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.