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American Archives Month

Blogs across the Smithsonian will give an inside look at the Institution’s archival collections and practices during a month long blogathon in celebration of October’s American Archives Month. See additional posts from our other participating blogs, as well as related events and resources, on the Smithsonian’s Archives Month website.

Giuseppe Panza di Biumo

I just read Christopher Knight’s 78-page interview with Giuseppe Panza, who died April 24th, and it was well worth the trouble. Knight, who did the interview for the Archives of American Art in 1985, got the collector to really talk about art and much else beside, though not about shopping or parties or gallery openings. Most strikingly, Panza talked about why he collected, and he expressed himself with a modest seriousness that set off his ideas well.

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