Out of the Box
Alexandra Darrow holiday card to Prentiss Taylor, ca. 1951 Prentiss Taylor papers, 1885-1991
Exhibiting Pri...
Lucy Lippard papers
16,000 linear feet
About 6,000 collections
16 million documents
WHAT
IS IN THE
BOXES?
200 years of pri...
16,000 linear feet
About 6,000 collections
16 million documents
Over 2,000 oral history
interviews
WHAT
IS IN THE
BOXES?
2...
April 4, 2006
Lawrence A. Fleischman Gallery
Gallery during DWRC renovation, April 4, 2006
April 30, 2004
Lawrence A. Fleischman Gallery
Joan Lord readying for the first exhibition:
Artists in their Studios
Lawrence A. Fleischman Gallery
• Inspire visitors to understand the
value of historical records and
primary source materia...
A Thousand Kisses: Love Letters from the Archives of American Art
Frida Kahlo to Nickolas Muray, February 16, 1939.
Nickolas Muray papers, 1911-1978.
Patti Warashina valentine to Robert Sp...
AAA Visitor Survey
Advised by Zahava Doering, Office of Policy & Analysis
Phase 1: Observation
• Conducted over 2 exhibiti...
Phase 2: Conversation
• Conducted 50 interviews over 3 exhibitions
• Casually asked a set of open-ended questions about a ...
Lists: To-dos, Illustrated Inventories, Collected Thoughts,
and Other Artists’ Enumerations
Margaret De Patta’s list of orders, 1946.
Margaret De Patta papers, 1944-2000.
Franz Kline’s liquor store receipt,
Decembe...
Oscar Bluemner’s illustrated list of works of art,
May 18, 1932 May 18. Oscar Bluemner papers,
1886-1939, 1960. Eero Saari...
Hard Times: 1929–1939
Hard Times: 1929–1939
Summer Interns, Delia Murphy and Leah Rand
William Bunn’s Sketchbook #4, 1937
William Edward Lewis Bunn papers, 1935-1986
Bunn painting post office mural in Minden, ...
Season’s Greetings: Holiday Cards from the Archives of American Art
Even More Out of the Box
Ding Ren, July 2, 2010. Photograph by Page Carr.
Even More Out of the Box
Even More Out of the Box
Let’s get this party started
October 29, 2010 to February 13, 2011
Guest-curated by Jonathan Wein...
Even More Out of the Box
Let’s get this show on the road
More Than Words: Illustrated
Letters
Artists in their Studios
Lis...
Thank You
Find us At:
Lawrence A. Fleischman Gallery
1st
floor, DWRC
www.aaa.si.edu
facebook.com/ArchivesAmericanArt
Twitt...
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Presentation delivered by Mary Savig, Archives of American Art, Archives Specialist, at the Smithsonian Archives Fair on October 22, 2010 in Washington, DC.

With over 16 million items—from passionate love letters to liquor store receipts—the Archives of American Art is the largest collection of primary source material on the history of American art. It presents three thematically centered exhibitions each year in the Lawrence A. Fleischman Gallery, located in the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture. Mary Savig will provide an overview of the Archives’ exhibition program, including how staff continue to address the challenge of engaging visitors with archival material.

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    1. 1. Out of the Box Alexandra Darrow holiday card to Prentiss Taylor, ca. 1951 Prentiss Taylor papers, 1885-1991 Exhibiting Primary Source Material at the Archives of American Art
    2. 2. Lucy Lippard papers 16,000 linear feet About 6,000 collections 16 million documents WHAT IS IN THE BOXES? 200 years of primary sources Jennifer Snyder, 2010
    3. 3. 16,000 linear feet About 6,000 collections 16 million documents Over 2,000 oral history interviews WHAT IS IN THE BOXES? 200 years of primary sources
    4. 4. April 4, 2006 Lawrence A. Fleischman Gallery Gallery during DWRC renovation, April 4, 2006
    5. 5. April 30, 2004 Lawrence A. Fleischman Gallery Joan Lord readying for the first exhibition: Artists in their Studios
    6. 6. Lawrence A. Fleischman Gallery • Inspire visitors to understand the value of historical records and primary source material • Teach a nuanced history of American art • Narrate relatable personal histories of American artists • Encourage further exploration beyond the gallery Our goal is to create understandable, informative, and engaging exhibitions as a portal to our collections Robert Scull's East Hampton residence, ca. 1968 Clock-wise from top: Lucas Samaras, George Segal, Robert Rauschenberg, Patty Mucha, and Claes Oldenburg
    7. 7. A Thousand Kisses: Love Letters from the Archives of American Art
    8. 8. Frida Kahlo to Nickolas Muray, February 16, 1939. Nickolas Muray papers, 1911-1978. Patti Warashina valentine to Robert Sperry, February 14, 1966. Robert Sperry papers, 1951-2002. Moses Soyer to David Soyer, ca. 1940. Moses Soyer papers, circa 1905-1974.
    9. 9. AAA Visitor Survey Advised by Zahava Doering, Office of Policy & Analysis Phase 1: Observation • Conducted over 2 exhibitions, July and September 2009 • Observed visitors in 15 minute segments, 3 times daily • Reported number of visitors who walked into gallery vs. number who walked past but did not enter Findings • 70% of visitors in the NPG corridor walk into the gallery • About 15 people every 15 minutes • On average, 500 visitors a day walk
    10. 10. Phase 2: Conversation • Conducted 50 interviews over 3 exhibitions • Casually asked a set of open-ended questions about a visitor’s impressions of the gallery • Surveyor noted gender and locality of visitor Findings • Visitors learned most about items that resonated personally with them, even if the artist was less known • Visitors frequently asked for more information about the Archives, the artists, or the documents AAA Visitor Survey Advised by Zahava Doering, Office of Policy & Analysis
    11. 11. Lists: To-dos, Illustrated Inventories, Collected Thoughts, and Other Artists’ Enumerations
    12. 12. Margaret De Patta’s list of orders, 1946. Margaret De Patta papers, 1944-2000. Franz Kline’s liquor store receipt, December 31, 1960. Elisabeth Zogbaum papers regarding Franz Kline, 1928-1965. Lists: To-dos, Illustrated Inventories, Collected Thoughts, and Other Artists’ Enumerations
    13. 13. Oscar Bluemner’s illustrated list of works of art, May 18, 1932 May 18. Oscar Bluemner papers, 1886-1939, 1960. Eero Saarinen’s to Aline Saarinen, 1954 Aline and Eero Saarinen papers, 1906-1977 Lists: To-dos, Illustrated Inventories, Collected Thoughts, and Other Artists’ Enumerations
    14. 14. Hard Times: 1929–1939
    15. 15. Hard Times: 1929–1939 Summer Interns, Delia Murphy and Leah Rand
    16. 16. William Bunn’s Sketchbook #4, 1937 William Edward Lewis Bunn papers, 1935-1986 Bunn painting post office mural in Minden, Neb., between 1937 and 1939. Photographer unknown. William Edward Lewis Bunn papers, 1935-1986. Hard Times: 1929–1939
    17. 17. Season’s Greetings: Holiday Cards from the Archives of American Art
    18. 18. Even More Out of the Box Ding Ren, July 2, 2010. Photograph by Page Carr.
    19. 19. Even More Out of the Box
    20. 20. Even More Out of the Box Let’s get this party started October 29, 2010 to February 13, 2011 Guest-curated by Jonathan Weinberg A compliment to the National Portrait Gallery’s, Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture Lost and Found: The Lesbian and Gay Presence in the Archives of American Art George Tooker, Daniel Maloney, and William Christopher, 1951. Photographer unknown. William Christopher papers, 1946-1972. Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Civil War exhibition Armory Show 100th Anniversary Oral History Clips
    21. 21. Even More Out of the Box Let’s get this show on the road More Than Words: Illustrated Letters Artists in their Studios Lists: To-dos, Illustrated Inventories, Collected Thoughts, and Other Artist’s Enumerations Traveling Exhibitions George Luks to Everett Shinn, May 18, 1900. Everett Shinn collection, 1894-1953.
    22. 22. Thank You Find us At: Lawrence A. Fleischman Gallery 1st floor, DWRC www.aaa.si.edu facebook.com/ArchivesAmericanArt Twitter.com/ArchivesAmerArt Talk by Mary Savig, savigm@si.edu Happy Halloween

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