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The Museum of Modern Art
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11 West 53 Street
New York, NY 10019-5497
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Funding for processing the Victor D'Amico Papers was provided by Ann L. Freedman; The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art; Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation; MoMA's Trustee Committee on Archives, Library, and Research; The Cowles Charitable Trust; Ngaere Macray; Beverley M. Galban; Lori and Eric Friedman; Jean Long Ostrow; Anne and John McAlinden
© 2012 The Museum of Modern Art. All rights reserved.
The Museum of Modern Art, Publisher
Finding aid prepared by Celia Hartmann, 2012.
Machine-readable finding aid created by Celia Hartmann. Description is in English.

Overview of the Collection

Creators: Victor D'Amico; The Museum of Modern Art Department of Education
Title: Victor D'Amico Papers
Dates: 1926-2011 (bulk 1942-1969)
Quantity: 36.3 linear feet
66 5" manuscript boxes
1 12x17" flat box
3 16x20" flat boxes
2 23x31" flat boxes
1 5x12" card box
Abstract: Documentation of the founding Director (1937-1969) of MoMA's Department of Education and the Department's programs during his tenure: exhibitions and teaching materials circulated by the New York City High Schools Program, classes at the War Veterans' Art Center and People's Art Center, the Children's Art Carnival at MoMA and overseas, and summer art classes at the Art Barge; D'Amico's extra-MoMA involvement in progressive museum art education, including his articles, speeches, and participation in the National Committee for Art Education; as well as personal writings, correspondence, honors, and awards.

Arrangement

As received from Teachers College in 2011 (see Note on Provenance), the D'Amico Papers were primarily organized by material type: correspondence, photographs, audiovisual items, and published materials were grouped together in storage cartons. Many of the photographs had been removed from their original housing and numbered for other purposes. These materials are now arranged, together with other items that remained at MoMA after D'Amico's retirement, to document projects and programs of the Department of Education initiated while he was Director (Series I-VII); and his professional and personal activities during and after his tenure at MoMA (Series VIII-XI).
The collection is arranged in 11 series:
Series I. Department of Education Administration, 1938-1973
Series II. New York City High Schools Program, [1940s]-1974
Subseries II.A. General Background, [1940s]-1971
Subseries II.B. Alphabetical List of Exhibitions and Slide Programs Distributed to Schools, 1941-1974
Series III. Art Education at MoMA, 1920s-1982 (bulk 1944-1968)
Subseries III.A. War Veterans' Art Center, 1944-1949
Subseries III.B. Slide Talks, 1943-1960s
Subseries III.C. Art Classes General, 1920s-1982 (bulk 1941-1970)
Series IV. Children's Art Carnival and Caravan, 1940s-1979 (bulk 1942-1965)
Subseries IV.A. Children's Art Carnival, 1940s-1979 (bulk 1942-1965)
Subseries IV.A.i. MoMA and General, 1942-1979
Subseries IV.A.ii. Milan, 1956-1957
Subseries IV.A.iii. Barcelona, 1957
Subseries IV.A.iv. Brussels, 1958-1959
Subseries IV.A.v. Harlem, 1960-1978
Subseries IV.A.vi. India, 1960s-1964, 1969
Subseries IV.A.vii. Multiple Locations, 1940s-1960s
Subseries IV.B. "Through the Enchanted Gate," 1952-[1953]
Subseries IV.C. Children's Art Caravan, 1960s-1974
Series V. Art Barge, 1950s-2011 (bulk 1955-1980s)
Series VI. Exhibitions, 1938-1969
Series VII. MoMA Publications, 1941-1972
Series VIII. Professional Involvement, 1935-1980, 1985, 1996 (bulk 1948-1968)
Subseries VIII.A. Education General, 1935-1980, 1985, 1996
Subseries VIII.B. Education-Related Correspondence, 1947-1969
Subseries VIII.C. National Committee on Art Education, 1943-1969
Series IX. Speeches and Writings, 1926-1982 (bulk 1938-1970)
Series X. Personal, 1945-1985, 1987, 2003
Subseries X.A. Personal Records and Correspondence, 1945-1946, 1951-1985, 2003
Subseries X.B. Awards and Honors, 1951-1953, 1964-1981, 1987
Series XI. Printed Materials, 1936-1995


Biographical Note

A chronology of D'Amico's accomplishments, as well as MoMA activities and programs during his tenure that are relevant to information and items in the Victor D'Amico Papers, is included here:

1904 Born May 19, New York City
1920-1922 Attends Cooper Union, studying fine arts, illustration, and costume design
1924-1926 Attends Pratt Institute, studying art education
1926-1930 Attends Teachers College of Columbia University
1926-1948 Head of Art Department, Fieldston School
1932-1942 Graduate student and adjunct faculty member, Teachers College of Columbia University
1934 Member, General Education Board; conducts 1935 national survey for Rockefeller Foundation: "Art in American Schools"
1937 MoMA initiates "Educational Project" as 2-year pilot, with D'Amico hired part-time as Director while also serving as art teacher at Fieldston School
1937-1948 Young People's Gallery instituted; this space later houses Children's Art Carnival
1937-1970 New York City High Schools Program (joint project of the New York City Board of Education and MoMA) distributes educational material to local high schools. Its expansion between 1937 and 1948 is funded by the Whitney Foundation, General Education Board, and the Rockefeller Foundation.
1939 Department of Education formally inaugurated; Young People's Gallery moves into new Museum building
1939-1945 Future MoMA Director William Rubin studies under D'Amico at Fieldston School
1940 Publishes, with Thomas Munro, Visual Arts in General Education
1940 MoMA holds first classes onsite
1941 25 New York City public high schools are receiving 29 circulating exhibitions
1942 March: First Children's Festival of Modern Art held in a tent in the MoMA garden
1942 Publishes Creative Teaching in Art (revised 1953)
1942 MoMA sponsors Committee on Art in American Education and Society, chaired by D'Amico (later Committee of Art Education, then National Committee on Art Education, and Institute for the Study of Art in Education). Its annual conferences are held at MoMA and other venues.
1942-1954 Children's Holiday Art Carnivals held at MoMA
Summer 1944-June 1948 War Veterans' Art Center, sponsored by Mrs. John D. (Abby Aldrich) Rockefeller, Jr., and Trustee Stephen C. Clark, eventually involves 1,485 participants in quarters first on W. 56th Street and then at 681 Fifth Avenue. The space doubles as children's education location, with adjustable-height desks designed by D'Amico.
1947 Publishes, with Julia Hamlin Duncan, How to Make Pottery and Ceramic Sculpture
June 1948 Veteran's Art Center moves to 21 West 53rd Street; renamed People's Art Center
1948 Resigns from Fieldston and is employed full time at MoMA
1949 Publishes, with Charles J. Martin, How to Make Modern Jewelry
1950 First parent/child classes held in People's Art Center
September 1951 People's Art Center moves to 2nd and 3rd floors of Philip-Johnson-designed MoMA office space at 21 West 53rd Street
1951 Publishes, with Kendall T. Basset and Arthur B. Thurman, How to Make Objects of Wood
1952-1953 NBC television program for children and parents "Through the Enchanted Gate" introduces family art activities to a national audience. A printed guide is distributed to families to help them continue the activities at home, and offers the opportunity to submit works of art for display on the program.
1954 Publishes, with Moreen Maser and Frances Wilson, Art for the Family
1955 MoMA first offers summer art classes at Ashawagh Hall, Springs, Long Island, near the D'Amicos' summer home; then on barge Kearsarge in Napeague Harbor, Amagansett
1955 Special study program is inaugurated to explore problems in teaching art and to circulate the findings to teachers and schools through reports, publications, and visual aids
1956 First Summer Vacation Painting Classes for parents and children held on Long Island
1957 Children's Art Carnival commissioned for international trade fairs in Milan and Barcelona
1957 Publishes Art of the Young Child (2nd edition 1960; 3rd revised edition 1968)
1958 Children's Art Carnival featured in U.S. Pavilion of Brussels World's Fair under auspices of U.S Department of Commerce
1960 MoMA's Modern Art Institute formed, assuming responsibility for the Museum's school program
1960 Serves as Chairman, National Committee on Art Education
1960 Publishes Experiments in Creative Art Teaching
1960-1972 MoMA's art teaching center on barge Kearsarge ("The Art Barge") is run under the sponsorship of MoMA by The Institute of Modern Art
1961 People's Art Center is operated as an activity of the newly formed Institute of Modern Art, which extends and expands various activities of the Department of Education at MoMA and elsewhere
Winter 1962 Children's Art Carnival donated, at Indira Gandhi's request, to National Children's Museum of India (Delhi) by the Asia Society and the International Council of MoMA; presented by First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy
October 1963 Opens Children's Art Carnival in New Delhi, which also trains Indian teachers in art education
1963-1966 Classes at Art Barge for teachers are taught under auspices of New York University
1964 Philip Johnson designs additional new space for Department of Education programs; People's Art Center (classrooms and gallery space) moves to east wing at 4 West 54th Street
1965 Newly created International Society for Art Education takes over MoMA's leadership role in National Committee for Art Education
1965-1972 Teaches workshops for teachers at New York University
1967 Classes at Art Barge for teachers are taught under auspices of Southampton College
1968 John D. Rockefeller, 3rd, Fund partially underwrites planned Children's Art Caravan, contingent on additional funding
May 1969 MoMA announces changes in its educational services to follow D'Amico's retirement, including expansion of programs for schoolchildren to visit the Museum, teacher training, and schools programs in disadvantaged areas, replacing the previous programs for children and adults
1969 Children's Art Carnival established as teaching center in Harlem, sponsored by MoMA and Harlem School of the Arts: Betty Blayton Taylor, Executive Director
1969 Retires from MoMA
1970 Begins teaching classes for grade school teachers at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
1971 Napeague Institute of Art formed to run Art Barge summer programs; MoMA is landlord of barge until 1982
1973 Children's Art Carnival of Harlem becomes a separate entity
1982 Napeague Institute of Art renamed Victor D'Amico Institute of Art
1987 Dies April 1, in Southampton, New York

Scope and Content

The Victor D'Amico Papers document activities of the founding director of MoMA's Department of Education, and include photographs, correspondence, audio and videotapes, clippings, draft and completed publications, as well as personal documents, awards, and honors. They also provide information on D'Amico's non-MoMA involvement in education, including his professional writings, speeches, and conference presentations, especially related to the National Committee for Art Education. Most of the collection was received by the Museum Archives from Teachers College, to which it had been donated in 1987 by Victor D'Amico's widow Mabel. It also includes materials that had remained at MoMA after his retirement.

The collection is rich in photographic documentation of D'Amico's best-known programs at MoMA: classes and exhibitions of artwork created at the War Veterans' Art Center, People's Art Center, The Art Barge, and Children's Art Carnival (both at MoMA and overseas) in the 1950s and 1960s; and the extensive program of circulating exhibitions distributed through MoMA's New York City High Schools Program from the 1940s into the early 1970s. The range and variety of photographs are evidence of the extensive publicity that introduced and promoted these programs worldwide, helping to promulgate D'Amico's progressive ideal of art education for a range of populations: children, adults, families, veterans, and seniors.


Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

The records are open for research and contain few restricted materials.

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Victor D'Amico Papers are the physical property of The Museum of Modern Art. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns.


Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in DADABASE, the library catalogue of The Museum of Modern Art. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalogue using these headings.
Persons and Organizations:
Children's Art Caravan--Archives.
Children's Art Carnival--Archives.
D'Amico, Victor, 1904-1987--Archives.
International Textbook Company--Archives.
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)--Congresses--Archives.
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)--Employees--Archives.
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)--Exhibitions--Archives.
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.). Children's festival of modern art. 1942--Archives.
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.). Dept. of Education--Archives. 
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.). Educational Program. New York City Public School Program--Archives.
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.). People's Art Center--Archives.  
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.). War Veterans' Art Center--Archives.
National Committee on Art Education (U.S.)--Archives.
Subjects:
Art museums--Educational aspects--History--Sources.
Art--Study and teaching (Elementary)--New York (State)--New York--History--Sources.
Art--Study and teaching (Secondary)--New York (State)--New York--History--Sources.
Art--Study and teaching--United States--History--Sources.
Assemblage (Art)--Sources.
Child artists--History--Sources.
Document Types:
Architectural plans
Audiocassettes
Black-and-white slides
Books
Catalogs
Clippings (information artifacts)    
Color slides
Correspondence
Degrees (academic)
Drawings (visual works)
Manuscripts (document genre)
Photocopies
Photographic prints
Tear-sheets
Transcripts
Videocassettes


Related Material at MoMA and Elsewhere

Within the MoMA Archives, the Public Information Records include extensive clippings regarding nearly every Museum exhibition, personality, and event.

For complementary exhibition-related materials, please consult the Museum's Exhibition Files.

Similarly, the Department of Circulating Exhibitions (C/E) Records include information regarding MoMA exhibitions that toured domestically, and the International Program Records include documentation regarding its International Circulating Exhibitions (ICE).

The Early Museum History: Administrative Records include documentation of early Department of Education activities, including "Through the Enchanted Gate."

Images of exhibitions and various programs, including the Children's Art Carnival, are located in the Photographic Archive. Many of these have been digitized and are available for viewing on MAID, the Museum Archives Image Database, in the MoMA Archives reading rooms.

Teachers College of Columbia University holds the papers of Lois Lord, who taught in the Department of Education at MoMA during D'Amico's tenure and was active in the National Committee on Art Education.

The University Archives of the University of Miami (Ohio) holds records of D'Amico in its Fine Arts/Art Education Archives.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Long version: Victor D'Amico Papers, [series.folder]. The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York.

Short version: VDA, [series.folder]. MoMA Archives, NY.

Provenance

The bulk of the Victor D'Amico Papers were received by the Museum Archives in 2011 from Columbia University Teachers' College, to which they had been donated by Mabel D'Amico after her husband's death in 1987. Beginning in 2007, MoMA, together with The Art Barge and Teachers' College, entered into a series of discussions regarding the Papers' ultimate location. The MoMA Archives was determined to be their logical location, due to the extensive documentation of Museum program activities contained within the Papers. Five boxes of materials were received from former MoMA art teacher Arlette Buchman in January 2012. That year, various materials stored at MoMA by the Department of Education and Photographic Archive were determined to have been previously separated from the D'Amico records and were included for processing with the Victor D'Amico Papers.

Processing and Condition Information

Materials have been rehoused in archival folders and appropriate-sized boxes, according to accepted professional practice. Paperclips and staples were removed. Photographs, transparencies, and negatives were rehoused, individually or in groups, in Mylar sleeves. Fragile and difficult to handle sizes of newspaper clippings have been preservation photocopied and the originals discarded. Other acidic materials were enclosed or isolated as appropriate. Personal and financial papers were evaluated for inclusion based on archival standards for the retention of records of enduring value. Water-damaged and mildewed transparencies were discarded. Images depicting student art work, which do not relate to specific programs or show students at work, have been transferred to the Department of Education for internal use. Meeting minutes have been removed per the Museum Archives' Access Policy.


Additional Descriptive Data

Explanation of Abbreviations

MoMA is The Museum of Modern Art.
ALS is an Autograph Letter Signed.
TLS is a Typed Letter Signed.
re: stands for regarding.


Container List

 

Series I. Department of Education Administration, 1938-1973

The series includes a small amount of administrative material from the Department of Education during D'Amico's tenure. Notable are three folders (I.14-16) of correspondence and other information about the reconfiguration of the Department at D'Amico's retirement, and the discontinuation of onsite art classes at the Museum. Course descriptions and registration forms are included in Series III.C. Art Classes General.

Historical Note

D'Amico's first involvement at MoMA was as head of the Museum's Educational Project, a two-year pilot project (1937-1939) that was an outcome of the report on art education in museums funded by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (see also Series VIII. Professional Involvement). The Department of Education was formally inaugurated in 1939; its services to high schools were termed The New York City High Schools Program (see Series II).

Folder Title Date
I.1 Evaluation reports

Blank forms to be filled in by teachers re: students and classes

Undated
I.2 Reports to Mr. Barr on the Educational Project

Includes list of activities and schools participating; minutes of the first Advisory Committee meeting (2/16/1939); Tentative Plans for the Three Year Experiment of the Educational Project with Secondary Schools (6/13/1939)

1938-1939, 1940-1941
I.3 Advisory Committee Preliminary Report

Spring 1941
I.4 Plans for the Educational Program

Proposed program of courses for teachers and children

1943-1944
I.5* Photographs of D'Amico

B/w prints, some mounted; transparencies

[1950s]
I.6 Sample registration cards; blank folders from People’s Art Center

[1950s]
I.7 Memo on staffing, suggested reading, evaluation form, letterhead

1955, 1969, undated
I.8 Letters to and from D'Amico, including personal and work-related, both during and after his tenure at MoMA

Includes letters (decorated with sketches) from D'Amico to "Kearsargists" while in India and Rome with the Children's Art Carnival [1963], and his "open letter to class on the last day" (1956)

1956-1980
I.9 Plans for new art center, and some furnishings for it

Glass-mounted slides

1962
I.10 Presentations at opening dinner, Third Floor Galleries

7" audio reel: Participants included Museum Trustee William A.M. Burden, Museum Director René d'Harnoncourt, Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller, Gardner Cowles on occasion of The Museum of Modern Art Builds: Models and Photographs of Proposed Building Plans of Museum [MoMA Exh. #710a, October 1, 1962 - cont.].

NOTE: this recording in digital format (Sound Recordings of Museum-Related Events, 62.2, 62.2D) can be used in the MoMA Archives Manhattan reading room

October 2, 1962
I.11 Student aid and scholarship fund

Receipts for donations, fund-raising letters, account balances and expenses

1963-1968
I.12 Supply list, correspondence, teacher material

1964-1966
I.13 Proposal to Channel 13/WNDT

For four-program pilot to teach creative art to underprivileged children and their families. Includes correspondence, budget

1966
I.14 Correspondence, bills for supplies, memos on future of People's Art Center

1968-1970
I.15 Correspondence re: Art Center closing and discontinuation of MoMA art classes

Includes memo D'Amico-MoMA Trustee Henry Allen Moe (1/28/1969) summarizing accomplishments at MoMA; TLS D'Amico-MoMA Director Bates Lowry (4/10/1969) re: request to postpone planned closing of Art Center; letters from parents and others to MoMA; originals and copies of correspondence sent to MoMA Director and Trustees

1969-1970
I.16 Reactions to closing

Includes original and photocopied letters to MoMA, and responses

1969-1970
I.17 Slide orders

Correspondence re: orders and budgets

1969
I.18 D'Amico honored by Governor Rockefeller at Pocantico dinner

Draft press release

[1969]
I.19 International Council

Includes agendas for program committee meetings, schedules of exhibitions, clippings

1970-1973

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Series II. New York City High Schools Program, [1940s]-1974

The series includes information on circulating exhibitions, teaching portfolios, slide sets, and other educational materials and their use in programs provided to the New York City public high schools by MoMA's Department of Education during and after D'Amico's tenure.

Historical Note

MoMA's New York City Public High Schools Program was formally inaugurated in 1937, as one of MoMA's newly formed Education Project's first initiatives. In cooperation with the New York City Board of Education (which, at that time, employed no art teachers), the Program provided circulating exhibitions and teaching materials (including slides, slide talks, teaching portfolios and models, and libraries of reproductions) to schools. It also held programs at the Museum that included opportunities for students to curate exhibitions (see Series VI. MoMA Exhibitions). At the Program's peak in 1957-1958, 59 schools were being provided with more than 100 circulating items.

Arrangement

The series is organized into two subseries:

Subseries II.A. General Background, [1940s]-1971
Subseries II.B. Alphabetical List of Exhibitions and Slide Programs Distributed to Schools, 1941-1974

 

Subseries II.A. General Background, [1940s]-1971

Scope and Content

The subseries includes administrative information on the Program, as well as photographic documentation of teaching materials and some exhibitions. No explanations are provided for the abbreviations E.P. and V.P. in the records, but they appear to relate to exhibition and visual materials, respectively.

Folder Title Date
II.A.1 The City

12" film reel

Note: This 12" film reel has been transferred to the Museum's Film Study Center, which has the proper facilities for storing and screening it. Researchers should contact the Study Center for further information. Access may be denied due to the film's physical condition.

Undated
II.A.2 Unidentified Super 8 film reel

Super 8 film reel

Note: This Super 8 film reel has been transferred to the Museum's Film Study Center, which has the proper facilities for storing and screening it. Researchers should contact the Study Center for further information. Access may be denied due to the film's physical condition.

Undated
II.A.3 Works of Calder "A"

11" film reel

Note: This 11" film reel has been transferred to the Museum's Film Study Center, which has the proper facilities for storing and screening it. Researchers should contact the Study Center for further information. Access may be denied due to the film's physical condition.

Undated
II.A.4 Slide talk: What is Modern Painting?

E.P.1: text to accompany slides

[1940s]
II.A.5 Slide talk: What is Modern Sculpture?

E.P. 2A: text to accompany slides

[1940s]
II.A.6 Various exhibitions

Includes photographs of installation at Fieldston school, art teacher, and unidentified images: b/w prints

[1940s-1960s]
II.A.7 Modern Masters from European and American Collections [MoMA Exh. #97, January 26-March 24, 1940]

Questionnaire responses received from high schools. Most are aggregated from individual responses.

[1940]
II.A.8 Look at Your Neighborhood [MoMA Exh. #256, March 29-June 25, 1944]

Photographs of panels, box for traveling version of the exhibition: b/w prints mounted on pages previously removed from album

1944
II.A.9 Displays on art services for the New York City public schools: Board of Education headquarters, Brooklyn, NY

Mounted b/w prints removed from post album

[October 1945]
II.A.10 Mailings to high schools (1 of 7)

Includes list of exhibitions, information on school art departments, form letters

1945-1948
II.A.11 Mailings to high schools (2 of 7)

Includes list of exhibitions, information on school art departments, form letters

1949-1953
II.A.12 Mailings to high schools (3 of 7)

Includes list of exhibitions, information on school art departments

1954-1958
II.A.13 Mailings to high schools (4 of 7)

Includes list of exhibitions, information on school art departments, form letters

1959-1963
II.A.14 Mailings to high schools (5 of 7)

Includes list of exhibitions, information on school art departments, form letters

1964-1967
II.A.15 Mailings to high schools (6 of 7)

Includes list of exhibitions, information on school art departments, form letters

1968-1971
II.A.16 Mailings to high schools (7 of 7)

Postcards returned from schools with information on art classes, teachers, and semester schedules

1971
II.A.17 Demonstration teaching model: design

Photographs of box, contents: b/w prints mounted on pages previously removed from album

[1946]
II.A.18 Demonstration teaching model: interior design

Photographs of box, contents: b/w prints mounted on pages previously removed from album

[1946]
II.A.19 Demonstration teaching model: interior design

B/w prints

[1946]
II.A.20 Demonstration teaching model: neighborhood planning

Photographs of box, contents, students using materials: b/w prints

[1946]
II.A.21 Demonstration teaching models

Photographs of cabinets of materials distributed for use in classrooms: b/w glass-mounted slides

[1946]
II.A.22 Demonstration teaching models

Paper-mounted color- and b/w glass-mounted slides

[1946]
II.A.23 Libraries of color reproductions

Lists of items for Lending Library of Color Reproductions, E.P. 45A-D

1948-1952
II.A.24 Teaching Materials for N.Y.C. Public High Schools [MoMA Exh. #412, June 7-July 20, 1949]

Includes photograph of demonstration teaching model for design (see folder II.A.17): b/w prints

1949
II.A.25 You and Your Neighborhood; Modern Architecture of the Small House and City Apartment

Photographs of exhibition panels: b/w prints

[1949]
II.A.26 Demonstration teaching model: costume design

B/w prints

[1949]
II.A.27 Circulating exhibitions

Correspondence with schools, Board of Education; includes lists of available exhibitions, participating vocational high schools

1949-1955
II.A.28 Art for the High Schools of New York City [MoMA Exh. #720, March 19-May 20, 1963]

Includes reports on the High School Program, and information on previous High School Program exhibitions

1949-1963
II.A.29 Lettering: Its Design and Arrangement; Modern Design in Furniture; Old Masters to Modern; Personality in Painting; You and Your Neighborhood

B/w prints

[1952-1953]
II.A.30 Warehouse exhibition

Photographs of exhibition of circulating educational exhibitions, displayed in their packaging: b/w prints

June 1953
II.A.31 D'Amico with teenage students

Photographs of unidentified location: b/w prints

[1960s]
II.A.32* Educational materials

11x15 panels showing works of modern art, reproduced on wallboard

[1960s]
II.A.33* Educational materials

11x15 panels showing works of modern art, reproduced on wallboard

[1960s]
II.A.34* Educational materials

11x15 panels showing works of modern art, reproduced on wallboard

[1960s]
II.A.35* Educational materials

"Teaching portfolio number one: Modern sculpture": text and 40 b/w plates

[1960s]
II.A.36* Educational materials

"Teaching portfolio number one: Modern sculpture": text and 40 b/w plates

[1960s]
II.A.37* Educational materials

Set of b/w plates of contemporary photography, some labeled "S1" on reverse

[1960s]
II.A.38* Educational materials

Laminated album pages of captioned op art: b/w and color

[1960s]
II.A.39* Educational materials

Album pages (lamination previously removed) of original drawings showing various art techniques, including assemblage, mobiles, and reed sculpture

[1960s]
II.A.40* Educational materials

Album pages (lamination previously removed) of original drawings showing various art techniques, including assemblage, mobiles, and reed sculpture

[1960s]
II.A.41 Background information

Includes 1970 summary of the program; various materials supplied

1962, 1963, 1969, 1970
II.A.42 Circulating exhibitions

Correspondence with schools, intra-MoMA correspondence

1963, 1967-1969
II.A.43 Libraries of texts

Lists of books and other printed items supplied to schools as E.P. 68, 99, 111, 125, 127

1966-1970
II.A.44 From Collage Montage to Assemblage

List of works in MoMA’s collection; photocopied pages from publication Collage: Personalities, Concepts [and] Techniques

1967
II.A.45 Drawing the Figure

12" film reel

Note: This 12" film reel has been transferred to the Museum's Film Study Center, which has the proper facilities for storing and screening it. Researchers should contact the Study Center for further information. Access may be denied due to the film's physical condition.

[1967]
II.A.46 Loan exhibitions

Photographs of various objects in MoMA’s collection: b/w prints

[1968]
 

Subseries II.B. Alphabetical List of Exhibitions and Slide Programs Distributed to Schools, 1941-1974

Scope and Content

Subseries II.B is a set of files received in alphabetical order by exhibition/slide set title, which have been maintained in that order here, preceded by administrative information in chronological order. They were received partly in materials from Teachers College and partly as stored at MoMA by the Department of Education. No explanations are provided for the abbreviations E.P. and V.P. in the records, but they appear to relate to exhibition and visual materials, respectively.

The subseries includes information on educational materials, exhibitions, and slide sets that circulated to New York City public schools during and after D'Amico's tenure at MoMA, documenting the extent and range of the Program. Some exhibitions were versions of those mounted at MoMA, and some were created especially for the Program (including Modern Art of the Small House and City Apartment, Design for the Theatre, Poster Design Today, Contrasts in Painting). The materials include checklists, intra-MoMA requisitions for photographic reproductions and shipping, as well as correspondence with schools that received the materials. In folder II.B.81, High School Program Coordinator Sue Raices explains why the Program was discontinued in the early 1970s: "While exhibitions were once an important part of the program, the vastly changed school population and sometimes difficult situation in the schools have caused a shift in emphasis. Today the schools are finding more and more need for audio-visual materials."

Folder Title Date
II.B.1 Masters

List of some works in MoMA's collection: original typescript

Undated
II.B.2* Materials loaned to schools

Detailed chart of schools to which exhibitions, teaching portfolios, and other materials traveled, with months of distribution in unidentified years

[1960s]
II.B.3 Correspondence with schools, meeting notes

1970
II.B.4 List of exhibitions and numbers

Includes number of pieces, dimensions, and weight

1971-1972
II.B.5 Material no longer circulated

Annotated list of discontinued materials

1971, 1974
II.B.6 Discontinued slide talks

Includes lists of items from What is Modern Painting?, What is Modern Sculpture?, A Century of Photography, Modern Architecture of the Modern School

[1971, 1974]
II.B.7 Abstract Painting

E.P. 71; includes checklist, caption text from two versions of exhibition

1951-1970
II.B.8 Adventures in Modern Art (slide set)

E.P. 130; checklist, text accompanying slides

1970-1971
II.B.9 Advertising and Editorial Art

E.P. 57A, B; V.P. 3; includes checklist, caption text. Exhibition was composed of examples selected from the 28th Annual National Exhibition of Advertising and Editorial Art, sponsored by the Art Directors Club of NY and held at MoMA as Art Directors Club [MoMA Exh. #401, March 15-April 17, 1949]

1949, 1970
II.B.10 African Textiles and Decorative Arts [MoMA Exh. #1012c, October 11, 1972-January 31, 1973]

Draft press release; photocopied clipping

1972
II.B.11 The Alphabet (A-Z)

E.P. 124; text for one caption

1967
II.B.12 American Painting

E.P. 38A, B; includes checklist, diagrams of panels, photostats of caption text

1947, 1950
II.B.13 American Watercolors [MoMA Exh. #143, August 12-August 25, 1941]

V.P. 20; includes checklist

[1941]
II.B.14 Art Museums in New York City

E.P. 101A, B; includes caption text, photostat images, map of panel layout

1956-1967
II.B.15 The Art of Assemblage [MoMA Exh. #695, October 4-November 12, 1961]; The Responsive Eye [MoMA Exh. #757, February 25-April 25, 1965]

Correspondence, order and requisition forms

1968, 1970
II.B.16 Romare Bearden: The Prevalence of Ritual [MoMA Exh. #958, March 25-June 9, 1971]

Includes checklist

1970-1971
II.B.17 Cartoons of Yesterday and Today

Includes captions, transparencies and photographic prints, order and requisition forms

1962, 1963, 1970
II.B.18 Federal Art Project Changing New York

E.P. 8B; checklist

1954
II.B.19 Collection of Textiles for the Study of Dress Design

E.P. 42, 90; checklist, order and requisition forms. After the exhibition was dismantled in 1970, fabrics from it were donated to the Harlem Carnival.

1948, 1954
II.B.20 Collections of Textiles by Dan Cooper and M. Strengall; Collection of Textiles for the Study of Interior Design

E.P. 41, 44; includes checklist, order and requisition forms

1947-1949
II.B.21 Contemporary Sculpture and Constructions [MoMA Exh. #944a, November 2, 1970-February 1, 1971]

E.P. 105A, 105B (revised 1970); includes checklist, order and requisition forms, information on a slide set "Sculpture of Our Century"

1950-1959, 1970-1971
II.B.22 Contrasts in Modern Painting

E.P. 47A, B; includes checklist, edited caption text, order and requisition forms

1948-1952
II.B.23 Cubism

E.P. 136A, B; includes checklist, list of New York City high school contacts, order and requisition forms

1972
II.B.24 Design for the Modern Theater

E.P. 46; includes checklist. Also has some information on "Original Costume Designs for the Modern Theater" (E.P. 14)

1948
II.B.25 Design in Lettering and Typography

E.P. 58; includes checklist, order and requisition forms

1950
II.B.26 Designing a Publication

E.P. 73; includes checklist, panel text

1951-1952
II.B.27 Designing a Textile

E.P. 64; photostat labels

1950-1951
II.B.28 18 Posters from 10 Countries; Stages in the Making of a Poster

E.P. 55, 54; includes checklist

1949
II.B.29 Elements of the Modern House

E.P. 121A, B; includes order and requisition forms

1965-1966
II.B.30 The Fascination of Drawing

E.P. 103A, B; includes checklist, transparencies of panels

1958-1959, 1972
II.B.31 Graphic Art: Prints and Processes

E.P. 105A, B; includes checklist, caption photostats

Undated
II.B.32 Graphic Design

E.P. 122; includes checklist

1970-1971
II.B.33 The Graphic Work of Ben Shahn

E.P. 104A, B; panel text and transparencies, captions, panel layout

1958-1959
II.B.34 Home Making for Moderns (slide set)

E.P. 85A, B; includes description of set

1953
II.B.35 How the Artist Sees Himself

E.P. 102A, B; includes panel text, transparencies

1957-1958
II.B.36 How the Artist Sees Himself

E.P. 103: checklist

[1957-1958]
II.B.37 How the Artist Sees Himself

E.P. 132A, B; checklist

1971
II.B.38 How Modern Artists Paint People [MoMA Exh. #196, September 22-October 13, 1942]

E.P. 39A, B; includes checklist, photostat captions

1948-1949
II.B.39 Imagination in Architecture

E.P. 60; includes checklist, label copy, order and requisition forms

1950-1951
II.B.40 Imagination in Architecture

E.P. 116A, B: includes box list, order and requisition forms

1963
II.B.41 Introducing 10 Modern Artists

E.P. 8A, 8B; given to Abraham Lincoln High School, Waitor High School, 1950; list of panels, panel labels

[1950]
II.B.42 Lettering by Hand [MoMA Exh. #714, November 6, 1962-January 6, 1963]

E.P. 117; includes checklists, correspondence, transfer forms, transparencies

1962-1972
II.B.43 Lettering: Its Design and Arrangement

E.P. 82: includes order and requisition forms

1952-1953
II.B.44 Library of Framed Reproductions

E.P. 96A, 96B; checklist; discontinued 1970

before 1970
II.B.45 Library of Useful Objects, Modern Sculpture (Reference Library of Photographs)

V.P. 7 (1950-1951), E.P. 30 (1946-1947). The latter was given to Girls High School in the fall of 1951.

1946-1947, 1950-1951
II.B.46 The Making of a Painting

E.P. 62; previous title: How the Modern Artist Works; includes transparency, label text, correspondence

1952-1955
II.B.47 The Making of a Sculpture

E.P. 61: includes checklist, correspondence, order and requisition forms, b/w photographs with captions. Note on original folder: "The photographic panels and the box containing them were discarded on June 14, 1956"

1950-1956
II.B.48 The Making of a Silk Screen (slide talk)

Includes checklist, order and requisition forms. Note on original folder: “Discarded February 1971”

1951-1952
II.B.49 The Making of a Silk Screen Print

E.P. 56, V.P. 1; includes checklist, panel text, b/w prints

1949-1950
II.B.50 Modern American Painting

Glass-mounted color slides. These were found separately in the original folders and appear to match contents of folder II.B.51

1955
II.B.51 Modern American Painting, Modern European Painting

E.P. 93, 94; checklists, order and requisition forms, correspondence

1955, 1962
II.B.52 Modern Architecture of the Small House and City Apartment

E.P. 49A, 49B; includes draft panel text, order and requisition forms

1949
II.B.53 Modern Art in Your Life [MoMA Exh. #423, October 5-December 4, 1949]

E.P. 73, V.P. 21; discontinued 1967, panels were discarded by Berkeley Express July 1970; includes panel text, label photostats, exhibition catalogue, press release

1949-1951
II.B.54 Modern Ballet Design

E.P. 43; includes panel text, order and requisition forms

1948
II.B.55 Modern Design in Furniture

E.P. 24A, 24B, 83, V.P. 22; withdrawn and dismantled July 1970. Includes checklist, panel text, correspondence

1944-1945, 1953
II.B.56 Modern Drawings [MoMA Exh. #252, February 16-May 10, 1944]

E.P. 40A, 40B; checklist

1950, 1952
II.B.57 Movie Posters

E.P. 109; includes checklist, label text

1961
II.B.58 Multiples

Includes checklist, order and requisition forms, correspondence

1970-1972
II.B.59 The New Concept of Space

E.P. 86A, 86B; b/w photographs, checklist, order and requisition forms

1953-1970
II.B.60 New Forms of Our Times

E.P. 66A, 66B; includes b/w photographs, checklist, order and requisition forms

1964-1971
II.B.61 New Forms of Our Times (slide talk); Graphic Design

E.P. 66, 122; checklists

[1969-1970]
II.B.62 The New York Times Posters

E.P. 77; order and requisition forms, panel text

1952-1953
II.B.63 Objects of Everyday Use: Which Do You Like?

E.P. 87A, 87B, V.P. 27; includes checklist, draft panel text, list of materials ordered

1954-1955
II.B.64 Objects of Good Design

E.P. 120A, 120B; includes packing list, panel text

1964-1965
II.B.65 Old Masters to Modern

E.P. 80; includes checklist, order and requisition forms, panel text

1952-1953
II.B.66 Once Invisible [MoMA Exh. #833, June 20-September 11, 1967]

Subtitled "The Photographer's Eye." Includes checklist, correspondence

1971
II.B.67 The Package [MoMA Exh. #647, September 9-November 1, 1959]

E.P. 108; includes order and requisition forms, packing list

1961, 1972
II.B.68 Personality in Painting

E.P. 81; includes checklist, partial panel text

1952
II.B.69 Picasso in the Collection of The Museum of Modern Art [MoMA Exh. #993, February 3-April 2, 1972]

E.P. 139; includes checklist, order and requisition forms, edited Acoustiguide text, press release

1972
II.B.70 Polio Poster Competition [MoMA Exh. #427, October 31-November 20, 1949]

This exhibition included a recorded slide talk; checklist, order and requisition forms

1950-1951
II.B.71 Jackson Pollock

E.P. 115; order and requisition forms

1961-1962
II.B.72 Pop Art

E.P. 123A; includes checklists, order and requisition forms

1966-1970
II.B.73 Poster Boom of the 60s

E.P. 129; includes checklist, mounted labels, order and requisition forms

1970-1972
II.B.74 Poster Design Today

E.P. 48A, 48B; includes labels, checklist

1952, 1968
II.B.75 Poster Design Today

E.P. 98; checklist, labels

1956-1957
II.B.76 Science Fiction

E.P. 134A, 134B; this exhibition was never completed; includes correspondence, information on science fiction films

1969-1971
II.B.77 The Sculpture of Picasso [MoMA Exh. #841, October 11, 1967-January 1, 1968]

E.P. 140; correspondence, press release re: film strip created from exhibition; includes checklist

1970-1972
II.B.78 The Sculpture of Richard Hunt [MoMA Exh. #959, March 25-June 9, 1971]

E.P. 135A, B; includes draft and final checklists, order and requisition forms, catalogue, panel layout

1970-1971
II.B.79 Seeing New York

E.P. 97, V.P. 30; panel labels, draft layout

1956-1957
II.B.80 Significant Posters by Modern Artists

V.P. 24; includes checklists, captions

1952-1953
II.B.81 Small Sculptures

E.P. 79; includes checklist, correspondence, panel labels

1953-1958
II.B.82 David Smith

E.P. 112; includes contents, order and requisition forms, caption text

1961-1965
II.B.83 Ten Modern Watercolors

E.P. 69A, 69B; includes checklist, order and requisition forms

1951-1953
II.B.84 Transatlantic Cultures

E.P. 133; includes order and requisition forms

1971
II.B.85 20th Century Design (slide set)

E.P. 113A, 113; includes order and requisition forms, slide list

1972
II.B.86 20th Century Design from the Museum Collection [MoMA Exh. #637, December 17, 1958-February 23, 1959]

E.P. 113; includes checklist, slide list, diagrams of layout, order and requisition forms

1961-1973
II.B.87 Useful Objects of Good Design

E.P. 63A; includes loan correspondence, catalogue to Good Design [MoMA Exh. #463, November 21, 1950-January 28, 1951]

1951-1954
II.B.88 Uses of the Past

E.P. 128B; includes edited caption text

1964-1972
II.B.89 Visual Language

E.P. 107; includes order and requisition forms

1960, 1970
II.B.90 Ways of Looking [MoMA Exh. #974, July 28-November 1, 1971]

Includes exhibition checklist

1971-1972
II.B.91 What Has Happened to the Roman Letter?

E.P. 131A, 131B; includes checklist, order and requisition forms

1971
II.B.92 What is American Painting, Creative Photography, Look at Your Neighborhood, Elements of Design

Includes checklists, order and requisition forms

1960, undated
II.B.93 What Makes a House Modern?

E.P. 88A, 88B, V.P. 29; includes checklist

1954-1955
II.B.94 What the Modern Artist Paints

E.P. 89; includes checklist, caption text, labels

1954

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Series III. Art Education at MoMA, 1920s-1982 (bulk 1944-1968)

This series documents the variety of art classes for families, children, seniors, and teachers held at MoMA during D'Amico's tenure. It includes predominantly photographs of class participants and their work, as well as announcements and programs of classes, text and images used for slide talks presented at MoMA and elsewhere, and recorded presentations.

Historical Note

In 1944, D'Amico initiated the Museum's War Veterans' Art Center, a project that became the People's Art Center in 1948. The Center's classes moved in 1951 to the second and third floors of 21 West 53rd Street. As part of architect Philip Johnson's redesign of the Museum, completed in 1964, D'Amico designed classrooms, furniture, and equipment for new spaces in the Museum's east wing.

In 1960, D'Amico became President and Director of the Institute of Modern Art, a separate non-profit organization that assumed responsibility for the Museum's school program and other educational activities until his retirement in 1969, when classes for individual students were discontinued.

Arrangement

Administrative material pertaining to the Department of Education has been moved to Series I. Department of Education Administrative. For classes taught at the Art Barge see Series V. Art Barge; for programs for New York City public high schools see Series II. New York City Public High Schools Program; for publications of the War Veterans' Art Center, see Series VII. MoMA Publications.

Images depicting student artwork, which do not either relate to specific programs or show students at work, have been transferred to the Department of Education for internal use.

The series is organized into three subseries:

Subseries III.A. War Veterans' Art Center, 1944-1949
Subseries III.B. Slide Talks, 1943-1960s
Subseries III.C. Art Classes General, 1920s-1982 (bulk 1941-1970)

 

Subseries III.A. War Veterans' Art Center, 1944-1949

Historical Note

The War Veterans' Art Center was established in 1944 at the suggestion of MoMA trustees Mrs. John D. (Abby Aldrich) Rockefeller, Jr., and Stephen Clark, who both supported it financially. Housed initially in a loft across from the Museum at 681 Fifth Avenue, the Center provided classes in painting, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, printing, and woodworking to almost 1,500 veterans in its four years of existence. The War Veterans' Art Center was succeeded by the People's Art Center in 1948.

Folder Title Date
III.A.1 Design workshop class

Photographs of objects: mounted b/w prints previously removed from post album

1944-1947
III.A.2 D'Amico interviewing a veteran; instructor Mervin Jules with student

B/w prints

[1944-1948]
III.A.3 Finished objects from painting and sculpture classes

B/w prints

[1944-1948]
III.A.4 Students at work

Includes proof prints by photographer Pat Terry, and images that may be from a film strip: b/w prints, 8x10 negative

[1944-1948]
III.A.5 Students in class

B/w prints

1945
III.A.6 Examples of design objects

Some images captioned in pencil: mounted b/w prints previously removed from post album

[1945-1946]
III.A.7 Students at work individually and with teachers

Includes D'Amico with a student: mounted b/w prints previously removed from post album

[1945-1946]
III.A.8 Drawings and paintings

Mounted b/w prints previously removed from post album

[1945-1946]
III.A.9 Sculpture and ceramic works

Mounted b/w prints previously removed from post album

[1945-1946]
III.A.10 Examples of jewelry

Mounted b/w prints previously removed from post album

[1945-1946]
III.A.11 “Study of the War Veteran's Art Center by Allston Boyer for Mr. Kenneth Chorley, Chairman”

Both Boyer and Chorley were executives of the Rockefeller interests: original typescript

January 1946
III.A.12 "The War Veterans'' Art Center, 1944-1948, An Experiment in Rehabilitation Through Art"

Final report on the project: five copies

1948
III.A.13 "The War Veterans' Art Center, 1944-1948, An Experiment in Rehabilitation Through Art"

Typed draft; correspondence including letters of thanks John D. Rockefeller, Jr.-D'Amico (3/10/1949), Nelson A. Rockefeller-D'Amico (10/7/1948, 3/3/1949), James Thrall Soby-D'Amico (3/6/1949)

1948-1949
 

Subseries III.B. Slide Talks, 1943-1960s

Folder Title Date
III.B.1 Understanding the Child Through Art

Typed “Notes on slide talk,” to accompany 30 slides

1943-1944
III.B.2 Understanding the Child Through Art

Text “prepared for audiences such as teachers' colleges, colleges, parent-teacher associations, adult groups, clubs, etc.," to accompany 43 slides: two copies

January 29, 1948
III.B.3 Understanding the Child Through Art

Glass-mounted color and b/w slides, numbered 1-42 with some missing: two sets

1948
III.B.4 Child Development Through Art

Text “prepared for audiences such as teachers' colleges, colleges, parent-teacher associations, adult groups, clubs, etc.," to accompany 34 slides: four copies

1946, 1950
III.B.5 Child Development Through Art

Glass-mounted color and b/w slides, numbered 1-39

[1946, 1950]
III.B.6 Child Development Through Art; Understanding the Child Through Art

Different versions of slides, some incorporating text: color and b/w glass-mounted slides

[1950s]
III.B.7 Mid-century architecture

Glass-mounted color slides

[1950s]
III.B.8 Helping the Child Grow Creatively

Text (original and carbon) and color slides

1963
III.B.9 Mobile Design

Glass-mounted color slides

[1960s]
III.B.10 Unidentified slide lecture

Paper and glass-mounted slides

[1960s]
 

Subseries III.C. Art Classes General, 1920s-1982 (bulk 1941-1970)

Folder Title Date
III.C.1 Junior high class portraits

Super 8 film

Note: This 7” Super 8 film reel has been transferred to the Museum's Film Study Center, which has the proper facilities for storing and screening it. Researchers should contact the Study Center for further information. Access may be denied due to the film’s physical condition.

Undated
III.C.2 Part I: MoMA garden, painting, collage painting, kinetic; Part II: MoMA 10-12, 13-14. Adult classes, parties, empty hall

Two Super 8 film reels

Note: These two 7” Super 8 film reels have been transferred to the Museum's Film Study Center, which has the proper facilities for storing and screening them. Researchers should contact the Study Center for further information. Access may be denied due to the films’ physical condition.

Undated
III.C.3 Story; my classes

Super 8 film

Note: This 7” Super 8 film reel has been transferred to the Museum's Film Study Center, which has the proper facilities for storing and screening it. Researchers should contact the Study Center for further information. Access may be denied due to the film’s physical condition.

Undated
III.C.4 MoMA; other classes

Super 8 film

Note: This 7” Super 8 film reel has been transferred to the Museum's Film Study Center, which has the proper facilities for storing and screening it. Researchers should contact the Study Center for further information. Access may be denied due to the film's physical condition.

Undated
III.C.5 Norman Seaver

7" audio reel, unboxed

NOTE: This sound recording was preserved in Spring, 2013. In addition to the original, a Broadcast Wave File (BWF) archival master, a DVD audio master, and a CD-R use copy now exist.

Undated
III.C.6 Edith Brill / Paul Stone etc.

7" audio reel

NOTE: This sound recording was preserved in Spring, 2013. In addition to the original, a Broadcast Wave File (BWF) archival master, a DVD audio master, and a CD-R use copy now exist.

Undated
III.C.7* Unidentified equipment designs

Original drawings, whiteprints

Undated
III.C.8 Art education reports

"A sequence of art experiences for a fifth grade class," Mary Fagan (three copies); "Considerations concerning arts projects related to social studies or other work," Angiola Churchill (two copies); "Art course of study grades 7-12," Mabel D'Amico

Undated
III.C.9 Public school art classes, not at MoMA

B/w prints and negatives

1920s-1940s
III.C.10 Student work

B/w prints and negatives

[1940s]
III.C.11* Educational materials

Wallboard panels showing Calder sculptures, Noguchi aerial view

[1940s]
III.C.12* Educational materials

Unidentified panel collage, marked “S I” on reverse

[1940s]
III.C.13 Students working in class and outdoors

B/w prints

1940s
III.C.14 Students (including parents and children) working in class

Includes images used in Art in Progress: 15th Anniversary Exhibition [MoMA Exh. #258, May 24- October 8, 1944]: b/w prints

1940s-1960s
III.C.15 Student questionnaires on art

Photocopies: includes one completed by Arthur Drexler, age 16, while a student at High School of Art and Design

[1941]
III.C.16 USO kits

Photographs of items produced for distribution to USO centers

[1943]
III.C.17 "Puppetry classes and various children's paintings"

Mounted b/w prints removed from post album

1944, undated
III.C.18 Children's pottery class

Photographs of individual objects: b/w prints mounted on pages previously removed from album

Spring 1945
III.C.19 Children's classes

Photographs of materials used in classes, and completed constructions: b/w prints mounted on pages previously removed from album

1945
III.C.20 Children's classes

Photographs of wire sculpture, other works: b/w prints mounted on pages previously removed from album

1945, 1946, 1952, 1953
III.C.21 Students at work, student work

The works shown in these photographs may have been displayed in Children's Holiday Carnival exhibitions at MoMA (see Series IV.A.i): b/w prints mounted on album pages previously removed from post album

[1945-1953]
III.C.22 Adult classes

Photographs of students at work in studios, including weaving taught by Anni Albers: b/w prints

1945-1955
III.C.23 "Weaving classes"

Photographs include Anni Albers with students: mounted b/w prints removed from post album

[1945-1955]
III.C.24 "Design teaching model"

Photographs of kits used for art classes: mounted b/w prints removed from post album

[1945-1955]
III.C.25 Children's classes

Photographs of constructions: b/w prints, edited 120 contacts

1945-1957
III.C.26 Announcements (1 of 6)

Classes for children, young people, and parents; includes MoMA Bulletin (fall 1947, vol. XV, no. 1) on “The Questioning Public”

Spring 1946-Fall 1949
III.C.27 Announcements (2 of 6)

Classes for children, young people, and parents. Includes first summer session at MoMA, June-July 1953

1950/1951-1955/1956
III.C.28 Announcements (3 of 6)

Classes for children, young people, and parents. Includes first summer session on eastern Long Island, July 1956

1956/1957-1959/1960
III.C.29 Announcements (4 of 6)

Classes for children, young people, and parents. Includes Summer Art Center program, 1962

1960/1961-Fall 1965
III.C.30 Announcements (5 of 6)

Classes for children, young people, and parents

Spring 1966-Fall 1968
III.C.31 Announcements (6 of 6)

Classes for children, young people, and parents

Spring 1969-Spring 1970
III.C.32 Art equipment

B/w prints mounted on pages previously removed from album

[1946]
III.C.33* Scrapbook of clippings (1/2)

Articles and photographs about the Department of Education and specific classes and programs

1946-1947
III.C.34* Scrapbook of clippings (2/2)

Articles and photographs about the Department of Education and specific classes and programs

1946-1948
III.C.35 Materials for sale

Photographs of examples of materials designed for use by artists, culled by Teachers College: b/w prints

1946-1950
III.C.36 Art equipment, displays of class work

Photographs culled by Teachers College: b/w prints

1946-1953
III.C.37 Materials and furniture designed for artists by D'Amico

Photographs culled by Teachers College: b/w prints

1946-1953
III.C.38 Children's painting classes (1 of 2)

Photographs of paintings: b/w prints, transparencies

1950s
III.C.39 Children's painting classes (2 of 2)

Photographs of paintings: b /w prints

1950s
III.C.40 Adult classes

Collage and sculpture, students working: b/w prints

1950s
III.C.41 Children's pottery classes

Photographs of objects, students working; includes some images from Art for the Family (see Series VII. MoMA Publications): b/w prints

1950s
III.C.42 Classes for children and families

Photographs of families making art: b/w prints

1950s
III.C.43 Classes for children and families

Photographs of families, children, school groups: b/w prints (one mounted)

1950s
III.C.44 Classes for children and adults

Photographs of exhibited works by students, adult students at work: b/w prints, reproductions

[1950s]
III.C.45 Teachers

Photographs of Angiola Churchill, unidentified man and woman: b/w prints

[1950s]
III.C.46 New Lincoln School

Photographs of constructions by a group taught by Jean d'Autilia, age 6-7 years: mounted and captioned b/w prints removed from post album

[1950s]
III.C.47 "How big are children?"

Measurements of 249 children at the People’s Art Center by Jean d'Autilia, arithmetic by Elinor Weis

[1950s]
III.C.48 Floor plan, second and third floors

Whiteprint with typed emendations showing storage areas

[1950s]
III.C.49 "Education Department photographs of children's art work from classes"

Photographs of paintings: mounted and captioned b/w prints removed from post album

[1950s-1960s]
III.C.50 "Education Department photographs of children's art work from classes"

Photographs of collage: mounted and captioned b/w prints removed from post album

[1950s-1960s]
III.C.51 "Education Department photographs of children's art work from classes"

Photographs of sculpture and construction: mounted and captioned b/w prints removed from post album

[1950s-1960s]
III.C.52 "Education Department photographs of children's art work from classes"

Photographs of sculpture and construction: mounted and captioned b/w prints removed from post album

[1950s-1960s]
III.C.53 "Education Department photographs of children's art work from classes"

Photographs of sculpture and construction: mounted and captioned b/w prints removed from post album

[1950s-1960s]
III.C.54 Children's classes

Photographs of objects, children in classes: b/w prints

1950s-1965
III.C.55 Children’s papier mache classes

Photographs of children working, and objects made in class; some images were used for Art for the Family (see Series VII): b/w prints

1952, 1953
III.C.56 Parent and child classes

B/w prints

1952, 1953
III.C.57 Children’s classes

Photographs of mobiles: b/w prints

1953
III.C.58 Workshop for New York City elementary school teachers

Taught by Jane Cooper Bland: b/w prints

Fall 1954
III.C.59 Children’s paper constructions

Includes handwritten note explaining use of the images in a collage project by Perry Gutman: b/w prints

1954
III.C.60 Adult classes

Photographs of ceramic sculpture and pottery I, II objects: b/w prints

1954-1955
III.C.61 Adult pottery class

Photographs of individual objects: b/w prints

Spring 1955
III.C.62 Children’s pottery class

Photographs of individual objects, including some images from Art for the Family (see Series VII): b/w prints

1955-1957
III.C.63 Experiments in clichés

Photographs of paintings from children’s classes taught by Jean D’Autilia: b/w prints

Spring 1956
III.C.64 Experiments in clichés

Photographs of paintings from children’s classes taught by Jean D’Autilia: b/w prints removed from post album

Spring 1956
III.C.65 Training material

Motivations, questions for discussion, diagrams of materials used in training workshops

[Spring 1956]
III.C.66 Children’s classes

Photographs of wire sculpture objects: b/w prints

1956
III.C.67 Classes for children and families

Photographs of students working: b/w contact prints

1956, 1957
III.C.68 Workshop for New York City elementary school teachers

B/w prints

Spring 1957
III.C.69 Woodworking class

Photographs of objects from a class for children 6-9 years old, taught by Jean D’Autilia: b/w prints removed from post album

Fall 1957
III.C.70 Staff members

Photographs of D'Amico and other art teachers: b/w prints

1957, undated
III.C.71 Stone and wood sculpture classes for adults

Photographs of students working: b/w prints

Fall 1958
III.C.72 “Children’s group painting: Interpretation of trees”

Photographs of objects from a class for children 8-9 years old, taught by Jean D’Autilia: b/w prints removed from post album

Fall 1958, Spring 1959
III.C.73 Painting workshop for advanced students

Photographs of paintings: b/w prints

Spring 1959
III.C.74 Christmas message, Wednesday class

7” audio reel

NOTE: This sound recording was preserved in Spring, 2013. In addition to the original, a Broadcast Wave File (BWF) archival master, a DVD audio master, and a CD-R use copy now exist.

1959
III.C.75 Children’s collage class (1/2)

Photographs of objects from classes taught by Jean D'Autilia; some works are identified by the age of the artist: b/w prints

1959, 1961
III.C.76 Children’s collage class (2/2)

Photographs of objects from classes taught by Jean D'Autilia; some works are identified by the age of the artist: b/w prints

1959, 1961
III.C.77 Parent and child classes

Photographs of students working: color slides

1960s
III.C.78 Children in class, with adult helpers

B/w prints

[1960s]
III.C.79 Art materials lists and catalogues

[1960s-1970s]
III.C.80 Final Christmas Program

7” audio reel

NOTE: This sound recording was preserved in Spring, 2013. In addition to the original, a Broadcast Wave File (BWF) archival master, a DVD audio master, and a CD-R use copy now exist.

1960
III.C.81 Adult classes

Photographs of paintings and collages: mounted and captioned b/w prints, previously removed from binder

Spring 1961
III.C.82 Family creative construction kit, child collage kit

Promotional photographs: b/w prints, 8x10 negatives

1961
III.C.83* Designs for research center, student locker room, jewelry shop

Tracings, whiteprints, photostats

July 1962
III.C.84* Philip Johnson designs for MoMA

Elevations and floor plans: whiteprints; oversize, see flat file 2-2

1962
III.C.85* Philip Johnson designs for MoMA

Elevations and floor plans: whiteprints

[1962]
III.C.86* Proposed plan, Department of Education office space, second floor

Includes relocation plan for equipment and furniture in No. 23 (second floor): tracings, whiteprints

[1962]
III.C.87* Detailed drawings for equipment on second and third floors

Tracing, whiteprints, blueprint

[1962]
III.C.88 Characteristics of 4-year-olds

Notes by teachers including Jane Bland, Hilde Sigal, Muriel Silberstein, Jean D’Autilia: photocopies

[1962]
III.C.89 Woodworking: a creative approach to creating in wood for elementary groups

Comments by Jean d’Autilia: 7” audio reel

NOTE: This sound recording was preserved in Spring, 2013. In addition to the original, a Broadcast Wave File (BWF) archival master, a DVD audio master, and a CD-R use copy now exist.

[1962]
III.C.90 Helping [the] child grow creatively

Comments by Jean d’Autilia: 7” audio reel

NOTE: This sound recording was preserved in Spring, 2013. In addition to the original, a Broadcast Wave File (BWF) archival master, a DVD audio master, and a CD-R use copy now exist.

[1962]
III.C.91 Children are creative

Comments by Jean d’Autilia: 7” audio reel

NOTE: This sound recording was preserved in Spring, 2013. In addition to the original, a Broadcast Wave File (BWF) archival master, a DVD audio master, and a CD-R use copy now exist.

[1962]
III.C.92 Transcripts of taped interviews

With D'Amico, Jean D'Autilia "on 4 year olds"; D'Amico, Betty Spiro "on the art of 3 and 4 year olds"; Jean D'Autilia on "3 year olds"; two pages on "Art Appreciation" by Jane Bland

[1962]
III.C.93 3-4 year old[s]

Comments by Jean d’Autilia: 7” audio reel

NOTE: This sound recording was preserved in Spring, 2013. In addition to the original, a Broadcast Wave File (BWF) archival master, a DVD audio master, and a CD-R use copy now exist.

[1962]
III.C.94 6-7 year olds: creative characteristics

Comments by Jean d’Autilia: 7" audio reel

NOTE: This sound recording was preserved in Spring, 2013. In addition to the original, a Broadcast Wave File (BWF) archival master, a DVD audio master, and a CD-R use copy now exist.

[1962]
III.C.95 Jean d’Autilia

Unidentified content: 7" audio reel

NOTE: In Spring, 2013, this recording was sent off-site for preservation. The preservation vendor concluded that the tape duplicated content on recordings III.C.90 and III.C.91 in this collection. The tape was not preserved.

[1962]
III.C.96 Jean d’Autilia

Unidentified content: 7" audio reel

NOTE: This sound recording was preserved in Spring, 2013. In addition to the original, a Broadcast Wave File (BWF) archival master, a DVD audio master, and a CD-R use copy now exist.

[1962]
III.C.97 Finished works, students working, exhibition installation

Color paper-mounted and b/w glass-mounted slides

1962-1970
III.C.98 Art works individually and in situ

Photographs from an unidentified exhibition: color paper-mounted and b/w glass-mounted slides

1963
III.C.99 Art work

Photographs include images of soldiers: color slides

1963, undated
III.C.100 Collage: exploring texture and color

10.5” film reel

Note: This 10.5" film reel has been transferred to the Museum's Film Study Center, which has the proper facilities for storing and screening it. Researchers should contact the Study Center for further information. Access may be denied due to the film's physical condition.

April 29, 1964
III.C.101 Junior high school students' art works

Photographs of collages, drawings, prints: color slides from a carousel

1964, 1967
III.C.102 Junior high school students' art works, inspired by the arts (music, poetry, etc.)

Photographs includes one of D'Amico: color slides from a carousel

1964, 1967, 1968
III.C.103 Album "Now I can See"

Presented to D'Amico by class participant "Julia": comb-bound pages removed from faux leather album

January 15, 1966
III.C.104 “Christmas 1967 or 1968”

7” audio reel

NOTE: This sound recording was preserved in Spring, 2013. In addition to the original, a Broadcast Wave File (BWF) archival master, a DVD audio master, and a CD-R use copy now exist.

1967-1968
III.C.105 Christmas 1969 Kearsarge group

7” audio reel

NOTE: This sound recording was preserved in Spring, 2013. In addition to the original, a Broadcast Wave File (BWF) archival master, a DVD audio master, and a CD-R use copy now exist.

1969
III.C.106 Sample registration forms, D'Amico form letters to parents

1969, 1970
III.C.107 Adult students working in studio settings; assemblage objects

B/w photos: 8x10 prints of assemblages; mounted snapshots removed from mylar-encased album pages

May 1982; undated

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Series IV. Children's Art Carnival and Caravan, 1940s-1979 (bulk 1942-1965)

The subseries documents, mostly in the form of photographs, the iterations of the Children's Art Carnival at MoMA and its various international locations; the television program "Through the Enchanted Gate," envisaged as a continuation of the Carnival for home use; and the Children's Art Caravan: a planned but never realized mobile version of the Carnival. It includes plans and blueprints for the Carnival and Caravan locations, furnishings, and educational materials.

Arrangement

The series is arranged in three subseries:

Subseries IV.A. Children's Art Carnival, 1940s-1979 (bulk 1942-1965)
Subseries IV.B. "Through the Enchanted Gate," 1952-[1953]
Subseries IV.C. Children's Art Caravan, 1960s-1974

 

Subseries IV.A. Children's Art Carnival, 1940s-1979 (bulk 1942-1965)

Historical Note

Among D'Amico's most widely known and experienced innovations was the creation of both the space and opportunity for children to create art, in a location and with equipment and supplies specifically designed by him and dedicated only to that end. Referred to here as the Children's Art Carnival, it was termed, at various times, the Children's Holiday Circus, Children's Holiday Carnival, Children's Festival of Modern Art, and Children's Art Carnival. The first Children's Holiday Carnival at MoMA opened in 1942, and was held annually at the Museum until 1952, and after 1955, often in conjunction with similarly themed exhibitions (see Series VI. MoMA Exhibitions).

Designed in two parts, the Children's Art Carnival consisted of an area with so-called motivations, followed by one in which art materials and teachers were available. According to D'Amico's Experiments in Creative Art Teaching, this would show "how children respond to art experiences under ideal teaching in a stimulating environment…" The Carnival accommodated children who could fit through a cut-out silhouette of their maximum sizes that formed the Carnival's entrance. The television program "Through the Enchanted Gate" (see Subseries IV.B) was conceived as the Children's Art Carnival for home consumption by families.

In 1957, the Children's Art Carnival traveled to Barcelona and Milan as a feature of the International Samples Fair. For six months in 1958, it was part of the American pavilion at the Brussels World's Fair. There, close to 17,000 children from around the world participated, as well as 2,000 teachers. In March 1962, at the invitation of Indira Gandhi, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy presented a version of the Carnival in New Delhi to the children of India, on behalf of the International Council of The Museum of Modern Art and the Asia Society. D'Amico attended its opening in October 1963. It traveled to the major cities of India, where it was visited by an estimated 38,000 children, before being returned to New Delhi as a training center for Indian teachers.

After D'Amico's retirement, the Children's Art Carnival opened in permanent form in Harlem in 1969, under the direction of Betty Blayton Taylor. Its first three years were funded through a committee chaired by Mrs. John D. (Blanchette) Rockefeller III.

Arrangement

The subseries is organized chronologically by locations of the Children's Art Carnival into seven subseries. Some original folders included photographs from multiple locations: these are included as the last subseries.

Subseries IV.A.i. MoMA and General, 1942-1979
Subseries IV.A.ii. Milan, 1956-1957
Subseries IV.A.iii. Barcelona, 1957
Subseries IV.A.iv. Brussels, 1958-1959
Subseries IV.A.v. Harlem, 1960-1975
Subseries IV.A.vi. India, 1960s-1964, 1969
Subseries IV.A.vii. Multiple Locations, 1940s-1960s

 

Subseries IV.A.i. MoMA and General, 1942-1979

Folder Title Date
IV.A.i.1 Children attending the Carnival, installation views

Includes images from Art in Progress: 15th Anniversary Exhibition [MoMA Exh. #258]: b/w prints

1942-1944
IV.A.i.2 Clippings, MoMA press release

Includes list of works in Children's Holiday Carnival of Modern Art [MoMA Exh. #496, December 4, 1951-January 6, 1952]

1943-1944, 1951, 1958
IV.A.i.3 Children attending the Carnival, installation views

B/w prints

1944-1945
IV.A.i.4 Children attending the Carnival, installation views

B/w prints

1946-1947
IV.A.i.5* Floor and lighting plans

Original drawings, whiteprints; oversize, see flat file 2-2

1946, 1949
IV.A.i.6 Press releases, draft text for release

1948, 1955, 1956, 1960
IV.A.i.7 Children attending the Carnival, installation views, list of captions for images

B/w prints

1949-1950
IV.A.i.8 Children attending the Carnival, installation views

B/w prints mounted on pages previously removed from album; some pages have typed captions

1949-1950
IV.A.i.9 Children attending the Carnival, installation views

B/w prints

1950s
IV.A.i.10 Documentation of one young girl's experience of the Carnival

Photographs by Aaron Haberfeld: b/w prints

[1950s]
IV.A.i.11 Press coverage

Includes articles from Interiors, Florida Art Education Art News, The New York Times, unidentified publications

1950-1965
IV.A.i.12 Children attending the Carnival, installation views

B/w prints

1952-1953
IV.A.i.13 Children attending the Carnival, installation views

B/w prints

1953-1954
IV.A.i.14 Children attending the Carnival, installation views

B/w prints

1955-1956
IV.A.i.15* Plan of first floor gallery

Drawing, tracings, whiteprints (some hand annotated)

1955-1956
IV.A.i.16 Children attending the Carnival, installation views

B/w prints

1955-1958
IV.A.i.17* CBS TV program "Let's Take a Trip"

Whiteprint floor plan with hand annotations

December 23, 1956
IV.A.i.18 CBS TV program "Let's Take a Trip"

Expenses, location information, CBS press release, script for program aired on December 23, 1956

December 1956
IV.A.i.19 “Understanding Children’s Creativeness”

Continuous slide show for parents, demonstrating how to understand and respect children's art efforts and suggesting art materials and ideas for home use; arranged by instructor Jane Cooper Bland: positive and negative b/w transparencies

1956-1957
IV.A.i.20 Children attending the Carnival, installation views

B/w prints, color transparencies

1956-1958
IV.A.i.21* Designs for educational equipment and furniture

Tracings, whiteprints, photostats

1956-1957
IV.A.i.22* Proposed plans (rejected)

Tracings, whiteprints, photostats

1957
IV.A.i.23 Children attending the Carnival, installation views

B/w prints

1959
IV.A.i.24* Children's Summer Art Carnival: construction, installation, plumbing, and painting plans

Tracings, whiteprints, photostats

1959-1960
IV.A.i.25 Children making art

Color slides, 4x5 color transparencies

[1960s]
IV.A.i.26 Carnival

7" audio reel

NOTE: This sound recording was preserved in Spring, 2013. In addition to the original, a Broadcast Wave File (BWF) archival master, a DVD audio master, and a CD-R use copy now exist.

[1960s]
IV.A.i.27 Art - A Human Necessity: "On back Carnival"

7" audio reel

NOTE: This sound recording was preserved in Spring, 2013. In addition to the original, a Broadcast Wave File (BWF) archival master, a DVD audio master, and a CD-R use copy now exist.

[1960s]
IV.A.i.28 "Save Children's Art Carnival V[ictor] E[.] D['Amico]"

Standard audio cassette

[1960s-1970s]
IV.A.i.29 Children's Holiday Carnival of Modern Art

7" film reel

NOTE: This 7" film reel has been transferred to the Museum's Film Study Center, which has the proper facilities for storing and screening them. Researchers should contact the Study Center for further information. Access may be denied due to the film's physical condition.

[1960s]
IV.A.i.30 Published information

Includes 1960 MoMA publication "Today and Tomorrow"; "Children’s Art Carnival Report: The Children's Art Carnival in India, 1963-1964"; and clipping from School Arts (October 1979)

1960, 1964, 1979
IV.A.i.31 Children at Children's Art Carnival; view of MoMA garden; Mondrian work; model of Children's Art Caravan

Color slides organized from unsorted materials

1963, undated
IV.A.i.32 Gallery photographs, motivational toys, art work

Color, b/w slides

1968
 

Subseries IV.A.ii. Milan, 1956-1957

Folder Title Date
IV.A.ii.1* Floor plan of U.S. exhibit and Children’s Art Carnival

Original tracings and whiteprints; oversize, see flat file 2-2

January 1, 1956
IV.A.ii.2 Children and families participating

B/w prints

April 1957
IV.A.ii.3 Staff, galleries

B/w print, 8x10 negatives

April 1957
IV.A.ii.4 Children at work, finished works

Color and b/w slides, some glass-mounted

[April 1957]
IV.A.ii.5 Correspondence

Includes letters to D'Amico from children who attended the fair

April-June 1957
IV.A.ii.6 Trip to Italy

Includes correspondence, sightseeing and hotel suggestions, shipping information for Carnival items

1957
IV.A.ii.7 Promotional and publicity materials

Includes clippings, brochure (in Italian), MoMA press release

1957
IV.A.ii.8 Children participating

Color, b/w slides

1957
 

Subseries IV.A.iii. Barcelona, 1957

Folder Title Date
IV.A.iii.1* Floor plan

Whiteprint; oversize, see flat file 2-2

March 10, 1957
IV.A.iii.2* Lighting plan, interior and exterior elevations, installation diagrams for equipment and toys, floor plans

Tracings, whiteprints, photostats

1957
IV.A.iii.3 Children participating, school groups

B/w prints

1957
IV.A.iii.4 Children participating, school groups

B/w prints

1957
IV.A.iii.5 Confidential report on MoMA in Barcelona to D'Amico by Moreen Maser

Summary, observations, recommendations, diary of events: original typescript

[1957]
 

Subseries IV.A.iv. Brussels, 1958-1959

Folder Title Date
IV.A.iv.1* Floor plans, designs for educational materials

Original drawings, tracings, and whiteprints; termed "Children's Creative Art Center" on drawings

[early] 1958
IV.A.iv.2 Publicity

MoMA press release, clipping

April 1958
IV.A.iv.3 Press coverage

Clippings from American newspapers

April-June 1958
IV.A.iv.4 Press coverage

Articles in French-language consumer magazines

May-October 1958
IV.A.iv.5* Press coverage

Special issue of Paris Match on exposition; removed from folder IV.A.iv.4

May-October 1958
IV.A.iv.6 Press coverage

Clippings from French-language newspapers

July-August 1958
IV.A.iv.7 Correspondence

D'Amico letters to and from teachers Lois Lord, Susan Lynn, and J. Eugene Grigsby, Jr.

May 1958-January 1959
IV.A.iv.8 Correspondence

Letters to D'Amico from teachers Jane Cooper Bland, Charles Alston, and Margaret Stark during the fair. Some letters accompany reports on activities and attendance.

July-October 1958
IV.A.iv.9 Correspondence

Includes letters from Carnival attendees, in French (some with English translations)

September-October 1958
IV.A.iv.10 Children participating, installation photographs, finished works

Color, b/w slides

1958
IV.A.iv.11 Children participating, finished works

Color slides

1958
IV.A.iv.12 Children participating, children and teachers

B/w prints, 8x10 negatives, 35 mm negatives

1958
IV.A.iv.13 Children participating

Pages removed from album inscribed to D'Amico by Susie Lynn: b/w prints

1958
IV.A.iv.14 Press coverage

Includes official guidebook to the Brussels World's Fair, summaries of press coverage, press releases

1958
IV.A.iv.15 Publicity

Carbon typescript of article by Jane Bland and Lois Lord; article by Eugene Grigsby in Pacific Arts Association Bulletin

1958
IV.A.iv.16 "Miscellaneous souvenirs"

Includes original artwork by Belgian children who attended the fair

1958
IV.A.iv.17* Paper shopping bags

Promotional items created for the fair

1958
IV.A.iv.18 CBS News coverage

11" film reel

NOTE: This 11" film reel been transferred to the Museum's Film Study Center, which has the proper facilities for storing and screening it. Researchers should contact the Study Center for further information. Access may be denied due to the film's physical condition.

[1958]
 

Subseries IV.A.v. Harlem, 1960-1978

Folder Title Date
IV.A.v.1 Children attending the Carnival, exterior views

B/w prints, negatives

1960-1969
IV.A.v.2 Establishment

Includes proposals, agreement between MoMA and Harlem School of the Arts, correspondence

1968-1969
IV.A.v.3 Fundraising

Includes correspondence, reports, requests for funding

1968-1972
IV.A.v.4 Press releases, brochures, correspondence, class schedules

1968-1973, 1978
IV.A.v.5 Press releases, clippings, schedules

Includes photocopied grant application to the New York State Council on the Arts

1969-1975
IV.A.v.6 Press releases, clippings, schedules, proposed budgets

Includes list of Carnival contributors, 1969-1973

1969-1975
IV.A.v.7 Interior views

Color slides

[1970s]
IV.A.v.8 Interior views

Color slides, photographs

[1970s]
IV.A.v.9 Interior and exterior views

Color slides

1970-1974
IV.A.v.10 Sample calendar

Proposed promotional item, using images of children’s art work

1971
IV.A.v.11 “Carnival of the Mind”

Includes planning material and proposal for television project: “a series of projects concerned with mass media education in creative thinking”

1971
IV.A.v.12 Press release, 10th anniversary announcement

1978
 

Subseries IV.A.vi. India, 1960s-1964, 1969

Folder Title Date
IV.A.vi.1 Historical background information

Extracts from the will and testament of Jawaharlal Nehru (6/21/1954) specifying disposal of his body after death: carbon typescript; 1896 correspondence from Caspar Purdon Clarke, Director of the South Kensington Museum, to Sir George C.M. Birdwood: photocopy. There is no explanation for the presence of these documents in the collection.

[1960s]
IV.A.vi.2* Presentation portfolio, photo captions, MoMA press release, photo of Jacqueline Kennedy and Indira Gandhi

A similar portfolio was presented by Mrs. Kennedy to Mrs. Gandhi when the former donated the Children's Art Carnival to India in 1962

March 1962
IV.A.vi.3* Designs for educational equipment and furniture, installation and lighting plans

Tracings, whiteprints, photostats

June 1962
IV.A.vi.4* Designs for educational equipment, toys

Whiteprints

June 1962
IV.A.vi.5 Original and photocopied press coverage, program

June 1962-December 1963
IV.A.vi.6 "India trip not including Carnival"

Tray I: color slides removed from a carousel

1962
IV.A.vi.7 "India trip not including Carnival"

Tray II: color slides removed from a carousel

1962
IV.A.vi.8 "India trip not including Carnival"

Tray IV: color slides removed from a carousel [no Tray III]

1962
IV.A.vi.9 "India trip not including Carnival"

Tray V: color slides removed from a carousel

1962
IV.A.vi.10 "India trip not including Carnival"

Tray VI: color slides removed from a carousel

1962
IV.A.vi.11* Poster

Photo reproductions

1962
IV.A.vi.12 Unidentified wall text describing India Carnival

B/w slides

[1962]
IV.A.vi.13 Children at Art Carnival, Mrs. Indira Gandhi and other officials

Includes 12 frames of 16 mm moving image film of Jacqueline Kennedy and Mrs. Gandhi: b/w prints (one mounted) and negatives, 16 mm film, color transparencies

1962-1963
IV.A.vi.14 Photocopied news clippings, original correspondence, schedule for D'Amico and party in India, report on Carnival in India

Includes 1969 clipping re: Arlette Buchman presentation on Art Carnival

1962-1964, 1969
IV.A.vi.15 Press clippings (1 of 2)

Loose clippings and pages from an album; in English and Hindi

September, October 1963
IV.A.vi.16 Press clippings (2 of 2)

Loose clippings and pages from an album; in English and Hindi

September, October 1963
IV.A.vi.17 Children, teachers, finished works

Color slides

1963
IV.A.vi.18 Teachers and students, building interior and exterior, travel photos of Delhi and environs

Color slides removed from a carousel

1963
IV.A.vi.19 Students working: with D'Amico, with Indira Gandhi

B/w prints

1963
IV.A.vi.20 Students, teachers, finished works

Color slides organized from unsorted materials

1963
IV.A.vi.21 Department of Education plans

Pencil sketch, list of drawings for the Carnival in India

1963
IV.A.vi.22 Staff and children

Identified as being from Dutia Photo Service, New Delhi: b/w prints and negatives

1963
IV.A.vi.23 India

B/w negatives, prints

1963
IV.A.vi.24 Madras, Ahmadabad, Hyderabad, Bangalore

Captioned b/w negative strips

1963
 

Subseries IV.A.vii. Multiple Locations, 1940s-1960s

Folder Title Date
IV.A.vii.1 Children participating, installation views (1 of 6)

From a set of mounted, numbered variously, b/w prints that also include MoMA exhibitions and classes

[1940s-1960s]
IV.A.vii.2 Children participating, installation views (2 of 6)

From a set of mounted, numbered variously, b/w prints that also include MoMA exhibitions and classes

[1940s-1960s]
IV.A.vii.3 Children participating, installation views (3 of 6)

From a set of mounted, numbered variously, b/w prints that also include MoMA exhibitions and classes

[1940s-1960s]
IV.A.vii.4 Children participating, installation views (4 of 6)

From a set of mounted, numbered variously, b/w prints that also include MoMA exhibitions and classes

[1940s-1960s]
IV.A.vii.5 Children participating, installation views (5 of 6)

From a set of mounted, numbered variously, b/w prints that also include MoMA exhibitions and classes

[1940s-1960s]
IV.A.vii.6 Children participating, installation views (6 of 6)

From a set of mounted, numbered variously, b/w prints that also include MoMA exhibitions and classes

[1940s-1960s]
IV.A.vii.7 Equipment used in children's art galleries

Photographs include views from Children's Art Carnival Milan, Children's Holiday Carnival MoMA: b/w prints

1949-1957
IV.A.vii.8 Various locations

B/w and color prints and transparencies

1950s
IV.A.vii.9 MoMA, Brussels, Milan, India

Slide presentation: color and b/w slides

1950s-1960s
IV.A.vii.10 MoMA, Brussels, Barcelona, India

B/w prints

1950s-1960s
IV.A.vii.11 Milan, India, Harlem (1 of 2)

Mounted b/w prints

[1950s-1960s]
IV.A.vii.12 Milan, India, Harlem (2 of 2)

Mounted b/w prints

[1950s-1960s]
IV.A.vii.13 MoMA, India, Barcelona

Photographs of children and parents making art; includes contact sheet of MoMA Carnival with D'Amico and print of Carnival construction in India: mounted and unmounted b/w prints

1955-1957, 1963, 1964
IV.A.vii.14 MoMA, Brussels, Milan, Harlem, Barcelona

Photographs from an original envelope marked "Photos Carnivals & Caravan - model and article": b/w prints

1956-1959
IV.A.vii.15 Brussels, Barcelona

Photographs of children working, finished works; from an unlabeled box: color slides

[1957-1958]
IV.A.vii.16 Milan, Barcelona, India

From an original slide carousel marked "incomplete": color slides

1957-1963
IV.A.vii.17 India, unidentified

Photographs of finished works: color slides

1957-1963
IV.A.vii.18 Milan, Barcelona, India

Photographs of children at work, finished works: color slides

1957-1963
IV.A.vii.19 India, Harlem

Photographs of children, teachers, finished works: color slides

1960s
IV.A.vii.20* Floor plan, Carnival building and outside areas

Unidentified Carnival location: pencil sketch on paper

[1960]
IV.A.vii.21 India, Harlem

Photographs of children, teachers, finished works, models of Children’s Caravan: color slides

1963, 1968
 

Subseries IV.B. "Through the Enchanted Gate," 1952-[1953]

Folder Title Date
IV.B.1 Notes, program information, handwritten and carbon copies of introductory text

1952, undated
IV.B.2 Children working

Images marked as having been used in "Through the Enchanted Gate": b/w prints

1952
IV.B.3 Children's Guide

Typescript and photocopies

1952
IV.B.4 Edited script

Original typescript, hand-edited

[1952]
IV.B.5 Edited script

Carbon copy (1 of 2)

[1952]
IV.B.6 Edited script

Carbon copy (2 of 2)

[1952]
IV.B.7 Children sketching, with television on

B/w print, mounted

[1952-1953]
IV.B.8 "Through the Enchanted Gate," "Let's Have a Circus Party," "Make An Imaginary Paper Animal," "Paint How You Feel Inside"

Episodes from the program: four 12" film reels

Note: These films have been transferred to the Museum's Film Study Center which has the proper facilities for storing and screening them. Researchers should contact the Center for further information. Access may be denied due to the films’ physical condition.

June, July 1952
 

Subseries IV.C. Children's Art Caravan, 1960s-1974

Historical Note

The Art Caravan was designed as a mobile version of the Children's Art Carnival, entirely designed by D'Amico and championed by him after his retirement as Director of the Department of Education. To be contained in a pair of trailers, it would incorporate both a motivations area and an area for children to work creatively under the supervision of trained teachers, similar to the Art Carnival. The project was initially supported by a grant from the John D. Rockefeller, 3rd, Fund in 1968. Subsequently, both the National Endowment for the Humanities and the John D. Rockefeller, 3rd, Fund had promised additional grants, contingent on matching funding. By 1971 MoMA's funding priorities had changed and did not include further support of the Caravan, at which time D'Amico resigned from the project.

Folder Title Date
IV.C.1* Plans for educational equipment and furniture, Caravan floor plan

Whiteprints

[1960s]
IV.C.2* Floor plan

Annotated whiteprint; oversize, see flat file 2-2

[1960s]
IV.C.3 Caravan model

Color slides

1966, 1967
IV.C.4 Correspondence

Re: fundraising, grant applications; includes photocopied TLS D'Amico-Jean D’Autilia (1/19/1971) outlining potential of Caravan; undated extracts from "letters of interest in Art Caravan" by educational organizations

1967-1971
IV.C.5 Prospectus for a project to develop a mobile program of art education for elementary school pupils

Proposed for five Georgia counties, submitted to John D. Rockefeller, 3rd, Foundation.

April 1968
IV.C.6 Plans and models

Color and b/w photographic prints (some mounted), color transparencies

1968
IV.C.7 General information

Includes proposal, b/w and color photographs of Caravan model, clipping of D'Amico article "The Children's Art Caravan" (Arts and Activities, October 1970)

1968-1970
IV.C.8 Boston Artmobile

Color slides

October 1969
IV.C.9 Correspondence and reports

Includes emended draft and final versions of "Promoting the Children's Art Caravan: A Report" (10/15/1970), prepared for Institute of Modern Art’s Board of Trustees

1969-1972
IV.C.10 General information

Includes clippings, information on trailers, list of attendees at 9/26/1972 conference on Art Caravan (see folder IV.C.18)

1969-1972
IV.C.11 Correspondence

Includes clippings, fundraising, letters of support for the project from Henry Allen Moe, Clark Foundation (and MoMA Trustee); and John Hightower, NY State Council on the Arts (later MoMA Director), among others

1969-1974
IV.C.12 Model of Caravan

From original envelope labeled "Photos Carnivals & Caravan - model and article": b/w prints

July 1970
IV.C.13 Trailer for possible use as Caravan

Floor plans and specifications, proposed budgets

1970, 1972
IV.C.14 Proposed budgets

Includes some correspondence to potential funders

1970, 1973
IV.C.15 National Endowment for the Arts

Correspondence

1970-1972
IV.C.16 Grant application

To the National Endowment for the Arts

July 1971
IV.C.17 Specifications for trailers

From Avid Corporation; includes correspondence, explanation of specifications, whiteprints

December 1972
IV.C.18 Conference on the Art Caravan

Includes statements from Board of Education and other participants, sketches and plans, description of planned Caravan

1972

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Series V. Art Barge, 1950s-2011 (bulk 1955-1980s)

The subseries includes some administrative records (registration forms, expenses) and extensive photographic documentation of summer art programs, including students at work, exhibitions, and social events, held at the Art Barge during and after D'Amico's tenure at MoMA.

Historical Note

MoMA began summer painting classes for adults on eastern Long Island in 1955, at Ashawaugh Hall, East Hampton, near the summer home of Victor and Mabel D'Amico. The Institute of Modern Art, formed at MoMA in 1960, ran summer programs starting in 1962 on the decommissioned U.S. Navy coal barge Kearsarge, which had been towed from New Jersey to Napeague Harbor in Amagansett, Long Island. This location came to be called The Art Barge. In the off-seasons, D'Amico gathered interested adult students, into groups variously named Kearsarge or Napeague, in New York City for criticism and art review.

In 1971, The Napeague Institute of Art was founded as an independent organization under charter from the State of New York Board of Regents, with its own board of trustees and officers, dedicated to "the creative development of laymen, students, teachers, and professional artists, helping them to achieve a richer way of life and make a more meaningful contribution to society." It ran summer programs at the Art Barge (which it leased from MoMA until October 1982) for senior citizens, school teachers, adults, and children. Some teacher education classes there were offered for credit through New York University (1963-1966) and Southampton College of Long Island University (beginning in 1967). In 1982, The Napeague Institute of Art was renamed the Victor D'Amico Institute of Art. It continues to administer summer programs at The Art Barge under that name.

Arrangement

Many of the color slides in this series were originally housed unsorted in large boxes, unidentified as to content or date. They are now organized generally into groupings by apparent subject and year printed on the slide housing; researchers should note that these designations are approximate. Images of unidentified art works have been transferred to the Department of Education for internal use. Meeting minutes have been removed per the Museum Archives' Access Policy.

Folder Title Date
V.1 D'Amico Amagansett

Two Super 8 film reels

NOTE: These Super 8 film reels have been transferred to the Museum's Film Study Center, which has the proper facilities for storing and screening them. Researchers should contact the Study Center for further information. Access may be denied due to the films’ physical condition.

Undated
V.2 “Victor D’Amico Museum of Modern Art”

7" audio reel

NOTE: This sound recording was preserved in Spring, 2013. In addition to the original, a Broadcast Wave File (BWF) archival master, a DVD audio master, and a CD-R use copy now exist.

Undated
V.3 Notes in D'Amico’s hand

Undated
V.4 Postcard reproduction of ship card for Kearsarge

Undated
V.5 Students at work, finished works

B/w prints and negatives, color prints

1950s
V.6* Exterior views, with students working

B/w prints, mounted

[1950s]
V.7 Summer Vacation Painting Classes (1 of 3)

Acceptances for program’s first year

1955
V.8 Summer Vacation Painting Classes (2 of 3)

Questionnaires re: summer painting classes, and responses. Includes completed forms and some personalized letters

1955-1960
V.9 Summer Vacation Painting Classes (3 of 3)

Questionnaires re: summer painting classes sent to participants to determine interest for planned second year of classes

1956
V.10 Completed enrollment forms (1 of 3)

1955, 1956
V.11 Completed enrollment forms (2 of 3)

1957, 1958
V.12 Completed enrollment forms (3 of 3)

1959, 1960
V.13 MoMA interoffice memos

Re: administrative matters including tuition payments and petty cash

1955-1961
V.14 Student field trip to Lazy Point; Gratitude Day

Color slides

1955, 1979
V.15 Ashawagh Hall, East Hampton (Long Island, NY)

Photographs of first location of MoMA summer classes: color slides

circa 1956
V.16 Summer Vacation Painting Class #1

7" audio reel. Contents listed on box: roundtable discussion, summer classes Ashawagh Hall, Charlotte Park, Ralph Carpentier, Jack Ramsay, Mabel D'Amico, Ione Ulrich, Joe Lane, D'Amico.

NOTE: This sound recording was preserved in Spring, 2013. In addition to the original, a Broadcast Wave File (BWF) archival master, a DVD audio master, and a CD-R use copy now exist.

July 18, 1958
V.17 Summer Vacation Painting Class #2

7" audio reel

NOTE: This sound recording was preserved in Spring, 2013. In addition to the original, a Broadcast Wave File (BWF) archival master, a DVD audio master, and a CD-R use copy now exist.

[July 18, 1958]
V.18 Children's art classes, East Hampton

B/w prints

Summer 1958
V.19 Indoor and outdoor views, students at work, Art Barge and Art Caravan models

B/w prints

1958-1962, undated
V.20 Self-criticism

By Hilde Sigal: original manuscript and typed transcript

January 1959
V.21 Interior and exterior views, students at work

B/w prints

1959, [1960s]
V.22 “Xmas Motivation # 6”

7" audio reel

NOTE: This sound recording was preserved in Spring, 2013. In addition to the original, a Broadcast Wave File (BWF) archival master, a DVD audio master, and a CD-R use copy now exist.

[1959]
V.23 “Xmas (Original Good)”

7" audio reel

NOTE: This sound recording was preserved in Spring, 2013. In addition to the original, a Broadcast Wave File (BWF) archival master, a DVD audio master, and a CD-R use copy now exist.

1959
V.24 Students at work: exterior views

Color and b/w transparencies

1960s
V.25 Students at work indoors; exterior views

Mounted b/w snapshots

[1960s]
V.26 Interior and exterior views; students at work indoors and outdoors

B/w and color prints, b/w negatives, color stereo transparencies

[1960s]
V.27 Exhibitions, students at work indoors and outdoors

Photos by Jay Hoops: b/w prints

[1960s]
V.28 Creative Art Education Workshops

Metal stamp with summer schedule at Art Barge

[1960s]
V.29 “Class criticism summer”

7" audio reel

NOTE: This sound recording was preserved in Spring, 2013. In addition to the original, a Broadcast Wave File (BWF) archival master, a DVD audio master, and a CD-R use copy now exist.

[1960s]
V.30 “Drawing leaves etc. new 2 sides”

7" audio reel

NOTE: This sound recording was preserved in Spring, 2013. In addition to the original, a Broadcast Wave File (BWF) archival master, a DVD audio master, and a CD-R use copy now exist.

[1960s]
V.31 Kearsarge Group: First motivation drawings

7" audio reel

NOTE: This sound recording was preserved in Spring, 2013. In addition to the original, a Broadcast Wave File (BWF) archival master, a DVD audio master, and a CD-R use copy now exist.

[1960s]
V.32 Correspondence, promotional material, group mailings, application for state charter, D'Amico resumés

Includes note D'Amico-members (9/19/1973) outlining history of Institute of Modern Art, Kearsarge Group, and Napeague Institute of Art

1960s-1970s
V.33 Audiomotivator

7" audio reel; D'Amico handwritten list of music excerpts included on tape.

NOTE: This sound recording was preserved in Spring, 2013. In addition to the original, a Broadcast Wave File (BWF) archival master, a DVD audio master, and a CD-R use copy now exist.

[1960s]
V.34 Directions on cameras with [illegible]

7" audio reel

NOTE: In Spring, 2013, this recording was sent off-site for preservation. The preservation vendor concluded that the tape was blank.

[1960s]
V.35 First meeting Art Barge teachers

7" audio reel

NOTE: This sound recording was preserved in Spring, 2013. In addition to the original, a Broadcast Wave File (BWF) archival master, a DVD audio master, and a CD-R use copy now exist.

[1960s]
V.36 Teachers interview

7" audio reel

NOTE: This sound recording was preserved in Spring, 2013. In addition to the original, a Broadcast Wave File (BWF) archival master, a DVD audio master, and a CD-R use copy now exist.

[1960s]
V.37* Designs and plans

Including D'Amico residence in Mt. Vernon, NY, and “Mabel’s beach house”: original tracings and whiteprints

[1960s]
V.38 Students at work, D'Amico in classes

B/w photographs

[1960s-1970s]
V.39 List of books donated to East Hampton Free Library by Napeague Institute of Art

[1960s-1970s]
V.40 Buchman party, summer 1960

7” audio reel

NOTE: This sound recording was preserved in Spring, 2013. In addition to the original, a Broadcast Wave File (BWF) archival master, a DVD audio master, and a CD-R use copy now exist.

Summer 1960
V.41 Barge bill of sale, building permit

March 28, November 24, 1961
V.42 Applications and class lists

1961
V.43 Fundraising letters sent to class participants

Carbon copies

1961
V.44 Various individuals, art works

Color and b/w prints; b/w negative

1961, undated
V.45 Art Barge model

B/w prints, one mounted and marked for layout

1961
V.46 Art Barge in situ, under construction

B/w prints, one mounted for reproduction; b/w negatives

1961, undated
V.47 Exteriors, Art Barge being towed, events at Art Barge

Color slides organized from unsorted materials

1961-1966, undated
V.48 Students working in class, indoors and outdoors

Color slides organized from unsorted materials

1961-1967
V.49 Students working in class, indoors and out

Color slides organized from unsorted materials

1961-1968
V.50 Exterior views, indoor and outdoor classes, D'Amico

Color slides

1961-1969, 1987, 1990
V.51 Clippings

From The New York Times and other newspapers

1961, 1982, undated
V.52 Finished works; D'Amico outdoors by bridge; interiors of Art Barge

Color slides

1962
V.53 Airplane visit to Art Barge; Saturday critique

Color slides

1962, 1964
V.54 Construction and interior views, students at work

Color slides

1962-1968
V.55 Students at work indoors and outdoors

Color slides

1962-1968
V.56 Finished works, students at work

From an unlabeled box: color paper-mounted and b/w glass-mounted slides

1962-1969
V.57 Exhibitions of student work

Color slides organized from unsorted materials

1962-1969
V.58 Students working, indoors and outdoors; exterior views

Color slides organized from unsorted materials

1962-1970
V.59 Parties, students relaxing indoors and outdoors

Color slides

1962-1970
V.60 Views of the Barge site, students, art work

Color slides

1962-1971
V.61 Students at work indoors and outdoors

Color slides

1962-1973
V.62 Clippings, correspondence, D'Amico obituary notices

Materials from former MoMA art teacher Arlette Buchman originally collected in a folder marked "Victor's work." Includes agreement with MoMA (11/28/1973) re: rental of land and building for Art Barge

1962-2001
V.63 Cancelled applications for summer classes

Forms, carbon correspondence

1963
V.64 Students at work indoors and outdoors; interior views

B/w prints on album pages previously removed

1963, undated
V.65 Charles Francis Cook lounge: interior views

Enlarged views of some images in folder V.64: b/w mounted prints, with adhesive for hanging

[1963, undated]
V.66 Students at work indoors and outdoors

Color slides organized from unsorted materials

1963-1969
V.67 Students at work indoors and outdoors

Color slides

1963-1969
V.68 Teachers' classes, two students at work

Color slides

1963-1970
V.69 Students at work, finished work

Color slides

1963-1970
V.70 Interior and exterior views, students at work

Color slides

1963-1976
V.71 Action painting class: students at work outdoors

Color slides

1964
V.72 Students working on outdoor mural

Color slides organized from unsorted materials

1964, 1965, 1967-1969
V.73 Summer classes

Contact sheets, b/w and color negatives

1964, 1967
V.74 Students at work, finished works

Color slides

1964-1969
V.75 Teachers' workshops

Color slides organized from unsorted materials

1964-1969
V.76 Teachers’ mural: students at work

Color slides

1965
V.77 Group labeled "Barge portraits": individual students with their work

Color slides organized from unsorted materials

1965, 1967
V.78 Summer art programs

Workshops for teachers: recommendations, reports to funders, notices, clipping

1965, 1972-1982
V.79 D'Amico motivations

Poems, ideas, sketches

1965, undated
V.80 Motivations

Photographs of visual stimuli to creativity; exterior views: color slides

1965-1968
V.81 Motivations

Written stimuli to creativity, for painting classes; some in D'Amico’s hand

1965-1968
V.82 Motivations

Written stimuli to creativity: poems and themes

[1965-1968]
V.83 Motivations

Written stimuli to creativity

[1965-1968]
V.84 Project descriptions and motivations for painting classes

[1965-1968]
V.85 Art appreciation, teachers

7" audio reel, unboxed

NOTE: This sound recording was preserved in Spring, 2013. In addition to the original, a Broadcast Wave File (BWF) archival master, a DVD audio master, and a CD-R use copy now exist.

1967
V.86 Mural, students working, art works

Color slides

1967-1968
V.87 Murals

Photographs of students working on mural; finished piece: color slides

July 1967; July 1969
V.88 Students at work; interior and exterior views

Color slides

1967-1970
V.89 Clippings

Some are about MoMA in general

1967-2002
V.90* Plans for rope fence, benches, other designs

Original drawings and tracings, whiteprints; oversize, see flat file 2-2

May 1968; undated
V.91 August teachers' workshop; teachers leaving Art Barge

Three Super 8 film reels

Note: These Super 8 film reels have been transferred to the Museum's Film Study Center, which has the proper facilities for storing and screening them. Researchers should contact the Study Center for further information. Access may be denied due to the films’ physical condition.

Summer 1968
V.92 "Homage to Victor," students working outdoors; mural

From a slide carousel: color slides

Summer 1968, 1974
V.93 Southampton College art education workshop

Printed flyer

Summer 1968
V.94 Teachers' workshops: students at work, finished works

Color slides

1968, 1969
V.95 Students at work indoors and outdoors

Color slides organized from unsorted materials

1968-1970
V.96 Christmas message, May summary to the Kearsarge Art Group

Photocopied typescript

1969
V.97 Paintings by students in various classes

Color slides

1969, 1970
V.98 Carolyn self-portrait; Barbara's painting; presentation of glass bowl to Mabel D'Amico

Color slides

1969, 1970
V.99 Southampton College art education workshops, fine arts classes

Administrative correspondence, student recommendations, course descriptions; includes TLS President Harry A. Marmion-D'Amico (11/22/1974) terminating the summer classes

1969-1974
V.100 Course offerings, newsletters, posters

Includes D'Amico's 1969 Christmas letter to The Kearsarge Group, postcards of the Art Barge

1969-2007, undated
V.101 Napeague Criticism Group (1 of 2)

Includes notices from D'Amico of meetings to discuss art teaching and works in progress

1970s
V.102 Napeague Criticism Group (2 of 2)

Includes D'Amico motivations, plans for painting classes. From sessions held in the off season at New York City artists' studios and at Ethical Culture School

1970s
V.103 Adult students at work

B/w prints

[1970s]
V.104 Class evaluations

From various summer classes

Summer 1970
V.105 Southampton College Summer Art Program

Photographs of finished works: color slides

1970
V.106 Statements, correspondence with MoMA

re: Art Barge expenses

1970, 1975
V.107 Various correspondence and notes

1970-1975, undated
V.108 Correspondence with New York University re: classes

Includes photocopied TLS Jerome Hausman, Professor of Art Education-Wilder Green (1/6/1970) proposing establishment of professional relationship between New York University and MoMA

1970-1977
V.109 Summer art programs

Scholarship programs for teachers: includes notices, grant-related correspondence, proposals

1970-1978
V.110 New York State Council on the Arts

Documentation supporting grant application

1970-1979
V.111 Correspondence; MoMA order for building work surfaces

1971
V.112 Forms and brochures

Promotional materials and forms for classes, events, donations

1971-1979
V.113 Exteriors, landscape at Lazy Point

Color slides organized from unsorted materials

1971-1981
V.114 Kearsarge group: meeting notes, membership lists

1971, 1973
V.115 Napeague Art Institute (1 of 6)

Mailing lists

1972-1982, undated
V.116 Napeague Art Institute (2 of 6)

Clippings, writings

1972, 1978, 1982, undated
V.117 Napeague Art Institute (3 of 6)

Class register: pages removed from metal-post binder

Summer 1982
V.118 Napeague Art Institute (4 of 6)

Barge inventory

Undated
V.119 Napeague Art Institute (5 of 6)

Lists of materials and slides

Undated
V.120 Napeague Art institute (6 of 6)

List of East Hampton guest houses, hotels, restaurants

Undated
V.121 Exhibition of student work

Color slides organized from unsorted materials

1972
V.122 Costume party

Color slides organized from unsorted materials

1972
V.123 Southampton College Summer Art Program

Correspondence, catalogue, agreement with D'Amico (6/21/1974) re: for-credit classes held at The Art Barge

1973-1974
V.124 Newspaper notices

Proof; letter to D'Amico accompanying notice of special New York Times Education supplement

1973, 1975
V.125 Newspaper clippings

Paid notices, feature articles on D'Amico, the Art Barge, summer classes, mostly from eastern Long Island papers

1973-1985
V.126 Correspondence with MoMA

Memos re: financial arrangements between MoMA and the Napeague Institute of Art

May, August 1974
V.127 Summer art programs

Program, photographs, clipping

1974, 1978
V.128 Publicity and advertising

Photocopied information on the Napeague Institute of Art used for promotion; brochures; clippings

1975
V.129 BOCES/SCOPE

Correspondence and receipts re: funding for teacher education program

1975
V.130 New York State Council on the Arts

Application for funding, summer 1976. Includes photocopied application, brochures, poster from the Napeague Art Institute

1975-1976
V.131 Senior citizens arts and crafts classes

Attendance list, letters of thanks

1976, 1977
V.132 Senior citizens arts and crafts classes

Photographs of student work; students at work on beach and in studio: color transparencies, b/w prints

1976, 1977
V.133 Workshops for senior citizens (1 of 4)

Clippings, letter of thanks, envelope

1976
V.134 Workshops for senior citizens (2 of 4)

Includes, correspondence, applications, recommended reading list, announcement

1976-1978
V.135 Workshops for senior citizens (3 of 4)

Photographs, letters of thanks from participants

1976, 1977
V.136 Workshops for senior citizens (4 of 4)

Course descriptions and announcements, class presentation, Director's report

1977-1979
V.137 Grade school teachers classes

Photographic contact sheet

1977
V.138 Grant suggestions and materials

Applications and information on the National Endowment for the Humanities and National Endowment for the Arts grants opportunities

1977, 1979
V.139 Receipts for contributions

1977, 1980
V.140 Benefit performances

Programs for benefit events held at the Art Barge and elsewhere

1977-1994
V.141 New York State Council on the Arts

Completed grant application form

1978
V.142 Letters in response to correspondence re: New York State funding for the arts

Form letters

1978
V.143 Helena Rubinstein Foundation

Correspondence and supporting materials for grant received to fund summer programs

1978-1981
V.144 Notices of events, mailing and supply lists, local accommodations

1978-1985, undated
V.145 Administrative correspondence

Re: donations, bills to be paid

1979
V.146 Clippings

1979-1984
V.147 Videotaped classes and interviews

Standard VHS cassette: "#1 Marcus screenwriting; beach, folk music (DiPirro), Weldon"

[1980s]
V.148 Videotaped classes and interviews

Standard VHS cassette: "#2 Petulia; Bettina's class; Arlette's class; Bernice's class"

[1980s]
V.149 Videotaped classes and interviews

Standard VHS cassette: "#3 Arlette's class; sand sculpture (Mabel, Chris), Bernice's class Coelho's class; beach"

[1980s]
V.150 Videotaped classes and interviews

Standard VHS cassette: "#4 Tyson, Bigar and Frankle; John Tobias; Arlette interview"

[1980s]
V.151 Videotaped classes and interviews

Standard VHS cassette: "#5 Marcus "Woman in the Dune"; Nicole's class; Mabel home; Teddy (studio)"

[1980s]
V.152 Videotaped classes and interviews

Standard VHS cassette: "#6 Music 1 hr.: Zooey and Albin; Music 1 hr: Victoria and Michael"

[1980s]
V.153 Videotaped classes and interviews

Standard VHS cassette: "#7 Victoria and Michael; Tyson birthday; artist and poetry"

[1980s]
V.154 Videotaped classes and interviews

Standard VHS cassette: "#8 Arlette 'Animals and art'; Carpentier's class and party"

[1980s]
V.155 Letterhead, unidentified sketch

After 1981
V.156 Summer art programs (1 of 2)

Annual brochures

1983, 1984, 1986-1990
V.157 Summer art programs (2 of 2)

Annual brochures

1998, 2000-2007, 2011
V.158 Children with their art

B/w prints

1984
V.159 "Artists Speak"

Correspondence related to, and photographs of artists who participated in, an Amagansett television program that interviewed artists

1984-1992
V.160* "Artists Speak" event: Philip Pearlstein

Posters, clipping

July 1988
V.161 Poster "Exploring the Legends: Guideposts to the future - Victor D'Amico"

Event at MoMA presented by the University Council for Art Education

1991

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Series VI. Exhibitions, 1938-1969

The series includes information on exhibitions, both at MoMA and some that circulated, organized by the Department of Education or with its significant collaboration. It includes both numbered MoMA exhibitions and those mounted in the Young People's Gallery and other spaces, which were not included in the Museum's chronological numbering system. The documentation is almost entirely in the form of photographs (installation views, exhibition panels, and individual items on view); there is minimal administrative or organizational information. For exhibitions that circulated to schools, see Series II. New York City High Schools Program. Some folders in Series IV. Children's Art Carnival, and Series III.A. War Veterans' Art Center, may also include exhibition-related information.

Historical Note

The Young People's Gallery opened at MoMA on November 1, 1939, as a "special exhibition space, designed to serve the needs of art students between the ages of 12 and 18." It was an outgrowth of the New York City High Schools Program (see Series II). All of its rotating exhibitions were "selected for, or by, pupils in the art classes of secondary schools. Occasionally a showing of their own work will be held. Demonstrations in various fields of art will be given by well-known artists and followed by discussion of techniques, media, and other matters of interest to young art students." (MoMA press release, "Young People's Gallery Opens at Museum of Modern Art with Unusual Exhibition," October 30, 1939). Special equipment used for display in the gallery was designed by D'Amico, including convertible easels and easily reconfigured chains of desks.

Arrangement

The subseries is organized chronologically by exhibition. For many exhibitions, there are two sets of images: one of mounted prints from various series of albums and one of unmounted prints. These have been combined into a single folder where space allows.

Folder Title Date
VI.1 Machine Art [MoMA Exh. #73, March 7-March 31, 1938]

Installation views; from an album "Educational Program Photographs - Miscellaneous Circulating Exhibitions": mounted prints

1938
VI.2 Young People’s Gallery

Includes installation views from We Like Modern Art [MoMA Exh. #120, December 27, 1940-January 12, 1941]; Creative Growth, Childhood to Maturity [MoMA Exh. #92, November 1, 1939-January 5, 1940]; as well as images of a cantilevered easel designed by D'Amico: b/w prints

1939-1940
VI.3 Young People's Gallery

Press release, drafts of wall text; includes materials re: Work from Art Classes [MoMA Exh. #422, September 30-October 30, 1949]

[1940s]
VI.4 Young People’s Gallery

Poster competition open to art students in Greater New York high schools. From an album "Educational Program Photographs - Exhibitions in the Young People's Gallery": mounted b/w prints

[1940s]
VI.5 Creative Growth, Childhood to Maturity [MoMA Exh. #92, November 1, 1939-January 5, 1940]

Installation views, photographs of objects in the exhibition; from an album "Educational Program Photographs - Exhibitions in the Young People's Gallery": mounted b/w prints

1940
VI.6 Creative Growth, Childhood to Maturity [MoMA Exh. #92, November 1, 1939-January 5, 1940]

Installation views, photographs of objects in the exhibition: b/w prints

1940
VI.7 12 Favorites: Paintings Selected by Students from the Museum Collection [MoMA Exh. #96, January 31-March 1, 1940]

Installation views; from an album "Educational Program Photographs - Exhibitions in the Young People's Gallery": mounted b/w prints

1940
VI.8 12 Favorites: Paintings Selected by Students from the Museum Collection [MoMA Exh. #96, January 31-March 1, 1940]

Visitors in the gallery: b/w prints

1940
VI.9 Visual and Non-Visual Expression in Art [MoMA Exh. #101, March 6-May 1, 1940]

Installation views, photographs of objects in the exhibition; from an album "Educational Program Photographs - Exhibitions in the Young People's Gallery": mounted b/w prints

1940
VI.10 Visual and Non-Visual Expression in Art [MoMA Exh. #101, March 6-May 1, 1940]

Installation views and photographs of objects in the exhibition: b/w prints

1940
VI.11 Twenty Centuries of Mexican Art [MoMA Exh. #106, May 15-September 30, 1940]

Photographs of objects in the exhibition: b/w prints

1940
VI.12 Modern Interiors [MoMA Exh. #109, October 3-November 2, 1940]

Installation views, photographs of objects in the exhibition: unmounted b/w prints and those from an album "Educational Program Photographs - Miscellaneous Circulating Exhibitions”

1940
VI.13 Graphic Arts: Designing a Stage Setting [MoMA Exh. #112, November 4-November 11, 1940]

Exhibition panels, photographs of individual objects; from an album "Educational Program Photographs - Miscellaneous Circulating Exhibitions": mounted b/w prints

1940
VI.14 Graphic Arts: Designing a Stage Setting [MoMA Exh. #112, November 4-November 11, 1940]

Photographs of exhibition panels and individual objects from circulating exhibition: b/w prints

1940
VI.15 We Like Modern Art [MoMA Exh. #120, December 27, 1940-January 12, 1941]

Exhibition planned by students from high schools in MoMA's educational program. Installation views, photographs of jury of students working with D'Amico to select items; from an album "Educational Program Photographs - Exhibitions in the Young People's Gallery": mounted b/w prints

1940
VI.16 We Like Modern Art [MoMA Exh. #120, December 27, 1940-January 12, 1941]

Exhibition planned by students from high schools in MoMA's educational program. Includes installation views, photographs of jury of students working with D'Amico to select items: b/w prints

1940
VI.17 Book mock-up "We Like Modern Art (Introductory Series to the Modern Arts, No. 1)”

Pencil-lettered, comb-bound volume with layout marked for photographs and text

[1940]
VI.18 Animals in Art [MoMA Exh. #136, July 1-July 15, 1941]

Photographs of exhibition panels: unmounted b/w prints and those from an album "Educational Program Photographs - Miscellaneous Circulating Exhibitions”

1941
VI.19 Shapes of Things [MoMA Exh. #137, July 15-July 28, 1941]

Photographs of exhibition panels: mounted b/w prints from an album "Educational Program Photographs - Miscellaneous Circulating Exhibitions"

1941
VI.20 Shapes of Things [MoMA Exh. #137, July 15-July 28, 1941]

Also identified here as “Young People's rotating exhibition #32.” Photographs of exhibition panels: b/w prints

1941
VI.21 Abstract Painting [MoMA Exh. #137, July 15-July 28, 1941]

Photographs of exhibition panels: unmounted b/w prints and those from an album "Educational Program Photographs - Miscellaneous Circulating Exhibitions”

1941
VI.22 Preliminary Course of the Bauhaus [MoMA Exh. #141, July 29-August 11, 1941]

Installation views, photographs of objects in the exhibition: mounted b/w prints from an album "Educational Program Photographs - Miscellaneous Circulating Exhibitions"

1941
VI.23 Lettering and Arrangements in Poster Design [MoMA Exh. #143, August 12-August 25, 1941]

Installation views, photographs of objects in the exhibition: unmounted b/w prints and those from an album "Educational Program Photographs - Miscellaneous Circulating Exhibitions”

1941
VI.24 Ancestral Sources of Modern Painting [MoMA Exh. #144, August 26-September 15, 1941]

Installation views: unmounted b/w prints and those from an album "Educational Program Photographs - Miscellaneous Circulating Exhibitions”

1941
VI.25 Children of England Paint [MoMA Exh. #156, November 6-November 30, 1941]

Photographs of paintings in the exhibition: mounted b/w prints from an album "Educational Program Photographs - Exhibitions in the Young People's Gallery"

1941
VI.26 The Museum in Education [June 19-August 3, 1941]

Installation views: mounted b/w prints from an album "Educational Program Photographs - Miscellaneous Circulating Exhibitions"

1941
VI.27 Map of cities interested in small exhibitions

From an album "Educational Program Photographs - Miscellaneous Circulating Exhibitions": mounted b/w print

[1941]
VI.28 Graphic Arts

Photographs of exhibition panels: mounted b/w prints from an album "Educational Program Photographs - Miscellaneous Circulating Exhibitions"

[1941]
VI.29 Pictures for Children [MoMA Exh. #164, December 10, 1941-Jan 25, 1942]

Photographs of paintings in the exhibition, installation views: unmounted b/w prints and those from an album "Educational Program Photographs - Exhibitions in the Young People's Gallery"

1942
VI.30 Children's Festival of Modern Art [MoMA Exh. #173, March 11-May 10, 1942]

Photograph of exhibition opening panel from the first iteration of the Children’s Art Carnival (see Series IV.A.i): mounted b/w print

1942
VI.31 Anti-Hoarding Pictures by New York School Children [MoMA Exh. #180, May 13-June 8, 1942]

Photographs of objects in the exhibition: mounted b/w prints from an album "Educational Program Photographs - Miscellaneous Circulating Exhibitions"

1942
VI.32 Salvage Posters by New York High School Students [MoMA Exh. #187, June 24-September 3, 1942]

Photographs of objects in the exhibition: mounted b/w prints from an album "Educational Program Photographs - Miscellaneous Circulating Exhibitions"

1942
VI.33 Work of New York Public School Classes, June 2-28, 1942

Photographs of objects in the exhibition: b/w prints

1942
VI.34 Bambi: The Making of an Animated Sound Picture [MoMA Exh. #189, July 15-August 20, 1942]

Photographs of visitors attending the exhibition: mounted b/w prints from an album "Educational Program Photographs - Exhibitions in the Young People's Gallery"

1942
VI.35 Planning a Modern House [MoMA Exh. #191, August 25-September 21, 1942]

Photographs of exhibition panels: unmounted b/w prints and mounted b/w prints from an album "Educational Program Photographs - Miscellaneous Circulating Exhibitions"

1942
VI.36 Modern Architecture for the Modern School [MoMA Exh. #194, September 16-September 30, 1942]

Photographs of panels as installed at Fieldston School and of a student working on the exhibition: mounted b/w prints from an album "Educational Program Photographs - Miscellaneous Circulating Exhibitions"

1942
VI.37 Art of Two Cities: Chicago and New York [MoMA Exh. #200, October 14-November 15, 1942]

Photographs of paintings from the exhibition: unmounted b/w prints and those from an album "Educational Program Photographs - Exhibitions in the Young People's Gallery"

1942
VI.38 Children's Painting and the War [MoMA Exh. #206, November 18-December 13, 1942]

Photographs of paintings from the exhibition: mounted b/w prints from an album "Educational Program Photographs - Exhibitions in the Young People's Gallery"

1942
VI.39 USO exhibition: Understanding Children's Art

Photographs of exhibition panels: b/w prints

[July 1943]
VI.40 USO exhibition: Magic in Your Hands

Photographs of exhibition panels: b/w prints

[August 1943]
VI.41 USO exhibition: Your Home - Your Design for Living

Photographs of exhibition panels: b/w prints

[August 1943]
VI.42 USO exhibition: Looking at Art of Latin America

Made for the USO Division, National Board YWCA, by the Educational Program, MoMA, and the Committee on Art in American Education and Society: mounted b/w prints removed from post album

[October 1943]
VI.43 USO exhibition: Looking at Art of Latin America

From an exhibition made for the USO division, National Board, YWCA, by the Educational Program of MoMA and the Committee on Art in American Education and Society Exhibition panels: b/w prints

[October 1943]
VI.44 The Arts in Therapy [MoMA Exh. #216, February 3-March 7, 1943]

Photographs of exhibition panels, objects in the exhibition: mounted b/w prints from an album "Educational Program Photographs - Exhibitions in the Young People's Gallery"

1943
VI.45 The Arts in Therapy [MoMA Exh. #216, February 3-March 7, 1943]

Stills from motion picture created for the exhibition by D'Amico, Bernard Sanders, and Charles Cook: b/w prints

1943
VI.46 Art Shows for U.S.O. Centers [MoMA Exh. #238, August 4-September 26, 1943]

Installation views that include some exhibitions documented in folders VI.39-41: b/w prints

1943
VI.47 Young Negro Art [MoMA Exh. #243, October 26-November 28, 1943]

Photographs of objects in the exhibition, guests at exhibition opening including D'Amico: b/w prints

1943
VI.48 Posters [MoMA Exh. #258e, May 24-September 17, 1944]

Color glass-mounted slides

1944
VI.49 Soviet Children's Art [MoMA Exh. #260, September 19-November 19, 1944]

Photographs of paintings in the exhibition: b/w prints

1944
VI.50 Modern Art for Young People [MoMA Exh. #279, February 21-March 11, 1945]

Photographs of exhibition panels, installation views at Board of Education headquarters: unmounted b/w prints and those from an album "Educational Program Photographs - Exhibitions in the Young People's Gallery"

1944
VI.51 Teaching Elements of Design to Children [MoMA Exh. #288, May 16-June 10, 1945]

Photographs of exhibition panels; from an album "Educational Program Photographs - Exhibitions in the Young People's Gallery": mounted b/w prints

1945
VI.52 Art for War Veterans [MoMA Exh. #297, September 26-November 25, 1945]

Photographs of individual art pieces, students at work, exhibition panels, installation views: mounted b/w prints removed from post-bound album labeled "Bk. II"

1945
VI.53 Art for War Veterans [MoMA Exh. #297, September 26-November 25, 1945]

Installation views, photographs of exhibition panels: b/w prints

1945
VI.54 Art for War Veterans [MoMA Exh. #297, September 26-November 25, 1945]

Photographs of objects in the exhibition: b/w prints

1945
VI.55 Art for War Veterans [MoMA Exh. #297, September 26-November 25, 1945]

Photographs of exhibition panels: b/w prints

1945
VI.56 Art for War Veterans [MoMA Exh. #297, September 26-November 25, 1945]

Includes photographs of students at work, objects from the exhibition, panels and installation views, visitors at the opening: mounted and unmounted b/w prints

1945-1948
VI.57 Creative Art by American Children [MoMA Exh. #305, January 15-March 3, 1946]

Photographs of objects in the exhibition: b/w prints

1946
VI.58 Designed for Children [MoMA Exh. #320, June 11-October 6, 1946]

Includes draft texts, draft and final press release, expense list, loan receipts, designs for cases and exhibition layout

1945-1946
VI.59 Designed for Children [MoMA Exh. #320, June 11-October 6, 1946]

Installation views: mounted b/w prints previously removed from album

1946
VI.60 Designed for Children [MoMA Exh. #320, June 11-October 6, 1946]

Includes images from other design-related exhibitions, previously culled by Teachers College: b/w prints

1946-1953
VI.61 On Being a Cartoonist [MoMA Exh. #333, October 15-November 24, 1946]

Photographs of objects in the exhibition: photoreproductions

1946
VI.62 Children's Holiday Fair of Modern Art [MoMA Exh. #338, December 3, 1946-January 5, 1947]

B/w prints mounted on pages previously removed from album

1946
VI.63 Children's Holiday Fair of Modern Art [MoMA Exh. #338, December 3, 1946-January 5, 1947]

Photographs of children at work: b/w prints mounted on pages previously removed from album

1946
VI.64 Children's Holiday Fair of Modern Art [MoMA Exh. #338, December 3, 1946-January 5, 1947]

Photographs of children at work: b/w prints mounted on pages previously removed from album

1946
VI.65 Children's Holiday Fair of Modern Art [MoMA Exh. #338, December 3, 1946-January 5, 1947]

Installation views: b/w prints mounted on pages previously removed from album

1946
VI.66 Children's Holiday Fair of Modern Art [MoMA Exh. #338, December 3, 1946-January 5, 1947]

Photographs of children at work, objects in the exhibition: b/w prints

1946
VI.67 Exhibitions of teaching techniques, at MoMA and elsewhere

Correspondence, labels

April 1947, undated
VI.68 Paintings by French Children [MoMA Exh. #366, January 13-March 21, 1948]

Photographs of paintings in the exhibition: b/w prints

1948
VI.69 Work from War Veterans' Art Center [MoMA Exh. #383, September 1-October 10, 1948]

Photographs of woodworking objects from the exhibition: b/w prints

1948
VI.70 Work from War Veterans' Art Center [MoMA Exh. #383, September 1-October 10, 1948]

Photographs of ceramics and jewelry from the exhibition: b/w prints

1948
VI.71 Work from War Veterans' Art Center [MoMA Exh. #383, September 1-October 10, 1948]

Photographs of panels and objects in the exhibition: photoreproductions

1948
VI.72 Work from War Veterans' Art Center [MoMA Exh. #383, September 1-October 10, 1948]

Photographs of panels and objects in the exhibition: photoreproductions pasted up on boards, photostats

1948
VI.73 Work from War Veterans' Art Center [MoMA Exh. #383, September 1-October 10, 1948]

Photographs of individual objects from the exhibition: b/w prints

1948
VI.74 Work from War Veterans' Art Center [MoMA Exh. #383, September 1-October 10, 1948]

Photographs of visitors at the opening of the exhibition: b/w prints

1948
VI.75 Art in the Neighborhood: Focus on World Unity [MoMA Exh. #392, November 10, 1948-November 28, 1948]

Photographs of panels from the exhibition: b/w prints

1948
VI.76 Paintings by Japanese Children, Aged 6-12 [MoMA Exh. #428, November 2-November 27, 1949]

Photographs of paintings in the exhibition: b/w prints

1949
VI.77 How to Make a Silk Screen Print, by Harry Sternberg

"Exhibition for the Department of Education": b/w prints removed from post album

[1949-1950]
VI.78 Exhibition planning

Includes images of staff selecting objects for exhibitions including The Art Teaching of Belle Boas [MoMA Exh. #553, March 17-May 2, 1954] and Children's Art Carnival; images previously culled by Teachers College: b/w prints

1950s
VI.79 We Create for Pleasure [MoMA Exh. #499, January 23-March 2, 1952]

Exhibition of art work by adult students of the People's Art Center: drafts of text, press release, comments by students

1951-1952
VI.80 Human Quality in Creative Experience [MoMA Exh. #505, March 20-April 20, 1952]

Draft texts, loan receipts

1951-1952
VI.81 Human Quality in Creative Experience [MoMA Exh. #505, March 20-April 20, 1952]

Mock-up of exhibition layout

1952
VI.82 Human Quality in Creative Experience [MoMA Exh. #505, March 20-April 20, 1952]

Draft text for panels: originals and carbons; installation views: b/w prints

1952
VI.83 Human Quality in Creative Experience [MoMA Exh. #505, March 20-April 20, 1952]

Exhibition labels, keyed on back to parts of the exhibition

1952
VI.84 Human Quality in Creative Experience [MoMA Exh. #505, March 20-April 20, 1952]

Later documentation from a traveling version of the exhibition: guide to installing the exhibition, including checklist of panels, installation photographs, suggestions for related art activities. Includes receipt from unnamed Atlantic City venue noting condition ("corners and titles somewhat worn")

November 5, 1956
VI.85 Premium Toys Designed for Industry [MoMA Exh. #544, October 13-December 27, 1953]

Installation views, photographs of objects in the exhibition: b/w prints

1953
VI.86 Paintings by Italian Children [MoMA Exh. #571, February 16-March 20, 1955]

Correspondence, checklist, reviews, wall text, MoMA press release

November 1954-April 1955
VI.87 Developing Creativeness In Children [MoMA Exh. #575, March 15-April 17, 1955]

Photographs of exhibition panels: b/w prints

1955
VI.88 Developing Creativeness In Children [MoMA Exh. #575, March 15-April 17, 1955]

Photoreproductions of panels, mounted, with pin marks. These may have been with materials returned to Arlette Buchman from a 1995 loan exhibition in Japan (see also folder VIII.A.50).

1955
VI.89 Developing Creativeness In Children [MoMA Exh. #575, March 15-April 17, 1955]

Photographs of exhibition panels: color and b/w glass-mounted slides

1955
VI.90 Developing Creativeness In Children [MoMA Exh. #575, March 15-April 17, 1955]

From a traveling version of the exhibition: guide to installing the exhibition, including checklist of panels, installation photographs

1955
VI.91 Painting by Amateurs [MoMA Exh. #586, October 12-November 20, 1955]

Exhibition subtitle was "14 students from classes of the People's Art Center." Photographs of objects in the exhibition and installation views, adult students working: b/w prints

1955
VI.92 Art Education for Every Child [MoMA Exh. #665, May 6-August 14, 1960]

Exhibition held in conjunction with 18th annual meeting of National Committee on Art Education at MoMA (see also Series VIII.C). Installation views and photographs of exhibition panels: b/w prints

1960
VI.93 Art Education for Every Child [MoMA Exh. #665, May 6-August 14, 1960]

From original folder marked "xtra photos"; images of children making art, many with crop marks or other hand emendations: b/w prints

1960
VI.94 Art Education for Every Child [MoMA Exh. #665, May 6-August 14, 1960]

Includes wall labels, materials list, staff list, newspaper clippings. Material culled by Teachers College on People’s Art Center

1960-1980, 1991
VI.95 Work from the Children's Art Carnival in India [MoMA Exh. #755, February 2-February 26, 1965]

MoMA press release

February 2, 1965
VI.96 Work from the Children's Art Carnival in India [MoMA Exh. #755, February 2-February 26, 1965]

Installation views, wall labels: b/w prints, transparencies

1965
VI.97 The Kearsarge Art Group [MoMA Exh. #762, April 15-May 28, 1965]

Installation views, photographs of objects in the exhibition: b/w prints, color slides

1965
VI.98 Children's Art from the Hong Kong Schools [MoMA Exh. #759, March 9-April 3, 1965]

Installation views, press photographs from Hong Kong government: b/w prints

1965
VI.99 Art Work by Children & Young People from the Classes of the Art Center [MoMA Exh. #767b, June 7-July 30, 1965]

Installation views: mounted b/w prints

1965
VI.100 Art Work by Children & Young People from the Classes of the Art Center [MoMA Exh. #767b, June 7-July 30, 1965]

Installation views (two sets): b/w prints, color transparencies

1965
VI.101 Art Work of Japanese Children [MoMA Exh. #783, December 15, 1965-February 19, 1966]

Installation views: b/w prints

1965
VI.102 Work from Adult Classes [MoMA Exh. #793, March 16-April 29, 1966]

Installation views (two sets): b/w prints and negatives

March 1966
VI.103 Art Work from the Elementary and Secondary Schools of Egypt [March 27-April 29, 1967]

Unnumbered exhibition in the Art Center; installation views and photographs of objects in the exhibition: b/w prints

1967
VI.104 Accent on 3D Expression

Unnumbered People's Art Center exhibition; installation views: b/w prints

October 1967
VI.105 By Children and Young People 2 1/2 - 17 years [MoMA Exh. #875, November 18, 1968-January 11, 1969]

“Some statements on art education” prepared in connection with the exhibition by the Art Center: nine copies

Fall 1968
VI.106 Pioneering in Art Education [MoMA Exh. #908, October 30, 1969-January 30, 1970]

Invitation; wall labels: transparencies and photocopies; installation views, from original box marked "Early Days": color slides

1969
VI.107 Pioneering in Art Education [MoMA Exh. #908, October 30, 1969-January 30, 1970]

Images of D'Amico and MoMA programs: b/w prints, transparencies

1969

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Series VII. MoMA Publications, 1941-1972

The series includes documentation of MoMA publications both written and collaborated on by D'Amico, as well as others found in his files.

Historical Note

Various MoMA publications, including How to Make Pottery and Ceramic Sculpture: 20 Graded Projects; How to Make Modern Jewelry; and How to Make Objects of Wood, originated as pamphlets created by, and based on work done by students at, the War Veterans' Art Center (see Series III.A).

Arrangement

The series includes some visual materials once housed in MoMA's Photographic Archive, which had been placed there based on the earlier organization of documentation by material type rather than in context with items from similar sources.

Folder Title Date
VII.1 MoMA Bulletins, clipping

"Modern Art for Children: The Educational Project" (MoMA Bulletin, vol IX); "The arts in therapy” (MoMA Bulletin 3, vol X); "The Department of Industrial Design" (MoMA Bulletin, vol. XIV, fall 1946); "Educating Artistic Vision" (clipping mentioning D'Amico's book, Creative Teaching in Art)

1941, 1943, 1946, undated
VII.2 Published information on art materials

Includes "Making Your Own Art Materials" published by the Committee on Art in American Education and Society, with introduction by D'Amico

1943, undated
VII.3 What is Modern Painting?

Educational Program copy; stamped "Do Not Take from People's Art Center"

1945
VII.4 How to Make Modern Jewelry (1 of 3)

Photographs of objects used in the book. Label notes that "much of the material in the book was made in the Veterans' Art Center - World War II": mounted b/w prints removed from post album

1946
VII.5 How to Make Modern Jewelry (2 of 3)

Photographs of objects used in the book. Label notes that "much of the material in the book was made in the Veterans' Art Center - World War II": mounted b/w prints removed from post album

1946
VII.6 How to Make Modern Jewelry (3 of 3)

Photographs of objects used in the book. Label notes that "much of the material in the book was made in the Veterans' Art Center - World War II": mounted b/w prints removed from post album

1946
VII.7 [How to Make Modern Jewelry] (1 of 4)

Photographs of objects, and students working: mounted b/w prints previously removed from post album

[1946]
VII.8 [How to Make Modern Jewelry] (2 of 4)

Photographs of objects, and students working: mounted b/w prints previously removed from post album

[1946]
VII.9 [How to Make Modern Jewelry] (3 of 4)

Photographs of objects, and students working: mounted b/w prints previously removed from post album

[1946]
VII.10 [How to Make Modern Jewelry] (4 of 4)

Photographs of objects, and students working: mounted b/w prints previously removed from post album

[1946]
VII.11 How to Make Pottery and Ceramic Sculpture (1 of 2)

Photographs from the pamphlet: mounted b/w prints previously removed from post album

1946
VII.12 How to Make Pottery and Ceramic Sculpture (2 of 2)

Photographs from the pamphlet: mounted b/w prints previously removed from post album

1946
VII.13 How to Make Objects of Wood (1 of 4)

Photographs from "War Veterans Art Center World War II woodworking pamphlet": mounted b/w prints previously removed from post album

Spring 1947
VII.14 How to Make Objects of Wood (2 of 4)

Photographs from "War Veterans Art Center World War II woodworking pamphlet": mounted b/w prints previously removed from post album

Spring 1947
VII.15 How to Make Objects of Wood (3 of 4)

Photographs from "War Veterans Art Center World War II woodworking pamphlet": mounted b/w prints previously removed from post album

Spring 1947
VII.16 How to Make Objects of Wood (4 of 4)

Photographs from "War Veterans Art Center World War II woodworking pamphlet": mounted b/w prints previously removed from post album

Spring 1947
VII.17 "Culture and Education in World Order," by Herbert Read

Published for the Committee on Art Education by MoMA: three copies

1948
VII.18 How to Make Modern Jewelry

By Charles J. Martin, in collaboration with D'Amico

1949
VII.19 "Education Department books: How to Make Objects of Wood, How to Make Modern Jewelry"

Captioned b/w prints with page numbers from book, removed from post album

1949, 1951
VII.20 Publications of MoMA, the People's Art Center, and joint publications with the Committee on Art Education

Brochure from exhibition Timeless Aspects of Modern Art [MoMA Exh. #393, November 16, 1948-January 23, 1949]; "Creative Art" (2 copies); "A study of the crafts in general education"; Art and the intellect by Harold Taylor; “Clichés in Children's Paintings" by Jean D'Autilia; Art education and the creative process, by Archibald MacLeish (2 copies); Moral values and the experience of art, by Harold Taylor

1949-1960
VII.21 Royalty statements and related correspondence

Issued by MoMA as publisher of D'Amico's books

1950-1955
VII.22 "Notes on a group meeting with Mr. Herbert Read on the subject of crafts"

Third statement to come out of a study of crafts education "undertaken in 1951 under the joint sponsorship of the American Craftsmen's Educational Council and the Committee on Art Education of the Museum of Modern Art": three copies

[after 1951]
VII.23* American Institute of Graphic Arts: Certificate of Excellence in printing for commerce

Awarded to D'Amico for Creative Art for Children, Young People, Adults, Schools

1952
VII.24 Art for the Family

Photographs of objects made by children and adults: b/w prints

1952-1953
VII.25 Art for the Family

B/w prints, including some not used in the publication

1952-1953
VII.26 Art for the Family (1 of 3)

Captioned photographs for the book, identified by page number: b/w prints removed from post album

[1954]
VII.27 Art for the Family (2 of 3)

Captioned photographs for the book, identified by page number: b/w prints removed from post album

[1954]
VII.28 Art for the Family (3 of 3)

Captioned photographs for the book, identified by page number: b/w prints removed from post album

[1954]
VII.29 Art for the Family, first edition

Copy inscribed by D'Amico

1954
VII.30 Art of the Young Child, book and exhibition

Includes installation views from Art of the Young Child [MoMA Exh. #593, December 6, 1955-January 15, 1956]: b/w prints, negatives

1956, 1960
VII.31 Educational publications

Typed list of publications by Department of Education staff members

[1960s]
VII.32 Images collected for publication

Photographic prints from various eras, possibly collected for use in Art for the Family or Experiments in Creative Art Teaching

[1960s]
VII.33 Assemblage works

B/w photographs; possibly considered for publication in Assemblage: A New Dimension in Creative Teaching in Action

[1960s]
VII.34 Art of the Young Child, book

Three copies

1960
VII.35 "The Museum of Modern Art as an Educational Institution"

Publication issued as part of the Museum's 30th anniversary events; includes summary of MoMA's educational activities from 1929 to 1960

July 1, 1960
VII.36 The Cinema of Orson Welles, by Peter Bogdanovich

A publication of MoMA's Film Library

1961
VII.37 Brochure "The Museum of Modern Art and its program of international exchange in the arts"

1961
VII.38 Experiments in Creative Art Teaching

Two copies

1963
VII.39 Art as the Measure of Man

Essays by Stoddard, Edman, and Bettelheim: published by MoMA, edited by D'Amico

1964
VII.40 Art for the Family, second edition

Four copies

1966
VII.41 MoMA annual reports

1966-1967, 1969-1970
VII.42 Assemblage: A New Dimension in Creative Teaching in Action

Images of children at work that may have been considered for use in the book: color slides

1966
VII.43 Assemblage: A New Dimension in Creative Teaching in Action

Photographs of and by Arlette Buchman, presumably for use in the book: b/w prints, color slides

1966-1972
VII.44 Assemblage: A New Dimension in Creative Teaching in Action

Flyer, order form, correspondence

1966, 1973
VII.45 Assemblage: A New Dimension in Creative Teaching in Action

Typed table of contents, hand-edited publishing agreement with D'Amico

[1972]
VII.46 Assemblage: A New Dimension in Creative Teaching in Action (1 of 7)

Production photographs: b/w prints with notes re: enlargement for publication, some mounted

1972
VII.47 Assemblage: A New Dimension in Creative Teaching in Action (2 of 7)

Production photographs: b/w prints with notes re: enlargement for publication, some mounted

1972
VII.48 Assemblage: A New Dimension in Creative Teaching in Action (3 of 7)

Production photographs: b/w prints with notes re: enlargement for publication, some mounted

1972
VII.49 Assemblage: A New Dimension in Creative Teaching in Action (4 of 7)

Production photographs: b/w prints with notes re: enlargement for publication, some mounted

1972
VII.50 Assemblage: A New Dimension in Creative Teaching in Action (5 of 7)

Production photographs: b/w prints with notes re: enlargement for publication, some mounted

1972
VII.51 Assemblage: A New Dimension in Creative Teaching in Action (6 of 7)

Production photographs: b/w prints with notes re: enlargement for publication, some mounted

1972
VII.52 Assemblage: A New Dimension in Creative Teaching in Action (7 of 7)

Production photographs: b/w prints with notes re: enlargement for publication, some mounted

1972
VII.53 Assemblage: A New Dimension in Creative Teaching in Action (1 of 5)

Duplicate photographs: b/w prints

1972
VII.54 Assemblage: A New Dimension in Creative Teaching in Action (2 of 5)

Duplicate photographs: b/w prints

1972
VII.55 Assemblage: A New Dimension in Creative Teaching in Action(3 of 5)

Duplicate photographs: b/w prints

1972
VII.56 Assemblage: A New Dimension in Creative Teaching in Action (4 of 5)

Duplicate photographs: b/w prints

1972
VII.57 Assemblage: A New Dimension in Creative Teaching in Action (5 of 5)

Duplicate photographs: b/w prints

1972
VII.58 Assemblage: A New Dimension in Creative Teaching in Action

"Reproductions used for motivations"; includes photographs of children at work, and art by artists in MoMA's collection: b/w prints and contact sheet, color prints and transparencies

1972
VII.59 Assemblage: A New Dimension in Creative Teaching in Action

Copy negatives

1972
VII.60 Assemblage: A New Dimension in Creative Teaching in Action

Identified by book chapter, with caption and artist information: color transparencies

1972
VII.61 Assemblage: A New Dimension in Creative Teaching in Action

Images originally labeled "Photographs by Kathryn Abbe Children at Barge" that may have been considered for use in the book: color slides

[1972]
VII.62 Assemblage: A New Dimension in Creative Teaching in Action

Production photographs, some labeled for layout and size: b/w prints

[1972]
VII.63 Assemblage: A New Dimension in Creative Teaching in Action

8 rolls exposed negatives: some images were used in the publication.

NOTE: Because of their fragile physical condition, these items are not available for viewing.

[1972]
VII.64 Assemblage: A New Dimension in Creative Teaching in Action

Promotional brochure, order form, three photocopies of chapter XI, section on machine assemblage

[1972]
VII.65 "New Dimensions in Art Education, a book on collage and construction integrated with painting and other media"

5" audio reel; possibly related to the publication Assemblage: A New Dimension in Creative Teaching in Action

NOTE: This sound recording was preserved in Spring, 2013. In addition to the original, a Broadcast Wave File (BWF) archival master, a DVD audio master, and a CD-R use copy now exist.

[1972]

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Series VIII. Professional Involvement, 1935-1980, 1985, 1996 (bulk 1948-1968)

The series documents D'Amico's work in education apart from MoMA, including his initial survey, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, that led to the establishment of the Educational Project at MoMA; consultation with other educational institutions; and his long involvement with the National Committee on Art Education, including audio tapes of some of the organization's conference sessions held at MoMA and elsewhere.

Arrangement

The series is organized into three subseries:

Subseries VIII.A. Education General, 1935-1980, 1985, 1996
Subseries VIII.B. Education-Related Correspondence, 1947-1969
Subseries VIII.C. National Committee on Art Education, 1943-1969

 

Subseries VIII.A. Education General, 1935-1980, 1985, 1996

Folder Title Date
VIII.A.1 "Art in American schools": reports on schools visited (1 of 3)

Survey funded by the Rockefeller Foundation: pages disbound from album

1935
VIII.A.2 "Art in American schools": reports on schools visited (2 of 3)

Survey funded by the Rockefeller Foundation: pages disbound from album

1935
VIII.A.3 "Art in American schools": reports on schools visited (3 of 3)

Survey funded by the Rockefeller Foundation: pages disbound from album

1935
VIII.A.4 “The visual arts in secondary education” (1 of 3)

Report to Commission on the Secondary School Curriculum

1937
VIII.A.5 “The visual arts in secondary education” (2 of 3)

Report to Commission on the Secondary School Curriculum

1937
VIII.A.6 “The visual arts in secondary education” (3 of 3)

Report to Commission on the Secondary School Curriculum

1937
VIII.A.7 School Art League, Boys Club of New York, St. Luke's School

Photographs of art programs at MoMA and other New York City institutions: b/w prints

[1940s-1950s]
VIII.A.8 Art Bibliography

Prepared by staff members of the Art Department, Teachers College

1941, 1947
VIII.A.9 Everson Trust

Correspondence; includes carbon of D'Amico's report and recommendations to the Everson Fund trustee (First Trust & Deposit Co., Syracuse, NY) re: establishment of a memorial art museum in honor of Helen Everson

1946-1949
VIII.A.10 Everson Trust

Mimeographed document summarizing provisions of Helen Everson's will and recommendations re: establishment of memorial art museum in her honor

August 28, 1948
VIII.A.11 Statements

Payment for service by D'Amico on professional panels for The New York Times, New York University

1955-1957
VIII.A.12 “The Creative Element in Human Experience,” by Harold Taylor

Address to the Ohio Art Education Association

November 11, 1960
VIII.A.13 Charles Cook memorial publication

Correspondence re: 8/27/1960 death of Charles Cook, who was a noted art educator, colleague of D'Amico's at Fieldston School, and previous executive director of University Settlement; includes letter D'Amico-Martin Fredericks (2/16/1962) proposing naming the Art Barge lounge in Cook’s honor

August 1960-February 1962
VIII.A.14 Charles Cook memorial publication

Photographs, clipping; writings and conference presentations by Cook

October 1960, undated
VIII.A.15 Charles Cook memorial publication

Contributed chapters, correspondence

1962
VIII.A.16 List of art reproductions, and preferences of children by age

Includes correspondence of MoMA art teacher Jane Cooper Bland

August 1961
VIII.A.17 Chicago art exams (1 of 3)

Correspondence; typed, handwritten, and carbons of examination questions for high school art teachers

1963, undated
VIII.A.18 Chicago art exams (2 of 3)

Correspondence; typed and carbons of examination questions for high school art teachers

1963, undated
VIII.A.19 Chicago art exams (3 of 3)

Tabulated examination results

[1963]
VIII.A.20 Correspondence received

From professional colleagues, including reactions to published articles by D'Amico

1963, 1965, 1966, undated
VIII.A.21 Marshallton Educational Center, Marshallton, DE

Supporting information for planned art center including blueprint, outline specifications from local architecture firm, thesis on impact of the physical environment on children's art work, with transmittal note to D'Amico

December 3, 1964
VIII.A.22 Art Educators Association of the City of New York Honor

Photographs of presentation of Citation of Honor to Hon. Thomas Hoving: b/w prints

1965-1966
VIII.A.23 “Victor D’Amico”

7" audio reel: audio conference D'Amico held with Red Creek Central School

NOTE: This sound recording was preserved in Spring, 2013. In addition to the original, a Broadcast Wave File (BWF) archival master, a DVD audio master, and a CD-R use copy now exist.

March 1966
VIII.A.24 New York University art seminars

Clippings used as visual motivations; correspondence with New York University education professors Howard Conant and Prabha Sahasrabudhe

March, September, October 1967
VIII.A.25 Education-related resources

Includes bibliography of art teaching resources, Report on the Art Department of Michigan State University, English Catholic High School Course

January 1969, undated
VIII.A.26 “About Art: Kuniyoshi, Epstein Dali”; “Ohio save and copy”

Three otherwise unidentified standard audio cassettes

[1970s]
VIII.A.27 Art Education Workshop, New York University

Hand-written notes by D'Amico, blank evaluation forms

August 1970
VIII.A.28a New York University discussion

5" audio reel, unboxed

NOTE: This sound recording was preserved in Spring, 2013. In addition to the original, a Broadcast Wave File (BWF) archival master, a DVD audio master, and a CD-R use copy now exist.

[August 1970]
VIII.A.28b New York University discussion

5" audio reel, unboxed

NOTE: This sound recording was preserved in Spring, 2013. In addition to the original, a Broadcast Wave File (BWF) archival master, a DVD audio master, and a CD-R use copy now exist.

[August 1970]
VIII.A.29 National Art Education Association

February 1970 newsletter; “A plague on all your houses” by Vincent Lanier, March 1974; “A dialogue” by D'Amico, undated

1970, 1974, undated
VIII.A.30 Correspondence received

From friends and colleagues at various institutions; includes 1972 responses to D'Amico request for funds for Art Barge

1970-1977
VIII.A.31 Joint Legislative Commission for the Legislative Building in Albany

Correspondence re: planning for Albany Mall

May, November 1971
VIII.A.32 Council on Museum Education

Study report #1: A brief perspective on museum education

March 1972
VIII.A.33 MoMA correspondence

Memo Director Richard E. Oldenburg-MoMA staff (6/3/1972) announcing $1 million education grant from the Edward John Noble Foundation; note Barbara Elliman (MoMA’s Associate Director, Membership)-Victor and Mabel D'Amico (7/20/1982), thanking them for visit

1972, 1982
VIII.A.34 Stanley Rose materials

Information pertaining to the license examination for Stanley I. Rose, Acting Assistant Director of Art, Board of Education of the City of New York

April, June 1974
VIII.A.35 Educational Arts Association

Correspondence, promotional materials re: National Conference (June 1974); Regional Conferences, Boston MA (January 1975) and New York/New Jersey (October 1975)

August-December 1974
VIII.A.36 Metropolitan Museum of Art courses for teachers (1 of 3)

Handwritten notes by D'Amico; announcement includes class taught by D'Amico and Arlette Buchman

1974-1975
VIII.A.37 Metropolitan Museum of Art courses for teachers (2 of 3)

Motivations, questions for discussion, diagrams of materials used in training workshops

1978
VIII.A.38 Metropolitan Museum of Art courses for teachers (3 of 3)

Color slides of participants at work

1978, 1979
VIII.A.39 Conference participation

Registration forms, notices of events at SUNY Stony Brook, Syracuse University

1974, 1979
VIII.A.40 Art education seminar, New York University

Course evaluations from students; Christmas card to D'Amico

1974, 1980
VIII.A.41 "Experience and painting: Understanding and supporting the world of children two to nine"

By Nancy R. Smith and Lois Lord; includes cover note Lord-D'Amico (10/10/19[75]) requesting recommendation for Smith. Lord taught at Bank Street School of Education and had been a People's Art Center instructor with D'Amico.

1975
VIII.A.42 Correspondence with Muriel Silberstein-Storfer

Re: her pamphlet on the Metropolitan Museum of Art's education workshops, in which he claims that she takes credit for their invention rather than crediting MoMA and her experience as a teacher there.

July-September 1978
VIII.A.43 Interview with Luisa Owen, Instructor of Art Education, Wright State University

Standard VHS cassette: audio only

[1978]
VIII.A.44 Interview with Luisa Owen, Instructor of Art Education, Wright State University

Two U-matic tapes: copy 1; copy 2 “dubbing master.” See VIII.A.45 for VHS copies.

NOTE: The Museum Archives does not have a compatible media player for this recording at this time.

[1978]
VIII.A.45 Interview with Luisa Owen, Instructor of Art Education, Wright State University

Standard VHS cassettes: copies 3, 4

[1978]
VIII.A.46 The Arts on Long Island, Program 20: Victor D'Amico, Guild Hall

U-matic tape. See VIII.A.47 for VHS copies.

NOTE: The Museum Archives does not have a compatible media player for this recording at this time.

1979
VIII.A.47 The Arts on Long Island, Program 20: Victor D'Amico, Guild Hall

Standard VHS cassettes: three copies

1979
VIII.A.48 The Arts on Long Island, Program 20: Victor D'Amico, Guild Hall

Betacam tape. See VIII.A.47 for VHS copies.

NOTE: The Museum Archives does not have a compatible media player for this recording at this time.

1979
VIII.A.49 History of Committee on Art Education

By August L. Freundlich, University of South Florida College of Fine Arts

September 25, 1985
VIII.A.50 Education materials returned to Arlette Buchman from National Children’s Castle of Japan

TLS National Children's Castle of Japan-Arlette Buchman (2/9/1996) returning to and thanking her for items sent for an exhibition there

February 9, 1996
 

Subseries VIII.B. Education-Related Correspondence, 1947-1969

Scope and Content

This series consists of correspondence received by D'Amico (and some carbon copies of his responses) from educational institutions, publishers, and nonprofit organizations throughout the United States, requesting his participation on panels, contribution to publications, and reviews of material written by others. It provides an overview of the wide extent of his involvement, prominence, and influence on art education during this period.

Arrangement

The materials are retained in their original order: alphabetical by correspondent, preceded by a single document found loose with these materials. Notable correspondents are mentioned here; these are not exhaustive.

Folder Title Date
VIII.B.1 Transcript of memorandum

Mentions General Eisenhower, Mr. Himstead, and "situation at Teacher's College"

March 9, 1949
VIII.B.2 General requests and invitations: A

Includes Abraham Lincoln High School, Addison Gallery, Adelphi University, American Academy of Arts and Letters, American Library Association, Art Institute of Chicago

1955-1966
VIII.B.3 General requests and invitations: B

Includes Bank Street College of Education, New York Board of Education, Boston University, Bryn Mawr Art Center

1947-1968
VIII.B.4 General requests and invitations: C

Includes City Commission on Human Rights, College Art Association, Cornell University, Creative Arts Group, Crowell-Collier

1961-1967
VIII.B.5 General requests and invitations: D, E

Includes Doubleday, Downtown Community School, Dept. of Health Education and Welfare, Ethical Culture Schools, Eastern Arts Association

1952-1968
VIII.B.6 General requests and invitations: F, G

Includes Florida State University, Federation of Jewish Philanthropies, Guggenheim Foundation, Guild Hall

1959-1967
VIII.B.7 General requests and invitations: H, I

Includes Hallmark, Hudson Guild, Independent Schools Art Instructors Association, Interchurch Center, International Textbook Company, Institute of Contemporary Arts

1952-1968
VIII.B.8 General requests and invitations: J, K

Includes Jewish Education Committee of New York, Junior League of the City of New York, Kingsbridge Welfare Center

1958-1965
VIII.B.9 General requests and invitations: L, Mc, M

Includes Locust Valley Art Show, McGraw Hill Publishing Co., MacDowall Colony, Marquis Who's Who, Michigan State University, Museum of Art Science and Industry, Henry Allen Moe, MoMA, University of Michigan

1953-1968
VIII.B.10 General requests and invitations: N

Includes New York University, Dorothy Norman, National Art Education Association, National Broadcasting Corporation, National Gallery of Art (including various congratulations on his 1966 medal for distinguished service to art education [see also Series X.B]), The New School, New York State Council on the Arts, State University of New York

1952-1968
VIII.B.11 General requests and invitations: O, P

Includes Ohio State University, Philadelphia College of Art, Play Schools Association, Police Athletic League, Pratt Institute

1952-1967
VIII.B.12 General requests and invitations: R

Includes Random House

VIII.B.13 General requests and invitations: S

Includes St. John's University, St. Paul Art Center, Society for Art in Education, The Saturday Review, Scholastic, School of Visual Arts, Charles Scribner's Sons, Syracuse University

1950-1968
VIII.B.14 General requests and invitations: T

Includes Teachers College, USIA

1951-1965
VIII.B.15 General requests and invitations: V, W, Y

Includes Washington and Lee University, Westchester Art Society, WNYC, Yorkville Youth Council, YMCA

1956-1969
 

Subseries VIII.C. National Committee on Art Education, 1943-1969

Historical Note

The Committee on Art Education grew indirectly from the Veteran's Art Center (later People's Art Center [see Series III]) at MoMA and was initially sponsored by the Museum. At its first meeting in 1943, D'Amico noted that "This committee will, for the first time, represent the art teacher through his medium of expression…it admits as members only those who take an active role." Membership in the organization reached nearly 500 by the end of the 1940s, and its officers in that and the next decade included Dorothy Knowles, Edith Mitchell, Charles Cook, Arthur Young, and Robert Iglehart. In conjunction with some of its meetings held at MoMA, special exhibitions were designed and installed in the Museum, including Developing Creativeness In Children [MoMA Exh. #575, March 15-April 17, 1955] and Art Education for Every Child [MoMA Exh. #665, May 6-August 14, 1960] (see Series VI for materials related to these exhibitions). Between its 14th annual conference in 1956 and its 15th in 1957, the organization was renamed the National Committee on Art Education. In June 1965, the Institute for the Study of Art Education was formed as its offspring and successor, which functioned in reduced size and scope until 1976.

Arrangement

The audio reels in this subseries are organized based on documentation captured from their boxes, some of which is confusing and/or contradictory. At this time, the Museum Archives does not have a compatible media player for these recordings.

Folder Title Date
VIII.C.1 Newsletters (1 of 2)

Removed from three-ring binder

January 1943-January 1957
VIII.C.2 Newsletters (2 of 2)

Removed from three-ring binder

October 1953-January 1964
VIII.C.3 Publications

“I believe by 31 art teachers”; “Making your own art materials” by Edward Glannon

1943
VIII.C.4 Attendees at unidentified sessions

Photographs of exhibition, meeting sessions, informal gatherings, some at MoMA: b/w prints

1945, undated
VIII.C.5 “Design topics” by Walter Gropius

Reprinted from an article in Magazine of Art based on a lecture given at the 5th annual conference at MoMA

December 1947
VIII.C.6 Annual conference programs and notices

1947-1954, 1956, 1957, 1959-1964
VIII.C.7 Contests and competitions

D'Amico correspondence with other institutions on this subject, examples of contests. Includes National Committee on Art Education’s Report of the Committee on Contests and Competitions

1948-1959, undated
VIII.C.8 Materials from workshops and events

“Workshop in Slide Making” from 1948 conference; May 1966 edition of Art Education on regional meetings

April 1948; May 1966
VIII.C.9 Printed pamphlets

Includes "Low table easel: plan for construction and assembling," "Pictures of children aged 3-12 years," and "Basic art materials for home and school use"

1949, [1950s]
VIII.C.10a 11th annual conference

7" audio reel, unboxed: "March 22, [1953], session 23, side I"; “[illegible] 15, [?]55, 10-12 noon, Prog. Rm, reel #4"

NOTE: This sound recording was preserved in Spring, 2013. In addition to the original, a Broadcast Wave File (BWF) archival master, a DVD audio master, and a CD-R use copy now exist.

1952, 1953
VIII.C.10b 11th annual conference

7" audio reel, unboxed: "March 22, [1953], session 23, side I"; “[illegible] 15, [?]55, 10-12 noon, Prog. Rm, reel #4"

NOTE: This sound recording was preserved in Spring, 2013. In addition to the original, a Broadcast Wave File (BWF) archival master, a DVD audio master, and a CD-R use copy now exist.

1952, 1953
VIII.C.11 Writings by Arthur R. Young and Robert Iglehart

“Art teacher training – is it meeting today’s needs?”; “The studio and the classroom” reprinted from The Art Digest; “Problems of the next decade”

July 20, 1952; December 15, 1953; undated
VIII.C.12 Brochure from Developing Creativeness In Children [MoMA Exh. #575, March 15-April 17, 1955]

Exhibition was mounted in conjunction with 13th annual meeting, hosted at MoMA

Spring 1955
VIII.C.13 Proceedings, 15th annual conference: "Reports and reactions"

Held at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor: two copies

April 3-6, 1957
VIII.C.14 16th annual conference

7” audio reel : "Tape #1"

NOTE: This sound recording was preserved in Spring, 2013. In addition to the original, a Broadcast Wave File (BWF) archival master, a DVD audio master, and a CD-R use copy now exist.

[April 24-27, 1958]
VIII.C.15 16th annual conference

7” audio reel: “Victor D'Amico's First Major Address for the NCAE"

NOTE: This sound recording was preserved in Spring, 2013. In addition to the original, a Broadcast Wave File (BWF) archival master, a DVD audio master, and a CD-R use copy now exist.

[April 24-27, 1958]
VIII.C.16 [16th annual conference]

7" audio reel, partially full: “Intro to [illegible] D: "Looking Ahead" [Mr. Young]”

NOTE: This sound recording was preserved in Spring, 2013. In addition to the original, a Broadcast Wave File (BWF) archival master, a DVD audio master, and a CD-R use copy now exist.

[April 24-27, 1958]
VIII.C.17 [16th annual conference]

7" audio reel : “NCAE Looking Ahead”

NOTE: This sound recording was preserved in Spring, 2013. In addition to the original, a Broadcast Wave File (BWF) archival master, a DVD audio master, and a CD-R use copy now exist.

[April 24-27, 1958]
VIII.C.18 16th annual conference

Conference report “The art in art education”; D'Amico’s presentation “Coming events cast shadows” reprinted in School Arts, September 1958

April, September 1958
VIII.C.19 17th annual conference

7” audio reel: “Head of the Class” Iglehart, tape 1 of 2

NOTE: This sound recording was preserved in Spring, 2013. In addition to the original, a Broadcast Wave File (BWF) archival master, a DVD audio master, and a CD-R use copy now exist.

April 30, 1959
VIII.C.20 17th annual conference

7” audio reel: “Head of the Class” Iglehart, tape 2 of 2

NOTE: This sound recording was preserved in Spring, 2013. In addition to the original, a Broadcast Wave File (BWF) archival master, a DVD audio master, and a CD-R use copy now exist.

April 30, 1959
VIII.C.21 17th annual conference

7” audio reel: "Side 1 D’Amico 'Looking Ahead'/ Side 2: Robert Iglehart 'Head of the Class'"

NOTE: This sound recording was preserved in Spring, 2013. In addition to the original, a Broadcast Wave File (BWF) archival master, a DVD audio master, and a CD-R use copy now exist.

May 5, 1959
VIII.C.22 17th annual conference

Ampex studio mastering audio reel: "“Tape #4; Side 1 D’Amico 'Looking Ahead'/ Side 2: Robert Iglehart 'Head of the Class'"

NOTE: This sound recording was preserved in Spring, 2013. In addition to the original, a Broadcast Wave File (BWF) archival master, a DVD audio master, and a CD-R use copy now exist.

May 5, 1959
VIII.C.23 17th annual conference

7” audio reel: "1 of 2", tape labeled "tape #2"

NOTE: This sound recording was preserved in Spring, 2013. In addition to the original, a Broadcast Wave File (BWF) archival master, a DVD audio master, and a CD-R use copy now exist.

May 6, 1959
VIII.C.24 17th annual conference

7” audio reel : “1 of 2” and “Tape #2”; reel is labeled “Tape #3”

NOTE: This sound recording was preserved in Spring, 2013. In addition to the original, a Broadcast Wave File (BWF) archival master, a DVD audio master, and a CD-R use copy now exist.

May 6, 1959
VIII.C.25 17th annual conference

7” audio reel: “tape 2 of 2”, “Tape #3”; reel is labeled “tape #2”

NOTE: This sound recording was preserved in Spring, 2013. In addition to the original, a Broadcast Wave File (BWF) archival master, a DVD audio master, and a CD-R use copy now exist.

[May 6,] 1959
VIII.C.26 17th annual conference

7” audio reel: “#1 of 2”, affixed label reads "1 of 3: Neutra"

NOTE: This sound recording was preserved in Spring, 2013. In addition to the original, a Broadcast Wave File (BWF) archival master, a DVD audio master, and a CD-R use copy now exist.

May 6, 1959
VIII.C.27 17th annual conference

7” audio reel: "#2 of 3: Neutra"

NOTE: This sound recording was preserved in Spring, 2013. In addition to the original, a Broadcast Wave File (BWF) archival master, a DVD audio master, and a CD-R use copy now exist.

May 6, 1959
VIII.C.28 17th annual conference

7” audio reel: “#3 of 3: Neutra”

NOTE: This sound recording was preserved in Spring, 2013. In addition to the original, a Broadcast Wave File (BWF) archival master, a DVD audio master, and a CD-R use copy now exist.

May 6, 1959
VIII.C.29 17th annual conference

7” audio reel: “Tape 2 of 2”; reel labeled “tape 2 of 2” and “tape #3”

NOTE: This sound recording was preserved in Spring, 2013. In addition to the original, a Broadcast Wave File (BWF) archival master, a DVD audio master, and a CD-R use copy now exist.

[April/May 1959]
VIII.C.30 17th annual conference

Report, digest of discussion on contests and competitions

1959
VIII.C.31 18th annual conference

7” audio reel: Victor D’Amico, Robert Iglehart; Ethical Culture Hall/ Arthur Young, Chairman

NOTE: This sound recording was preserved in Spring, 2013. In addition to the original, a Broadcast Wave File (BWF) archival master, a DVD audio master, and a CD-R use copy now exist.

May 7, 1960
VIII.C.32 18th annual conference

7” audio reel: Cooper Union Hall: remarks Henry Allen Moe, Victor D’Amico; lecture Harold Taylor

NOTE: This sound recording was preserved in Spring, 2013. In addition to the original, a Broadcast Wave File (BWF) archival master, a DVD audio master, and a CD-R use copy now exist.

May 7, 1960
VIII.C.33 18th annual conference

7” audio reel: Sunday [other text obliterated on box]

NOTE: This sound recording was preserved in Spring, 2013. In addition to the original, a Broadcast Wave File (BWF) archival master, a DVD audio master, and a CD-R use copy now exist.

May 8, 1960
VIII.C.34* 18th annual conference

Educational materials, tracings, whiteprint plans for Art Education for Every Child [MoMA Exh. #665, May 6-August 14, 1960] (referred to as Today's Art Education)

May 1960
VIII.C.35* 18th annual conference

Original tracing and whiteprint plans for Art Education for Every Child [MoMA Exh. #665, May 6-August 14, 1960]; oversize, see flat file 2-2

May 1960
VIII.C.36 18th annual conference

Presentations by D'Amico ("Art, a human necessity") and others

May 1960
VIII.C.37 18th annual conference

Proceedings: two copies

1960
VIII.C.38 Draft statements and recommendations

Based on a 1957 questionnaire on the thinking and structure of art education in America; draft submitted to Council: four copies

June 1960
VIII.C.39 Notice to members

March 1961
VIII.C.40 19th annual conference

“Art and the challenge to education” presentation by Arthur Young, reprinted in School Arts Magazine, 1962: seven copies

March 1961
VIII.C.41 Newsletter, meeting minutes

June, July 1962
VIII.C.42 21st annual conference

7” audio reel: "Museum auditorium, 10AM -12: reel #1, 1 side; D’Amico Christmas message, 1959-1963"

NOTE: This sound recording was preserved in Spring, 2013. In addition to the original, a Broadcast Wave File (BWF) archival master, a DVD audio master, and a CD-R use copy now exist.

April 30, 1963
VIII.C.43 21st annual conference

7” audio reel: “Museum Auditorium 10AM-12, reel #2/ Meeting in Museums/ Howard Conant/ Chairman”

NOTE: This sound recording was preserved in Spring, 2013. In addition to the original, a Broadcast Wave File (BWF) archival master, a DVD audio master, and a CD-R use copy now exist.

April 30, 1963
VIII.C.44 21st annual conference

7” audio reel: “Museum Auditorium 10-12 noon Saturday/ Charles Francis Cook Memorial Lecture: Art the Measure of Man, by George G. Stoddard”

NOTE: This sound recording was preserved in Spring, 2013. In addition to the original, a Broadcast Wave File (BWF) archival master, a DVD audio master, and a CD-R use copy now exist.

[April/May 1963]
VIII.C.45 21st annual conference

7" audio reel: "Professor Arthur Young: introduction and first few words of lecture missing"

NOTE: This sound recording was preserved in Spring, 2013. In addition to the original, a Broadcast Wave File (BWF) archival master, a DVD audio master, and a CD-R use copy now exist.

May 3, 1963
VIII.C.46 Institute for the Study of Art in Education, Board of Governors

Typed directories, removed from metal binding. Later note in the file describes this as a "short-lived successor to NCAE"

1963-1964, 1965-1966
VIII.C.47 22nd annual conference

Session presentations

1964
VIII.C.48 Statement on contests, membership meeting notes

1967, undated
VIII.C.49 Institute for the Study of Art in Education

Correspondence, conference presentations, programs

1967-1969

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Series IX. Speeches and Writings, 1926-1982 (bulk 1938-1970)

The series includes drafts and finished versions of both published and unpublished articles, lectures, and books by D'Amico that were not created or distributed under the auspices of MoMA. For additional information about professional events and meetings at which D'Amico made presentations, see Series VIII. Professional Involvement.

Folder Title Date
IX.1 Typed drafts

Description of "Fears of Early Man" film by Midtown Ethical Culture School fourth-grade class; untitled review of work by “Mr. Read” on children and art (page 1 missing); arts workshop bibliography; "Museum Art Education in Crisis” (two copies)

Undated
IX.2 "Book ideas for with [sic] A[rlette] B[uchmann]"

Pencil-drawn page layouts for various books

Undated
IX.3 "Helping the child grow creatively"

Carbon

Undated
IX.4 "Vignettes of my childhood"

Handwritten and typed manuscript, divided into chapters

Undated
IX.5 "Vignettes of my childhood"

Carbon copies of chapters, hand-edited

Undated
IX.6 Handwritten notes on art education

Includes "The Conspiracy to Murder Christmas”

Undated
IX.7 Typescripts and copies

"We learn about the elements of design,” "Art experience reaches beyond the classroom"

Undated
IX.8 "The New Decade"

Manuscript and photocopied typescript

Undated
IX.9 “A proposed project on the place of the crafts in general education”

Includes manuscript, two typescripts

Undated
IX.10 Tears

Poetry collection, published by Palette Printing Company, Inc., New York: photocopy

1926
IX.11 Creative Teaching in Art (1 of 5)

Correspondence with publisher International Textbook Company. Includes contract (10/2/1939) with book’s original title Youthful Artists

1938-1941
IX.12 Creative Teaching in Art (2 of 5)

Correspondence with publisher International Textbook Company

1942
IX.13 Creative Teaching in Art (3 of 5)

Correspondence with publisher International Textbook Company

1943-1944
IX.14 Creative Teaching in Art (4 of 5)

Correspondence with publisher International Textbook Company

1945-1953
IX.15 Creative Teaching in Art (5 of 5)

Report of sales, credits, and royalties from publisher International Textbook Company

1954-1972
IX.16 Creative Teaching in Art

Images used in book: b/w prints, transparencies

[1940s]
IX.17 School and Home: Guidance Issue

Published by the Parents and Teachers Association of the Ethical Culture Schools: contains D'Amico chapter "Guidance through the arts"

1941
IX.18 Conference presentations

" ‘A’ is for art; art is for living," "[An] educational revolution and art," NY State Art Teachers Convention; "Art education in the new renaissance," Southeastern Arts Association; "Art: a human necessity,” presented at National Committee on Art Education conference and published in School Arts (carbon typed draft and clipping)

1946, 1948, 1960, 1964
IX.19 Publisher correspondence

Royalty statements and related correspondence from publishers

1947-1957
IX.20 Art Education Today

Published by Bureau of Publications, Teachers College, and edited by Edwin Ziegfeld, Virginia Murphy, and D'Amico

1948
IX.21 Conference participation

Correspondence re: attendance and speeches

1950-1960
IX.22 Notes for speeches and presentations

Typed and handwritten

1951, undated
IX.23 Undated photocopied manuscript, clipping

"The arts and creativity in the lives of children and youth”; “A generation of esthetes,” LIFE Magazine

1951, undated
IX.24 Clippings

From and about schools programs, including correspondence with Evander Childs High School, from which D'Amico had graduated in 1924

1952, 1960, 1961
IX.25 Correspondence

Re: reprinting published material

1953-1960
IX.26 Clippings, reprints, draft

"Are we jeopardizing the child's creative growth?," Eastern Arts Association Art Education Bulletin; "Le attivita educative del Museo d’Arte Moderna di New York," La Voce dell' America, USIS; introduction to National Committee on Art Education publication; "A creative art education workshop in a vacation setting," School Arts

April 1953; September 14, 1956; 1960; 1962
IX.27 "An evaluation of creative education"

Presentation at New York University concurrent with an exhibition of art by children in MoMA's People's Art Center classes (Paintings Collages Constructions by Children): draft and typed presentation, correspondence, b/w photograph

November 1955
IX.28 Unattributed typed drafts

Profile of Mabel D'Amico's art; address list of MoMA staff and patrons

post 1957; undated
IX.29 Original and photocopied drafts from meetings of National Committee on Art Education

"Changing Concepts in Art Education," regional meeting; "Coming Events Cast Their Shadows," 16th annual conference; "Looking Ahead," 17th annual conference; "Teaching - A Lost Art"

1957-1959
IX.30 Original and photocopied drafts and published articles

"Understanding children's creativeness," The Instructor; "Help your child develop a seeing eye,” House Beautiful; "Coming events cast their shadows," originally presented at National Committee on Art Education 16th annual conference, adapted for publication in School Arts; New York University Meeting on Creativity; "Cooperation vs. affiliation"; "Art education in the United States”

1958-1959, undated
IX.31 Typed and handwritten notes and drafts

Includes comments to National Conference Committee; undated review of film "Approach to art teaching"; Christmas message; "Arts and Crafts or Arts and Craftsmanship,” Craft Horizons

1959, 1962-1963
IX.32 "Art for children, parents, adults, schools”

Subtitled “The philosophy and program of the Department of Education, The Museum of Modern Art”: hand-emended carbon copy

[1960s]
IX.33 Creative writings

Manuscripts and typescripts; includes text for Christmas program 1960

1960, undated
IX.34 Typed drafts

Includes "Quality and Excellence in Art," delivered at Exhibition of the Work of Independent Schools, St. James Church

1960, 1961, undated
IX.35 Statements on art education

Manuscript, typescript, and clippings on teaching techniques and theory

1960-1970, undated
IX.36 Drafts for untitled book

Handwritten versions of some material in folders IX.38-42

[1960]
IX.37 Drafts for untitled book

Chapter I. Teaching is an art: edited typed draft

[1960]
IX.38 Drafts for untitled book

Chapter I. Teaching is an art: typed draft, two carbons

[1960]
IX.39 Drafts for untitled book

Chapter II. Fundamentals of art education: typed draft, three carbons

[1960]
IX.40 Drafts for untitled book

Chapter III. The discovery of the creative child: typed draft, two carbons

[1960]
IX.41 Drafts for untitled book

Chapter IV. The dynamic role of the art teacher: two typed versions, each paginated differently, and one carbon

[1960]
IX.42 Drafts for untitled book

"Chapter V.?". Our art heritage: The problem of teaching art appreciation: two typed drafts, three carbons

[1960]
IX.43 Draft chapter for untitled book

[Chapter V]. Our art heritage: The problem of teaching art appreciation: handwritten and typed drafts

[1960]
IX.44 Drafts for untitled book

Includes "Development of the progress of an art teacher" and unorganized handwritten drafts of [1960] typed versions

[1960]
IX.45 Art History section of Richards Topical Encyclopedia

Correspondence, outline re: planned topical encyclopedia to be published by Grolier

1961
IX.46 "Art Education in the United States"

The Voice of America Forum Lectures, 7

1961
IX.47 Clippings and drafts

"Crafts in education: Institute of Modern Art," "The object: lost and found," Craft Horizons; "How to choose an art school," Art Voices; "Developing creative sensitivity in children," Junior League Magazine; “The exciting world of art," Parents' Magazine

1961-1967
IX.48 WQXR radio interview

Questions and draft answers

January 24, 1962
IX.49 Conference presentations

"The ideal educational program for a museum of art," North Carolina Museum of Art; "Can art be taught?," Philadelphia Museum College of Art

1962
IX.50 "Does creative education have a future?"

An essay based on an address given at the conference of the International Society for Education through Art, Montreal, Canada: six copies

August 27, 1963
IX.51 Correspondence with publishers

Re: current and possible future articles

1964-1972
IX.52 Manuscript and typescript

"Toys, play and the child" (event identified only as "Rochester"), including list of slides for Children’s Art Carnival

[1964]
IX.53 Found Objects, State University College at Buffalo

Draft text of catalogue for exhibition

February-March 1965
IX.54 "The Creative Eye," Parents Magazine

Typed draft, correspondence

December 1965-January 1966
IX.55 Conference presentations (1 of 2)

"New concepts for the arts of our time,” Southeastern Division, Minnesota Education Association; "Art education and the pursuit of excellence," Minnesota Education Association; "Developing children for a creative world," Symposium on child art, University of California, Berkeley; "New art concepts for a new era," Rochester Institute of Technology; "The trend toward trends in contemporary art education,” New York University symposium; "The future role of the Department of Education of the Museum of Modern Art," unidentified event; "New concepts for the arts of our time," Minnesota Art Education Association: 1965

1965-1969
IX.56 Conference presentations (2 of 2)

"The quality of excellence,” Georgia Art Education Association; "Is modern art anti-human?,” Miami Dade Junior College; "Art is for the living,” University of Miami, Coral Gables: manuscript and typescript; untitled lecture, Staten Island Children's Theater Association; "Museum art education in crisis,” ISAE meeting on the role of art museums, held at MoMA May 22, 1969

1965-1969
IX.57 Typescripts

"What price creative youth?”; "A plea and an argument for stimulating creative art education in our schools”; "The art of teaching art”; "Unfinished business”; "Commentary - review”; "Creative characteristics (6-7 years) from tape"; "Art education today: millennium [sic] or mirage?": includes both typed draft and published version in Art Education

May 1966, undated
IX.58 Tearsheets and correspondence

"The Art Barge – a creative adventure in art education”; "The multifaceted art teacher in a multimedia environment"; "The Children's Art Caravan,” Arts and Activities

March 1968, April 1969, October 1970
IX.59 Publishing agreement

Among D’Amico, Arlette Buchman, and Harry N. Abrams for Drawing - Exploring Line

1968, 1971
IX.60 Miami University

Autobiographical lecture (1974) and other visits to Miami University: original typescript and photocopy, correspondence, itinerary

January-June 1974, 1978-1979
IX.61 "Art for human survival"

In Festschrift: 100 Years of Education for the Arts published by Syracuse University College of Visual and Performing Arts: three copies

April 1974
IX.62 Notes for teacher training classes

For "Met Class" and LIATA (Long Island Art Teachers Association): handwritten on the backs of envelopes

1979-1982

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Series X. Personal, 1945-1985, 1987, 2003

The series consists of personal materials either created by D'Amico or given to him, including correspondence, writings, invitations, as well as honors and awards that he received.

Arrangement

The series is arranged in two subseries:

Subseries X.A. Personal Records and Correspondence, 1945, 1946, 1951-1985, 2003
Subseries X.B. Awards and Honors, 1951-1953, 1964-1981, 1987

 

Subseries X.A. Personal Records and Correspondence, 1945, 1946, 1951-1985, 2003

Folder Title Date
X.A.1 Two unlabeled Super 8 film reels

NOTE: These two Super 8 films have been transferred to the Museum's Film Study Center which has the proper facilities for storing and screening them. Researchers should contact the Center for further information. Access may be denied due to the films' physical condition.

Undated
X.A.2 Correspondence

Includes student recommendations

1944, 1945
X.A.3 Correspondence

Includes Alex Lord correspondence re: Sag Harbor house

1951-1958
X.A.4 Sketches and plans

Unidentified pencil sketches

1958
X.A.5 “Xmas 1959, moon child, Becker party”

7" film reel

NOTE: This 7" film reel been transferred to the Museum's Film Study Center, which has the proper facilities for storing and screening them. Researchers should contact the Study Center for further information. Access may be denied due to the film's physical condition.

1959
X.A.6 Poems to Victor and Mabel

Poems by students and others, possibly collected for a festschrift or other homage

1960
X.A.7 Album of Motivations

Presented to D’Amico by "Peter," possibly as a retirement gift: sheets removed from mylar-sleeved looseleaf album

1962-1969
X.A.8 Letters and notes to D’Amico

Includes some correspondence re: dinner in honor of D’Amico, National Arts Club (11/17/1982)

1962-1982, 1984, 1986
X.A.9* Drawing and note from Stewart Stern

June 1968
X.A.10 John Markov

Candid wedding photographs: color slides

1968
X.A.11 Drawings and sketches

Includes sketch of Art Barge with measurements

circa 1970
X.A.12 D’Amico resumés

1960s-1970s
X.A.13 Biographies

Various typed and handwritten summaries of D’Amico’s accomplishments; list of famous students including MoMA curator William Rubin, photographer Diane Arbus, broadcaster Barbara Walters

1960s-1970s
X.A.14 Correspondence

Re: Carolyn Yates article on Hallmark's Kaleidoscope project in Art Education and program's indebtedness to D’Amico's teaching methods

June-September 1971
X.A.15 Letters protesting planned local developments, and closing of East Hampton Medical Center

Some personal from D’Amico, some with signatures of artists and students

1972, 1977
X.A.16 Correspondence

Includes thank you sent to guests at November 17, 1982 honorary dinner, requests for letters of recommendations, thank yous for personal letters; correspondents include MoMA Trustees Henry Allen Moe, Mrs. Walter Hochschild

1974-1982
X.A.17 Morgagni Medical Society dinner dance

Clipping with photograph of D'Amico and other participants, information on Morgagni medal

May 1975
X.A.18 "Victor D'Amico - creative powerhouse"

Based on interview with D’Amico by Marcia Chaiet: carbon typescript

1977
X.A.19 Poems and stories by Marlene Tartaglione

With letter Tartaglione-D’Amico (10/15/1981)

Fall 1978; October 15, 1981
X.A.20 Victor D'Amico - 50 Years of Humanizing Art: exhibition at Guild Hall (Easthampton, NY)

B/w negatives of exhibition panels; color slides of art works

1978-1979
X.A.21 Victor D'Amico - 50 Years of Humanizing Art: exhibition at Guild Hall (Easthampton, NY)

B/w prints of wall panel

1978-1979
X.A.22 Victor D'Amico - 50 Years of Humanizing Art: exhibition at Guild Hall (Easthampton, NY)

Catalogue: three copies

September-October 1979
X.A.23 Victor D'Amico - 50 Years of Humanizing Art: exhibition at Guild Hall (Easthampton, NY)

Guest book for opening; testamentary letters: correspondents include MoMA Painting and Sculpture Department director William Rubin, educator Robert Iglehart, gallerist Marion F.T. Johnson

1979
X.A.24 Victor D'Amico - 50 Years of Humanizing Art: exhibition at Guild Hall (Easthampton, NY)

Invitation, copies of guest book, clippings, correspondence

1979
X.A.25 Lois A. Berggren interview with D'Amico, photocopied articles, correspondence

Supporting material for master's thesis structured as festschrift (see folders X.A.33, 34); Berggren had been a student of Mabel D'Amico's

1979-1980
X.A.26 Items sent by D’Amico to Miami University (Ohio) for inclusion in their Archives

Lists, photocopies

1979-1981
X.A.27 Portraits of Victor by his pupils

Ink wash, marker on paper

[1980s]
X.A.28 Letters and notes to D’Amico

1981-1984
X.A.29* Invitation to dinner in his honor, from Victor D’Amico Institute of Art board members

Hand-lettered

August 13, 1982
X.A.30 National Arts Club tribute dinner, New York City

Guest book, invitation, typed comments from Elizabeth Fuller

November 17, 1982
X.A.31 ALS D’Amico-Arlette Buchman (12/15/1982) answering her questions about people influential in his life

These included MoMA Directors Alfred H. Barr, Jr. and René D’Harnoncourt, MoMA Trustee Nelson A. Rockefeller

December 15, 1982
X.A.32 "Victor D'Amico: His Sources and Influences," by Lois A. Berggren

Photocopy of edited typescript, version 1

Spring 1984
X.A.33 "Victor D'Amico: His Sources and Influences," by Lois A. Berggren

Photocopy of edited typescript, version 2

Spring 1984
X.A.34 The Dr. Victor D'Amico Cat Book

Pencil and marker sketches, text

1984-1985
X.A.35 TLS Chris Kohan-Arlette Buchman

Re: materials about D’Amico she had sent to Art Barge

November 10, 2003
 

Subseries X.B. Awards and Honors, 1951-1953, 1964-1981, 1987

Folder Title Date
X.B.1 State University of New York Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences: appointment to Advisory Commission for Commercial Art; Evander Childs High School: Distinguished Alumnus Award

Originals and photoreproductions of awards

1951, 1952
X.B.2* The Girl Scout National Organization: certificate of appreciation

Correspondence, photoreproductions of award

July 16, 1953
X.B.3* State University of New York College at Buffalo: citation of merit

Original award (removed from presentation case) and photoreproductions

April 30, 1964
X.B.4* Philadelphia Museum College of Art: doctor of fine arts degree

Photoreproductions of award

June 8, 1964
X.B.5 Pratt Institute: certificate of appreciation; New York State Art Teacher’s Association: bronze plaque; National Gallery of Art: medal for distinguished service to education in art

Includes clipping, photo of D’Amico with First Lady Claudia Taylor (Lady Bird) Johnson, at National Gallery

1964, 1966, 1968
X.B.6* Miami University School of Fine Arts: achievement award

Original award (removed from presentation case) and photoreproductions; correspondence

May 2, 1974; June 24, 1975
X.B.7 City School District of New York: certificates of service in the voluntary after-school professional development program; Children’s Art Carnival’s D’Amico award; New York City Art Teacher’s Association’s Victor D’Amico art educators award

Originals, photographs, and photoreproduction of awards

1978-1981
X.B.8* City of New York: citation of honor

Presented "in recognition of your outstanding contributions and pioneering efforts promoting the Humanistic Approach in Art Education in the [sic] American Society": photoreproductions of citation

April 30, 1979
X.B.9* Long Island Art Teachers' Association: art teacher of our generation award; World Gratitude Day

Originals and photoreproductions, color print and slide

1979
X.B.10 Dallas Museum of Art: teacher in-service in memory of D’Amico

Includes reprinted comments from MoMA memorial by Director Richard Oldenburg and others

October-November 1987

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Series XI. Printed Materials, 1936-1995

The series includes books, magazines, catalogues, and clippings not produced by MoMA or written by D'Amico. Some are related to D'Amico projects at the Museum, and most to education in general and other subjects. These appear to have been collected both in D'Amico's office at MoMA and later, perhaps by his widow Mabel.

Folder Title Date
XI.1 Clippings, reprints, program

Includes “Art,” Time Magazine; “Fine Arts,” Review of Educational Research; "Homemaker's Forum,” New Jersey State College Extension Service; "Action on West 53rd Street" parts I and II, The New Yorker; “The time for art,” Today’s Secretary; “Children’s Art Carnival,” Spain; “Creativity in your classroom,” Grade Teacher; “Appreciation and creation through construction,” The Instructor

1936-1938, 1953, 1955, 1961, 1964-1966
XI.2 The first 50 Years, 1898-1948: Report of the superintendent of schools

50th Annual Report of the Superintendent of Schools, Board of Education, The City of New York

1948
XI.3 Catalogues, reports

"Art Treasures from the Vienna Collections, lent by the Austrian government"; Supplement to the annual report 1961, Institute of International Education; Lenore Tawney: A personal world (inscribed to D’Amico); Looking south: Latin American art in New York collections, 1972

1949-1950, 1961, 1972, 1978
XI.4* UNESCO album: Human Rights (1/2)

Individual pages of exhibition album, removed from presentation portfolio

1950
XI.5* UNESCO album: Human Rights (2/2)

Individual pages of exhibition album, removed from presentation portfolio

1950
XI.6 Scuola Mazzon

Art work by children, published by Edizione scuola e arte; edition 195 of a limited run; probably received as part of Children’s Art Carnival in Italy

1952
XI.7 Lists of best picture books of the year, from The New York Times

Clippings, typed lists

1952-1959
XI.8 Articles and reprints

"Art education for scientist and engineer" in Education and the Imagination in Science and Art (two copies); "Art therapy at an outpatient clinic,” Psychiatry; "Wiltwyck: Home of the wild ones,” Reader's Digest; "Report on the arts and humanities institutes of 1966,” Compass report; "Psychiatric art therapy manual,” District of Columbia General Hospital

1953, 1958, 1966, undated
XI.9 Clippings, mostly from New Jersey newspapers, re: Developing Creativeness In Children [MoMA Exh. #575, March 15-April 17, 1955]

The exhibition was loaned to the Montclair Art Museum; includes a clipping on the Children's Art Carnival in Brussels

April 1957, April 1958
XI.10 Art Therapy in a Children's Community

Book subtitled “A study of the function of art therapy in the treatment program of Wiltwyck School for Boys” by Edith Kramer

1958
XI.11 How One Three-Year-Old Girl Taught Herself to Draw

by Ronda Kellog: unbound printed sheets in folder

1959
XI.12 Newspaper and magazine clippings on creativity

1961
XI.13 Voice of America Forum lectures 1, 6, 10, 12, 14, 16, 17

“The visual arts in mid-century America,” Lamar Dodd; “The role of the art historian,” Millard Weiss; “Prints,” Carl Zigrosser; “Sculpture,” Henry Hope; “Decorative arts and crafts,” David R. Campbell; “Modernist painting,” Clement Greeberg; “The relation of abstract art to nature,” John I. H. Baur; “The arts and their interrelations,” Thomas Munro

[1961]
XI.14 Reprints

"The decision to fail,” Bruno Bettelheim, The School Review (inscribed "Cordially/ Bruno"); "The Second Annual Reed & Barton Design Lecture: Matter and intrinsic form,” Marcel Breuer

1961, 1963,
XI.15 Catalogues and reprints

"Art in kindergartens in Japan” by Lois Lord, Young Children; program for symposium "Japanese Children's Art and Literature,” San Francisco; directory "Spaces for the performing arts,” City of New York; "Ten years poetry and painting" by Carolyn Tyson (inscribed to Victor and Mabel D'Amico)

1966, 1967, 1970
XI.16 Catalogues of art education books

From publishers including Reinhold, International Textbook Co.

1967-1968
XI.17 Reprints of works by A.H. Maslow

"Goals of a humanistic education,” Esalen Papers; "A holistic approach to creativity,” Seventh National Research Conference on Creativity

1968
XI.18 Clippings

Includes "Genius: What is it? Who has it,” Vogue; "New, newer, newest", The New York Times; "Life roundtable on modern art,” LIFE Magazine; "Passing mutely before a painting to genuflect really turns me off,” Christian Science Monitor; re: Edith Frankel art exhibition in Southampton, NY

1969, 1970, 1973, 1978
XI.19 Inventory of books/publications

Handwritten lists of books (alphabetical by title, author, and organized by subject) with bookshelf designations

[1970s]
XI.20 Think Magazine

Two issues

March-April, May-June 1970
XI.21 Brochures

High Museum of Art, Associated Councils of the Arts

1970
XI.22 Reports and program

"Report to the President" and "Strategies for implementation,” 1970 White House Conference on Children; "Popular culture, the arts, and education,” Maxine Green, Institute for the Study of Art in Education; National Association of Art Educators conference program

1970-1972
XI.23 Art 1 Meaning Method and Media; Art 5 Meaning Method and Media, by Hubbard and Rose

Books published by Benefic Press

1972
XI.24 Clippings, reprint

Includes Art Idea Book; "Design for Change,” The Art Museum as Educator, on the evolution of MoMA's education programs

1972, 1978, undated
XI.25 Writings on art education, and letter in response by D'Amico

Includes "A plague on all your houses,” Art Education; excerpt from The Art Museum as Educator

1974, 1978
XI.26 New York State Art Teachers Association

Conference programs, bulletins

1975-1995
XI.27 "50 years of humanizing the arts" in Roundtable Reports, publication of the Museum Education Roundtable

Profile of D’Amico by Doris Lerman, excerpted from exhibition catalogue for eponymous exhibition at Guild Hall, East Hampton (see also Subseries X.A)

1980
XI.28 Clipping

"Diane Arbus: Her vision, life, and death,” The New York Times Magazine, by Patricia Bosworth. Arbus had been a student of D’Amico's at Ethical Culture Fieldston School

May 13, 1984
XI.29 Conference presentation

"Victor D'Amico: A Legend and a Legacy,” Dr. Prabha Sahasrabudhe, University Council for Art Education Conference, MoMA

March 2, 1991

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Box and Folder List

File numbers marked by an asterisk (*) indicate oversize material that has been separated to the end of the collection.
Researchers should include the asterisk when issuing a request for such material.
Series Folder Range Box
I 1-4, 6-19 1
II.A 1-20 2
II.A 21-31, 41-46 3
II.B 2-10 3
II.B 11-38 4
II.B 39-62 5
II.B 63-85 6
II.B 86-94 7
III.A 1-9 7
III.A 10-13 8
III.B 1-10 8
III.C 1-6, 8-10, 13-19 9
III.C 20-29 10
III.C 30-32, 35-41 11
III.C 42-52 12
III.C 53-72 13
III.C 73-82, 88 14
III.C 89-95 15
III.C 96-107 16
IV.A.i 1-4 16
IV.A.i 6-14, 16, 18 17
IV.A.i 19, 20, 23, 25-32 18
IV.A.ii 2,3 18
IV.A.ii 4-8 19
IV.A.iii 3-5 19
IV.A.iv 2-4, 6-12 19
IV.A.iv 13-16, 18 20
IV.A.v 1-12 20
IV.A.vi 1 20
IV.A.vi 5-10, 12-24 21
IV.A.vii 1-6 22
IV.A.vii 7-19, 21 23
IV.B 1-4 23
IV.B 5-8 24
IV.C 3-18 24
V 1-5, 7-11 25
V 12-27 26
V 28-35 27
V 36, 38-61 28
V 62-79 29
V 80-89, 91-100 30
V 101-127 31
V 128-152 32
V 153-159, 161 33
VI 1-7 33
VI 8-24 34
VI 25-44 35
VI 45-54 36
VI 55-70 37
VI 71-87 38
VI 88-98 39
VI 99-107 40
VII 1-3 40
VII 4-8 41
VII 9-13 42
VII 14-21 43
VII 22, 24-34 44
VII 35-49 45
VII 50-59 46
VII 60-62, 64-65 47
VIII.A 1-7 47
VII 63 48
VIII.A 8-25 49
VIII.A 26-43 50
VIII.A 44-46 51
VIII.A 47-50 52
VIII.B 1-8 52
VIII.B 9-15 53
VIII.C 1-9 54
VIII.C 10-18 55
VIII.C 19-25 56
VIII.C 26-32 57
VIII.C 33, 36-42 58
VIII.C 43-49 59
IX 1-12 59
IX 13-31 60
IX 32-42 61
IX 43-55 62
IX 56-62 63
X.A 1-8, 10-12 63
X.A 13-25 64
X.A 26-28, 30-35 65
X.B 1,5,7,10 65
XI 1-3, 6-13 66
XI 14-29 67
I 5* 68
II.A 32*-34* 68
II.B 1* 68
II.A 35*-40* 69
II.B 1* 69
III.C 11*, 12*, 33*, 34*, 87* 70
IV.A.iv 5*, 17* 70
IV.A.vi 2* 70
IV.A.vii 20* 70
V 6*, 160* 71
VII 23* 71
X.A 9* 71
X.B 2*, 3*, 6*, 8*, 9* 71
XI 4*, 5* 71
III.C 7*, 85*, 87* 72
IV.A.i 15*, 17*, 21*, 22*, 24* 72
III.C 83* 73
IV.A.iii 2* 73
IV.A.iv 1* 73
IV.A.vi 3*, 4*, 11* 73
IV.C 1* 73
V 37* 73
VIII.C 34* 73
X.A 29* 73
X.B 4* 73
III.C 84* Flat file 2-2
IV.A.i 5* Flat file 2-2
IV.A.ii 1* Flat file 2-2
IV.A.iii 1* Flat file 2-2
IV.C 2* Flat file 2-2
V 90* Flat file 2-2
VIII.C 35* Flat file 2-2


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