Documents Touring and on Loan

Can't make it to D.C.? Our original documents might be on view near you. See what's been loaned to other institutions for exhibitions or tours.

Rubbish and Dreams: The Genderqueer Performance Art of Stephen Varble

Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York, New York
September 30, 2018- January 20, 2019

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

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.  

Travels to 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.

Travels to the 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.

Travels to the New York Historical Society, New York, New York, fall/winter 2018; Newport Art Museum, Newport, Rhode Island, April 7–July 7, 2019


Parapolitics: Cultural Freedom and the Cold War

Haus der Kulteren der Welt, Berlin, Germany
November 3, 2017–January 8, 2018

The Congress for Cultural Freedom, founded in 1950 in West Berlin, fostered cultural events throughout the world. The exhibition examines the role of the Congress and its far-reaching effects. Two published cartoons by Ad Reinhardt are being displayed in the exhibition.

This exhibition does not travel.


Tamayo: The New York Years

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
November 3, 2017–March 18, 2018

The Société Anonyme International Exhibition of Modern Art exhibition catalog, 1926, found in the John Henry Bradley Storrs papers, helps contextualize Rufino Tamayo's presence in New York during the 1920s in this exhibition about the artist and his works.

This exhibition may travel.


être pierre (Being Stone)

Musée Zadkine, Musée D'Art Moderne, Paris, France
September 28, 2017–February 11, 2018

Two images from Robert Smithson's Hypothetical Continent in Stone: Cathaysia, Alfred, New York, 1969 are being displayed in this exhibition that explores the evolution of the relationship between artists and the minerals that make up stone.

This exhibition does not travel.


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.

Travels to the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, New York, January 21–May 20, 2018


Henry James and American Painting

The Morgan Library and Museum, New York, New York
June 9, 2017–January 21, 2018

The exhibition focuses on writer Henry James' involvement with American Artists. Included are three photographs of painter Elizabeth Boot Duveneck with family and friends from the Frank and Elizabeth Boot Duveneck papers.

This exhibition travels to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, Massachusetts, October 19, 2017–January 21, 2018


Sonja Sekula: A Survey

Peter Blum Gallery, New York, New York
April 21, 2017–June 24, 2017

The exhibition features select works of art by Sonja Sekula. Sekula's 1948 postcard written to Joseph Cornell is also on view.

This exhibition does not travel.


Charles Sheeler: Fashion, Photography, and Sculptural Form

James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, Pennsylvania
March 18–July 9, 2017

Charles Sheeler explores the viewpoints and compositions of artist's works. Included in the exhibition are many patterned fabric samples as well as a knitted bodice created for Edith Halpert and a photograph of her in the completed outfit.

This exhibition does not travel.


Light & Matter: The Photographic Object

James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, Pennsylvania
March 18–July 25, 2017

The exhibition examines the physical nature of photography and includes a fabric sample created by Charles Sheeler to compliment a featured photographic textile installation piece.

This exhibition does not travel.


A Dangerous Woman: Subversion and Surrealism in the Art of Honoré Sharrer

Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio
February 10, 2017–January 7, 2018

Source material for Honoré Sharrer's Tribute to the American Working People are displayed among her paintings in this exhibition that examines Sharrer's role in American Art and her achievements.

Travels to Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 30–September 3, 2017 and Smith College of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts, September 29, 2017–January 7, 2018

To learn more about our loan program, see Borrowing for Exhibitions.