The Painting toward architecture exhibition (1947-52) by the Miller Company Collection of Abstract Art: Venues, documentation, and media coverage (2016)

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The Painting toward architecture exhibition (1947-52) by the Miller Company Collection of Abstract Art (Meriden, CT): Venues, documentation, and media coverage



A. Painting toward architecture venues, primary source information, and media coverage


At this juncture, the complete list of venues that exhibited the exhibition is not known. Also, the full list of media coverage on the exhibition is also not known. Researchers are warned that sometimes the indicated dates of an exhibition can vary between documentation and press coverage. Also, as expected in media work, primary source press coverage sometimes makes mistakes; in this instance, sometimes future venues of the show are inaccurate. (For example, the show was not exhibited at the Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore but the Baltimore Museum of Art.)


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[Originating venue no. 1]. (11 December 1947 - 3 January 1948). Painting toward architecture at the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT.

Documentation: Object list; "Comments from the press" sheet; "Excerpts from letters to the Miller Company" document. Wadsworth Atheneum archive. Viewed 3 September 2016. [AAA00115-16]

In Series 3 writings, Boxes 23-24: "Texts and notes for lectures and talks": "Painting Toward Architecture" (Wadsworth Atheneum at the exhibition’s opening, 1947). Henry-Russell Hitchcock Papers, 1919-1987, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Viewed 3 September 2016. [A01177]

Media coverage:

Murray, Marian. (28 November 1947). Atheneum to show Miller Collection. The Hartford Times. Viewed 1 September 2016. [AAA00112]

Murray, Marian. (c. 13 December 1947). Abstract art at Avery casts light on new architecture. The Hartford Times. Viewed 1 September 2016. [AAA00111]

(13 December 1947). Miss Seaver will talk on Miller exhibition. Hartford Courant. Viewed 20 September 2016. [AAA00171]

(14 December 1947). New ties are shown between art and industry; Lighting firm’s exhibition also traces modern impact on architecture. New York Herald Tribune (reprint). Wadsworth Atheneum archive. Viewed 21 August 2016. [AAA00074]

"New and closer relationships between modern art, architecture and industry were disclosed here today when the Miller Company of Meriden, Conn., a century-old firm of lighting manufacturers, exhibited its art collection at the Avery Memorial of the Wadsworth Atheneum."— in New York Herald Tribune (14 December 1947) above.

Louchheim, Aline B. (21 December 1947). Using the abstract; Hartford show reveals how industrial firm puts a collection to work. New York Times (reprint). Wadsworth Atheneum archive. Viewed 21 August 2016. [AAA00073]

Devree, Howard. (21 December 1947). In form and line [survey article of exhibitions but no mention of Painting toward architecture in the text; photo of sculpture with the following caption: "Jose de Rivera’s metal sculpture, in the current exhibitions at the Wadsworth Atheneum, was adapted by the Miller Company as a symbol for a ’spiralating’ oil burner."] New York Times, p. X10. Viewed 7 September 2016. [AAA00142]

Smith, Wayne C. (28 December 1947). Abstract art on view at Hartford Atheneum. The Republican (Springfield, MA). Viewed 14 September 2016. [AAA00115; AAA00154]

Louchheim, Aline B. (December 1947). Abstraction on the assembly line. ARTnews (reprint). Wadsworth Atheneum archive. Viewed 21 August 2016. [AAA00072]

"Thus abstract art finds its maturity and consummation in performing a function, serving the company which is its sponsor (and perhaps eventual mentor) as directly as the art of the Renaissance satisfied the desires of the merchant princes who were its purchasers."— Louchheim in ARTnews above. (This article is very key, describing and showing the Miller Co. usage of art into design at the company.)

(January 1948). January exhibitions [listing]. Museum News. Viewed 25 September 2016. [AAA00222].



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[Venue no. 2]. (20 January - 22 February 1948). Painting toward architecture at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN. Viewed 17 August 2016. [AAA00031; A01047]

Documentation: press release, Walker, exhibition; press release, Hitchcock’s talk at the Walker; press release, Miller Co.; six photos at opening some include shots of Henry-Russell Hitchcock and some show painting in the background. Walker Art Center archive. Viewed 3 September 2016. [AAA00117-25]

Media coverage:

Sherman, John K. (28 January 1948). A bas les conservatives! Modern art takes over. (Discusses three art exhibitions including Painting toward architecture.) Minneapolis Star. Viewed 25 August 2016. [AAA00088-89]

"At Walker Art center is the amazing collection of modern abstract art, shipped here by a lighting equipment firm in Connecticut, the Miller Co."— John K. Sherman in the Minneapolis Star above.

Lansford, Alonzo M. (1 February 1948). Miller Collection presents art as step-mother of architecture. The art digest (reprint). Wadsworth Atheneum archive. Viewed 21 August 2016. [AAA00075]

"Industry as the future art patron has been suggested, and the surface has been scratched by the worthy efforts of International Business Machines, Pepsi-Cola, Encyclopedia Britannica, Container Corporation, La Tausca and others. But the approach suggested by the Miller Company seems to be the most practical and promising yet devised."— Alonzo M. Lansford in The art digest (1 February 1948) above.



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[Venue no. 3]. (9-28 March 1948). Painting toward architecture at the Akron Art Institute (now the Akron Art Museum), Akron, OH. Viewed 17 August 2016. [AAA00054]

Documentation: Invitation. Akron Art Museum archive. Viewed 17 August 2016. [AAA00054-56]

Media coverage:

Tucker, Peri. (7 March 1948). Art world. Akron Beacon Journal. Akron Public Library. Viewed 19 August 2016. [AAA00063]

Bruner, Louise. (12 March 1948). Akron’s modern art show has city gasping, "What is it?" Cleveland News, p. 8. Cleveland Public Library. Viewed 17 August 2016. [AAA00058-59]

"The advance guard artists— the school that puts Picasso into the class of the staid old masters— have taken over the Akron Art Institute this month for a show of abstract art that has the whole town talking."— Louise Bruner in Cleveland News above. (12 March 1948)



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[Venue no. 4]. (4-28 April 1948). Painting toward architecture at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD. Viewed 21 August 2016. [A01043]

Documentation: Including press release, artwork exhibition list, transcript of speech introducing Henry-Russell Hitchcock by Adelyn D. Breeskin, Director, Baltimore Museum of Art; and Baltimore Museum of Art News; brochure with exhibition description. Baltimore Museum of Art archive. Viewed 20 August 2016. [AAA00027; AAA00030; AAA00045-47]

"The part that the Medicis played in Renaissance Italy can be best approximated today by such great corporations as those that I have named [the Container Corporation; Pepsi-Cola] and the fact that the Miller [Company] recently won an award for having made the best use of the fine arts to promote high standard in the [caliber] of their own products is truly significant." (Adelyn D. Breeskin, excerpt from speech mentioned above, 1948).

Media coverage:

Wharton, Carol. (4 April 1948). Exhibit notes [with three paragraphs on Painting toward architecture. The Sun (Baltimore), p. A4. Baltimore County Public Library. Viewed 7 September 2016. [AAA0139]

(5 April 1948). Painters’ aid to architects. The Sun (Baltimore), p. 10. Baltimore County Public Library. Viewed 18 August 2016. [AAA00060]



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[Venue no. 5]. (7 May - 6 June 1948). Painting toward architecture at the Milwaukee Art Institute (now the Milwaukee Art Museum), Milwaukee, WI. Viewed 20 August 2016. [AAA00064]

Documentation: Milwaukee Art Institute Gallery Notes, 20(4) (April 1948). Milwaukee Art Museum archive. Viewed 20 August 2016. [AAA00064; A01197]

"[The exhibition] has already gained a reputation for itself of general and lively interest to really large audiences in Hartford, Minneapolis, Akron and Baltimore. Sponsored by The Miller Company, manufacturers of industrial lighting equipment, of Meriden, Connecticut, it is a frank and serious attempt to explain the meaning of abstract art and show that it has a practical and definite usefulness to contemporary living." [...]

"May 7: [...] Opening Preview [...] Speaker: Serge Chermayeff". - Milwaukee Art Institute Gallery Notes, April 1948. Viewed 31 August 2016. [AAA00064]

"Painting Toward Architecture." Talk given at opening of exhibition at the Milwaukee Museum of Art. 7 pp. Typescript, with annotations (1948). Box 20. "Guide to the Serge Ivan Chermayeff Architectural Records and Papers, 1909-1980". Avery Architecture & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York. (Also, see two related entries in the box.) Viewed 31 August 2016. [A01174]

Media coverage:

Chermayeff, Serge. (June 1948). "Painting toward architecture". Arts and Architecture, pp. 24-31. [AAA00109]



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(c. July 1948). Painting toward architecture at the California Palace Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA. Viewed 20 August 2016. [A00066-67]

Documentation: Four installation photos, invitation and card noting lectures by Dr. Jermayne MacAgy. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (de Young/Legion of Honor) archive. Viewed 20 August 2016. [A00066-67]

Media coverage:

(June 1948). Painting toward architecture. Architect and engineer (San Francisco), pp. 10-3. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (de Young/Legion of Honor) archive. Viewed 20 August 2016. [AAA00065]

Dungan, H. L. (11 July 1948). California artists bring travel show to Oakland. (Article surveys three exhibitions including Painting toward architecture, p. C-5. Oakland Tribune. Oakland Public Library. Viewed 23 August 2016. [AAA00083]

Frankenstein, Alfred. (25 July 1948). The new exhibits at the local galleries. San Francisco Chronicle, pp. 20-1. San Francisco Public Library. Viewed 19 August 2016. [AAA00061]

"The relationships claimed in this statement seem a little tenuous in the light of the actual objects brought together to illustrate them. [...] all these, seem to exemplify painting influenced by architecture, rather than the other way around..."— Alfred Frankenstein in Chronicle review above.



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(7 August - 6 September 1948). Painting toward architecture at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Viewed 20 August 2016. [AAA00065; AAA00082]

Media coverage:

(5 August 1948). County Museum will display art. Summer News [University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA], 3(19), p. 1. Viewed 24 September 2016. [AAA00]

Millier, Arthur. (15 August 1948). Story of "space" told in touring in touring exhibition at County museum. Los Angeles Times. Viewed 20 September 2016. [AAA00168]

(31 August 1948). Triple exhibit nears close [mention]. Los Angeles Times. Viewed 20 September 2016. [AAA00169]



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(13 September - 3 October 1948). Painting toward architecture at the Portland Art Museum, OR. Viewed 20 August 2016. [AAA00070; AAA00084]

Documentation: Object list; announcement in Portland Museum of Art Bulletin, 10(1) (September 1948). Portland Art Museum archive. Viewed 13 September 2016. [AAA00084; AAA00147]

Media coverage:

(12 September 1948). Art museum to present architecture. Journal (Portland, OR). Portland Art Museum archive. Viewed 26 August 2016. [AAA00085a]

Jones, Catherine. (12 September 1948). Eastern company sponsors exhibit at art museum. The Sunday Oregonian. Viewed 21 August 2016. [AAA00071]

(12 September 1948). Architecture exhibit opening at museum. Enterprise (Oregon City, OR). Portland Art Museum archive. Viewed 23 August 2016. [AAA00085]

(26 September 1948). Closing dates set for four exhibitions. (Short mention). Enterprise (Oregon City, OR). Portland Art Museum archive. Viewed 23 August 2016. [AAA00085]



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(11-31 October 1948). Painting toward architecture at the Cincinnati Art Museum, organized by the Cincinnati Modern Art Society, Cincinnati, OH. Viewed 17 August 2016. [AAA00057]

Documentation:

Cincinnati: The Society (1948). Invitation. [1 folded sheet]. Museum of Modern Art, New York, call no. GEC 1948 0056; Cincinnati Art Museum archive. Viewed 9 July 2016. [A00079; AAA00028-29]

Media coverage:

(3 October 1948). Critic [Henry-Russell Hitchcock] to lecture at art museum. Cincinnati Enquirer, section 4, p. 1. Cincinnati Public Library. Viewed 26 August 2016. [AAA00104]

Dwight, Edward H. (President of the Cincinnati Modern Art Society). (20 November 1948). Painting toward architecture [book review]. Cincinnati Enquirer, p. 7. Cincinnati Public Library. Viewed 26 August 2016. [AAA00105]



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(2-20 November 1948). Painting toward architecture at Knoedler Art Galleries (for the benefit of the Scholarship Fund of the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Viewed 20 August 2016. [AAA00068]

Documentation: brochure, invitation card. Yale University Art Gallery archive. Viewed 20 August 2016. [AAA00068]

Media coverage:

(1 November 1948). Art show to help scholarship fund. New York Times. Yale University Art Gallery archive. Viewed 20 August 2016. [AAA00069]

Louchhiem, Aline B. (2 November 1948). Value of lighting art show feature. New York Times. Yale University Art Gallery archive. Viewed 20 August 2016. [AAA00069]

"The Miller Company is to be applauded for its courage and its broad point of view, and for the sound way in which it has used art to help its business rather than making its sponsorship a remote beau geste."— Alice B. Louchheim in the New York Times above.

(7 November 1948). The Miller Art Collection and design manual. The New Yok Herald Tribune. Yale University Art Gallery archive. Viewed 20 August 2016. [AAA00069]

"Perhaps too much admiring attention has been given the industrial aspects of the Miller collection..."— New York Herald Tribune (7 November 1948).

(November 1948). Painting toward architecture. Harper’s Bazaar. Yale University Art Gallery archive. Viewed 20 August 2016. [AAA00069]

"Burton Tremaine, president of the Miller Lighting Company of Meriden, Connecticut, sees modern lighting, not as a gadgety afterthought to building but as a structural element in architecture."— Harper’s Bazaar.

(13 November 1948). Goings on about the town [art; listing]. The New Yorker, p. 8. Viewed 24 September 2016. [AAA00207]

Coates, Robert M. (13 November 1948). The art galleries; various ventures in Modern art. The New Yorker, p. 118-20. Viewed 24 September 2016. [AAA00208]

(20 November 1948). Goings on about the town [art; listing]. The New Yorker, p. 8. Viewed 24 September 2016. [AAA00209]



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(16 December - 15 January 1949). Painting toward architecture at Boston Institute of Contemporary Art. Viewed 6 September 2016. [AAA00136; A01195]

Documentation: Object list. Boston ICA. Viewed 7 September 2016. [AAA00138]

Media coverage:

(13 December 1948). Art exhibitions [listing]. Christian Science Monitor, p. 5. Viewed 20 September 2016. [AAA00175]

Adlow, Dorothy. (20 December 2016). Art institute exhibition indicates mutual relations. The Christian Science Monitor, p. 5. Viewed 20 September 2016. [AAA00173]

(26 December 1948). Painting toward architecture [short announcement]. Boston Sunday Globe, p. B2. (Interestingly, photos from left to right include: the Dudok-designed town hall in Hilversum, The Netherlands; Piet Mondrian’s Victory Boogie Woogie and Georges Vantongerloo’s architectural-looking Construction). Boston Public Library. Viewed 6 September 2016. [AAA00136; AAA00138]

(January 1949). Architectural design and abstract art: related to Henry Russell-Miller’s book, ’Painting toward architecture’ and the current exhibit of the Miller collection of abstract art at Institute of Contemporary Design [sic?] in Boston. Architectural Record, pp. 90-4. [A01196-01; AAA00166]

Driscoll, Edward J., Jr. (9 January 1949). Portrait exhibitions her reflect varied technique [at end of article, announces Henry-Russell Hitchcock talk on 10 January, 1949]. Daily Boston Globe. Viewed 20 September 2016. [AAA00170]

(10 January 1949). Art exhibitions [listing]. Christian Science Monitor, p. 5. Viewed 20 September 2016. [AAA00174]



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Book/Exhibition catalogue published: The Miller Company Collection of Abstract Art; text by Henry-Russell Hitchcock; foreword by Alfred H. Barr, Jr.; book design by Bradbury Thompson. (1948). Painting toward architecture (book accompanying travelling exhibition: Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT and 24 other American cities [1]). New York; Duell, Sloan and Pearce; 118 pp. Library of Congress, Washington, DC, LC classification: NA680 .M46. (Also at multiple libraries. See worldcat.org.) Viewed 13 March 2016. [A00078].

Media coverage:

Mocsanyi, Paul (U.P.). [2] (26 December 1948). Some books about art [Mention of Painting toward architecture book / exhibition catalogue]. The Washington Post. p. L5. Viewed 7 September 2016. [AAA00140]

(2 January 1949). New books at public library [listing]. fultonhistory.com. Buffalo Courier-Express. Viewed 22 September 2016. [AAA00]

Hunter, Sam. (9 January 1949). The gold, the glitter [book reviews including Painting toward architecture. p. BR20. Viewed 7 September 2016. [AAA00141]

BUP (British United Press). (15 January 1949). Art and artists in latest books [mention]. The Ensign (Canada), p. 11. Viewed 7 September 2016. [AAA00143-44]



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(19 January - 13 February 1949). Painting toward architecture at Yale University, New Haven, CT. Viewed 19 August 2016. [A01144]

Hamilton, George Heard. (January 1949). Speaking of pictures: Artistic activities during the year. [Mention of travelling exhibition as a national event, in a survey of 1948 events, but no mention of the exhibition at Yale]. The Yale Daily News (special supplement). Viewed 7 September 2016. [AAA00137]



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(18 February - 13 March 1949). Painting toward architecture at the Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio. Viewed 25 September 2016. [AAA00138; AAA00217-18]

Media coverage:

Museum news. [listing]. Viewed 25 September 2016. [AAA00217-18]



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(27 March - 17 April 1949). Painting toward architecture at George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, Springfield, MA. Viewed 20 September 2016. [AAA00176; AAA00219]

Media coverage:

(c. March-April 1949). [listing]. Museum News. Viewed 25 September 2016. [AAA00219]

(3 April 1949). "Painting toward architecture". Springfield Union, p. 64. Viewed 20 September 2016. [AAA00177]

(4 April 1949). Art exhibitions [listing]. Christian Science Monitor, p. 5. Viewed 20 September 2016. [AAA00176]



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(26 April - 24 May 1949). Painting toward architecture at Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI. Viewed 3 September 2016. [A01175; AAA00114]

Documentation: Object list (items received and sent). Viewed 3 September 2016. [AAA00114]

Media coverage:

(April 1949). Mid-April exhibitions [listing]. Museum News. Viewed 25 September 2016. [AA00219-20]



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(c. June 1949). Painting toward architecture at Smith College, Northampton, MA. Viewed 3 September 2016. [AAA00044; AAA00114]

Documentation: Object list (items received). Viewed 3 September 2016. [AAA00114]

Media coverage :

(20 June 1949). Named acting director of art museum at Smith [Henry-Russell Hitchcock; mentions his book Painting toward architecture]. New York Times, p. 6. Viewed 20 September 2016. [AAA00172]



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(30 September - October 1949). Painting toward architecture at Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY. Speaker: Henry-Russell Hitchcock, 21 October 1949. Viewed 14 September 2016. [A01176; AAA00151; AAA00180; AAA00192]

Documentation: Press photo: Leger’s Les plongeurs circulaires; Memorial Art Gallery. The October exhibitions. Gallery notes, 15(1), October 1949. Courtesy Memorial Art Gallery. Viewed 21 September 2016. [AAA00180]

(1949). Program sheet: New York State Association of Architects, Rochester, NY [lists H. R. Hitchcock as a speaker]. Viewed 22 September 2016. [AAA00199]

Media coverage:

Nairn, Norman. (25 September 1949). This week in music and art: Kilborn chamber series notable— two gallery openings. Democrat and Chronicle [Rochester, NY], p. 76. Rochester Public Library. Viewed 14 September 2016. [AAA00150; AAA00186].

(27 September 1949). Gallery to hold open house. Democrat and Chronicle. Viewed 22 September 2016. [AAA00195]

(28 September 1949). Display to explain aim of Modern art [with two photos and photo caption]. Democrat and Chronicle [Rochester, NY], p. 21. Rochester Public Library. Viewed 4 September 2016. [A01176; AAA00148-49; AAA00185]

(30 September 1949). Memorial gallery women’s unit aids plans for opening tonight. Democrat and Chronicle [Rochester, NY], p. 30. fultonhistory.com. Viewed 22 September 2016. [AAA00193]

(30 September 1949). Art study group to begin season. Democrat and Chronicle [Rochester, NY], p. 46. fultonhistory.com. Viewed 23 September 2016. [AAA00197]

(30 September 1949). Gallery opens series. Rochester Times Union [Rochester, NY]. Memorial Art Gallery archive. Viewed 23 September 2016. [AAA00196]

(30 September 1949). Artists and craftsmen. [Unattributed newspaper clipping]. Memorial Art Gallery archive. Viewed 23 September 2016. [AAA00196]

Nairn, Norman. (1 October 1949). Old, Modern art contrasted at gallery opening. Democrat and Chronicle [Rochester, NY], fultonhistory.com. Viewed 22 September 2016. [AAA00192]

(9 October 1949). Current exhibitions in galleries [listing]. Democrat and Chronicle [Rochester, NY], p. 10E. fultonhistory.com. Viewed 22 September 2016. [AAA00188]

(14 October 1949). Monday study series to hear art talk. Democrat and Chronicle [Rochester, NY], p. 32. fultonhistory.com. Viewed 22 September 2016. [AAA00191]

(16 October 1949). This week in music and art [mention; listing]. Democrat and Chronicle [Rochester, NY], p. 12E. fultonhistory.com. Viewed 22 September 2016. [AAA00190]

(19 October 1949). State architects meet here today. Democrat and Chronicle [Rochester, NY], p. 22. fultonhistory.com. Viewed 24 September 2016. [AAA00214]

(19 October 1949). Architects’ conference to draw 600. [unattributed newspaper]. Memorial Art Gallery archive. Viewed 23 September 2016. [AAA00199]

Meisel, Bertha ’53. (20 October 1949) Scanning the arts. Tower Times (University of Rochester campus newspaper). Memorial Art Gallery archive. Viewed 21 September 2016. [AAA00179]

(21 October 1949). Tea to honor architects [Speaker: Henry-Russell Hitchcock]. Democrat and Chronicle [Rochester, NY], p. 34. Rochester Public Library. Viewed 14 September 2016. [AAA00151; AAA00187]

(22 October 1949). Current exhibitions in galleries [listings]. Democrat and Chronicle [Rochester, NY], p. 10E. fultonhistory.com. Viewed 22 September 2016. [AAA00189]

(22 October 1949). Hour lecture at gallery [mention]. Democrat and Chronicle [Rochester, NY], p. 14. fultonhistory.com. Viewed 24 September 2016. [AAA00215]

(23 October 1949). Current exhibition in galleries [listing]. Democrat and Chronicle [Rochester, NY], p. 74. Rochester Public Library. Viewed 14 September 2016. [AAA00152]

Seidler, Harry. (October 1949). Painting toward architecture. Architecture: Journal of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects, 37(4), pp. 119-24. (At this juncture, it is not known if this article is related to the exhibition or about a parallel initiative.) [A01196-02]



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(4-5 November 1949). Painting toward architecture at the Greenbrier Hotel, White Sulphur Springs, WV (during American Institute of Architects, Middle Atlantic District Conference). 5 November: morning, speaker - Serge Chermayeff; evening, Ralph Walker, President, American Institute of Architects [see below for published transcript of speech highly critical of Painting toward architecture. Viewed 4 September 2016. [A01050-51; AAA00129-32; AAA00145]

West Virginia Institute of Architects. (November 1949). White Sulphur meeting. Chapter chatter (newsletter), 6(11). American Institute of Architects archive, New York. Viewed 12 September 2016. [AAA00145]

Neal, Allan H. (December 1949). "Middle Atlantic District Conference; Greenbrier, W. VA. November 4-5 1949". The Charette (Pittsburgh’s Journal of Architecture and Building), p. 22-3. Courtesy Carnegie Mellon University. Viewed 4 September 2016. [AAA00129-32]

"The next morning Serge Chermayeff really baffled us at another lecture, "Painting Toward Architecture." To go with the erudite talk there was hung on the surrounding walls a painting exhibit which was even more baffling. I didn’t understand much of either but it made us feel very cultured and superior. The discussion part of the program was particularly enjoyed."— Allan H. Neal in article above.

(December 1949). The West Virginia meeting. Journal of the American Institute of Architects, 7(6), pp. 257-60. [Includes photos of attendees with artworks/photos of artworks in Painting toward architecture in the background. American Institute of Architects archive, New York. Viewed 12 September 2016. [AAA00146]

Walker, Ralph. (February 1950). The architect as a modern, part I. Journal of the American Institute of Architects, 8(2), pp. 57-61. ["An address before the meeting of the West Virginia Chapter and its guests at White Sulphur Springs, Nov. 5, 1949." American Institute of Architects archive, New York. Viewed 12 September 2016. [AAA00146]

Walker, Ralph. (March 1950). The architect as a modern, part II. Journal of the American Institute of Architects, 8(3), pp. 119-23. ["An address before the meeting of the West Virginia Chapter and its guests at White Sulphur Springs, Nov. 5, 1949." American Institute of Architects archive, New York. Viewed 12 September 2016. [AAA00146]

"“If I may be forgiven, Painting toward architecture makes me think of a ‘bull in someone else’s china shop’”.



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(14 November - 12 December 1949). Painting toward architecture at the Georgia Tech Hightower Textile Building (sponsored by Georgia Tech School of Architecture and the Architecture Society), Atlanta, GA. Viewed 21 August 2016. [A01050-51; AAA00087]

Media coverage:

(8 November 1949). Modern abstract paintings to be shown November 13. The Technique (Georgia Tech newspaper), p. 3. Courtesy Georgia Tech Library. Viewed 24 August 2016. [AAA00087]

Crane, Dave (editor of "The Engineer"). (9 November 1949). Hightower building opening will present Miller exhibit of Modern abstract art. The Agnes Scott News (Agnes Scott College, Decatur, GA near Atlanta), pp. 1-2. Viewed 21 August 2016. [A01050-51]



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(8 January - 2 February 1950). Painting toward architecture at the Contemporary Art Museum Houston, TX. Viewed 21 August 2016. [A01049]

Documentation: See "Contemporary Arts Association/Museum records, 1948-1979". REEL 1778: includes "Painting toward architecture". Archives of American art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. Viewed 3 September 2016. [A01178]

Possible lecture given by Philip Johnson, and other archival information. See under "Johnson, Philip C." section: "Painting Toward Architecture," Texas Contemporary Arts Museum exhibition material, 1950 January 8: General T, [mf 41;248]. Finding aid: Department of Public Information Records in The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York. Viewed 3 September 2016. [A01179]

The Contemporary Art Museum Houston archive at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is unavailable for queries until further notice (3 September 2016).

Media coverage:

Nowicki, Matthew. (January 1950). Henry-Russell Hitchcock: Painting toward architecture [book review]. Magazine of Art, pp. 35-6. Viewed 22 September 2016. [AAA00194]

"Painting toward architecture seems another significant step in the growing maturity and self-consciousness of a civilization."— Nowicku in Magazine of Art above.

Raphael, Orin. (April 1950). [Letter to the editor.] The Charette (Pittsburgh’s Journal of Architecture & Building), pp. 5 & 7. Viewed 5 September 2016. [AAA00133]

[...] "These experimental painters and many other artistic voices crying in the wilderness are among the abstract artists whose works are collected in the now famous book, Painting Toward Architecture. An attempt has been made to credit these artists with a strong influence on the direction modern architecture has taken. I note that the president of the American Institute of Architects, Ralph Walker, calls this claim a "bull in somebody else’s china shop’. I do not understand what he means by this..."— Orin Raphael in letter above.

(April 1950). Architecture... toward painting [parody]. The Charette (Pittsburgh’s Journal of Architecture & Building), pp. 20-21. Viewed 6 September 2016. [AAA00133]

"Some time ago a book, Painting toward architecture, was published, purporting to prove how the early abstract painters (cubists, purists, constructivists, dadists, etc.) deeply influneced modern architecture. Many architects howled like stuck pigs when this debt was implied and denied it stoutly... As a small tribute to all architects, we present here our own private theory of how architecture has influenced painting...."



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(19 February - 19 March 1950). Painting toward architecture at Isaac Delgado Museum of Art (now the New Orleans Museum of Art), New Orleans, LA. Viewed 25 September 2016. [AAA00219-21]

Media coverage:

(1 February 1950). [listing]. Museum News, p. 5. Viewed 25 September 2016. [AAA00219-21]



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(23 April - 14 May 1950). Painting toward architecture at the Museum of Art, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. Viewed 21 August 2016. [A01046]

Media coverage:

(April 1950). [listing]. Museum News. Viewed 25 September 2016. [AAA00223]

Enggass, Robert. (28 April 1950). Art. The Michigan Daily (Ann Arbor, MI), p. 4. Viewed 18 August 2016. [A01137-43]

(May 1950). [listing]. Museum News. Viewed 25 September 2016. [AAA00223]



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(c. May - June 1950). Painting toward architecture in Madison, WI. (Awaiting confirmation / more information). Viewed 25 September 2016. [AAA00223]



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( - 25 February 1951). Painting toward architecture at Person Hall Gallery, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC. Viewed 6 September 2016. [AAA00135]

Media coverage:

(20 January 1951). Architects to hold meeting tomorrow. The daily tar heel, p. 1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill library. Viewed 6 September 2016. [AAA00135]

"The North Carolina chapter of the American Institute of Architects will hold its annual sessions here tomorrow through Tuesday noon. In conjunction with the meeting, the University Art Department will show an exhibit in the Person Hall Gallery of the internationally known Miller Collection, "Painting Toward Architecture," ... — from The daily tar heel above.

(26 January 1951). Campus briefs: Miller Collection. The daily tar heel, p. 4. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill library. Viewed 6 September 2016. [AAA00134]



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(c. March - 6 April 1951). Painting toward architecture at the Parthenon Nashville, TN, sponsored by the University of Tennessee extension center. [AAA00203]

Media coverage:

Campbell, Ruth. (2 April 1951). Parthenon art gallery role draws architect’s praise. The Tennessean, p. 4. Nashville Public Library. Viewed 24 September 2016. [AAA00203]



(6 April 1951). Art, politics to share spotlight in programs at Manor Club [debate speaker: Mary Chalmers Rathbun, curator, Miller Company Collection of Abstract Art]. The Daily Argus [Mt. Vernon, NY]. Viewed 24 September 2016. [AAA00212]

(13 April 1951). Opposed views on Modern art heard in Manor Club program. The Daily Argus [Mt. Vernon, NY]. Viewed 24 September 2016. [AAA00213]




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(c. October-November 1951). Painting toward architecture at Dwight Hall, Mt. Holyoke College. Speaker: Henry-Russell Hitchcock. Viewed 22 September 2016. [AAA00181]

Media coverage:

(27 October 1951). Campus column [events listings]. fultonhistory.com. Greenfield Recorder-Gazette, p. 4. Viewed 22 September 2016. [AAA00181]

(3 November 1951). Campus column [events listings]. fultonhistory.com. Greenfield Recorder-Gazette. Viewed 24 September 2016. [AAA00211]

(10 November 1951). Campus column [events listings; speaker: Henry-Russell Hitchcock]. fultonhistory.com. Greenfield Recorder-Gazette. Viewed 22 September 2016. [AAA00182]

(17 November 1951). Campus column [events listings]. fultonhistory.com. Greenfield Recorder-Gazette. Viewed 24 September 2016. [AAA00210]



miller company collection of abstract art

(second viewing, 3 December 1951 - 23 January 1952). Paintings from the Miller Company Collection. Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA. Smith College Museum of Art archive. Viewed 20 August 2016. [AAA00043; AAA00076-78]

Documentation: correspondence; packing list; list of works exhibited; press release (one paragraph) (3 December 1951). Viewed 20 August 2016. [AAA00044; AAA00077-81]

"On the present occasion, only a selection of the Miller Company’s paintings are on display in this gallery; one piece of sculpture is on the bridge. Several of the paintings and the group of prints by El Lissitsky have been added to the collection since the previous Smith showing."— excerpt from press release (3 December 1951) above.

(9 December 1951). Campus column [events listings; speaker: George H. Hamilton, associate professor of art at Yale]. fultonhistory.com. Greenfield Recorder-Gazette. fultonhistory.com. Viewed 22 September 2016. [AAA00184]



miller company collection of abstract art

(c. 8 May - 1 June 1952). Painting toward architecture at Farsworth Art Museum, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA. [AAA00042]

Media coverage:

Teasdale, Molly. (15 May 1952). "Art critic: Farnsworth exhibit". Wellesley College News. Wellesley College library archive. Viewed 25 July 2016. [AAA00041]



B. Other primary sources

miller company collection of abstract art

(1948). "Miller and Company" folder. Alfred H. Barr, Jr. Papers, Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York, Folder: 1.178; mf 2174:1135. Viewed 3 September 2016. [A01180]



C. Key secondary resources

miller company collection of abstract art

(1984). The Tremaine Collection - 20th Century Masters: The spirit of modernism [exhibition catalogue accompanying exhibition at the Wadsworth Atheneum, (26 February - 29 April 1984)]. Hartford, CT: Wadsworth Atheneum, 188 pp. Smithsonian, Washington, DC, barcode: 39088003518503. (See worldcat.org for other locations.) [A00081]

miller company collection of abstract art

Johnson, Philip. (1984). Lecture given at the unveiling of the exhibition The Tremaine Collection - 20th century masters: The spirit of modernism. Hartford, CT: Wadsworth Atheneum. Courtesy Wadworth Atheneum. Hosted at artdesigncafe.

Miller Company Meriden CT

Scheips, Marguerite T. (Research by Weathers, Allen L.) (1995). The Miller Company, the first 150 years: The story of a successful American business, 1844-1994. Connecticut; 175 pp. Library of Congress, Washington, DC, classification no. HD9729.M48 S33 1995; Meriden Public Library, call no. 974.62 SC. [A00093-94]

miller company collection of abstract art

Housley, Kathleen L. (2001). Emily Hall Tremaine: Collector on the cusp. Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation: Meriden, CT; 247 pp. ISBN 0-9705011-0-2. Library of Congress, Washington, DC, classification N6488.5.T74 H68 2001. (Also, located in multiple libraries.) [A00095]


Footnote:
[1] (1984). The Tremaine Collection: 20th Century Masters - The Spirit of Modernism, p. 7. The Wadsworth Atheneum: Hartford, CT. It in unclear at this juncture whether 1 + 24 venues includes the scheduled run of the show (1947-50) or the 5 additional viewings (1951-52).

[2] It is unclear at this juncture but it is believed that U.P. (United Press, later U.P.I.) was distributed news to several media outlets. The number is unclear but could be noteworthy.



1: Painting toward architecture exhibition venue, documentation and media coverage | 2: Painting toward architecture artworks