George M. Cohen papers

Inclusive Dates: 
1948–1999
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

7 boxes of material consisting of the papers of George M. Cohen, including biographical materials, exhibit announcements and catalogs, correspondence, research files, education files, and papers, as well as material relating specifically to Cohen’s wife, the artist Constance Cohen.

Biographical Historical Note

George M. Cohen, an oil painter, mixed media artist and art professor, was born in Chicago, Illinois on August 4, 1919. He studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Drake University and the University of Chicago. Cohen joined the faculty of Northwestern University in 1948, becoming a full professor in 1963. Cohen was a founding member of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. In the mid-fifties, he was also a part of a “new Chicago School” which included artists Leon Golub, June Leaf, and Cosmo Campoli. They organized annual “Momentum Exhibitions” that caught the notice of New York critics.

Constance Teander Cohen was an abstract and figural artist.

Additional Notes

Related collection: Harrison M. Hayford Papers and Walter B. Scott Papers, Northwestern University Library.