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Peter Fingesten papers, 1936-1988

Peter Fingesten papers, 1936-1988

Fingesten, Peter, 1916-1987

Sculptor, Educator, Graphic designer, Arts administrator

Collection Information

Size: 2.6 linear feet

Summary: Biographical material, correspondence, writings, teaching material, photographs, printed material, and a scrapbook.

Correspondence concerns Fingesten's artistic career, his association with Pace University and his writings and lectures. Among the correspondence is a postcard from Ad Reinhardt, circa 1962, commending Fingesten for his articles in the College Art Journal. Writings include diaries, essays, art and exhibition reviews, and manuscripts by Fingesten and others. Included is a draft of Fingesten's article, "Breast of the Madonna," and related research material. Teaching material includes lecture notes and syllabi for courses taught at Pace University. Photographs are of Fingesten, his family, friends, and works of art. Printed material includes articles by Fingesten, exhibition catalogs and announcements, clippings, reviews of Fingesten's writings and books about religion, death, and the ancient world; a folio of reproductions of nine drawings; and a flyer/ A scrapbook, 1936-1957, (disbound) contains exhibition announcements and clippings.

Biographical/Historical Note

Peter Fingesten (1916-1987) was a sculptor, graphic artist, and educator in New York. Born Berlin, Germany, Fingesten emigrated to the United States in 1939. He founded the Pace University Art Department in 1950 and served as chairman until 1986.


A small amount of printed material and a postcard from Ad Reinhardt was donated by Peter Fingesten in 1971 and 1976. His widow, Carole C. Fingesten Forbes, donated the remainder in 1989-1995 and 2014.

Additional Forms Available

A small amount of the collection is available on microfilm reels 2804 (some printed materials) and 3482 (postcard from Ad Reinhardt). Microfilm is available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

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

"Breast of the Madonna" draft and and related research material: Authorization to publish, quote, or reproduce must be obtained from: Carole Fingesten, 8 Vernal Ave., Foxboro, Mass. 02035

How to Cite This Collection

Peter Fingesten papers, 1936-1988. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.