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Smithsonian Presents “Artist Teacher Organizer: Yasuo Kuniyoshi in the Archives of American Art”

Released: 3/12/15

Kuniyoshi in his studio near a partially completed painting.

Kuniyoshi in his studio, ca. 1940. Photograph by Alfredo Valente. Alfredo Valente papers.

The Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art will explore the remarkable career of American modernist painter, photographer and printmaker Yasuo Kuniyoshi (1889–1953) in the exhibition, “Artist Teacher Organizer: Yasuo Kuniyoshi in the Archives of American Art,” The exhibition will be on view at the Lawrence A. Fleischman Gallery at the Smithsonian’s Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture from March 30–July 10, 2015.

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Symposium on Mixed-media Archives and Contemporary Art History

Released: 2/25/15

The Archives of American Art announces an upcoming symposium, “The Multi-Media Archive: Stewardship and Use of Audiovisual Media Documenting Contemporary Art History,” to be held at the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture, in Washington D.C., on Friday, March 27.

This symposium is a culminating event for the Archives of American Art’s 3-year project Uncovering Hidden Audiovisual Media Documenting Postmodern Art. The project collections document a period of contemporary American art when ephemeral and dynamic new art forms and means for documenting art were emerging in art communities and spaces across the country. The audiovisual materials in these collections are rare archival resources that uniquely document this recent art history, but gaps in archival standards and best practices for documenting audiovisual media found in archival repositories have often left this material hidden and unavailable to Archives users.

The symposium will bring together the two sides of the archival repository’s community -- archivists and people who use archives -- to consider the complexities and possibilities of audiovisual recordings that form part of the archival record of contemporary American art history.

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Public Reading of Diaries at the Archives of American Art

Released: 12/30/14

Join us on Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 4 p.m. in the Lawrence A. Fleischman Gallery for a public reading of diaries from the Archives of American Art. Selected participants will read intriguing diary entries from the first of the year.

On January 1, painter Jervis McEntee was broody, sculptor John Storrs was reflective, printmaker Blanche Lazzell was optimistic, and painter Karl Zerbe was hungover. Learn how these and other artists rang in the New Year.

This free public program is organized in conjunction with our current exhibition, "A Day in the Life: Artists' Diaries from the Archives of American Art."


Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art Announces Winner of 2014 Graduate Research Essay Prize

Released: 12/16/14

Christina Weyl, a doctoral candidate in art history at Rutgers University, was awarded the Archives of American Art Graduate Research Essay Prize funded by the Dedalus Foundation Inc. In its third year, this prize recognizes authors who advance the understanding of American art history by using the resources of the Archives of American Art as primary evidence. It also promotes scholarship that lends itself to innovative online presentations. The annual competition is open to anyone enrolled in a graduate program in art history, visual culture, American studies or related fields.

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Dedalus Foundation Visiting Scholar at the Archives of American Art

Released: 10/14/14

In honor of Robert Motherwell’s centenary, the Dedalus Foundation invites applications for a 2014-2015 art history research grant focused on Motherwell and his contemporaries.  The scholar(s) in residence at the Archives of American Art in Washington, DC, will concentrate on materials in the collection of the Archives that expand on current Motherwell research.

Each scholar will be awarded $3,000 plus a travel stipend up to $1,000.  The residency may occur at any time before the fall of 2015.  The scholars will be required to prepare and present the results of their research at a Washington, DC-based symposium to be held in December of 2015.

How to Apply


Archives of American Art To Open “A Day in the Life: Artists’ Diaries from the Archives of American Art” Exhibition September 26, 2014

Released: 9/16/14

The Smithsonian's Archives of American Art presents an intimate look into artists' lives in the upcoming exhibition “A Day in the Life: Artists' Diaries from the Archives of American Art.” The exhibition will be open September 26, 2014–February 28, 2015, in the Lawrence A. Fleischman Gallery at the Smithsonian's Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture.


A Guide to Provenance Research at the Archives of American Art

Released: 6/30/14

Storage room filled with crates of recovered artwork at the Wiesbaden Collecting Point in Germany, 1946.  James Rorimer papers, Archives of American Art.

Storage room filled with crates of recovered artwork at the Wiesbaden Collecting Point in Germany, 1946. James Rorimer papers, Archives of American Art.

The extensive and multi-dimensional collections of the Archives of American Art, including nearly 200 gallery archives, provide some of the most fruitful resources anywhere for documenting the history of European art collecting and for American and international provenance studies. The extraordinary depth of detail found in the Archives’ holdings of dealer, art historian, artist, collector, and gallery correspondence, stock inventories, estate records, oral histories, sales ledgers, photographic images, as well as exhibition and bibliographic materials, offer remarkable opportunities for provenance research and scholarship.

This guide is the result of a project funded by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation to enhance access to the Archives’ World War II era provenance research collections. 

View it online: http://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/projects/provenance


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Symposium on Mixed-Media Archives and Contemporary Art History

The Archives of American Art announces an upcoming symposium, “The Multi-Media Archive: Stewardship and Use of Audiovisual Media Documenting Contemporary Art History,” to be held at the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture, in Washington D.C., on Friday, March 27, 2015.

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Smithsonian Presents “Artist Teacher Organizer: Yasuo Kuniyoshi in the Archives of American Art”

Exhibition Features Newly Discovered Personal Papers on View March 30–July 10, 2015.

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