Alex Topchevsky and Morris Topchevsky collection

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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

2 archival boxes (10” x 15” x 12”) of material plus additional items created or collected by brother artists Alex Topchevsky and Morris Topchevsky and found in Alex’s studio at his death. The collection includes a sketchbook of Morris Topchevsky, a mounted photographic print showing Alex Topchevsky’s painting Have and Have Nots (1937), Chicago Society of Artists’ annual block print calendars for 1979-1994 and 15 block plates created by Alex Topchevsky for the calendars, catalogues of the 1939 American Artist Congress and 1939 United American Sculptors exhibition and other printed items, and Alex Topshevsky’s printing press and other printing tools and materials. These items complement artworks by both artists in the museum’s collection.

Biographical Historical Note

Morris Topchevsky was a Polish-born Jewish artist in Chicago and an activist in the John Reed Club whose paintings often dealt with themes of social justice. Chicago-born Alex Topp, younger brother of Morris Topchevsky, created mural and easel paintings under the sponsorship of WPA programs and was particularly active as a printmaker.

Additional Notes

Related collections: Morris Topchevsky Papers and Jane Addams Memorial Collection Small Manuscript File: Hull House [sic] Artists and Craftsmen, University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives