The Harvard Society for Contemporary Art – Exhibition Timeline and Artists 1929-1932

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The Harvard Society for Contemporary Art – Exhibition Timeline and Artists 1929-1932

   Many essays have been written about Lincoln Kirstein (1907 – 1996), John Walker III (1906 – 1995), and Edward M. M. Warburg (1908 – 1992) and their exhibition venue at 1400 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, on the second floor of the Harvard Coop Building, in Room 207 and 208. To know the exhibition timeline and the shown artists is important for each survey on the Harvard Society for Contemporary Art and is subject of this blog post as part of artist-info‘s focus on documenting exhibitions from 1880 up to the present, worldwide.
   The Harvard Society for Contemporary Art, Inc. wanted to show new currents and movements in art by local, and national artists, as well as new European artwork, architecture, design, typography, film, and photography. Although the three student’s budget to run the gallery was very limited, their enthusiasm for Modernism wasn’t and their groundbreaking effort was influential in many ways. The three had the courage to confront the public, the press, the art critics with gallery exhibitions of Modernism artwork – which wouldn’t have been possible without the academic network they belonged to: First to mention Paul Sachs and Edward Forbes, then A. Everett (‘Chick’) Austin, Kirk Askew, Jere Abbott, Alfred H. Barr, Henry-Russell Hitchcock, and the undergraduates Philip Johnson and Julien Levy.
   Their mission was based on the exhibitions they organized and the artists they were showing in these exhibitions. The timeline below starts with their first exhibition in February 1929 until 1932, the year Lincoln Kirstein moved to New York. He had become member of MoMA’s Advisory Committee and was chairman of the exhibition committee, and the exhibition’s director, which organized Murals by American Painters and Photographers – Mural Paintings and – Photo-Murals, the opening exhibition at MoMA’s new address at 11 West 53rd Street.

Exhibition History and Artists 1929-1932

Exhibition History An alternative to the static list below provides the interactive exhibition timeline on the artist-info page of the Harvard Society for Contemporary Art, with all exhibitions, all their artists and access to the artists’ other exhibitions.

Each exhibition with This exhibition on opens the exhibition's individual page,
with each artist's full name, link to the artist's exhibition history on, and additional links, e.g. Wikipedia and WorldCat-Identity / other Authority Control.
To be sure that the list of artists of some exhibitions isn't incomplete we continue looking up original archival material.
Last update February 17, 2018
19.02. - 15.03.1929This exhibition on An Exhibition of American Art
Archipenko, Bellows, Benton, Burchfield, Davies, Deskey, Hopkinson, Hopper, Kent, Lachaise, Laurent, Locher, Marin, Miller, O'Keeffe, Poor, Robinson, Sloan, Speicher, Sterne
19.03. - 12.04.1929
School of Paris
This exhibition on An Exhibition of the School of Paris 1910–1928
Bonnard, Braque, Brâncusi, Chirico, Despiau, Dufy, Gris, Kisling, Lalique, Laurencin, Linossier, Maillol, Man Ray, Masereel, Miró, Modigliani, Pascin, Rouault, Segonzac, Soutine, Vlaminck
April - 09.05.1929This exhibition on Maurice Prendergast
20.05. - 24.05.1929This exhibition on Richard B. Fuller - 4D - Dymaxion House

Books and Illustrations from modern German Presses (Traveling Show)
Harvard graduates
Including two watercolors by A. Everett 'Chick' Austin.
17.10. - 01.11.1929
Painting and Sculpture
This exhibition on An Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture by the School of New York 1920–1930
Blume, Bois, Calder, Davis, Dickinson, Glackens, Kane, Kuhn, Kuniyoshi, Lachaise, Luks, Noguchi, Sheeler, Weber, Zorach
07.11. - 27.11.1929This exhibition on Derain Matisse Picasso Despiau
06.12. - 30.12.1929 This exhibition on American Cartoonists and Caricaturists
Arno, Bacon, Bairnsfather, Barton, Calder, Carlisle, Collier, Covarrubias, Darling [Ding], Dove, Fisher, Fruch, Haupt, Held Jr., Hoskinson, Irvin, Karass, Kirby, Kronengold, Low, Miskey, Nagle, Odie, Rea   1
10.01. - 25.01.1930 This exhibition on Japanese and English Pottery and Weaving
Cardew, Hamada, Leach, Pleydell-Bouverie   2
27.01. - 04.02.1930This exhibition on Alexander Calder
04.03. - 15.03.1930This exhibition on Watercolors by 5
Chase, Cutler, Hopkinson, Pepper, Perkins - Sculpture by Noguchi
12.03. - 14.03.1930This exhibition on Richard B. Fuller - 4D - Dymaxion House
updated model
21.03. - 12.04.1930 This exhibition on Modern Mexican Art
Ángel, Charlot, Goitia, Guerrero, Mérida, Orozco, Pacheco, Posada, Revueltas, Rivera, Siqueiros, Tamayo   3
17.04.1930 - May This exhibition on Modern German Art
Paintings: Beckmann, Grosz, Heckel, Hofer, Kaus, Kirchner, Klee, Kokoschka, Kolbe, Mueller, Nolde, Pechstein, Rée, Rohlfs, Schmidt-Rottluff, Schulze-Soelde, Schwichtenberg.
Prints: Barlach, Baumeister, Boehle, Corinth, Dix, Feininger, Grosz, Großmann, Heise, Hofer, Hofmann, Kandinsky, Klee, Klemm, Kokoschka, Lehmbruck, Liebermann, Michel, Mueller, Nolde, Pechstein, Schmidt-Rottluff, Schrimpf, Sintenis, Thoma.
Scultpure: Amstem (Adams), Belling, di Fiori, Kolbe, Lehmbruck, Sintenis.   4
16.10. - 31.10.1930Folk Painting of Three Centuries
07. - 29.11.1930
Photography 1930
This exhibition on Photography 1930
Abbott, Atget, Beaton, Bourke-White, Bruehl, Evans, Gerlach, Hoyningen-Huené, Man Ray, Modotti, Móhóly-Nagy, Rittase, Schell, Sheeler, Steichen, Steiner, Stieglitz, Strand, Ulmann, Weston   5
December 1930 - 15.01.1931
This exhibition on Bauhaus: 1919-1923 Weimar / 1924 Dessau
Albers, Bayer, Borchert, Brandt, Classen, Clauss, Feininger, Feininger, Gropius, Itten, Kandinsky, Klee, Marcks, Mies van der Rohe, Muche, Nösselt, Schlemmer, Schreyer, Stölzl   6
23.01. - 13.02.1931This exhibition on Pablo Picasso - 40 Drawings, etchings, lithographs, and facsimiles
February 1931Harvard graduates
21.02. - 21.03.1931This exhibition on Modern American Art
Carroll, Eilshemius, Gibbs, Kantor, Kopman, Marsh, McFee, Orr, Tobey
(22nd Exhibition)
27.03. - 18.04.1931Modern Art from Britain
England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, 1890-1930. Painting, Drawing, Sculpture
November 1931This exhibition on Modern Painting in Review
Cézanne, Degas, Derain, Gauguin, Gogh, Kandinsky, Léger, Marin, Matisse, Monet, Picasso, Renoir, Seurat
December 1931This exhibition on Abstraction
Archipenko, Braque, Brâncusi, Chagall, Chirico, Gauguin, Gris, Lachaise, Léger, Masson, Mondrian, Móhóly-Nagy, O'Keeffe, Picasso
January 1932This exhibition on Pablo Picasso
'Metamorphoses' by Ovid: Drawings, copper plates, etchings, artist proofs
February 1932This exhibition on Surrealism
Atget, Bayer, Boiffard, Chirico, Cocteau, Cornell, Dalí, Ernst, Howard, Lynes, Man Ray, Móhóly-Nagy, Parry, Picasso, Roy, Tabard, Umbo, Viollier   7
[Before at Julien Levy Gallery, New York, 09.-29.01.1932]
21.03. - 02.04.1932This exhibition on Architecture and Interiors
Gropius, Howe, Lescaze, Frank Lloyd Wright (incomplete)
18.04. - 14.05.1932This exhibition on Paintings by Modern American Artists
Ganso, Davis, Karfiol, Kantor, Marsh
September 1932This exhibition on Ben Shahn
Pictorial Treatment of the Sacco-Vanzetti Case, 23 Gouaches
October 1932Photography Show (Soviet Art)
November 1932Stage Sets and Costume Design

Our sources for the exhibition timeline

For almost each exhibition details, some complete, some incomplete, can be found in
- Weber, Nicolas Fox: 'Patron Saints - Five Rebels Who Opened America to a New Art, 1928-1943', Yale University Press, 1995.
- The Harvard Crimson website.

Footnotes - Additional Sources
1 - Artists listed on: The Harvard Crimson, 'Art Society Displays American Cartoons - Exhibition by Harvard Society of Contemporary Art Opens Today in Rooms of Organization'; December 6, 1929.
Transcription: Aladjalow > David Low (1891 - 1963), Ding > Jay Darling (1876 - 1962).   
2 - Artists listed on: : Clark, Garth: 'Cardew in America', Interpreting Ceramics, Issue 3, no date.   
3 - Artists listed in original Harvard Society catalog.
Modern Mexican Art was shown by A. Everett ('Chick') Austin at Wadsworth Atheneum immediately after Cambridge.   
4 - Artists listed in original Harvard Society catalog. Galerie Ernst Arnold, Dresden, provided the prints for this exhibition.
Modern German Art (1/3), (2/3), and (3/3) was shown by A. Everett 'Chick' Austin at Wadsworth Atheneum immediately after Cambridge from 19.05. – 02.06.1930.   
5 - Artists listed in: Hambourg, Maria Morris, and Phillips, Christopher: 'The New Vision: Photography between the World Wars. The Ford Motor Company Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art', 1989, p. 44.
Photography 1930 was shown by A. Everett 'Chick' Austin at Wadsworth Atheneum immediately after Cambridge in December 1930.   
6 - Artists listed in original Harvard Society catalog, courtesy: National Gallery of Art Library, David K. E. Bruce Fund, Washington D.C..
The Bauhaus exhibition was discontinued on Saturday, January 17 [Saturday, January 15] [Source: The Harvard Crimson, 'Exhibition by Picasso will open next week'; Saturday, January 15, 1931]. Public opening of the Picasso exhibition on Friday , January 23. A private exhibition of Picasso pictures will precede the public opening Thursday, January 22].
The Harvard Society Bauhaus exhibition was shown subsequently at John Becker Gallery, 520 Madison Avenue at 53rd Street, New York, January 20 - February 10, 1931. For the exhibition at John Becker Gallery the Harvard Society Bauhaus catalog was reprinted with the gallery's address on the cover. Lincoln Kirstein's name was given as both the writer of the catalog's text and the designer of the cover (Source: Weber, Nicolas Fox, p. 118].   
7 - Artists listed in: Schaffner, Ingrid and Jacobs, Lisa (editor): 'Julien Levy: Portrait of an Art Gallery', The MIT Press, Cambridge 1998, p. 173.   
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