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Modern and Contemporary Art Department Records

 Collection
Identifier: MOD

Scope and Contents

This record group documents the exhibitions of the Modern and Contemporary Art Department. There are research files, clippings, gallery label drafts, slides and audiovisual materials. Records beginning in 1990 to a cancelled traveling exhibition featuring Alfred Stieglitz, which was to come to Philadelphia in 2003, are included in the Twentieth Century Art Department Records.

Dates

  • circa 2002-2008

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Modern and Contemporary Art Department Records are the physical property of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Archives. The Museum holds literary rights only for material created by Museum personnel or given to the Museum with such rights specifically assigned. For all other material, literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for obtaining permission from rights holders for publication and for other purposes where stated.

Biographical / Historical

To reflect the coming millenium, the Twentieth Century Art Department became known in the year 2000 as the department of Modern and Contemporary Art. The first exhibition mounted by the department that year, which was held March 25 to July 20, was "Celebrating the Eight: American Modernism from the Potamkin Collection."

Ann Temkin, who came to the museum in 1989 as Acting Curator of Twentieth Century Art, continued under the new department name as the Muriel and Philip Berman Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. She assumed the endowed curatorial position in 1990. Michael Taylor and Susan Rosenberg were Assistant Curators. When Temkin left the museum for a co-curatorial position at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in the fall of 2003, Taylor was named the Muriel and Philip Berman Curator of Modern Art. The position of Curator of Contemporary Art remained vacant until 2006 when Carlos Basualdo joined the museum staff. In 2013, Contemporary Art became its own department. At the same time, Matthew Affron became the Muriel and Philip Berman Curator of Modern Art and the position was moved into the European Painting and Sculpture Department.

Extent

52.5 linear feet

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

This collection documents the activities and exhibition of the former Modern and Contemporary Art Department (2000-2013).

Processing Information

These records were processed by Bertha Adams, Megan Finn and Ada Sinacore-Guinn in 2011. Funded by a grant from Institute of Museum and Library Services and National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Title
Guide to the Modern and Contemporary Art Department Records
Author
Finding aid prepared by Bertha Adams, Megan Finn and Ada Sinacore-Guinn
Date
2011
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Sponsor
Funded by a grant from Institute of Museum and Library Services and National Historical Publications and Records Commission

Repository Details

Part of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Library and Archives Repository

Contact:
Philadelphia Museum of Art
PO Box 7646
Philadelphia PA 19101-7646 United States