American Museum of Natural History, Dept. of Anthropology correspondence with Barnett Newman and Betty Parsons

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.amermuse
Creators:
American Museum of Natural History. Department of Anthropology
Dates:
1944-1946
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
26 Items
(on partial microfilm reel)
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The microfilmed American Museum of Natural History, Department of Anthropology correspondence with Barnett Newman and Betty Parsons contains correspondence between painter Barnett Newman and gallerist Betty Parsons with Harry L. Shapiro, Chair of the Department of Anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History regarding two exhibitions of Native American art: Pre-Columbian Stone Sculpture at Wakefield Gallery in 1944 and Northwest Coast Indian Painting at Betty Parsons Gallery in 1946. Newman wrote essays for the catalogs of both shows stressing the affinity between Native American and modern art. The exhibition catalogs and announcements are also included in the collection.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
The American Museum of Natural History Department of Anthropology was established in 1873, four years after the founding of the museum in New York, NY. It holds objects related to people of the Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Pacific Islands.
Barnett Newman (1905-1970) was an abstract expressionist painter associated with the New York School and Color Field painters. He is known for his characteristic "zips," or thin vertical bands that separated areas of color.
Betty Parsons (1900-1982) was an art dealer in New York, N.Y. Parsons was director of the Wakefield Bookshop Gallery, 1940-1944, and director of the contemporary section of the Mortimer Brandt Gallery, 1944-1946. She opened Betty Parsons Gallery in 1946 and represented many abstract expressionists. The gallery closed in 1983.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reel 4588 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Lent for microfilming by the American Museum of Natural History, Department of Anthropology, 1992.

Related Materials
The Archives of American Art also hold the Betty Parsons Gallery records and personal papers, circa 1920-1991, bulk 1946-1983 and the microfilmed Barnett Newman papers, 1943-1971.

Keywords
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Parsons, Betty Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Shapiro, Harry L. (Harry Lionel), 1902-1990 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Newman, Barnett, 1905-1970 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Wakefield Gallery Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Betty Parsons Gallery Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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