A Finding Aid to the Philip Stein Papers Regarding David Alfaro Siqueiros, 1933-2012, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.steiphil
Creators:
Stein, Philip, 1919-2009
Dates:
1933-2012
Languages:
Multiple languages
The collection is in English and Spanish.
English; Spanish
Physical Description:
3.8 Linear feet
Repository:
The papers of muralist, writer, and activist Philip Stein regarding the Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros measure 3.8 linear feet and date from 1933 to 2012. The papers reflect Stein's relationship with Siqueiros as an art assistant and their shared commitment to leftist politics. Much of the material relates to Stein's book Siqueiros, His Life and Work (1994) and his first book The Mexican Murals (1984). Found are research materials, correspondence, interviews, printed material, photographic materials, video and film recordings, writings about and by David Alfaro Siqueiros, and materials concerning Stein as a painter.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The papers of muralist, writer, and activist Philip Stein regarding the Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros measure 3.8 linear feet and date from 1933 to 2012. The papers reflect Stein's relationship with Siqueiros as an art assistant and their shared commitment to leftist politics. Much of the material relates to Stein's book Siqueiros, His Life and Work (1994) and his first book The Mexican Murals (1984). Found are research materials, correspondence, interviews, printed material, photographic materials, video and film recordings, writings about and by David Alfaro Siqueiros, and materials concerning Stein as a painter.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged in 7 series:
  • Series 1: Correspondence, 1934-2010 (0.3 linear feet; Box 1)
  • Series 2: Interviews, 1977-1994 (0.1 linear feet; Box 1)
  • Series 3: Writings, 1937-2006 (0.6 linear feet; Boxes 1-2)
  • Series 4: Subject Files and Research Files, 1933-2009 (0.6 linear feet;Boxes 2-3)
  • Series 5: Printed Material, 1949-2009 (0.7 linear feet; Boxes 2-3,5)
  • Series 6: Photographic Materials, 1933-2005 ( 0.5 linear Feet; Boxes 3-4)
  • Series 7: Sound, Video and Film Recorings, circa 1967-2012 (1.3 linear feet; Box 3, 4, FC 6-9)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Artist, author and political activist, Philip Stein (1919-2009), also called "Estano," lived and worked in New York City, Mexico, and Spain. Stein worked as an assistant to muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros. Both men were committed to the Mexican Mural School of new-realism, painting exterior murals rather than easel paintings so art could be public and directed to the masses.
Stein was born in Newark, New Jersey and was a mostly self-taught artist, occasionally studying at local art schools. He served in the armed forces during World War II as a meteorologist, seeing action throughout Europe. After the war, he moved to California to paint movie sets. In 1948, Stein and his wife Gertrude moved to Mexico where he studied art on the GI Bill at The School of Fine Arts of San Miguel de Allende. There he met Siqueiros, an ardent communist, who had attempted to assasinate Leon Trotsky. Stein worked with Siqueiros on several murals in Mexico until Siqueiros' death in 1974.
Between 1953 and 1993 Stein occasionally exhibited in Mexico, New York City and Spain. One of Stein's best known murals is at the Village Vanguard club in New York City. His biography of Siqueiros, Siqueiros, His Life and Work was published in 1994. Stein died at home in Manhattan in 2009 at age 90.

Administration
Processing Information
This collection was processed and a finding aid prepared in 2015 by Harriet E. Shapiro. Motion picture film reels were inspected and re-housed in 2016 with funding provided by the Smithsonian Collections Care and Preservation Fund.
Author
Harriet E. Shapiro
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Philip Stein papers regarding David Alfaro Siqueiros were donated to the Archives of American Art in 2015 by Anne Stein, daughter of Philip Stein.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Philip Stein papers regarding David Alfaro Siqueiros, 1933-2012. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Conditions Governing Use
The Philip Stein papers regarding David Alfaro Siqueiros are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original material requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
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Siqueiros, David Alfaro Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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