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A Finding Aid to the Papers relating to art commissioned for the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1992-1998

Papers relating to art commissioned for the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1992-1998

Zilczer, Judith, 1948-

Curator

Collection Information

Size: 0.4 linear feet

Summary: The papers relating to art commissioned for the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, compiled by Judith Zilczer, measure 0.4 linear feet and date from 1992-1998. Papers kept by Zilczer in her capacity as a member of an advisory committee to the General Services Administrations (GSA) Art-in-Architecture Program, charged with recommending works of art to decorate the federal Ronald Reagan Building and International Center. The collection documents the process that resulted in the selection of three works of art: Martin Puryear's "Bearing Witness," Stephen Robin's "Federal Triangle Flowers," and Keith Sonnier's "Route Zenith." The records also document the role of the committee as advocates for the artists when Stop Work Orders for Puryear and Sonnier were issued due to massive construction overruns.

Biographical/Historical Note

Judith Zilczer (1948- ) is a curator at the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center at Pennsylvania Avenue and 14th Streets was most expensive federal building ever constructed, with a price tag of more than $818 million.

Provenance

The papers relating to art commissioned for the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center were transferred from the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden on July 9, 1998, where Zilczer worked as curator.

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