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David Weinrib papers, circa 1950-2015

David Weinrib papers, circa 1950-2015

Weinrib, David, 1924-2016

Sculptor, Ceramicist

Collection Information

Size: 4.6 linear feet

Summary: The papers of multimedia sculptor, curator, and instructor David Weinrib measure 4.6 linear feet and date from circa 1950-2015. The collection documents Weinrib's life and career through a small amount of biographical material, project files, and printed and photographic material. Project files make up the bulk of the collection and document Weinrib's teaching at Black Mountain College, his curation of the Pratt Sculpture Park, and an extensive project that he undertook with his second wife, JoAnn Weinrib, in 1998 titled "Sculptors in Their Environments." This project file includes photographic documentation of numerous artists working in their studios including Vito Acconci, Louise Bourgeois, Petah Coyne, Mary Frank, Judy Pfaff, Ursula von Rydingsvard, and many others.

Biographical/Historical Note

David Weinrib (1924-2016) was a sculptor, ceramicist, and instructor who worked primarily in New York City. Weinrib was founder and curator of Pratt Institute's sculpture garden, New York and a potter and instructor at Black Mountain College, North Carolina. In his later years, Weinrib made photograph assembleges.


Donated to the Archives of American Art in 2016 by Abel Weinrib, David Weinrib's son.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information. Use of born digital records requires advance notice.

How to Cite This Collection

David Weinrib papers, circa 1950-2015. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.