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Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection Committee

Collection Creator:
Chernow, Burt  Search this
Container:
Box 20, Folder 10
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1993-1996
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
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:
Burt Chernow papers, 1930-2002. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Burt Chernow papers
Burt Chernow papers / Series 3: Organizational Records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw996d08e21-7603-47d1-aaeb-a2ee0e404149
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-cherburt-ref1052

Organizational Records

Collection Creator:
Chernow, Burt  Search this
Extent:
1.1 Linear feet (Boxes 19-20, 23, OV 24)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1963-2000
Scope and Contents:
Organizational records document Chernow's affiliations with organizations, primarily in Connecticut, for which he worked, or in which he served as an officer or member. Records include correspondence, catalogs, clippings, yearbooks, notes, writings, and photographs. Records are found related to Housotanic Community College (which later became Housatonic Community Technical College) where Chernow taught, the Housatonic Museum of Art, founded by Chernow, multiple projects of the Westport arts advisory council, the Westport Arts Center, the Westport schools permanent art collection committee, and the Westport Weston arts council. The bulk of records are for the Westport arts awards, organized by the Westport arts advisory council, which include correspondence, notes, writings, photographs, event invitations, and financial records. The "One Percent for the Arts Ordinance" file documents Chernow's advocacy for the ordinance in correspondence with town representatives, drafts of the ordinance, and collected documents relating to a similar "Art in Architecture" program from 1977. Records for the Housatonic Community College include yearbooks from three of the years Chernow taught there, with multiple photographs of him marked within them. A photograph of Chernow with Governor Rowland of Connecticut is also found relating to the construction of the Bridgeport facility for the Housatonic College in 1997. A small file is also found for Connecticut Fine Arts, Chernow's art dealership business, containing letters and a database printout of artworks.
Arrangement:
See also series 2, Other Writings, for Chernow's retirement speech from HCC and a file of teaching materials.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
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:
Burt Chernow papers, 1930-2002. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.cherburt, Series 3
See more items in:
Burt Chernow papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw93afe49aa-799f-4036-a705-45cc4c981604
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-cherburt-ref18

Burt Chernow papers, 1930-2002

Creator:
Chernow, Burt, 1933-1997  Search this
Subject:
Peterdi, Gabor  Search this
Hendricks, Barkley L.  Search this
Johnson, Lester  Search this
Arman  Search this
Avery, Milton  Search this
Christo  Search this
Zúñiga, Francisco  Search this
Woodham, Jean  Search this
Jeanne-Claude  Search this
Christo (Wrapped Reichstag)  Search this
Westport-Weston Arts Council (Westport, Conn.)  Search this
Housatonic Community College (Bridgeport, Conn.)  Search this
Housatonic Museum of Art  Search this
Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Transcriptions
Video recordings
Sound recordings
Photographs
Topic:
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Authors -- Connecticut  Search this
Educators -- Connecticut  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6021
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)235373
AAA_collcode_cherburt
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_235373
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Burt Chernow papers

Creator:
Chernow, Burt  Search this
Names:
Housatonic Community College (Bridgeport, Conn.)  Search this
Housatonic Museum of Art  Search this
Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection  Search this
Westport-Weston Arts Council (Westport, Conn.)  Search this
Arman, 1928-2005  Search this
Avery, Milton, 1885-1965  Search this
Christo, 1935-  Search this
Christo, 1935- (Wrapped Reichstag)  Search this
Hendricks, Barkley L., 1945-  Search this
Jeanne-Claude, 1935-2009  Search this
Johnson, Lester, 1919-2010  Search this
Peterdi, Gabor  Search this
Woodham, Jean, 1925-  Search this
Zúñiga, Francisco, 1912-1998  Search this
Extent:
21.8 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Interviews
Transcriptions
Video recordings
Sound recordings
Photographs
Date:
1930-2002
Summary:
The papers of Burt Chernow measure 21.8 linear feet and consist mainly of research materials gathered and produced in the course of writing Christo and Jeanne-Claude: A Biography over an extensive period of close contact with the subjects, from the early 1980s until Chernow's death in 1997. Research materials for the biography include photocopies of personal documents of the Christos, hundreds of recorded interviews with Christo, Jeanne-Claude, their family members, and their associates, transcripts of interviews and research on interview subjects, other collected research material compiled chronologically, drafts of the biography written by Chernow, drafts of the biography and its epilogue produced after Chernow's death, and business records related to the book's production, which include significant correspondence with the Christos. Also found are the published German and U.S. editions of the biography, printed materials and photographs related to the book's subject matter, and fabric samples from five of the Christos' projects undertaken during Chernow's association with them. Chernow's career as an art critic, writer, educator, and arts advocate, primarily in Southern Connecticut, is documented in Chernow's other writings, organizational records, printed materials, and photographs.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of Burt Chernow measure 21.8 linear feet and consist mainly of research materials gathered and produced in the course of writing Christo and Jeanne-Claude: A Biography over an extensive period of close contact with the subjects, from the early 1980s until Chernow's death in 1997. Research materials for the biography include photocopies of personal documents of the Christos, hundreds of recorded interviews with Christo, Jeanne-Claude, their family members, and their associates, transcripts of interviews and research on interview subjects, other collected research material compiled chronologically, drafts of the biography written by Chernow, drafts of the biography and its epilogue produced after Chernow's death, and business records related to the book's production, which include significant correspondence with the Christos. Also found are the published German and U.S. editions of the biography, printed materials and photographs related to the book's subject matter, and fabric samples from five of the Christos' projects undertaken during Chernow's association with them.

Chernow's career as an art critic, writer, educator, and arts advocate, primarily in Southern Connecticut, is documented in Chernow's other writings, organizational records, printed materials, and photographs. Other writings include drafts of articles, lectures, exhibition reviews, and catalog essays, some of which include research material gathered on the subjects. Artists written about by Chernow include Arman, Milton Avery, Barkley Hendricks, Francisco Zuñiga, Lester Johnson, Gabor Peterdi, and Jean Woodham, among many others, and including many Connecticut artists. A recorded interview with Arman, as well as transcripts of multiple interviews with Zuñiga, are filed with these writings. Also found are many writings and lectures related to the value of visual art in public life and in elementary and higher education. Numerous lectures by Chernow about several of the Christos' large-scale projects are also found, one of which, on the Wrapped Reichstag, is recorded on video.

Organizational records document Chernow's involvement in various art education organizations, his years of teaching at Housatonic Community College, his development of the Housatonic Museum of Art collection, and his work with several local arts organizations in Westport, Conn., including the Westport Arts Advisory Council, the Westport Arts Center, the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection Committee, and the Westport Weston Arts Council. Types of documents found include correspondence, clippings, photographs, flyers, and notes.

Printed material includes many of the books written by Chernow, and monographs and magazines which included essays on specific artists by Chernow. A file of clippings about Chernow spanning his career is also found. Photographs include prints, negatives, and contact sheets, and consist mainly of photographs of artists, many of which were taken by Chernow, and many of which are signed by the artists with a personal note to the Chernows. A handful of personal photographs of the Chernows are also found.
Arrangement:
Collection is arranged as 5 series.

Missing Title

Series 1: Research Material for -- Christo and Jeanne-Claude: A Biography -- , 1930-2002 (17.1 linear feet; Boxes 1-17, 23, OV 24)

Series 2: Other Writing, 1962-1999 (1.5 linear feet; Boxes 17-19)

Series 3: Organizational Records, 1963-2000 (1.1 linear feet; Boxes 19-20, 23, OV 24)

Series 4: Printed Material, 1960-2002 (1.3 linear feet; Boxes 20-21, 23)

Series 5: Photographs, 1950-1997 (0.8 linear feet; Boxes 21-23, OV 24)
Biographical / Historical:
Burt Chernow was an art historian, writer, educator, collector, and dealer who founded the Housatonic Museum of Art in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and who, upon his retirement from Housatonic Community College, became the authorized biographer of Christo and Jeanne-Claude, which he researched through close contact with the Christos from 1984 until his death in 1997. Although he had not completed the biography when he died, his wife Ann Chernow saw the manuscript through to publication, and the biography, Christo and Jeanne-Claude: A Biography, was first published in Germany in 2000, and then in the United States in 2002.

Born in New York City in 1933, Chernow earned a master's degree in art education at New York University in 1960, and began his career as an art teacher in the Westport, Connecticut public schools, later joining the faculty of the Art Department at the Housatonic Community College, where he eventually became the department's director. He also taught at the Museum of Modern Art, organizing the Children's Art Carnival in Harlem through the museum, and at Silvermine School of the Arts, the A.B.C.D. Arts Center in Bridgeport, Conn., and the Stamford Museum. While on the faculty at Housatonic Community College, he began collecting original artworks, mainly through donations directly from the artists, for what eventually became the Housatonic Museum of Art. Over the course of nearly 30 years he amassed over 4000 works for the collection, the largest of its kind for a community college, and remained the museum's Emeritus Director until his death. He remained active in civic arts organizations in Westport as well, where he was a founding member of the Westport Arts Center, served on the Westport Arts Advisory Council, and helped to establish the annual Westport Arts Awards.

Upon his retirement from the Housatonic faculty in 1984, Chernow approached Christo and Jeanne-Claude about becoming their authorized biographer. He had participated in their project Surrounded Islands in Miami in 1983, and had played a role in exhibitions and artist talks by Christo at the Aldrich Museum (1981) and the Wadsworth Atheneum (1978) as well. He and his wife Ann Chernow attended and helped to document the Wrapped Pont Neuf (1985) in Paris, and then visited Christo's family in Bulgaria in 1986. It was after their Bulgarian trip that Christo and Jeanne-Claude agreed to authorize him to write their biography, and Chernow's research began in earnest. He conducted hundreds of interviews with them, their family, and associates, participated in the major large-scale projects that took place between 1985 and 1995, and completed a draft of the biography up to the year 1982 before he died suddenly in 1997. After his death, his wife Ann Chernow saw the biography through to publication. It was published with an epilogue by Wolfgang Volz, the Christos' official photographer, bringing the Christos' story up to date from where Chernow had left off, first in Germany, and later in the United States and Italy.

Chernow wrote many books, catalogs, and articles about other artists as well, including Milton Avery, Francisco Zuniga, Gabor Peterdi, Will Barnet, Jean Woodham, and Lester Johnson, among others, and published and lectured widely on the subjects of art education and public art.
Provenance:
Donated 2002 by Ann Chernow, the widow of Burt Chernow.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
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 -- Connecticut  Search this
Art critics -- Connecticut  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Authors -- Connecticut  Search this
Educators -- Connecticut  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Transcriptions
Video recordings
Sound recordings
Photographs
Citation:
Burt Chernow papers, 1930-2002. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.cherburt
See more items in:
Burt Chernow papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9b0f96b06-f802-418f-9058-619da6096571
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-cherburt
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The Clam, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
LaSala, John  Search this
Medium:
Iron, painted black
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Owned by Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection Westport Connecticut
Administered by Westport Parent Teachers Association Cultural Arts Committee 110 Myrtle Avenue Westport Connecticut 06880
Located 304 Riverside Avenue Westport Connecticut
Date:
Ca. 1976
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Animal--Fish--Clam  Search this
Control number:
IAS CT000222
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_325694

Young Bird, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Colburn, Jane  Search this
Medium:
Sculpture: bronze; Base: steel
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection Westport Connecticut
Topic:
Animal--Bird  Search this
Control number:
IAS 68610001
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_443706

Drawn, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Ketchman, Niki  Search this
Medium:
Sculpture: aluminum; Base: steel wire
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection Westport Connecticut
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAS 68610002
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_443707

Research, (painting)

Painter:
Daugherty, James Henry 1889-1974  Search this
Medium:
Oil on board
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection Westport Connecticut
Date:
1961
Topic:
Children  Search this
Occupation--Education--Student  Search this
Object--Written Matter--Book  Search this
Architecture interior--Education  Search this
Control number:
IAP 68610001
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_443708

The Pair, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Woodham, Jean 1925-  Search this
Medium:
Bronze
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection Westport Connecticut
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAS 68610003
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_443709

Chalk Compostion, (painting)

Painter:
Moholy-Nagy, Laszlo 1895-1946  Search this
Medium:
Pastel on paper
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection Westport Connecticut
Date:
1946
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAP 68610002
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_443710

The Waffle Shoppe, (painting)

Painter:
Shepherd, J. Clinton 1888-1975  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Culture:
African American  Search this
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection Westport Connecticut
Topic:
Cityscape--Street  Search this
Architecture exterior--Commercial--Restaurant  Search this
Architecture exterior--Detail--Door  Search this
Figure group  Search this
Ethnic  Search this
Dress--Accessory--Cane  Search this
Figure male--Elderly  Search this
Control number:
IAP 68610003
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_443711

Westport WPA Art Committee, (painting)

Title:
Westport Works Progress Administration Art Committee, (painting)
Painter:
Boyer, Ralph 1879-1952  Search this
Subject:
Evans, Sanford  Search this
Church, Brooke Peters  Search this
Cholmeley-Jones, Henrietta  Search this
Mansfield, King W  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Administered by Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection Westport Connecticut
Located Westport Town Hall 110 Myrtle Avenue Selectman's Conference Room Westport Connecticut 06880
Date:
1939
Topic:
Portrait male--Waist length  Search this
Occupation--Art--Architect  Search this
Portrait female--Waist length  Search this
Occupation--Writer  Search this
Occupation--Political  Search this
Architecture interior--Civic  Search this
Object--Art Object--Print  Search this
Object--Art Object--Painting  Search this
Control number:
IAP 68610004
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_443712

Pageant of Juvenile Literature, (painting)

Painter:
Lambdin, Robert Lynn b. 1886  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Paintings-Mural
Owner/Location:
Administered by Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection Westport Connecticut
Located Westport Public Library Great Hall Westport Connecticut
Date:
Ca. 1934
Topic:
Literature--Character  Search this
Object--Written Matter--Book  Search this
Control number:
IAP 68610005
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_443713

Purchase of Norwalk, (painting)

Painter:
Brown, Samuel E.  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Culture:
Indian  Search this
Type:
Paintings
Paintings-Mural
Owner/Location:
Administered by Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection Westport Connecticut
Located King's Highway Elementary School 125 Post Road West Westport Connecticut 06880
Date:
Ca. 1934
Topic:
History--United States--Connecticut  Search this
Figure group  Search this
Ethnic  Search this
Landscape--Connecticut--Norwalk  Search this
Landscape--Weather--Snow  Search this
Landscape--Season--Winter  Search this
Control number:
IAP 68610006
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_443714

Horace Staples, (painting)

Painter:
Brown, Samuel E.  Search this
Subject:
Staples, Horace  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Administered by Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection Westport Connecticut
Located Staples High School 70 North Avenue Westport Connecticut 06880
Date:
Ca. 1934
Topic:
Portrait male--Bust  Search this
Occupation--Other--Businessman  Search this
Occupation--Monetary--Banker  Search this
Occupation--Monetary--Philanthropist  Search this
Occupation--Education  Search this
Control number:
IAP 68610007
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_443715

Fountain Fresco, (painting)

Painter:
Thew, Garret 1892-1964  Search this
Type:
Paintings
Paintings-Mural
Owner/Location:
Administered by Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection Westport Connecticut
Located Green's Farms Elementary School 17 Morningside Drive South Ceiling of stairwell near north entrance Westport Connecticut 06880
Date:
Ca. 1934
Topic:
Landscape--Weather--Cloud  Search this
Animal--Bird--Gull  Search this
Control number:
IAP 68610008
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_443716

Sketch of Robin Thew for Green's Farms Elementary School Fountain Sculpture, (painting)

Painter:
Thew, Garret 1892-1964  Search this
Subject:
Thew, Robin  Search this
Medium:
Pastel on paper
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection Westport Connecticut
Date:
Ca. 1934
Topic:
Portrait female--Child  Search this
Control number:
IAP 68610009
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_443717

Fountain, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Thew, Garret 1892-1964  Search this
Subject:
Thew, Robin  Search this
Medium:
Bronze
Type:
Sculptures
Sculptures-Fountain
Owner/Location:
Administered by Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection Westport Connecticut
Located Green's Farms Elementary School 17 Morningside Drive South Stairwell near north entrance Westport Connecticut 06880
Date:
Ca. 1934
Topic:
Portrait female--Child  Search this
Animal--Bird--Gull  Search this
Object--Foliage  Search this
Control number:
IAS 68610004
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_443718

Arctic Life, (painting)

Painter:
Heurlin, Magnus Colcord 1895-1986  Search this
Medium:
Oil on masonite
Culture:
Indian  Search this
Type:
Paintings
Paintings-Mural
Owner/Location:
Administered by Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection Westport Connecticut
Located Coleytown Elementary School 65 Easton Road Westport Connecticut 06880
Date:
Ca. 1934
Topic:
Landscape--Phenomenon--Iceberg  Search this
Waterscape--Sea--Arctic Ocean  Search this
Figure group--Family  Search this
Ethnic--Eskimo  Search this
Animal--Dog  Search this
Recreation--Sport & Play--Fishing  Search this
Recreation--Sport & Play--Hunting  Search this
Control number:
IAP 68610010
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_443719

American Literature, (painting)

Painter:
Boyer, Ralph 1879-1952  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Paintings-Mural
Owner/Location:
Administered by Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection Westport Connecticut
Located Staples High School 70 North Avenue Auditorium lobby Westport Connecticut 06880
Date:
Ca. 1934
Topic:
Portrait group  Search this
Occupation--Writer--Author  Search this
Control number:
IAP 68610011
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_443720

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