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Frances Wolfson Art Gallery records, 1973-1994

Frances Wolfson Art Gallery records, 1973-1994

Frances Wolfson Art Gallery

Collection Information

Size: 5.0 linear ft.

Summary: The bulk of the collection consists of exhibition files, 1977-1992 (4.5 ft.); also found are correspondence, business records, notes and printed material.

Exhibition files, 1977-1992, contain résumés, gallery correspondence, financial records, notes, typescripts, printed material, and photographs of art work and installations for 116 exhibitions. Among the solo exhibitions, represented with more than one folder of documentation are: Gordon Parks, Marilyn Gottlieb-Roberts, Leon Golub, Luis Frangella, Helen Stummer, Sue Coe, Nat Dean, James McGarrell, David Spitzer, and Pedro Mendez Mercado; several group shows with more than one folder include: Florida Artists See Themselves; New Figure Drawing: Twelve Latin American Artists; Florida Figures; Juan Downey, Ismael Frigerio, and Jorge Tacia; Venezuela: The Next Generation; The Rage of Children; Costa Rica Exhibition; South Florida Collective; Nereyda Garcia Ferraz, Sylvia Gruner, and Eugenia Vargas-Daniels; Juan Carlos Garcia-Lavin, Jose Iraola, and Luis Marin; and The Belgian Boom.

General gallery correspondence, 1976-1994, primarily consists of letters concerning proposed exhibitions which were never executed, with artists including Mario Bencomo, Luis Cruz-Azaceta, and Lila Katzen. Correspondence files, 1982-1989, consist of letters exchanged with 3 Miami organizations: Cultural Executives Council, Inc., InterAmerican Art Gallery, and the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. Business records, 1981-1993, consist of annual reports, personnel records, travel records, a telephone log, Miami-Dade Community College Foundation accounts, invoices from Worldwide Books, and miscellaneous financial records.

Notes, 1973-1987, include various artists' resumes, including those of Michael Chisolm, Larry Day, and Jane Piper.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Frances Wolfson Art Gallery was established in 1976 on the Mitchell Wolfson New World Center Campus of the Miami-Dade Community College. It focused on the art of the local Latino community, and served the needs of the College's arts and humanities' students.

Provenance

Donated 1997 Miami Dade Community College.

A Finding Aid to the Frances Wolfson Art Gallery Records,
1973-1994
, in the Archives of American Art
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Biographical/Historical note
The Frances Wolfson Art Gallery was established in 1976 on the Mitchell Wolfson New World Center Campus of the Miami-Dade Community College. It focused on the art of the local Latino community in addition to serving the needs of the College's arts and humanities students. Exhibitions and lectures reflected four major areas of emphasis: the Hispanic community, the Black community, the relationship of art, architecture and culture to the quality of contemporary urban civilization, and the best of new artists presented in solo or cohesive group exhibitions.
Director from 1978 to 1981, Roberta Griffin was followed in that position by Sheldon Lurie in September 1981 until his death in October 1990.
In the spring of 1987, the Frances Wolfson Art Gallery implemented an active exhibition program at the InterAmerican Center in the form of the InterAmerican Art Gallery. Located in the Little Havana section of Miami, the major thrust of this gallery is Hispanic art, reflecting the interests and needs of the surrounding community.
Arrangement note
The collection is arranged as six series according to material type. Records are arranged chronologically unless otherwise noted.
Series 1: Correspondence, 1976-1994 (Box 1; 0.2 linear feet)
Series 2: Business Records, 1981-1993 (Box 1; 0.2 linear feet)
Series 3: Notes, 1973-1987 (Box 1; 2 folders)
Series 4: Exhibition Files, 1977-1992, undated (Boxes 1-5; 4.5 linear feet)
Series 5: Printed Material, 1974-1994 (Box 5; 5 folders)
Series 6: Color Transparencies of Artwork, 1983-1990 (Box 5; 10 items)
Provenance
Donated 1997 Miami Dade Community College.
Processing Information note
The collection was processed and the finding aid written by Jean Fitzgerald in 1999. The finding aid was modified by Stephanie Ashley in November 2001 prior to EAD conversion.

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.

How to Cite This Collection

Frances Wolfson Art Gallery records, 1973-1994. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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