Howard Wise Gallery records, 1943-1989

Howard Wise Gallery
Art gallery
New York, N.Y.

Collection size: 11.4 linear feet

Collection Summary: The records of the Howard Wise Gallery in New York, and its predecessor the Howard Wise Gallery of Present Day Painting and Sculpture in Cleveland, Ohio, 1943-1989. Records consist of correspondence, artist files, exhibition files, business records, videos, and miscellaneous records that document the activities of Wise's gallery in Cleveland from 1957-1961 and, to a much lesser extent, his gallery in New York City from 1960-1968. While gallery owner Howard Wise was noted for his interest in technology in art, and presented some of the earliest and most influential exhibitions of kinetic and light sculpture and video art, the gallery's important and influential work with video artists occurred after the period covered by the records donated to the Archives.

Biographical/Historical Note: The Howard Wise Gallery (established 1960, closed 1971) was an art gallery in New York , N.Y. and Cleveland, Ohio. Wise opened the New York gallery in 1960 after several years in Cleveland. The gallery specialized in kinetic art and light sculpture. In 1971, he closed the gallery to concentrate on Electronic Arts Intermix, an arts support group in the New York area, and then moved to Wellfleet, Mass.

The Howard Wise Gallery records were donated to the Archives of American Art in 1971 by Howard Wise and in 2011 by Barbara Wise, Howard Wise's widow via Dana Kasarsky, Wise's daughter-in-law.

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Materials consisting of publicity, correspondence, exhibition plans, text of an exhibition catalog, and photographs relating to Howard Kiesler were loaned to the Archives for microfilming in 1970. The records were subsequently returned to the Howard Wise Gallery and are available on reels N70-77 but are not described in this finding aid.
Also found in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with Howard Wise conducted by Paul Cummings on February 22, 1971. The Harvard Art Museum Archives also holds archival records of the Howard Wise Gallery.