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Subseries 7.1 | A Finding Aid to the Betty Parsons Gallery records and personal papers, circa 1920-1991, bulk 1946-1983 | Digitized Collection

Betty Parsons Gallery records and personal papers, circa 1920-1991, bulk 1946-1983

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7.1: Early Curatorial Files, circa 1940-1958

This subseries consists of files that Parsons retained from her work at the Wakefield Gallery and the Mortimer Brandt Gallery. Files include correspondence, clippings, group exhibition files, announcements, catalogs, photographs, and exhibition and price lists.
Early Curatorial Files are arranged into two sub subseries:
7.1.1: Wakefield Gallery, circa 1940-1944
7.1.2: Mortimer Brandt Gallery, circa 1944-1958
7.1.1:Wakefield Gallery, circa 1939-1944
Found here are files from Betty Parsons' job as director of the Wakefield Gallery, including clippings, correspondence, announcements, exhibition files, exhibition lists, schedules, invoices, receipts and a scrapbook of clippings and exhibition announcements created from a bound dummy copy of
A Treasury of Art Masterpieces
. There are no solo exhibition files, only files for the themed exhibitions,
Love in Art
(1941),
Ballet in Art
(1942), and
Pre-Columbian Stone Sculpture
(1944). The Pre-Columbian Stone Sculpture exhibition files are of particular note as they contain vintage photographs by Aaron Siskind of the sculptures that were produced for reproduction in the exhibition catalogue.
DescriptionContainer
Clippings, circa 1941-1944
38
7
Correspondence, circa 1941-1944
38
8
Exhibition Annoucements, circa 1940-1944
38
9
Love in Art
(1941), circa 1940-1941
38
10
Ballet in Art
(1942), circa 1942
(Partially scanned)
38
11
Pre-Columbian Stone Sculpture
(1944), circa 1944
(3 folders)
38
12-14
Pre-Columbian Stone Sculpture
(1944) - Photographs, Works of Art, circa 1944
(vintage prints by Aaron Siskind; not scanned)
38
15
Exhibition Schedules and Lists, circa 1941-1944
38
16
Invoices and Receipts, 1940-1944
38
17
Scrapbook, 1939-1941
38
18
Transcript of Radio Program
The Artist Reviews Art
, 1943
38
19
7.1.2:Mortimer Brandt Gallery, circa 1944-1958
Found here are select files stemming from Betty Parsons work as the head of the contemporary art section of Mortimer Brandt Gallery. The files consist of clippings, correspondence, announcements, catalogs, exhibition files, and exhibition lists. As with the files from Wakefield Gallery above, these files do not constitute a complete record of Parsons' work with the Mortimer-Brandt Gallery. Exhibition files exist solely for the two exhibitions;
Abstract and Surrealist Art in America
(1944) and
Portraits of Today by Painters of Tomorrow
(1945). There is also correspondence between Parsons and Mortimer Brandt, some of which concerns lease arrangements for Parsons subletting half of the fifth floor of 15 East 57th Street to open her own gallery. There is also correspondence between Parsons and Sidney Janis, who sublet the rest of the floor for his gallery beginning in 1953.
DescriptionContainer
Clippings, circa 1945-1946
38
20
Correspondence, circa 1944-1958
38
21
Exhibitions Annoucements and Catalogs, circa 1944-1946
38
22
Abstract and Surrealist Art in America
(1944), circa 1944
(2 folders)
38
23-24
Portraits of Today by Painters of Today
(1945), circa 1945
39
1
Exhibition file,
Portraits of Today by Painters of Today
(1945)- Photographs, Works of Art, circa 1945
(2 folders; not scanned; see also Box 51)
39
2-3
Lists of Exhibitions and Lenders, circa 1944-1947
39
4
Portraits of Today by Painters of Today
(1945) - Photographs, Works of Art, circa 1945
(See also Box 39, F2; not scanned)
51 (sol)

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