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Gene Davis papers, 1920-2000, bulk 1942-1990

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 8 series.

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Series 1: Biographical Material , 1930-1987
0.6 Linear feet
Box 1, 17

Series contains biographical documents such as birth and death certificates, awards, biographical narratives by Gene Davis and others, CVs, and résumés. Also found are personal documents from Gene Davis's family and childhood, documentation related to his death and memorial service, and papers for the family pets. Juvenilia includes a childhood essay and drawing, and memorabilia includes performance programs from the 1930s, French currency from 1944, and a clipping annotated by his mother. Papers related to Davis's job as a White House correspondent include schedules, invitations, telephone directories, and documentation of President Truman's travels.
Documentation of Davis's death and memorials include programs and typescript of remarks made at the service, a sound recording of the service on one sound cassette, photocopies of published obituaries, and a photograph album created for the memorial.
Additional material related to Davis's years as a journalist is found in series 5, Writings and series 7, Photographs. Original copies of many of the published obituaries are found in series 6, Printed Material. Additional photographs from Davis's childhood and early years are found in series 7, Photographs.
Description Container Select
Biographical Narratives, circa 1963-1985
1
1
Birth and Death Certificates, 1969, 1985
1
2
Certificates and Awards, 1953 - circa 1983
1
3
CVs and Résumés, circa 1968-1985
1
4
Documentary
Gene Davis
by Carl Colby, 1986
1 videocassettes (u-matic)
Broadcast on WETA-TV (Washington, D.C.)
1
5
Dog Papers, 1964-1973
1
6
Family Papers, 1939-1978
1
7
High School Yearbook, 1938
1
8
Horoscope, 1975
1
9
Juvenilia, circa 1930
1
10
Memorabilia, 1937-1953
1
11
Memorial Service Program and Remarks, 1985
1
12
Memorial Service, Sound Recording, 1985
2 sound cassettes
duplicates
1 sound cassette
original
1
12
Memorial Events and Proclamations, 1985-1987
1
13
Obituaries, 1985
1
14
Papers Related to White House Correspondent Job, 1946-1947
1
15
Photograph Album for Memorial, 1985
Oversized album housed in Box 17
1
16
Oversized Photograph Album from Box 1, folder 16
17

Series 2: Correspondence , 1943-1990
1.7 Linear feet
Boxes 1-3, OV 19

Correspondence is mainly of a professional nature, and correspondents include gallery and museum curators, private art collectors, publishers, fellow artists, art educators, academics, and students. Letters document exhibitions, sales, book projects, teaching jobs, visits to studios, local art community events in the Washington, D.C. area, and other projects. A few early letters are found related to Davis's personal life and work as a journalist prior to 1955, but most correspondence is from after that date and pertains to his art career. Almost all letters are addressed to Gene Davis, but scattered letters, including letters of condolence from 1985, are addressed to Florence Davis. Significant correspondents include Gene Baro, Douglas Davis, Clement Greenberg, Gerald Nordland, William Seitz, Alma Thomas, and Donald Wall.
Series is arranged alphabetically by correspondent. Correspondents with more than two letters are filed in individual folders by name, with the remainder of correspondence filed in a general alphabetical file. Where drafts of outgoing letters were found with related incoming letters, they have been kept together, but most drafts of letters by Gene Davis, and some original letters sent to his wife Florence, are filed under his name. Correspondents may be filed under either corporate or personal name, and cross-references are provided in the folder listing where possible. Additional correspondence with museums and galleries is found in series 4, Business and Estate Records, in the gallery files, museum files, legal records, and estate of Gene Davis files.
Description Container Select
A, 1967-1985
1
17
Leslie Ahlander, 1962-1980
See also John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
1
18
Albany Institute of history and Art, 1981-1982
1
19
Lawrence Alloway, 1961-1966
1
20
Mario Amaya, 1970
1
21
American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, 1978-1980
1
22
American Institute of Architects Foundation, 1976-1977
1
23
André Emmerich Gallery, 1961-1977
1
24
Architecture
Magazine, 1984
1
25
Archives of American Art, 1978-1983
1
26
Art in America
, 1967-1979
1
27
Art-in-Architecture Program, General Services Administration, 1977-1979
1
28
Art in Embassies Program, 1977-1983
1
29
Art Institute of Chicago, 1976-1978
1
30
ArtForum
, 1966-1979
1
31
ARTnews
, 1966-1979
1
32
Artpark, 1979-1984
1
33
Atelier Chapman Kelley, 1969
1
34
Arthur Auerbach, 1965-1983
1
35
Axiom Gallery, 1969-1971
1
36
B, 1961-1985
1
37
Gene Baro, 1966-1982
1
38
Baltimore Museum of Art, 1961-1970
1
39
Michael Berger, 1971-1976
1
40
Deeda Blair, 1977
1
41
Murray Bring, 1979-1984
1
42
Brooklyn Museum of Art, 1980-1982
See also Museum Files in series 4, Business and Estate Records
1
43
Byron Burford, 1972-1973
1
44
C, 1960-1985
Includes a sympathy letter from the Coalition of Washington Artists, 1985
1
45
Carnegie Institute, 1961, 1981-1983
1
46
Charles Cowles Gallery, 1982-1986
See also Gallery Files in series 4, Business and Estate Records
1
47
Chase Manhattan Bank, 1969-1970
1
48
Chrysler Museum at Norfolk, 1975-1976
1
49
Alan Cohen, 1974-1986
1
50
Collector's Press, 1967-1968
1
51
College of William and Mary, Joseph and Margaret Muscarelle Museum of Art, 1982-1984
See also Museum Files in series 4, Business and Estate Records
1
52
Corcoran Gallery of Art and Corcoran School of Art, 1953-1970
See also Museum Files in series 4, Business and Estate Records
1
53
Corcoran Gallery of Art and Corcoran School of Art, 1971-1988
1
54
Paul Cornwall Jones (Petersburg Press), 1968-1977
1
55
Coudert Brothers (see also Axiom Gallery), 1970-1972
1
56
Cranbrook Academy of Art, 1978-1988
1
57
Andrew Crispo (Crispo Gallery), 1976-1984
1
58
D, 1950-1985
Includes invitation from Dupont Theater Art Gallery to first public exhibition in 1950, and letters from Claudia Demonte
1
59
Douglas Davis, 1969-1974
Oversized ilustrated letter housed in OV 19
1
60
Florence Coulson Davis, 1959-1965
1
61
Gene Davis, circa 1948-1984
1
62
Delaware Art Museum, 1983
See also Museum Files in series 4, Business and Estate Records
2
1
John and Jean Denman, 1981-1983
2
2
Des Moines Art Center, 1967
2
3
Robert M. Doty (Whitney Museum), 1969-1970
2
4
Droll/Kolbert Gallery, 1978-1980
See also Gallery Files in series 4, Business and Estate Records
2
5
Dunkelman Gallery, 1970-1980
See also Gallery Files in series 4, Business and Estate Records
2
6
E, 1962-1985
2
7
Eleanor LeMaire Associates, 1970-1971
2
8
Elizabeth Weiner Gallery, 1979-1980
See also Master Editions
2
9
Emerson Gallery, 1979
2
10
Experiments in Art and Technology, Incorporated, 1971
2
11
F, 1943-1987
2
12
Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, 1977-1987
2
13
Fendrick Gallery, 1969-1982
See also Gallery Files in series 4, Business and Estate Records
2
14
Fischbach Gallery, 1967-1978
See also Gallery Files in series 4, Business and Estate Records
2
15
James Fitzsimmons (Art International), 1967-1980
2
16
Betty Fleming (Betty Corcoran Fleming Fine Art, Inc.), 1977
2
17
Alfred Frankenstein, 1964-1967
2
18
G, 1965-1985
Includes letter from Attalai Gábor
2
19
Dorry Gates, 1977-1979
2
20
Gilles Gheerbrant, 1972-1974
2
21
Barbara Gold, 1968-1969
2
22
Richard Gray, 1966-1976
2
23
Green Gallery (Richard Bellamy), 1961-1962
2
24
Clement Greenberg, 1979, 1961-1967
2
25
Gres Gallery, 1958-1961
2
26
H, 1961-1985
Contains letters from Ben Heller, HKL Ltd., and a telegram expressing condolences from Walter Hopps.
2
27
Harcus Krakow Gallery, 1975-1979
2
28
Grace Hartigan, 1981-1983
2
29
Henri Gallery, 1960-1976
See also Gallery Files in series 4, Business and Estate Records
2
30
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 1974-1983
2
31
Hokin Gallery, 1979-1983
See also Gallery Files in series 4, Business and Estate Records
2
32
Joyce Homan, 1982-1985
2
33
Andrew Hudson, 1965
2
34
Hubert Humphrey, 1966
2
35
I, 1976
2
36
I. Irving Feldman Galleries, 1978-1984
See also Gallery Files in series 4, Business and Estate Records
2
37
J, 1962-1985
2
38
The Jewish Museum (Kynaston McShine), 1967-1968
2
39
John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 1969-1982
2
40
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 1972-1983
2
41
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, 1970-1975
2
42
Pat Jones, 1983-1984
2
43
Joslyn Art Museum, 1981-1985
2
44
K, 1969-1984
Contains letters from David Katzive and a typescript description of a conceptual work by Ridge Kelley
2
45
King Printing, 1974-1975
2
46
L, 1969-1985
Contains letters from Jack Levine, Macha Laget, Leo Castelli Gallery, Fred Lutz, and Maurice Tuchman of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
2
47
James and Jane Lodge, 1976
2
48
M, 1968-1985
Contains letters from Ed McGowin, Maryland Institute College of Art, McIntosh/Drysdale Gallery, Martha Jackson Gallery, John Myers, Milwaukee Art Center, and Lee Malone
2
49
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Committee on the Visual Arts (Wayne Anderson), 1966-1981
2
50
Master Editions, Inc., 1978-1979
See also Elizabeth Weiner
2
51
Medici-Berenson Gallery (Lois Cutler), 1978-1984
2
52
Howard Mehring, circa 1963
2
53
Vincent Melzac, 1964-1985
2
54
Meredith Contemporary Art (Baltimore), 1982-1983
2
55
Thomas Messer (Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum), 1961-1977
2
56
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1972-1983
2
57
Joan Mondale, 1978-1983
2
58
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1978-1979
2
59
Museum of Modern Art (William Seitz, Dorothy Miller), 1963-1981
2
60
N, 1951-1985
Contains letter from J.B. Neuman, the New Museum, and an exhibition announcement from Barnett Newman
2
61
Steven W. Naifeh, circa 1974-1984
2
62
National Gallery of Art, 1972-1980
2
63
National Life Insurance Company, 1963-1964
2
64
Neiman-Marcus Store, Bal Harbour, Florida, 1970-1987
2
65
Walter A. Netsch, 1978-1979
2
66
Newport Harbor Art Museum, 1979-1985
2
67
John Nichols, 1979
2
68
Gerald Nordland, 1964-1982
2
69
Percy North, 1984-1985
2
70
Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (Gerald Ferguson, Seth Siegelaub), 1970-1977
2
71
O, 1969-1982
Contains letters from Oklahoma Art Center and Osuna Gallery
2
72
Brian O'Doherty, 1963-1965
2
73
Oliver T. Carr Company, 1968-1970
2
74
Oxford Polytechnic (Tom Porter), 1975-1976
2
75
P, 1946-1990
Includes letter from Norman Vincent Peale to Gene Davis's mother, and letters from Pyramid Galleries
2
76
Pace Editions, Inc., 1973-1979
2
77
Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1971-1983
2
78
The Phillips Collection, 1965-1975
2
79
Preston Phillips, 1982-1984
2
80
Poindexter Gallery (New York), 1961-1971
See also Gallery Files in series 4, Business and Estate Records
2
81
Ralph Pomeroy, 1969-1970
2
82
Tom Porter, 1980-1981
2
83
Praeger Publishers, Inc., 1970-1975
2
84
Max Protetch, Protetch-Rivkin, Protetch-McIntosh, 1971-1985
2
85
Ann Purcell, circa 1980-1986
2
86
Q-R, 1942-1985
Contains letters from Rolf Ricke, Barbara Rose, Gloria Ross, and a condolence card from Nancy and Ronald Reagan
2
87
S, 1954-1985
Contains letters from Roy Slade, the Society of Washington Artists, Willoughby Sharp, Therese Schwartz, and Sable Gallery.
2
88
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 1965-1969
See also Gerald Nordland
2
89
Frederic W. Schwartz, Jr., 1976-1980
2
90
William Seitz, 1965-1973
See also Museum of Modern Art
2
91
Skidmore College Summer in Experiment, 1969
2
92
Smithsonian Institution, National Collection of Fine Art, or National Museum of American Art, 1966-1985
2
93
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1975-1981
See also Tom Messer
2
94
Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, 1982
2
95
Walter Stern, 1965
2
96
Southern Christian Leadership Conference, 1968-1969
2
97
Studio International
, 1969-1973
2
98
Mary Swift, 1980-1985
Contains a photographic print of a portrait of Davis
2
99
T, 1966-1979
Contains a letter from Alma Thomas
2
100
Tate Gallery, 1969-1975
2
101
U, 1964-1980
2
102
U.S. Olympic Editions by Kennedy Graphics, 1974
2
103
University of Maryland, 1967-1985
2
104
University of Missouri, Kansas City, 1981-1984
2
105
University of Utah, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, 1972-1973
2
106
V, 1979-1980
2
107
Annemarie Verna, 1972
2
108
Vesti Corporation, 1980-1981
2
109
André Pascalis Volant de La Barre, 1981-1983
2
110
W, 1960-1986
3
1
Walker Art Center, 1976-1984
3
2
Donald Wall, circa 1968-1976
3
3
Washington Gallery of Modern Art, 1963-1967
3
4
Washington Post
, 1961-1981
3
5
Washington Project for the Arts, circa 1976-1985
3
6
Whitney Museum of American Art, 1970-1984
3
7
Who's Who
, 1965-1969
3
8
James Witt, circa 1982
3
9
Y, 1969-1984
3
10
First Names Only, Unsigned, and Envelopes Only, 1945-1985
3
11
Oversized Illustrated Letter from Douglas Davis, from Box 1, folder 60
OV 19

Series 3: Interviews and Lectures , 1964-1983
0.3 Linear feet
Box 3

Series contains interviews with Gene Davis in the form of sound recordings and transcripts. Many of the interviews were broadcast or published. Also found is a single lecture by Davis given in 1969 at the National Collection of Fine Arts, Smithsonian Institution, entitled "Contemporary Painting." The Rose, Wall, and Hopps interviews with Davis (1971 and 1973) were later edited and published in a monograph in 1975. Edited transcripts related to that publication are found with original transcripts in this series. The Squirru and Voice of America interviews, as well as the Davis lecture, are on 4 sound tape reels, and the Hopps interview is on 1 sound cassette.
Arrangement is chronological. Galley proofs from the Donald Wall publication are found in the Writings series.
Description Container Select
Interview with Rafael Squirru, Pan American Union, circa 1964
2 sound tape reels
3
12
"Suggestions for an Interview with Gene Baro," for
Studio International
, circa 1967
3
13
"Contemporary Painting," Lecture by Davis at the National Collection of Fine Arts, Smithsonian Institution, 1969 August 26
1 sound tape reel
Includes transcript
3
14
"A Conversation with Gene Davis" by Barbara Rose, 1971
3
15
Interview by Donald Wall, 1971
3
16
"An Interview with Gene Davis" by Walter Hopps, 1973 October
1 sound cassette
Includes transcript
3
17
Voice of America Interview, 1974 April 3
1 sound tape reel
Reel 2 of 2 only. Location of Reel 1 of 2 unknown.
3
18
Interview with David Tannous for Art in America, circa 1977
3
19
"A Conversation with Gene Davis" by Jean Lawlor Cohen, circa 1978
3
20
Interview by Mary Swift, 1978
3
21
Interview with Lisa Lyons, 1978
3
22
Interview by John Gerard, Cranbrook Academy of Art, 1981
3
23
Interview by Jerry Clapsaddle and Percy North, 1983
3
24

Series 4: Business and Estate Records , 1942-1990
1.6 Linear feet
Boxes 3-5, 17, OV 20

Series contains business records related to Davis's art career, including records of artwork, prices, sales, contracts, financial and legal records, gallery and museum files, records related to the construction of Davis's home studio in 1970, and a few teaching records. In general, records from Davis's lifetime are found throughout the series and records created after Davis's death in 1985 are filed under Estate of Gene Davis. An exception is the Charles Cowles Gallery and Hokin Gallery files, which contain records of the estate inventory, sales, and loans. Records filed under Estate of Gene Davis mainly reflect Florence Davis's efforts to document the works of her husband, and to manage their exhibition, promotion, and sale after April 1985. Gallery files contain inventory lists, sales records, and some correspondence and span Davis's career. Museum files typically contain loan agreements, shipping records, insurance appraisals, records related to gifts and purchase of artwork, and invoices for artwork reproductions. Private sales include records of sales made directly by Davis to individual and corporate buyers, including his large-scale installation at Neiman Marcus in Boca Raton, Florida. Davis's exhibition
Child and Man: A Collaboration
(1983), which featured children's art juxtaposed with his own and curated by Washington Project for the Arts, is documented in a series of files for each of the five venues. The construction of Davis's home studio is documented with architectural drawings, correspondence, invoices, and 13 super 8 mm film reels shot by Davis.
Arrangement is alphabetical, with major headings grouping gallery, museum, and estate records. Additional material related to many of the transactions documented here, particularly related to sales and exhibitions, are found in series 2, Correspondence. Photographs of artwork and exhibitions are in series 7, Photographs.
Description Container Select
Art Income and Expenses, 1965-1984
3
25
Artwork Lists, circa 1968-1982
3
26
Artwork Price Lists, circa 1960-1983
3
27
Artwork Provenance, circa 1980-1990
3
28
Business Cards, undated
3
29
Contracts, 1962-1980
3
30
Estate of Gene Davis
Card Catalog of Artworks, circa 1986-1988
3
31
Correspondence, 1987
3
32
Financial Records, 1988-1990
3
33
Fine Art Appraisal, 1989
3
34
Gifts to Museums, 1987-1989
3
35
Legal Correspondence, 1982-1988
3
36
Notes, circa 1985-1990
3
37
Photo Documentation of Damaged Paintings, after 1985
3
38
Photo Documentation of Harrison Street Storage, 1985-1986
3
39
Shipping Receipts, 1985
3
40
Exhibition Files for
Child and Man: A Collaboration
General File, 1983-1985
3
41
Joslyn Art Museum, 1984
3
42
Joseph and Mary Muscarelle Museum, College of William and Mary, 1984
3
43
Polk Museum, 1985
3
44
Tampa Museum, 1985
3
45
Gallery Files
General File, 1969-1985
3
46
Floor Plans, circa 1965-1985
Oversized floor plan in OV 20
3
47
Axiom Gallery, 1969-1970
3
48
Charles Cowles Gallery, General File, 1982-1990
2 of 5 folders
3
49-50
Charles Cowles Gallery, General File, 1982-1990
3 of 5 folders
4
1-3
Charles Cowles Gallery, Condition Reports, circa 1985
4
4
Charles Cowles Gallery, Notes, circa 1985-1989
4
5
Charles Cowles Gallery, Printed Material, circa 1985-1990
4
6
Charles Cowles Gallery, Photographs of Artwork, circa 1985-1990
4
7
Dorry Gates, Inc., 1978-1984
4
8
Droll/Kolbert Gallery, 1979-1980
Oversized price list in Box 17
4
9
Dunkelman Gallery, circa 1970-1973
4
10
Fendrick Gallery, 1975-1981
4
11
Fischbach Gallery, 1968-1978
4
12
Henri Gallery, 1968-1977
4
13
Hokin Gallery, 1980-1987
4
14
I. Irving Feldman Gallery, 1979-1986
4
15
Max Protetch, 1975-1977
4
16
McIntosh/Drysdale Gallery, 1981-1982
4
17
Middendorf Gallery, 1983-1985
4
18
Pense Gallery, 1986-1987
4
19
Poindexter Gallery, 1963-1965
4
20
Washington Project for the Arts, 1980-1983
4
21
Guggenheim Fellowship, 1970-1974
4
22
Insurance and Taxes, 1965, 1984, 1942
4
23
Jury Action Notices, 1953-1956
4
24
Legal Records
Henri Gallery Law Suit, 1970-1977
4
25
King Printing Law Suit, 1976
4
26
Mailing Lists, 1970-1971
4
27
Museum Files
General File, 1965-1984
4
28
Brooklyn Museum of Art, 1982
4
29
Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1969-1985
4
30
Delaware Art Museum, 1983
4
31
Joseph and Margaret Muscarelle Museum of Art, College of William and Mary, 1984
4
32
National Collection of Fine Arts, Smithsonian Institution, 1965-1979
4
33
Neuberger Museum, SUNY Purchase, 1986
4
34
Walker Art Center, 1978-1979
4
35
Whitney Museum of American Art, 1971-1973
4
36
Photo Documentation of Damaged Studio, 1975
4
37
Print Sales, Petersburg Press Ltd., 1968-1975
4
38-39
Private Sales, 1969-1975
Oversized floor plan for Neiman Marcus mural in OV 20
4
40
Receipts and Expenses, circa 1965-1978
4
41
Studio Construction Records, 1970-1971
4
42
Studio Construction Film Footage, circa 1971
13 film reels
super 8 mm
4
43-49
Teaching Records, 1968-1982
5
1
Oversized Price List from Box 4, folder 9
17
Oversized Floor Plans from Box 3, folder 47
OV 20
Oversized Floor Plan from Box 4, folder 40
OV 20

Series 5: Writings , 1944-1990
2 Linear feet
Boxes 5-6, 17, 19

Writings include notes, articles, statements, essays, books, and research material by and about Gene Davis. Writings by Gene Davis include artist statements, magazine and newspaper articles about art, news stories written as a White House correspondent for Transradio Press Service, exhibition-related texts, notes, and a proposal for the site-specific "Grass Painting" at the Kennedy Center in 1974. Artist's statements were usually written for specific Davis exhibitions, and include a statement for the "Gene Davis Give-Away," a happening undertaken with Douglas Davis and Ed McGowin in 1969. Several of Davis's articles reflect specifically on the Washington, D.C. art scene. Most of the writings exist as typescripts. Photocopies of the published article are found for a few items.
Writings by others include articles and books about Gene Davis by various authors, and research notes by Percy North. Articles are filed by author. One of the books is a handwritten satire by Jim Lodge documenting the installation of a large work by Davis in a private office. Other books with records in this series are monographs on Davis; one by Donald Wall (1975) and another by Steven Naifeh (1982). Materials found for Wall's book include galley proofs for interviews of Davis conducted by Barbara Rose, Donald Wall, and Walter Hopps, and color proofs of the color plates. Materials found for the Naifeh book include an edited typescript of the text, black and white photographic prints of images from the book, and color transparencies and Chromalin prints of color plates. The photographs are heavily annotated with markup for print production, as well as some source information. Black and white photographs referred to as "reference prints" are photographs of Davis and others. The rest of the photographs and plates are of artworks.
Research notes by Percy North include photocopied published material with annotations by North, notes, a list of articles collected, and notes updating the bibliography and exhibition list for Naifeh's 1982 monograph.
Writings by Gene Davis are filed first, alphabetically by title, form, or subject, followed by writings by others, filed alphabetically by author. Where multiple drafts exist for a piece, the draft that appears to be closest to final is filed at the front of the folder. Published versions of many of the writings are found in series 6, Printed Materials. Original transcripts and one sound recording from the interviews contained in the 1975 Donald Wall book are found in series 2, Interviews and Lectures.
Description Container Select
Writings by Gene Davis
Artist Statements, circa 1962-1983
5
2
Bulletin Board Materials, circa 1968-1970
5
3
Notes, circa 1960-1985
5
4
Untitled Fragments, circa 1970
5
5
For
Architecture
Magazine, 1984
5
6
"Gene Baro (1924-1982) - A Tribute", 1982
5
7
"Jacob Kainen's Recent Work", circa 1970
5
8
Journalism as a White House Correspondent, circa 1944-1948
5
9-12
"A New York State of Mind" in the
Washington Post
, 1981 November 3
5
13
On Arshile Gorky, circa 1965
5
14
On "Big" Al Carter, 1982
5
15
On Franz Bader, circa 1985
5
16
On Douglas Davis, circa 1970
5
17
On Mary Page Evans, 1984
5
18
On Max Protetch, circa 1975
5
19
On Pablo Picasso, circa 1973
5
20
On Working as a Journalist, circa 1983
5
21
"Options: Washington, 1981", 1981
5
22
"Proposal for a Grass Painting", circa 1974
5
23
"A Rambling Love Note to the Phillips Collection" and "Campaign for the Phillips", circa 1960, 1982
5
24
"Random Thoughts on Art" for Art International, 1971
5
25-27
Specifications for Canvas Stretchers, 1962
5
28
Response to Irving Sandler Questionnaire, 1966
5
29
Response to ArtForum Questionnaire, 1975
5
30
"Time Painting", circa 1972
5
31
Video Tape Ideas, circa 1971
Oversized notes in OV 19
5
32
"Washington Art in the Fifties - An Artist's Memoir", circa 1979
5
33
Articles by Others
Leslie Judd Ahlander, "The Emerging Art of Washington", 1962
5
34
Lawrence Alloway, "Nine Contemporary Painters, U.S.A.", 1964
5
35
Gene Baro, "The Drawn Image", circa 1980
5
36
Gene Baro on Gene Davis, 1979
5
37
Murray Bring, "Toast to Gene" for Middendorf Exhibition, 1983
5
38
Jean Lawlor Cohen, on Gene Davis, 1967
5
39
Jean Lawlor Cohen, "Washington Art History: The Fifties", circa 1988
5
40
Timothy Hynes, "Gene Davis: Where Opposites Meet", 1983
5
41
Ken Jackson, "Gene Davis, Art Teacher", 1968
5
42
Jacob Kainen, "Gene Davis and the Art of the Color Interval", 1966
5
43
Pinky Kase, "Gene Davis: the Random and the Ordered", 1983
5
44
Billy Kluver, Transcript of Oral Presentation on Proposed Cable Television Rules , 1971 March 26
5
45
Donald Kuspit, "Gene Davis", circa 1983
5
46
Jane Livingston, "Gene Davis", 1985
5
47
Sharon Michael, "Gene Davis: A Colorist Salutes the Stripe", 1968
5
48
Steven Naifeh, "Going to Extremes: Artist Gene Davis Paints the Biggest Painting in History", 1979
5
49
Steven W. Naifeh, "Niagara by Gene Davis: Walking a Bold Line between the Basic and the Banal", 1979
5
50
Steven W. Naifeh, "Writing a Dissertation on a Living Artist", 1980
5
51
Gerald Nordland, On Gene Davis, circa 1967
5
52
Percy North, "Child and Man: A Collaboration", circa 1983
5
53
Percy North, "Gene Davis (1920-1985)", 1987
5
54
Percy North on Sun Sonata, 1983
5
55
Donald Wall, "Art Stripes Real? The Recent Paintings of Gene Davis", circa 1975
5
56
Donald Wall, "The Early Prophetic Paintings of Gene Davis", circa 1975
5
57
Donald Wall, "The Early Stripe Paintings of Gene Davis", circa 1969
5
58
Donald Wall, "Gene Davis and Color Forming", circa 1967
5
59
Donald Wall, "Gene Davis and the Issue of Complexity", circa 1970
5
60
Donald Wall, "Gene Davis: Confrontations with Architecture", 1977
5
61
Donald Wall, "The Micro-Paintings of Gene Davis: An Architect's Response", 1968
5
62
Donald Wall, On Gene Davis and Kenneth Noland, circa 1970
5
63
Donald Wall, "The Ubiquitous Stripe", circa 1970
5
64
Donald Wall, "2 Fragments of 'Great Thoughts'", circa 1970
5
65
Ralph Pomeroy, "The March of Time in Color", circa 1970
5
66
Books
"Big Ben" by Jim Lodge, circa 1976
A handmade satirical play and photo album about the stretching and hanging of Davis's "Big Ben" canvas in a private office
5
67
Gene Davis
by Donald Wall (1975)
Chronology, Biography, and Bibliography, circa 1975
5
68
Galley Proofs and Color Plates, circa 1975
Oversized galley proof and color plate in OV 19
5
69-70
Gene Davis
by Steven Naifeh (1982)
Bibliography, circa 1982
5
71
Biographical Material, circa 1980
5
72
Edited Typescript, circa 1982
5
73-77
Notes from Gene Davis, circa 1980
5
78
Photographs, Black and White Reference Prints, circa 1982
5
79
Photographs, Black and White Figures 1-40, circa 1982
Oversized photographs (figures 3 and 39) in Box 17
5
80-83
Gene Davis
by Steven Naifeh (1982)
Photographs, Black and White Figures 41-91, circa 1982
Oversized photographs in Box 17
6
1-4
Photographs, Color Plates 2-17, circa 1982
6
5-9
Photographs, Color Plates 18-46, circa 1982
6
10-14
Photographs, Color Plates 47-74, circa 1982
Oversized color plates 56 and 58 in Box 17
6
15-19
Photographs, Color Plates 75-103, circa 1982
Oversized color plates in Box 17
6
20-25
Compilation of Critical Reviews of "Two Decades of American Painting" Exhibition (1966), circa 1990
6
26
Research by Percy North
Annotated Articles (1952-1981), circa 1985-1990
6
27-30
List of Articles Collected, circa 1985-1990
6
31
Notes, circa 1985-1990
6
32
Photocopied Book and Catalog Excerpts (1964-1977), circa 1985-1990
6
33
Updates to Bibliography and Exhibition List, circa 1985-1990
6
34
Unsigned Exhibition Reviews and Articles, 1963, 1984
6
35
Unsigned Research Notes, circa 1977-1987
6
36
Oversized Photograph from Box 5, folder 80
17
Oversized Photograph from Box 5, folder 83
17
Oversized Photograph from Box 6, folder 3
17
Oversized Color Plates from Box 6, folder 17
17
Oversized Color Plates from Box 6, folder 19
17
Oversized Color Plates from Box 6, folder 21
17
Oversized Notes from Box 5, folder 32
OV 19
Oversized Galley Proof and Color Plate from Box 5, folder 69, 1944-1990
2.1 Linear feet
Boxes 5-6, 17, OV 19
OV 19

Series 6: Printed Material , 1942-1990
5.5 Linear feet
Boxes 7-11, 17-18, OV 20, FC 35-37

Series includes annual reports of museums, published arts-related calendars, auction catalogs, brochures from organizations with which Davis had some affiliation, exhibition announcements and invitations, exhibition catalogs, magazine articles, newspaper clippings, newsletters, posters, press releases, and other published material. Most exhibition announcements and catalogs are for Davis's solo exhibitions or group shoes in which his work was shown, although a few documents related to exhibitions of other artists are also found. A 1988 publication of proceedings from an Artists' Congress of the Coalition of Washington Artists is also found.
Photocopies are found of some printed material, most of which were assembled by Percy North in her bibliographic research on Davis after his death. When original copies of this material was not found in the collection, photocopies were integrated with other like materials during processing.
Series is arranged by type of material, and large groups such as catalogs and clippings are filed chronologically within each type. Drafts of many of the articles by or about Davis are found in series 5, Writings. Percy North's notes and annotated photocopies related to her bibliographic research are also found in series 5. Additional printed material is found in series 1, Biographical Materials, and series 4, Business and Estate Records.
Description Container Select
Annual Reports, 1958-1968
7
1
Annual Reports, 1972-1979
7
2-4
Annual Reports, 1981-1985
7
5-6
Arts Calendars, 1973-1984
7
7
Auction Catalogs, 1981
7
8
Books
Art in Washington Calendar and Diary
, 1969
7
9
Donald Judd: Complete Writings 1959-1975
, 1975
7
10
Gene Davis
, Edited by Donald Wall, 1975
7
11
Miro 1940-1955
, 1960
7
12
The Washington DC Art Review
, by Frank Getlein and Jo Ann Lewis, 1980
7
13
Brochures
General File, 1946-1981
7
14
Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1963-1976
7
15
Guggenheim Fellowship, 1968-1974
7
16
The Madeira School, 1978-1979
7
17
Pace Editions, circa 1976
7
18
Exhibition Announcements and Invitations, circa 1950-1985
7
19
Exhibition Announcements and Invitations, 1950-1966
Oversized announcement in Box 17
7
20
Exhibition Announcements and Invitations, 1967-1971
7
21
Exhibition Announcements and Invitations, 1972-1980
7
21
Exhibition Announcements and Invitations, 1981-1984
7
22
Exhibition Announcements and Invitations, 1985-1986
7
23
Exhibition Announcements and Invitations, 1987-1990
7
24
Exhibition Catalogs, circa 1950-1990
7
25-26
Exhibition Catalogs, 1950-1954
7
25-26
Exhibition Catalogs, 1955-1958
8
1
Exhibition Catalogs, 1961
8
2
Exhibition Catalogs, 1962-1963
8
3
Exhibition Catalogs, 1963-1964
8
4
Exhibition Catalogs, 1964
8
5
Exhibition Catalogs, 1965
8
6-7
Exhibition Catalogs, 1966
8
8-10
Exhibition Catalogs, 1967
8
11-13
Exhibition Catalogs, 1968
Oversized catalog in Box 17
8
14-15
Exhibition Catalogs, 1969
8
16-17
Exhibition Catalogs, 1970
8
18-22
Exhibition Catalogs, 1971
8
23-24
Exhibition Catalogs, 1972
8
25
Exhibition Catalogs, 1973
8
26-27
Exhibition Catalogs, 1974
8
28-29
Exhibition Catalogs, 1975
9
1
Exhibition Catalogs, 1976
9
2-3
Exhibition Catalogs, 1977
9
4
Exhibition Catalogs, 1978
9
5
Exhibition Catalogs, 1979
9
6
Exhibition Catalogs, 1980
9
7-8
Exhibition Catalogs, 1981
9
9-10
Exhibition Catalogs, 1982
9
11
Exhibition Catalogs, 1983
9
12
Exhibition Catalogs, 1984
9
13
Exhibition Catalogs, 1985-1986
9
14
Exhibition Catalogs, 1987
9
15
Exhibition Catalogs, 1988
9
16
Flyers Related to Film and Video, circa 1970-1982
9
17
Magazine Articles, circa 1942-1990
9
18
Magazine Articles, 1942-1949
Includes published poems by Davis from 1942-1943
9
19
Magazine Articles, 1952-1954
9
20
Magazine Articles, 1962-1963
9
21
Magazine Articles, 1964
9
22
Magazine Articles, 1965
9
23
Magazine Articles, 1966
9
24
Magazine Articles, 1967
9
25
Magazine Articles, 1968
9
26-27
Magazine Articles, 1969
9
28
Magazine Articles, 1970
10
1
Magazine Articles, 1971
10
2
Magazine Articles, 1972
10
3
Magazine Articles, 1973
10
4
Magazine Articles, 1974
10
5
Magazine Articles, 1975
10
6
Magazine Articles, 1976-1977
10
7
Magazine Articles, 1978
10
8
Magazine Articles, 1979
10
9
Magazine Articles, 1980
10
10
Magazine Articles, 1981
10
11
Magazine Articles, 1982
10
12
Magazine Articles, 1983
Oversized magazines in Box 17
10
13-15
Magazine Articles, 1984
Oversized magazine in Box 17
10
16-17
Magazine Articles, 1985
Oversized magazines in Box 17
10
18-19
Magazine Articles, 1986
10
20
Magazine Articles, 1987
10
21
Magazine Articles, 1988-1990
10
22
Newspaper Clippings, circa 1945-1985
10
23
Newspaper Clippings, 1945-1947
10
24
Newspaper Clippings, 1950-1955
Oversized clippings in Box 18
10
25
Newspaper Clippings, 1956-1957
10
26
Newspaper Clippings, 1958-1959
Oversized clippings in Box 18
10
27
Newspaper Clippings, 1960-1962
Oversized clippings in Box 18
11
1
Newspaper Clippings, 1963-1964
Oversized clippings in Box 18
11
2
Newspaper Clippings, 1965
Oversized clippings in Box 18
11
3
Newspaper Clippings, 1966
11
4
Newspaper Clippings, 1967
Oversized clippings in Box 18
11
5
Newspaper Clippings, 1968
11
6
Newspaper Clippings, 1969
Oversized clippings in Box 18
11
7
Newspaper Clippings, 1970
Oversized clippings in Box 18
11
8
Newspaper Clippings, 1971
Oversized clippings in Box 18
11
9
Newspaper Clippings, 1972
Oversized clippings in Box 18
11
10
Newspaper Clippings, 1973-1974
11
11
Newspaper Clippings, 1975
Oversized clippingsin Box 18
11
12
Newspaper Clippings, 1976
11
13
Newspaper Clippings, 1977
11
14
Newspaper Clippings, 1978
11
15
Newspaper Clippings, 1979
11
16
Newspaper Clippings, 1980
11
17
Newspaper Clippings, 1981
Oversized clippings in Box 18
11
18
Newspaper Clippings, 1982-1983
Oversized clippings in Box 18
11
19
Newspaper Clippings, 1984
11
20-21
Newspaper Clippings, 1985
11
22-24
Newspaper Clippings, 1986
11
25
Newspaper Clippings, 1987
Oversized clippings in Box 18
11
26-27
Newspaper Clippings, 1988
11
28
Newspaper Clippings, 1989
11
29
Newsletters, 1967-1979
11
30
Newsletters, 1980-1989
11
31
Periodicals,
Mark Twain Journal
, 1970-1971
11
32
Periodicals,
Right Angle
, 1948
11
33
Phonograph Album with Cover Art by Davis, 1984
Oversized record in Box 18
11
34
Postcards, circa 1969-1984
11
35
Posters, circa 1967-1984
Oversized posters in OV 20
11
36
Press Releases, circa 1967-1989
11
37
Printing Proofs of Artwork Reproductions, circa 1972-1987
11
38
Proceedings, Artist's Congress, Coalition of Washington Artists, 1988
11
39
Program, Parrish Art Museum Gala, circa 1989
11
40
Stag Films, circa 1970
3 film reels
Super 8 mm
FC 35-37
Oversized Exhibition Announcement from Box 7, folder 20
17
Oversized Exhibition Catalog from Box 8, folder 14
17
Oversized Magazines from Box 10, folders 14-15
17
Oversized Magazines from Box 10, folder 17
17
Oversized Magazines from Box 10, folders 18-19
17
Oversized Clippings from Box 10, folders 25 and 27
18
Oversized Clippings from Box 11, folders 1-3
18
Oversized Clippings from Box 11, folders 5-8
18
Oversized Clippings from Box 11, folders 9, 10, and 12
18
Oversized Clippings from Box 11, folders 18-19
18
Oversized Clippings from Box 11, folder 26
18
Oversized Phonograph Album from Box 11, folder 34
18
Oversized Posters from Box 11, folder 36
OV 20

Series 7: Photographs , 1920-2000
3.8 Linear feet
Boxes 11-15, 17, OV 19

Photographs include personal photographs of Gene and Florence Davis and their families, portraits of Gene Davis, photographs of Gene Davis with artworks and working in the studio, Davis' art classes and students, installations of site-specific works, conceptual and video works, exhibition openings, and photographs of artwork, both installed in exhibitions and individually photographed. Also found are three disassembled photograph albums with similar content. Photographic media include prints, contact sheets, negatives, Polaroid prints, slides, and transparencies. Scattered 4x5" Copy negatives appear to have been created for the catalog to the 1987 memorial exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and envelopes containing these negatives sometimes provide additional identifying information not on the original print.
Images of Gene Davis are scattered throughout the series, either alone or in groups, and other people pictured are not typically identified. Where people are identified on the original photographs, their names are included in the folder list below. Among those identified in photographs are Harry Truman, John L. Lewis, J. Edgar Hoover, Walter Hopps, Jacob Kainen, Ed McGowin, Douglas Davis, Jane Livingston, Joan Mondale, and Bob Woodward. Three photograph albums that were disassembled upon accession of the collection are filed at the beginning of the series. Many of the photographs in these albums are from groups of prints filed elsewhere in the series. Album photographs include portraits of Davis, childhood photographs, Davis working as a journalist and model early in life, snapshots from travels and social gatherings, Davis's Washington, D.C. home, Davis in his studio, art classes, installations of site-specific works, and artworks.
Loose photographs comprise the remainder of the series and include personal photographs and art-related photographs. Personal photographs include portraits of Gene Davis and Florence Coulson Davis, family photographs, and snapshots taken over a period of twenty years showing the Davis's with family and friends at home and traveling abroad. Portraits and snapshots are followed by several sets of photographs showing art classes, art students, and models for classes presumably taught by Davis. Other art-related photographs include openings for Gene Davis exhibitions, visits to other museum and gallery exhibitions, installations of Davis's site-specific works, and photographs of the 1969 "Giveaway" event. Snapshots of Davis's studio, some with Davis pictured and some without, are also found.
Photographs of artwork include prints, slides, transparencies, and Polaroid prints of drawings, paintings, and video art by Davis, shot individually and also shown installed in specific exhibitions. Prints are typically identified by title and date and sometimes collection, and some prints contain information about their creation or reproduction. Also found are exhibition views of installed works spanning Davis' career. Photographs of artwork and exhibition views are black and white prints unless otherwise indicated in the folder list. Among the exhibition views are four videocassettes (VHS) of the 1987 retrospective at the Smithsonian National Museum of American Art.
Snapshots are grouped in sets of photographs that were shot or processed at the same time wherever possible. Some of these sets include scattered individual shots not relating to the general subject matter named in the folder heading. Where photographs with similar content or from the same group of photographs have been divided between the albums and loose photographs, similar folder headings are used in both locations. Negatives are filed with corresponding prints wherever possible as well, but not all negatives have been matched to their prints in the series arrangement. Where negatives are known to have no corresponding prints in the collection, it is noted in the folder list.
Photographs documenting Davis's storage facility from 1985, presumably taken for estate assessment purposes, are filed with the Business and Estate Records. Photographs used in Steven Naifeh's monograph on Davis are filed with drafts of the book's manuscript in series 5, Writings. Photographs reproduced in a memorial photo album are filed with series 1, Biographical Material. Moving images containing footage of students and art classes are found in series 8, Artwork.
Description Container Select
Disassembled Photograph Album 1
Childhood Photographs of Gene Davis, circa 1920-1939
11
43
Davis Working as a Model for Detective Stories, circa 1940
11
44
Davis Working as a Journalist, circa 1945-1965
With Harry Truman, John L. Lewis, and J. Edgar Hoover
11
45
Portraits of Davis, circa 1950-1975
11
46
Travel Snapshots and Photographs of Gene and Florence Davis, 1969-1970
11
47
Exhibition Openings, 1959-1975
11
48
Davis with Artworks, circa 1959-1972
11
49
Davis Working, circa 1970-1985
See also Disassembled Photograph Album 3, and Studio photographs
11
50
Studio and Art Classes, 1968-1971
See also Art Classes, Students, and Models and Studio Photographs
11
51
Installations of Site-Specific Works, 1969-1979
Includes color slides of "Giveaway" and "Niagara" at ArtPark, and black and white prints of Franklin's Footpath, Grass Painting, and others.
11
52
Installation of
Magic Circle
at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1975
11
53
Disassembled Photograph Album 2
Artwork, 1961
Florence Davis and Walter Hopps pictured
12
1
Artwork, 1968-1972
12
2
Artwork, 1973-1978
12
3
Exhibitions, circa 1969-1987
12
4
Installation of
The Sentinels
at the Willard Hotel, Washington, D.C., 1981
12
5
House, 1970-1978
12
6
Disassembled Photograph Album 3
Portraits of Davis, circa 1977-1983
12
7
Portraits of Davis, circa 1978
12
8
Davis Teaching, circa 1976-1979
12
9
Davis Working in the Studio, circa 1973-1983
12
10
Davis with Jacob Kainen, circa 1979
12
11
Davis with Artwork, circa 1982
12
12
Davis with Artwork, by Mary Swift, circa 1982
12
13
Davis with Artwork, by Percy North, 1983
12
14
Davis with Artwork, by Ellen Page Wilson, 1983
12
15
Exhibition at Walker Art Center, 1978
12
16-17
Exhibition Opening, Max Protetch Gallery, 1977
Davis pictured with Bob Woodward
12
18
Exhibition Openings, Corcoran Gallery, 1979
12
19
Exhibition Opening, Unidentified, circa 1980
12
20
Installations of Site-Specific Works, 1977
12
21
Installation of Site-Specific Works,
Niagara
, ArtPark, Lewistown, NY, 1979
12
22-23
Installation of Site-Specific Works,
Black Yo-yo
at Cranbrook Academy of Art, 1981
12
24
Artwork,
Self-Portraits
, circa 1982
12
25
Personal Photographs
Portraits of Gene Davis, circa 1930-1945
12
26
Portraits of Gene Davis, circa 1950-1985
Oversized photographs in Box 17
12
27
Portraits of Gene Davis by Joe Cameron (circa 1969), 2000
12
28
Portraits of Gene Davis by Azar Hammond, circa 1975
12
29
Portraits of Gene Davis by Rosalind Solomon, 1978
Oversized photographs in OV 19
12
30
Portrait of Gene Davis by Deborah Haynes, 1983
12
31
Portrait of Gene Davis by Ellen Page Wilson, 1983
12
32
Portraits of Florence Coulson Davis, circa 1940-1990
12
33
Portraits of Gene and Florence Davis, circa 1960-1980
12
34
Family of Gene Davis, circa 1940-1960
12
35
Family of Florence Coulson Davis, 1983, 1936-1960
12
36
Gene Davis as White House Correspondent, circa 1946-1947
12
37
Wedding and Honeymoon, 1960
12
38
Dartmouth College Graduation, 1968
12
39
Dupont Theater and Indonesian Embassy Exteriors, Washington, D.C., circa 1980
Negatives only
12
40
Autographed Portraits of U.S. Presidents, circa 1945-1963
12
41
Home, Friends, and Family Snapshots, 1964-1971
12
42-45
Home, Friends, and Family Snapshots, circa 1974
12
46
Home, Friends, and Family Snapshots, circa 1976
Polaroids
12
47-48
Home, Friends, and Family Snapshots, circa 1977-1979
12
49-52
Home, Friends, and Family Snapshots, 1981
12
53
Home, Friends, and Family Snapshots, circa 1972-1985
12
54
Travel Snapshots
Jamaica, 1964
13
1
Italy and Germany, 1969 April
13
2
England and France, 1973
13
3
France, Italy, and England, 1977
13
4-5
France, Italy, and Spain, 1979
13
5-7
New York City, 1980
13
8
Austria, circa 1980
13
9-12
Unidentified Travel Snapshots, circa 1975-1985
13
13
Art Classes, Students, and Models
See also moving images in series 8, Artwork
Art Classes, Students, and Models, circa 1960-1985
13
14
Art Classes, Students, and Models, 1968
Set stamped May 1968 contains photograph labeled "View of fires on 14th Street during race riots of 1968"
13
15
Art Classes, Students, and Models, Skidmore College, 1969
Many of the photographs are labeled with names of those pictured; full names mentioned include Bob Reed, Sharon Duffy, and Karen Smiley.
13
16
Art Classes, Students, and Models, 1974
Contains photograph of Gene Davis behind a video camera
13
17
Art Classes, Students, and Models, 1977
Two photographs labeled with names Azar Hammond and Steve Ludlum.
13
18
Art Classes, Students, and Models, 1978
Two photographs labeled with names Ann Purcell and Benita Berman
13
19
Art Classes, Students, and Models, circa 1979
One photograph labeled with name Steve Kruvant.
13
20-21
Art Classes, Students, and Models, 1979-1980
13
22
Art Classes, Students, and Models, circa 1980
13
23
Art Classes, Students, and Models, 1985
13
24
Exhibition Openings
See also Disassembled Photograph Albums 1, 2, and 3
Dupont Theater Lobby, 1952
13
25
Watkins Gallery at American University, 1955
13
26
Jefferson Place Gallery, 1959
13
27
Jefferson Place Gallery, 1961
13
28
Unidentified Exhibitions, circa 1968-1985
13
29
Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1975
13
30
Max Protetch, 1977
13
31
Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1979
13
32
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Walk-through with Joan Mondale and Jane Livingston, 1979
13
33
National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 1987
13
34
Exhibition Visits, circa 1969-1982
13
35
Exhibition Visits,
Documenta 5
, Kassel, Germany, 1972
Negatives only
13
36
Exhibition Visits, Walker Art Center, 1978
13
37
Exhibition Visits, Zoo, circa 1979
13
38
"Giveaway" at the Mayflower Hotel, Washington, D.C., 1969
Gene Davis pictured with Douglas Davis, Ed McGowin, and others; see also Box 11, folder 52 for color slide of event; see file of related documentation in series 8, Artwork.
13
39
Installation of Site-specific Work
See also Disassembled Photograph Albums 1 and 2
Unidentified Site, 1970
13
40
Neiman Marcus in Bal Harbour, Florida, 1971, 1977
13
41
Franklin's Footpath
, Philadelphia, PA, 1972
Oversized photographs in Box 17
13
42
Magic Circle
at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1975
13
43
Niagara
at ArtPark, Lewistown, NY, 1979
13
44
Black Yo-yo
at Cranbrook Academy of Art, 1980
14
1
Ferris Wheel
at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1982
14
2
Studio Photographs, 1970, 1982
14
3
Studio Photographs, circa 1977-1979
Davis and assistants pictured
14
4
Studio Photographs, circa 1960-1982
Davis pictured
14
5
Studio Photographs, circa 1985
Snapshots possibly taken at the time of Davis's death
14
6
Photographs of Artwork
Abstract Impressionist Paintings, undated
14
7-8
Collages, undated
14
9
Drawings, undated
14
10-13
Drawings from
Child and Man
Exhibition , 1983
14
14
Drawings and Paintings in Smithsonian National Museum of American Art Exhibition, 1987
14
15-16
Gene Davis Signature Boxing Trunks and Robe, 1983
Color prints
14
17
Micropaintings, undated
14
18
Micropaintings, undated
Color print
14
19
Neon Sculpture
The Sentinels
, circa 1981
Color print
14
20
Paintings, undated
Oversized photographs in box 17
14
21-31
Paintings, undated
Color prints
Oversized photographs in Box 17
14
32-33
Paintings, undated
Color transparencies
14
34
Paintings, undated
Color slides
14
35
Plank Paintings, undated
14
36-37
Photographs of Artwork
Plan for Proposed Grass Painting, 1974
15
1
Video Art Stills and Exhibition View, 1971
15
2
Watercolors, undated
15
3
Photographs of Artwork by Others, undated
15
4
Photographs of Artwork, Exhibition Views
Axiom Gallery, 1969
15
5
Brooklyn Museum of Art, circa 1982
15
6
Charles Cowles Gallery, 1983-1986
15
7
Cleveland Museum of Art, circa 1973-1974
15
8
Corcoran Gallery of Art, circa 1979
15
9
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Ferris Wheel, 1982
15
10
Denver Art Museum, 1984
Color prints
15
11
Fischbach Gallery, 1966-1977
Black and white prints and color slides
15
12
Guggenheim Museum, 1972
15
13
Jefferson Place Gallery, 1961, 1967
Black and white prints and color slides
15
14
Max Protetch Gallery, 1976
15
15
ArtPark,
Niagara
, 1979
15
16
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1983
15
17
Milwaukee Art Museum, circa 1980
Includes 1 color print
15
18
Muscarelle Museum of Art,
Sun Sonata
, 1983
Color prints
15
19
Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, circa 1970
15
20
Osuna Art Gallery, circa 1980-1990
Color prints and negatives
15
20
Paris Art Fair, 1977
15
21
San Francisco Art Museum, circa 1966
15
22
Smithsonian National Museum of American Art, 1987
4 videocassettes (vhs)
Also contains 1 color snapshot
15
23-24
Tate Gallery, circa 1970
15
25
University of Nebraska, Sheldon Art Gallery, circa 1973
15
26
Walker Art Center, 1978
Contains color prints
See also disassembled photograph album 3
15
27
Washington Gallery of Modern Art, 1968
15
28
Unidentified Exhibitions, circa 1968-1983
Contains color prints, polaroids, and slides
15
29
Oversized Photographs from Box 12, folder 27
17
Oversized Photographs from Box 13, folder 42
17
Oversized Photographs from Box 14, folder 21
17
Oversized Photographs from Box 14, folder 32
17
Oversized Photographs from Box 12, folder 30
20

Series 8: Artwork , 1930-1985, bulk 1968-1971
2.2 Linear feet
Boxes 15-16, 18, FC 21-34

Artwork includes a wide variety of material, including conceptual art, photographs, drawings, and moving images. Conceptual works include "The Artist's Fingerprints Except for One which belongs to someone else," created by Davis, and documentation of the 1969 "Giveaway," a collaboration between Davis, Ed McGowin, and Douglas Davis. Records related to the "Giveaway" include printed artist statements from Douglas Davis, Ed McGowin, and Gene Davis, and photocopied correspondence and notes documenting the event. Artworks by others include a conceptual writing piece by Juan Downey, and documentation of a happening by Wendy Stern, which includes witnessing "Air Displacement," a happening performed by Gene Davis in 1970.
Sketches appear to be ideas for stripe paintings, some with detailed notes written by Davis. Art photographs include a range of compositional experiments and appear to have been taken by Davis. Drawings are mainly informal drawings of Davis made by others. A Handmade sign reading "Allan Kapprow [sic] Happening" is also found.
Moving images include both film and video, with two finished works and 13 super 8 film reels which appear to be Davis's initial experiments with the medium. "Patricia" is a black and white 16mm film of a closely composed face of a woman changing facial expressions. Unlike the super 8 films, "Patricia" has an identifying title frame and appears to be a finished work. "Video Puzzle" documents a happening in a gallery in 1971 and may be the only surviving video from Davis's period of experimentation with video art.
The super 8 films contain a variety of content. Four of the reels contain static, rhythmic compositions of Davis's stripe paintings. Two of the reels indicate they were made in a class setting and contain compositions of interior lighting and close ups of faces. Another two reels are labeled "Masks, Corcoran," and contain static shots of Davis and others posing with handmade masks. Four additional reels contain street footage of kids in a park, young people gathered outside, Davis's dogs, and the exterior of his Pennsylvania Avenue studio.
Still images from additional video art by Davis videos are found in series 7, Photographs. Additional information about the Giveaway event is found in series 3, Correspondence, series 5, Writings, and series 7, Photographs. Additional moving images are found in series 1, Biographical Materials, series 4, Business and Estate Records, and series 7, Photographs.
Description Container Select
The Artist's Fingerprints Except for One Which Belongs to Someone Else
, 1971
15
30
Giveaway
Documentation, 1969
15
31
A Novel
by Juan Downey, circa 1968
15
32
Self Portrait in Washington
by Wendy Stern, 1970
15
33
Art Photography, circa 1979
15
34
Drawings, circa 1930-1968
15
35
Handmade Sign for Allan Kaprow Happening, circa 1965
15
36
Sketches, circa 1960-1985
15
37
Moving Images
Patricia
, circa 1970
1 film reel
black and white, silent
16 mm
Motion picture film stored separately in film can numbered FC 21
15
38
Video Puzzle
, circa 1971
1 videoreels (1/2 inch)
black and white, sound
15
39
Art Films of Stripe Paintings, 1969
4 film reels
color, silent; film boxes labeled "stripe paintings" and numbered 1-4
Super 8 mm
Motion picture film stored separately in film cans numbered FC 22-25
15
40-41
Abstract Compositions from Art Classes, circa 1969
2 film reels
color, silent; film boxes labeled "film made in class" and "A.V. class"
Super 8 mm
Motion picture film stored separately in film cans numbered FC 26-27
15
42
Davis and Students Posing with Masks, circa 1969
3 film reels
color, silent; film boxes labeled "Masks, Corcoran"
Super 8 mm
Motion picture film stored separately in film cans numbered FC 28-30
15
43-44
Street Films, circa 1969
4 film reels
color, silent; film reels and boxes labeled "negro kids, my first film", "Hippies," "ants, Old Studio"
Super 8 mm
Motion picture film stored separately in film cans numbered FC 31-34
16
1-2
Unidentified Motion Picture Film, circa 1970
2 film reels
Unprocessed, exposed film
Super 8 mm
16
3
1 Motion Picture Film Reel from Box 15, Folder 38
FC 21
4 Motion Picture Film Reels from Box 15, Folder 40-41
FC 22-25
2 Motion Picture Film Reels from Box 15, Folder 42
FC 26-27
3 Motion Picture Film Reels from Box 15, Folder 43-44
FC 28-30
4 Motion Picture Film Reels from Box 16, Folder 31-34
FC 31-34

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