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Sep. 13, 2019

The Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art, the Lunder Institute for American Art, and the Cleveland Museum of Art have joined forces to present a series of three unique workshops to create innovative, adaptable models for teaching the history of American art with primary sources.   

Earlier in the year, through a competitive application process, ten teachers were selected to participate in all three of the upcoming workshops.  We are delighted to announce our cohort:

Sep. 13, 2019

The Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution (the Archives), announced today that it has received a major gift of records from Andrea Rosen, the trailblazing art dealer whose eponymous gallery opened in 1990 in New York City. The 250 linear feet of records comprehensively document Rosen’s notable exhibitions, which began at the original gallery at 130 Prince Street in SoHo and, after 1997, the 525 West 24th Street space. Artist and exhibition files include photographs, correspondence, checklists, price lists, and press clippings.

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  • Using the papers of artist Chiura Obata, archivist Rihoko Ueno tells the story of how he established art schools at the Tanforan and Topaz incarceration camps during World War II.

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Original material can be consulted by appointment in our Washington, D.C. Headquarters.

Select holdings are available on microfilm at the Archives' offices in Washington, D.C. and at our New York Office.

Copies of unrestricted microfilm materials can be obtained through one of our affiliated research centers.

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