This accession consists of records which document the research, development, fundraising, publicity, production, and execution of exhibitions at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM), previously known as the National Museum of American Art, 1980-2000, as well as exhibitions displayed in the Renwick Gallery. These materials were primarily created by Chief Curator …
Exhibition and Publication Records
This accession consists of records that document exhibition planning and production, and curatorial publishing activities at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery during the tenure of Deputy Director, Rachel M. Allen (2002- ). Some of the materials date to when the museum was known as the National Museum of …
Downtown Gallery records
The records of the Downtown Gallery date from 1824 to 1974 (bulk 1926-1969) and measure 109.56 linear feet. The records present a comprehensive portrait of a significant commercial gallery that operated as a successful business for more than forty years, representing major contemporary American artists and engendering appreciation for early American folk art. There is an unprocessed addition to this collection dating circa 1970 of a single financial/legal document.
Victor D. Spark papers
The Victor D. Spark papers measure 22.2 linear feet and date from circa 1830 to 1983, with the bulk of the material from 1930 to 1970. The papers document Spark's career as a New York City art dealer and appraiser who was most active from World War II through the 1970s, focusing on Old Masters paintings and 19th and early 20th century American art. Found within the papers are biographical materials, artist files, client files, financial records, legal records, printed material, and photographs.