Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Archives
This collection documents a small portion of the dynamic life of Leslie Cheek, Jr., the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts? second and longest-tenured Director (1948-1968). One series includes material from his early career and activities before the VMFA, as well as his tenure at the museum, and through his active retirement. Two series document the publication of two photobiographies about Cheek,?Living by Design? and?Designing for the Arts.? Another series is comprised of materials about Skylark Farm, the house and tree farm located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, owned, designed and furnished by the Cheeks between 1967 and 1977 when it was donated to Washington & Lee University. Other series document the Cheeks? personal world travels in the 1950s-1980s, some of Cheek?s many awards, and finally, a number of framed architectural drawings done by Cheek while he was still in school in the 1930s
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Contains correspondence, notes, legal documents, historical essays and other texts, meeting minutes, exhibition catalogues, and printed ephemera illustrating the history and activities of the Houston Art League from 1901 to 1937. Included are successive versions of the Charter of the Houston Art League (1913, 1929) as well as its Constitution and By-Laws (1904, 1919, 1925); various papers related to preparations for and the holding of dedication exercises on the Montrose Boulevard site of the future Houston Art League Museum (now the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston); a report on the dedicatory exercises, held on April 12, 1917; papers relating to the opening of the Museum building designed by William Ward Watkin, held on April 13, 1924; and the text of the address delivered at the 1924 opening by Homer Saint-Gaudens, son of American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Several important letters are present, including architect Kenneth Franzheim's 1921 letter regarding his costs and plans for ... Read More
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Includes exhibition files from the Office of the Registrar, the Curatorial Department, and those records previously processed, microfilmed and maintained as exhibition files by the Archives of American Art Texas Project (1978-1985). The records contain extensive information on the Museum's exhibitions, though gaps occur between the years 1924-28 and 1934-37. The files document the changing nature of the exhibitions schedule as well as the increased size and specialization of the Museum's staff
Getty Research Institute
The materials comprise audio recordings of a colloquium on the Display of Art in Eighteenth-Century Europe that was held at the Getty Research Institute February 3-4, 2011. During this event, scholars shared their research on the history of the picture gallery in eighteenth-century Europe as part of the Getty Research Institute's annual scholar theme on the display of art. Works of art had been traditionally displayed as part of palace collections known in German as Kunstkammern, where they were compactly hung, covering entire walls with little art-historical consideration. Beginning in the Enlightenment, such Kunstkammern gave way to didactic displays, where paintings were grouped by schools. This new approach was also reflected in the recording and narration of these displays in illustrated catalogues. These shifts eventually gave rise to the modern museum and museum catalogue
Baltimore Museum of Art - Archives and Manuscripts Collections
The Design and Installation Department Records reflect the activities of the department within The Baltimore Museum of Art from 1965 - 2007. They span 43 linear feet (35 boxes) and include primarily exhibition and rotation label text, layouts, and specifications. In addition, the records group contains a very limited amount of subject files related to the department's general activities. As a whole, the records of the Design and Installation Department cover only the technical aspects of preparing exhibitions. Other exhibition records of a planning and logistical nature can be found in the records of the Registration, Curatorial, and Education Departments
Museum of Modern Art
This folder includes information on the painting "Le Bateau" by Henri Matisse, that hung upside down at The Museum of Modern Art for 47 days in 1961
Getty Research Institute
The records comprises correspondence, reports from the architects and builders, legal and financial documents, blueprints and models, photos, printed matter and oral histories, dating 1960, 1964, 1968-1986, undated (bulk 1971-1974). The records concern the design and construction of the J. Paul Getty Museum (Getty Villa)
Getty Research Institute
A collection of six handwritten letters from the Anglican minister and artist, Solomon Caesar Malan to the picture restorer and art dealer, Henry Mogford. The letters were written at either Broadwindsor or Ashley in England, and are dated from 17 February to 30 July 1857. Five of the letters are signed by Malan. Each of the letters has between two and four pages of text, and one includes ink sketches. The letters concern the display of Malan's paintings in the fine arts section of the Crystal Palace in 1857


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