A Finding Aid to the Jacqueline Gourevitch papers, 1949-2019, bulk 1955-2005, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.gourjacq
Creators:
Gourevitch, Jacqueline
Dates:
1949-2019
bulk 1955-2005
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
5.6 Linear feet
Repository:
The papers of painter and educator Jacqueline Gourevitch measure 5.6 linear feet and date from 1946-2019 and document her education at Black Mountain College, Black Mountain, N.C., and the Arts Students League; her teaching career; and exhibitions in Chicago and New York through biographical material, teaching files, personal and professional correspondence, gallery and exhibition files, and printed material.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The papers of painter and educator Jacqueline Gourevitch measure 5.6 linear feet and date from 1946-2019 and document her education at Black Mountain College, Black Mountain, N.C., and the Arts Students League; her teaching career; and exhibitions in Chicago and New York through biographical material, teaching files, personal and professional correspondence, gallery and exhibition files, and printed material.
Materials in this collection document Gourevitch's career as an artist and educator. Her early interest in pursuing a career as a painter is highlighted through biographical materials that include correspondence, alumni lists, and notes from Black Mountain College and the High School of Music and Arts related to class reunions; a 1954 Fulbright application; and teacher bios from the Art Students' League and Chicago Arts Institute.
Although her work as an artist and as an educator often overlapped, Gourevitch did not begin teaching until the 1970s. The years she spent painting are documented through exhibition announcements and clippings; gallery and exhibition files that include correspondence with curators and gallery owners, loan agreements, price lists, checklists, photographs and notes; various projects she worked on, including the Black Mountain College Project and numerous exhibitions related to Black Mountain College; and through correspondence with colleagues, other artists, including Ellen Lanyon, and friends. Gourevitch's teaching files document her career as an instructor and visiting artist through correspondence with students, faculty and staff at various institutions; lectures, lecture notes, and lecture announcements; course descriptions; class lists; syllabi; campus maps; and letters of recommendation. Evidence of her lasting impact on her students can be found throughout the collection through correspondence, clippings, and exhibition announcements.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged in six series.
  • Series 1: Biographical Material, 1949-2017 (0.15 linear feet, Box 1)
  • Series 2: Correspondence, 1949-2017 (1.05 linear feet, Box 2-3)
  • Series 3: Professional Files, 1949-2019 (0.95 linear feet, Box 3-4)
  • Series 4: Gallery and Exhibition Files, circa 1950-2012 (2.45 linear feet, Box 3-5)
  • Series 5: Teaching Files, 1960-2015 (0.8 linear feet, Box 5-6)
  • Series 6: Printed Materials, 1958-1997 (0.2 linear feet, Box 6)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Jacqueline Gourevitch (1933- ) is a painter and educator in New York, New York. Gourevitch was born in Paris and moved to New York with her parents when she was a child. There she attended the High School of Music and Art where she decided to pursue a career as a painter. In 1950, she attended a summer program for art studies at Black Mountain College. She studied Art History at the University of Chicago and took courses at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Art Students' League. In 1954, she married Victor Gourevitch, a graduate student at the University of Chicago, and they had two sons.
Although Gourevitch is most widely known for her Cloud paintings, her work focuses on the sky and clouds and incorporates the earth and the city, often observed from a distance or a high place. After many years of painting independently, Gourevitch began teaching in the early 1970s. She taught courses in drawing and painting at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, and Cooper Union in New York. She held several Visiting Artist positions throughout her life and her work has been exhibited and included in permanent collections across the United States.

Administration
Processing Information
The collection was processed, and a finding aid prepared by Jennifer E. Neal in 2019.
Author
Jennifer E. Neal
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated in 2019 by Jacqueline Gourevitch.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Conditions Governing Use
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Preferred Citation
Jacqueline Gourevitch papers, 1949-2019. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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