D'Harnoncourt, René, 1901-1968

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Director of the Museum of Modern Art, 1949-1968.

From the description of Rene d'Harnoncourt papers, 1924-1983, 1940-1968 (bulk). (Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)). WorldCat record id: 122530614

Museum director and authority on American Indian and Mexican arts and crafts. Born 1901 in Vienna, Austria; died 1968 in Long Island, New York. D'Harnoncourt lived in Mexico from 1925 to 1933 and worked as an artist before joining a Mexico City antiques firm in 1927. He compiled and lectured on a collection of folk art for the Mexican Ministry of Education (1929) and was chosen to prepare an exhibition of Mexican fine and applied arts for display in the U.S. After its opening at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1930, D'Harnoncourt toured with the exhibition for two years, then moved permanently to the U.S. in 1933. He directed the radio program, "Art in America"; taught art history at Sarah Lawrence College (1934-1937); and began working for the Indian Arts and Crafts Board of the Department of the Interior in 1936, becoming general manager in 1937 and chairman of the board in 1944. He joined the staff of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in 1944 and was its director from 1949 until July 1968.

From the description of René D'Harnoncourt photograph collection, 1900-1925. (University of Texas Libraries). WorldCat record id: 33332835

Museum director.

From the description of Reminiscences of Rene DH́arnoncourt : oral history, 1968. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122684248

Rene D'Harnoncourt was a museum director and authority on American Indian and Mexican arts and crafts. Born 1901 in Vienna, Austria; died 1968 in Long Island, New York. D'Harnoncourt lived in Mexico from 1925 to 1933 and worked as an artist before joining a Mexico City antiques firm in 1927.

D'Harnoncourt compiled and lectured on a collection of folk art for the Mexican Ministry of Education (1929) and was chosen to prepare an exhibition of Mexican fine and applied arts for display in the U.S. After its opening at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1930, D'Harnoncourt toured with the exhibition for two years.

D'Harnoncourt moved permanently to the U.S. in 1933. He directed the radio program, "Art in America"; taught art history at Sarah Lawrence College (1934-1937); and began working for the Indian Arts and Crafts Board of the Department of the Interior in 1936, becoming general manager in 1937 and chairman of the board in 1944. He joined the staff of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in 1944 and was its director from 1949 until July 1968.

From the guide to the Rene D'Harnoncourt Photograph Collection 33332835., 1900-1925, (Benson Latin American Collection, The University of Texas at Austin)

Museum director, curator, lecturer; New York, N.Y.

Director of the Museum of Modern Art, 1949-1948. Born Vienna, Austria. D'Harnoncourt was co-author for "Indian Art of the United States" and "The Painted Pig (1930).

From the description of René d'Harnoncourt papers, 1920-1983. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 80281784

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creatorOf Ribicoff, Belle Krasne, 1924-. Belle Krasne Ribicoff papers, 1942-circa 2010, bulk 1945-2004. Archives of American Art
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referencedIn Koch, Richard H., 1918-. Oral history, 1991. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
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referencedIn John Collier papers, 1910-1987 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
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referencedIn Lowry, Bates, 1923-. Bates Lowry papers, 1965-1969. Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
referencedIn Hurtado, Luchita, 1920-. Oral history interview with Luchita Hurtado, 1994 May 1-1995 Apr. 13 [sound recording]. Archives of American Art
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referencedIn Leo Steinberg research papers, 1945-1996, 1950-1993 Getty Research Institute
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referencedIn Legg, Alicia, 1915-. Oral history, 1991. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
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creatorOf D'Harnoncourt, Rene, 1901-1968. Rene d'Harnoncourt papers, 1924-1983, 1940-1968 (bulk). Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
referencedIn Jack Levine papers, 1923-1999 Archives of American Art
referencedIn Volkmer, Jean, 1920-. Oral history, 1991. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
referencedIn Bragazzi, Olive 1916-. Oral history, 1998. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
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creatorOf Bywaters, Jerry. Jerry Bywaters papers, [ca. 1900-1979]. Archives of American Art
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referencedIn Auchincloss, Lily, 1922-. Oral history, 1993. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
creatorOf Bowman, Ruth, 1923-. WNYC Views on Art radio program interviews, 1967-1973. Archives of American Art
referencedIn Siegriest, 1899-1989. Louis Siegriest interview, 1978 June 21. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Rene D'Harnoncourt Photograph Collection 33332835., 1900-1925 Benson Latin American Collection, General Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin
referencedIn Seitz, William Chapin. William Chapin Seitz papers, circa 1930-1995. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Bourgeois, Louise, 1911-2010. Louise Bourgeois papers, 1922-1994. Archives of American Art
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referencedIn William Chapin Seitz papers, circa 1930-1995 Archives of American Art
referencedIn Carlos Mérida Mexican Costume Folio, 1941 The University of New Mexico, University Libraries, Center for SouthwestResearch
referencedIn Stern, Joanne Melniker. Oral history, 1993. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
referencedIn Moeller, Pearl L., 1915-. Oral history, 1991. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
referencedIn Belle Krasne Ribicoff papers, 1942-circa 2010, bulk 1945-2004 Archives of American Art
referencedIn Pernas, Frances, 1916-. Oral history, 1994. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
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creatorOf D'Harnoncourt, Rene, 1901-1968. René d'Harnoncourt papers, 1920-1983. Archives of American Art
referencedIn Diament Sujo, Clara. Oral history interview wih Clara Diament Sujo, 2010 June 8-16. Archives of American Art
referencedIn Sutton, Ione Ulrich, 1905-1998. Oral history, 1993. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
referencedIn Sachs, Paul J. (Paul Joseph), 1878-1965. Papers, 1903-2005. Harvard University Art Museum
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creatorOf D'Harnoncourt, Rene, 1901-1968. René D'Harnoncourt photograph collection, 1900-1925. University of Texas Libraries
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associatedWith Bragazzi, Olive 1916- person
associatedWith Bywaters, Jerry. person
associatedWith Carnegie Corporation of New York. corporateBody
associatedWith Carton, Norman, 1908-1980. person
associatedWith Collier, John, 1884-1968. person
associatedWith Committee on Government and Art corporateBody
associatedWith Constantine, Mildred person
associatedWith Diament Sujo, Clara person
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associatedWith Hurtado, Luchita, 1920- person
associatedWith Koch, Richard H., 1918- person
associatedWith Krasne Ribicoff, Belle person
associatedWith Legg, Alicia, 1915- person
associatedWith Levine, Jack, 1915- person
associatedWith Lowry, Bates, 1923- person
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associatedWith Mérida, Carlos, 1891- person
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associatedWith Museum of Primitive Art (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
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associatedWith Pernas, Frances, 1916- person
associatedWith Rasmussen, Waldo. person
associatedWith Ribicoff, Belle Krasne, 1924- person
associatedWith Sachs, Paul J. (Paul Joseph), 1878-1965. person
associatedWith Seitz, William Chapin. person
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associatedWith Steinberg, Leo, 1920-2011. person
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associatedWith Unesco. Archives. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Indian Arts and Crafts Board corporateBody
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associatedWith Whitney Museum of American Art. corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
Guatemala
Uruapan del Progreso (Mexico)
Guatemala
North America
South America
Uruapan del Progreso (Mexico)
Mexico
Mexico City (Mexico)
Andes Region
Tehuantepec (Mexico)
Mexico
New York (State)--New York
Tehuantepec (Mexico)
Mexico City (Mexico)
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Hispanic American artists
Museums--Management
Art museum directors
Hispanic American art
Art, Mexican--Exhibitions
Indians of South America--Archives
Art museum directors--Archives
Curators
Art museums
Indians of Mexico--Photographs
Indian art--History--Sources
Art historians--Interviews
Indian art--Exhibitions
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Birth 1901-05-17

Death 1968-08-13

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