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The world's largest and most widely used resource dedicated to collecting and preserving the papers and primary records of the visual arts in America.
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We recently acquired 4 scrapbooks created by Miriam Schapiro (1923-2015), dating from 1952 to 1981. #feministart #archivescollects http://ow.ly/i/u0YZN
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Here's a preview of the Bob Stocksdale and Kay Sekimachi papers currently being processed by one of our archivists. Stocksdale and Sekimachi were married. Stocksdale was a woodturner and Sekimachi (shown in the photo) is a fiber artist.
#5womenartists #womenshistorymonth #behindthescenes
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The transcription of our oral history interview with fiber artist Anne Wilson (b. 1949) is now on our website at http://s.si.edu/2o4myQz #WomensHistoryMonth

Funding for this interview was provided by the Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America and the transcription was made possible by a grant from the Smithsonian Women's Committee.

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Ruth Jett donated the CInque Gallery records to the Archives of American Art in 2013. In 1981, Cinque co-founder Ernest Crichlow invited Jett, an accomplished administratorand long-time arts supporter, to serve on the gallery’s Board of
Directors, and one year later, Jett was appointed Director of the
Cinque Gallery. Jett has been described as the glue that held the Cinque Gallery
together during its prodigious programs and exhibitions of the
1980s and 1990s.

Jett's business card and related Cinque Gallery records are currently on view in our exhibition Expanding the Legacy: New Collections on African American Art. Browse the exhibit online at http://s.si.edu/2jUzhni #WomensHistoryMonth

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The transcription of our oral history interview with studio goldsmith Glenda Arentzen (b. 1941) is now on our website, http://s.si.edu/2mrxAhA #WomensHistoryMonth

Funding for this interview was provided by the Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America.
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#Volunpeers have knocked the Jacques Seligmann & Company records New York Office Correspondence transcription projects out of the park! Since January 1st, digital volunteers have transcribed 40 folders of archival material, equaling 3212 pages of correspondence in English, German, and French. What an accomplishment! Thank you for your hard work.

Art provenance lovers, there is still much more to transcribe and review from Jacques Seligmann & Company. Our next projects will focus on the Paris Office correspondence. The Paris Office opened in 1880, and served as the headquarters and source of art and antiquities for the New York Office until Germain Seligman took over as president after his father Jacques Seligmann died in 1923.

Correspondents in these projects may be familiar to those who helped transcribe the New York Office Correspondence projects. Letters document sales and purchases, as well as interactions with clients, collectors, dealers, and business associates- mostly Americans.

Start contributing today at the Smithsonian Transcription Center: http://s.si.edu/2njE8j0

Read more about Jacques Seligmann & Company records at the Archives of American Art website: http://s.si.edu/2ie61HW

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The transcription of our oral history interview with furniture maker, artist, and educator Wendy Maruyama (b. 1952) is now on our website, http://s.si.edu/2lUmO41 #WomensHistoryMonth

Funding for this interview was provided by the Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America.

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Mail Art or Meow Art?

Lenore Tawney (1907-2007) was an accomplished fiber and collage artist. Dozens of her mail art collages to filmmaker Maryette Charlton featured intricate layers of found media and handwritten notes. Animals, especially cats, were a frequent subject.

Lenore Tawney mail art to Maryette Charlton, 1980 August. Maryette Charlton papers, http://s.si.edu/2mtW6m3 #MailArtMonday #OpenYourArchives
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Sarah Mary Taylor (1916-2000) was an African American quilter in Mississippi. Taylor drew inspiration for her appliqué quilts from television and magazines. "She stitches her cut-out figures to the square without turning the edges under, an approach that many quilters would view as raw or untidy. However, Taylor gives attention to overall design, color and effect resulting in the visual impact of an artist," explained her dealer, Jimmy Hedges.

Photographs taken by Hedges of Taylor and her quilts are currently on view on view in our exhibition, Expanding the Legacy: New Collections on African American Art. Browse the exhibit online at http://s.si.edu/2jUzhni #WomensHistoryMonth

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