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Los Angeles Art Association records, 1922-1990

Creator:
Los Angeles Art Association  Search this
Los Angeles Art Association  Search this
Subject:
Selz, Peter Howard  Search this
Wurdemann, Helen  Search this
Zajac, Jack  Search this
Kosa, Emil Jean  Search this
Kuntz, Roger  Search this
Macdonald-Wright, Stanton  Search this
Menches, Arnold  Search this
Engel, Jules  Search this
Burkhardt, Hans Gustav  Search this
George Eastman House  Search this
Stendahl Art Galleries  Search this
Watts Towers Commission  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Visitors' books
Scrapbooks
Topic:
Art -- Exhibitions -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Artists -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Theme:
Communities, Organizations, Museums  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10215
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213290
AAA_collcode_losangea
Theme:
Communities, Organizations, Museums
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_213290
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Los Angeles Art Association records

Creator:
Los Angeles Art Association  Search this
Names:
George Eastman House  Search this
Stendahl Art Galleries  Search this
Watts Towers Commission  Search this
Burkhardt, Hans Gustav, 1904-1994  Search this
Engel, Jules  Search this
Kosa, Emil Jean, 1903-1968  Search this
Kuntz, Roger, 1926-1975  Search this
Macdonald-Wright, Stanton, 1890-1973  Search this
Menches, Arnold  Search this
Selz, Peter Howard, 1919-  Search this
Wurdemann, Helen  Search this
Zajac, Jack, 1929-  Search this
Extent:
12.6 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Visitors' books
Scrapbooks
Date:
1922-1990
Summary:
The Los Angeles Art Association records measure 12.6 linear feet and date from 1922-1990. Almost a third of the collection consists of artists' files containing a wide variety of materials documenting the association's relationship with numerous California and international artists. Also found are ten scrapbooks documenting exhibitions and events over the course of 50 years, administrative files, correspondence, subject files, exhibition files, financial and legal records, printed material, and photographic material depicting artists, events, and artwork. Scattered files of Executive Director Helen Wurdemann's are also found throughout the collection.
Scope and Contents:
The Los Angeles Art Association records measure 12.6 linear feet and date from 1922-1990. Almost a third of the collection consists of artists' files containing a wide variety of materials documenting the association's relationship with numerous California and international artists. Also found are ten scrapbooks documenting exhibitions and events over the course of 50 years, administrative files, correspondence, subject files, exhibition files, financial and legal records, printed material, and photographic material depicting artists, events, and artwork. Scattered files of Executive Director Helen Wurdemann's are also found throughout the collection.

Administrative records include board of trustees' meeting minutes, membership correspondence, materials relating to publicity, visitor and artist registers, founding documents, and files on the history of the organization. Files about or created by Executive Director Helen Wurdemann are also found.

Correspondence, including greeting cards and notes, documents the LAAA's relationship with artists, other associations, museums, and collectors. Hans Burkhardt, Emil J. Kosa Jr., Roger Kuntz, Stanton MacDonald-Wright, Arnold Menches, and Peter Selz are among the correspondents.

Subject files compiled and maintained by the LAAA document special interests, events, and projects. There are files for various arts organizations, Stendhal Gallery, and the Watts Towers Commission.

Exhibition files are found for "Loan Exhibition of International Art" (1937), "Photographs of the George Eastman House Collection 1840-1915" (1968), "Independent Artists of Los Angeles" (1923), and "Top Flight Artists of Southern California" (1941), among others.

Almost a third of the collection consists of artists' files documenting the LAAA's relationship with many California and international artists over the years. Files are varied but often include artists' biographical information, resumes, photographs, price lists, artist statements, and printed materials. Artists include Hans Burkhardt, Jules Engel, and Jack Zajac, among many others.

Financial and legal records consist of daily and exhibition ledgers, art rental and sales files, audit reports and financial statements, billing receipts, bankruptcy legal papers, a prints price list, and miscellaneous financial notes.

Printed material consists of museum and LAAA bulletins, clippings, art school catalogs and brochures, exhibition announcements and catalogs, bulletins and newsletters from other organizations, periodicals, proofs of the "Loan Exhibition of International Art" (1937) exhibition catalog, and a limited edition copy of the book, Paintings by William Merritt Chase signed to the LAAA by B. M. Newhouse.

Photographs, slides, negatives, and copy prints depict LAAA events and gallery openings, artists and people, Executive Director Helen Wurdemann, and works of art by various artists. There are also photographs for publications and a photograph album of artwork by Douglass Parshall.

Ten scrapbooks document LAAA events and exhibitions through clippings, articles, photographs, notes and annotations, announcements, and printed materials.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged as 9 series. Records are generally arranged by material type and chronologically thereafter.

Series 1: Administrative Records, 1925-1989 (Box 1; 0.75 linear feet)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1933-1990 (Boxes 1-2; 0.5 linear feet)

Series 3: Subject Files, 1924-1987 (Box 2; 0.5 linear feet)

Series 4: Exhibition Files, 1923-1982 (Boxes 2-3; 0.45 linear feet)

Series 5: Artists' Files, 1926-1986 (Boxes 3-6; 3.6 linear feet)

Series 6: Financial and Legal Records, 1932-1987 (Boxes 6-8; 1.6 linear feet)

Series 7: Printed Material, 1922-1987 (Boxes 8-9; 1.5 linear feet)

Series 8: Photographic Materials, 1925-1980 (Boxes 9-10, 13; 0.9 linear feet)

Series 9: Scrapbooks, 1934-1985 (Boxes 10-12, 14; 2.8 linear feet)
Biographical / Historical:
Originally founded as the Museum Patrons Association in 1925, the Los Angeles Art Association (LAAA) supported California artists and played an integral role in developing the Los Angeles art community.

The original intent of the Museum Patrons Association was to purchase works of art for the Los Angeles Museum of History, Science and Art. In 1933, the organization separated from the museum and was renamed the Los Angeles Art Association with a primary goal to connect to the broader Los Angeles art community through exhibitions, limited sales, rentals, events, and education. In 1944, with Helen Wurdemann (1892-1988) as Executive Director, the LAAA began to focus more on contemporary local artists, providing a place for the Southern California "hard-edge" abstractionist movement to flourish. In 1951, California painter Lorser Feitelson curated an exhibition of Hans Burkhardt, the LAAA's first solo exhibition of a local artist. Throughout its existence and continuing today, the LAAA has served as a place for arts education, outreach, and community-from its representation of artists studying under the GI bill between 1953 and 1965, to its participation in Monday night art-walks after its move to "Gallery Row" in 1960.
Provenance:
The Los Angeles Art Association records were donated to the Archives of American in 1990 and 1991 by Richard Campbell of the Los Angeles Art Association.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference 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.
Topic:
Art -- Exhibitions -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Artists -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Function:
Arts organizations -- California
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Visitors' books
Scrapbooks
Citation:
Los Angeles Art Association records, 1922-1990. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.losangea
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Los Angeles Art Association records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-losangea

Subject Files

Collection Creator:
Los Angeles Art Association  Search this
Extent:
0.5 Linear feet (Box 2)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1924-1987
Scope and Contents:
Subject files covering a variety of special topics and projects were compiled by the LAAA and have been kept in their original order. There are files concerning the California Arts Council, a project to create a directory of artists in Southern California, other organizations and art associations, the Stendhal Gallery, California Landscape, and the Watts Tower Commission project. Individual files may include clippings, notes, lists, announcements, letters, photographs, newsletters, and brochures.
Arrangement:
This series is arranged by subject.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Los Angeles Art Association records, 1922-1990. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.losangea, Series 3
See more items in:
Los Angeles Art Association records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-losangea-ref3

Watts Towers Commission

Collection Creator:
Los Angeles Art Association  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 22
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1960-1985
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Los Angeles Art Association records, 1922-1990. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Los Angeles Art Association records
Los Angeles Art Association records / Series 3: Subject Files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-losangea-ref61

Interview with Jack Levine

Creator:
Levine, Jack, 1915-2010  Search this
Saltman, Molly, 1915-2010  Search this
Levine, Jack, 1915-2010  Search this
Subject:
Rodia, Simon  Search this
KPAL (Radio station : Palm Springs, California)  Search this
Watts Towers Commission  Search this
Type:
Sound Recording
Date:
1966-1967
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)20871
See more items in:
Molly Saltman "Art and Artists" interviews, 1966-1967
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_20871

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