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Rishel, Joseph J.


Joseph J. Rishel came to the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 1971 as Associate Curator of Painting before 1900. By the following November, he was also serving as curator to the Johnson Collection. Overseeing the department since its inception in 1973, Rishel was also the Museum's Gisela and Dennis Alter Senior Curator of European Painting before 1900, and the Senior Curator of the John G. Johnson Collection and the Rodin Museum.

Found in 7 Collections and/or Records:

Johnson Collection Curatorial Records

Identifier: JCC
Overview The Johnson Collection Curatorial Records represent two "generations" of curatorial oversight of the art collection acquired by John Graver Johnson (19841-1917), one of Philadelphia's most prominent corporate lawyers. While the collection of more than 1,600 European paintings, sculpture and textiles is owned by the City of Philadelphia through Johnson's bequest, it is administered by and housed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, as is Johnson's extensive art library. In these curatorial...

Joseph J. Rishel Papers

Identifier: RIS
Scope and Contents This collection contains personal papers, documents, photographs, and ephemera kept by Joseph J. Rishel from 1978 – 2014.

Rishel, Joseph J., 1981-1982

 File — Box: 18, Folder: 2
Scope and Content Note With her appointment in 1972 as PMA's first associate curator of 20th century painting, the media soon recognized and reported on d'Harnoncourt's work and promising career future. In 1977, the well-known New York Times art critic, John Russell singled out d'Harnoncourt in his article, "The Arts in the 70's: new tastemakers on stage," which is included here in photocopy form. Noting the impact of women holding influential positions in the art world and because of their number being too many to...

Rishel, Joseph J., 1993, 1996

 File — Box: 1, Folder: 21
Scope and Content Note Although d'Harnoncourt did not assume the role of Chief Executive Officer until 1997, her appointment was announced by February of the previous year. Thus her appointments as Museum Director and Chief Executive Officer define the parameters of the "1982-1996" sub-subseries. As the number of files indicates, her appointment as director drew many congratulations. Well-wishers included artists such as Emlen and Gloria Etting, Sol Lewitt and George Segal, as well as other prominent figures, such as...

Rishel, Joseph J., 1998-1999

 File — Box: 3, Folder: 21
Scope and Content Note This sub-subseries currently is closed to researchers. This sub-subseries and the remaining ones replicate the arrangement by date span of d'Harnoncourt's PMA records that were created after 1996. All date spans, therefore, coincide with her dual role as PMA's director and CEO. Of note in this sub-subseries are the letters of congratulations sent to d'Harnoncourt upon her receipt of The Philadelphia Award, one of the city's most prestigious recognitions, and one bestowed nearly 50...

Rishel, Joseph J., 2001-2002

 File — Box: 6, Folder: 2
Scope and Content Note This sub-subseries currently is closed to researchers. As documented in the "Library Company of Philadelphia" folder, d'Harnoncourt again crossed paths with Fiske Kimball, her directorial predecessor by 30 years. (Both were recipients of the prestigious Philadelphia Award--Kimball in 1950 and d'Harnoncourt in 1997.) In the tradition of Benjamin Franklin and its other original founders, the Library Company offers shares in its organization as a form of support. In 2001, it informed...

Rishel, Joseph J., and Anne d'Harnoncourt, 1980-1986

 File — Box: 29, Folder: 5
Scope and Content Note Covering the last decade of his life, this correspondence primarily documents McIlhenny's extensive social activities and the numerous friendships he cultivated in America and abroad. Many of the letters pertain to an exchange of invitations to dinner parties, cultural events, and vacation rendezvous, along with follow-up thank you notes. There are also numerous letters of thanks from McIlhenny for the many gifts he'd receive, ranging from a duck door knocker and jar of Col. Biddle's curry...