Documents & Interviews Out On Loan

This page displays information about original documents from the Archives of American Art which have been loaned to other institutions for exhibition or tours. To learn more about our loan program, see Borrowing Documents for Exhibition.

Frida Kahlo

Scuderie del Quirinale, Rome, Italy
March 20- August 31, 2014

As a part of the Firda Kahlo retrospective, the exhibition will include a photograph of Kahlo and Diego Rivera in the interior court of the Detroit Institute of Arts, Florence Arquin papers.

The exhibition will not travel.

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera in the interior court of the Detroit Institute of Arts


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The Little Prince: An American Story

The Morgan Library & Museum, New York, New York
January 24- April 27, 2014

The exhibition traces the inception of Antoine de Saint-Exupery's work The Little Prince (Le petit prince). Included are two illustrated letters from Saint-Exupery to Hedda Sterne from the Archives of American Art featuring characters that may have influenced the creation of The Little Prince.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry letter to Hedda Sterne

Figure wearing scarf in wind


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PAAM100: A Century of Inspiration, 1914-1939

Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, Massachusetts
August 30, 2013- January 15, 2015

The timeline show, presented in four parts, is a centennial exhibition featuring works from the Provincetown Art Association and Museum's own collection. The exhibition also features archival documents from the Archives of American Art that correspond to various artists' represented in PAAM's own collections, including Blanche Lazell, Karl Knaths, Ross Moffett, Gerrit Beneker, and Hans Hofmann among others.

This is exhibition will not travel.

Gallery 256 meeting minutes

Hans Hofmann School of Fine Arts attendance records

Helen Frankenthaler and Robert Motherwell at their Provincetown studio

Blanche Lazzell studio, interior, Provincetown, Mass.


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James Lee Byars: ½ an Autobiography

Fundación/Colección Jumex, MuseoJumex, Ecatepec, Mexico
November 14, 2013- September 2014

The exhibition focuses on American artist James Lee Byars, and includes telegrams from Byars to famous political figures. These documents are a part of the Samuel Wagstaff papers at the Archives of American Art.

This exhibition travels to the MoMA PS1, Long Island City, New York

James Lee Byars telegram to unknown recipient

James Lee Byars telegram to Richard M. Nixon

James Lee Byars telegram to Queen Elizabeth II

James Lee Byars telegram to Queen Elizabeth II


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Everything Loose Will Land

MAK Center for Art and Architecture, West Hollywood, California
May 8, 2013- July 26, 2014

A part of the Getty Foundation's initiative, Pacific Standard Time: Modern Architecture in L.A., Everything Loose Will Land is a part of a series of exhibitions focusing on Los Angeles architecture from the 1960s-1980s. The exhibition includes floor plans and blueprints from the Woman's Building records and the Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary records, as well as a poster for Carl Andre's exhibition Cuts, Virginia Dwan gallery, 1967.

Travels to Yale School of Architecture, New Haven, Connecticut and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in Fine Arts, Chicago, IL, May 1- July 26, 2014

Plan and specifications for 12839 Washington Blvd in Los Angeles, CA

Floor plan for the proposed Woman's Building, 719-725 S. Spring Street, first floor

Floorplan for the proposed Woman's Building, 719-725 S. Spring Street, ground floor


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Forrest Bess: Seeing Things Invisible

The Menil Collection, Houston, Texas
April 19, 2013- September 14, 2014

The exhibition focuses on the life and career of the artist Forrest Bess. Photographs of Bess, correspondence, and his thesis are included in the exhibition, devoted to exploring Bess' inner self in relation to his art. Documents from the Betty Parsons papers and Gallery records and the Meyer Schapiro papers are included.

Travels to the Hammer Museum, University of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, The Neuberger Museum of Art at the Purchase College State University of New York, Purchase, New York, and the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archives at the University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, California.

One page of Forrest Bess'

Betty Parsons letter to Forrest Bess

Forrest Bess letter to President Dwight D. Eisenhower

Forrest Bess letter to Betty Parsons


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Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey

Organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Services
October 1, 2012- October 31, 2014

Excerpts from a 1968 and a 1980 interview with Romare Bearden are included in the audio tour and documentary portion of the exhibition.

Travels to Reynolda House Museum of Art, Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas; Chazen Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin; Michael C. Carlos Museum, Atlanta, Georgia; Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire; Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, New York, New York


Audio tour of public art collection

San Francisco International Airport, San Francisco, California
March 2011

The San Francisco Arts Commission is using excerpts from oral history interviews with Lee Mullican, Roy De Forest and Wally Hedricks conducted for the Archives of American Art, to highlight their public art collection with an audio tour in terminal 2 at the SFO airport.

This is an ongoing tour.


Atalaya Tour

South Carolina State Parks, Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
July 31, 2010- Ongoing

Audio excerpts from the 1964 oral history interview with Anna Hyatt-Huntington conducted by Dorothy Seckler for the Archives of American Art are used in the audio tour of Anna and Archer Huntington's winter home.

This tour is available as an audio tour and can be downloaded from the website.