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Series VI: Exhibition announcements, invitations, and press releases,
Alongside Schapiro's academic background in Medieval and Romanesque art, he was
very passionate about art of his contemporary time and of maintaining close
relationships with working artists. Schapiro was a central figure in the art
community of New York City since the 1930s and he visited art galleries and
exhibitions throughout his life. Series VI is a collection of exhibition
announcements, invitations, and press releases from New York City galleries that
were sent to Schapiro and collected by him starting from 1920. After his death,
Schapiro's wife, Lillian Milgram Schapiro, continued to receive and collect these
materials until 2001.
These collection exhibition announcements and invitations give a micro-history of
New York City through the lens of the art gallery. Items in this series record who
owned galleries, where their spaces were located, which artists were exhibited
across time, and what art works were shown.
Prior to being integrated into this collection in 2009, these materials were
maintained in filing cabinets and housed at Columbia University's Visual Media
Center located in Schermerhorn Hall.
The original filing structure organized by Schapiro was maintained, which grouped
an artist's last name in alphabetic and chronologic batches. Group exhibitions
were filed in their own groupings chronologically. To facilitate retrieval of
archival material, all files were consolidated following a consistent alphabetic
pattern and subdivided into the following subseries: Subseries: VI.1: 1920-1942,
Subseries: VI.2: A-E, 1943-2001, Subseries: VI.3: F-L, 1943-2001, Subseries: VI.4:
M-R, 1943-2001, Subseries: VI.5: S-Z, 1943-2001, Subseries: VI.6: Group
exhibitions, 1945-2001, Subseries: VI.7: Oversize, 1930s-1990s.