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Art museum director, educator, and patron of the arts, James Johnson Sweeney was born in Brooklyn, New York, on May 30, 1900 and educated at Jesus College, Cambridge, and at the Sorbonne. He was Director of the Department of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art (1945-1946) and subsequently Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (1952-1960) prior to the commencement of his tenure as Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, in 1961. A determined advocate of modern art, Sweeney organized major exhibitions and authored books, essays, reviews, and articles which fostered greater interest in twentieth-century art among the American public. He died on April 14, 1986.

From the description of James Johnson Sweeney correspondence, 1961-1967. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122319012

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associatedWith Griffiths, Higford. person
associatedWith Hamilton, George Heard. person
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associatedWith Hayes, Bartlett H., 1904-1988. person
associatedWith Hayes, David V. person
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associatedWith Hobby, William P., Jr. person
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associatedWith Holmes, Ann person
associatedWith Hood, Dorothy, 1919-2000. person
associatedWith John, Grace Spaulding. person
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associatedWith Lassus, Bernard. person
associatedWith Leeper, John Palmer. person
associatedWith Lissim, Simon, 1900-1981. person
associatedWith Lowry, W. McNeil, 1913- person
associatedWith Mathieu, Georges, 1921- person
associatedWith Menil, Dominique de. person
associatedWith Menil, John de. person
associatedWith Mladek, Meda. person
associatedWith Mocsanyi, Paul. person
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associatedWith Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. corporateBody
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associatedWith Selz, Peter Howard, 1919- person
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African Americans in art
Blacks in art
Art patronage
African American arts
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Art critics
Art patrons
Art museum directors
Art dealers

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