Peter Fingesten papers, 1936-1988

Fingesten, Peter, b. 1916 d. 1987
Educator, Sculptor, Arts administrator, Graphic designer
Active in N.Y.

Collection size: 2.6 linear ft. (partially microfilmed on 2 reels)

Collection Summary: Biographical material, correspondence, writings by Fingesten, printed matter, photographs, and a scrapbook.

REEL 2804: Four exhibition catalogues of Fingesten's work (mostly sculpture); four limited edition booklets written by Fingesten; three magazine articles about Fingesten; a folio of reproductions of nine drawings; and a flyer.

REEL 3482: A postcard from Ad Reinhardt, ca. 1962, commending Fingesten for his articles in the COLLEGE ART JOURNAL.

UNMICROFILMED: Correspondence, 1956-1988, concerns Fingesten's artistic career and association with Pace University. Writings, 1961-1987, incldue undated exhibition reviews, a manuscript and published version of "The Dynamics of Creativity: For Artists and Lover's of Art," and an article by Akhter Ahsen, "The Surrealist Manifesto: Interlocking Sanity and Insanity," with related correspondence and commentary by Fingesten. Printed matter, 1942- 1988, includes articles by Fingesten, exhibition catalogs and announcements, and clippings. A scrapbook, 1936-1957, (disbound) contains exhibition announcements and clippings. Photographs depict Fingesten, his wife and friends, and works of art.

ADDITION: Correspondence, 1952-1987, concerns Fingesten's art, writing, and lectures. Writings include diaries,essays, 1941-1973, manuscripts, "The Dynamics of Creativity," 1987, "The Dead Sea Scrolls and Mysticism," and "The Spirit of Christianity in Art and Symbol," and art reviews by Fingesten. Teaching material includes lecture notes and syllabi for courses taught at Pace University. Also included are a draft of his article "Breast of the Madonna," and related research material, including correspondence, notes, photographs, and reproductions (11 vols.) about religion, death, and the ancient world. Printed material includes clippings, exhibition catalogs and announcements, books about religion, death, and the ancient world, and a book about Fingesten's father, Michael Fingesten, Das Graphischewerk, 1984.

Biographical/Historical Note: Sculptor, graphic artist, and educator. Born 1916. Died 1987. Born Berlin, Germany. Emigrated to the United States in 1939. Founded the Pace University Art Department in 1950 and served as chairman until 1986.

Material on reels 2804 and 3482 donated by Peter Fingesten in 1971 and 1976; his widow, Carole C. Fingesten Forbes donated the remainder in 1989, 1990, and 1995.

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  • Microfilm reels 2804 and 3482 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
  • "Breast of the Madonna" draft and and related research material: Authorization to publish, quote, or reproduce must be obtained from: Carole Fingesten, 8 Vernal Ave., Foxboro, Mass. 02035
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