Guide to the Records of the Department Of Art Centennial Loan Exhibition Of Modern Paintings

Collection Title: Records of the Department Of Art Centennial Loan Exhibition Of Modern Paintings
Dates: 1950-1951
Identification: 11/3/3/3
Creator: Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Department of Art
Extent: 1 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: Correspondence and related materials documenting exhibition planning and scheduling, loan arrangements, and promotional materials of the Northwestern University Department of Art's Centennial Loan Exhibition of Modern Painting.
Acquisition Information: The University Archives acquired this series on July 26, 1983 (Accession #83-88).
Processing Information: Kristen E. Dahlgren; December 8, 1983.
Separated Materials: About three linear inches of correspondence and related materials pertaining to the Northwestern University Centennial Conference on the Arts, “The Arts in Modern Society,” have been separated out as accession #83-182 (Series 0/12/2).
Conditions Governing Access: None
Related Materials: For supplementary documentation see also series 0/12/1, Records of the Northwestern University Centennial Celebration, 1949-1952 and 0/12/2, Records of the Centennial Conference on the Arts, 1950-1951.
Repository: Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives
Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3354

Biographical/Historical Information

The Department of Art came under the auspices of the College of Liberal Arts during the 1923-24 academic year after previously having been a department of the School of Music. The department offered both studio art courses and instruction in the history of art from 1923 until 1972. In June 1970 the chairman of the department formally requested that the department of art be divided into two separate departments of art and art history. Two years later, in June 1972, this request was formally approved.

Art History became a distinct department with its own chairman and faculty, and the Art Department was retained as a department concerned with education in the practice of art. For further information see J. Carson Webster's "History of the Department of Art" in the Department of Art file, Archives General Reference Files.

Scope and Content

The Centennial Loan Exhibition of Modern Paintings, mounted during much of April, 1951, was sponsored by Northwestern's department of art and held in conjunction with the university's Centennial Celebration. The fifty-four works included in the Exhibition, by major American and European artists, were borrowed from private collections in the Chicago area and represented major stylistic developments of the twentieth century. The Exhibition ran concurrently with Northwestern's centennial conference, “The Arts in Modern Society.”

This series spans the years 1950-1951 and fills one half-size box. Included are correspondence and related materials documenting exhibition planning and scheduling, as well as loan arrangements and promotional materials.

Arrangement of Materials

All dated materials are arranged chronologically within folders.

Subjects

Corporate Name

Centennial Loan Exhibition of Modern Paintings (1951 : Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.))

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.)--Centennial celebrations, etc.

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Department of Art

Subjects

Painting, Modern--Exhibitions

Painting--Private collections--Illinois--Exhibitions


Container List / Contents

  • General Correspondence, 1950-1951Box 1, Folder 1
  • Itineraries and Planning Materials, n.d.Box 1, Folder 2
  • Lists of Artists, Paintings, and Donors, n.d.Box 1, Folder 3
  • Exhibition Loan Agreements, 1951Box 1, Folder 4
  • Promotional Materials, n.d.Box 1, Folder 5
  • Exhibition Attendants Schedules, 1951Box 1, Folder 6