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Oral history interview with Katharine Kuh, 1982 Mar. 18-1983 Mar. 24

Interviewee:
Kuh, Katharine, 1904-1994  Search this
Interviewer:
Berman, Avis, 1949-  Search this
Subject:
Albright, Ivan  Search this
Stieglitz, Alfred  Search this
Mies van der Rohe, Ludwig  Search this
Archipenko, Alexander  Search this
Tamayo, Rufino  Search this
De Kooning, Willem  Search this
Barr, Alfred H.  Search this
Duchamp, Marcel  Search this
Moholy-Nagy, László  Search this
Ernst, Max  Search this
Still, Clyfford E.  Search this
Porter, Eliot  Search this
Arensberg, Walter  Search this
Berenson, Bernard  Search this
Klee, Paul  Search this
Adams, Ansel Easton  Search this
Weston, Edward  Search this
Albers, Josef  Search this
Stamos, Theodoros  Search this
Ray, Man  Search this
LÔeger, Fernand  Search this
Rothko, Mark  Search this
Newman, Barnett  Search this
Smith, David  Search this
Tworkov, Jack  Search this
Rich, Daniel Catton  Search this
Kepes, George  Search this
Avery, Milton  Search this
Hofmann, Hans  Search this
Mérida, Carlos  Search this
Arensberg, Louis  Search this
Davis, Stuart  Search this
Noguchi, Isamu  Search this
Paepcke, Walter Paul  Search this
Tobey, Mark  Search this
Art Institute of Chicago  Search this
Black Mountain College (Black Mountain, N.C.)  Search this
First National Bank of Chicago  Search this
Katharine Kuh Gallery (Chicago, Ill.)  Search this
Vassar College  Search this
Mark Rothko and His Times Oral History Project  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Saturday review  Search this
Abstract expressionism  Search this
Curators  Search this
Art critics  Search this
Art museum curators  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12186
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)215638
AAA_collcode_kuh82
Theme:
Chicago's Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_215638

Oral history interview with Anne Rorimer, 2010 November 15-16

Interviewee:
Rorimer, Anne, 1944-  Search this
Interviewer:
Richards, Judith Olch, 1947-  Search this
Subject:
Castelli, Leo  Search this
Geldzahler, Henry  Search this
Acconi, Vito  Search this
Kuh, Katharine  Search this
Morris, Robert  Search this
Wegman, William  Search this
Broodthaers, Marcel  Search this
Smith, Tony  Search this
Lowry, Bates  Search this
Speyer, A. James  Search this
Lippard, Lucy R.  Search this
D'Harnoncourt, Anne  Search this
Buchloh, B. H. D.  Search this
Hale, Robert Beverly  Search this
Buren, Daniel  Search this
Graham, Dan  Search this
Asher, Michael  Search this
LeWitt, Sol  Search this
Weiner, Lawrence  Search this
Hesse, Eva  Search this
Newman, Muriel Kallis Steinberg  Search this
Maxon, John  Search this
Nauman, Bruce  Search this
Tucker, Marcia  Search this
Stamos, Theodoros  Search this
Rorimer, James J. (James Joseph)  Search this
Art Institute of Chicago  Search this
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Albright-Knox Art Gallery  Search this
Bryn Mawr College  Search this
Victoria and Albert Museum  Search this
Elizabeth Murray Oral History of Women in the Visual Arts Project  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Art historians  Search this
Curators  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Conceptual art  Search this
Art  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15880
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)295421
AAA_collcode_rorime10
Theme:
Women
Chicago's Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_295421

Robert Jay Wolff papers, 1926-1969

Creator:
Wolff, Robert Jay, 1905-1978  Search this
Subject:
Hustvedt, Stephen R.  Search this
Rebay, Hilla  Search this
Seligmann, Kurt  Search this
Crawford, M. D. C. (Morris De Camp),  Search this
Chermayeff, Serge  Search this
Robinson, Increase  Search this
Kuh, Katharine  Search this
Moholy-Nagy, László  Search this
Miller, Dorothy Canning  Search this
Osborn, Robert Chesley  Search this
Ernst, Jimmy  Search this
Holtzman, Harry  Search this
Gropius, Walter  Search this
Calder, Alexander  Search this
Giedion, S. (Sigfried),  Search this
Holty, Carl  Search this
Pearlstein, Philip  Search this
Reinhardt, Adolph Dietrich Friedrich  Search this
Moholy-Nagy, Sibyl  Search this
Cahill, Holger  Search this
Artists' Union (Chicago, Ill.)  Search this
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum  Search this
Topic:
Design  Search this
Painting, American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9360
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211556
AAA_collcode_wolfrobe
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Architecture & Design
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211556

Lily Harmon papers, 1930-1996

Creator:
Harmon, Lily, 1912-1998  Search this
Subject:
Vogel, Ilse Margret  Search this
Solman, Joseph  Search this
Manacher, Frances  Search this
Bruno, Phillip A.  Search this
Kahn, Max  Search this
Knotts, Howard  Search this
Alcopley  Search this
Stix, Hugh  Search this
Sapanel, Margarete  Search this
Neumann, Peter  Search this
Schmid, Elsa  Search this
Hutton, Leonard  Search this
Neumann, Albrecht  Search this
Abraham, Nelson Algren  Search this
Schultz, Margarete  Search this
Drew, Bettina  Search this
Isaacs, Lewis  Search this
Neumann, J. B. (Jsrael Ber)  Search this
Ashton, Dore  Search this
Warburg, Edward M. M.  Search this
Dehner, Dorothy  Search this
Nierendorf, Karl  Search this
Kuh, Katharine  Search this
Stieglitz, Alfred  Search this
Lamm, Johanna Neumann  Search this
Barr, Alfred H.  Search this
Avery, Sally Michel  Search this
Rothbaum, Nolbert  Search this
Hertzberg, Benjamin  Search this
Driggs, Elsie B.  Search this
Odets, Clifford  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Video recordings
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
Sculptors  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7659
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209822
AAA_collcode_harmlily
Theme:
Women
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209822

Hilaire Hiler papers, 1925-1966

Creator:
Hiler, Hilaire, 1898-1966  Search this
Subject:
Flax, Jerome  Search this
Boldt, O'Brien  Search this
Snow, C. P. (Charles Percy),  Search this
Kepes, George  Search this
Birren, Faber  Search this
Reinhardt, Adolph Dietrich Friedrich  Search this
Levi, Albert William  Search this
Ray, Man  Search this
LÔeger, Fernand  Search this
Cunningham, Ben  Search this
Rattner, Abraham  Search this
Moran, Jim  Search this
Hirschfeld, Al  Search this
Varèse, Edgard  Search this
Schnakenberg, H. E. (Henry Ernest)  Search this
Lavell, Charles  Search this
Connelly, Marc  Search this
Boyle, Kay  Search this
Ferren, John  Search this
Schapiro, Meyer  Search this
Herz, Jay H.  Search this
Crosby, Caresse  Search this
Miller, Henry  Search this
Cunard, Nancy  Search this
Lebrun, Rico  Search this
Mathews, Paul  Search this
Wittenborn, George  Search this
Kuh, Katharine  Search this
Williams, William Carlos  Search this
Inverarity, Robert Bruce  Search this
Wells, H. G. (Herbert George),  Search this
Hiler, Hilaire  Search this
Holty, Carl  Search this
America's Artists in Particular  Search this
Foundation for Integrated Education  Search this
Type:
Sketchbooks
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9015
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211204
AAA_collcode_hilehila
Theme:
Diaries
Sketches & Sketchbooks
Art Theory and Historiography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211204

Katharine Kuh papers, 1875-1994, bulk, 1930-1994

Creator:
Kuh, Katharine, 1904-1994  Search this
Subject:
Rothko, Mark  Search this
Feitelson, Lorser  Search this
Seligmann, Kurt  Search this
Sandburg, Carl  Search this
Burger, Warren E.  Search this
Knox, Seymour H.  Search this
Nutting, Muriel Leone Tyler  Search this
Giacometti, Alberto  Search this
Millier, Arthur Henry Thomas  Search this
LÔeger, Fernand  Search this
Goto, Joseph  Search this
Ray, Man  Search this
Young, Victor  Search this
Arp, Jean  Search this
Woolf, Olga  Search this
Tobey, Mark  Search this
O'Higgins, Pablo  Search this
Biddle, George  Search this
Davis, Stuart  Search this
Chermayeff, Serge  Search this
Hirshhorn, Joseph H.  Search this
Graves, Robert  Search this
Mérida, Carlos  Search this
Le Corbusier  Search this
Stevenson, Adlai E. (Adlai Ewing),  Search this
Arensberg, Louis  Search this
Hofmann, Hans  Search this
Day, Worden  Search this
Perkins, Frances  Search this
Kandinsky, Wassily  Search this
De Kooning, Willem  Search this
Duchamp, Marcel  Search this
Motherwell, Robert Burns  Search this
Grabe, Klaus  Search this
Moholy-Nagy, László  Search this
Ozbekhan, Hasan  Search this
Mies van der Rohe, Ludwig  Search this
Lundeberg, Helen  Search this
Falkenstein, Claire  Search this
Thiel, Philip  Search this
Friendly, Fred W.  Search this
Shackelford, Shelby  Search this
Barr, Alfred H.  Search this
Pollack, Peter  Search this
Shan, Benjamin  Search this
Johnson, Ray  Search this
Breuer, Marcel  Search this
Picasso, Pablo  Search this
Hare, Denise Browne  Search this
Johnson, Philip  Search this
Archipenko, Alexander  Search this
Chagall, Marc  Search this
Hélion, Jean  Search this
Guggenheim, Peggy  Search this
Dickinson, Edwin Walter  Search this
Calder, Alexander  Search this
Cox, Richard  Search this
Ernst, Jimmy  Search this
Hare, David  Search this
Albright, Ivan  Search this
Lye, Len  Search this
Johns, Jasper  Search this
Inverarity, Robert Bruce  Search this
Klee, Paul  Search this
Tanning, Dorothea  Search this
Adams, Ansel Easton  Search this
Campoli, Cosmo  Search this
Chavez Morado, José  Search this
Albers, Josef  Search this
Guston, Philip  Search this
Kline, Franz  Search this
Putnam, Wally  Search this
Orozco, José Clemente  Search this
Wiston, Harry Lewis  Search this
Kepes, Juliet  Search this
Dubuffet, Jean  Search this
Arensberg, Walter  Search this
Barnet, Will  Search this
Golub, Leon  Search this
Rich, Daniel Catton  Search this
Still, Clyfford E.  Search this
Hayter, Stanley William  Search this
Kepes, George  Search this
Cornell, Joseph  Search this
Spaeth, Otto  Search this
Steinberg, Hedda  Search this
Nutting, Myron Chester  Search this
Art Institute of Chicago  Search this
Albright-Knox Art Gallery  Search this
Katharine Kuh Gallery (Chicago, Ill.)  Search this
Biennale di Venezia  Search this
Type:
Drawings
Sound recordings
Scrapbooks
Topic:
Women art dealers  Search this
Art, Abstract  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Women museum curators  Search this
Art festivals  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Women art historians  Search this
Women art critics  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9951
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212503
AAA_collcode_kuhkath
Theme:
Art Theory and Historiography
Women
Art Gallery Records
Chicago's Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_212503
Online Media:

Thomas M. Messer papers, 1949-2010

Creator:
Messer, Thomas M., 1920-2013  Search this
Subject:
Tworkov, Jack  Search this
Bell, Larry  Search this
Koczy, Rosemarie  Search this
Flavin, Dan  Search this
Moore, Henry  Search this
Giacometti, Alberto  Search this
Burri, Alberto  Search this
Knowlton, Grace  Search this
Rickey, George  Search this
Kuh, Katharine  Search this
Ernst, Max  Search this
Chryssa  Search this
KoláÚr, JiÚrí  Search this
Simonds, Charles  Search this
Hélion, Jean  Search this
Hamilton, Richard  Search this
Chagall, Marc  Search this
Frankenthaler, Helen  Search this
Still, Clyfford E.  Search this
Barnet, Will  Search this
Dubuffet, Jean  Search this
Bury, Pol  Search this
Bacon, Francis  Search this
Martin, Agnes Bernice  Search this
Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation  Search this
Topic:
Curators  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6570
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)215863
AAA_collcode_messthom
Theme:
Communities, Organizations, Museums
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_215863
Online Media:

George Fedoroff papers, 1939-1980

Creator:
Fedoroff, George W., 1906-2001  Search this
Subject:
Lippincott, William J.  Search this
Kuh, Katharine  Search this
United States.Bureau of Indian Affairs  Search this
Topic:
Eskimo craft  Search this
Indian arts  Search this
Handicraft  Search this
Eskimo art  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7259
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209409
AAA_collcode_fedogeor
Theme:
Diaries
Lives of American Artists
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209409

Lee Gatch papers, 1925-1979

Creator:
Gatch, Lee, 1902-1968  Search this
Subject:
Driggs, Elsie B.  Search this
Mumford, Lewis  Search this
Phillips, Duncan  Search this
Neumann, J. B. (Jsrael Ber)  Search this
Kahn, Max  Search this
Kuh, Katharine  Search this
Willard, Marian  Search this
World House Galleries  Search this
Topic:
Painting, Modern  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8962
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211149
AAA_collcode_gatcleep
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211149

Avis Berman research material on Katharine Kuh, 1939-2006

Creator:
Berman, Avis, 1949-  Search this
Subject:
Tobey, Mark  Search this
Neumann, J. B. (Jsrael Ber)  Search this
Kaufmann, Edgar  Search this
Lebrun, Rico  Search this
Kuh, Katharine  Search this
Harmon, Lily  Search this
Duchamp, Marcel  Search this
Rich, Daniel Catton  Search this
Dale, Chester  Search this
Arensberg, Walter  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Topic:
Art, Modern  Search this
Curators  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13638
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)272295
AAA_collcode_bermavis3
Theme:
Women
Chicago's Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_272295

Oral history interview wih Clara Diament Sujo, 2010 June 8-16

Interviewee:
Diament Sujo, Clara, 1921-  Search this
Interviewer:
Berman, Avis, 1949-  Search this
Subject:
Steinberg, Hedda  Search this
Lam, Wifredo  Search this
Escobar, Maria Sol  Search this
Valera, Víctor  Search this
Pollock, Jackson  Search this
Reverón, Armando  Search this
Soto, Jesús Rafael  Search this
Duchamp, Marcel  Search this
Rauschenberg, Robert  Search this
De Kooning, Willem  Search this
Messer, Thomas M.  Search this
Barr, Alfred H.  Search this
Córdova, Arturo de  Search this
D'Harnoncourt, Rene  Search this
Perón, Juan Domingo  Search this
Kuh, Katharine  Search this
Hughes, Langston  Search this
Johns, Jasper  Search this
Otero Rodríguez, Alejandro  Search this
Romero Brest, Jorge  Search this
Miller, Dorothy Canning  Search this
Elizabeth Murray Oral History of Women in the Visual Arts Project  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Art  Search this
Art dealers  Search this
Gallery owners  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15879
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)295424
AAA_collcode_diamen10
Theme:
Women
Latino and Latin American
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_295424

New directions in American painting and sculpture, 1960 Apr. 13

Creator:
Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors  Search this
Subject:
Kuh, Katharine  Search this
Crehan, Hubert  Search this
Christ-Janer, Albert  Search this
Head, Matthew  Search this
Botkin, Henry  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Topic:
Sculptors  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Painters  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10695
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)214296
AAA_collcode_fedemods
Theme:
Art Theory and Historiography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_214296

Claire Falkenstein papers

Creator:
Falkenstein, Claire, 1908-1997  Search this
Names:
Coos Art Museum  Search this
Fresno Art Museum  Search this
Galerie Anderson-Mayer  Search this
Gallery Stadler  Search this
Jack Rutberg Fine Arts (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
John Bolles Gallery (San Francisco, Calif.)  Search this
Los Angeles Museum of Art  Search this
Malvina Miller  Search this
Martha Jackson Gallery  Search this
Merging One Gallery  Search this
Mills College -- Faculty  Search this
Pond Farm Workshop  Search this
San Francisco Museum of Art  Search this
University of California, San Francisco. School of Fine Arts -- Faculty  Search this
Green, Ray, 1908-1997  Search this
Guggenheim, Peggy, 1898-  Search this
Kuh, Katharine  Search this
O'Donnell, May, 1906-2004  Search this
Sawyer, Kenneth B.  Search this
Still, Clyfford, 1904-  Search this
Still, Patricia  Search this
Tapie, Michel  Search this
Temko, Allan  Search this
Tobey, Mark  Search this
Wildenhain, Frans, 1905-1980  Search this
Extent:
42.8 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Drawings
Motion pictures (visual works)
Scrapbooks
Sketchbooks
Diaries
Photographs
Sketches
Date:
circa 1914-1997
bulk 1940-1990
Summary:
The papers of sculptor, painter, jewelry designer, and teacher Claire Falkenstein measure 42.8 linear feet and date from 1917 to her death in 1997. There is extensive correspondence with fellow artists, collectors, critics, friends, museums, and galleries. The collection also contains biographical materials, much of it collected and organized by Falkenstein, personal and business records, writings, diaries, exhibition files, commission files, teaching files, photographs, original artwork, scrapbooks, and printed materials. There is a short motion picture film of an interview with Falkenstein featuring the windows she designed for St. Basil's Church in Los Angeles.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of sculptor, painter, jewelry designer, and teacher Claire Falkenstein measure 42.8 linear feet and date from 1917 to her death in 1997. There is extensive correspondence with fellow artists, collectors, critics, friends, museums, and galleries. The collection also contains biographical materials, much of it collected and organized by Falkenstein, personal and business records, writings, diaries, exhibition files, commission files, teaching files, photographs, original artwork, scrapbooks, and printed materials. There is a short motion picture film of an interview with Falkenstein featuring the windows she designed for St. Basil's Church in Los Angeles.

Biographical material includes appointment calendars, awards and honorary degrees, interview transcripts, passports, resumes, wills, and scrapbooks. Scrapbooks were compiled by Falkenstein and focus primarily on her exhibitions at the Galerie Stadler and Gallery Meyer in 1959 and 1960. Also of interest are the "biography files" created and arranged by Falkenstein. These files contain material that she personally felt was the most important in documenting her activities each year. They include correspondence, exhibition catalogs, printed material, and invitations.

Measuring nine linear feet, correspondence is extensive and comprehensively documents Falkenstein's work, social life, relationships, and other business and personal activities. Correspondence dates from 1941 to 1997 and includes business letters and correspondence with friends and family. Her communications with friends, family, clients, gallery owners, collectors, museums, publishers, foundations, and grant agencies reveal many of her ideas and techniques. Individual correspondents include Ray Green, Peggy Guggenheim, Katharine Kuh, May O'Donnell, Ken Sawyer, Clyfford and Pat Still, Michel Tapie, Allan Temko, Mark Tobey, and Frans Wildenhain. Gallery and museum correspondence is with the San Francisco Museum of Art, Coos Art Museum, Los Angeles Museum of Art, Galerie Stadler (Paris), Gallery Mayer (Paris), Malvina Miller (New York), Martha Jackson Gallery (New York), Jack Rutberg Fine Arts (Los Angeles), Galerie Anderson-Mayer (Paris), and Bolles Gallery. Correspondence is also found in the Commission Files and Exhibition Files.

Personal and business records contain a wide variety of material documenting Falkenstein's business, financial, legal, professional, and personal transactions. Files are found for sales and prices, art inventories, smaller jewelry commissions, her work as a juror, her business with galleries, legal affairs and contracts, expenses, records of arts organizations to which she belonged, conferences, grants and fellowships, studio and house renovations, her Paris studio and Paris expenses, travel, donations, loans and consignments, conservation, art shipping, insurance, and taxes. Oversized visitor's logs contain comments from visitors to Falkenstein's studio in Venice, California.

Falkenstein maintained comprehensive documentation of her exhibitions from her first exhibition in the 1930s to the last one at the Merging One Gallery in 1996. Files include both a chronological record and individual record for nearly all of her exhibitions. Found with the files are correspondence, photographs, loan and shipping records, catalogs, announcements, clippings, articles, and other records. Most of the photographs related to exhibitions are found in the Photographs Series. The files for exhibitions at the Fresno Art Museum, Martha Jackson Gallery and Jack Rutberg Fine Art Gallery are particularly rich.

Commission files document nearly all of Falkenstein's public and private large-scale projects and often contain a visual record of the work, as well as correspondence, design notes, contracts, and expense reports. There is documentation of the St. Basils Church windows in Los Angeles; the Peggy Guggenheim gate in Venice, Italy; and the fountain at the California Savings and Loan, in Los Angeles; and many others. There is also a chronological record of her commissions. The bulk of the photographs of commissions are found in the Photograph series. Also, most of Falkenstein's jewelry design commissions are found in the Personal and Business Records series.

Falkenstein's work as a prolific writer, particularly in the 1940s and 1950s, is well-documented here through her numerous published articles in Arts and Architecture magazine, and the New York Herald-Tribune. Her work for Arts and Architecture was primarily written for the "Art Comments from San Francisco" section. She was living in Paris when she contributed an art news column to the New York Herald-Tribune. Also found here are five diaries and one journal dating from circa 1929-1978. The entries are inconsistent and concern mostly travel. The diaries from 1929 and 1934 are more personal. Falkenstein also maintained extensive notes and notebooks about artwork ideas, observations about art, research, and even drafts of letters. There are also many notes about various topics, including art and class notes. Additional writings are eclectic and cover a wide range of topics, including music, poetry, the script for Falkestein's film entitled Touching the Quick, and drafts of her unpublished book on murals. A handful of writings by others are found, most with annotations by Falkenstein.

Teaching files include Falkenstein's numerous lectures given while teaching at Mills College, Pond Farm Workshops, and California School of Fine Arts, and various symposiums and conferences. Also found are lesson plans, contracts, scattered correspondence, and notes. The files on her tenure at the Pond Farm Workshops are particularly interesting, with notes about her fellow teacher Frans Wildenhain and correspondence with workshop owners, Jane and Gordon Herr.

There are extensive photographs of Falkenstein, her family and friends, colleagues, commissions, exhibitions, and works of art. Included are many images of Falkenstein, of Falkenstien with her art, of Falkentstien working, and of Falkenstein's studio. There are numerous photographs of Falkenstein with friends, family, and colleagues in social or work settings. Also found are photographs of exhibition openings, installation views, and works of art exhibited. Additional photographs document Falkenstein's commissions, including images of her at work. Additional images of commissions may also be found in the Commission Series, but the bulk are filed here. There are numerous photographs of Falkenstein's works of art, including drawings, sculpture, jewelry, murals, lamps, and ceramics.

Falkenstein's papers include a large amount of sketches, sketchbooks, and drawings. Many of the sketches and drawings relate to her ideas about commissions and large sculpture, jewelry designs, and general sketches. Sketches are also found in the Commission Files. Also included are drawings by Mark Tobey and Michel Tapie, and others.

Finally, printed materials include general exhibition catalogs, newspapers clippings, and clippings of articles by and about Falkenstein. Also included are books that have been inscribed and signed by the author.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into 9 series:

Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1934-1997 (Box 1-4, 41; 4.3 linear feet)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1931-1997 (Box 5-13; 9 linear feet)

Series 3: Personal and Business Records, 1936-1997 (Box 14-17, 41, 46-49; 4.2 linear feet)

Series 4: Exhibitions, 1930-1996 (Box 18-21, 42, OV 50; 3.3 linear feet)

Series 5. Commissions, 1930-1992 (Box 21-22, OV 50-54 ; 2.0 linear feet)

Series 6: Writings, circa 1929-1993 (Box 22-26, 42, 55; 4.6 linear feet)

Series 7: Teaching Files, 1929-1995 (Box 26; .8 linear feet)

Series 8: Photographs, circa 1917-1997 (Box 27-35, 43, 55-56; 9.5 linear feet)

Series 9: Artwork, circa 1937-1995 (Box 36-37, 44, 57; 2.0 linear feet)

Series 10: Printed Materials, circa 1914-1990 (Box 37-40, 45, 58; 3.9 linear feet)
Biographical Note:
Claire Falkenstein (1908-1997) spent the majority of her life working as an artist, sculptor, jewelry designer, teacher, and writer in California.

Claire Falkenstein was born in 1908 and grew up in Coos Bay, Oregon. In 1920, Falkenstein and her family moved to Berkeley, California, where she attended high school and then college at the University of California at Berkeley, studying philosophy, anthropology, and art. She graduated in 1930. Falkenstein had her first solo show at the East-West Gallery in San Francisco in 1930, the only member of her class to have an exhibition before graduation.

During the early 1930s, Falkenstein studied at Mills College with modernist sculptor Alexander Archipenko. There she also met Bauhaus artists Laszlo Moholy-Nagy and Gyorgy Kepes. Falkenstein married her high school sweetheart, Richard McCarthy in 1936.

In 1944, Falkenstein had her first New York exhibition at the Bonestall Gallery. At that time, Falkenstein's primary mediums were stone and wood. However, she became increasingly experimental with new materials that included sheet aluminum, Cor-Ten steel, glass, plastics, and welded wire rods while maintaining a connection to organic and natural forms. Her work in jewelry design was an outlet for exploring these new materials, forms, and techniques on a small scale. As her work grew physically larger, so did her recognition and it was her work in sculpture that won her a faculty appointment at the California School of Fine Arts from 1947-1949. It was here that she met Patricia and Clyfford Still, Hassel Smith, and Richard Diebenkorn.

In 1948, Falkenstein was invited to exhibit at the Salon des Realites Nouvelle in Paris, her first European show. She eventually moved to Europe in 1950 and had studios in Paris, Venice, and Rome. While in Europe, Falkenstein executed a number of large scale commissions, including the stair screen for Galerie Stadler (1955), grotto gates for Princess Pignatelli's villa in Rome (1957), and the bronze, steel, and the glass gate at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice (1961). While in Paris, she became acquainted with noted art critic Michel Tapie, with whom she maintained a life-long friendship.

During the 1940s and 1950s Falkenstein was a regular contributor to Arts and Architecture magazine, most often writing the "Art Comments from San Francisco" section. While in Paris, she also wrote a column on art news for the New York Herald Tribune.

Falkenstein returned to the United States in 1962, eventually renovating a studio space in Venice, California. It was here that she conceived her largest commissions. In 1965, Falkenstein received a commission from the California Savings and Loan to create a sculpture for a large fountain at the front of the bank in downtown Los Angeles. The copper tube fountain, entitled "Structure and Flow #2," was the first of many large scale public art commissions that Falkenstein completed during her years in California. Her most important commission in the United States, completed in 1969, was for the doors, rectory gates and grills and stained-glass windows for St. Basil's Church on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles. The eight doors and fifteen rectory screens, including 80 foot high windows in the nave, were an expansion of the "never ending screen" concept that Falkenstein executed with the Pignatelli commission in Rome. She continued to use this motif in her work throughout her career.

Claire Falkenstein worked as an arts instructor, visiting artist, and guest lecturer at many colleges, workshops, and schools in California. Her first position was at Mills College from 1946-1947. Shortly thereafter, she was appointed to the faculty at the California School of Fine Arts and later taught in the Extension Divisions of the University of California, Berkeley. She taught classes at California State Polytechnic University, California State University at Davis, and the Anna Head School. Falkenstein also taught art at the Pond Farm Workshops in California, and lectured at numerous colleges and museums. She served on many juried art shows in Southern California.

Falkenstein was acquainted with many artists, writers, instructors, collectors, gallery owners, and critics. Close friends included Esther and Bob Robles, Clyfford and Patricia Still, Michel Tapie, Allan Temko, Mark Tobey, Frans Wildenhain, and other notable figures in the art world.

Falkenstein continued to complete large scale private and public commissioned sculptures during the 1960s through the 1980s, including work for the University of Southern California, Hyland Biological Laboratory, California State University at Dominquez Hills and the California State Department of Motor Vehicles. Throughout her career, Falkenstein's work was featured in numerous exhibitions across the country. Her sculpture and other artwork can be found in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Coos Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museum, University of Southern California Fisher Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Tate Gallery.

Falkenstein died in 1997 at the age of 89.
Related Material:
The Archives of American Art also holds two oral history interviews with Claire Falkenstein. The interview on April 13, 1965 was conducted by Betty Hoag and the one on March 2 and 21, 1995 was conducted by Paul Karlstrom.
Provenance:
The Claire Falkenstein papers were donated in 1997 by Steffan Wacholtz and Nancy Kendall, trustees for the Claire Falkenstein Trust.
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The Claire Falkenstein papers 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.
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Citation:
Claire Falkenstein papers, circa 1914-1997, bulk 1940-1990. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Kuh, Katharine  Search this
Extent:
(3 folders)
Container:
Box 5, Folder 15-17
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1994
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Collection Citation:
Katharine Kuh papers, 1875-1994, bulk 1930-1994. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Oversize Christmas Card with Collage by Regina Bogat Jensen

Collection Creator:
Kuh, Katharine  Search this
Container:
Box 14 (sol), Folder
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1979
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Collection Citation:
Katharine Kuh papers, 1875-1994, bulk 1930-1994. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Oversize Christmas Card with Collage by Regina Bogat Jensen

Collection Creator:
Kuh, Katharine  Search this
Container:
Box 14 (sol), Folder
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1980
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Collection Citation:
Katharine Kuh papers, 1875-1994, bulk 1930-1994. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Oversize Christmas Card with Collage by Regina Bogat Jensen

Collection Creator:
Kuh, Katharine  Search this
Container:
Box 14 (sol), Folder
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1983
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Authorization to quote, publish or reproduce requires written permission until 2019. Contact the Archives of American Art Reference Services department for additional information.
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Collection Citation:
Katharine Kuh papers, 1875-1994, bulk 1930-1994. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Oversize Birthday Card with Drawing by Juliet Kepes

Collection Creator:
Kuh, Katharine  Search this
Container:
Box OV 15, Folder
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
Jul 15, 1973
Collection Restrictions:
Authorization to quote, publish or reproduce requires written permission until 2019. Contact the Archives of American Art Reference Services department for additional information.
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Collection Citation:
Katharine Kuh papers, 1875-1994, bulk 1930-1994. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Oversize Birthday Card with Drawing by Juliet Kepes

Collection Creator:
Kuh, Katharine  Search this
Container:
Box OV 15, Folder
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
Jul 15, 1974
Collection Restrictions:
Authorization to quote, publish or reproduce requires written permission until 2019. Contact the Archives of American Art Reference Services department for additional information.
Collection Rights:
The Katharine Kuh papers 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.
Collection Citation:
Katharine Kuh papers, 1875-1994, bulk 1930-1994. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Oversize Birthday Card with Drawing by Juliet Kepes

Collection Creator:
Kuh, Katharine  Search this
Container:
Box OV 15, Folder
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
Jul 15, 1975
Collection Restrictions:
Authorization to quote, publish or reproduce requires written permission until 2019. Contact the Archives of American Art Reference Services department for additional information.
Collection Rights:
The Katharine Kuh papers 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.
Collection Citation:
Katharine Kuh papers, 1875-1994, bulk 1930-1994. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Katharine Kuh papers
Katharine Kuh papers / Series 2: Correspondence
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