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Archives of American Art announces the opening of Carnegie Institute exhibition records for research
R. W. (Ralph W.) Johnston, Jury of Award for the 29th Carnegie Institute International. The Jury met in Pittsburgh, September 23, to award prizes for the International Exhibition of Paintings which will open October 16 and continue through December 7. Front row, left to right: Henri Matisse, Paris, Karl Sterrer, Vienna, Bernard Karfiol, New York. Back Row, left to right: Glyn Philpot, London, Homer Saint-Gaudens, Director of Fine Arts, Carnegie Institute, Ross Moffett, Provincetown, Horatio Walker, Quebec.


WASHINGTON, DC.- The Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art announced the completion of a major project funded in 2007 by the Brown Foundation Inc. to fully arrange, preserve and describe the Carnegie Institute, Museum of Art Exhibition Records (264 linear feet). One of the Archives’ most significant collections is now fully accessible to researchers and includes a detailed online finding aid.

As part of this effort, portions of the collection were also digitized. Researchers now have online access to nearly 147,000 digital images, including the correspondence of the museum’s first two directors John Beatty (1896-1921) and Homer Saint-Gaudens (1922-1950) and the voluminous records of the Pittsburgh International Exhibitions of Contemporary Painting from 1895 to 1940 (now known as The Carnegie International). The Archives’ transformative Digitization Initiative funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art supported the digitization of the records.

This collection is a complete record of the museum’s work, starting with the planning of the first loan exhibition in 1885 and ending with the cancellation of The Carnegie International at the start of World War II in 1940. The museum’s day-to-day relationships with all aspects of the contemporary art world are documented within the historical context of artists’ reactions to World War I; the economic repercussions of the Great Depression on art sales and museum budgets; the ramifications of fascism on German, Italian and European art; the impact of civil war on Spanish art; and the tensions introduced by the rise of “radical” modernist art in Europe.

The collection includes extensive exhibition-related correspondence with artists, dealers, galleries, collectors, museum directors, representatives abroad, shipping and insurance agents and museum trustees. Nearly every late 19th and early 20th century American and European artist of note is represented, from Mary Cassatt, Thomas Eakins and Winslow Homer to Willem de Kooning, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. Also found are interoffice memoranda and reports, loan exhibition files and letterpress copy books.





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