Walt Kuhn, Kuhn family papers, and Armory Show records, 1859-1984, bulk 1900-1949

Kuhn, Walt, b. 1877 d. 1949
Painter, Sculptor, Printmaker, Portrait painter
Active in New York, N.Y.

Armory Show (1913 : New York, N.Y.)

This site provides access to the bulk of the Walt Kuhn, Walt Kuhn family papers and Armory Show records. These were digitized in 2006, and total 31,198 images.

Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Getty Foundation and the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Collection size: 32.2 linear feet

Collection Summary: The Walt Kuhn Family papers and Armory Show records measure 32.2 linear feet and date from 1859 to 1984, with the bulk of material dating from 1900 to 1949. Papers contain records of the legendary Armory Show of 1913, also known as the International Exhibition of Modern Art, which introduced modern European painting and sculpture to the American public. Papers also contain records of the Association of American Painters and Sculptors (AAPS), the artist-run organization that mounted the Armory Show; records of the New York artists' clubs the Kit Kat Club (founded 1881) and the Penguin Club (founded 1917); and the personal and family papers of New York artist Walt Kuhn (1877-1949), one of the primary organizers of the Armory Show. An unprocessed addition of 2.1 linear feet with material dating from 1894-1984 is comprised of personal and professional correspondence, assorted printed material, photographic material of Kuhn and his artwork, and several artifacts including a make-up box, clown cloak, and three copper printing plates of Kuhn's paintings.

Biographical/Historical Note: Walt Kuhn (1877-1949) was a watercolorist, lithographer, and etcher from New York, New York. Kuhn was a central figure in the organization of the Armory Show, and artistic consultant to the Union Pacific Railroad.

The Walt Kuhn Family papers and Armory Show records were loaned for microfilming and later donated to the Archives of American Art by Walt Kuhn's daughter Brenda Kuhn in several installments between 1962 and 1979. An additional accession of letters, photographs, and an artifact was purchased by the Archives in 2000. All accessions were merged and reprocessed in 2005; and substantial portions of the collection were digitized in 2006. Additional material donated 2015 by Terry DeLapp, Kuhn's dealer.

Funding for the processing and digitization of the Walt Kuhn, Kuhn family papers, and Armory Show records was provided by the Terra Foundation of American Art.

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The Archives of American Art holds the papers of Walter Pach, the European representative of the Armory Show.