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Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Accession 17-189

Smithsonian American Art Museum. Curatorial Office

Exhibition Records, 1988-2014

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Smithsonian American Art Museum. Curatorial Office
Title: Exhibition Records
Dates: 1988-2014
Quantity: 7 cu. ft. (7 record storage boxes)
Collection: Accession 17-189
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

This accession consists of records which document the research, development, fundraising, publicity, production, and execution of exhibitions at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM), previously known as the National Museum of American Art, 1980-2000, as well as exhibitions displayed in the Renwick Gallery. These materials were primarily created by Chief Curator Eleanor Jones Harvey, with a smaller portion created by Exhibitions Coordinator Marie Elena Amatangelo and Postdoctoral Fellow Elaine Yau.

Exhibitions documented within the accession include "The Great American Hall of Wonders;" "Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Remembering the Running Fence;" "1934: A New Deal for Artists;" "Passing Time: The Art of William Christenberry;" "Elihu Vedder's Drawings for the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam;" "American ABC: Childhood in 19th Century America;" "Temple of Invention: History of a National Landmark;" "Joseph Cornell: Navigating the Imagination;" "Jean Shin: Common Threads;" "Georgia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams: Natural Affinities;" "Telling Stories: Norman Rockwell from the Collections of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg;" "Alexis Rockman: A Fable for Tomorrow;" "To Make a World: George Ault and 1940s America;" "The Honor of Your Company Is Requested: President Lincoln's Inaugural Ball;" "Framing the West: The Survey Photographs of Timothy H. O'Sullivan;" "Earl Cunningham's America;" "History in the Making: Renwick Craft Invitational 2011;" "The Art of Gaman: Arts and Crafts from Japanese American Internment Camps, 1942-1946;" "A Revolution in Wood: The Bresler Collection;" "What's It All Mean: William T. Wiley in Retrospect;" "Staged Stories: Renwick Craft Invitational 2009;" "The Civil War and American Art;" "Graphic Masters II: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum;" "John Gossage: The Pond;" "Variations on America: Masterworks from American Art Forum Collections;" "Watch This! New Directions in the Art of the Moving Image;" and the proposed exhibition "Modalities of the Visible: Reflections on the History of the Moving Image." Materials include correspondence and memoranda; meeting agendas and notes; exhibition proposals; staff resumes; floor plans and architectural drawings; lectures and presentations; reports; grant proposals; budget files; checklists and objects lists; loan agreements; strategic plans; clippings; press releases; and other related materials. Some materials are in electronic format.

Descriptive Entry

This accession consists of records which document the research, development, fundraising, publicity, production, and execution of exhibitions at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM), previously known as the National Museum of American Art, 1980-2000, as well as exhibitions displayed in the Renwick Gallery. These materials were primarily created by Chief Curator Eleanor Jones Harvey, with a smaller portion created by Exhibitions Coordinator Marie Elena Amatangelo and Postdoctoral Fellow Elaine Yau.

Exhibitions documented within the accession include "The Great American Hall of Wonders;" "Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Remembering the Running Fence;" "1934: A New Deal for Artists;" "Passing Time: The Art of William Christenberry;" "Elihu Vedder's Drawings for the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam;" "American ABC: Childhood in 19th Century America;" "Temple of Invention: History of a National Landmark;" "Joseph Cornell: Navigating the Imagination;" "Jean Shin: Common Threads;" "Georgia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams: Natural Affinities;" "Telling Stories: Norman Rockwell from the Collections of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg;" "Alexis Rockman: A Fable for Tomorrow;" "To Make a World: George Ault and 1940s America;" "The Honor of Your Company Is Requested: President Lincoln's Inaugural Ball;" "Framing the West: The Survey Photographs of Timothy H. O'Sullivan;" "Earl Cunningham's America;" "History in the Making: Renwick Craft Invitational 2011;" "The Art of Gaman: Arts and Crafts from Japanese American Internment Camps, 1942-1946;" "A Revolution in Wood: The Bresler Collection;" "What's It All Mean: William T. Wiley in Retrospect;" "Staged Stories: Renwick Craft Invitational 2009;" "The Civil War and American Art;" "Graphic Masters II: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum;" "John Gossage: The Pond;" "Variations on America: Masterworks from American Art Forum Collections;" "Watch This! New Directions in the Art of the Moving Image;" and the proposed exhibition "Modalities of the Visible: Reflections on the History of the Moving Image."

Materials include correspondence and memoranda; meeting agendas and notes; exhibition proposals; staff resumes; floor plans and architectural drawings; lectures and presentations; reports; grant proposals; budget files; checklists and objects lists; loan agreements; strategic plans; clippings; press releases; and other related materials. Some materials are in electronic format.

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Use Restriction

Restricted for 15 years; until Jan-01-2030. Box 7 contains materials restricted indefinitely; see finding aid. Transferring office; 01/08/2007 memorandum, Toda to Earle; Contact reference staff for details.

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This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 17-189, Smithsonian American Art Museum. Curatorial Office, Exhibition Records

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Container List

Box 1

Correspondence, Conservation/Washington Daily News, 2010

Box 1 of 7

Latino Initiatives Pool, Proposal, 2003

Box 1 of 7

Wilkinson, Michelle, Latino Initiatives, 2003-2005

Box 1 of 7

Exhibition Proposals, 1996, 1999-2000, 2006

Box 1 of 7

Staff Resumes, undated

Box 1 of 7

Schermer, Lloyd, Correspondence, 2003-2004

Box 1 of 7

Jurovics, Toby, Photography Plans, 2009

Box 1 of 7

Collections Committee Meeting, April 17, 2005

Box 1 of 7

Collections Committee Meeting, November 12, 2006

Box 1 of 7

Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM), Commission Meeting, November 13, 2006

Box 1 of 7

SAAM, Commission Meeting, April 16, 2007

Box 1 of 7

SAAM, Commission Meeting, April 7, 2008

Box 1 of 7

SAAM, Commission Meeting, November 16, 2009

Box 1 of 7

SAAM, Commission Meeting, April 19, 2010

Box 1 of 7

Rush Figurehead, 2003-2004, 2007

Box 1 of 7

American Art Forum, Notes, 2004

Box 1 of 7

Steiner, Eric, Correspondence, 2004

Box 1 of 7

Correspondence, 2006

Box 1 of 7

Acquisition Correspondence, 2006, 2009

Box 1 of 7

Cigna Portrait Collection, Images and Information, undated (electronic records)

Box 1 of 7

Curators Meeting Notes, 2007-2008

Box 1 of 7

Johns Periscope, 2005

Box 1 of 7

Menello, Michael, Correspondence, 2001, 2006-2008

Box 1 of 7

Graphic Arts Strategic Plan 2006, 2005

Box 1 of 7

Collections Management Policy, 1987

Box 1 of 7

Collections Plan, 2007

Box 1 of 7

White House China, 2004, 2006

Box 1 of 7

Joseph Cornell Conservation Assessments, 2009

Box 1 of 7

Art Handling Guidelines, 2006

Box 1 of 7

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (HMSG), Deaccession Review, 2007-2008

Box 1 of 7

Project Management Notes, 2004

Box 1 of 7

Correspondence, 2003

Box 1 of 7

Correspondence, 2004

Box 1 of 7

Correspondence, 2005 (3 folders)

Box 1 of 7

Box 2

Correspondence, 2006 (2 folders)

Box 2 of 7

Correspondence, 2007 (includes electronic records)

Box 2 of 7

Milosch, Jane, Correspondence, 2009

Box 2 of 7

Miscellaneous Correspondence, 2005-2007

Box 2 of 7

Punch Lists, May 2006

Box 2 of 7

Exhibition Notes, 2006

Box 2 of 7

Congress of Scholars Meeting Notes, January 14, 2009

Box 2 of 7

Outside Activities, 1997, 2005-2006

Box 2 of 7

Patent Office Building, Exhibition Design Flow Notes, 2006

Box 2 of 7

Exhibit Installation Files, 2007-2008

Box 2 of 7

American Art Forum, Paris, 2004

Box 2 of 7

American Art Forum, Texas, 2004

Box 2 of 7

Rifkin, Ned, Correspondence, 2004

Box 2 of 7

Contemporary Art Forum, March 2007

Box 2 of 7

Doyle, Correspondence, 2016

Box 2 of 7

Acquisitions, 2008

Box 2 of 7

Smithsonian Institution (SI) Council, Notes, 2009

Box 2 of 7

Fractional Gifts, Notes, 2010

Box 2 of 7

Digitization, Meeting Notes, Agendas, and Correspondence, 2009

Box 2 of 7

Curatorial Funding, undated

Box 2 of 7

Eli Wilner and Company, Frame Specifications, 2008

Box 2 of 7

White House China, 2007-2009

Box 2 of 7

Vidal, Teodoro, Correspondence, 2010

Box 2 of 7

Deaccession Documents, 1987, 1991, 1997

Box 2 of 7

National Portrait Gallery (NPG), Notes, 2006

Box 2 of 7

SAAM, Staff Meeting Presentation, February 2009

Box 2 of 7

Cornell University Conservation Project, 2008

Box 2 of 7

Cornell University Study Center Grant, 2009

Box 2 of 7

Kress Foundation Grant, 2009

Box 2 of 7

Smithsonian Women's Committee Grant, 2009-2010

Box 2 of 7

Donald W. Reynolds Center (DWRC) Light Level Survey Proposal, 2007

Box 2 of 7

DWRC Light Levels Survey Final Report, 2009

Box 2 of 7

Lunder Conservation Center, 2007

Box 2 of 7

Conservation Notes, 2007-2009

Box 2 of 7

Museum Environments Lecture, May 5, 2008

Box 2 of 7

Mecklenberg, Marion, Debrief, May 8, 2009

Box 2 of 7

Media Arts Planning Meeting, 2010

Box 2 of 7

Media Center, 2008

Box 2 of 7

Paik Center Discussion Notes, 2006

Box 2 of 7

SI Photography Summit, 2009

Box 2 of 7

Lunder Conservation Center, Correspondence and Notes, 2006-2009

Box 2 of 7

Andrew W. Mellon/Lunder Conservation Center, 2006

Box 2 of 7

Time-based Media, Planning Notes, March 8, 2010

Box 2 of 7

Lunder Conservation Center, Clinics and Programs, 2008-2009

Box 2 of 7

Box 3

Conservation Light Standards, 2007

Box 3 of 7

Conservation, July-December, 2006

Box 3 of 7

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Correspondence, 2009-2010

Box 3 of 7

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Correspondence, 2003-2004

Box 3 of 7

Lucelia Artists Award Exhibition, 2006-2007 (includes electronic records)

Box 3 of 7

Cornell University, Correspondence, 2003-2006

Box 3 of 7

Georgia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams: Natural Affinities, Exhibit Correspondence, Prospectus, and Clippings, 2003-2009

Box 3 of 7

Watch This! New Directions in the Art of the Moving Image, Exhibit Proposal, Notes, and Correspondence, 2008-2009

Box 3 of 7

Telling Stories: Norman Rockwell from the Collections of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, Exhibition Files, 2007-2009

Box 3 of 7

Telling Stories: Norman Rockwell from the Collections of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, Budget Files, 2007-2009

Box 3 of 7

Jean Shin: Common Threads, Exhibition Files, 2008-2009

Box 3 of 7

Exhibition Planning, 2003-2005

Box 3 of 7

Exhibition Planning, 2006-2007

Box 3 of 7

Exhibition Planning, 2008-2010

Box 3 of 7

Exhibition Logistics, Meeting Notes, 2007-2009

Box 3 of 7

SAAM Exhibition Procedures, 2004

Box 3 of 7

SAAM Exhibition Label Guidelines, 2003-2005, 2009

Box 3 of 7

Acquisition and Appraisal Correspondence, 2004-2007

Box 3 of 7

Miscellaneous Correspondence, 2006-2012 (includes electronic records)

Box 3 of 7

Miscellaneous Exhibition Materials, 2008-2013

Box 3 of 7

Erving Wolf Cabinet, Correspondence and Notes, 2007

Box 3 of 7

James Peale Still Life, Correspondence, 2009

Box 3 of 7

Pending Acquisitions, 2004-2006

Box 3 of 7

Artwork Requests and Considerations, 2009-2013

Box 3 of 7

Acquisitions Documents, 2005-2006

Box 3 of 7

Meeting Notes, 2004

Box 3 of 7

Reopening Schedule and Objectives, 2004

Box 3 of 7

Temple of Invention: History of a National Landmark, Objects List, 2005

Box 3 of 7

Luce Center, 3rd Floor, West Wing, Objects Lists, 2005

Box 3 of 7

SAAM, Exhibition Plan, January 2004

Box 3 of 7

Project Management Correspondence, 2006

Box 3 of 7

Acquisition Priorities, 1988-2003

Box 3 of 7

Levin Collection, 2003 (folder 1 of 2) (includes electronic records)

Box 3 of 7

Box 4

Levin Collection, 2003 (folder 2 of 2)

Box 4 of 7

SAAM Handheld Project Notebook/WiVid, 2005

Box 4 of 7

WiVid, Meeting Notes, 2005 (2 folders)

Box 4 of 7

WiVid, Creative Briefs, 2005

Box 4 of 7

WiVid, Asset Index, 2005

Box 4 of 7

WiVid, Interviews, 2005

Box 4 of 7

Exhibition Proposal Correspondence, 2013-2014

Box 4 of 7

Reinstallation Checklists, 2004-2006

Box 4 of 7

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (HMSG), Incoming Loan Requests, 2004

Box 4 of 7

Meeting Notes, 2004

Box 4 of 7

Installation Notes, 2004-2006

Box 4 of 7

Interpretive Guides, 2004

Box 4 of 7

Gallery Floor Plans and Architectural Drawings, 2004

Box 4 of 7

20th Century Objects Lists, 2003

Box 4 of 7

19th Century Objects Lists and Notes, 2003-2004

Box 4 of 7

Gallery Objects Lists, 2004 (4 folders)

Box 4 of 7

Box 5

Meeting Notes, 2003

Box 5 of 7

Society of International Business Fellows (SIBF), Site Visit, 2007

Box 5 of 7

Folk Art Installation, 2007

Box 5 of 7

Variations on America: Masterworks from American Art Forum Collections, Exhibition Files, 2006-2007 (includes electronic records)

Box 5 of 7

American ABC: Childhood in 19th-Century America, Objects List and Correspondence, 2004

Box 5 of 7

Peabody Essex Museum, Correspondence, 2006-2007

Box 5 of 7

What's It All Mean: William T. Wiley in Retrospect, Exhibition Budget, 2007-2009

Box 5 of 7

What's It All Mean: William T. Wiley in Retrospect, Checklists, 2006-2009

Box 5 of 7

What's It All Mean: William T. Wiley in Retrospect, Correspondence, 2007-2009

Box 5 of 7

What's It All Mean: William T. Wiley in Retrospect, Prospectus and Meeting Notes, 2006-2009

Box 5 of 7

What's It All Mean: William T. Wiley in Retrospect, Tour Checklist and Correspondence, 2008-2009

Box 5 of 7

Staged Stories: Renwick Craft Invitational 2009, Budget, 2008-2009

Box 5 of 7

Staged Stories: Renwick Craft Invitational 2009, Correspondence, 2007-2009

Box 5 of 7

Staged Stories: Renwick Craft Invitational 2009, Checklists, 2008-2010

Box 5 of 7

Staged Stories: Renwick Craft Invitational 2009, Meeting Notes, 2007-2009

Box 5 of 7

Staged Stories: Renwick Craft Invitational 2009, Prospectus and Schedules, 2007-2009

Box 5 of 7

Staged Stories: Renwick Craft Invitational 2009, Public Relations, 2008-2009

Box 5 of 7

History in the Making: Renwick Craft Invitational 2011, Press Release, 2009

Box 5 of 7

Elihu Vedder's Drawings for the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, Exhibition Notes, 2006-2008

Box 5 of 7

The Civil War and American Art, Exhibition Files, 2008-2009

Box 5 of 7

Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Remembering the Running Fence, Meeting Notes, 2007-2009 (includes electronic records)

Box 5 of 7

Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Remembering the Running Fence, Exhibition Files, 2008-2009

Box 5 of 7

Passing Time: The Art of William Christenberry, Exhibition Files, 2005-2008

Box 5 of 7

A Revolution in Wood: The Bresler Collection, Exhibition Files, 2008-2009

Box 5 of 7

1934: A New Deal for Artists, Exhibition Files, 2008-2009

Box 5 of 7

American Art Outdoors, Meeting Notes and Correspondence, 2009

Box 5 of 7

To Make a World: George Ault and 1940s America, Exhibition Files, 2008-2009

Box 5 of 7

National Portrait Gallery (NPG), Exhibition Meeting Notes, 2008-2009

Box 5 of 7

Traveling Exhibitions, Correspondence, 2007

Box 5 of 7

Exhibition Credit Lines, 2005-2009

Box 5 of 7

Box 6

Patent Office Building, Floor Plans, 2005

Box 6 of 7

Exhibition Schedules, 2005-2011

Box 6 of 7

Exhibition Review Meeting Notes, 2005-2009

Box 6 of 7

Exhibition Planning Correspondence, 2005-2009

Box 6 of 7

SAAM, Exhibition Development Guide, 2002-2007

Box 6 of 7

The Art of Gaman: Arts and Crafts from the Japanese American Internment Camps, 1942-1946, Exhibition Files, 2008-2009

Box 6 of 7

Earl Cunningham's America, Exhibition Files, 2007

Box 6 of 7

Graphic Masters II: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Objects List, 2009

Box 6 of 7

John Gossage: The Pond, Exhibition Files, 2009

Box 6 of 7

The Great American Hall of Wonders, Exhibition Files, 2007-2009 (2 folders)

Box 6 of 7

Holzer, Jenny, LED Array with White Diodes, Correspondence and Design Materials, 2006-2009

Box 6 of 7

The Honor of Your Company Is Requested: President Lincoln's Inaugural Ball, Exhibition Files, 2007-2008

Box 6 of 7

Framing the West: The Survey Photographs of Timothy H. O'Sullivan, Exhibition Files, 2008-2009 (2 folders)

Box 6 of 7

Alexis Rockman: A Fable for Tomorrow, Exhibition Files, 2008-2009

Box 6 of 7

Gallery Rotations, 2007-2009

Box 6 of 7

Modalities of the Visible: Reflections on the History of the Moving Image, Proposed Exhibit, 2007

Box 6 of 7

Joseph Cornell: Navigating the Imagination, Fundraising Documents, 2005-2006

Box 6 of 7

Joseph Cornell: Navigating the Imagination, Publication Correspondence, 2005

Box 6 of 7

Joseph Cornell: Navigating the Imagination, Venue Possibilities, 2004

Box 6 of 7

Joseph Cornell: Navigating the Imagination, Correspondence, 2004-2007 (2 folders)

Box 6 of 7

Joseph Cornell: Navigating the Imagination, Audiovisual Agreements and Correspondence, 2006-2008 (includes electronic records)

Box 6 of 7

Joseph Cornell: Navigating the Imagination, Budget Files, 2004-2008

Box 6 of 7

Box 7

Joseph Cornell: Navigating the Imagination, Meeting Notes, 2004-2006

Box 7 of 7

Joseph Cornell: Navigating the Imagination, Press Release, 2006

Box 7 of 7

Joseph Cornell Study Center, "Wonderland," Correspondence and Checklists, 2005-2007

Box 7 of 7

Lender Files (27 folders) (includes electronic records) [RESTRICTED]

Box 7 of 7