Peter Fingesten papers

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.fingpete
Creators:
Fingesten, Peter
Pace University. Art Dept
Dates:
1936-1988
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
2.7 Linear feet
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Biographical material, correspondence, writings, teaching material, photographs, printed material, and a scrapbook.
Scope and Contents
The papers of sculptor, graphic artist and educator Peter Fingesten measure 2.7 linear feet and date from 1936-1988. Included are correspondence, writings, teaching material, photographs, works of art, printed material and a scrapbook.
Scope and Contents
Correspondence concerns Fingesten's association with Pace University and his writings and lectures. Among the correspondence is a postcard from Ad Reinhardt, circa 1962, commending Fingesten for his articles in the College Art Journal. Writings including diaries, essays, art and exhibition reviews, and manuscripts by Fingesten and others including is a draft of Fingesten's article, Breast of the Madonna, and related research material. Teaching material consists of lecture notes and syllabi for courses taught at Pace University. Photographs are of Fingesten, his family, friends, and works of art. Works of art consist of seven signed and numbered prints by Fingesten. Printed material includes articles by Fingesten, exhibition catalogs and announcements, clippings, reviews of Fingesten's writings and books about religion, death, and the ancient world and a folio of reproductions of nine drawings A scrapbook, 1936-1957, (disbound) also includes printed material.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Peter Fingesten (1916-1987) was a sculptor, graphic artist, and educator in New York. Born Berlin, Germany, Fingesten emigrated to the United States in 1939. He founded the Pace University Art Department in 1950 and served as chairman until 1986.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
A small amount of the collection is available on 35mm microfilm reels 2804 (some printed materials) and 3482 (postcard from Ad Reinhardt). Microfilm is available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan..
Author
Immediate Source of Acquisition
A small amount of printed material and a postcard from Ad Reinhardt was donated by Peter Fingesten in 1971 and 1976. His widow, Carole C. Fingesten Forbes, donated the remainder in 1989-1995, 2014 and 2017.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Conditions Governing Use
"Breast of the Madonna" draft and and related research material: Authorization to publish, quote, or reproduce must be obtained from Carole Fingesten Forbes.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Art -- Study and teaching -- New York (State) -- New York Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sculpture, Modern -- 20th century -- United States Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sculptors -- New York (State) -- New York Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Educators -- New York (State) -- New York Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ahsen, Akhter Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Fingesten, Michel, 1884-1943 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Reinhardt, Ad, 1913-1967 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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