Cahill, Holger, 1887-1960Alternative names
Writer, art director.
From the description of Reminiscences of Holger Cahill : oral history, 1957. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 309729309
Art administrator; New York, N.Y. National director of Federal Art Project, administered under Federal Project No. 1 of the Works Progress Administration (later the Work Projects Administration). The FAP provided work to unemployed artists. Cahill was the director throughout its existence.
From the description of Holger Cahill interview, 1960 Apr. 12 and 15 [sound recording]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 82270008
Holger Cahill (born Sveinn Kristjan Bjarnarson in Iceland) was an American novelist, curator of important art exhibitions at the Newark Museum and the Museum of Modern Art, folklorist, and national director of the Federal Arts Project, 1935-1943.
From the description of Holger Cahill Papers, 1907-1983, bulk (1942-1959). (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122534365
From the guide to the Holger Cahill Papers, 1907-1983, 1942-1959, (The New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division.)
Holger Cahill (1887-1960) was an art administrator from New York, N.Y.
Cahill was the National director of Federal Art Project, administered under Federal Project No. 1 of the Works Progress Administration (later the Work Projects Administration). The FAP provided work to unemployed artists. Cahill was the director throughout its existence.
From the description of Oral history interview with Holger Cahill, 1960 Apr. 12 and Apr. 15. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 646397219
Holger Cahill (1887-1960 )was the National Director, Federal Art Project (FAP); New York, N.Y.
Born Sveinn Kristjan Bjarnarson in St. Paul, Minn., of Icelandic-born parents, he took the name Edgar Holger Cahill around 1919, while working as a newspaper reporter. After working at the Newark Museum (1922-1931) and at the Museum of Modern Art (1932-1935), Cahill was appointed national director of the WPA Federal Art Project. He married Dorothy Canning Miller, his second wife, in 1938. The FAP fell under the jurisdiction of Federal project No. 1 of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) to aid unemployed artists. Cahill was director of the FAP for its entire existence (1935-1943).
From the description of Holger Cahill papers, 1910-1993, bulk 1910-1960. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 84231666
Holger Cahill was born Sveinn Kristjan Bjarnarson in Iceland in a small valley near the Arctic Circle, on January 13, 1887. His parents, Bjorn Jonson and Vigdis Bjarnadottir, immigrated to the United States from Iceland sometime later in the 1880s. In 1904, his father deserted the family, forcing Sveinn to be separated from his mother and sister to work on a farm in North Dakota. He ran away and wandered from job to job until settling in an orphanage in western Canada, where he attended school and became a voracious reader.
As a young man, he worked at many different jobs and attended night school. While working on a freighter, he visited Hong Kong, beginning his life-long interest in the Orient. Returning to New York City, he eventually became a newspaper reporter, continued his studies at New York University, and changed his name to Edgar Holger Cahill. In 1919 he married Katherine Gridley of Detroit. Their daughter, Jane Ann, was born in 1922, but the couple divorced in 1927.
Cahill met John Sloan circa 1920, and they shared a residence. Cahill also wrote publicity (until 1928) for the Society of Independent Artists, through which he made many friends in the arts. From 1922 to 1931, he worked under John Cotton Dana at the Newark Museum, where he received his basic experience in museum work, organizing the first large exhibitions of folk art.
From 1932 to 1935, he was the director of exhibitions for the Museum of Modern Art. In 1935, Cahill was appointed director of the Works Progress/Projects Administration (WPA) Federal Art Project (FAP), until its end in June 1943. In 1938, Cahill organized a countrywide exhibition "American Art Today" for the New York World's Fair. He also married MoMa curator Dorothy Canning Miller in that year.
Profane Earth, Cahill's first novel, was published in 1927, followed by monographs on Pop Hart and Max Weber, miscellaneous short stories, and a biography of Frederick Townsend Ward, entitled A Yankee Adventurer: The Story of Ward and the Taiping Rebellion . Following the end of the Federal Art Project, Cahill wrote two novels, Look South to the Polar Star (1947) and The Shadow of My Hand (1956).
Holger Cahill died in Stockbridge, Massachusetts in July 1960.
From the guide to the Holger Cahill papers, 1910-1993 (bulk 1910-1960), (Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution)
|Place Name||Admin Code||Country|
|New York (State)--New York|
|New York (State)--New York|
|Art, Modern--20th century|
|Federal aid to the arts|
|New Deal, 1933-1939|
|Federal aid to the public welfare|
|Art and state|