Asian -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Genre/Form:
Correspondence
Photographs
Diaries -- 20th century
Maps -- 20th century
Identifier:
FSA.A2002.03
See more items in:
Pauline B. and Myron S. Falk, Jr. Papers
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-fsa-a2002-03
Online Media:

Photograph of Duanfang and Colleagues

Creator:
Sickman, L. C. S. (Laurence C. S) ((Collector))  Search this
Names:
Duanfang, 1861-1911  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (photographic print, b&w, 17.5 x 23 cm.)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Place:
China -- History -- Qing dynasty, 1644-1912
China -- Beijing -- Beijing
Date:
undated
Scope and Contents:
This photograph depicts Duanfang and other men surrounding a bronze altar set that was later acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The photograph was acquired by art historian Laurence Sickman, who lent if for many years to the Metropolitan where it was displayed in the galleries with the bronze alter set.
Biographical / Historical:
Duanfang was an officer in the Qing court who amassed an important art collection, which included jades, bronzes, paintings and sculpture. Duanfang worked in many different positions, including as a customs officer and a provincial governor. In the summer of 1905, Duanfang travelled to the West to research how governments in the United States and Europe functioned. In 1911, Duanfang travelled to Sichuan Province to oversee railroad construction. At the outbreak of the Xinhai Revolution, Duanfang was beheaded by his own imperial troops, who were sympathetic to local revolutionaries.
Local Numbers:
FSA A2004.03
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.
Topic:
Manchu  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Photographs -- Silver gelatin prints
Citation:
Photograph of Duanfang and Colleagues with bronze altar, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., Gift of Thomas Lawton.
Identifier:
FSA.A2004.03
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-fsa-a2004-03
Online Media:

James Cahill Papers

Creator:
Cahill, James, 1926-2014  Search this
Names:
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco  Search this
College Art Association of America  Search this
Freer Gallery of Art  Search this
Guo li gu gong bo wu yuan  Search this
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Barnhart, Richard M., 1934-  Search this
Cahill, James, 1926-2014  Search this
Fong, Wen  Search this
Fu, Shen, 1937-  Search this
Lawton, Thomas, 1931-  Search this
Ledderose, Lothar date  Search this
Lee, Sherman E.  Search this
Li, Chu-tsing, 1920-  Search this
Pope, John Alexander  Search this
Sickman, L. C. S. (Laurence C. S.)  Search this
Soper, Alexander Coburn, 1904-  Search this
Vinograd, Richard Ellis date  Search this
Wang, Chi-ch'ien  Search this
Wu, Nelson Ikon, 1919-  Search this
Extent:
12 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Postcards
Manuscripts
Place:
Washington (D.C.)
Japan
Berkeley (Calif.)
China
Date:
1945-1996
Summary:
Papers created by Asian art historian, curator, and collector Dr. James Francis Cahill. Includes personal and professional correspondence and project files documenting his many publications, lectures and activities in the Asian art field. Documents span his early career at the Freer Gallery of Art, where he served as curator of Chinese art from 1957-1965, and his tenure 1965-1994 as Professor of the History of Art at the University of California, Berkeley.
Scope and Content Note:
The James Cahill Papers span the years 1945 to 1996 and measures 15 linear feet. The collection includes: personal and administrative correspondence with other art historians, art dealers and collectors; lecture manuscripts and administrative material and correspondence with art museums, universities and other organizations in the Asian art community. There are also several personal letters and postcards with family friends of James and Dorothy Cahill. The folder descriptions were retained from Cahill's own folder titles and organized alphabetically within each series.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into 2 series:

Series 1 -- Project Files, 1945-1996

Series 2 -- Correspondence with Individuals, 1945-1996
Biographical Note:
1926 -- Born, Fort Bragg, CA

1950 -- Receives BA degree in Oriental Languages from University of California, Berkeley

1952 -- Receives MA degree in Art History from University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor

Circa 1953 -- Holds a museum training fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York

1954-1955 -- Studies with Shujiro Shimada at Kyoto University in Japan on a Fulbright Scholarship

1956 -- Works with Osvald Sirén in Stockholm on his seven-volume series "Chinese Painting: Leading Masters and Principles" Joins staff of Freer and Sackler Gallery as Curator of Chinese Art

1958 -- Receives PhD in Art History from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, working principally with Max Loehr

1960 -- Publishes first and highly influential book: "Chinese Painting." In: Treasures of Asia series, Editions d'Art Albert Skira, Geneva, Switzerland 1960. Published also in French and German editions

1965 -- Leaves the Freer and Sackler Gallery to accept position as Professor of History of Art at the University of California, Berkeley

1973 -- Goes to China as member of the Chinese Archaeological Delegation, first group of art historians to visit China from the US

1976 -- Publishes first of projected five-volume series on later Chinese paintings: "Hills Beyond a River: Chinese Painting of the Yuan Dynasty"

1977 -- Visits China as chairman of Chinese Old Painting Delegation

1978 -- Publishes second of projected five-volume series on later Chinese painting: "Parting At the Shore: Chinese Painting of the Early and Middle Ming Dynasty"

1978-1979 -- Accepts appointment as Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry at Harvard; delivers series of lectures titled, "The Compelling Image: Nature and Style in 17th Century Chinese Painting"

1982 -- Publishes "Barnhart-Cahill-Rogers Correspondence, 1981" (collection of correspondence published for colleagues) The Harvard lecture series: "The Compelling Image: Nature and Style in 17th Century Chinese Painting" published as a book, receives College of Art Association's Morey Prize for Best Art History book

1998-1999 -- Spends a year at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton with his wife, the art historian and artist Hsingyuan Tsao

2007 -- Former students organize 80th birthday party/symposium at Berkeley, titled: "Returning to the Shore"

2010 -- Became the 12th Recipient of the Charles Lang Freer Medal

Present -- Living in Vancouver, Canada
Related Material:
The James Cahill website, http://www.jamescahill.info/ which contains digitized versions of selected unpublished papers, correspondence and personal reminisces.
Provenance:
Gift of James Cahill.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Due to cold storage requirements, digital surrogates are prefered for access. One week's notice is required prior to access originals.
Rights:
Permission to reproduce and publish an item from the Archives is coordinated through the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery's Rights and Reproductions department. Please contact the Archives in order to initiate this process.
Topic:
Art, Japanese  Search this
Art, Chinese  Search this
Art historians  Search this
Genre/Form:
Postcards
Manuscripts
Citation:
James Cahill papers, 1945-1996. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of James Cahill, December 12th, 2001.
Identifier:
FSA.A2001.11
See more items in:
James Cahill Papers
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-fsa-a2001-11

Laurence Sickman at Fifth Charles Lang Freer Presentation Ceremony

Author:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Sickman, L. C. S (Laurence C. S.)  Search this
Charles Lang Freer Medal  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and white; Size: 5w x 7h; Type of Image: Person, candid; Event; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Event
Photographic print
Person, candid
Date:
September 11, 1973
Topic:
Art, Asian  Search this
Missouri  Search this
Ceremonies  Search this
Museum directors  Search this
Art historians  Search this
Art, Oriental  Search this
Awards  Search this
Medals  Search this
Standard number:
SIA2011-2822
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_13507

Laurence Sickman Holds Charles Lang Freer Medal

Author:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Sickman, L. C. S (Laurence C. S.)  Search this
Charles Lang Freer Medal  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1 ; Color: Black and white; Size: 7w x 5h; Type of Image: Event; Group, candid; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Event
Photographic print
Group, candid
Date:
September 11, 1973
Topic:
Art historians  Search this
Art, Chinese  Search this
Ceremonies  Search this
Art, Asian  Search this
Medals  Search this
Awards  Search this
Standard number:
SIA2011-2823
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_13508

Laurence Sickman Receiving Freer Medal

Author:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Sickman, L. C. S (Laurence C. S.)  Search this
Charles Lang Freer Medal  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1 Color: Black and white Size: 7w x 5h Type of Image: Event; Group, candid; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Event
Photographic print
Group, candid
Date:
September 11, 1973
Topic:
Art, Asian  Search this
Art, Chinese  Search this
Ceremonies  Search this
Art  Search this
Art--History  Search this
Awards  Search this
Medals  Search this
Standard number:
SIA2011-2824
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_13509

Laurence Sickman

Author:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Sickman, L. C. S (Laurence C. S.)  Search this
Charles Lang Freer Medal  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and white; Size: 7w x 5h; Type of Image: Event; Person, candid; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Event
Photographic print
Person, candid
Date:
September 11, 1973
Topic:
Art, Asian  Search this
Art, Chinese  Search this
Ceremonies  Search this
Art  Search this
Art--History  Search this
Awards  Search this
Medals  Search this
Standard number:
SIA2011-2825
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_13511

Masterpieces of Asian art in American collections : [as shown in Asia House, New York City, January-February, 1960] / Chosen by a Committee under the direction of Laurence Sickman

Author:
Sickman, L. C. S (Laurence C. S.)  Search this
Stern, Harold Phillip 1922-  Search this
Asia House Gallery  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (unpaged) illus. 21 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
1960
C1960
Topic:
Art, Asian  Search this
Art, Southeast Asian  Search this
Art  Search this
Call number:
709.5 .A85
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_858771

The University prints. : Oriental art. Series O

Author:
University Prints (Winchester, Mass.)  Search this
Rowland, Benjamin 1904-1972  Search this
Sickman, L. C. S (Laurence C. S.)  Search this
Henderson, Harold Gould  Search this
Paine, Robert Treat 1900-1965  Search this
Ettinghausen, Richard  Search this
Schroeder, Eric 1904-  Search this
Physical description:
4 v., 600 leaves of plates : ill., maps ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1938
1941
1938-41
Topic:
Art, Asian  Search this
Call number:
709.5 .U58
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_859210

The art and architecture of China / [by] Laurence Sickman [and] Alexander Soper

Author:
Sickman, L. C. S (Laurence C. S.)  Search this
Soper, Alexander Coburn 1904-  Search this
Physical description:
xxix, 350 p. 192 plates, illus. (incl. 1 col.), 2 maps, plans. 27 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
China
Date:
1968
Topic:
Art--History  Search this
Architecture--History  Search this
Call number:
709.51 .S5 1968
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_864034

Chinese calligraphy and painting in the collection of John M. Crawford, Jr. / [Board of editors Laurence Sickman ... [et al.]]

Author:
Sickman, L. C. S (Laurence C. S.)  Search this
Pierpont Morgan Library  Search this
Subject:
Crawford, John M Art collections  Search this
Physical description:
302 p. : ill. (some fold., some col.) ; 32 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1962
Topic:
Painting, Chinese  Search this
Calligraphy, Chinese  Search this
Call number:
759.951 .C7
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_887493

Fifth presentation of the Charles Lang Freer medal, September 11, 1973

Title:
Charles Lang Freer Medal
5th presentation of the Charles Lang Freer Medal
Author:
Freer Gallery of Art  Search this
Subject:
Sickman, L. C. S (Laurence C. S.)  Search this
Physical description:
27 p. : ill., ports. ; 23 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Place:
United States
Date:
1973
Topic:
Art, Asian--Awards  Search this
Charles Lang Freer Medal  Search this
Art, Chinese  Search this
Call number:
N7260 .F58 1973b
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_892966

The art and architecture of China [by] Laurence Sickman [and] Alexander Soper

Author:
Sickman, L. C. S (Laurence C. S.)  Search this
Soper, Alexander Coburn 1904-  Search this
Physical description:
xxviii, 336 p. illus., 190 plates, maps. 27 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
China
Date:
1960
[1960]
Topic:
Art--History  Search this
Architecture--History  Search this
Call number:
N7340 .S46X 1960
N7340.S46X 1960
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_405705

Genre : [exhibition / introduction by Ross E. Taggart, Laurence Sickman]

Author:
Taggart, Ross E  Search this
Sickman, L. C. S (Laurence C. S.)  Search this
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art  Search this
Physical description:
36 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1983
1983]
Topic:
Genre painting--Exhibitions  Search this
Genre (Art)--Exhibitions  Search this
Call number:
ND1450 .T33 1983
ND1450.T33 1983
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_228719

The art and architecture of China / [by] Laurence Sickman [and] Alexander Soper

Author:
Sickman, L. C. S (Laurence C. S.)  Search this
Soper, Alexander Coburn 1904-  Search this
Physical description:
xxvi, 334 p. illus., 190 plates, maps. 27 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
China
Date:
1956
[1956]
Topic:
Art--History  Search this
Call number:
N7340 .S46X
709.51 .S5
N7340.S46X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_24535

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