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A. James Speyer Collection

A work made of holograph papers, typescript papers,printed papers, architectural reprographic prints, graphite drawings and ink drawings on paper and vellum, black and white photographic prints, color photographic prints, black and white negatives, color slides and a vhs videocassette..

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  • A work made of holograph papers, typescript papers,printed papers, architectural reprographic prints, graphite drawings and ink drawings on paper and vellum, black and white photographic prints, color photographic prints, black and white negatives, color slides and a vhs videocassette..

Date:

1931-2005 (bulk 1947-1974)

Artist:

A. James Speyer (1913-1986)
The Art Institute of Chicago
Illinois Institute of Technology

About this artwork

Speyer (1913-1986) was in the first graduate-level class taught by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe at the Armour Institute in Chicago. While maintaining a private practice, designing in the Miesian style, Speyer taught at the Illinois Institute of Technology and then served as curator of Twentieth-Century Paintings and Sculpture at The Art Institute of Chicago (1961-1986). Speyer was best known for the innovative, contemporary design of his museum installations. His architectural projects and his museum exhibition designs are documented in architectural drawings, photographs, and published and unpublished articles. There is also a small collection of personal papers and photographs. The exhibition and its accompanying catalog A. James Speyer: architect, curator, exhibition designer (1997) drew heavily from this collection.

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Status

Currently Off View

Department

AIC Archives

Artist

A. James Speyer (Architect)

Title

A. James Speyer Collection

Date

Made 1931–2005

Medium

Holograph papers, typescript papers,printed papers, architectural reprographic prints, graphite drawings and ink drawings on paper and vellum, black and white photographic prints, color photographic prints, black and white negatives, color slides and a VHS videocassette.

Dimensions

H.: 76.2 cm (30 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Anstiss and Ronald Krueck, and the Richard Nickel Committee, 1997; Marian Harris, George Danforth and Ronald Krueck, 1998 and 1999; Anstiss and Ronald Krueck, 2005; Frances Rose, 2006.

Reference Number

1997.6

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