Marie Zoe Greene-Mercier papers

Inclusive Dates: 
1870–2000

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

64 linear feet (90 boxes) of material consisting of correspondence, writings, gallery and exhibition records, photographs, artifacts, and artwork documenting Marie Zoe Greene-Mercier's work as an artist, critic, and activist and her family and personal life. Some material is restricted.

Biographical Historical Note

Marie Zoe Greene-Mercier was a 20th-century artist, writer, and arts activist who worked in the United States and Europe. Greene-Mercier studied at the New Bauhaus School of Design in Chicago. She worked in a variety of media but was best known for the abstract metal sculptures she produced in the 1950s-1970s. She was married to film distributor Wesley Hammond Greene. Together they were among the arts advocates who disputed the Art Institute of Chicago's use of the B.F. Ferguson Fund for Sculpture, which the museum used for operating expenses rather than for the development of the city's sculpture and monument collections.

Additional Notes

Related collections: Wesley H. Greene Papers, Elizabeth H. Paepcke Papers, and Vi Fogle Uretz Papers, University of Chicago; Marie Zoe Greene-Mercier Papers, Illinois Institute of Technology; B. F. Ferguson Monument Fund Records, Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives.