The Findings Blog Relaunches

Letters from Ray Johnson and Michael McMillan; Frank Lloyd Wright drawing of the Guggenheim; Brancusi exhibition, 1955

The Guggenheim's Library and Archives team has relaunched Findings, a regularly updated blog of unique letters, posters, and other artifacts discovered in the museum's vast archives. Seventy Findings have already been unearthed and shared on the blog, which begins anew this month with a rare photo of a 1955 exhibition of Constantin Brancusi's sculptures.

Originally begun in September 2009 as part of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, Findings came to a close last summer when the grant expired. But Library and Archives staff members continued to come across new objects of interest, so Findings is relaunching to share more of their discoveries with the public.

Previous Findings have featured rarely seen items from the archives of former Guggenheim directors, as well as artifacts with broader interest, such as artist James Lee Byars's unconventional correspondence, cartoons from the Turkish Information Office, and a 1958 ad for the Remington Standard typewriter.

Other highlights include letters from artists Ray Johnson, Michael McMillen, and Willi Baumeister; a photo from a 1970 Moog-synthesizer concert at the Guggenheim; and an audio clip of a 1977 interview in which Paula Cooper and other gallery owners discuss the changes then taking place in New York’s SoHo neighborhood.

In addition to publishing Findings, the Library and Archives makes available a host of resources to researchers, such as archives of art talks, exhibition posters, and the letters of Frank Lloyd Wright. In coming months, Findings will share more discoveries by highlighting photos, pamphlets, correspondence, and other archival materials as it broadens to include collections beyond the scope of the grant that originally inspired the blog.


Clockwise from left: letter from Ray Johnson to Henry Berg, 1975; letter from Michael McMillen to Diane Waldman, 1983; Frank Lloyd Wright drawing of the museum in the James Johnson Sweeney records; installation view of Constantin Brancusi, Guggenheim Museum, New York, 1955, looking east with Torso of a Young Man, The Miracle, Caryatid, and White Seal. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Archives, New York


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