A Finding Aid to the Downtown Gallery Records,1824-1974, bulk 1926-1969, in the Archives of American Art
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Digitized Content

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.downgall
Creators:
Downtown Gallery
Dates:
1824-1974
bulk 1926-1969
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
109.5 linear feet
Repository:
Archives of American Art
The records of the Downtown Gallery date from 1824 to 1974 (bulk 1926-1969) and measure 109.5 linear feet. The records present a comprehensive portrait of a significant commercial gallery that operated as a successful business for more than forty years, representing major contemporary American artists and engendering appreciation for early American folk art. There is an unprocessed addition to this collection dating circa 1970 of a single financial/legal document.

Scope and Content Note
Scope and Content Note
The Downtown Gallery records constitute 109.5 linear feet on 167 reels of microfilm. The records are dated 1824 to 1974 with bulk dates from 1926 to 1969. There is an unprocessed addition to this collection dating circa 1970 of a single financial/legal document.
The Downtown Gallery was established in 1926 as Our Gallery and operated under the name Downtown Gallery from 1927 until 1973. Nineteenth-century material consists of items acquired by Edith Gregor Halpert for research purposes or to document works of art in the gallery's inventory. The few records postdating the closing of the gallery relate to the estate of Edith Gregor Halpert.
The extensive records of the Downtown Gallery present a comprehensive portrait of a significant commercial gallery that operated as a successful business for more than forty years, representing major contemporary American artists and engendering appreciation for early American folk art. Edith Halpert, the gallery's founder and director, was an influential force in the American art world for a large part of the twentieth century.
Personal papers are intermingled with the business records of the Downtown Gallery. Many of the artists represented by the gallery were Halpert's personal friends, and over the years she developed social relationships and friendships with many clients. These relationships are reflected by the contents of the records, especially the correspondence, some of which is purely personal. In addition, there are a small number of letters from relatives, photographs of Halpert's family, home and friends, and limited information about her country house and personal finances.
The Downtown Gallery records consist largely of correspondence with collectors, including Edgar and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, Preston Harrison, Mr. and Mrs. Maxim Karolik, William H. Lane, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, Beram K. Saklatwalla, Robert Tannahill, and Electra Havemeyer Webb; with dealers, including robert Carlen, Landau Gallery, Leicester Galleries, Mirski Gallery, and Isabel Carleton Wilde; and with large numbers of curators and museum directors, including many affiliated with university museums. In addition, there is correspondence concerning routine gallery business and administrative affairs.
Artist files and an extensive series of notebooks (American Folk Art Gallery notebooks, artist notebooks, and publicity notebooks) compiled by gallery staff contain a wide variety of material and are a rich source of information about individual artists and the Downtown Gallery's exhibition history.
Business records include exhibition records, stock records, sales records, transit records, financial records, lists of artwork and clients, legal documents, minutes, insurance records, research files, and architectural plans.
Writings by Edith Gregor Halpert consist of articles on American folk art, speeches, and short stories; also included are her school notebooks and "Daily Thoughtlets" compiled at age seventeen. All writings by other authors are on art subjects, and most are texts or introductions for exhibition catalogs.
Among the miscellaneous records are biographical material on Edith Gregor Halpert and Samuel Halpert, works of art by Edith Gregor Halpert and other artists, artifacts, and audiovisual materials. The artifacts include wooden weather vane molds and supporting documentation as well as awards presented to Halpert. Audiovisual materials are 16-mm motion picture films of the Westinghouse Broadcasting Corporation television series,
America: The Artist's Eye
, produced between 1961 and 1963 in association with Jensen Productions. An additional 16-mm motion picture film includes "tails out" footage of Charles Sheeler at home and at work, circa 1950. A copy of the program about Sheeler, along with the "tails out" material, is also on videocassette. In addition, there is a sound recording of a talk on collecting given by Halpert's client, folk art collector Maxim Karolik, in 1962.
Printed matter consists of items produced by the Downtown Gallery, including exhibition catalogs, checklists, invitations, announcements, and press releases. There are also news clippings about Halpert, the Downtown Gallery, and the Edith Gregor Halpert Collection; other art-related clippings are arranged topically. Miscellaneous printed matter not produced by the Downtown Gallery includes newsletters, press releases, publications of art organizations, and reproductions of artwork. A selection of twenty-five volumes from the personal library of Edith Gregor Halpert has been retained.
The photographs series includes images of people: Edith Gregor Halpert, family, friends, also many images of her dog, Adam, and views of her country home in Newtown, Connecticut. Other photographs of people include portraits of artists, most of whom were affiliated with the Downtown Gallery. There are also photographs of works of art (with a large number of black-and-white negatives, 35-mm color slides, and glass plate negatives) and of exhibitions, of the exterior and interior of the Downtown Gallery, and of an award presented to Halpert.

Arrangement
Arrangement
It is not certain how well arranged the files were while still the property of the gallery, though Halpert's background as an efficiency expert and her talents as an organizer suggest that the gallery's records were well maintained. It is clear, however, that much of the original order has been lost; Halpert is known to have removed files, including many records concerning the Harnett-Peto controversy.
Correspondence (Series 1) is arranged chronologically, and Artist Files (Series 2) is arranged alphabetically. The remaining series are organized into subseries that reflect either a function or specific record type, and the arrangement of each is explained in the detailed series descriptions. Glass plate negatives are housed separately and closed to researchers.
The Downtown Gallery records are arranged into eight series:
Series 1: Correspondence, 1926-1974, undated (Boxes 1-22; 22 linear ft.; Reels 5488-5545)
Series 2: Artist Files, A - Z, 1917-1970, undated (Boxes 23-27; 5 linear ft.; Reels 5545-5558)
Series 3: Notebooks, 1835, 1874, circa 1880-1969, undated (Boxes 28-59; 32.5 linear ft.; Reels 5558-5603)
Series 4: Business Records, 1925-1974, undated (Boxes 60-94, OV 95, OV 96, OV 97; 34.5 linear ft.; Reels 5603-5636)
Series 5: Writings, 1917-1968, undated (Box 98; 1 linear ft.; Reels 5636-5638)
Series 6: Miscellaneous Material, circa 1835, 1883, 1913-1970, undated (Boxes 99-101, 103, OV 102, OV 104, FC 120-124; 3.25 linear ft.; Reels 5638-5639)
Series 7: Printed Matter, 1824-1865, 1920-1969, undated (Boxes 105-108; 4 linear ft.; Reels 5640-5647)
Series 8: Photographs, circa 1880-1960s, undated (Boxes 109-118, OV 119, MGP 4; 8.75 linear ft.; Reels 5647-5654)

Historical Note
Historical Note
As a very young woman, Edith Gregor Halpert (1900-1970) attended art school sporadically while pursuing a business career that began in advertising and included work as a personnel manager and efficiency expert. She continued her business career after marrying artist Samuel Halpert (1884-1930) in 1918 and eventually became a highly paid executive with an investment firm. Well-invested bonuses provided the capital for Halpert to open her own business.
In November 1926, Halpert and business partner Berthe (Bea) Kroll Goldsmith opened Our Gallery at 113 West 13th Street for the purpose of promoting a group of progressive American artists, many of whom were friends of Edith and Samuel Halpert. The following year, at the suggestion of William Zorach, the gallery changed its name to Downtown Gallery--emphasizing its Greenwich Village location, unique for the time--and the name survived despite relocation to midtown Manhattan (to 43 East 51st Street in 1940, to 32 East 51st Street in 1945, and to the Ritz Tower Concourse at 465 Park Avenue in 1965).
The Downtown Gallery specialized in contemporary American art. An early gallery brochure states: "The Downtown Gallery has no prejudice for any one school. Its selection is driven by quality--by what is enduring--not by what is in vogue." Some of the artists affiliated with the Downtown Gallery from its early years were Stuart Davis, "Pop" Hart, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Charles Sheeler, Max Weber, and William and Marguerite Zorach. In its original location, the gallery served as a place where artists (many of whom lived and worked in the neighborhood), collectors, and others interested in American art met in the evenings for coffee, conversation, and sometimes lectures or other formal programs. Holger Cahill (1887-1960) entered into a partnership with Halpert and Goldsmith in 1929 when they founded the American Folk Art Gallery, the first ever of its kind; the American Folk Art Gallery opened on the second floor of the Downtown Gallery in 1931. Folk art was an important feature of the gallery throughout its history, though the name American Folk Art Gallery does not appear to have been used consistently. Because the profit margin was high and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller bought avidly for her growing collection, folk art revenues subsidized contemporary art exhibitions and helped the gallery survive the Depression. The Daylight Gallery, also run by Halpert and Goldsmith, opened in 1930 in a separate structure behind the main gallery, and continued until the Downtown Gallery moved to East 51st Street in 1940. Its purpose was to exhibit painting and sculpture to best advantage in a gallery designed to diffuse light perfectly and to demonstrate how works of art may be used as architectural embellishments in a modern building. Other subsidiary galleries operated by the Downtown Gallery were the John Marin Room, opened in 1950 and run by John Marin, Jr., and the Ground-Floor Room, 1951, "dedicated to the adventurous, less experienced collector willing to gamble on his taste and ours."
From the beginning, Halpert endeavored to hold prices at reasonable levels; she employed aggressive marketing and advertising techniques learned from her career in business and banking, offering extended payment plans without interest to buyers of modest means. She recognized the value of placing representative works by Downtown Gallery artists in important art museums and public collections, even if a price reduction was necessary to achieve this goal.
After purchasing Goldsmith's share of the business in 1935, Halpert, needing to earn a profit, reorganized the gallery as a more overtly commercial venture. The roster of artists was reduced to twelve. Those eliminated tended to be younger artists, most of whom were supported by WPA work. Eventually, the roster expanded; new additions were usually artists not based in New York, whom Halpert learned of through her work as an adviser to the WPA Federal Art Project. Halpert had long courted Alfred Stieglitz's artists, and in the years following his death in 1946 a number of them affiliated with the Downtown Gallery. Another change was that the Downtown Gallery no longer represented only living American artists; the gallery began handling a number of estates, most notably that of Arthur Dove. In 1953, the roster of Downtown Gallery artists shifted dramatically when Halpert entered into an agreement with Charles Alan. Alan had been hired in 1945 with the understanding that he was being trained to run the Downtown Gallery upon Halpert's retirement five years in the future. Eight years later, it became apparent that Halpert was not going to retire; without consulting the artists, she transferred representation of all artists who had joined the Downtown Gallery since 1936 to the newly established Alan Gallery.
Exhibitions at the Downtown Gallery included both solo exhibitions and group shows usually built around a theme; most lasted about a month. Annual exhibitions (sometimes titled anniversary exhibitions) opened the exhibition season each fall and showcased the gallery's artists. The Downtown Gallery's Christmas show, a long-standing event that encouraged purchases of original art for holiday gift giving, was eagerly anticipated as it featured fine artwork at very reasonable prices. Between 1927 and 1935, the Downtown Gallery was the site of the American Print Makers Society annual exhibitions. During its forty-seven years in operation, the Downtown Gallery organized many important, influential exhibitions.
American Ancestors
(1931) presented American folk art as the precursor to and direct influence on the contemporary art featured by the Downtown Gallery. The title was used for a number of subsequent exhibitions and became a synonym for folk art.
American Folk Art Sculpture: Index of American Design, Federal Art Project
(1937) featured drawings by WPA artists recording objects that documented America's material culture and artistic heritage. Along with the Index of American Design drawings, the exhibition included a number of the original sculptures from the Downtown Gallery's inventory and borrowed from folk art collector Abby Aldrich Rockefeller.
William Harnett: "Nature-Vivre"
(1939) reintroduced the nineteenth-century artist whose trompe l'oeil paintings had been collected by Halpert over a period of years expressly for this purpose. Between 1947 and 1949, a controversy ensued over paintings--some of which had been sold by the Downtown Gallery--with the signature of William Harnett but discovered by
San Francisco Chronicle
art critic Alfred Frankenstein to be the work of Harnett's student, John Peto. Halpert had purchased the questionable pieces in good faith, completely unaware of the added signatures, and she defended her attributions, despite evidence to the contrary. Frankenstein publicized his discovery widely; while neither Halpert nor the Downtown Gallery were named directly, their identity was apparent to his well-informed readers. The situation was further inflamed when additional articles by Frankenstein failed to include new evidence favorable to Halpert and the Downtown Gallery.
Another major exhibition was
American Negro Art, 19th and 20th Centuries
(1941-1942), the first show of its kind held at a commercial gallery. Held at the Downtown Gallery, the exhibition was sponsored by a committee of prominent citizens including Mayor Fiorello La Guardia, Archibald MacLeish, A. Philip Randolph, and Eleanor Roosevelt. Among its aims were to raise money for the Negro Art Fund, to promote museum acquisitions of work by black artists, and to encourage galleries to represent the living participants. In addition to providing its facilities, the Downtown Gallery donated all sales commissions to the Negro Art Fund and added Jacob Lawrence to its roster of artists.
Edith Gregor Halpert played important roles in a number of exhibitions and major art projects that were not connected with the Downtown Gallery. She served as organizer and director of the First Municipal Exhibition of American Art, Atlantic City, New Jersey, in 1929. Beginning in 1932, Halpert was extensively involved with Radio City Music Hall arts projects. She conceived, organized, and handled publicity for the
First Municipal Art Exhibition
(also known as the
Forum Exhibition
) sponsored by Mayor Fiorello La Guardia and held at Radio City Music Hall in 1934. As an adviser to the WPA Federal Art Project, Halpert spent the summer of 1936 in Washington, D.C., developing its Exhibition and Allocation Program, which registered works of art arriving from regional project centers and selected pieces for traveling exhibitions that circulated throughout the country. In 1937, she formed the Bureau for Architectural Sculpture and Murals, a central clearinghouse from which architects could review and select work by artists and sculptors experienced in working in architectural settings. Halpert served as curator of the art section of the
American National Exhibition
, sponsored by the United States Information Agency and the U.S. Department of Commerce; she traveled to the Soviet Union with the exhibition, installed the show, and gave daily gallery talks in Russian. In 1952, to promote art history, Halpert established the Edith Gregor Halpert Foundation. Its activities included assisting universities to fund scholarships for the study of contemporary American art and championing the rights of artists to control the sale and reproduction of their work. For her "outstanding contribution to American art," Halpert received the Art in America Award in 1959. She also received a USIA Citation for Distinguished Service in 1960, and the University of Connecticut awarded her its First Annual International Silver Prize for "distinguished contribution to the arts" in 1968.
In addition to being an art dealer, Edith Gregor Halpert was also a collector of contemporary American art and American folk art. For many years, Halpert and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., discussed a gift of a substantial number of paintings to form the nucleus of a new wing to be called the Gallery of 20th-Century American Art. After numerous disagreements and misunderstandings by both parties, the plan was abandoned. While negotiations were still in progress, the Edith Gregor Halpert Collection was exhibited in two installments, 1960 and 1962, at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. During the following two years, portions of her collection traveled to Santa Barbara, Honolulu, and San Francisco. Other exhibitions, drawn completely from the Edith Gregor Halpert Collection, include
American Modernism: The First Wave, Painting from 1903-1933
, presented at Brandeis University Museum of Art, 1963;
Six Decades of American Art
, shown at Leicester Galleries, London, 1965;
Image to Abstraction
, held at Amon Carter Museum, 1967; and
Edith Halpert and the Downtown Gallery
, exhibited at the University of Connecticut, 1968. The Edith Gregor Halpert Collection was eventually sold at auction by Sotheby Parke-Bernet, 1973.
Dr. Dianne's Tepfer's dissertation (1989) on Edith Gregor Halpert was an invaluable resource in arranging and describing the records of Downtown Gallery; her chronology was consulted often in constructing this Historical Note.
1900
born Edith Gregoryevna Fivoosiovitch to Gregor and Frances Lucom Fivoosiovitch, Odessa, Russia
1906
arrived in New York City with recently widowed mother and older sister; family name changed to Fivisovitch
1916
employed as a comptometer operator at Bloomingdale's department store; studied drawing with Leon Kroll and Ivan Olinsky at the National Academy of Design; further shortened name to Fein
1916-1917
attended life drawing and anatomy classes taught by George Bridgeman at the Art Students' League; employed in foreign and advertising offices, R. H. Macy department store
1917
met artist Samuel Halpert at John Weichsel's People's Art Guild
1917-1918
employed as advertising manager, Stern Brothers department store
1918-1919
employed as systematizer (efficiency expert), investment firm of Cohen, Goldman
1918
married Samuel Halpert
1919-1920
employed as systematizer, investment firm of Fishman & Co.; attended writing courses, Columbia University
1921-1925
employed as personnel manager, systematizer, and head of correspondence at investment banking firm of S. W. Strauss & Co.; eventually appointed to the board of directors
1924
first exposed to folk art at the home of sculptor Elie Nadelman
1925
visited Paris with Samuel Halpert (June-September)
1926
visited Ogunquit, Maine, with Samuel and was further exposed to antiques and folk art; other summer guests included artists Stefan Hirsch, Bernard Karfiol, Walt Kuhn, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Robert Laurent, Katherine Schmidt, Niles Spencer, and Marguerite and William Zorach; opened Our Gallery, devoted to modern American art, at 113 West 13th Street with business partner Berthe Kroll Goldsmith
1927
separated from Samuel, who moved to Detroit to teach at the Society for Arts and Crafts; changed name of Our Gallery to Downtown Gallery, at the suggestion of William Zorach
1928
Abby Aldrich Rockefeller first visited the Downtown Gallery; published
George O. "Pop" Hart: 24 Selections from His Work
by Holger Cahill, first of a projected series of ten Downtown Gallery monographs
1929
initiated divorce proceedings in Detroit; founded the American Folk Art Gallery, the first of its kind, with business; partners Berthe Kroll Goldsmith and Holger Cahill; served as organizer and director of the
First Municipal Exhibition of American Art
, Atlantic City
1930
divorce granted; present at the death of Samuel Halpert; opened the Daylight Gallery in a separate structure behind the Downtown Gallery specially designed to display works of art under optimal conditions; published
Max Weber
by Holger Cahill, second (and last) of the Downtown Gallery monographs
1931
opened the American Folk Art Gallery on second floor of the Downtown Gallery
1932
purchased house in Newtown, Connecticut; became extensively involved with Radio City Music Hall arts projects
1934
conceived, organized, and handled publicity for the
First Municipal Art Exhibition
, also called the
Forum Exhibition
, sponsored by Mayor Fiorello La Guardia and held at Radio City Music Hall
1935
bought Goldsmith's share of the business and, as sole owner, reorganized the gallery
1936
served as adviser to WPA Federal Art Project, charged with developing the Exhibition and Allocation Program
1937
formed Bureau for Architectural Sculpture and Murals
1939
organized
Nature-Vivre
; exhibition of paintings by the rediscovered William Harnett, rekindling interest in trompe l'oeil painting
1940
Downtown Gallery moved to 43 East 51st Street; cataloged and installed the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Collection of American Folk Art at Williamsburg, Virginia
1941
American Negro Art, 19th and 20th Centuries
1945
Downtown Gallery moved to 32 East 51st Street; hired Charles Alan as assistant director
1946
Downtown Gallery began representing former Alfred Stieglitz artists Charles Demuth, Marsden Hartley, John Marin, and Georgia O'Keeffe
1947-1949
embroiled in controversy over paintings with the signature of William Harnett but discovered to be the work of Harnett's student John Peto
1950
opened the John Marin Room, operated by John Marin, Jr.
1951
opened the Ground-Floor Room, for works by new artists
1952
established the Edith Gregor Halpert Foundation
1953
transferred representation of newer Downtown Gallery artists to the Alan Gallery
1954
published
The ABCs for Collectors of Contemporary Art
by John I. H. Baur
1959
traveled to Moscow as curator of the art section, "American National Exhibition," and gave daily gallery talks in Russian; received Art in America Award
1960
exhibited selections from the Edith Gregor Halpert Collection at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; awarded USIA Citation for Distinguished Service and the Merit Award Emblem
1962
second exhibition of the Edith Gregor Halpert Collection at the Corcoran Gallery of Art; began discussions, ultimately abandoned, for the transfer and installation of a large gift of paintings from the Edith Gregor Halpert Collection to a special wing of the Corcoran Gallery of Art
1963
American Modernism: The First Wave, Painting from 1903-1933
, an exhibition based entirely on the Edith Gregor Halpert Collection, Brandeis University Museum of Art
1965
Downtown Gallery moved to smaller quarters, Ritz Tower Concourse, 465 Park Avenue; open by appointment only;
Six Decades of American Art
, from the Edith Gregor Halpert Collection, Leicester Galleries, London
1967
Image to Abstraction
, an exhibition based entirely on the Edith Gregor Halpert Collection, Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas
1968
the Downtown Gallery ceased to be the exclusive representative of Abraham Rattner, Ben Shahn, Georgia O'Keffe, and Max Weber, and the estates of Stuart Davis, and Marguerite and William Zorach were withdrawn from the gallery;
Edith Halpert and the Downtown Gallery
exhibition at the Museum of Art, the University of Connecticut; awarded the First Annual International Silver Prize medal for "distinguished contribution to the arts," University of Connecticut
1970
died, New York City
1970-1973
the Downtown Gallery continued limited operation under the direction of niece, Nathaly Baum
1972-1978
the Downtown Gallery records donated to the Archives of American Art by Nathaly Baum, executor of the Edith Gregor Halpert estate
1973
Sotheby Parke-Bernet auction sale of the Edith Gregor Halpert Collection
1997-1999
arrangement, description, and microfilming of Downtown Gallery records and publication of this finding aid funded by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, Inc.

Administration
Alternative Forms Available
The papers of
Downtown Gallery (New York, N.Y.)
in the Archives of American Art were digitized in
1999
from 167 reels of microfilm and total
190231
images. The bulk of the collection has been digitized.
Researchers should note the image quality is generally poor, especially for printed illustrations and photographs, due to the bi-tonal format used at the time.
Processing Information
Through the generosity of the Henry Luce Foundation, Inc., the Archives of American Art has been able to process and microfilm the Downtown Gallery records and publish this finding aid for use with the microfilm. Related records, now more logically ordered into archival series, are arranged and described according to prevailing archival standards to facilitate access. The collection was processed by Catherine Stover Gaines and Lisa Lynch in 2000. Dr. Diane Tepfer's dissertation (1989) on Edith Gregor Halpert was an invaluable resource in arranging and describing the records of the Downtown Gallery; her chronology was the point of departure for our work. Glass plate negatives were re-housed in 2015 with a grant provided by the Smithsonian Collections Care and Preservation Fund. Motion picture film reels were inspected and re-housed in 2016 with funding provided by the Smithsonian Collections Care and Preservation Fund.
Author
Finding aid prepared by Catherine Stover Gaines
Sponsor
Funding for the processing, microfilming and digitization of the microfilm of this collection was provided by the Henry Luce Foundation
Provenance
Between 1957 and 1967, the Downtown Gallery loaned portions of its records to the Archives of American Art for microfilming. Because the microfilming was done in increments, the material was not always filmed in logical sequence, and overlapping and duplication of records occurred. Since files loaned for microfilming were, for the most part, still working records used to conduct ongoing gallery business, their contents changed and shifted over time. After Edith Halpert's death in 1970, the records of the Downtown Gallery were received by the Archives of American Art, 1972-1978, as a gift from her niece and executor, Nathaly Baum. In addition to the previously microfilmed material, the gift includes correspondence, inventories and sales records, financial records, photographs, and printed matter, as well as artifacts.One additional document received 2016 by Karen Freeman, daughter of Arthur H. Freeman, who did business at L.D. Landau and Co. Freeman represented halpert as an insurance agent.

Appendix B: Chronological List of Downtown Gallery Exhibitions
Below is a chronological listing of Downtown Gallery exhibitions, culled from catalogs and checklists, invitations and announcements, press releases, newspaper reviews, advertisements, lists compiled by gallery staff, and
The Archives of American Art Collection of Exhibition Catalogs
(1979). Exhibition titles indicated on the announcement or used in a published review sometimes differ from the title of the corresponding exhibition catalog or printed checklist. Catalogs or announcements for most shows will be found with the printed matter produced by the Downtown Gallery (Series 7.1), in the publicity notebooks (Series 3.3.), and/or with artist files (Series 2). Microfilm reel and frame number(s) are noted in parentheses for catalogs or exhibition announcements recorded in
The Archives of American Art Collection of Exhibition Catalogs
that are not among the Downtown Gallery records.
Undated
Jan. 24-Feb. 12:
American Landscapes: Paintings and Water Colors
Mar. 3-28 [1964?]:
Abraham Rattner: New Paintings, 1961-1963
June:
Art for 13,000,000
Sept. 17-27:
Abraham Rattner: Stained Glass Window Designed for the De Waters Art Center, Flint, Michigan
1926
Nov. [6-?}:
Opening Exhibition: Small Works by Leading American Contemporary Artists
Dec. [4-?]:
The Christmas Exhibition, $10-50
1927
Jan. 8-Feb. 4:
American Marines
Jan. 8-Feb. 4:
Print Room Selection
Feb. [5-?]: George Overbury "Pop" Hart
Mar. 1-19:
George C. Ault: Water Colors and Drawings
Mar. 21-Apr. 9:
Walt Kuhn Lighographs: `New Trapeze Ladies
'
Apr. [11-?]:
Spring Exhibitions: Pictures Suggestive of the Season
May [10-?]:
Portfolio Selection, $5-25
Oct. 13-Nov. 3:
Ogunquit Exhibition: Summer Work by 12 Ogunquit Residents
Nov. 3-23:
"Pop" Hart: One-Man Show
Nov. 26-Dec. 9:
Stuart Davis
Nov. 26-Dec. 9:
Frank Osborn: Sculpture Lamps
Dec. 10-31:
American Print Makers Exhibition
1928
Jan. 3-22:
Joseph Pollett: Recent Paintings and Watercolors
Jan. 24-Feb. 12:
75 Years of American Landscapes
Feb. 14-Mar. 4:
Walt Kuhn: Recent Works
Mar. 6-25:
Samuel Halpert: Recent Work
Mar. 26-Apr. 15:
Ernest Fiene: Lithographs
Apr. 2-22:
Marguerite Zorach: Paintings and Drawings
Apr. 23-May 13:
May Flowers
May 19-June 13:
Art for Everybody, $10-50
Oct. 7-28:
Paris by Americans
Oct. 29-Nov. 17:
Max Weber: New Lithographs, $10-50
Nov. 19-Dec. 8:
George C. Ault: Paintings, $30-300
Dec. 10-31:
American Print Makers 2nd Annual Exhibition
1929
Jan. 2-20:
Ann Goldthwaite: Recent Work
Jan. 21-Feb. 10:
Drawings by 8 American Artists
(Hart, Karfiol, Kuhn, Pascin, Walkowitz, Weber, M. Zorach, and W. Zorach)
Feb. 12-Mar. 23:
Stefan Hirsch: Paintings
Mar. 4-Apr. 14:
Duncan Ferguson: Sculpture
Mar. 26-Apr. 14:
José Orozco: Paintings of New York City
Apr. 23-May 14:
Walt Kuhn: Loan Paintings
May [14-?]:
Joseph Pollet: Watercolors
May [14-?]:
Lithographs by A. Walkowitz
June 3-14:
Oils, Sculpture, Water Colors, Monotypes, Drawings, Pottery
Oct. 7-28:
Americans Abroad
(Davis, Fiene, Ganso, Hart, Hirsch, Pascin, and Wilenchick)
Oct. 29-Nov. 17:
Joseph Pollet: Recent Paintings
Nov. [19-?]:
Glenn Coleman: Temperas
Dec. 10-31:
American Print Makers 3rd Annual Exhibition
1930
Jan. [2-?]:
Abraham Walkowitz: Heads and Flowers
Jan. [25-?]:
Stuart Davis: Recent Paintings
Jan. 28-Feb. 15:
33 Moderns: The Downtown Gallery Exhibition of Paintings, Sculpture, Watercolors, Drawings, and Prints by 33 American Contemporary Artists
[at the Grand Central Galleries]
Feb. [11-?]:
Marguerite Zorach: Recent Paintings of New England and New York
Mar. 11-30:
Wood Gaylor: Paintings
Apr. [8-?]:
Ben Shahn: Paintings and Drawings
Apr. 19-May 10:
Daylight Gallery Opening Exhibition
May [10-?]:
"Pop" Hart: Paintings from Africa and Europe
May 26-July 1:
Small Painting, Sculpture, and Drawings by Leading American Contemporary Artists, $100 or Less
Summer:
Important Painting and Sculpture by Leading American Artists in the Daylight Gallery
Sept. 30-Oct. 25:
Summer Landscapes, 1930: Paintings by American Contemporary Artists
Oct. [25-?]:
Reuben Nakian: Sculpture
Oct. [25-?]:
Julia Kelly: Painting
Nov. 18-Dec. 16:
Glenn Coleman: Paintings
Dec. 8-31:
American Print Makers 4th Annual Exhibition
1931
Jan. 3-25:
Jules Pascin Memorial Exhibition
Jan. [27-?]:
William Zorach: New Sculpture
Feb. 2-16:
Isabella Howland: Paintings
Feb. [14-?]:
Joseph Pollett: Paintings
Mar. 16-30:
7 Masters of Water Color
(Demuth, Dickinson, Hart, Marin, Sheeler, Walkowitz, Zorach)
Mar. 31-Apr. 9:
Stuart Davis: Recent Paintings
Apr. [29-?]:
Peggy Bacon: Caricature Portraits
May 12-31:
Flowers: Paintings in Oil and Water Color by American Contemporary Artists
June 2-22:
Paintings, Water Colors, Drawings, Sculpture by Leading Contemporary American Artists
Oct. 5-25:
`Artists' Models,' Figure Paintings by Leading Contemporary American Artists
Oct. 28-Nov. 17:
Karl Knaths: Paintings
Nov. [18-?]:
Charles Sheeler: Recent Paintings
Dec. 7-31:
American Print Makers 5th Annual Exhibition
Dec. 14-31:
American Ancestors: Masterpieces by Little Known and Anonymous American Painters, 1790-1890
1932
Jan. 5-18:
American Modern Art
[arranged by the Downtown Gallery at Knoedler & Co., Inc., Chicago]
Jan. 5-24:
Alexander Brook: Recent Paintings
Jan. [24-?]:
Paintings by Contemporary American Painters
Feb. 20-Mar. 3:
Peggy Bacon: Recent Paintings
(N433: 515)
Feb. 23-Mar. 7:
Wood Gaylor: Recent Paintings
Feb. [24-?]:
Winter in Maine: Recent Watercolors by William Zorach
Mar. 22-Apr. 3:
Joseph Pollet: Recent Paintings
Apr. 5-17:
The Passion of Sacco-Vanzetti: Gouaches by Ben Shahn
Apr. 19-May 15:
Pictures of New England by a New Englander: Recent Paintings of Dogtown, Cape Ann, Mass., by Marsden Hartley
[errata slip stapled to cover of the copy filmed on Br10: 660-663 indicates the dates were changed to Apr. 26-May 15, 1932]
May 17-29:
3 Painters: Baum, Botkin, Schultz
May 31-June 30:
Paintings and Sculpture by Outstanding American Artists
Oct. 4-22:
Prelude to the Season: New Paintings and Sculpture by American Contemporaries
Oct. 4-22:
Bernard Sanders: Graphics
Oct. 25-Nov. 13:
Dorothy Varian: Recent Paintings
Nov. 18-Dec. 9:
Stefan Hirsch: Recent Work--New York and Mexico
Dec. 5-31:
American Print Makers 6th Annual Exhibition
Dec. 9-31:
Carl Walters: Sculpture and Pottery in Ceramic
Dec.:
Christmas Exhibition: Drawings, Paintings, Sculpture, $10-100
Dec. 28-Jan. 14:
William Zorach: Spirit of the Dance in Original Plaster
1933
Jan. 17-Feb. 4:
Bernard Karfiol: Paintings and Drawings
Feb. 7-25:
Yasuo Kuniyoshi: Recent Paintings
Feb. 27-Mar. 18:
Reuben Nakian: Sculpture Portraits of 10 Artists
Feb. [28-?]:
Watercolors by Stuart Davis
Mar. 21-Apr. 8:
Major Works by Distinguished American Artists
Apr. 11-29:
Nicolai Cikovsky: Recent Paintings
May 2-20:
Ben Shahn: The Tom Mooney Case
May 23-June 30:
Paintings and Sculpture: Recent Works by Leading American Contemporaries, at $100
Oct. 3-14:
American Ancestors, 2nd Exhibition: Masterpieces by Little Known and Anonymous American Artists: 1720-1870
Oct. 24-Nov. 11:
Painting and Sculpture by Leading Contemporaries
Nov. 14-Dec. 14:
Drawings and Rare Prints by "Pop" Hart
Dec. 5-31:
American Print Makers 7th Annual Exhibition
1934
Jan. 3-20:
Ernest Fiene: Painter of the American Scene
Jan. 23-Feb. 10:
Alexander Brook: Recent Paintings
Feb. 13-Mar. 3:
Babe Ruth by Reuben Nakian
Feb. 20-Mar. 3:
Recent Work by Peggy Bacon
Mar. 13-31:
Recent Paintings by Joseph Pollet
Apr. 3-21:
Katherine Schmidt: Paintings
Apr. 25-May 12:
Stuart Davis: Recent Paintings
May 15-June 15:
Paintings and Sculpture: Selected Works by Leading American Contemporaries, Extraordinary Values at $100
Oct. 1-14:
Hamilton Easter Field Art Foundation Collection of Paintings and Sculpture
Oct. 23-Nov. 3:
Marguerite Zorach: Paintings and Drawings
Nov. 6-17:
American Drawings: Recent Work by Charles Sheeler, John Marin, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Charles Locke, Stuart Davis, Alexander Brook
Nov. 20-Dec. 8:
Peggy Bacon: `Off with Their Heads,' Caricature Portraits of 38 Contemporary American Celebrities
Dec. 3-29:
American Print Makers 8th Annual Exhibition
Dec. [3-?]: Group Show
Dec. 13-31:
Practical Manifestations in American Art
1935
Jan. 16-Feb. 2: Charles Burchfield and Charles Sheeler
Jan. 16-Feb. 9:
Bernard Karfiol: Watercolors and Drawings
Feb. 20-Mar. 9:
Nicolai Cikovsky: Recent Paintings
Mar. 12-30:
Exhibition of 14 Paintings by 14 American Contemporaries
Apr. 10-27:
Watercolor and Pastels by 14 American Artists
Apr. 13-28:
Reuben Nakian: Portrait Heads of the Present Administration
May 1-18:
Nakian: The New Deal in Portraiture
May 21-June 14:
Paintings and Sculpture by Leading American Artists
May 21-June 14:
$100 Exhibition: Extraordinary Values for Discriminating Collectors
Oct. 22-Nov. 9:
Opening Exhibition: Important Recent Painting and Sculpture
Nov.:
Ernest Fiene: Paintings
Nov. [5-?]:
American Folk Art: Recently Acquired Paintings and Sculpture
Dec. 2-28:
American Print Makers 9th Annual Exhibition
Dec. 11-28:
Anne Goldthwaite: Murals of the South
Dec.:
Carl Walters: Ceramic Sculpture and Pottery
1936
Jan. 6-25:
Alexander Brooke: Paintings
Jan. 30-Feb. 15:
American Birds in Sculpture, 1785-1935
Feb. [25-?]:
Watercolors by William Zorach
Mar. 17-Apr. 4:
Yasuo Kuniyoshi: Paintings
Apr. 14-May 2:
Portraits by 6 Contemporary and Early American Artists
May [5-?]:
Joseph Pollet: Paintings
May 26-June 12:
Paintings and Sculpture: Recent Work by Leading American Contemporaries, Extraordinary Values at $100
Oct. [28-?]:
Tenth Anniversary Exhibition: American Art, 1800-1936
Dec.:
Christmas Gift Show
Dec.:
Ceramics by Carl Walters
Dec. 2-31:
Vital Statistics
Dec. 13-24:
American Print Makers 10th Anniversary Annual Exhibition
(N428:304-305)
1937
Jan. [15-?]: David Fredenthal
Feb.: Group Show
Feb. 9-27:
American Dogs: Recent Portraits in Oil of Champion Dogs by Fenelle
and
Paintings and Sculpture Portraying Dogs of the Period 1820-1860 from the American Folk Art Gallery
Mar. 9-27:
The 1920s: Oils, Sculpture, Watercolors, and Drawings by 18 American Contemporaries
Mar. 30-Apr. 10:
Younger Artists
Apr. [10-?]:
Contemporary Americans
Apr. 13-May 1:
Children in American Folk Art, 1725-1865: Children's Art, Their Portraits, and Their Toys
May 5-29:
Major Examples by Major Artists
May 18-June 5:
Joseph Steig: Watercolors
through June 25:
Paintings and Sculpture, 1800-1937
Sept. 28-Oct. 9:
American Folk Art Sculpture: Index of Design, WPA Federal Art Project
Sept.:
Drawings by the Index of American Design
Oct. 5-23:
Paintings by 12 Younger Artists
Oct. 19-Nov. 6:
Fall Exhibition
Oct. 20-Nov. 10:
An Exhibition of Contemporary American Art from the Downtown Gallery of New York, Sponsored by the
Atlanta Georgian
and
Sunday American
at the High Museum of Art
Nov.:
Dorothy Varian: Paintings
Dec. 7-31:
Christmas Exhibition: Fine Works of Art as Original Gifts
1938
Jan. 5-22:
Isabella Howland: 25 Sculpture Heads
Jan. 18-Feb. 15:
American Genre Paintings, 1785-1887
Jan. 25-Feb. 11:
Nicolai Cikovsky: Paintings
Feb. 15-Mar. 5:
50 American Watercolors and Pastels, 1800-1938
Mar. 16-Apr. 2:
Paintings by Americans: New Paintings by Karfiol, Kuniyoshi, Sheeler, and Recent Oils by Marin and O'Keeffe
Apr. 5-23:
Preston Dickinson, 1891-1930: 13 Pastels
Apr. [27-?]:
David Fredenthal: Paintings
May 25-June 17:
Art for the Summer House, $15-100
Oct. 4-22:
Americans at Home: 32 Painters and Sculptors
Sept. 4-22:
Folk Art
Nov. 1-12:
American Ancestors: Masterpieces in American Folk Art, 1720-1860
Nov. 2-20:
John Stenvall: Paintings
Nov. [2-?]:
Georgia O'Keeffe: Paintings
Nov. [15-?]:
Louis Guglielmi: Paintings
Dec. 6-30:
Carl Walters: Ceramic Sculpture
Dec. 6-30:
Christmas Exhibition
1939
Jan. 4-21:
Important New Paintings by American Artists: Cikovsky, Karfiol, Marin,, O'Keeffe, Sheeler, and Varian
Jan. 24-Feb. 11:
Yasuo Kuniyoshi: Paintings
Jan. [24-?]:
Jack Levine: Paintings
Feb. [14-?]:
Nathaniel Kaz: Sculpture
Mar. [7-?]:
Katherine Schmidt: Paintings
Mar. 28-Apr. 15:
William Steig: Sculpture
Apr. 18-May 16:
William Harnett: `Nature-Vivre
'
May [8-?]: Group Show
May [16-?]:
Raymond Breinin: Paintings
June 7-30:
American Art, Past and Present
Oct. 3-14:
Paintings on Velvet, 1800-1840
Oct. [17-?]:
John Marin: 20 Drawings
Nov. 7-25:
Contemporary American Genre: 27 Painters and Sculptors
Dec. 6-30:
Carl Walters: Ceramic Sculpture
Dec. 6-30:
Christmas Exhibition: Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture, $100 or Less
1940
Jan. [3-?]:
Mitchell Siporin: Paintings
Jan. [23-?]:
Rainey Bennett: Paintings
Feb. [20-?]:
Julien Levi: Paintings
Mar. [18-?]: Gallery Group
Mar. [25-?]:
Yasuo Kuniyoshi: Lithographs
Mar. [25-?]: Group Show: Paintings
Apr. 23-May 11:
Review of the Season: Paintings by Leading American Artists
May 13-24:
Artist's Fund Exhibition
Oct. 17-Nov. 16:
Opening Exhibition
[43 East 51st Street]
Dec. 2-21:
Charles Sheeler: `Power,' 6 Original Paintings Commissioned for Reproduction in the December 1940 Issue of
Fortune
(N433:550 551)
Dec. [9-?]:
Christmas Exhibition
1941
Jan. 7-Feb. 1:
The Painter Looks at Music
Feb. 4-21:
13 American Paintings
Feb. 25-Mar. 22:
Masterpieces in American Folk Art
Apr. 8-26:
Spring: New Paintings by Outstanding Americans
May 6-30:
What Is Wrong with This Picture?
[?]-June 27:
Summer Exhibition
and
William Harnett
Sept. 16-Oct. 11:
American Folk Sculpture: Weather Vanes in Metal and Wood: 18th and 19th Centuries
Oct. 7-Nov. 1:
New Examples by Leading American Artists
Oct. 21-25: American Folk Art Sale
Nov. 11-Dec. 6: Bernard Karfiol
Nov. 13-Dec. 6:
Yasuo Kuniyoshi: Recent Paintings
(Br10: 699-700)
Dec. 9-Jan. 3, 1942:
American Negro Art: 19th and 20th Centuries
1942
Jan. 7-24:
Watercolors and Drawings by Leading American Artists
Feb. 3-28: Julian Levi
Mar. 3-28:
Battles & Symbols of the U.S.A.: Exhibition of Paintings and Sculpture by American Folk Artists
Apr. 7-May 2:
Spring Exhibition: New Paintings
and
Newly Discovered Paintings by William M. Harnett
Apr. 7-May 2:
American Folk Art
May 5-29:
Yasuo Kuniyoshi: Retrospective Loan Exhibition, 1921-1941
(Br10: 703-705)
June 10-26:
Paintings, Sculpture, Drawings by Leading American Artists
Sept. 22-Oct. 10:
Opening Exhibition: New Paintings and Sculpture
Oct. 13-31:
Paintings, Cartoons, Photographs of the St. Louis Post Office Murals by Mitchell Siporin and Edward Millman
Dec. 22-Jan. 9, 1943:
Inter-American Folk Arts, 1700-1900: Paintings and Sculpture by Little Known and Anonymous Artists of Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Haiti, Mexico, Peru, U.S.A.
1943
Jan. 12-30:
Breinin: Recent Paintings
(D55: 77)
Mar. 2-27:
William Zorach: Selected Sculpture
(D57: 632-634)
Mar. 31-Apr. 24:
Spring Exhibition
and
American Folk Art
June 8-25:
Summer Exhibition: American Art
Oct. 5-30:
18th Annual Exhibition: American Art
Oct. 27-Nov. 20:
Recent Paintings in Encaustic by Karl Zerbe
Nov. 23-Dec. 11: Demuth, Dickinson, "Pop" Hart, Pascin
1944
Feb. 1-12:
Exhibition of Paintings and Sculpture
Feb. 15-Mar. 11: Horace Pippin
Apr. 11-May 6:
Spring: New Important Paintings & Sculpture by Leading Americans
May 9-27: William Zorach
May 31-June 30:
Summer Exhibition
Sept. 13-30:
American Folk Art from the Collection of Mrs. Isabel C. Wilde
Oct. 3-28:
19th Annual Exhibition: American Art
Nov. 14-Dec. 2:
Ben Shahn: Paintings in Tempera
(Br10: 707-708)
1945
Jan. 3-20:
Suba: First One-Man Exhibition of Paintings
Feb. 13-Mar. 3:
George L. K. Morris: Paintings, 1944 and 1945, and Sculpture, 1934-1945
(Br10: 712-714)
Mar. 6-31: Julian Levi
Apr. 3-28:
Yasuo Kuniyoshi: New Paintings and Drawings
May 1-26:
19th Annual Spring Exhibition
Oct. 15-Nov. 3:
20th Anniversary
[opening of new quarters on East 51st Street]
Oct. 15-Nov. 3:
Loan Exhibition
Nov. 6-Dec. 1:
20th Annual Exhibition: American Art
Dec. 4-29:
Jacob Lawrence: John Brown, A Series of 22 Paintings in Gouache
Dec. 4-29:
Christmas Exhibition
1946
Jan. 29-Feb. 16:
Stuart Davis Retrospective Exhibition: Gouaches, Watercolors, Drawings, 1912-1941
(N126: 369-370)
Mar. 26-Apr. 13: Paul Burlin
May 7-25:
6 Artists Out of Uniform: New Post-War Paintings by 6 Important Americans
June:
New Important Paintings by Leading Americans
July 2-Aug. 30:
Summer Exhibition: Recent Paintings and Sculpture... Combined with a Selection of Important American Folk Art
Sept. 4-21:
Masterpieces in American Folk Art: Recently Discovered Examples
Sept. 24-Oct. 19:
21st Annual Exhibition: New Paintings by Leading American Artists
Dec. 3-31:
Christmas Exhibition
1947
Jan. 7-25: Arthur Dove
Feb. 4-Mar. 1:
Important New Drawings
Mar. 4-29: William Zorach
Apr. 1-26:
Spring 1947
Apr. 29-May 17:
Boston/New York: First Exchange Exhibition
[Boston portion at Downtown Gallery and New York portion at Boris Mirski Gallery, Boston]
May 20-June 7:
National Parks: A
Fortune
Portfolio
June 10-Aug. 8:
American Art, 1800-1947
and
American Folk Art
Aug. 12-29:
Exhibition of American Folk Art: Recent Acquisitions
Sept. 3-20:
20th-Century American Watercolors
Sept. 23-Oct. 18:
22nd Annual Exhibition
Nov. 11-29: Niles Spencer
Dec. 2-27:
Christmas Exhibition
1948
Jan. 20-Feb. 7:
Paintings by Stuart Davis, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Jack Levine, John Marin, Ben Shahn
Mar. 22-Apr. 3:
American Art: A Multiple Exhibition Arranged by the Association of Dealers in American Art
[Downtown Gallery participating]
Apr. 13-May 1:
William Harnett Centennial Exhibition
May 10-20:
Mexican Folk Art
June 29-Aug. 6:
Art for the 8,060,000
Aug. 10-Sept. 2:
Marin - New York
(N126: 407-408)
Sept. 8-28:
The American Family: Folk Paintings, 1750-1850
Sept. 28-Oct. 23:
23rd Annual Exhibition
Nov. 16-Dec. 14:
Jacques Maroger: Recent Paintings
(N126: 411-412)
Dec. 7-31:
Christmas 1948
Dec. 7-31: William Zorach
undated:
American Art... 20th Century Image to Abstraction
[Amon Carter Museum; entire exhibition drawn from the collections of Edith Gregor Halpert and the Downtown Gallery]
1949
Mar. 15-Apr. 2: Paul Burlin
Apr. 5-23:
The Artist Speaks
Apr. 25-10:
26 Teenage Artists Presented by
Seventeen Magazine
May 3-21:
Arthur G. Dove: Watercolors, 1929-1946
(N126: 424)
May 10-28:
Mexican Folk Art
July 6-29:
Art and/or Money
Sept. 7-24:
Important Paintings and Sculpture by Little Known and Unknown Artists of the 18th and 19th Century
Sept. 7-24:
American Folk Art
Oct. 3-22:
24th Annual Exhibition
Nov. 15-Dec. 3: Reuben Tam
Dec. 6-24:
Christmas Exhibition
1950
Jan. 23-28:
Creative Art for Commerce
Jan. 31-Feb. 18: Ralston Crawford
Feb. 21-Mar. 11:
Aquamedia
Mar. 14-Apr. 1:
In 1940...
Apr. 4-22: Yasuo Kuniyoshi
Apr. 25-May 13:
In 1950...
May 16-June 2:
A Museum Collection: American Folk Sculpture
June:
Art for 13,000,000
Sept. 26-Oct. 21:
25th Annual Exhibition: New Paintings and Sculpture
Oct. 24-Nov. 11: Jacob Lawrence (D56: 298-300)
Dec. 5-23:
Christmas Exhibition
Dec. 27-Jan. 27, 1951: John Marin
1951
Feb. 20-Mar. 1:
William Zorach: Sculpture, 1947-1951
Mar. 13-31:
Charles Sheeler: Paintings, 1949-1951
Apr. 3-28:
Spring 1951
May 1-19:
Newcomers: Paintings by Artists from 15 States
June 12-29:
Masterpieces in American Folk Art
July 10-Aug. 17:
Summer Exhibition: American Art
Sept. 5-22:
Contemporary American Drawings
Oct. 2-27:
26th Annual Exhibition: New Paintings and Sculpture by Leading American Artists
Nov. 20-Dec. 8: O. Louis Guglielmi
Dec. 11-29:
Christmas Exhibition
1952
Jan. 2-26:
John Marin: Oils and Watercolors
Mar. 4-20:
Recent Arrivals
Mar. 11-29:
Ben Shahn: Paintings
(D56: 1075-1076)
Apr. 1-19:
Spring '52
Apr. 22-May 10: Arthur G. Dove
May 12-29:
Lithographs, Woodcuts, Theorems, Serigraphs, and Other Prints by Leading American Artists
June 3-27:
Art for the 67%
July 1-Aug. 1:
Pertaining to Summer: An Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture by Leading American Artists
Sept. 9-27:
American Amateur Art of 100 Years Ago
Oct. 1-25:
27th Annual Exhibition
Oct. 14-Nov. 15:
The Ground-Floor Room 2nd Annual Exhibition
Oct. 28-Nov. 15: Niles Spencer
Nov. 18-Dec. 16:
Shop for Art
Early
at the Downtown Gallery
Dec. 9-27: Stuart Davis and Yasuo Kuniyoshi
1953
Jan. 7-Feb. 14:
Performance: A New Series of Paintings in Tempera by Jacob Lawrence
Feb. 17-Mar. 7:
Celebrating the Tercentenary of New York, MDCLIII - MCMLIII: Paintings of New York by Leading American Artists
Mar. 10-28: Paul Burlin
Mar. 31-Apr. 18: Reuben Tam
Apr. 21-May 9: David Aronson
May 12-29:
8 Younger Artists
Sept. 22-Oct. 17:
28th Annual Exhibition: Recent Paintings and Sculpture
Oct. 20-Nov. 14:
Yasuo Kuniyoshi: Ink Paintings
Nov. 17-Dec. 7:
Art in the Office
Dec. 8-31:
Art Gems for Christmas
1954
Feb. 2-27:
International Exhibition: American, Belgian, British, Canadian, French, Italian, Mexican Painters under 40
Mar. 2-31:
Stuart Davis: Recent Paintings
Apr. 6-May 1:
Dove and Demuth: Watercolor Retrospective
May 4-22:
American Folk Art: Painting and Sculpture
May 25-June 25:
Summer 1954
Sept. 14-Oct. 2:
Artists of Chicago
Oct. 5-30:
29th Annual Exhibition: New Paintings and Sculpture
Nov. 9-20:
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture: A Benefit Exhibition by Its Faculty and Visiting Artists for the Scholarship Fund
Nov. 23-Dec. 24:
Christmas Exhibition
1955
Mar. 20-Apr. 23: Georgia O'Keeffe
Apr. 26-May 21:
Spring 1955
May 24-June 11:
Gallery Purchases: Contemporary Art
June 14-30:
Gallery Purchases: American Folk Art
Sept. 13-Oct. 1:
Painters of Los Angeles
Oct. 4-29:
30th Annual Exhibition
Nov. 1-26:
Arthur Dove: Collages
Dec. 28-Jan. 21, 1956:
William Zorach: A Selection, 1914-1955
1956
Jan. 31-Feb. 25:
The Recurrent Image
Feb. 28-Mar. 24:
Arthur Dove: Paintings
Apr. 3-28:
Charles Sheeler: Selections from the Collection of the William H. Lane Foundation
May 1-26:
Bernard Karfiol: The Figure
(N126L529-531)
May 29-June 29:
Spring 1956
Sept. 5-29:
Americans in Europe
Oct. 9-Nov. 3:
31st Annual Exhibition
Nov. 6-Dec. 1:
Stuart Davis: Exhibition of Recent Paintings, 1954-1956
Dec. 4-22:
31st Annual Christmas at the Downtown Gallery
1957
Jan. 8-Feb. 7: Max Weber
Feb. 12-Mar. 2:
New Acquisitions: Wm. M. Harnett (1848-1892)
Feb. 12-Mar. 2:
American Folk Art: Paintings and Sculpture
Mar. 2-30:
New Mexico as Painted by Stuart Davis, Marsden Hartley, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, John Marin, Georgia O'Keeffe, John Sloan
[?]-May 4:
Spring Exhibition
May 7-31:
Important Drawings by Leading American Artists
June 4-28:
Summer 1957
Oct. 7-Nov. 2: Group Show
Nov. 5-27:
Last Judgments by Abraham Rattner
(D203: 76)
Nov. 25-Dec. 7:
32nd Annual Christmas at the Downtown Gallery
Dec. 9-21:
Art Our Children Live With: A Loan Exhibition of American Art
Dec. 31-Jan. 25, 1958:
32nd Annual Exhibition
1958
Jan. 28-Feb. 21: C. S. Price
Mar. 5-Apr. 19: Charles Sheeler
Apr. 29-May 10:
Spring 1958
May 20-June 7: Charles Demuth
June 9-27:
100 Church Street, `Portrait of a Building' by 10 American Artists
Sept. 30-Oct. 11:
Arthur Dove: Watercolors
Oct. 14-Nov. 8:
33rd Annual Exhibition
Nov. 11-Dec. 6:
Max Weber: The Figure in Retrospect, 1906-1958
Dec. 8-27:
33rd Annual Christmas Exhibition
1959
Jan. 6-31:
New Acquisitions: American Folk Art Painting and Sculpture
Mar. 3-28: Ben Shahn
Apr. 7-25: Robert Osborn
Apr. 29-June 2:
Spring 1959
Sept. 22-Oct. 17:
The
Dial
and the Dial Collection: A Special Loan Exhibition of Paintings, Sculpture & Graphics by 30 American Artists
Oct. 20-Nov. 14:
34th Annual Exhibition
Nov. 17-Dec. 5:
34th Annual Christmas at the Downtown Gallery
Dec. 8-24:
Ben Shahn: Silk-Screen Prints
Dec. 29-Jan. 23, 1960:
New Acquisitions
1960
Jan. 21-Feb. 20:
7 Artists in Hawaii
Feb. 23-Mar. 19: Gallery Group
Mar. 11-[?]:
Signs & Symbols, U.S.A., 1760-1960
Mar. 22-Apr. 9: Jack Zajac
Apr. 19-may 7: Tseng Yu-Ho
May 10-June 4: Stuart Davis
through June 30:
Summer 1960
Oct. 11-Nov. 5:
35th Annual Exhibition
Nov. 8-Dec. 3: Abraham Rattner
Dec. 5-24:
35th Annual Christmas at the Downtown Gallery
Dec. 5-24:
Robert Osborn: Paintings and Drawings from `The Vulgarians'
1961
Jan. 9-Feb. 6:
New Acquisitions
Jan. 25-Feb. 11: Yasuo Kuniyoshi
Feb. 15-Mar. 11:
Aquamedia in American Art
Mar. 15-Apr. 8: Alfred Duca
Apr. 11-May 2: Gallery Group
May 16-June 9:
Spring 1961
June 13-30:
Selections 1961
Sept. 12-Oct. 7:
New Acquisitions
Dec. 4-23:
36th Annual Christmas at the Downtown Gallery
1962
Jan. 9-27:
Tseng Yu-Ho: 18 Dsui Paintings
Feb. 27-Mar. 17:
Robert Osborn: Clowns and Non-Clowns
Mar. 10-31:
Max Weber Memorial Exhibition
Mar. 27-Apr. 21:
Abstract Painting in America, 1903-1923
Apr. 24-May 19: Stuart Davis
May 22-June 15:
36th Annual Spring Exhibition: The Figure
Sept. 25-Oct. 13:
American Roots: Folk Art in Painting and Sculpture
Oct. 16-Nov. 10:
37th Anniversary Exhibition
Nov. 3-28: Robert Osborn
Dec. 3-22:
37th Annual Christmas at Downtown Gallery
1963
Jan. 8-Feb. 2: John Marin
Mar. 12-Apr. 16:
Signs & Symbols * U.S.A., 1780-1960
Apr. 9-May 3:
Spring 1963
May 7-[?]: Max Weber
June 11-July 3:
Summer 1963
Aug. 6-Sept. 15:
Loan Exhibition from the Edith Gregor Halpert Collection
[Santa Barbara Museum of Art]
Sept. 9-14:
Visual Art by Performing Artists
Oct. 1-26:
38th Anniversary Exhibition
Oct. 29-Nov. 16:
Ben Shahn: Retrospective Exhibition, Paintings and Drawings, 1901-1958
Oct. 29-Nov. 16:
Homage to e. e. cummings
Oct. 29-Nov. 16: Gallery Group
Nov. 7-Dec. 8:
Loan Exhibition from the Edith Gregor Halpert Collection
[Honolulu Academy of Arts]
Dec. 2-21:
38th Annual Christmas at Downtown Gallery
Dec. 3-Jan. 7, 1964:
American Signs and Symbols
1964
Jan. 11-Feb. 9:
Loan Exhibition from the Edith Gregor Halpert Collection
[California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco]
Jan. 28-Feb. 21: George L. K. Morris
Mar. 3-28:
Supplement to the Rattner Exhibition
May 12-June 5:
New York City: Paintings, 1913-1963, by American Artists
Sept. 9-Oct. 3:
20th Century American Drawings
Oct. 6-31:
39th Anniversary Exhibition
Dec. 1-24:
39th Annual Christmas at the Downtown Gallery
1965
Jan. 5-23: Charles Sheeler and Yasuo Kuniyoshi
Mar. 23-Apr. 17: John Storrs
Sept. 8-Oct. 2:
A Gallery Survey of American Art
[inaugural show, Ritz Tower Concourse, 465 Park Avenue]
Nov. 3-20: Edward Stasack
Nov. 30-Dec. 18:
40th Annual Christmas at the Downtown Gallery
Nov. 30-Dec. 18:
Warner Brothers Co. Mural by Willard Cummings and Emilio A. Serio
1966
Mar. 1-26:
Balthus: New Paintings, 1963-1966
May 3-27: Charles Sheeler
Sept. 20-Oct. 8:
"Popular Art" in America, 18-19th Century
Oct. 18-Nov. 12:
41st Anniversary Exhibition: Contemporary American Art
Nov. 5-Dec. 12: Morris Broderson
1967
Jan. 10-Feb. 14:
William Zorach: The Last Decade
Feb. 14-Mar. 11: George L. K. Morris
Mar. 15-Apr. 8: Arthur Dove
Apr. 18-May 13: John Storrs
Sept. 26-Oct. 21:
42nd Anniversary Exhibition
Nov. 7-25: O. Louis Guglielmi
Dec.: Gallery Group
1968
Sept. 10-Oct. 5:
43rd Anniversary Exhibition
1969
Mar.:
The Performing Arts

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Downtown Gallery records, 1824-1974, bulk 1926-1969. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Related Material
Berman, Avis.
Pioneers in American Museums: Edith Halpert
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Museum News
54, no. 2 (November/December 1975): 34-37, 61-64.
Bragazzi, Olive.
The Story Behind the Rediscovery of William Harnett and John Peto by Edith Halpert and Alfred Frankenstein
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American Art Journal
15, no. 3 (Spring 1984): 51-65.
Tepfer, Diane.
Edith Gregor Halpert and the Downtown Gallery/Downtown, 1926-1940: A Study in American Art Patronage
. Ph.D. diss., University of Michigan, 1989.
Edith Gregor Halpert, interview by Harlan Phillips, 1962-1963. Oral History Program, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Edith Gregor Halpert, interview by Harlan Phillips, January 20, 1965. New Deal and the Arts Project, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Edith Gregor Halpert, lecture delivered at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, October 19, 1959, on the 1959 American National Art Exhibition in Moscow. Tape-recorded by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, and transcribed by the the Downtown Gallery staff.
In addition, the Archives of American Art has among its collections personal papers and oral history interviews of artists and collectors associated with the Downtown Gallery. Researchers are advised to conduct a name search in the Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS).

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