These records contain exhibition material, including staff research notes on artists and artwork; administrative records concerning the shipment of exhibited artwork, loan correspondence, security and display of the exhibited material, photographs of display items, and installation photographs; staff correspondence including correspondence and memoranda from Adelyn Dohme Breeskin and David W. Scott; and memoranda and correspondence concerning NCFA loans of art work to the White House, cabinet offices, and United States embassies.
The Department of Twentieth Century Painting and Sculpture maintains works of artists born after 1880 or who were working by 1900. However, there is still some overlap with the artwork maintained by the National Collection of Fine Arts (NCFA), Department of Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Painting and Sculpture.
The administrative history of the Department dates back to 1964 when Adelyn Dohme Breeskin, a specialist in contemporary art, became Special Consultant to NCFA. Breeskin became Acting Curator of the newly created Department of Contemporary Art in 1967 and Curator of the Department in 1968. The Department's name was changed to Contemporary Painting and Sculpture in 1970 and in 1974 it was changed to its present title. Walter Hopps was appointed Curator of the Department in 1974 and Breeskin became a consultant within the Department.
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 315, National Collection of Fine Arts. Department of Twentieth Century Painting and Sculpture, Records
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