Luis Kutner papers

Inclusive Dates: 
1916–1981 (bulk 1950–1980)
Survey Repository: 

This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

59.5 linear feet of material plus 40 sound recordings and 6 sound cassettes comprising the personal and professional papers of Luis Kutner. Included are files relating to the legal case Greene vs. Art Institute, 1957-1962, in which Kutner represented the plaintiff, and a folder of examples of Kutner’s own paintings.

Biographical Historical Note

Luis Kutner was a Chicago lawyer, author, lecturer, artist, entrepreneur, poet, athlete, and musician. In 1957 Kutner represented the plaintiffs in Greene vs. the Art Institute of Chicago, a suit concerning the administration of the Ferguson Fund for public sculpture. The Art Institute, as trustee of the fund, had applied its revenues to the construction of an addition to its own building. Kutner also made paintings, using a unique mixture of oil paint and vinegar, and he exhibited his works in a number of shows.

Additional Notes

Related collection: Wesley H. Greene Papers, University of Chicago; Leon M. Despres papers, Chicago History Museum; B. F. Ferguson Monument Fund Records, Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives.