Burt Chernow papers, 1930-2002

Chernow, Burt
Educator, Art historian, Arts administrator
Active in Westport, Conn.

Collection size: 21.8 linear feet

Collection Summary: Biographical material, research material, correspondence, transcripts, writings, photographs, audiotapes, and videotapes documenting Chernow's career as an art historian, writer, and educator. A majority of the files contain Chernow's research material for his biography on Christo (Christo Javacheff) and Christo's wife, Jeanne-Claude.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude materials include correspondence, subject files, manuscripts, notes, bibliographies, interview transcripts and audiotapes, proofs, address books, calendars, articles, reviews, clippings, exhibition poster, legal documents, photographs of the Christos and their projects, and copies of Chernow's posthumously published biography, Christo and Jeanne-Claude : a biography (New York : St. Martin's Press, 2002). Included are photocopies of Christo's and Jeanne-Claude's personal papers. Research material on other artists, including manuscripts, published writings, and photographs relates to the artists Arman, Milton Avery, Will Barnet, Lester Johnson, Gabor Peterdi, and Francisco Zuniga. Also found are files pertaining to Chernow's art activities at the Westport Art Center, Westport art awards, and the Housatonic Museum in Connecticut. An extensive file of photographs by Chernow of artists include ones of Richard Anuskiewicz, Arman, Paul Cadmus, Alexander Calder, Ann Chernow, Christo, Robert Cottingham, James Daugherty, Mary Frank, Paul Jenkins, Lester Johnson, Nicholas Krushenick, Reuben Nakian, Robert Natkin, Alice Neel, Mike Nevelson, Alfonso Ossorio, Nam June Paik, and Gabor Peterdi, among others.

Biographical/Historical Note: Burt Chernow (1933-1997) was an art historian, writer and educator in Westport, Conn. Chernow was professor at Housatonic Community-Technical College in Bridgeport; founder and director emeritus of Housatonic Museum of Art.

Donated 2002 by Ann Chernow, the widow of Burt Chernow.

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  • Interview with Jeanne-Claude conducted by Michael Cullen: Authorization to publish, quote, or reproduce must be obtained from: Ann Chernow, 2 Gorham Avenue, Westport, CT 06880.
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