Madeline Murphy Rabb papers

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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

6.0 linear feet of materials consisting of administrative documents, speeches, material related to conferences and exhibits, publicity and research, as well as photographs relating to Madeline Murphy Rabb, mostly pertaining to the internal workings of the Chicago Office of Fine Arts (COFA) and to conferences that Rabb attended while Executive Director. Subseries 3, Exhibits, 1982-1990, contains material related to exhibitions organized by the Chicago Office of Fine Arts, primarily to “Black Expressions/American Traditions,” a collaboration between COFA and the Art Institute of Chicago that produced two exhibitions, a symposium, public lectures and related events celebrating the contributions of African American visual artists to thehistory of American art.

Biographical Historical Note

Madeline Murphy Rabb is an artist, jewelry designer, art advisor and independent curator who served as Executive Director of the Chicago Office of Fine Arts from 1983 to 1990, where she helped strengthen and expand the city’s cultural arts programs.