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Ruth Fine papers, circa 1929-2016, bulk 1950s-2016

Fine, Ruth, 1941-



Collection Information

Size: 24.1 linear feet

Summary: Personal and biographical materials, writings, project and exhibition files, and artists files regarding the career of curator Ruth Fine.
Project and exhibition files are arranged alphabetically and include audio visual material (VHS and cassettes of public programs and interviews of artists conducted by Fine), correspondence, research, proposal drafts, loan files, checklists, and press files and include exhibitions on Helen Frankenthaler, Sam Gilliam, Gemini G.E.L., Crowne Point Press, Roy Lichtenstein, Georgia O'Keeffe, Brothers Quay, Robert Rauschenberg, John Marin, and the Rosenwald Collection among others. Many of the projects were organized by Fine for the National Gallery of Art during her tenure as a curator.

Biographical/Historical Note

Ruth Fine is a curator in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Fine was a curator at the National Gallery of Art from 1972 to 2012. During her tenure at the NGA, Fine organized major exhibitions on the Lessing J. Rosenwald print collections, Gemini G.E.L., John Marin, Helen Frankenthaler, Roy Lichtenstein, the Crown Point Press (co-curator, 1997), among many other projects.


Donated 2017 by Ruth Fine.

How to Use This Collection

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of audio visual recordings with no duplicate copy requires advance notice.

How to Cite This Collection

Ruth Fine papers, circa 1929-2016, bulk 1950s-2016. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.