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Interview with Elyn Zimmerman

Creator:
Zimmerman, Elyn, 1945-  Search this
Kazanjian, Dodie, 1952-  Search this
Subject:
Varnedoe, Kirk  Search this
Type:
Sound Recording
Date:
2004 May 16
Citation:
Elyn Zimmerman and Dodie Kazanjian. Interview with Elyn Zimmerman, 2004 May 16. Dodie Kazanjian papers, 1949-2017. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)24015
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Dodie Kazanjian papers, 1949-2017, bulk 1980-2017
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_24015

Untitled

Artist:
Donald Judd, American, b. Excelsior Springs, Missouri, 1928–1994  Search this
Medium:
Brass and red fluorescent Plexiglas
Dimensions:
10 units, each 6 1/8 × 24 × 27 in. (15.5 × 60.9 × 68.6 cm) with 6 in. (15.2 cm) intervals overall: 116 1/2 × 24 × 27 in. (295.9 × 61 × 68.6 cm)
Type:
Sculpture
Date:
(1969)
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1972
Accession Number:
72.154
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection
School:
Minimalism
Data Source:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/py274f3b6d7-8301-4538-a5a0-c2e31994dd7a
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:hmsg_72.154

Elyn Zimmerman papers, 1967-2019

Creator:
Zimmerman, Elyn, 1945-  Search this
Subject:
Diebenkorn, Richard  Search this
Gund, Agnes  Search this
Teraoka, Masami  Search this
Varnedoe, Kirk  Search this
Dicker, Ruth  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Interviews
Citation:
Elyn Zimmerman papers, 1967-2019. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Women sculptors  Search this
Installations (Art)  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Theme:
Women  Search this
Lives of artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)16275
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)371353
AAA_collcode_zimmelyn
Theme:
Women
Lives of artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_371353
Online Media:

Vallarno, Gabrielle - von Matthiessen, Maria

Collection Creator:
Wagstaff, Samuel J.  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 10
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1976-1984, undated
Scope and Contents note:
Vallarno, Gabrielle

Van der Zee

Van Piper, Peter

Varnedoe, Kirk

Vermont Crossroads Press

View Press, Inc.

Viking Press Inc.

Vikki Ericks Associates

Village Cry

Vision Gallery of Photography

Visual Arts Research and Resource Center Relating to the Caribbean

Vogt, Christian

Vogue

Vonga, Maurice

von Matthiessen, Maria
Collection Restrictions:
The collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website.
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:
Samuel J. Wagstaff papers, circa 1932-1985. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Samuel J. Wagstaff papers
Samuel J. Wagstaff papers / Series 1: Correspondence / 1.2: Correspondence concerning Photography
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw908fa509e-f882-447a-8835-e3ca22a2f2a9
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-wagssamu-ref137

Elyn Zimmerman papers

Creator:
Zimmerman, Elyn, 1945-  Search this
Names:
Dicker, Ruth  Search this
Diebenkorn, Richard, 1922-1993  Search this
Gund, Agnes  Search this
Teraoka, Masami, 1936-  Search this
Varnedoe, Kirk  Search this
Extent:
33.8 Linear feet
1,710.223 Gigabytes
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Gigabytes
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Interviews
Date:
1967-2019
Summary:
The papers of sculptor and site-specific installation artist Elyn Zimmerman measure 33.8 linear feet and 1710.223 gigabytes, and date from 1967-2019. The collection documents the artist's life and work through correspondence, interviews, writings, project and commission files, exhibition files, teaching files, printed material, and photographic material. Project and commission files comprise the majority of the collection at 19.40 linear feet and comprehensively document dozens of Zimmerman's site-specific sculptural projects and proposals for public and private sites across the United States and internationally. Items include correspondence, contracts, photographs, models, blueprints, and original sketches and drawings. Photographic material documents Zimmerman's work through color and black and white slides, transparencies, contact sheets, negatives, and prints. The papers include a small number of born digital records, including interviews, digital images of projects, construction sites, and floorplans, as well as PowerPoint presentations.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of sculptor and site-specific installation artist Elyn Zimmerman measure 33.80 linear feet and 1710.223 gigabytes, and date from 1967-2019. The collection documents the artist's life and work through correspondence, interviews, writings, project and commission files, exhibition files, teaching files, printed material, and photographic material. Project and commission files comprise the majority of the collection at 19.40 linear feet and comprehensively document dozens of Zimmerman's site-specific sculptural projects and proposals for public and private sites across the United States and internationally. Items include correspondence, contracts, photographs, models, blueprints, and original sketches and drawings. Photographic material documents Zimmerman's work through color and black and white slides, transparencies, contact sheets, negatives, and prints. The papers include a small number of born digital records, including interviews, digital images of projects, construction sites, and floorplans, as well as PowerPoint presentations.

Correspondence is comprised predominately of received letters and fewer drafts and copies of outgoing letters. Notable correspondents include Zimmerman's late husband, curator Kirk Varnedoe, arts advocate Agnes Gund, and artists Ruth Dicker, Richard Diebenkorn, Kady Hoffman, and Masami Teraoka. Interviews include digital video recordings of Elyn Zimmerman discussing various public projects between circa 1991 and 2005. Writings include drafts of journal articles, a book mock-up, project notes, and statements. Agendas and address books are filed with writings. Project and commission files comprise the bulk of the collection and comprehensively document dozens of Zimmerman's site-specific sculptural projects and proposals for public and private sites across the United States and internationally. Items include correspondence, contracts, photographs, models, blueprints, and original sketches and drawings. The files include a small number of born digital records, including digital images of projects, construction sites, and floorplans, as well as PowerPoint presentations. Exhibition files document Zimmerman's site-specific installations and exhibitions in a gallery and museum context. Files include correspondence, photographs, slides, statements, press releases, shipping information, and price lists. Teaching files document the many courses Zimmerman taught in painting, drawing, design, architecture, and landscape architecture. Items include syllabi, assignments, lecture notes, reading lists, and articles. Printed material primarily consists of items cataloging Zimmerman's career including exhibition announcements, catalogs, and press clippings. Subject files were saved and collected by Zimmerman and are arranged at the end of the series. Photographic material document Zimmerman's installations of commissioned works, exhibitions, and other installations through color and black and white slides, negatives, contact sheets, prints, and digital photographs.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as eight series.

Series 1: Correspondence, 1978-2011 (3.70 linear feet; Box 1-4)

Series 2: Interviews, circa 1991-2005 (0.20 linear feet; Box 100)

Series 3: Writings, Agendas, and Address Books, 1970-2003 (0.50 linear feet; Box 4-5)

Series 4: Project and Commission Files, 1970-2019 (19.40 linear feet, Box 5-15, 21-22, 100, OV 23-85, 109-116, 120-121, RD 97-98; 0.223 gigabytes, ER01-04)

Series 5: Exhibition Files, 1969-2018 (4.59 linear feet; Box 15-16, 20-21, 100, 103, OV 86-96,105-108, 120, RD 99)

Series 6: Teaching Files, 1970-1994 (0.40 linear feet; Box 16)

Series 7: Printed Material, 1970-2018 (2.21 linear feet; Box 16-19, 100)

Series 8: Photographic Material, 1967-2018 (2.80 linear feet; Box 100-102, OV 117-119)
Biographical / Historical:
Elyn Zimmerman (1945-) is a New York City and Los Angeles based sculptor best known for her large scale site-specific outdoor installations incorporating granite, water features, and landscape architecture.

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Zimmerman moved to California for college, earning both her BFA and MFA from University of California, Los Angeles. While at UCLA, she studied with Richard Diebenkorn and Robert Irwin, and worked in photography, drawing, and site-specific installation. In 1978 she created Monarch's Trough for Artpark in Lewiston, New York, her first site-specific work using granite. For the next several decades Zimmerman would complete dozens of site-specific installations in public and private spaces across the United States, and submit proposals for dozens more. Working frequently with stone and granite, she developed a decades long relationship with a granite quarry in Cold Spring, Minnesota, which fabricated many of her designs. Zimmerman's clients have included the National Geographic Society, the Birmingham Art Museum, and the New York City Parks Department.

In addition to her site-specific work, Zimmerman has had an extensive exhibition history, and has shown for many years with Gagosian Gallery. In 2016, Zimmerman was the recipient of the Isamu Noguchi Award. She has taught at Mills College, California Institute of the Arts, Harvard University, New York University, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Zimmerman was married to the late curator Kirk Varnedoe from 1978-2002.
Provenance:
The collection was donated in 2015, 2017 and 2021 by Elyn Zimmerman.
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 audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies. Contact References Services for more information.
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:
Sculptors -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Sculptors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Installation artists -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Installation artists -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Women sculptors  Search this
Installations (Art)  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Interviews
Citation:
Elyn Zimmerman papers, 1967-2019. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.zimmelyn
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Elyn Zimmerman papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw907b8edfc-e9ed-4849-99fa-3bc8ec9991a6
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-zimmelyn
Online Media:

[Varnedoe, Kirk]

Collection Creator:
Sturtevant, William C.  Search this
Container:
Box 80
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Files containing Sturtevant's students' grades have been restricted, as have his students' and colleagues' grant and fellowships applications. Restricted files were separated and placed at the end of their respective series in boxes 87, 264, 322, 389-394, 435-436, 448, 468, and 483. For preservation reasons, his computer files are also restricted. Seminole sound recordings are restricted. Access to the William C. Sturtevant Papers requires an apointment.
Collection Rights:
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Collection Citation:
William C. Sturtevant papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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William C. Sturtevant papers
William C. Sturtevant papers / Series 1: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw32203e26a-292c-47d4-8445-5005c5b26fd8
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-naa-2008-24-ref3370

Composition with Pouring II

Artist:
Jackson Pollock, American, b. Cody, Wyoming, 1912–1956  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
25 1/8 × 22 1/8 in. (63.9 × 56.3 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
(1943)
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966
Accession Number:
66.4082
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection
School:
Abstract Expressionism (First Generation)
Data Source:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/py2cca39d5b-4f78-48f7-8646-abe9b5720a6c
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:hmsg_66.4082

Torso of a Young Man

Artist:
Constantin Brancusi, French, b. Hobitza, Romania, 1876–1957  Search this
Medium:
Bronze on stone and wood bases
Dimensions:
18 1/8 x 11 1/2 x 9 1/8 in. (46.1 x 29.2 x 23.0 cm.) on stone base: 6 1/4 x 8 1/2 x 6 3/4 in. (15.8 x 21.5 x 17.1 cm.); on wood base: 34 1/8 x 11 1/2 x 11 1/2 in. (86.6 x 29.0 x 29.0 cm.)
Type:
Sculpture
Date:
1924
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966
Accession Number:
66.611
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection
School:
European Modernism (Early 20th century)
Data Source:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/py29e56e57f-b809-4133-991a-63a3640d9108
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:hmsg_66.611

Composition with Blue and Yellow (Composition Bleu-Jaune)

Artist:
Piet Mondrian, Dutch, b. Amersfoort, 1872–1944  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
28 3/4 x 27 1/4 in. (73 x 69.6 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
1935
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Foundation, 1972
Accession Number:
72.205
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection
School:
Geometric Abstraction
Data Source:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/py2045cd6ba-93ed-4c43-ab37-654a40a13b2c
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:hmsg_72.205

2-2-1: To Dickie and Tina

Artist:
Richard Serra, American, b. San Francisco, California, 1938  Search this
Medium:
Steel
Dimensions:
51 3/8 × 120 1/4 × 99 3/8 in. (130.5 × 305.4 × 252.4 cm)
Type:
Sculpture
Date:
(1969/fabricated in steel, 1986)
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Joseph H. Hirshhorn Purchase Fund, 1986
Accession Number:
86.5898
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection
School:
Minimalism
Data Source:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/py2c385443c-a32b-4240-bee6-535bba6548d0
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:hmsg_86.5898

Untitled

Artist:
Jasper Johns, American, b. Augusta, Georgia, 1930  Search this
Medium:
Wood, plaster, paint, photomechanical reproductions on canvas, glass, and nails
Dimensions:
26 1/4 x 8 7/8 x 4 3/8 in. (66.6 x 22.5 x 11.1 cm)
Type:
Sculpture
Date:
(1954)
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Regents Collections Acquisition Program with Matching Funds from the Thomas M. Evans, Jerome L. Greene, Joseph H. Hirshhorn, and Sydney and Frances Lewis Purchase Fund, 1987
Accession Number:
87.20
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection
School:
Pop Precursors
Data Source:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/py296b091e9-fdbb-4fad-b3e6-b2236ad0927d
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:hmsg_87.20

A fine disregard : what makes modern art modern / Kirk Varnedoe

Author:
Varnedoe, Kirk 1946-2003  Search this
Physical description:
319 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1990
19th century
20th century
Topic:
Art, Modern  Search this
Call number:
N6447.V37 1990X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_399858

Chuck Close head on : the modern portrait

Author:
Close, Chuck 1940-  Search this
Varnedoe, Kirk 1946-2003  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Close, Chuck 1940-  Search this
Physical description:
10 p. : ill ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1991
1991]
Call number:
NC139.C54 A4 1991
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_901213

A fine regard : essays in honor of Kirk Varnedoe / edited by Patricia G. Berman and Gertje R. Utley

Author:
Varnedoe, Kirk 1946-2003  Search this
Berman, Patricia G  Search this
Utley, Gertje  Search this
Physical description:
xiii, 342 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2008
C2008
19th century
20th century
Topic:
Art, Modern  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_923991

Ellsworth Kelly, fragmentation and the single form : June 15-September 4, 1990

Author:
Kelly, Ellsworth 1923-2015  Search this
Varnedoe, Kirk 1946-2003  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Kelly, Ellsworth 1923-2015  Search this
Physical description:
1 folded sheet ([12] p.) : ill. ; l9 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1990
1990]
Topic:
Form (Aesthetics)  Search this
Call number:
N6537.K38 A4 1990
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_896914

Gustave Caillebotte : a retrospective exhibition, 1976-1977, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston-October 22 to January 2, the Brooklyn Museum-February 12 to April 24 / with contributions by J. Kirk T. Varnedoe ... [et al.] ; catalogue by J. Kirk T. Varnedoe and Thomas P. Lee

Author:
Caillebotte, Gustave 1848-1894  Search this
Varnedoe, Kirk 1946-2003  Search this
Lee, Thomas P  Search this
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston  Search this
Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences  Search this
Subject:
Caillebotte, Gustave 1848-1894  Search this
Physical description:
223 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 23 x 28 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1976
C1976
Call number:
N40.1.C132 H8
ND553.C243 A4 1976
N40.1.C132H8
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_87832

Gustave Caillebotte, urban impressionist / Anne Distel ... [et al.] ; with Julia Sagraves and an essay by Kirk Varnedoe

Author:
Caillebotte, Gustave 1848-1894  Search this
Varnedoe, Kirk 1946-2003  Search this
Distel, Anne  Search this
Réunion des musées nationaux (France)  Search this
Musée d'Orsay  Search this
Art Institute of Chicago  Search this
Subject:
Caillebotte, Gustave 1848-1894 Exhibitions  Search this
Physical description:
351 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 30 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
France
Date:
1995
Topic:
Impressionism (Art)  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.C132 D62 1995
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_497304

A fine disregard : what makes modern art modern / Kirk Varnedoe

Author:
Varnedoe, Kirk 1946-2003  Search this
Physical description:
319 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1994
1994, c1990
19th century
20th century
Topic:
Art, Modern  Search this
Call number:
N6447 .V37 1994
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_473208

Primitivism

Author:
Varnedoe, Kirk 1946-2003  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Picasso, Pablo 1881-1973 Demoiselles d'Avignon  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
1990
Topic:
Primitivism in art  Search this
Sculpture, African  Search this
Call number:
N6447 .V37 1990X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_495601

High & low : modern art and popular culture / Kirk Varnedoe, Adam Gopnik

Author:
Varnedoe, Kirk 1946-2003  Search this
Gopnik, Adam  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Art Institute of Chicago  Search this
Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Physical description:
460 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 31 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1990
C1990
20th century
Topic:
Art, Modern  Search this
Popular culture--History  Search this
Call number:
N6447 .V317 1990
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_403767

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