Constantine, Mildred.

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Mildred Constantine is an author and former Associate Curator at MOMA.

From the description of Research papers regarding Tina Modotti, 1920-1993. (Getty Research Institute). WorldCat record id: 81773320

Mildred Constantine, d. 2008, Art historian of New York, N.Y.

From the description of Oral history interview with Mildred Constantine, 1976 May 3-1976 Aug. 26. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 646397243

Mildred Constantine (1914-2008) was an art historian from New York, N.Y.

From the description of Oral history interview with Mildred Constantine, 1965 Oct. 15 [sound recording]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 458411699

Curator and author; b. 1913. Assistant and Associate Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art, 1949-70; Special Assistant, Office of the Director, The Museum of Modern Art, 1969-71; Consultant to the Department of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art, 1971.

From the description of Oral history, 1991. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122624871

Art historian; New York, N.Y. Born in 1914.

From the description of Mildred Constantine interview, 1965 Oct. 15. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 220192637

Mildred Constantine (1916-2008) was an art historian from New York, N.Y.

From the description of Oral history interview with Mildred Constantine, 1976 May 3-1976 Aug. 26. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 779477479

Mildred Constantine (1913-2008) was a Curator and writer in New York, N.Y.

From the description of Mildred Constantine papers, 1945-2008. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 688855760

Art historian; New York, N.Y. d. 2008.

From the description of Oral history interview with Mildred Constantine, 1976 May 3- Aug. 26. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 220233817

Art historian; New York, N.Y. b. 1914 d. 2008.

From the description of Mildred Constantine interview, 1965 Oct. 15 [sound recording]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 276394244

Mildred Constantine Bettelheim (1913- 2008) was a curator in New York, N.Y. Professionally, Bettelheim went by the name Mildred Constantine.

She was a curator at the Museum of Modern Art until 1971 when she became an independent curator. Constantine is known for brining attention to the history of posters and graphic design.

From the description of Mildred Constantine papers, 1932-2009, bulk 1971-2008. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 430381162

Mildred Constantine Bettelheim (1913- 2008) was a curator in New York, N.Y. Professionally, Bettelheim went by the name Mildred Constantine.

She was a curator at the Museum of Modern Art until 1971 when she became an independent curator. Constantine is known for brining attention to the history of posters and graphic design.

From the description of Mildred Constantine papers, 1932-2009, bulk 1971-2008. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 435526923

Curator and writer Mildred Constantine (1913-2008) was associated with the Museum of Modern Art's Department of Architecture and Design from 1943 to 1971. She then became an art consultant and independent curator, and wrote on fiber and textiles, decorative arts, photography, caricature and cartoons.

Mildred Constantine (known as "Connie") began her career at College Art Association. Hired as a stenographer in 1930, she soon was promoted to editorial assistant for Parnassus, the forerunner of Art Journal .

Constantine left the College Art Association in 1937 to study at New York University and earned BA and MA degrees. She then continued her education at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. In 1940, Constantine worked in the Office of Inter-American Affairs at the Library of Congress; it was there that she met René d'Harnoncourt.

Influenced by her 1936 travels in Mexico, Constantine's first curatorial effort was an exhibition of Latin American posters. Drawn from the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, the exhibition was held at the Library of Congress.

At the urging of René d'Harnoncourt, The Museum of Modern Art's Architecture and Design Department hired Constantine in 1943. The majority of her 28 year tenure at the museum was spent working with the department's founder, architect Philip Johnson. As a curator during the 1950s and 1960s, Constantine's innovative exhibitions brought lesser known portions of the museum's collection to public attention. Among her exhibtions were: "Words and Images," that focused on graphic design and posters; "Polio Posters," the first Museum of Modern Art show dedicated to social issues; "Olivetti: Design in Industry;" "Signs in the Street;" and "Lettering by Hand." She also published books on Art Nouveau, contemporary package design, and other subjects.

In 1971, Constantine left the Museum of Modern Art to become an independent curator and art consultant. Exhibitions included "Frontiers in Fiber: The Americans," and "Small Works in Fiber" with Jack Lenor Larsen. Tina Modotti: A Fragile Life, Constantine's book on the photographer, actress, model, and political activist, appeared in 1974. That same year, she and Alan Fern produced Revolutionary Soviet Film Posters that focused on works from the 1920s. Her last published work, Whole Cloth, was written with Laurel Reuter and published in 1997. Constantine continued to research and write, and at the time of her death was working on a large, international survey of the study of thread.

Mildred Constantine and Ralph W. Bettelheim (1909-1993) were married for 50 years. They had two daughters, Judith and Vicki.

Mildred Constantine died from heart failure on December 10, 2008, at home in Nyack, New York.

From the guide to the Mildred Constantine Papers, 1945-2008, (Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution)

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creatorOf Constantine, Mildred. Oral history interview with Mildred Constantine, 1976 May 3-1976 Aug. 26. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Constantine, Mildred. Mildred Constantine papers, 1932-2009, bulk 1971-2008. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Constantine, Mildred. Mildred Constantine papers, 1945-2008. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Constantine, Mildred, 1908-2008. Nothing sacred. Ohio State University Libraries
creatorOf Constantine, Mildred. Mildred Constantine interview, 1965 Oct. 15. Archives of American Art
referencedIn Jack Lenor Larsen papers, 1941-2003 Archives of American Art
referencedIn Archives pamphlet file : Constantine, Mildred, 1913- : miscellaneous uncataloged material. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
creatorOf Constantine, Mildred. Mildred Constantine papers, 1932-2009, bulk 1971-2008. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Constantine, Mildred,. Oral history interview with Mildred Constantine, 1976 May 3-1976 Aug. 26. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Constantine, Mildred. Oral history, 1991. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
creatorOf Constantine, Mildred. Mildred Constantine interview, 1965 Oct. 15 [sound recording]. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Constantine, Mildred. Research papers regarding Tina Modotti, 1920-1993. Getty Research Institute
creatorOf Constantine, Mildred,. Oral history interview with Mildred Constantine, 1965 Oct. 15 [sound recording]. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Constantine, Mildred. Oral history interview with Mildred Constantine, 1976 May 3- Aug. 26. Archives of American Art
referencedIn Radcliffe College. Class of 1915. Records, 1915-1990 (inclusive). Radcliffe College, Archives
referencedIn Records, 1915-1990 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Mildred Constantine Papers, 1945-2008 Archives of American Art
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associatedWith Abakanowicz, Magdalena person
associatedWith Albers, Anni person
associatedWith Alvarez Bravo, Manuel, 1902-2002. person
associatedWith Baker, Jacob. person
associatedWith Barragán, Luis, 1902- person
associatedWith Barr, Alfred Hamilton, 1902- person
associatedWith Block, Lou, 1895-1969 person
associatedWith Bourgeois, Louise, 1911-2010 person
associatedWith Buic, Jagoda, 1930- person
associatedWith Burle Marx, Roberto, 1909-1994 person
associatedWith Cahill, Holger, 1887-1960. person
associatedWith Cleveland Museum of Art corporateBody
associatedWith Cohen, Elaine Lustig, 1927- person
associatedWith Coiner, Charles T., 1897- person
associatedWith College Art Association of America. corporateBody
associatedWith Corzo, Miguel Angel person
associatedWith Cummings, Paul person
associatedWith Cunningham, Imogen, 1883-1976. person
associatedWith Danto, Arthur Coleman, 1924- person
associatedWith Dehner, Dorothy, 1901- person
associatedWith D'Harnoncourt, Anne, 1943-2008 person
associatedWith D'Harnoncourt, Rene, 1901-1968. person
associatedWith Drexler, Arthur. person
associatedWith Federal Art Project (N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Federal Art Project (N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Federal Art Project (N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Fitch, James Marston person
associatedWith Gamboa, Fernando, 1909- person
associatedWith Getty Conservation Institute corporateBody
associatedWith Goeritz, Mathias, 1915- person
associatedWith Hart, Allen M., 1925- person
associatedWith Hicks, Sheila, 1934- person
associatedWith Jewell, Edward Alden, 1888-1947. person
associatedWith Koch, Richard H. person
associatedWith Larsen, Jack Lenor person
associatedWith Lionni, Leo, 1910- person
associatedWith Magrini, Yolanda. person
associatedWith McMahon, Audrey, 1900?-1981. person
associatedWith Mella, Julio Antonio, 1903-1929. person
associatedWith Modotti, Mary Mercedes. person
associatedWith Modotti, Tina, 1896-1942. person
associatedWith Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.). Dept. of Architecture and Design. corporateBody
associatedWith Museum of New Mexico corporateBody
associatedWith National Endowment for the Humanities, corporateBody
associatedWith New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project. corporateBody
associatedWith New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project. corporateBody
associatedWith New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project. corporateBody
associatedWith Newhall, Nancy Wynne. person
associatedWith Ohio State University corporateBody
associatedWith PASTA (Association) corporateBody
associatedWith Philadelphia Museum of Art corporateBody
associatedWith Phillips, Harlan B. (Harlan Buddington), 1920- person
associatedWith Radcliffe College. Class of 1915. corporateBody
associatedWith Reeves, Ruth, 1892-1966 person
associatedWith Reuter, Laurel person
associatedWith Rhode Island School of Design corporateBody
associatedWith Richey, Roubaix de l'Abrie, d. 1922. person
associatedWith Rivera, Diego, 1886-1957. person
associatedWith Rockefeller, Nelson A. (Nelson Aldrich), 1908-1979. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962 person
associatedWith Shahn, Ben, 1898-1969 person
associatedWith Smith, David, 1906-1965 person
associatedWith Ten Haeff, Ingeborg, 1915- person
associatedWith Vidali, Vittorio. person
associatedWith Vignelli, Massimo person
associatedWith Weisman, Donald M. person
associatedWith Weston, Edward, 1886-1958. person
associatedWith Wilder, Elizabeth, 1908- person
associatedWith Wilke, Ulfert, 1907-1987 person
associatedWith Zeisler, Claire, 1903-1991 person
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New York (State)--New York
New York (State)--New York
New York (State)--New York
New York (State)--New York
New York (State)--New York
New York (State)--New York
New York (State)--New York
New York (State)--New York
New York (State)--New York
Mexico
Subject
Federal aid to the arts
Communism and art
Art historians--Interviews
Art, American
Curators--New York (State)--New York
Photography--History--20th century
Textile fabrics in art
Women art historians--Interviews
Film posters, Russian
Curators
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Death 2008-12-10

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Italian,

Spanish; Castilian

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