J.L. Hudson Gallery records

Collection ID:
J.L. Hudson Gallery
Physical Description:
3 Linear feet
(on 4 microfilm reels)

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Administrative records, correspondence, exhibition and artist files.
Scope and Contents
Administrative files of gallery directors Albert Landry and Oscar Piagentini, 1962-1970, concerning the founding and history of the gallery, public relations, and donations to various institutions; correspondence, 1964-1971, mostly concerning art purchases by four mid-western corporations; solo exhibition files, 1963-1973, representing many prominent artists, containing resumes, correspondence, photographs, announcements, catalogs, invoices, and clippings; similar types of material in files on museums, universities, and art groups, 1963-1971; and an alphabetical card index, 546 cards, cross-references exhibitions and participating artists.

I. Administrative records. II. Correspondence. III. Solo exhibitions. IV. Group exhibitions. V. Miscellaneous artists. VI. Galleries. VII. Museums, universities, and art groups. VIII. Card index. Chronological arrangement.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Commercial art gallery; Detroit, Michigan. Founded in 1963 by Joseph L. Hudson, the president of the Detroit based J. L. Hudson Company, who had an interest in bringing art of top quality to Detroit. Albert Landry, who had previously owned a gallery in New York, was hired as first director. The gallery, located in the downtown branch of Hudson's, opened on November 18, 1963 with an exhibition of the W. R. Valentiner Collection. Although the gallery had some exhibitions which included 18th and 19th century art, it concentrated on the 20th century, bringing the work of the best contemporary artists to Detroit. Oscar Piagentini succeeded Landry as gallery director in 1967. The gallery closed ca. 1974.

Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reels 4081-4084 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Joy Emery, a former director of the Gallery, represented the J.L. Hudson company in its donation of the material.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Michigan -- Detroit Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art dealers -- Michigan -- Detroit Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art galleries, Commercial -- Michigan -- Detroit Function Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Piagentini, Oscar Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hudson, J. L. (Joseph L) Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Landry, Albert, 1919- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives of American Art
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Victor Building, Suite 2200
Washington, D.C. 20001