Art critic, Painter, Educator, Photographer
Chicago, Ill.; Mexico
Collection size: 6.9 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; Chicago, Ill.; b. 1900; d. 1974 Worked as administrator for Federal Art Project in Illinois, 1935-1939. Joined Art Institute of Chicago 1939 to develop education programs aimed at secondary schools. In the 1940s traveled to Mexico to paint. Developed friendships with Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo.
Donated in 1990 by Samuel Williams, Arquin's husband.
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