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Richard J. Powell papers, 1971-1992

Powell, Richard J., 1953-

Curator, Art historian

Collection Information

Size: 1.0 linear ft.

Summary: Papers of art historian and curator Richard (Rick) Powell, ca. 1971-1992, mostly concerning Powell's research and writings on William H. Johnson (1901-1970). Found is Powell's correspondence with Robert Baehr, Sigrid Bondo, Adelyn Breeskin, David C. Driskell, Michel Fabre, Robert Ferris Thompson, óystein Hjort, Margo Humphrey, Gregers Krake, Richard A. Long, Torben LundbÁk, Virginia Mecklenburg, Jostein Nerb▓vik, Mette N▓rredam, James Parker, Jules D. Prown, Kjetil Tandstad, Judith Wilson, Debbie Wood, and Danish and Scandinavian museums and associations. There are also two illustrated research/travel journals containing Powell's comments on Johnson's works of art, related thoughts, slide lists, notes from his lectures at the Sorbonne in Paris, and other experiences dating from July 14 to November 28, 1984 and January 1 to June 20, 1985; two wall calendars, 1984-1985, noting appointments and exhibition openings; a notebook, loose notes and other writings; postcards, research files that contain photocopies of printed material and other primary documents about Johnson including clippings from foreign newspapers with translations; printed materials concerning the exhibition, "Homecoming: William H. Johnson and Afro-America, 1938-1946" curated by Powell at the National Museum of American Art, 1991-1992; photographs (copy prints, contact prints, and negatives) of Johnson and his artwork; and miscellany.

Biographical/Historical Note

Art historian, curator; Washington, D.C. (National Museum of American Art).


Donated 2000 by Richard J. Powell.