Michele Smolen collection of Hilla Rebay materials
Art, Modern -- 20th Century.
Museum of Non-Objective Painting.
Rebay, Hilla, 1890-1967.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
Michele Smolen (MS) was born in Forest Hills, Queens. She studied at both the Julliard School and the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. After marrying her husband, Donald Smolen, a marketing and advertising executive for United Artists and successful commercial artist, the two moved to Westport, CT, where Hilla Rebay (HR), the first director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, had maintained a home since 1938. Although MS did not know HR personally, she was aware of HR's reputation as a patron and promoter of modern art. MS donated the collection to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Archives in July 2005.
Scope and Content Note
The Michele Smolen collection is comprised of materials related to Hilla Rebay and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, dating from 1938 to 2005. It contains clippings, postcard books for the Museum of Non-Objective Painting showing interior shots of the museum and proposed new building, publications, and a number of catalogues for exhibitions presented by the Museum, including a working copy of the Art of Tomorrow catalogue. Exhibition catalogues are listed by Guggenheim exhibition number. The collection also contains 20 etchings made by Rebay (15 signed, 5 unsigned) along with a copper plate and etched postcard, also designed by Rebay.
|559||1||Announcement for Exhibition of Non-Objective Paintings, Gibbes Memorial Art Gallery, Charleston, SC||1938|
|Etchings/Postcards Designed by Hilla Rebay|
|559||2||Copper Plate and Etching||1958|
|511||2-5||Signed Sepia Brown Etchings/Postcards (4 folders)||undated|
|559||3||Exhibition 1: Solomon R. Guggenheim Collection of Non-Objective Paintings||1936|
|559||4||Exhibition 4: Solomon R. Guggenheim Collection of Non-Objective Paintings (2 copies)||1938|
|559||5-6||Exhibition 6: Art of Tomorrow (catalogue and mock-up) (2 folders)||1939|
|559||7||Exhibition 43: In Memory of Wassily Kandinsky||1945|
|559||8||Exhibition 57: In Memoriam László Moholy-Nagy||1947|
|559||9||Exhibition 61: Hilla Rebay (2 copies)||1948|
|559||10||Hilla Rebay, Paintings and Collages, French & Company||1962|
|Newspaper and Magazine Clippings|
|559||11||Hilla Rebay Estate for Sale||2003-2004|
|559||12||Hilla Rebay Exhibitions in Westport, CT||1989, 2005|
|559||13||Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Expansion and Rennovation||1987, 1992|
|559||14||Postcard Book for Museum of Non-Objective Painting (2 copies)||undated|
|511||7||Hilla Rebay, by Yvanhoé Rambosson (2 copies)||1930|
|559||15||Nuestra Arquitectura, Casa en Mar del Plata||1947|