SIA Acc. 17-189, Smithsonian American Art Museum Curatorial Office, Exhibition Records, 1988-2014

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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 Vedders 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;" "Whats 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; floorplans 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.

Creator

Smithsonian American Art Museum Curatorial Office

Subject

  • Harvey, Eleanor Jones
  • Amatangelo, Marie Elena
  • Yau, Elaine Y
  • Renwick Gallery
  • The Great American Hall of Wonders (Exhibition) (2011-2012: Washington, D.C.)
  • Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Remembering the Running Fence (Exhibition) (2010: Washington, D.C.)
  • 1934: A New Deal for Artists (Exhibition) (2009-2010: Washington, D.C.)
  • Passing Time: The Art of William Christenberry (Exhibition) (2006-2007: Washington, D.C.)
  • Elihu Vedders Drawings for the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam (Traveling exhibition)
  • American ABC: Childhood in 19th Century America (Exhibition) (2006: Washington, D.C.)
  • Temple of Invention: History of a National Landmark (Exhibition) (2006-2008: Washington, D.C.)
  • Joseph Cornell: Navigating the Imagination (Exhibition) (2006-2007: Washington, D.C.)
  • Jean Shin: Common Threads (Exhibition) (2009: Washington, D.C.)
  • Georgia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams: Natural Affinities (Exhibition) (2008-2009: Washington, D.C.)
  • Telling Stories: Norman Rockwell from the Collections of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg (Exhibition) (2010-2011: Washington, D.C.)
  • Alexis Rockman: A Fable for Tomorrow (Traveling exhibition) (2011-2012)
  • To Make a World: George Ault and 1940s America (Traveling exhibition) (2011-2012)
  • The Honor of Your Company Is Requested: President Lincoln's Inaugural Ball (Exhibition) (2008-2010: Washington, D.C.)
  • Framing the West: The Survey Photographs of Timothy H. O'Sullivan (Exhibition) (2010: Washington, D.C.)
  • Earl Cunningham's America (Exhibition) (2007: Washington, D.C.)
  • History in the Making: Renwick Craft Invitational 2011 (Exhibition) (2011: Washington, D.C.)
  • The Art of Gaman: Arts and Crafts from Japanese American Internment Camps, 1942-1946 (Exhibition) (2010-2011: Washington, D.C.)
  • A Revolution in Wood: The Bresler Collection (Exhibition) (2010-2011: Washington, D.C.)
  • Whats It All Mean: William T. Wiley in Retrospect (Exhibition) (2009-2010: Washington, D.C.)
  • Staged Stories: Renwick Craft Invitational 2009 (Exhibition) (2009-2010: Washington, D.C.)
  • The Civil War and American Art (Exhibition) (2012-2013: Washington, D.C.)
  • Graphic Masters II: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Exhibition) (2009-2010: Washington, D.C.)
  • John Gossage: The Pond (Exhibition) (2010-2011: Washington, D.C.)
  • Watch This! New Directions in the Art of the Moving Image (Exhibition) (2010-2012: Washington, D.C.)
  • Watch This! New Directions in the Art of the Moving Image (Exhibition) (2012-2013: Washington, D.C.)
  • Watch This! New Directions in the Art of the Moving Image (Exhibition) (2013-2015: Washington, D.C.)
  • Watch This! New Directions in the Art of the Moving Image (Exhibition) (2015-2016: Washington, D.C.)
  • Watch This! New Directions in the Art of the Moving Image (Exhibition) (2016-2017: Washington, D.C.)
  • Variations on America: Masterworks from American Art Forum Collections (Exhibition) (2007: Washington, D.C.)
  • Modalities of the Visible: Reflections on the History of the Moving Image (Proposed exhibition)

Notes

  • Folder List in accession file.
  • Electronic List in accession file.
  • Electronic List in accession file.
  • For a description of the record series of which these materials form a part, refer to the "Forms part of" above.

Organization

Unarranged

Repository Loc.

Smithsonian Institution Archives Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520

Date

  • 1988
  • 1988-2014

Restrictions & Rights

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

Topic

  • Education
  • Museums
  • Art, American
  • Art museums
  • Art museum curators
  • Museum exhibits
  • Museums--Collection management
  • Museums--Educational aspects

Form/Genre

  • Manuscripts
  • Collection descriptions
  • Clippings
  • Electronic records
  • Compact discs
  • Floor plans
  • Architectural drawings

Local number

SIA Acc. 17-189

Physical description

7 cu. ft. (7 record storage boxes)