Igniting Artistic Consciousness

Ephemera of Twentieth Century Instructors of the Art Students League of New York

M. Kantor Class images, 1944-58Smithsonian American Art and
Portrait Gallery (AA/PG) Library

The Victor Building
750 9th Street, NW
Suite 2100

The AA/PG Library received the donation of ephemera for more than 3,000 artists from the Art Students League of New York (ASL) in January 2017. Since its inception in 1875, the Art Students League of New York has been organized by students as a laissez-faire form of artistic education. In the environment fostered at the League, the mentorship of instructors greatly impacted thousands of students. This exhibition presents a glimpse of some of the instructors who helped ignite a century of incredible artistic production and experimentation.

Curated by Smithsonian Libraries & Katzenberger Internship award recipient Michelle Ibarra, we have selected some of the most interesting items related to teachers at the League, including Frank DuMond, Robert Beverly Hale, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Martha Bloom, and others.

The exhibition will be on view in the AA/PG Library Reading Room from August-December, 2017.

Upcoming related events:

Art Students League Archive Edit-a-thon
Smithsonian American Art and Portrait Gallery Library
Friday, September 29, 2017 10:00am-2:00pm
This event is free and open to the public. Register with Eventbrite.

Photo: M. Kantor Class images, 1944-58 (photo by Alfred Puhn)