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


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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; overview and dates of Dec. 1947-1950 PtA shows at other venues, some PtA-loaned works to other shows during a Dec. 1947-52 time period (not complete), and the 1952 exhibition at Wellesley (not including found 1951 venues); installation photos. Wadsworth Atheneum archive. Updated 16 November 2016. [AAA00115-16; AAA00337-38; AAA00363; AAA00442-52]

(1 December 1947). Painting toward architecture. News Bulletin (Wadsworth Atheneum), p. 2. Viewed 21 October 2016. [AAA00368]

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. [no photos]. The Hartford Times. Viewed 1 September 2016. [AAA00112]

(12 December 1947). Miller exhibit wins acclaim in Hartford. [no photos]. Meriden Record, p. 25. Viewed 22 October 2016. [AAA00374]

Murray, Marian. (c. 13 December 1947). Abstract art at Avery casts light on new architecture. The Hartford Times. [no photos]. Viewed 1 September 2016. [AAA00111]

(13 December 1947). Miss Seaver will talk on Miller exhibition. Hartford Courant. [no photos]. 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). [photo: Kusinada’s Japanese actor.] 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. [photo: de Rivera’s Black, yellow, red.] 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. [no photos.] The Republican (Springfield, MA). Viewed 14 September 2016. [AAA00115; AAA00154]

Louchheim, Aline B. (December 1947). Abstraction on the assembly line. [photos: de Rivera’s Black, yellow, red; Spiralating heat wave cover; graphics examples; Perle Fine’s Midnight; Miller Co lighting installation; Braque’s Black Rose; van Doesburg’s Space-time construction #3.] 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].

(19 January 1948). Art in the factory. [photo: de Rivera’s Black, yellow, red.] Newsweek, p. 90. Viewed 8 October 2016. [AAA00300]

"’This is no Barnum & Bailey play,’ says Mrs. Burton G. Tremaine, Jr., art director of the company and wife of its owner. ’Our scheme is directed toward a small industrial audience— engineers and designers who have open minds, or they wouldn’t be in the business. We reach up to them, not down.’"— Newsweek, (19 January 1948) above.



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[Venue no. 2]. (20 January - 22 February 1948).[1] Painting toward architecture at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN. Updated 21 October 2016. [AAA00031; A01047; AAA00363]

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.

(February 1948). Art for architecture’s sake. Interiors, pp. 76-81. Viewed 7 October 2016. [AAA00294]

"There are certain differences between the Milller collection and those of the giant corporations we mentioned... the important difference lies in the collection itself... unlike the average company collection, it was not assembled to meet the approval of the masses..."

"We cannot refrain from mentioning that the original idea for the program was contributed by Mrs. Burton G. Tremaine, Jr. who insists on staying in the background although she is entitled to official recognition not as the boss’s wife but as the company’s art director, and a skilled hand at advertising techniques."— Interiors, (February 1948) above.



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[Venue no. 3]. (9-28 March 1948).[1] Painting toward architecture at the Akron Art Institute (now the Akron Art Museum), Akron, OH. Updated 21 October 2016. [AAA00054; AAA00363]

Documentation:

Invitation. (March 1948). 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)

(Spring 1948). News reports. [Akron Painting toward architecture exhibition mention]. College Art Journal, 7(3), p. 232. (Section: pp. 226-42). [AAA00272]



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[Venue no. 4]. (4-28 April 1948). Painting toward architecture at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD. Updated 21 October 2016. [A01043; AAA00363]

Documentation:

Including press release, object 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]

(11 April 1948). At local galleries [listing]. The Sun (Baltimore), p. FA4. Viewed 5 October 2016. [AAA00290]

(16 April 1948). Art galleries [listing]. The Sun (Baltimore), p. 16. Viewed 5 October 2016. [AAA00292]

(18 April 1948). Exhibit notes [listing]. The Sun (Baltimore), p. MM4. Viewed 5 October 2016. [AAA00291]



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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. Updated 21 October 2016. [AAA00064; AAA00363]

Documentation:

(April 1948). Milwaukee Art Institute Gallery Notes, 20(4). 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]

(15 May 1948). [Listing: Milwaukee Art Institute - "abstract art".] Museum News. Viewed 12 October 2016. [AAA00316]

Stover, Frances. (16 May 1948). Art collection of Miller Co.; other shows. Milwaukee Journal, p. 6. Milwaukee Public Library. 13 October 2016. [AAA00326-27]



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[Venue no. 6]. (1 July - 1 August 1948).[1] Painting toward architecture at the California Palace Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA. Updated 21 October 2016. [A00066-67; AAA00363]

Documentation:

Four installation photos, invitation and card noting lectures by Dr. Jermayne MacAgy, object list. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (de Young/Legion of Honor) archive. Viewed 7 October 2016. [A00066-67; AAA00299]

Media coverage:

(June 1948). Painting toward architecture. Architect and engineer (San Francisco), pp. 10-3 (page 254 in pdf). Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (de Young/Legion of Honor) archive. Viewed 20 August 2016. [AAA00065]

Writer unknown. (2 July 1948). [Title unknown]. Richmond Banner (local San Francisco newspaper). No copy of newspaper on this date known to exist, according to San Francisco Public Library representative. Viewed 22 October 2016. [AAA00115]

On comments by the press document, presumably prepared by the Miller Co., the following is a quote from the article above: "... The Miller Company is pioneering a highly practical effort to show the relationship between fine arts and industry. The abstract, which still puzzles many people, becomes wholly logical and comprehensible when translated into architecture or industrial design— and even typography or advertising layout... although the exhibition is primarily intended for architects and designers, it comprises also an exceptional show of historically and artistically important paintings and sculpture."

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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[Venue no. 7]. (7 August - 6 September 1948).[1] Painting toward architecture at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Updated 21 October 2016. [AAA00065; AAA00082; AAA00363]

Documentation: No documentation on file at LACMA. Viewed 8 October 2016. [AAA00303]

Media coverage:

Boyd, E. (August 1948). Art: "’Painting toward architecture’... currently on view at the Los Angeles County Museum". Arts & Architecture. Viewed 7 October 2016. [AAA00295]

(1 August 1948). Museum to launch new policy [mention]. Los Angeles Times. Viewed 22 October 2016. [AAA00371-08]

(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. [AAA00201]

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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[Venue no. 8]. (13 September - 3 October 1948). Painting toward architecture at the Portland Art Museum, OR. Updated 21 October 2016. [AAA00070; AAA00084; AAA00363]

Documentation:

Object list; (September 1948). Announcement in Portland Museum of Art Bulletin, 10(1). 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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[Venue no. 9]. (11-31 October 1948).[1] Painting toward architecture at the Cincinnati Art Museum, organized by the Cincinnati Modern Art Society, Cincinnati, OH. Updated 21 October 2016. [AAA00057; AAA00363]

Documentation:

Cincinnati: The Society (1948). Invitation with objects list. [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:

D. D. (1 October 1948), “Painting toward architecture” [book review]. Architectural Forum, 89(4), p. 158-59. Viewed 6 November 2016. [AAA00240]

"The key to Mr. Hitchcock’s text is in the title’s connective word toward which might imply a sense of distance as well as direction... through Mrs. Burton Tremaine, wife of the president, the whole program has been intelligently and, from a commercial point of view, unostentatiously made available to public appreciation."— Architectural Forum, (1 Oct. 1948) above.

(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]

Thrall Soby, James. (12 October 1948). The fine arts [book review mention, one long paragraph]. Saturday Review, p. 44. New York Public Library. Viewed 12 October 2016. [AAA00313]

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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[Venue no. 10]. (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. Updated 21 October 2016. [AAA00068; AAA00363]

Documentation:

(November 1948). Painting toward architecture for the Benefit of the Scholarship Fund of the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, brochure with object list. M. Knoedler & Co. records, approximately 1848-1971; Series VIII. Exhibition files, 1869-1971. Box 3746: 1948 November 2-20. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles. Also at Yale University Art Gallery archive. Viewed 6 November 2016. [AAA00068; AAA00304; AAA00417]

(November 1948). 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. [AAA00069-03]

Louchhiem, Aline B. (2 November 1948). Value of lighting art show feature. New York Times, p. 31. Yale University Art Gallery archive. Viewed 20 August 2016. [AAA00069-02]

"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.

Burrows, Carlyle. (2 November 1948). Miller Collection of Modern Art put on exhibition here; Abstracts that created discussion on tour will aid N.Y.U. Institute Fund. New York Herald Tribune, p. 29. Viewed 5 October 2016. [AAA00289]

"This collection is one which, during the last ten months, has stirred considerable discussion while on a tour of museums from Hartford to San Francisco."— Carlyle Burrows in New York Herald Tribune, (2 November 1948) above.

(7 November 1948). The Miller Art Collection and design manual. The New York Herald Tribune. Yale University Art Gallery archive. Viewed 20 August 2016. [AAA00069-01]

"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. [AAA00069-04]

"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]

(16 November 1948). Books published today [listing - Painting toward architecture]. New York Times, p. 26. Viewed 22 October 2016. [AAA00371-02]

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

(28 November 1948). Books received [Painting toward architecture listed]. New York Tribune, p. E37. Viewed 5 October 2016. [AAA00288]



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(16 December - 15 January 1949).[1] Painting toward architecture at Boston Institute of Contemporary Art. Updated 21 October 2016. [AAA00136; A01195; AAA00363]

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]

(15 December 1948). [listing]. Museum News. Viewed 12 October 2016. [AA00324]

(17 December 1948). [Exhibits in brief - Painting toward architecture at ICA listing]. The Radcliffe News, p 3. Viewed 4 October 2016. [AAA00274-75]

Adlow, Dorothy. (20 December 1948). 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]

(1 January 1949). [listing]. Museum News. Viewed 12 October 2016. [A00325]

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 media launch: 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 traveling exhibition: Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT and 24 other American cities [2]). 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.). [3] (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. [AAA00184]

Hunter, Sam. (9 January 1949). The gold, the glitter [book reviews including Painting toward architecture]. p. BR20. New York Times. 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]

(15 January 1949). [Painting toward architecture book announcement]. The Booklist. New York Public Library. Viewed 12 October 2016. [AAA00314-15]



Exhibition including a key artwork, Black Rose by Braque, but not part of the Painting toward architecture traveling exhibition.

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Georges Braque at Cleveland Museum of Art (26 January -13 March 1949); Museum of Modern Art, New York (29 March - 12 June 1949). Companies: Miller Company Collection of Abstract Art (Loaned: Braque’s Black Rose). Viewed 29 September 2016. [AAA00241-42]


Exhibition at MoMA based on Painting toward architecture.

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From Le Corbusier to Niemeyer: Savoye House - Tremaine House 1949 at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (15 February - 17 April 1949). [Press release: "The theme of this show is based on Henry Russell-Hitchcock’s book on the Miller [Company] Collection of abstract art, Painting toward architecture."] Viewed 30 September 2016. [AAA00250-51]



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Possibly: (19 January - 13 February 1949).[1] Painting toward architecture at Yale University, New Haven, CT. Updated 21 October 2016. [A01144; AAA00363]

Hamilton, George Heard. (January 1949). Speaking of pictures: Artistic activities during the year. [Mention of traveling 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. Updated 21 October 2016. [AAA00138; AAA00217-18; AAA00363]

Documentation: (c. 1949). February 18 to March 13: Painting toward architecture [mentions talk by Henry Russell-Hitchcock on 18 February]. Monthly Bulletin (Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts), 19(2), pp. 20. Viewed 22 November 2016. [AAA00502]

Media coverage:

(1 February 1949). [listing]. Museum news. Viewed 12 October 2016. [AAA00217-18; AAA00322]

Royer, Ed. (27 February 1949). Finally he could stand it no more [article with three sections: on artist George Ehrlich; then two sections related to Painting toward architecture]. Columbus Citizen, pp. 12-3. Columbus Public Library. [AAA00279]

"A recent article in another Columbus newspaper did this community a great disfavor. The author dashed off an attack against present-day art that clearly shows no effort to understand either modern art or its objectives..."

"’Painting toward architecture’, the most important show of the year in Columbus, is open at the Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts... If you are to enjoy the exhibit, you must go to it with an open and inquiring mind..."— Ed Royer in the Columbus Citizen, 27 February 1949, p. 12.



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(27 March - 17 April 1949). Painting toward architecture at George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, Springfield, MA. Updated 21 October 2016. [AAA00176; AAA00219; AAA00363]

Documentation: No documentation at the museum. [AAA00416]

Media coverage:

(15 March 1949). [listing]. Museum News. Viewed 12 October 2016. [AAA00219; AAA00321]

(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. Updated 21 October 2016. [A01175; AAA00114; AAA00363]

Documentation:

Object list (items received and sent). RISD Museum of Art. Viewed 3 September 2016. [AAA00114]

Media coverage:

(April 1949). Mid-April exhibitions [listing]. Museum News. Viewed 12 October 2016. [AA00219-20; AAA00320]



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(1 June - 26 June 1949).[1] Painting toward architecture at Smith College, Northampton, MA. Updated 21 October 2016. [AAA00044; AAA00114; AAA00363]

Documentation:

Object list (items received). RISD Museum of Art. 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]

"Pictures being renovated at The Miller Company— summer of 1949"(according to undated, exhibition overview document. Wadsworth archive.) Viewed 21 October 2016. [AAA00363]



Exhibition including a key artwork, For internal use only by Stuart Davis, but not part of the Painting toward architecture traveling exhibition.

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Thirty paintings: Stuart Davis, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Franklin Watkins at Santa Barbara Museum of Art (28 July - 28 August 1949); M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco (8 September - 9 October 1949); Portland Art Museum (15 October - 20 November 1949). Viewed 26 October 2016. [AAA00380]




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(30 September - 24 October 1949).[1] Painting toward architecture at Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY. Speaker: Henry-Russell Hitchcock, 21 October 1949. Updated 21 October 2016. [A01176; AAA00151; AAA00180; AAA00192; AAA00363]

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]. Memorial Art Gallery archive. 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. Rochester Times-Union. Memorial Art Gallery archive. Viewed 23 September 2016. [AAA00196; AAA00228]

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

(1 October 1949). [listing]. Art digest, p. 34. Viewed 7 October 2016. [AAA00293]

(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]

(15 October 1949). [listing]. Museum News. Viewed 12 October 2016. [AAA00319]

(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. Rochester Times-Union. Memorial Art Gallery archive / Rochester Public Library. Viewed 23 September 2016. [AAA00199; AAA00227]

Meisel, Bertha ’53. (14 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. (This is a curious article. Seidler offers his own take on Painting toward architecture which may or may not relate or have been influenced by the exhibition or Hitchcock’s book. It probably was, but the connection isn’t explicit, perhaps there was a sub-heading deletion by editorial, etc.) [A01196-02; AAA00423]



miller company collection of abstract art

(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. Updated 21 October 2016. [A01050-51; AAA00129-32; AAA00145; AAA00363]

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’”.



miller company collection of abstract art

(14 November - 12 December 1949).[1] 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; AAA00363]

Media coverage:

(8 November 1949). Modern abstract paintings to be shown November 13. The Technique (Georgia Tech newspaper), 33(35), 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]

(18 November 1949). The summing up [review of exhibition]. The Technique (Georgia Tech newspaper), 33(38), p. 5. Viewing 28 September 2016. [AAA00230-32]



miller company collection of abstract art

Possible unknown venue of Painting toward architecture between 13 December 1949 - 7 January 1950. The Agnes Scott News report above states: "An exhibition of the collection in Cuba is planned for the near future." However, we haven’t found anything yet.



miller company collection of abstract art

(8 January - 2 February 1950).[1] Painting toward architecture at the Contemporary Art Museum Houston, TX. Updated 21 October 2016. [A01049; AAA00363]

Documentation:

(Undated). Three Painting toward Architecture installation photos (Karl Kamrath collection). Alexander Architectural Archive, Architecture and Planning Library, University of Texas Libraries, Austin. Viewed 8 October 2016. [AAA00305]

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."— Nowicki 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 influenced 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).[1] Painting toward architecture at Isaac Delgado Museum of Art (now the New Orleans Museum of Art) and the Arts and Crafts Gallery, Royal Street, New Orleans, LA. Viewed 7 October 2016. [AAA00219-21; AAA00363]

Documentation: There is no documentation at the museum or in the gallery’s archive. Viewed 8 November 2016. [AAA00420-22]

Media coverage:

(1 February 1950). [listing - museum]. Museum News, p. 5. Viewed 12 October 2016. [AAA00219-21; AAA00318]

(1 February 1950). [listing - gallery]. Art digest, p. 4. Viewed 8 October 2016. [AAA00302]

(20 February 1950). Delgado-Crafts art show opens. Times-Picayune, p. 4. Viewed 8 October 2016. [AAA00301]

"The bulk of the exhibition is at the museum but about 20 paintings are at the Arts and Crafts... Photographs of architectural units inspired by abstract art show the real value of the exceptional exhibition. It should be a must for architects and should also be seen by anyone who wants to know what is doing in art in the 20th century."— Times-Picayune, (20 February 1950) above.

(March 1950). Painting toward architecture [book review; one paragraph]. The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, p. 203. Viewed 10 November 1950. [AAA00422]

(1 March 1950). [listing - museum]. Museum News. Viewed 12 October 2016. [AAA00317]



miller company collection of abstract art

(2-14 April 1950).[1] Painting toward architecture at U-T Audigier Gallery, Library Buildings, University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Updated 21 October 2016. [AAA00363; AAA00366-67; AAA00440]

Documentation:

Attendance record (2390 persons). 1950 Exhibits – Audigier Art Gallery, Records and Memorabilia regarding Student Organizations and Activities, AR.0017. University of Tennessee Libraries, Knoxville, Special Collections. Viewed 21 October 2016. [AAA00367]

Media coverage:

(26 March 1950). ’Modern’ paintings at Audigier. The Knoxville News-Sentinel, p. C-3. Viewed 21 October 2016. [AAA00365]

(28 March 1950). Art collection start for U-T, ends in Michigan. The Knoxville News-Sentinel, p. 16. Viewed 21 October 2016. [AAA00364]

(2 April 1950). Modern art show opens at Audiegier. The Knoxville News-Sentinel. Viewed 21 October 2016. [AAA00366]

"Several days delay in setting up the show was brought about by shipment of the art pieces to Michigan University [sic] where it will go from here."— The Knoxville News-Sentinel above



miller company collection of abstract art

(23 April - 14 May 1950).[1] Painting toward architecture at the Museum of Art, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. Updated 21 October 2016. [A01046; AAA00363; AAA00440-04(&09-10)]

Documentation: Original artwork labels accompanying works on display; press releases; correspondence shipping list prepared by Miller Company. Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan. Viewed 10 November 2016. [AAA00424]

Media coverage:

(1 April 1950). [listing]. Museum News. Viewed 12 October 2016. [AAA00223; AAA00323]

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

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

(13 May 1950). The weekend in town [lecture]. The Michigan Daily (campus newspaper, Ann Arbor, MI), p. 4. Viewed 27 September 2016. [AAA00229]



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(23 May - 14 June 1950).[1] Painting toward architecture at Memorial Union, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI (sponsored by the Madison Art Association with the cooperation of the Union Gallery Committee.) Updated 21 October 2016. [AAA00223; AAA00363]

Documentation

(1950). Invitation; Program sheet with object list. University of Wisconsin-Madison Archives. Viewed 28 September 2016. [AAA00238]

Media coverage:

(13 May 1950). Brilliant show opens May 23: Exhibit, "Painting toward architecture," coming to Union. Capital Times. University of Wisconsin-Madison Archives. Viewed 2 October 2016. [AAA00239]

(14 May 1950). Miller show explains the abstract. Wisconsin State Journal. University of Wisconsin-Madison Archives. Viewed 27 September 2016. [AAA00226]

(20 May 1950). Reception to preview art show May 23. Capital Times. University of Wisconsin-Madison Archives. Viewed 2 October 2016. [AAA00239]

(21 May 1950). Painting, architecture exhibit to show space arrangement. Wisconsin State Journal, Section 3. Madison Public Library. Viewed 27 September 2016. [AAA00225]

(21 May 1950). Reception will preceed art exhibit at Union. Wisconsin State Journal. University of Wisconsin-Madison Archives. Viewed 2 October 2016. [AAA00239]

(Undated). Union galleries to exhibit collection of abstract art. Capital Times. University of Wisconsin-Madison Archives. Viewed 2 October 2016. [AAA00239]

(23 May 1950). Hold reception for art show. Daily Cardinal [University of Wisconsin-Madison student newspaper]. University of Wisconsin-Madison Archives. Viewed 4 October 2016. [AAA00273]

(23 May 1950). [News brief under article "Forum to discuss Germany’s future"] Art show. Daily Cardinal [University of Wisconsin-Madison student newspaper]. University of Wisconsin-Madison Archives. Viewed 2 October 2016. [AAA00239]

(24 May 1950). Collection relates art and architecture. Daily Cardinal [University of Wisconsin-Madison student newspaper]. University of Wisconsin-Madison Archives. Viewed 4 October 2016. [AAA00273]

(c. 24 May 1950). [News brief] Art exhibit. Probably Daily Cardinal [University of Wisconsin-Madison student newspaper]. University of Wisconsin-Madison Archives. Viewed 4 October 2016. [AAA00273]

(26 May 1950). Miller "Painting toward architecture" show gives a circus atmosphere. Daily Cardinal [University of Wisconsin-Madison student newspaper]. University of Wisconsin-Madison Archives. Viewed 2 October 2016. [AAA00239]

"[Warrington] Colescott [of the art-education faculty] described the current show... as one of the most enjoyable shows he had seen in Madison."— Daily Cardinal (26 May 1950) above

(4 June 1950). Art exhibit shows influence of painting on architecture [photos and captions]. University of Wisconsin-Madison Archives. Wisconsin State Journal, Section 4, p. 11. Viewed 27 September 2016. [AAA00226]

(25 June 1950). "Most important" art show of kind will open July 5 [mention]. Wisconsin State Journal, Section 2, p. 11. Madison Public Library. Viewed 28 September 2016. [AAA00233-34]

"[Prof. Robert] Grilley points out that the coming exhibition will differ from the "Painting toward architecture" show recent on view... [this] exhibition will include subject painting of a romantic sort, he says, in which ideas are very important. These canvases are not of a non-objective nature, as were the pieces in the "Painting toward architecture" show, Griffey explains, but they convey human experience."— Wisconsin State Journal, 25 June 1950 above.


Exhibition including a key artwork, Victory Boogie Woogie by Mondrian, but not part of the Painting toward architecture traveling exhibition.


miller company collection of abstract art

Recent acquisitions at Museum of Modern Art, New York (26 July - 25 November 1950). Companies: Miller Company Collection of Abstract Art (Loaned: Mondrian’s Victory Boogie Woogie, included in show among the recent acquisitions). Viewed 28 September 2016. [AAA00237]




miller company collection of abstract art

Possible unknown venue(s) of Painting toward architecture between 15 June 1950 - January 1951.



Exhibition including a key artwork, For internal use only by Stuart Davis, but not part of the Painting toward architecture traveling exhibition.

miller company collection of abstract art

Abstract painting and sculpture in America at Museum of Modern Art, New York (23 January - 25 March 1951). Companies: Miller Company Collection of Abstract Art (Loaned: Stuart Davis’s For Internal Use Only). Viewed 26 October 2016. [AAA00378]




miller company collection of abstract art

( - 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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(4 March - 6 April 1951). Painting toward architecture at the Parthenon, Nashville, TN, sponsored by the University of Tennessee extension center. [AAA00203; AAA00312]

Media coverage:

(4 March 1951). Art exhibition opens here today. The Tennessean, p. 46.

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]. fultonhistory.com. Viewed 24 September 2016. [AAA00212]

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




miller company collection of abstract art

Possible unknown venue(s) of Painting toward architecture between 7 April - 28 October 1951.



miller company collection of abstract art

(29 October - 17 November 1951). Painting toward architecture at Dwight Hall, Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA. Speaker: Henry-Russell Hitchcock. Viewed 22 September 2016. [AAA00181; A01201]

Media coverage:

(26 October 1951). M H C exhibit shows abstract art forms among architecture. The Mount Holyoke News [student newspaper], pp. 1, 5. Mt. Holyoke special collections archive. Viewed 7 October 2016. [AAA00296-97]

"... the exhibit promises to be the most exciting display of this kind ever shown at Mount Holyoke..." The Mount Holyoke News, (26 October 1951) above.

(26 October 1951). [listing]. The Mount Holyoke News [student newspaper], pp. 6. Mt. Holyoke special collections archive. Viewed 7 October 2016. [AAA00298]

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



Additional show at Smith College, not defined as Painting toward architecture


miller company collection of abstract art

(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; AAA00076-81]

Documentation:

Correspondence; packing list; object list; (3 December 1951). Press release (one paragraph). Smith College Museum of Art archive. 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.

(4 December 1951). Press release for PM papers. Smith College library, special collections. Viewed 8 October 2016. [AAA00306]

Media coverage:

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



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(c. 8 May - 1 June 1952). Painting toward architecture at Farnsworth 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]



miller company collection of abstract art

Possible unknown venue(s) of Painting toward architecture after 2 June 1952 but unlikely.



B. Other primary sources

miller company collection of abstract art

(c. 1945-55). Graphics, adverts, and design trade catalogues by the Miller Company under the art direction of Emily Hall Tremaine (noting that the business concept of the exhibition points to the development of Modernist interior applications utilizing Miller Co. lighting). See c. 1945-55 listings for Miller Company product designs, lighting installations, graphics and architecture, and Miller Company trade catalogues at artdesigncafe.

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)]. [Essays by Tracy Atkinson, Robert Rosenblum and Greg Hedberg offer commentary on Painting toward architecture.] 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] It is important to note that across different sources, the specific dates of the exhibition at different venues can be inconsistent, but only with a few days off here and there.

[2] (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).

[3] 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.


Please note, while most sources will state that there were 25 venues for Painting toward architecture, so far we have confirmed 27. Therefore we assume that "25" was originally an estimation and not a specific number. Some sources state that the exhibition ran until 1950, which may have been the original plan. However, evidence shows that the exhibition continues until at least 1952.

Additionally, as expected, the full list of media coverage on the exhibition is not known, although The Rochester and Madison, WI viewings show a full range of expected discourse generation. 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; for example in Baltimore the venue was not the Walters Art Gallery, but the Baltimore Museum of Art.

In due course, it is expected that more documentation will reveal itself.


1: Painting toward architecture - Exhibition venue, documentation and media coverage | 2: Painting toward architecture - artworks | 3: Painting toward architecture - Miller Co. press release