Yasuo Kuniyoshi papers were digitized in 2019-2020, and total 17,710 images. Yasuo Kuniyoshi (1889-1953) was a Japanese-American painter, printmaker and photographer in New York, N.Y. Born in Okayama, Japan, he came to the United States in 1906. By 1930 Kuniyoshi had established himself as an internationally-known painter and graphic artist, and taught In New York City at the Art Students League and the New School for Social Research. He also served as the first president of the Artists Equity Association, and was active in several social organizations, especially Japanese American organizations, like the Japanese American Committee for Democracy. Although Kuniyoshi was barred from becoming a citizen due to American immigration laws at the time, he viewed himself as American and took an active role in the war effort during World War II.
Jaime Davidovich papers were digitized in 2020, and total 2,620 images. Jaime Davidovich (1936-2016) was a conceptual and performance artist born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He taught art in Argentina for a time before moving to the United States, where he worked as a graphic designer and began experimenting with video art. Davidovich created the nonprofit organization, Artists Television Network (ATN), which produced television shows for Manhattan's public access channel using the name SoHo Television. Davidovich's avant-garde variety show, The Live! Show, was the organization's most well-known production.
Mel Casas papers were digitized in 2020, and total 1,030 images. San Antonio painter and educator Mel Casas (1929-2014) was a founder of the Chicano art movement and a key member of the art collective Con Safo. Originally named El Grupo, the group's mission was to empower Chicano artists who were largely overlooked in the mainstream art world. Casas taught at San Antonio College, serving as the chair of the art department there until his retirement. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the San Antonio Museum of Art, and other collections worldwide.
Emily Hall Tremaine papers were digitized in 2019, and total 13,577 images. Art collector Emily Hall Tremaine (1908-1987) lived in New York City and Madison, Connecticut, and was known for having assembled one of the most noteworthy collections of post World War II art focused on modernist, pop, and contemporary artists. The collection would eventually number over four hundred works of art and range from paintings by Picasso, Kandinsky, and Georges Braque to works by Jasper Johns, Claes Oldenburg, Roy Lichtenstein, and Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Parish Gallery records were digitized in 2019, and total 10,972 images. Parish Gallery (established 1991-closed 2013) was a gallery in Washington, D.C. Founded by artist Norman Parish (1937-2013), the gallery was known for exhibiting artwork by African American and international artists. Parish dedicated the gallery to showing the works of underrepresented artists of all backgrounds, though the primary focus was the members of the African diaspora.
Cinque Gallery records were digitized in 2019, and total 1,043 images. The Cinque Gallery was a nonprofit art gallery in New York City founded by African American artists Romare Bearden, Norman Lewis, and Ernest Crichlow in 1969. It was established to exhibit the work of both new and established African American artists, and to provide community educational programs. Ruth Jett was appointed Executive Director of Cinque Gallery in 1982. Cinque sponsored more than 350 exhibitions in a number of New York City venues, as well as traveling exhibitions in the New York and New England areas before closing in 2004.
Photographs of Karl Francis Theodore Bitter and Gustave Gerlach were digitized in 2019, and total 471 images. Karl Bitter (1867-1915) was an Austrian-born sculptor active in New York City. He exhibited his works at worldwide expositions and examples of his sculpture and memorials can be found throughout the United States. Sculptor Gustave Gerlach (b. 1866) was a pupil and colleague of Bitter's and was also active in New York City.
The Weir Family papers were digitized in 2019, and total 675 images. The New York and Connecticut Weir family of artists included painter and West Point professor Robert Walter Weir (1803-1889); his sons John Ferguson Weir (1841-1926), a painter, and Julian Alden Weir (1852-1919), an American Impressionist and founding member of “The Ten”; and granddaughter Edith Weir (Perry) (1875-1955), who was a miniature painter.
The Frederick Carl Frieseke papers were digitized in 2019, and total 157 images. Impressionist painter Frederick Carl Frieseke (1874-1939) lived in New York and Paris before becoming a leading figure of the second generation of Americans at Giverny, France. Frieseke studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Art Students League, New York City. He moved to France in 1898 where he lived until his death in 1939.
William Ordway Partridge papers were digitized in 2019, and total 222 images. Parisian-born sculptor, author, and poet, William Ordway Partridge (1861-1930) was known for his sculptures of famous writers, artists, political figures, and poets. In addition to busts of writers and artists and many distinguished New York figures, he executed a large bronze of Alexander Hamilton in Prospect Park, Brooklyn.
The Roy De Forest papers were digitized in 2019 and total 8,903 images. Roy De Forest (1930-2007) was a painter, sculptor, and educator in Port Costa, California. A notable figure in the funk art movement, he coined the term "nut art" to describe art that embraced humor and created a fantasy world.
The Woman's Building records were digitized in 2019 and total 56,467 images. The Woman’s Building played a key role as an alternative space for women artists energized by the feminist movement in the 1970s. The records document the ways in which feminist theory shaped the Building's founding core mission and goals.
The Marcia Marcus papers were digitized in 2019 and total 12,391 images. Marcia Marcus (1928- ) is a figurative painter working in New York, New York. Marcus studied at New York University, Cooper Union, and the Art Students League. Since 1951, she has been the subject of over a dozen solo shows and participated in many group exhibitions. Marcus was a 1962-1963 Fulbright fellow, and was the recipient of many other grants throughout her career including a Esther and Adolph Gottlieb grant and a National Endowment for the Arts grant.
National Academy of Design Collections
Four collections donated by National Academy of Design were digitized in 2019 and total 5,093 images. These collections include the papers of Henry Ward Ranger (1858-1916), a painter whose bequest to the NAD benefited the Smithsonian Institution's National Collection of Fine Arts; the papers of founding member of the NAD and Morse code inventor, Samuel Finley Breese Morse (1791-1872); the papers of miniaturist and founding member of the NAD, Thomas Seir Cummings (1804-1894); and the photographs of works of art by George Inness (1854-1926) compiled by his wife Julia G. Smith (1853-1941) as an authentication resource and donated to the NAD.
The Jeff Donaldson papers were digitized in 2018 and total 18,712 images. Jeff Donaldson (1932-2004) was an African American artist and educator who worked in Chicago and Washington, D.C. He was a leading figure in the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and 1970s and promoted the "TransAfrican" aesthetic. Donaldson co-founded the Organization of Black American Culture (OBAC) Visual Art Workshop and the AfriCOBRA artist collaborative. Donaldson was also a professional painter, exhibiting in over a hundred and fifty group and solo exhibitions, and wrote critical essays for arts publications.
The Exhibition records of the Contemporary Study Wing of the Finch College Museum of Art were digitized in 2018, and total 31,303 images. The Contemporary Study Wing of the Finch College Museum of Art was established in 1964 as an extension the Finch College Museum of Art in New York City. Its mission was to educate art history students at the Manhattan women's college who were interested in working with contemporary art. The Contemporary Wing's Art in Process shows brought the process of art-making into the gallery. Hundreds of contemporary artists were shown at the Contemporary Wing in the eleven years of its existence.
The James Carroll Beckwith papers were digitized in 2018, and total 7,853 images. James Carroll Beckwith (1852-1917) was a portrait and landscape painter in New York, New York and a member of the National Academy of Design. Beckwith gained widespread recognition for his portraits and among his subjects are the artist William Merritt Chase and President Theodore Roosevelt. Beckwith is also known for created skillful copies of Old Masters paintings which he saw in galleries across Europe during his time abroad.
The Leo Castelli Gallery records were digitized in 2015. The bulk of the Exhibition Files and the Photographs Series (Series 3 and 10) have been scanned and total 23,491 images. Leo Castelli Gallery was established in 1957 in New York City by Leo Castelli (1907-1999). Castelli became known as one of the greatest salesmen in the art market and an avid supporter of contemporary art movements.
The Esther McCoy papers were digitized in 2010 and total 75,513 images. Esther McCoy (1904-1989) is remembered best for her pioneering work as an architectural historian, critic, and proponent of Southern California modern architecture of the early to mid-twentieth century.
The Alma Thomas papers were digitized in 2018 and total 6,741 images. Alma Thomas (1891-1978), a painter and art educator in Washington, D.C., was known for her abstract paintings filled with dense patterns of color, and was considered a major artist of the Washington Color School.
The Ray Yoshida papers digitized in 2018, and total 6,780 images. Ray Yoshida (1930-2009) was a painter, collagist, and educator in Chicago, Illinois. Yoshida was a member of the Chicago Imagists, a loose and informal group of representational artists from the late 1960s to early 1970s who were influenced by Surrealism and connected to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
The Bob Thompson papers were digitized in 2017, and total 1,887 images. Bob Thompson (1937-1966) was an African American figurative painter who worked primarily in New York City. Thompson participated in some of the earliest "happenings," somewhat informal art events or gatherings usually involving performance art and music.
The Federal Art Project, Photographic Division collection was digitized in 2017, and totals 18,430 images. The Federal Art Project (FAP) was one of the Depression-era work-relief programs of the Federal Works Progress Administration (WPA). In addition to documenting the work and activities of artists employed on the program, Federal Art Project photographers documented the activities of other projects under "Federal One," including the Federal Theater and Music Projects.
The Florence Arquin papers were digitized in 2015, and total 18,346 images. Painter, photographer, educator, writer, and critic Florence Arquin (1900-1974) was active in Chicago, Illinois. She was known for her expertise in the field of Latin American Studies and had a close relationship with Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. She worked as administrator for the Federal Art Project in Illinois and at the Art Institute of Chicago.
The Hedda Sterne papers were digitized in 2016, and total 2,315 images. Painter Hedda Sterne (1910-2011) lived in New York City and was known for working in many artistic styles, including surrealism and abstract expressionism. Sterne was the only woman in the group of abstract expressionists known as "The Irascibles."
The Stable Gallery records were digitized in 2016, and total 4,070 images. Stable Gallery (established 1953; closed 1970) was an art gallery in New York City, owned by Eleanor Ward. Ward opened the Stable Gallery on West Fifth-Eighth Street in 1953 and gained a reputation for showing controversial new artists in the 1950s and 1960s. The gallery closed in 1970.