Documents Touring and on Loan

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Swing Landscape: Stuart Davis and the Modernist Mural

Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
February 5–May 22, 2022 

The exhibition examines Stuart Davis' Swing Landscape, 1938, in a large and in depth manner. Works include Harry Bowden's Study for Williamsburg Mural and Suggestion for a Mural, circa 1936, from the Harry Bowden papers. 

This exhibition does not travel.

Jasper Johns

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York
September 29, 2021–February 13,  2022

A collaboration between the Whitney and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the exhibition explores Jasper John' life and art from the 1950's through the present. Included is a list of items lost in fire at Johns' house and studio, Edisto Beach, South Carolina found in the Leo Castelli Gallery records. 

This exhibition does not travel.

Dream Monuments: Drawing in the 1960s and 1970s

The Menil Collection, Houston, Texas
May 21–September 19, 2021 

Beverly Buchanan's City Walls sketchbook from 1976-1977 will be displayed in this exhibition that examine how artists approached the idea of monuments.

This exhibition does not travel.

Senga Nengudi: Topologies

Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado
December 6, 2020- April 11, 2021

The exhibition includes four works on paper by Senga Nengudi that provide insight into the development of her sculpture and performances. 

This exhibition does not travel. 

Shaping the Future. Environments by Aleksandra Kasuba

National Gallery of Art of The Lithuanian National Museum of Art, Vilnius, Lithuania
November 27, 2020–February 28, 2021

This is the first retrospective exhibition in Lithuania of American Lithuanian environmental artist, Aleksandra Kasuba. Numerous model drawings and watercolors by Kasuba from her archives are featured.

This exhibition does not travel.

Proto-Feminism in the Print Studio

Spruance Gallery, Arcadia University
September 15–November 22, 2020 (Postponed until fall of 2022. New dates are forthcoming.)

Correspondence between female artists including Worden Day, Anne Ryan, Louise Bourgeois and Dorothy Tredennick are included in this exhibition that explores the networking relationships between women artists and the art of printmaking.

This exhibition does not travel.


Addison Gallery of Art, Andover, Massachusetts
September 1, 2020–February 28, 2021

Using cartographic elements, the exhibition explores the interaction of humans and their environments. Artist, Josh Franco, produced an installation piece that incorporates a rattlesnake owned by land artist Robert Smithson.

This exhibition does not travel.

Polly Thayer Starr: Nearer the Essence

Fruitlands Museums-The Trustees of Reservations, Harvard, Massachusetts
May 2020–March 31, 2021

Archival documents support this exhibition that explores Polly Thayer Starr's processes for creating her art, involving her interest in nature and poetry. Cards with floral designs, studies for paintings and poetry from the Polly Thayer Starr papers are featured. 

This exhibition does not travel.

Alex Hay

Peter Freeman Inc., New York, New York
May 1–June 26, 2020 (Postponed until spring of 2021. New dates are forthcoming.)

To celebrate artist, Alex Hay's 90th birthday, the Peter Freeman gallery is featuring works by the artist including a drawing by Hay found in the Alan Solomon papers as well as Statement of Purpose written by Hay.

This exhibition does not travel.

The Conference of Animals

Queens Museum, New York, New York
April 5–August 16, 2020 (Postponed until spring of 2021. New dates are forthcoming.)

Children's drawings are incorporated into a large scale mural created by artist Ulrike Müller in this exhibition that celebrates art from a child's perspective. Included are childhood drawings by artists in the Archives' collections including Philip Evergood, Reginald Marsh and Louise Nevelson.  

This exhibition does not travel.

Raymond Hood and the American Skyscraper

David Winton Bell Gallery, List Art Center, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
April 4–May 24, 2020

Raymond Hood, a native of Rhode Island who attended Brown University, is featured in this exhibition focusing on the evolution of his skyscraper designs. The papers at the Archives of American Art include many of Hood's large scale designs and proposals that are included in the exhibition.

This exhibition does not travel.

Andy Warhol

Tate Modern, London England
March 12, 2020- September 6, 2020

Included in the exhibition are seven photographs of Andy Warhol vacuum cleaning as a part of the Finch College Museum of Art Art in Process V exhibition, 1972.

Venues include the Tate Modern, March 12- November 15, 2020; Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany, December 10, 2020- April 18, 2021; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada, May 22, 2021- September 6, 2021

Linda Nochlin: The Maverick She

National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC
March 8–October 8, 2020

Letters, photographs and writings from the newly acquired Linda Nochlin papers at the Archives of American Art are on display in this exhibition that honors the life of art historian, Linda Nochlin.

This exhibition does not travel.

Vida Americana: Mexican Muralists Remake American Art, 1925-1945

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York
February 17, 2020- January 3, 2021

The magazine cover of Mexican Folkways, vol. 4, no. 4, 1928, illustrated by Diego Rivera, and the February 1936 issue of Art Front magazine are included in the exhibition about Mexican muralists in the early to mid-twentieth century who influenced American art.

This exhibition does not travel.

Forrest Bess

Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany
February 14–September 6, 2020

Sixty documents including illustrated letters, photographs, exhibition catalogs and announcements, and Forrest Bess' thesis on the concept of immortality are featured in this comprehensive exhibition about Forrest Bess' art, philosophy and spirituality.

This exhibition does not travel. 

We Return Fighting: The African American Experience in World War I

National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, DC
December 13, 2019–September 15, 2020

The handwritten and  illustrated World War I memoir of African American artist, Horace Pippin, detailing his experiences during the war, is included in this exhibition.

This exhibition does not travel. 

Edward Hopper and the American Hotel

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia
November 2, 2019–October 25, 2020

The exhibition focuses on Edward Hopper's paintings depicting hotels and the hospitality industry. Included are letters and postcards from Edward and Josephine Hopper written from various hotels during their travels, to Frank Rehn, Frank Rehn Gallery.

Venues include the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia, November 2, 2019–February 23, 2020; Newfields: A Place for Nature and the Arts, Indianapolis, Indiana, July 18–October 25, 2020.

Senga Nengudi

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
October 25, 2019–2021

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is displaying a photograph of Senga Nengudi, an exhibition announcement and flyer, and Nengudi’s artists questionnaire from Just Above Midtown Gallery in their permanent collections gallery that rotates featured artists and acquisitions. Nengudi’s material is on display from late October 2019- 2021.

Edith Halpert and the Rise of American Art

The Jewish Museum, New York, New York
October 18, 2019–February 9, 2020

Edith Halpert's impressive career as a gallerist is exemplified in this exhibition with works from artists that she represented. Featured from the Archives is a photograph of Halpert in a dress created using one of Charles Sheeler's textile designs, as well as a sample of the textile.

This exhibition does not travel.

Soft and Wet

Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, New York
September 18–November 16, 2019

The exhibition references a previous exhibition held at the A.I.R Gallery in 1980 entitled Dialectics of Isolation: An Exhibition of Third World Women Artists of the United States in which Beverly Buchanan participated. Featured in this exhibition is the sketchbook City Walls, 1977, by Buchanan.

This exhibition does not travel.

Senga Nengudi: Topologies

Städitsche Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau,  München, Germany
September 17, 2019–November 5, 2020

This is the first exhibition in Germany featuring artist Senga Nengudi. The show explores her nylon mesh sculptures and well as her processes and collaborations with other artists. Included are four drawings by Nengudi from the Archives. The exhibition travels to Brazil as part of a program dedicated to the history of dance.

Venues include Städitsche Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau, München, Germany, September 17, 2019- January 19, 2020; The Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP), São Paulo, Brazil,  April 30, 2020- November 5, 2020.

David Park Retrospective

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California
June 2, 2019–January 18, 2021

This retrospective exhibition includes a sketchbook of figurative drawings by Elmer Bischoff, one of David Park's peers. The sketchbook is intended to examine the artist's process.

Venues include the Modern Art Museum of Forth Worth, Forth Worth, Texas, June 2–September 8, 2019; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California, July 17–January 18, 2021.

Prehistory and Modernity

Musèe national d'art moderne, Centre national d'art et de culture Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
May 8–September 16, 2019

Understanding the importance of origins for artists and society in general, is examined through works of modern culture from the nineteenth through the twentieth centuries in this exhibition. The impact of Robert Smithson's earthworks during the 1960's plays a pivotal role. Fifteen photographs from the Robert Smithson and Nancy Holt papers at the Archives are on display.

This exhibition does not travel.

Art After Stonewall: 19691989

Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio
April 19, 2019–October 4, 2020

The exhibition corresponds with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and examines the artists and works of art prominent during this period in American art and queer history.  Posters from the Woman's Building records are included as well as a published column found in the Gregory Battcock papers are included.

Venues include the Grey art Gallery and Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York, New York, April 19–July 21, 2019; the Patricia & Phillip Frost Museum, Miami, Florida, September 14, 2019–January 6, 2020; and the Columbus Museum of Art, March 5–October 4, 2020.

James Lee Byars

Elaine L. Jacob Gallery, James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
April 5, 2019–July 5, 2019

Focusing on the early years of James Lee Byars' life and work, the exhibition features 22 letters and poems from Byars to Olga Constantine from the late 1950s to the early 1960s, when Byars spent time in Japan.

This exhibition does not travel.

Joseph Cornell: Collage and Montage

Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art, Sakura, Japan
March 23–June 16, 2019

The exhibition relies heavily on Joseph Cornell's archives and documents his vast expanse of materials used and wide range of works. Cornell's diaries, correspondence and source material are featured.

This exhibition does not travel.

Arte Popular: Frida Kahlo and Folk Art

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts
February 27–June 16, 2019

Focusing on Frida Kahlo's techniques as an artist, Arte Popular includes a six page letter written February 16, 1939 from Kahlo to Nikolas Muray. Kahlo writes about her representation in an exhibition that would feature her paintings among Mexican folk art.

This exhibition may travel. 

Lost, Loose and Loved: Foreign Artists in Paris, 19441968

Museo Nacional  Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain
November 20, 2018–April 22, 2019

The exhibition examines the various cultural threads created by artists and their artwork and the global implications of their presence in post-war Paris. Included is Romare Bearden's handwritten map of Paris, 1950.

This exhibition does not travel. 

Armenia: Art, Culture, Eternity

Armenian Museum of America, Watertown, Massachusetts
November 7, 2018–May 7, 2019

A WPA photograph of Armenian-American Abstract Expressionist, Arshile Gorky, is included in this overview exhibition exploring Armenian culture.

This exhibition does not travel.

Gordon Parks: The New Tide, 1940–1950

National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
November 4, 2018–April 26, 2020

Photographs by Gordon Parks spanning the decade from 1940–1950 are featured in this exhibition that explores the evolution of his work. Included is a photograph of Peter Pollock by Parks from the Archives.

Venues include the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, November 4, 2018–February 18, 2019; Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, March 23–June 16, 2019; Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas,  August 31–December 29, 2019, Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts, February 1–April 26, 2020.

Acts of Art and Rebuttal in 1971

Hunter College Art Galleries, Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Gallery, New York, New York
October 4–November 25, 2018

The exhibition is based upon a 1971 exhibition organized by the Black Emergency Cultural Coalition at Acts of Art in Greenwich Village. Included is a 1971 letter from artist and key organizer of the show, Benny Andrews, to Reginald Gammon describing the show's intent as well as a call to artists to participate in the show.

This exhibition does not travel.

Rubbish and Dreams: The Genderqueer Performance Art of Stephen Varble

Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York, New York
September 27, 2018–January 27, 2019

Featured in this exhibition on performance artist Stephen Varble (1946–1984) are a speech and press releases from the Gregory Battcock papers documenting the art work of Varble in New York during the 1970's.

This exhibition does not travel.

The Lightness of Coincidence: Hugo Weber in Dialogue with Alberto Giacometti

Bünder Kunstmuseum Chur, Switzerland
September 15, 2018–January 6, 2019

The exhibition includes works by both Alberto Giacometti and Hugo Weber and references Giacometti’s long standing influence on Weber’s career and works of art.  Photographs of Weber and his works of art and sketches from the Hugo Weber papers are featured.

This exhibition does not travel.

The Conditions of Being Art: Pat Hearn Gallery & American Fine Arts, Co. (19832004)

The Center for Curatorial Studies and Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York
June 23–December 14, 2018

The exhibition explores the activities of both the Pat Hearn Gallery and American Fine Arts Co. and uses archival material to illustrate the galleries' practices as well as the artists they represent. Over twenty images from the Archives are on view, along with Colin de Land's hat featuring his slogan "Don't bother me unless you're buyin."

This exhibition does not travel.

Monument's Men: On the Front Line to Save Europe's Art, 19421946

Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, Ontario, Canada
June 22–November 18, 2018

The exhibition recreates the Archive's exhibition Monument's Men using images and label content in digital format on panels. Three original documents from the Thomas Carr Howe papers including a photograph of recovered works of art, a German Civil affairs handbook, and a page of the inventory of paintings in Goring Art Museum are on display.

This exhibition does not travel.

Robert Smithson: Time Crystals

The University of Queensland Australia, Brisbane, Australia
March 10, 2018–September 22, 2018

The exhibition relies extensively on the archives of the Robert Smithson and Nancy Holt papers and explores the foundation of Robert Smithson's explorations of order, disorder and time. Over 50 documents from the papers and 24 books from Smithson's library are on display.  

Venues include The University of Queensland Australia, Brisbane, Australia, March 10–July 8, 2018 Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, Australia, July 22–September 22, 2018.

Outliers and American Vanguard Art

National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
January 28, 2018–March 18, 2019

The exhibition focuses on twentieth century outlier American artists and their formally trained peers. Documents regarding artist Forrest Bess including images of Bess, pages from his thesis, letters and material documenting his relationship with the Betty Parsons Gallery are included.

Venues include the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, January 28–May 13, 2018; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia, June 24–September 30, 2018; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California, November 18, 2018–March 18, 2019.

Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney: Sculpture

Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida
January 25, 2018–July 7, 2019

The exhibition explores artist Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney's sculpture including works related to classical form, monuments, World War I and art deco style. Preparatory drawings by Vanderbilt Whitney depicting the various subject matter she sculpted will be displayed among her completed works.

Venues include the Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida, January 25–April 29, 2018; the New York Historical Society, New York, New York, fall/winter 2018; and the Newport Art Museum, Newport, Rhode Island, April 7–July 7, 2019.

The Legacy of the Samuel M. Kootz Gallery

The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
August 25, 2017–May 20, 2018

Candid photographs of Samuel Kootz and an image of the Intrasubjectives exhibition opening at the Kootz Gallery sre among the documents in the exhibition.

Venues include The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, August 25–December 17, 2018 and the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, New York, January 21–May 20, 2018.

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