Cleve Gray papers, 1933-2005

Gray, Cleve, b. 1918 d. 2004
Painter, Sculptor
Active in Conn.

Collection size: 8.8 linear feet

Collection Summary: The Cleve Gray papers, 1933-2005, measure 8.8 linear feet. Papers include biographical material, alphabetical files, writings, artwork, audio/visual records, artifacts, printed material, and photographs. Extensive alphabetical files contain personal and professional correspondence as well as subject files relating to projects and interests. Especially well-documented are: Gray's involvement with the Vietnam movement; and "Threnody," his best-known work composed of fourteen large panels lamenting the dead of both sides sides in Vietnam, commissioned by the Neuberger Museum of Art.

Biographical/Historical Note: Cleve Gray (1918-2004) was a painter, sculptor, and art historian from Cornwall Bridge, Conn.

The Cleve Gray papers were donated to the Archives of American Art by Mr. Gray in 1967 and 1968. The bulk of the collection was given by his widow, Francine du Plessix Gray, in 2007 and 2008.

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Related Materials

Exhibition catalogs and announcements and two scrapbooks donated to the Archives in 1967 and 1968 were microfilmed on reels D314-D315. Items on reel D315, transferred to the Smithsonian American Art Museum Library in 1975, are not described in this finding aid.