Miller, Dorothy Canning, 1904-2003

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MoMA curator (1935-1969) and honorary trustee (1984-), art advisor, editor.

From the description of Dorothy C. Miller papers, 1929-1984. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122569190

Art museum curator; New York, N.Y.; b. Feb. 6, 1904, Hopedale, Mass.; d. July 11, 2003, Greenwich Village, N.Y.

From the description of Oral history interview with Dorothy C. Miller, 1970 May 26-1971 Sept. 28. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 80691316

Museum curator, art consultant; New York, N.Y.; b. Feb. 6, 1904, Hopedale, Mass.; d. July 11, 2003, Greenwich Village, N.Y.

From the description of Dorothy C. Miller papers, 1923-2003. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 84451789

From the description of Dorothy C. Miller papers, circa 1912-1992, bulk 1959-1984. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 368024659

Dorothy C. Miller (1904-2003) was an art museum curator from New York, N.Y.

From the description of Oral history interview with Dorothy C. Miller, 1970 May 26-1971 Sept. 28. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 495595064

Dorothy Miller, 1904-2003, art museum curator and art consultant of New York, N.Y.; b. Feb. 6, 1904, Hopedale, Mass.; d. July 11, 2003, Greenwich Village, N.Y.

From the description of Oral history interview with Dorothy C. Miller, 1981 May 14. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 220208913

Dorothy C. Miller (1904-2003) was a museum curator and art consultant from New York, N.Y.

From the description of Dorothy C. Miller papers, circa 1912-1992, bulk 1959-1984. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 710019018

James Lee Byars was born in Detroit in 1932. He studied art, psychology, and philosophy at Wayne State University and the Merrill Palmer School of Psychology, graduating in 1955. A 1957 meeting with artist Morris Graves led Byars to move to Japan, where he lived until 1963, studying Buddhist philosophy and Noh theater in Kyoto. Byars met Dorothy Miller in 1958, when she arranged for his New York debut by exhibiting Byars' folded paper pieces for a few hours in an empty stairwell at The Museum of Modern Art. His practice of one-sided correspondence allowed him to explore an imaginative manipulation of paper. In addition to Dorothy Miller, Byars also engaged Joseph Beuys and Parisian art dealer Christiane Germain in one-sided correspondence.

Dorothy Canning Miller was born in Hopedale, Massachusetts in 1904, and grew up in Montclair, New Jersey. She graduated from Smith College in 1925 and was hired by the Newark Museum in 1926 after enrolling in their apprentice program. It was there that she began working with modern American art, catching the attention of The Museum of Modern Art Director, Alfred H. Barr, Jr., who hired her as his assistant in 1934. The first exhibition for which she was responsible was New Horizons in American Art [MoMA Exh. #52, September 14-October 12, 1936]. As one of the first curators at The Museum of Modern Art, Miller became a pioneer of modern American art, organizing a series of "Americans" exhibitions that helped to establish the careers of such artists as Pollock, Rothko, Stella, and Byars. After only a year at MoMA, Miller became Assistant Curator in Painting and Sculpture, and in 1942 was made Associate Curator of Painting and Sculpture. From 1943 she was Curator of Painting and Sculpture, until 1947, when she was made the Curator of Museum Collections, a position she held until 1967. From 1968 - 69, Miller was the Senior Curator in Museum Collections, until her retirement in 1969. Miller passed away in 2003 at the age of 99.

From the description of James Lee Byars - Dorothy C. Miller correspondence, 1961-1987. (Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)). WorldCat record id: 702419261

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creatorOf Kienbusch, William, 1914-1980. William Kienbusch papers, 1920-1980. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Cahill, Holger, 1887-1960. Holger Cahill papers, 1910-1993, bulk 1910-1960. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Miller, Dorothy Canning, 1904-2003. James Lee Byars - Dorothy C. Miller correspondence, 1961-1987. Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
referencedIn Papers, 1929-1976 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
referencedIn Fuller, Edmund L., 1941-1985. Edmund L. Fuller, Jr., papers on William Edmondson, ca.1940-1985. Newark Museum
referencedIn Rasmussen, Waldo. Oral history, 1994. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
referencedIn Charlton, Maryette. Maryette Charlton papers, circa 1890-2010. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Mazo, Sara, 1911-. Oral history, 1993. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
referencedIn Holger Cahill papers, 1910-1993 (bulk 1910-1960) Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
referencedIn Aldrich, Larry,. Oral history interview with Larry Aldrich, 1972 Apr. 25-June 10 [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Wolff, Robert Jay, 1905-. Robert Jay Wolff papers, 1926-1969. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Miller, Dorothy Canning, 1904-2003. Dorothy C. Miller papers, circa 1912-1992, bulk 1959-1984. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Halpert, Edith Gregor, 1900-1970. Oral history interview with Edith Gregor Halpert, 1965 Jan. 20. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Miller, Dorothy Canning, 1904-2003. Oral history interview with Dorothy C. Miller, 1981 May 14. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn LeWitt, Sol, 1928-2007. Oral history, 1994. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
referencedIn Diament Sujo, Clara. Oral history interview wih Clara Diament Sujo, 2010 June 8-16. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.). Dept. of Painting and Sculpture. Department of Painting and Sculpture: artists records, 1935-1972. Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
creatorOf Miller, Dorothy Canning, 1904-2003. Oral history interview with Dorothy C. Miller, 1970 May 26-1971 Sept. 28. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Miller, Dorothy Canning, 1904-2003. Dorothy C. Miller papers, circa 1912-1992, bulk 1959-1984. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf DeFeo, Jay, 1929-1989. Jay DeFeo papers, 1948-1976. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Bloom, Hyman, 1913-. Hyman Bloom papers, 1936-1980. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Miller, Dorothy Canning, 1904-2003. Dorothy C. Miller papers, 1923-2003. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Archives pamphlet file : Miller, Dorothy Canning : miscellaneous uncataloged material. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
referencedIn Lynes, Russell, 1910-1991. Russell Lynes papers, 1935-1986. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Miller, Dorothy C., 1904- : [miscellaneous ephemeral material]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
creatorOf MILLER, DOROTHY, 1904-. Artist file : miscellaneous uncataloged material. Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
creatorOf Miller, Dorothy Canning, 1904-2003. Dorothy C. Miller papers, 1929-1984. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
creatorOf Miller, Dorothy Canning, 1904-2003. Oral history interview with Dorothy C. Miller, 1970 May 26-1971 Sept. 28. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Contreras, Belisario R., 1916-. Belisario Contreras papers, 1958-1984. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Baker, Mildred, 1905-. Mildred Baker papers, [ca. 1930]-1987. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Cahill, Holger, 1887-1960. Reminiscences of Holger Cahill : oral history, 1957. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Cahill, Holger, 1887-1960. Holger Cahill Papers, 1907-1983, bulk (1942-1959). New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Holger Cahill Papers, 1907-1983, 1942-1959 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Gibbs, Howard Manning, 1904-1970. Howard M. Gibbs papers, 1904-1975. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Pereira, I. Rice (Irene Rice), 1902-1971. Papers, 1929-1976 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
creatorOf Feitelson, Lorser, 1898-1978. Lorser Feitelson and Helen Lundeberg papers, circa 1890s-2002 (bulk 1919-1999). Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Parsons, Anne Bowen. Anne Bowen Parsons collection of interviews on art, 1967-1968. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
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associatedWith Aldrich, Larry, person
associatedWith Asher, Elise, 1914- person
associatedWith Baker, Mildred, 1905- person
associatedWith Barr, Alfred Hamilton, 1902- person
associatedWith Berman, Avis person
associatedWith Betty Parsons Gallery. corporateBody
associatedWith Bloom, Hyman, 1913- person
associatedWith Bontecou, Lee, 1931- person
correspondedWith Byars, James Lee person
associatedWith Cahill, Holger, 1887-1960. person
associatedWith Calder, Alexander, 1898-1976. person
associatedWith Canady, John. person
associatedWith Charlton, Maryette. person
associatedWith Chase Manhattan Bank corporateBody
associatedWith Christo, 1935- person
associatedWith Chryssa, 1933- person
associatedWith Coggeshall, Calvert, 1907-1990. person
associatedWith Contreras, Belisario R., 1916- person
associatedWith Copley, Alfred L. person
associatedWith Cummings, Paul person
associatedWith Davis, Stuart, 1892-1964. person
associatedWith DeFeo, Jay, 1929-1989. person
associatedWith De Kooning, Willem, 1904- person
associatedWith D'Harnoncourt, Rene, 1901-1968. person
associatedWith Diament Sujo, Clara person
associatedWith Dickinson, Edwin Walter, 1891-1978. person
associatedWith Evans, Walker, 1903-1975. person
associatedWith Federal Art Project. corporateBody
associatedWith Feininger, Lyonel, 1871-1956. person
associatedWith Feitelson, Lorser, 1898-1978. person
correspondedWith Fuller, Edmund L., 1941-1985. person
associatedWith Gibbs, Howard Manning, 1904-1970. person
associatedWith Gorky, Arshile, 1904-1948. person
associatedWith Graves, Morris, 1910- person
associatedWith Guggenheim, Peggy, 1898- person
associatedWith Halpert, Edith Gregor, 1900-1970 person
associatedWith Hartigan, Grace. person
associatedWith Hicks, Edward, 1780-1849. person
associatedWith Hirshhorn, Joseph H. person
associatedWith Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. corporateBody
associatedWith Horwitt, Will. person
associatedWith Irene Rice Pereira, 1902-1971 person
associatedWith Johns, Jasper, 1930- person
associatedWith Karpel, Bernard, 1911- person
associatedWith Kienbusch, William, 1914-1980. person
associatedWith Levy, Julien. person
associatedWith LeWitt, Sol, 1928-2007. person
associatedWith Lynes, Russell, 1910-1991. person
associatedWith Mark Rothko and His Times Oral History Project. corporateBody
associatedWith Mark Rothko Foundation. corporateBody
associatedWith Mather, Eleanore Price, 1910- person
associatedWith Matisse, Pierre, 1900-1989. person
associatedWith Mazo, Sara, 1911- person
associatedWith Motherwell, Robert. person
associatedWith Municipal Art Exhibition 1934 : New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Municipal Art Exhibition 1934 : New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Municipal Art Exhibition 1934 : New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.). Dept. of Painting and Sculpture. corporateBody
associatedWith Nevelson, Louise, 1899-1988. person
associatedWith Newman, Barnett, 1905-1970. person
associatedWith Noguchi, Isamu, 1904-1988. person
associatedWith O'Keeffe, Georgia, 1887-1986. person
associatedWith Panicali, Carla. person
associatedWith Parsons, Anne Bowen person
associatedWith PepsiCo, inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Pereira, I. Rice (Irene Rice), 1902-1971. person
associatedWith Phillips, Duncan, 1886-1966. person
associatedWith Picasso, Pablo, 1881-1973. person
associatedWith Pollock, Jackson, 1912-1956. person
associatedWith Port Authority of New York and New Jersey corporateBody
associatedWith Putzel, Howard, 1898-1945. person
associatedWith Rasmussen, Waldo. person
associatedWith Rauschenberg, Robert, 1925-2008. person
associatedWith Reinhardt, Ad, 1913-1967. person
associatedWith Rivera, Diego, 1886-1957. person
associatedWith Rockefeller, Nelson A. (Nelson Aldrich), 1908-1979. person
associatedWith Rockefeller University. corporateBody
associatedWith Rothko, Mark, 1903-1970. person
associatedWith Sage, Kay. person
associatedWith Scharf, William, 1927- person
associatedWith Sheeler, Charles, 1883-1965. person
associatedWith Smith College corporateBody
associatedWith Smith College. Museum of Art. corporateBody
associatedWith Spencer, Niles, 1893-1952 person
associatedWith Sterne, Hedda, 1910- person
associatedWith Still, Clyfford, 1904- person
associatedWith Tobey, Mark. person
associatedWith Warburg, Edward M. M. person
associatedWith Wolff, Robert Jay, 1905- person
associatedWith World Trade Center (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
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New York (State)--New York
United States
New York (State)--New York
New York (State)--New York
New York (State)--New York
New York (State)--New York
United States
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Art, American History Sources
Artists
Art museum curators--Interviews
Corporations--Art collections
Art historians
Curators--Archives
Art, Modern--20th century--Exhibitions
Art--Private collections
Art, Modern--20th century
Art museum curators
Folk art
Art museums
Art, Japanese--History--Sources
Abstract Expressionism
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Birth 1904-02-06

Death 2003-07-11

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