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Books Available for Adoption
Wendingen

Wendingen

Santpoort [etc.]: C. A. Mees [etc.],
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library

This issue of the Dutch periodical Wendingen, dating from 1927, is devoted to interiors and furniture designed by Dutch architects C.J. Blaauw, W.M. Dudok, Piet Kramer, S. van Ravestyn, Schröof and G. Reitveld, A.F. Van der Wey and H. Wouda.  This issue is an important contemporary publication that chronicles architecture and furniture of the key participants of the Dutch artistic De Stijl (The Style) movement that was founded in Amsterdam in 1917.  The movement advocated pure abstraction reducing all design to basic form, simple vertical and horizontal compositions, and the use of... Read More
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Western Apache Material Culture

By Alan Ferg, editor, with contributions by William B. Kessell. Tucson: Published for the Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona Press, 1987.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Vine Deloria, Jr. Library, National Museum of the American Indian

Together, the Goodwin and Guenther Collections in the Arizona State Museum form the most significant collection of Apache cultural materials dating from the mid-1800s to 1985. In the early 1930s, Grenville Goodwin came to Arizona to attend prep school, but instead was drawn to the Apaches and spent his time studying their way of life. He gathered items from them, and earned the trust of knowledgeable elders who recreated things no longer made – all which he thoroughly documented, detailing their construction, meaning, and use. Edgar and Minnie Guenther were missionaries on the Fort... Read More
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Wheel Songs

By S. Conant Foster. New York: White, Stokes, & Allen, 1884.
Adoption Amount: $500   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: National Museum of American History Library

The beautiful embossed cover of this 1884 book hints at the delights found inside this paean to the big wheel bicycles of the late 19th century. The author S. Conant Foster was an avid cyclist himself, and his collection includes poems both humorous and somber. One is an ode to a fellow member of a Boston cycling club who died in 1880. But most are lighthearted celebrations of bicycling, and many feature lovely illustrations, including one by renowned American artist Childe Hassam. A contemporary reviewer described this volume as “the most sumptuous volume devoted wholly to the wheel... Read More
Wilson's cyclopedic photography:

Wilson's cyclopedic photography:

By Edward L. Wilson. New York: E. L. Wilson, 1894.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Museum Support Center Library

A prominent figure among the professional photographers during the second half of the nineteenth century, Edward Livingston Wilson (1838-1903) was a photographer, writer, and publisher. While he was recognized for his magazines, Philadelphia Photographer and Wilson's Photographic Magazine, Wilson's Cyclopaedic Photography (1895) serves as an excellent reference guide on the state and history of the field of photography leading up to the twentieth century. Read More
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Yayoi Kusama

By Yayoi Kusama. New York: David Zwirner, 2014.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library

This hardcover catalog features work from Yayoi Kusama’s critically acclaimed 2013 solo exhibition at David Zwirner, a celebrated contemporary art gallery in London. The exhibit marked the debut of the artist’s large-scale square-format acrylic on canvas paintings, which demonstrate her supreme talent as a colorist. This book features stunning, full color plates of this series of brightly colored paintings. This book also includes stills of Kusama’s video installation Song of a Manhattan Suicide Addict, time-lapse photographs of the Infinity Mirror Room The Souls of Millions... Read More
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Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors

By Yoshitake, Mika (ed.). Munich ; London ; New York: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and DelMonico Books/Prestel, 2017.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library

A lusciously illustrated hardcover catalog published in conjunction with the popular retrospective exhibition Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors, organized by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Beautiful full color plates showcase a selection of Kusama’s paintings, sculptures, works on paper, performances, and installations, culminating in a catalogue raisonné of the artist’s Infinity Mirror Rooms to date. Essays, an interview with the artist, an illustrated chronology, and an annotated bibliography introduce new scholarly perspectives on this pioneering artist’s... Read More
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Yayoi Kusama: Pumpkins

By Yayoi Kusama. London: Victoria Miro Gallery, 2014.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library

"It seems that pumpkins do not inspire much respect. But I was enchanted by their charming and winsome form.” Thus Yayoi Kusama explains her attraction to the humble pumpkin in the preface to the catalog of the 2014 exhibition Yayoi Kusama: Pumpkins at the Victoria Miro Gallery in London. Both the pumpkin form and the repeated, striated spray of dots inspired by the markings on Japanese kabocha pumpkins are recurring motifs this iconic artist’s work across various media. This richly illustrated book highlights several series of Kusama’s pumpkins, including paintings as... Read More
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Yayoi Kusama: White Infinity Nets.

By Yayoi Kusama. London: Victoria Miro Gallery, 2013.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library

A catalog of the 2013 exhibition Yayoi Kusama: White Infinity Nets at the Victoria Miro Gallery in London, in which Kusama exclusively showed her recent white Infinity Net paintings. This book contains full color plates of the paintings; installation shots; details of Kusama’s thick, impasto semi-circles; photographs of the artist at work in her studio, and an essay by Rachel Taylor, curator at the Tate Modern museum in London. Read More
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Zeppelin-Weltfahrten

By H. Luschnath. Dresden : $b Bilderstelle Lohse, $c 1933-[1934?]:
Adoption Amount: $450   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Air and Space Museum Library

This book is the first of two volumes, each containing collections of cigarette cards that are souvenirs of the zeppelin age. Cigarette cards were used by cigarette companies to stiffen cigarette packaging and to advertise their brand. Due to their unique design and limited printing, they often became collectibles. This collection includes cards featuring pictures of zeppelins and images taken while the photographer was in a zeppelin. Notable photographs include the Italian Alps and Mediterranean Sea. Read More
Book II cover

Zeppelin-Weltfahrten

By H. Luschnath. Dresden : $b Bilderstelle Lohse, $c 1933-[1934?]:
Adoption Amount: $450   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Air and Space Museum Library

This book is the second of two volumes, each containing collections of cigarette cards that are souvenirs of the zeppelin age. Cigarette cards were used by cigarette companies to stiffen cigarette packaging and to advertise their brand. Due to their unique design and limited printing, they often became collectibles. This collection includes cards featuring pictures of zeppelins and images taken while the photographer was in a zeppelin. Notable photographs include the Italian Alps and Mediterranean Sea. Read More

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