Name Files, 1980-2009

16 boxes
Scope and content:

This series contains correspondence and related material, such as photographs, slides, negatives, transparencies, exhibition materials, articles, newspapers, cards, and notes, which Powell filed by individual name, usually the correspondent, but sometimes the subject. Powell exchanged letters and cards with many notable twentieth-century artists, including Adrian Piper, Martin Puryear, Carrie Mae Weems, and E.H. Sorrells-Adewale, as well as a variety of prominent professors and curators at such places as the National Gallery of Art, the Corcoran Gallery, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Yale University. These materials, dating from approximately 1980 to 2009, relate to Powell's work on publications, exhibitions, professional development and appointments, as well as his personal friendships and connections. The series includes research notes and plans for exhibitions on the art of Romare Bearden and William H. Johnson, among others, and preparatory work for Dr. Powell's books Cutting a Figure: Fashioning Black Portraiture and Black Art: A Cultural History, topics which are also documented extensively in other parts of the collection.


The materials in the Name Files Series are organized alphabetically by correspondent's last name.


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