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Helen L. Kohen papers, 1978-1996

Helen L. Kohen papers, 1978-1996

Kohen, Helen L.

Author, Art critic

Collection Information

Size: 1.0 linear ft.

Summary: Letters, postcards, interviews, exhibition announcements and catalogs, photographs, and miscellaneous material arising from Kohen's friendships with artists and her work as art critic for the Miami Herald.

Letters, 1978-1995, are mostly concerning exhibitions and openings, as well as responses to Kohen's reviews of art shows in the Miami Herald, with the majority of the letters from Carol Anthony, Marilyn Gottlieb-Roberts and Esphyr Slobodkina (as well as one letter from Kohen to Slobodkina); among the others are Michael Blaine, Pablo Cano, Maria Castagliola, James M. Couper, Miguel Cubiles, Claudia DeMonte, Fernando Garcia, Shirley Henderson, Andrew Morgan, Celia Alvarez Muñoz, Noella and Enrique Riverón, Arturo Rodriguez, Damian Rojo, Lydia Rubio, Emilio Sanchez, Bill Schaaf, G.L. Sullivan, and César Trasobares.

Interviews, 1986-1995, are with 74 artists, many of them Latino, primarily Cuban and Haitian, photographers, arts administrators, dealers, collectors, and others (on 82 microcassettes), among them Jane Alexander, Carlos Alfonso, Mario Algaze, José Bedia, Wendy Blazer, María Brito, Margarita Cano, Edouard Duval-Carrié, Ramon Carulla, Matthew Corone, Suzanne Delehanty, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Agustin Fernández, John Frohnmayer, Lynn Golub Gelfman, Barbara Gillman, Juan Gonzalez, Marta Gutierrez, Pat Jones, Roberto Juarez, Janet Kardin, Guillermo Kuitca, Bianca Lanza, Annie Leibovitz, Marisol, Celia Muñoz, Cristina Orr-Cahall, Nam June Paik, Janet Paparelli, Gina Pellon, Demi and Arturo Rodriguez, Vivian Rodriguez, Lydia Rubio, Jason Rubell, Baruj Salinas, Kenny Scharf, Haydée and Sahara Scull, Joel Shapiro, David Spitzer, Barbara Strasser, Dora Valdez-Fauli, and others.

Photographs, b&w, were taken 1980-1989 of Marilyn Gottlieb-Roberts' and a scene from her performance piece "Southeast Portrait."

Biographical/Historical Note

Art critic, writer; Miami, Fla.


Donated 1997 by Helen L. Kohen.

A Finding Aid to the Helen L. Kohen Papers,
, in the Archives of American Art
Biographical Note
Art historian and critic Helen L. Kohen has authored numerous articles on contemporary art focusing on the formation of the art culture in Miami since the early 1980s. Helen L. Kohen is art critic emeritus for the The Miami Herald newspaper in Miami, Florida.
The collection is arranged into five series:
Series 1: Correspondence, 1954, 1984-1993, undated (Box 1, 10 folders)
Series 2: Printed Material, 1979-1996, undated (Box 1, 3 folders)
Series 3: Photographs, 1969, 1974, 1980-1994 (Box 1, 1 folder)
Series 4: Miscellany, 1983-1992, undated (Box 1 , 1 folder)
Series 5: Taped Interviews, 1986-1996, undated (Box 1, 1 folder and 82 micro-cassettes)
Donated 1997 by Helen L. Kohen.
Processing Information
Processing of the collection was completed by Rosa M. Fernández in 1997. The finding aid was written in 2001. This collection, along with numerous other Latino collections, was acquired through the Archives of American Art's 1996 "Latino Art Documentation Project" in South Florida with funding from the Smithsonian Institution's Center for Latino Initiatives.

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.

Restrictions on Use

Copyrights retained by the interviewees.

How to Cite This Collection

Helen L. Kohen papers, 1978-1996. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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