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E. L. T. Mesens papers, 1917-1976 (bulk 1920-1971)

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Mesens (E. L. T.) papers
Series III. Living Art Gallery and Institute of Contemporary Arts (I.C.A.), 1938-1960 ca. .4 lin. ft.
Series contains meeting minutes, membership and incorporation documents, correspondence and printed matter, which document the birth of the I.C.A (out of the earlier, short-lived Living Art Gallery) and its early members and activities.
box folder
11 1 Living Art Gallery documents 1938-1945 ca. 12 items
Includes drafts for membership letter and other information re attempted founding of a modern art gallery similar in purpose to the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), New York. Six items are from MOMA (membership letter, calendar of activities, invitation).
11 2 I.C.A. documents on meetings and organization. 39 items
Includes the minutes of eight meetings held in 1946, a meeting in 1947 and a meeting in 1948. Formed out of earlier discussions for the Living Art Gallery [See folder 1, above].
11 3 I.C.A. documents on meetings and organization. 20 items
Includes the minutes of five meetings in 1947, one meeting in 1950 and one in 1951. Roland Penrose's, Robert Melville's and J. M. Richard's Year's programme. Announcement for 20th festival of International Society for Contemporary Music in 1946. Objects and regulations of the I.C.A. (7 pp). List of exhibiting artists at the I.C.A.
11 4 I.C.A. policy statements 1947 9 items
Includes several drafts of the statement of purpose and the final result.
11 5 I.C.A. correspondence 1946-1960 67 items
Includes 4 letters from Lawrence Alloway, 28 letters from Ewan Phillips (director), 11 letters from E.C. Gregory, 4 items from the London Gallery, 5 letters from Julie Lawson, 5 letters from Dorothy Morland, 2 letters from Roland Penrose, 2 letters from Brenda Pool, and 3 items related to Herbert Read.
11 6 I.C.A. publicity 1948-1952 21 items
Includes 5 bulletins of information (1949-1950), 7 items that deal with the I.C.A. film programs (1950-1952), 9 items of publicity material.
11 7 I.C.A. printed ephemera 1940s-1950s 3 items
Includes an invitation for a party in honor of Marcel Duchamp, an invitation for the opening of "Capogrossi Paintings 1953-1957," and I.C.A. bulletin nr.39 (December 1953).


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