Monthly Archives: October 2014

Avery Art Properties at Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art

Florine Stettheimer, Nude Study, Standing with Hands Clasped, late 1890s, oil on canvas mounted on board, 30 x 18 in. (76.3 x 45.8 cm), Art Properties, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University in the City of New York, Gift of the Estate of Ettie Stettheimer, 1967 (1967.23.02)

Florine Stettheimer, Nude Study, Standing with Hands Clasped, late 1890s, oil on canvas mounted on board, 30 x 18 in. (76.3 x 45.8 cm), Art Properties, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University in the City of New York, Gift of the Estate of Ettie Stettheimer, 1967 (1967.23.02)

Along with the current international retrospective on Florine Stettheimer in Germany, to which Columbia is the major lender, Art Properties has loaned a painting by Stettheimer to the exhibition “Classical Nudes and the Making of Queer History,” which runs from October 17, 2014, to January 4, 2015, at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York City. Stettheimer’s painting, Nude Study, Standing with Hands Clasped, dates from the late 1890s when she studied at the Art Students League in New York City. The exhibition explores the different ways classicism and classical subjects in art have come to be seen as closely tied to the history of queer culture. The show focuses on four areas: antiquity, Renaissance, 19th century, and modern/contemporary; artists in the exhibition include Aubrey Beardsley, Romaine Brooke, Paul Cadmus, Albrecht Dürer, Michelangelo, Herb Ritts, Del LaGrace Volcano, and others. Columbia University joins the New York Public Library, Library of Congress, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and other American institutions to help make this exhibition possible.

Roberto C. Ferrari, Curator of Art Properties, was a guest docent for the exhibition on November 8, 2014. For more information, contact the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art.

-by Roberto C. Ferrari, Curator of Art Properties

Exhibition Press Release

Yardley Architectural Letterheads Collection online

YardleyComprised of commercial stationery with illustrations of buildings in lower Manhattan, the Yardley Collection provides a unique view of New York City’s evolution during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Selected for their illustrations of buildings in lower Manhattan, these pieces of stationery include rare images of the city’s commercial architecture, much of which is no longer extant. The digital exhibition features letterheads organized by street and by company name, which allows readers to chart a path through the city, one address at a time. The section devoted to Maiden Lane, for example, has illustrations of a dozen commercial buildings that once lined this street in downtown Manhattan. Many of these buildings, like the musical instrument company of John F. Stratton at 55 Maiden Lane, are no longer standing. Another especially rich section of the collection focuses on hotels, with letterheads from as early as 1831.

The John H. Yardley Collection of Architectural Letterheads was donated to Avery by Bernice Gordon in memory of her husband, Mr. John H. Yardley. The donation was inspired by the Robert Biggert Collection of Architectural Vignettes on Commercial Stationery which was donated to Avery by Robert Biggert in honor of Lisa Ann Riveaux.  Together, the Yardley and Biggert collections comprise a complementary set of nearly 2,000 unique items and add significantly to Avery’s extensive collection of ephemera on architectural topics.

Related digital collections:
Avery’s Architectural Novelties
Avery’s Architectural Ephemera Collections
New York Real Estate Brochure Collection

Yardley Press release 

Avery Library Acquires Arthur Rothstein Photographic Collection

Rothstein Dust Storm

Credit: Arthur Rothstein. Farmer and sons walking in the face of a dust storm. Cimarron County, Oklahoma (1936). Arthur Rothstein Photograph Collection, Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library.

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services’ Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Arthur Rothstein Photograph Collection, 1848-2000, a collection of photographic prints and negatives, personal and professional papers, printed material, videos and ephemera, donated to the library by his wife, Grace Rothstein.

Arthur Rothstein (1915-1985), one of the most prolific and influential photographers of the 20th century, produced a broad scope of work that captured American life from the Great Depression through the Reagan years, as well as international events from post-War famine in China to May Day in Moscow’s Red Square at the height of the Cold War. From Welsh coal miners to the Reichstag in ruins, to the unique documentation of the Jewish refugee population in Shanghai after World War II, it was said of Arthur Rothstein that he went everywhere, saw everything and brought his camera.

“Because powerful images are fixed in the mind more readily than words, the photographer needs no interpreter. A photograph means the same thing all over the world and no translator is required. Photography is truly a universal language, transcending all boundaries of race, politics and nationality.” — Arthur Rothstein

The collection includes materials spanning Rothstein’s entire career as a photographer for the Farm Security Administration, Look magazine, the United States Army Signal Corps and Office of War Information, the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration, Parade magazine, and the Utah Oral History Institute. The majority of photographic material consists of black and white silver gelatin prints, and some color negatives and prints. Among the works in the collection are Rothstein’s iconic Dust Storm Cimarron County and Gee’s Bend – both of which are widely recognized defining images of the American landscape and experience.

October 28, 6:30-8:00 pm
Celebrating the Arthur Rothstein Photograph Collection at Avery
Speaker: Noam Elcott, Columbia University
Exhibition & Lecture with reception following
Avery Library Miriam & Ira D. Wallach Center for the Study of Art and Architecture
Sponsored by Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library and Avery Friends

Columbia University Libraries press release
Life reviewRothstein Collection finding aid



Univ. of Arkansas students at Avery

On September 18 and 19, Avery Drawings and Archives hosted a senior studio class from the University of Arkansas’ Fay Jones School of Architecture. They are preparing documentation and interpretation materials on Frank Lloyd Wright’s Bachman-Wilson house, which has been disassembled and is to be reconstructed on the grounds of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Northwest Arkansas.

In addition to the Bachman-Wilson house, the students (shown here with Professor Gregory Herman) studied other Usonian houses by Wright, in order to develop a greater depth of understanding and context for the design of the Bachman-Wilson house.

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Left to right: Ryan Hamrick, Prof. Greg Herman, Kyle Heflin

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left to right: Grant Gilliard, Andrew Schalk

Arkansas students at Avery

standing, left to right: Alex Little, Brian Robinson seated, left to right: Prof. Greg Herman, Paulina Paz, Ayesha Erkin