Heritage Gallery records, 1944-2000, bulk 1960-1998

Heritage Gallery, est. 1961
Art gallery
Los Angeles, Calif.

Collection size: 13.8 linear feet

Collection Summary: The records of Los Angeles Heritage Gallery measure 13.8 linear feet and date from 1944-2000, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1960-1998. The majority of the collection consists of artists' files containing a wide variety of materials documenting the gallery's representation of its contemporary artists and gallery exhibitions, including biographical information, correspondence, and printed materials. About half of the artists' files are related to artist Charles White. Gallery records also include business correspondence, business records and additional printed materials.

Biographical/Historical Note: Heritage Gallery (founded 1961) is an art gallery in Los Angeles, Calif., operated by Benjamin Horowitz. Horowitz was born in New York City in 1912, and moved to Hollywood shortly before the outbreak of World War II. His early dedication to the work of African-American artists, chief among them Charles White, distinguished Horowitz and his gallery. Horowitz, who actively promoted White's work and career, gave him more than fifty one-person exhibitions.

The Heritage Gallery records were donated by Benjamin Horowitz, founder of the gallery, in two accessions in 1998 and 2000.

Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Smithsonian Institution Collection Care Preservation Fund.

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The Archives of American Art holds several collections related to Heritage Gallery and Benjamin Horowitz, including the William Gropper papers and the Charles Wilbert White papers. Also found in the Archives is an oral history interview with Benjamin Horowitz conducted by Molly Saltman as a part of "Art and Artists" interviews, 1965-1966.