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Sidney Janis Gallery exhibition catalogs

Creator:
Sidney Janis Gallery  Search this
Janis, Sidney, 1896-1989  Search this
Extent:
2.8 Linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Exhibition catalogs
Date:
1951-1998
Summary:
The Sidney Janis Gallery exhibition catalogs measure 2.8 linear feet and date from 1951 to 1998. Found here is a complete set of catalogs published by the New York gallery.
Scope and Contents:
The Sidney Janis Gallery exhibition catalogs measure 2.8 linear feet and date from 1951 to 1998. Found here is a complete set of catalogs published by the New York gallery.

Researchers should note that this collection only includes published catalogs and not related exhibition documentation. The gallery did not publish a catalog for every exhibition, especially during the early years of the gallery's operation.
Arrangement:
This collection has been arranged into one series.

Series 1: Exhibition Catalogs, 1951-1998 (Boxes 1-7; 2.8 linear feet)
Biographical / Historical:
Sidney Janis Gallery (est. 1948-1999) was an art gallery in New York, N.Y., specializing in contemporary avant-garde art. Sidney Janis opened the gallery with his wife Harriet at 15 E. 57th Street in Manhattan. The gallery became a leading exhibitor of Pop art after the groundbreaking exhibition New Realists in 1962. The gallery moved to 110 W. 57th Street in the 1980s, and after Janis's death in 1989 the gallery was directed by his son, Carroll Janis.
Related Materials:
Also found at the Archives of American Art are two oral history interviews with Sidney Janis. One interview conducted March 21-September 26, 1972, by Paul Cummings, and one interview conducted on October 15 and November 18, 1981, by Avis Berman.
Provenance:
The collection was donated in 1999 by Carroll Janis, son of Sidney Janis.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Sidney Janis Gallery exhibition catalogs are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Art galleries, Commercial -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Exhibition catalogs
Citation:
Sidney Janis Gallery exhibition catalogs, 1951-1998. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.sidnjani
See more items in:
Sidney Janis Gallery exhibition catalogs
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-sidnjani
Additional Online Media:

Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner papers, circa 1905-1984

Creator:
Pollock, Jackson, 1912-1956  Search this
Krasner, Lee, 1908-1984  Search this
Subject:
Davis, Bill  Search this
Maddox, Charles  Search this
Eames, Ray Kaiser  Search this
Forge, Andrew  Search this
De Kooning, Willem  Search this
Motherwell, Robert Burns  Search this
Johnson, Philip  Search this
Brooks, James  Search this
Pollock, Charles C. (Charles Cecil)  Search this
Gray, Cleve  Search this
Kadish, Reuben  Search this
Holmes, Doloris  Search this
Rose, Barbara  Search this
Wasserman, Tamara E.  Search this
Smith, Tony  Search this
Rouche, Burton  Search this
Gruen, John Jonas  Search this
Zogbaum, Wilfrid  Search this
Still, Clyfford E.  Search this
Janis, Sidney  Search this
Miller, Daniel  Search this
Miller, Robert  Search this
Friedman, B. H. (Bernard Harper)  Search this
Wright, William  Search this
Krasner, Lee  Search this
Glaser, Jane R.  Search this
Valliere, James  Search this
Pollock, Jackson  Search this
Burckhardt, Rudy  Search this
Isaacs, Reginald R.  Search this
Matter, Mercedes  Search this
Cavaliere, Barbara  Search this
Benton, Thomas Hart  Search this
Greenberg, Clement  Search this
Namuth, Hans  Search this
Dehner, Dorothy  Search this
McCoy, Sanford  Search this
Ossorio, Alfonso A.  Search this
Martha Jackson Gallery  Search this
Betty Parsons Gallery  Search this
Type:
Video recordings
Sketchbooks
Transcripts
Sound recordings
Scrapbooks
Photographs
Motion pictures (visual works)
Interviews
Topic:
Abstract expressionism  Search this
Art  Search this
Painters  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8943
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211129
AAA_collcode_polljack
Theme:
Art Movements and Schools
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211129
Additional Online Media:

Exhibition records of the Contemporary Wing of the Finch College Museum of Art, 1943-1975

Creator:
Finch College. Museum of Art  Search this
Varian, Elayne H. (Elayne Hanley), 1913-1987  Search this
Subject:
Castelli, Leo  Search this
O'Doherty, Brian  Search this
Parsons, Betty  Search this
Feigen, Richard L.  Search this
Acconi, Vito  Search this
Brooks, James  Search this
Siegelaub, Seth  Search this
Gottlieb, Adolph  Search this
Smith, Tony  Search this
Mazur, Michael  Search this
Anderson, David K.  Search this
Kirby, Michael  Search this
Insley, Will  Search this
Jackson, Martha Kellogg  Search this
Dwan, Virginia  Search this
Chase, Doris Totten  Search this
Janis, Sidney  Search this
Benglis, Lynda  Search this
Davis, Douglas  Search this
Richter, Hans  Search this
Cross, Lloyd G.  Search this
Benyon, Margaret  Search this
Graham, Dan  Search this
Hollander, Irwin5  Search this
Nauman, Bruce  Search this
Meyer, Ursula  Search this
Lichtenstein, Roy  Search this
Sonfist, Alan  Search this
Levine, Les  Search this
Weiner, Sam  Search this
Glimcher, Arnold B.  Search this
Varian, Elayne H. (Elayne Hanley)  Search this
Wise, Howard  Search this
Bochner, Mel  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Museum records
Topic:
Sculptors  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Gallery directors  Search this
Museum administrators  Search this
Museum curators  Search this
Painters  Search this
Video artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8114
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210285
AAA_collcode_finccoll
Theme:
Communities, Organizations, Museums
Art Gallery Records
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210285
Additional Online Media:

Howard Somers Conant papers, 1944-1987

Creator:
Conant, Howard Somers, 1921-2011  Search this
Subject:
Greene, Stephen  Search this
Bolotowsky, Ilya  Search this
Vicente, Esteban  Search this
Sonneman, Eve  Search this
McLuhan, Marshall  Search this
Shahn, Ben  Search this
Calcagno, Lawrence  Search this
Kuniyoshi, Yasuo  Search this
Warburg, Edward M. M.  Search this
Opper, John  Search this
Blumner, Jacob  Search this
Nakian, Reuben  Search this
Humphrey, John  Search this
Morris, Robert  Search this
Johnson, Philip  Search this
Hess, Thomas B.  Search this
Brooks, James  Search this
Reinhardt, Ad  Search this
Greene, Balcomb  Search this
Motherwell, Robert Burns  Search this
Wines, James  Search this
McNeil, George  Search this
Kaprow, Allan  Search this
Gottlieb, Adolph  Search this
Hoving, Thomas  Search this
Kiesler, Frederick  Search this
Nevelson, Louise  Search this
Hiler, Hilaire  Search this
Russell, John  Search this
Yunkers, Adja  Search this
Guston, Philip  Search this
Frankenthaler, Helen  Search this
Parker, Raymond  Search this
Rivers, Larry  Search this
Woodruff, Hale Aspacio  Search this
Janis, Sidney  Search this
LeWitt, Sol  Search this
Tworkov, Jack  Search this
Greene, Maxine  Search this
Tania  Search this
Hanson, Duane  Search this
Fuller, R. Buckminster (Richard Buckminster),  Search this
Kusama, Yayoi  Search this
Rothko, Mark  Search this
Stamos, Theodoros  Search this
Resnick, Milton  Search this
Vollmer, Ruth Landshoff  Search this
New York University  Search this
Institute for the Study of Art in Education  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Topic:
Artists  Search this
Art, Abstract  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Art teachers  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8598
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210778
AAA_collcode_conahowa
Theme:
Art Theory and Historiography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210778

Oral history interview with Betty Parsons, 1969 June 4-9

Interviewee:
Parsons, Betty, 1900-1982  Search this
Interviewer:
Cummings, Paul, 1933-  Search this
Subject:
Gorky, Arshile  Search this
Okada, Kenzo  Search this
Janis, Sidney  Search this
Graham, John D. (John Dabrowsky)  Search this
Newman, Barnett  Search this
Betty Parsons Gallery  Search this
Club (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Wakefield Gallery  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Topic:
Art galleries, Commercial  Search this
Art dealers  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12214
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212470
AAA_collcode_parson69
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212470

Sidney Janis

Title:
Silkscreen for Portrait of Sidney Janis
Artist:
Andy Warhol, 6 Aug 1928 - 22 Feb 1987  Search this
Sitter:
Sidney Janis, 1896 - 1989  Search this
Medium:
Photosensitive gelatin and tinted lacquer on silkscreen on wood frame
Dimensions:
241.6 x 193.1cm (95 1/8 x 76")
Type:
Mixed Media
Date:
1967
Topic:
Sidney Janis: Male  Search this
Sidney Janis: Visual Arts\Administrator\Art Gallery  Search this
Sidney Janis: Business and Finance\Businessperson\Dealer  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Museum of Modern Art
Website: moma.org/
Object number:
2354.67 MOMA
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_2354.67_MOMA

Seven Decades of Janis

Title:
Sidney Janis
Artist:
Andy Warhol, 6 Aug 1928 - 22 Feb 1987  Search this
Sitter:
Sidney Janis, 1896 - 1989  Search this
Medium:
Synthetic polymer paint and silkscreen ink on eight joined canvases
Dimensions:
41.3 x 82.2cm (16 1/4 x 32 3/8")
Type:
Painting
Date:
1967
Topic:
Sidney Janis: Male  Search this
Sidney Janis: Visual Arts\Administrator\Art Gallery  Search this
Sidney Janis: Business and Finance\Businessperson\Dealer  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Museum of Modern Art
Website: moma.org/
Object number:
2355.67a-h MOMA
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_2355.67a-h_MOMA

Portrait of Sidney Janis Selling a Portrait of Sidney Janis by Marisol

Artist:
Marisol Escobar, 22 May 1930 - 30 Apr 2016  Search this
Sitter:
Sidney Janis, 1896 - 1989  Search this
Medium:
Mixed mediums on wood
Dimensions:
Without Base: 175.2 × 156.2 × 54.8cm (69 × 61 1/2 × 21 9/16")
Type:
Sculpture
Date:
1967-1968
Topic:
Costume\Dress Accessory\Eyeglasses  Search this
Sidney Janis: Male  Search this
Sidney Janis: Visual Arts\Administrator\Art Gallery  Search this
Sidney Janis: Business and Finance\Businessperson\Dealer  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Museum of Modern Art
Website: moma.org/
Object number:
NY580095
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NY580095

Sidney Janis with Mondrian's Composition of 1933, on an Easel

Artist:
George Segal, 26 Nov 1924 - 9 Jun 2000  Search this
Sitter:
Sidney Janis, 1896 - 1989  Search this
Medium:
Plaster, wood, metal and canvas
Dimensions:
177.3 x 142.8 x 69.1cm (69 13/16 x 56 1/4 x 27 3/16")
Type:
Sculpture
Date:
1967
Topic:
Artwork\Painting  Search this
Artist's Effects\Easel  Search this
Sidney Janis: Male  Search this
Sidney Janis: Visual Arts\Administrator\Art Gallery  Search this
Sidney Janis: Business and Finance\Businessperson\Dealer  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Museum of Modern Art
Website: moma.org/
Object number:
653.67.a-b MOMA
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_653.67.a-b_MOMA

Joseph Randall Shapiro and Jory Shapiro papers, 1943-1985

Creator:
Shapiro, Joseph Randall, 1904-1996  Search this
Shapiro, Jory, 1911-1993  Search this
Subject:
Janis, Sidney  Search this
Baj, Enrico  Search this
Rattner, Abraham  Search this
Buehr, George Frederick  Search this
Matisse, Pierre  Search this
Bohrod, Aaron  Search this
Petlin, Irving  Search this
Pattison, Abbott Lawrence  Search this
Lanyon, Ellen  Search this
Hoff, Margo  Search this
Tanguy, Yves  Search this
Chagall, Marc  Search this
Cuevas, José Luis  Search this
Ito, Miyoko  Search this
Golub, Leon  Search this
Sage, Kay  Search this
Topic:
Art  Search this
Surrealism  Search this
Art patrons  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9547
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211747
AAA_collcode_shapjose
Theme:
The Art Market
Chicago's Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211747

Sidney Janis Gallery exhibition catalogs, 1951-1998

Creator:
Sidney Janis Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Janis, Sidney  Search this
Type:
Exhibition catalogs
Topic:
Art galleries, Commercial  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6257
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216584
AAA_collcode_sidnjani
Theme:
The Art Market
Art Gallery Records
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_216584
Additional Online Media:

Siden Gallery records, circa 1962-1994, [bulk 1966-1970]

Creator:
Siden Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Schneider, Arthur  Search this
Greene, Stephen  Search this
Siden, Franklin  Search this
Schapiro, Miriam  Search this
Janis, Sidney  Search this
Crawford, Ralston  Search this
Button, John  Search this
Clarke, John Clem  Search this
Brooke Alexander, Inc  Search this
Editions Alecto Ltd  Search this
Gemini G.E.L. (Firm)  Search this
Marlborough Graphics Ltd  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Topic:
Art galleries, Commercial  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15633
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)281971
AAA_collcode_sidegall
Theme:
Art Gallery Records
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_281971

David Parrish papers, 1940-2009, bulk 1964-1998

Creator:
Parrish, David Buchanan, 1939-  Search this
Subject:
Janis, Sidney  Search this
Meisel, Louis K. (Louis Koenig)  Search this
Eddy, Don  Search this
Hoffman, Nancy  Search this
Williams, Bob  Search this
French & Company (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Nancy Hoffman Gallery  Search this
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center  Search this
University of Alabama  Search this
Type:
Sketchbooks
Video recordings
Photographs
Essays
Resumes
Drawings
Interviews
Topic:
Artists' studios  Search this
Painters  Search this
Photo-realism  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15757
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)287241
AAA_collcode_parrdavi
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_287241
Additional Online Media:

Oral history interview with Leo Castelli, 1969 July

Interviewee:
Castelli, Leo, 1907-1999  Search this
Interviewer:
Rose, Barbara, 1938-  Search this
Subject:
Drouin, René  Search this
Guggenheim, Peggy  Search this
Levy, Julien  Search this
Janis, Sidney  Search this
Leo Castelli Gallery  Search this
Club (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Topic:
Art galleries, Commercial  Search this
Art dealers  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11784
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212113
AAA_collcode_castel69july
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212113

Oral history interview with Sidney Janis, 1972 Mar. 21-Sept. 26

Interviewee:
Janis, Sidney, 1896-1989  Search this
Interviewer:
Cummings, Paul, 1933-  Search this
Subject:
Sidney Janis Gallery  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Art dealers  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Art galleries, Commercial  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13049
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212744
AAA_collcode_janis72
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212744

Oral history interview with Sidney Janis, 1981 Oct. 15-Nov. 18

Interviewee:
Janis, Sidney, 1896-1989  Search this
Interviewer:
Berman, Avis, 1949-  Search this
Subject:
Rothko, Mark  Search this
Mark Rothko and His Times Oral History Project  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Topic:
Abstract expressionism  Search this
Art dealers  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13301
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)215632
AAA_collcode_janis81
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_215632

Exhibition records of the Contemporary Study Wing of the Finch College Museum of Art

Creator:
Finch College. Museum of Art  Search this
Varian, Elayne H.  Search this
Names:
Acconci, Vito, 1940-  Search this
Anderson, David K., 1935-  Search this
Benglis, Lynda, 1941-  Search this
Benyon, Margaret, 1940-  Search this
Bochner, Mel, 1940-  Search this
Brooks, James, 1906-1992  Search this
Castelli, Leo  Search this
Chase, Doris, 1923-  Search this
Cross, Lloyd G.  Search this
Davis, Douglas  Search this
Dwan, Virginia  Search this
Feigen, Richard L., 1930-  Search this
Glimcher, Arnold B.  Search this
Gottlieb, Adolph, 1903-1974  Search this
Graham, Dan, 1942-  Search this
Hollander, Irwin  Search this
Insley, Will, 1929-2011  Search this
Jackson, Martha Kellogg  Search this
Janis, Sidney, 1896-1989  Search this
Kirby, Michael  Search this
Levine, Les, 1935-  Search this
Lichtenstein, Roy, 1923-1997  Search this
Mazur, Michael, 1935-2009  Search this
Meyer, Ursula, 1915-  Search this
Nauman, Bruce, 1941-  Search this
O'Doherty, Brian  Search this
Parsons, Betty  Search this
Richter, Hans, 1888-1976  Search this
Siegelaub, Seth, 1941-  Search this
Smith, Tony, 1912-1980  Search this
Sonfist, Alan  Search this
Weiner, Sam  Search this
Wise, Howard  Search this
Extent:
20.9 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Transcripts
Interviews
Photographs
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Museum records
Date:
1943-1975
bulk 1964-1975
Summary:
The exhibition records of the Contemporary Study Wing of the Finch College Museum of Art measure 20.9 linear feet and date from 1943 to 1975, with the bulk of records dating from the period its galleries were in operation, from 1964 to 1975. Over two-thirds of the collection consists of exhibition files, which contain a wide range of documentation including artist files, checklists, correspondence, writings, photographs, interviews, numerous films and videos, artist statements, printed materials, and other records. Also found within the collection are administrative records of the museum, artist files, and papers of the Contemporary Wing's director and curator, Elayne Varian, which were produced outside of her work at Finch College.
Scope and Contents:
The exhibition records of the Contemporary Study Wing of the Finch College Museum of Art measure 20.9 linear feet and date from 1943 to 1975, with the bulk of records dating from the period its galleries were in operation, from 1964 to 1975. Over two-thirds of the collection consists of exhibition files, which contain a wide range of documentation including artist files, checklists, correspondence, writings, photographs, interviews, numerous films and videos, artist statements, printed materials, and other records. Also found within the collection are administrative records of the museum, artist files, and papers of the Contemporary Wing's director and curator, Elayne Varian, which were produced outside of her work at Finch College.

Administrative records include records relating to the general operation of the Contemporary Wing concerning fundraising, professional associations, budget, contact information for artists, donors, and lenders to exhibitions. Also found are records of the permanent collection of artworks acquired by the museum between 1964 and 1975 from contemporary artists and collectors of contemporary art.

Artist files contain basic biographical information on over 150 contemporary artists, with scattered correspondence, photographs, technical information about artworks, artist statements, and other writings. Artist files also include an incomplete run of artist questionnaires gathered by the New York Arts Calendar Annual for 1964.

Elayne Varian's personal papers include curatorial records, a course schedule and syllabus related to her teaching activities, and various writings. Curatorial projects documented in Varian's papers include three programs produced outside of Finch College, including a juried show at the New York State Fair in 1967, a film series at Everson Museum of Syracuse University, and an exhibition at Guild Hall in East Hampton in 1973. Several of Varian's writing projects involved interviews, which are also found in this series in the form of sound recordings and transcripts. Interview-based writing projects include individual profiles on Brian O'Doherty and Babette Newberger, and interviews conducted for an article on the artist-dealer relationship published in Art in America (January 1970). Dealers interviewed for the latter project include Leo Castelli, Virginia Dwan, John Gibson, Richard Feigen, Arnold Glimcher, Fred Mueller, Martha Jackson, Sidney Janis, Betty Parsons, Seth Siegelaub, and Howard Wise. Artists interviewed include Roy Lichtenstein, Adolph Gottlieb, and Charles Ross.

Exhibition files, comprising the bulk of the collection, document exhibitions held in the Contemporary Wing during its existence from 1964 to 1975. Types of records found in the series include exhibition catalogs, correspondence, loan agreements, lists, contact information, insurance valuations of artworks, photographs, biographical information on artists, clippings, posters, press releases, and other publicity materials. In addition to the rich textual and photographic records found for exhibitions, numerous audiovisual recordings are also found, some of which were made in preparation for an exhibition, some document mounted exhibitions, and others are artworks themselves or components of artworks exhibited in the galleries. Interviews with artists, dealers, and others involved in exhibitions include Alan Sonfist, Mel Bochner, Hans Richter, Ruth Richards, James Brooks and Janet Katz, Margaret Benyon, Irwin Hollander (transcript only), David Anderson, Doris Chase, Will Insley, Michael Kirby, Les Levine, Ursula Meyer, Brian O'Doherty, Charles Ross, Tony Smith, Douglas Davis, Jane Davis, Russ Connor, Les Levine, Michael Mazur, Paul Gedeohn, and physicists Lloyd G. Cross, Allyn Z. Lite, and Gerald Thomas Bern Pethick. Video artworks, recordings of performances, or components of multimedia artworks are found by artists Vito Acconci, Kathy Dillon, Douglas Davis, Dan Graham, Les Levine, Bruce Nauman, Michael Netter, Eric Siegel, and Robert Whitman. A film of the Art in Process: The Visual Development of a Structure (1966) exhibition is found, and video recordings of artists Lynda Benglis, Michael Singer, and Sam Wiener form as part of the documentation for the Projected Art: Artists at Work (1971) exhibition.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 4 series.

Series 1: Administrative Records, 1950-1975 (2 linear feet; Boxes 1-2, 22, OV 23)

Series 2: Artist Files, 1958-1975 (2.4 linear feet; Boxes 3-4, 22, OV 23, FC 27-28)

Series 3: Elayne Varian Personal Papers, 1965-1970 (1.3 linear feet; Boxes 5-6)

Series 4: Exhibition Files, 1943-1975 (14.9 linear feet; Boxes 6-22, OV 24-25, FC 26)
Biographical / Historical:
The Contemporary Study Wing of the Finch College Museum of Art, later called simply the "Contemporary Wing," was established in 1964 by the president of Finch College, Roland De Marco, as an extension the Finch College Museum of Art in New York City.

Its mission was to educate art history students at the Manhattan women's college who were interested in working with contemporary art. DeMarco, himself an art collector, hired Elayne Varian as director and curator of the contemporary wing. DeMarco met Varian in the New York office of the prominent international art dealership Duveen Brothers, where she had worked since the mid-1940s, most recently as an art dealer. Varian received her art education in Chicago, where she studied art history and education at the University of Chicago, and took classes in film at the Bauhaus and in fine art the Art Institute of Chicago. Sensitive to emerging art movements in galleries and studios around the city of New York, as the contemporary wing's curator, Varian quickly established a reputation for thoughtfully conceived, cutting-edge exhibitions which were consistently well-received by the press.

Under Varian, the Contemporary Wing carried out a dual mission of showing work of living artists and educating students and the public about the artwork and museum work in general. Varian used the galleries to provide practical training to students interested in a gallery or museum career throughout its existence. For several years, she also maintained an assistantship position for post-graduate museum professionals to gain experience in the field, many of whom went on to careers in museums across New York State.

The Contemporary Wing's best-known exhibitions formed a series of six shows called Art in Process, held between 1965 and 1972. Each of the Art in Process shows took a different medium, including painting, sculpture, collage, conceptual art, installation art, and serial art, and brought the process of art-making into the gallery with the artworks in various ways. For example, for Art in Process V (1972), the show about installation art, the galleries were open to the public for the entire process of its installation, allowing visitors to watch the works take shape. Another show entitled Documentation (1968) exhibited artworks with documentation such as artist's notes, sales records, and conservation records, bringing to light the value of record-keeping in the visual arts. Two exhibitions entitled Projected Art were also innovative, with the first (1966-1967) bringing experimental films from the cinema to the galleries, and the second (1971) showing artists' processes via footage and slides of artists working. Another show, Artists' Videotape Performances (1971), involved both screening of and creation of works in the gallery using a range of experiments with recent video technology. The museum also participated in an experimental broadcast of an artwork entitled Talk Out! by Douglas Davis, in which a telephone in the gallery allowed visitors to participate in its creation while it was broadcast live from Syracuse, NY. Other exhibitions that showcased experimentation in art included N-Dimensional Space (1970), on holography in art, Destruction Art(1968), on destructive actions being incorporated into contemporary art-making, and Schemata 7 (1967), a show about the use of environments in contemporary art, whose working title was "Walk-in Sculpture."

Other popular exhibitions at the Contemporary Wing included shows on Art Deco (1970) and Art Nouveau (1969). Several shows mined the private collections of prominent contemporary art collectors including Martha Jackson, Betty Parsons, George Rickey, Paul Magriel, Jacques Kaplan, Josephine and Philip Bruno, and Carlo F. Bilotti. A number of exhibitions featured contemporary art from overseas including Art from Belgium (1965), Art from Finland (1973), Seven Swedish Painters (1965), and Art in Jewelry (1966), which featured mainly international jewelry artists. Retrospective exhibitions of Hans Richter, Hugo Weber, and James Brooks were also held.

Hundreds of contemporary artists were shown at the Contemporary Wing in the eleven years of its existence, including many who came to be leading figures in contemporary art, and some who already were, including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Mel Bochner, Eva Hesse, Lynda Benglis, Bruce Nauman, Robert Morris, Lawrence Weiner, Robert Smithson, Sol Le Witt, Dan Flavin, Philip Pearlstein, and Yayoi Kusama, to name just a few.

The Contemporary Wing and the entire Finch College Museum of Art shut its doors in 1975, when Finch College closed due to lack of funds. The permanent collection was sold at that time, and the proceeds were used to pay Finch College employee salaries. Elayne Varian went on to the position of curator of contemporary art at the John and Mabel Ringling Museum in Sarasota, Florida. She died in 1987.
Related Materials:
Also found in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with curator Elayne Varian conducted by Paul Cummings, May 2, 1975.
Provenance:
The Archives of American Art acquired these records from the Finch College Museum of Art after it closed permanently in June 1975.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Rights:
The Exhibition records of the Contemporary Study Wing of the Finch College Museum of Art are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Occupation:
Museum administrators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Museum curators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Sculptors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art dealers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Video artists -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
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Citation:
Exhibition records of the Contemporary Study Wing of the Finch College Museum of Art, 1943-1975. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.finccoll
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Exhibition records of the Contemporary Study Wing of the Finch College Museum of Art
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Archives of American Art
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ead_collection:sova-aaa-finccoll
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Interview with Sidney Janis

Creator:
Janis, Sidney, 1896-1989  Search this
Varian, Elayne H. (Elayne Hanley), 1913-1987  Search this
Subject:
Sidney Janis Gallery  Search this
Type:
Sound Recording
Date:
circa 1969
Topic:
Art galleries, Commercial  Search this
Dealers  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)12299
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Exhibition records of the Contemporary Wing of the Finch College Museum of Art, 1943-1975
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Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_12299

Sidney Janis letter to Jackson Pollock

Creator:
Janis, Sidney, 1896-1989  Search this
Pollock, Jackson, 1912-1956  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
1943 Sept. 27
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)13807
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Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner papers, circa 1905-1984
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_13807
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Sidney Janis letter to Jackson Pollock

Creator:
Janis, Sidney, 1896-1989  Search this
Pollock, Jackson, 1912-1956  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
1943 Sep. 27
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)16478
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Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner papers, circa 1905-1984
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_16478
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