Alfredo Valente papers

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.valealfr
Creators:
Valente, Alfredo
Dates:
1941-1978
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
1 Linear foot
(partially microfilmed on 3 reels)
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Photographs of artists; letters; printed material; and a motion picture film.
Scope and Contents
REEL D284: Exhibition catalogs, 1941-1952, from the Valente Gallery, and clippings; a letter and a sketch from Henry Miller; and a scrapbook containing photographs by Valente of 41 artists, their art work and clippings. Photographs of artists include Boris Aronson, Milton Avery, Arbit Blatas, David Burliuk, Mario Carreño, Joseph DeMartini, Alexander Dobkin, Philip Evergood, Jose Ferrer, Adolph Gottlieb, Marion Greenwood, William Gropper, Chaim Gross, George Grosz, Robert Gwathmey, Lily Harmon, Marsden Hartley, Frederick Haucke, Frank Kleinholz, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Ben Lassen,Sigmund Menkes, Jose Clemente Orozco, Abraham Rattner, Iver Rose, Sally Ryan, Moses Soyer, Raphael Soyer, Margaret Stark, Sabina Teichman, Anthony Toney, Nahum Tschacbasov, Abraham Walkowitz and Ben Wilson.
Scope and Contents
REEL 2802: A letter from the National Gallery of Art regarding Valente's film "Art Discovers America"; exhibition catalogs on and written by Valente; clippings; and 30 photographs by Valente of 20 artists.
Scope and Contents
REEL 3480: Two letters from Henry Miller, dated 1943 and 1945. The letters refer to a "watercolor pad and brushes", and Miller also thanks Valente for a portrait of Abe Rattner.
Scope and Contents
UNMICROFILMED: Photographs by Valente of artists, each accompanied with the artists' self-portrait. Included are Milton Avery, Arbit Blatas, David Burliuk, Mario Carreño, Alexander Dobkin, Philip Evergood, Chaim Gross, Lily Harmon, Frank Kleinholz, Ben Lassen, David Lax, Lawrence H. Lebduska, Jean Liberte, Jose Orozco, Harold Rome, Moses Soyer, Raphael Soyer, Margaret Stark, Sabina Teichman, Anthony Toney, Nahum Tschacbasov, Abraham Walkowitz, and Ben Wilson and 4 photographs of composer Eugene Ormandy which are on the back of the Blatas portraits.
Scope and Contents
UNMICROFILMED: "Art Discovers America" (MGM shorts), ca. 1945, a 16mm b&w, 400 ft. film regarding the "new public interest" in American art. The film traces the trend back to the exhibition of The Eight, and shows various artists at work, including John Sloan, Thomas Hart Benton, Reginald Marsh, and Abraham Walkowitz. The film was produced by Regency Pictures. Valente was the photographer and co-director along with Hal Frater.
Scope and Contents
REEL 439-441 AND SCANNED Photos of artists, previously microfilmed under Photos of Artists I, have subsequently been scanned and returned to the Valente papers.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Photographer; New York City.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reels D284, 2802, and 3480 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Existence and Location of Copies
Access copies of the motion picture film "Art Discovers America" include a 16 mm projection print as well as digital video copies.
Existence and Location of Originals
Reel D284 (except scrapbook): Originals returned to the lender, Mrs. Alfredo Valente, after microfilming.
Author
Sponsor
Funding for the preservation of the motion picture film "Art Discovers America" provided by the National Film Preservation Foundation.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Material on reel D284 lent for microfilming by Valente, 1966; Mrs. Valente subsequently donated the scrapbook, 1979. Material on reels 2802, and 3480 donated by Mr. & Mrs. Valente, 1966 through 1979. Unmicrofilmed material donated by Harold Rome, 1988. An additional 35 photos of artists were donated by Valente ca. 1966, and microfilmed on reels 439-441 with AAA's Photographs of Artists Collection I; search under Valente for more information. Many of the photographs are duplicates.

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
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Art and photography -- New York (State) -- New York Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Artists -- United States -- Photographs Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Portrait photography -- New York (State) -- New York Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Scrapbooks Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Video recordings Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographers -- New York (State) -- New York Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Aronson, Boris, 1900-1980 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Avery, Milton, 1885-1965 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Benton, Thomas Hart, 1889-1975 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Blatas, Arbit Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Burliuk, David, 1882-1967 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Carreño, Mario Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Dalí, Salvador, 1904- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
DeMartini, Joseph, 1896-1984 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Dobkin, Alexander, 1908- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Evergood, Philip, 1901-1973 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Gottlieb, Adolph, 1903-1974 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Greenwood, Marion, 1909-1970 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Gropper, William, 1897-1977 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Gross, Chaim, 1904-1991 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Grosz, George, 1893-1959 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Gwathmey, Robert, 1903-1988 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Harmon, Lily, 1912- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hartley, Marsden, 1877-1943 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Haucke, Frederick, 1908- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kelekian, Dikran, 1868-1951 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kleinholz, Frank, 1901- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kuniyoshi, Yasuo, 1889-1953 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lassen, Ben, d. 1968 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lawrence, Jacob, 1917-2000 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lax, David, 1910- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lebduska, Lawrence, 1894-1966 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Liberte, Jean, 1896-1965 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Marsh, Reginald, 1898-1954 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Masson, André, 1896-1987 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Menkes, Sigmund, 1896-1986 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Miller, Henry, 1891-1980 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ormandy, Eugene, 1899-1985 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Orozco, José Clemente, 1883-1949 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Rome, Harold, 1908- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Rose, Iver, 1899-1972 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ryan, Sally, 1916-1968 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Soyer, Moses, 1899-1974 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Soyer, Raphael, 1899-1987 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Stark, Margaret, 1915-1988 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Teichman, Sabina Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Toney, Anthony Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Tschacbasov, Nahum, 1899- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Walkowitz, Abraham, 1880-1965 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Weber, Max, 1881-1961 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Wilson, Ben, 1913- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Alfredo Valente Gallery Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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