Arquin, Florence, b. 1900 d. 1974
Art critic, Painter, Educator, Photographer
Active in Chicago, Ill.; Mexico
Collection size: 8.3 linear ft.
Collection Summary: The Florence Arquin papers measure 6.9 linear feet and date from 1923 to 1985. Included are biographical material, letters, printed material, photographs, notes and writings, a sketchbook, scrapbooks, address books, and ephemera. The collection provides excellent coverage of many aspects of Arquin's career, particularly her role as a photographer and an educator for the Kodachrome Slide Project and her development as a painter in the early 1940s, and her friendship with Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo.
Biographical/Historical Note: Painter, photographer, educator, writer, and critic, Florence Arquin (1900-1974) was active in Chicago, Illinois. She was widely known for her expertise in the field of Latin American Studies and had a close relationship with Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. From 1935 to 1939 she worked as administrator for the Federal Art Project in Illinois and joined the Art Institute of Chicago in 1939 to develop education programs aimed at secondary school students.
Donated in 1990 by Samuel Williams, Arquin's husband.