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Accession 07-160

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Curatorial Department

Curatorial Correspondence, 1938-1956, 1970-1978, 1986-1994, 2000-2002

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Curatorial Department
Title: Curatorial Correspondence
Dates: 1938-1956, 1970-1978, 1986-1994, 2000-2002
Quantity: 4.5 cu. ft. (4 record storage boxes) (1 document box)
Collection: Accession 07-160
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

This accession consists of records documenting the affairs of curators at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (HMSG), particularly their correspondence with the other institutions and the public. Topics include the collection, new and rejected acquisitions, provenance, research, artists, collectors, exhibitions, labels, funding, and signage. Curators and other departmental staff that are particularly well-represented in this accession include John Beardsley, Howard N. Fox, Neal David Benezra, Ned Rifkin, James Demetrion, and Kerry Brougher. Some materials date to the beginnings of HMSG and the transfer or artwork from Joseph H. Hirshhorn to the Smithsonian Institution. Many of the records were created by predecessor offices to the Curatorial Department, including the Department of Painting and Sculpture and Department of Public Programs/Curatorial Division. The records also include insurance policies and related information that pre-date the Smithsonian Institution's receipt of the artwork. Materials include incoming and outgoing correspondence, memoranda, notes, label text, images of installations under consideration for exhibition, insurance policies, brochures, fact sheets, fund proposals, press releases, loan information, and related materials.

Descriptive Entry

This accession consists of records documenting the affairs of curators at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (HMSG), particularly their correspondence with the other institutions and the public. Topics include the collection, new and rejected acquisitions, provenance, research, artists, collectors, exhibitions, labels, funding, and signage. Curators and other departmental staff that are particularly well-represented in this accession include John Beardsley, Howard N. Fox, Neal David Benezra, Ned Rifkin, James Demetrion, and Kerry Brougher. Some materials date to the beginnings of HMSG and the transfer or artwork from Joseph H. Hirshhorn to the Smithsonian Institution. Many of the records were created by predecessor offices to the Curatorial Department, including the Dept. of Painting and Sculpture and Dept. of Public Programs/Curatorial Division. The records also include insurance policies and related information that pre-date the Smithsonian Institution's receipt of the artwork. Materials include incoming and outgoing correspondence, memoranda, notes, label text, images of installations under consideration for exhibition, insurance policies, brochures, fact sheets, fund proposals, press releases, loan information, and related materials.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 07-160, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Curatorial Department, Curatorial Correspondence

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Container List

Box 1

Research Assistants

Box 1 of 5

Correspondence, 1975

Box 1 of 5

H. Fox Correspondence, April 1976-August 1978

Box 1 of 5

H. Fox Memoranda, February 1976-October 1978

Box 1 of 5

John Beardsley Correspondence, 1976-1978 (2 folders)

Box 1 of 5

Read File, June-December 1973 (6 folders)

Box 1 of 5

New York and Washington, D.C. Read Files, January and April-August 1973 (19 folders)

Box 1 of 5

Read File, February-July 1970 (21 folders)

Box 1 of 5

Read File, January-December 1972 (36 folders)

Box 1 of 5

Read File, January-May 1974 (5 folders)

Box 1 of 5

Read File, March 1971

Box 1 of 5

Lists (Extra Copies)

Box 1 of 5

Fine Arts Insurance, 1943-1956, and Policies, 1938-1943, etc.

Box 1 of 5

Box 2

Insurance, 1951, and Miscellaneous

Box 2 of 5

List of Paintings and Sculptures in Connecticut

Box 2 of 5

List of Paintings and Sculptures Delivered to Truckers, 1956

Box 2 of 5

Holding Letter File (2 folders)

Box 2 of 5

Kerry Brougher Correspondence, 2002

Box 2 of 5

General Correspondence, 2001

Box 2 of 5

Public Inquiries, 2002

Box 2 of 5

Public Inquiries, 2001

Box 2 of 5

Exhibitions Declined, 2002

Box 2 of 5

Exhibitions Declined, 2001

Box 2 of 5

Acquisitions Declined, 2002

Box 2 of 5

Acquisitions Declined, 2001

Box 2 of 5

Copyright Correspondence Forms

Box 2 of 5

Copyright Registration Certification

Box 2 of 5

Copyright, Circulars, etc.

Box 2 of 5

Library of Congress, CIP Program

Box 2 of 5

Caption Style, 1980

Box 2 of 5

Smithsonian Institution Press (Submission Forms and Budget Sheets)

Box 2 of 5

Label Corrections

Box 2 of 5

Box 3

Extended Labels

Box 3 of 5

Didactics

Box 3 of 5

Didactic Labels (Lower Level)

Box 3 of 5

Didactic Labels (Second Floor)

Box 3 of 5

Didactic Labels (Third Floor)

Box 3 of 5

Label Copy, 1991-1993

Box 3 of 5

Label Copy, 1994

Box 3 of 5

Label and Sign Corrections, 1987

Box 3 of 5

Permanent Collection Labels and Other Labels

Box 3 of 5

Labels, Didactics, Handouts, and Style Rules

Box 3 of 5

Permanent Collection Labels, Other Labels, and Signs, 1988-1990

Box 3 of 5

Signage, General

Box 3 of 5

Facts and Figures

Box 3 of 5

Ned Rifkin's Correspondence, 1988

Box 3 of 5

Chronological File, 1989 (2 folders)

Box 3 of 5

Ned Rifkin's Correspondence, 1990

Box 3 of 5

Ned Rifkin's Correspondence, 1991

Box 3 of 5

Box 4

Denver Art Museum - "Somewhere Between Naples and Denver," 1988

Box 4 of 5

"This Was Tomorrow," Hood Museum

Box 4 of 5

"Epoca Nueva," Department of Cultural Affairs, Chicago

Box 4 of 5

Kristin Jones and Andrew Ginzel

Box 4 of 5

"The Primal Spirit: Contemporary Japanese Sculpture," Fox/Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES)

Box 4 of 5

Departmental Meeting - Rejected Exhibits

Box 4 of 5

"Anxious Visions," S. Stitch, University of California, Berkeley

Box 4 of 5

Broodthaers

Box 4 of 5

Bruce Connor, 1987

Box 4 of 5

Paul Cummings - Mark Tobey Exhibit

Box 4 of 5

Sue Green - "Search for Identity: American Art, 1937-1942"

Box 4 of 5

"A Forest of Signs: Art and the Crisis of Representation," 1987

Box 4 of 5

Russian Emigre Artists, 1987

Box 4 of 5

1991 Istanbul Biennial

Box 4 of 5

1991 Ljubljana Biennial

Box 4 of 5

1991 Cuenca Biennial

Box 4 of 5

Creative Time, "Art in the Anchorage"

Box 4 of 5

1991 Sao Paulo Biennial

Box 4 of 5

Special Exhibition Fund, 1988-1989

Box 4 of 5

Simpson, Buster

Box 4 of 5

Shapiro Slides

Box 4 of 5

Shapiro Loan Forms

Box 4 of 5

Directions: Shapiro - Coverage

Box 4 of 5

Shapiro Publications - Photographs

Box 4 of 5

Directions: Joel Shapiro, 1987-1988

Box 4 of 5

1988 Correspondence (3 folders)

Box 4 of 5

1990 Correspondence (4 folders)

Box 4 of 5

Box 5

1991 Correspondence

Box 5 of 5

Rejected Acquisitions, 1986

Box 5 of 5

Robert Moscowicz - Loan Agreements, 1989

Box 5 of 5

Sigmar Polke Show

Box 5 of 5

Rolf Julius Exhibition Proposal, 1989-1990 [Accession 11-016]

Box 5 of 5