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The first recipient of the Reng d'Harnoncourt Fellowship at the Lillie P. Bliss International Study Center of The Museum of Modern Art is Dr. Reinhold Heller, Assistant Professor of l^ine Arts at the University of Pittsburgh, the Fellowship Selection Committee announced today.
Dr. Heller will study the work, ideas and significance of the Austrian-
American architect, stage designer and sculptor Frederick Kiesler. The Fellowship is made possible by a Chair established in June, I968 when Mr. d'Harnoncourt -retired after serving as Director of the Museum for nineteen years. Among the members of the International Council of The Museum of Modern Art who have contributed to the d'Harnoncourt Chair thus far are Mrs. Bdsel B. Ford, Mrs. Bernard F. Gimbel, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hochschild, Mrs. Wolcott Hooker, Mrs. J. Lee Johnson III, Mrs. 6. Macculloch Miller, Mr. Roy R. Neuberger, Mrs. Bliss Parkinson, and Mrs. Madeleine H. Russell. The Van Ameringen Foundation Inc., the H. Van Ameringen Foundation and the Noble Foundation also
contributed. Three fellowships, established by a grant from the Noble Foundation, have been awarded
to Christopher Green, Lecturer at the Courtauld Institute of Art; Harry Gaugh, Instructor in Art History at Skidmore College; and Richard Lanier, PhD. candidate at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.
A Noble Curatorial Research Grant was awarded to Carlo
Ruber, Assistant Curator for Modern Art of the Kunstmuseum, Basel. According to Anne Coffin Hanson, Director of the Lillie P. Bliss International Study Center, the fellowships, familiar institutions in universities, but relatively new to museums, were created so that The Museum of Modern Art could extend its policy of making its resources and facilities available to scholars working in the field of visual arts. The recipients of the research grants will have access to unique material in the Study Center's library and in the Museum's collections during the approximately four months of their fellowships. Dr. Heller, born in Fulda, Germany, received his M.A. and PhD. from Indiana University, where his studies centered on the art of Edward Munch.
Presently Assistant Professor at
the Henry Clay Frick Arts Department of the University of Pittsburg, he will be with The (more)
Museum of Modern Art from January to May of 1970.
1 Kiesler, who died in Kew York City in I965, was a close friend of Mr. d'Harnoncourt. I 1 He devoted his life to projects that were often radical and experimental.
Many of his
designs; although unexecuted^ fascinate because of their visionary quality.
Vienna in 18^6, Kiesler was also active in Berlin^ Paris and New York throughout the 20*8, designing theatres and stage sets. During this period Kiesler completed the first version of his "Endless House" in which the surface of the building develops sculpturally as a twisting continually curved ribbon wrapped around itself. at the World's Fair in Paris in I9S5.
"City in Space" was exhibited
In his design for the complex^ Kiesler treated
vertical and horizontal buildings as thin slabs suspended between groups of vertical pieri which also carried connecting bridges. In I9S6 Kiesler came to America where he continued work on his space house and other architectural ventures^ as well as projects dealing with the stage^ furniture and interior design.
He was Director of the Laboratory for Design Correlation of Columbia University's
School of Architecture^ and also served as director of scenic design at the Juilliard School of Music.
While in New York City Kiesler designed stage sets for the Metropolitan Opera^ |
and built Peggy Guggenheim's famous "Art of this Century Gallery." In 1947 Kiesler produced his first sculpture^ the "Totem of Religions."
In I965 he
used a method of shell construction in the "Shrine of the Book" an underground museum designed by Kiesler and Armand Bartos which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls in Jerusalem. The same method was used in Kiesler's "Universal Theatre" (I96I) and the New Harmony^ Indiana "Grotto for the New Being" (I963). Throughout Kiesler's career^ The Museum of Modern Art exhibited and collected his work In 1952 The Museum of Modern Art exhibited Two Houses: New Ways to Build , in which an earlf version of the "Endless House" was shown.
In the same year Kiesler's "Galaxy/' a huge carv
wood construction 12 feet high, and a painting in I9 sections was shown in the IS AmericanI exhibition. In I960 an eight foot scale model of a second version of the "Endless House" and photographs of the "City in Space" were allotted a major area in The Museum of Modern Art's exhibition Visionary Architecture, which later traveled throughout "the world. Kiesler's sculpture "Landscape Table -- Marriage of Heaven and Earth" was acquired by the (more)
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jjuceum in I965.
In addition, Architecture of Museums exhibited by The Museum of Modern Art
io 1968, included four large photographs and a section drawing of "Shrine of the Book" designed by Kiesler and Armand Bartos. Except for those articles still held in the Kiesler estate, The Museum of Modern Art Assesses the largest collection of the architect's drawings, blueprints, sculpture and writings, all of which will be available to Dr. Heller.
In addition, the artist's widow,
who championed Heller's fellowship application, has granted him access to the documents in her possession.
Dr. Heller's project is expected to greatly contribute to critical
awareness and appreciation of Kiesler's oeuvre. The Noble Foundation, under the auspices of Mrs. Frank Larkin, a member of the International Council of The Museum of Modern Art and of the Museum's Trustee Committee for the Lillie P. Bliss International Study Center, is sponsoring three fellowships and a curatorial research grant.
In addition, the Noble Foundation will provide funds for library
enrichment in connection with the grantees' research and equipment for a Fellow's Study Room. The recipient's projects cover a range of subjects. Harry Gaugh intends to study the ainting of Franz Kline. Christopher Green will investigate the relation of Purism to the tylistic development of Ferdinand L^ger. de Kooning;
The Formation of His Art.
Richard Lanier's project is entitled -WIXI*^
Carlo Huber, awarded the Noble Curatorial Research
Grant, will study the works of Rothko, Still, and Newman.
These artists are represented by
major work in various media in The Museum of Modern Art collection, and the Museum possesses unique documents relating to the artists and their works which will be available to the recipients of the Noble Fellowship grants. Among those serving on the Selection Committee in addition to Mrs. Hanson, Mrs. Larkin and Henry Allen Moe are Professor William A. Camfield of
Rice University, Houston, Texas;
Professor George Heard Hamilton, Director of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts; and Professor Joshua C, Taylor of the University of Chicago.
Ambasz, Peter Bunnell, and Meg Potter, Associate Curators in different departments of The Museum of Modern Art, also served on the Selection Committee. ^''^ ^ t - - ) t * - X ^ * - ) f * - X ^ - ) t * * * * * - ) ( - * * * - X ^ * * * - J f * * * * * * * *
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Additional information available from Elizabeth Shaw, Director, and Maeve Kinkead, Assistant, Department of Public Information, The Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53 Street, New York, N.Y. 10019. 956-7SOii
The Museum of Modern Art To T H E S T A F F From A N N E C O F F I N HANSON
MAY 10, 1969
FELLOWSHIP RECIPIENTS 1969-70
The F e l l o w s h i p Selection C o m m i t t e e of the I n t e r n a t i o n a l Study C e n t e r h a s chosen the recipient of the f i r s t Ren^ d ' H a r n o n c o u r t F e l l o w s h i p .
He is Dr. Reinhold
Heller, A s s i s t a n t P r o f e s s o r of F i n e A r t s at the U n i v e r s i t y of P i t t s b u r g h .
will study the w o r k s of F r e d e r i c k K i e s l e r , using the Museum's c o n s i d e r a b l e collection of K i e s l e r d r a w i n g s , b l u e p r i n t s and a r c h i v a l m a t e r i a l s a s the b a s i s for his r e s e a r c h . The v e r y high quality of the applications for the Ren6 d ' H a r n o n c o u r t F e l l o w ship and t h e i r wide r a n g e of fields m a d e the choice of a single Fellow e x t r e m e l y difficult.
T h u s , it was with g r e a t p l e a s u r e that we l e a r n e d that the Noble Foundation had
generously offered to provide additional F e l l o w s h i p s in the International Study Center together with funds for l i b r a r y e n r i c h m e n t in connection with the g r a n t e e s ' r e s e a r c h and furniture for a F e l l o w s ' Study Room. Recipients of Noble a w a r d s w e r e chosen by the Committee convened to s e l e c t the winner of the Ren^ d ' H a r n o n c o u r t F e l l o w s h i p . Gaugh and Richard L a n i e r .
They a r e :
Christopher Green, H a r r y
A Noble Foundation C u r a t o r i a l R e s e a r c h Grant was awarded
to C a r l o Huber. You will find attached brief d e s c r i p t i o n s of all F e l l o w s for 1969-70 and t h e i r projects.
We will c i r c u l a t e the F e l l o w s ' schedule for working at the M u s e u m to you as
soon as final plans have been completed, ACHrls
THE M U S E U M OF M O D E R N ART Lillie P . B l i s s International Study C e n t e r
RENE D'HARNONCOURT FELLOWSHIP 1969 - 1970
Reinhold H e l l e r - A s s i s t a n t P r o f e s s o r , H e n r y Clay F r i c k D e p a r t m e n t of F i n e A r t s , University of P i t t s b u r g h , P i t t s b u r g h , Pennsylvania , M . A . , P h . D . , University of Indiana - d i s s e r t a t i o n : "Edvard Munch's 'Life F r i e z e ' : Its Beginning and O r i g i n s " .
An investigation of the work of the A u s t r i a n - A m e r i c a n a r c h i t e c t , s t a g e d e s i g n e r and s c u l p t o r , F r e d e r i c k K i e s l e r .
Although K i e s l e r has been consistent-
ly r e s p e c t e d and a d m i r e d by other a r t i s t s , he has been l a r g e l y neglected by a r t historians.
No monograph on his work e x i s t s and the significance of his o e u v r e
is not g e n e r a l l y \anderstood.
A full study of K i e s l e r ' s a r c h i t e c t u r a l and e n v i r o n -
miental p r o j e c t s , both completed and uncompleted, t o g e t h e r with information f r o m K i e s l e r d o c u m e n t s , will be an e x t r e m e l y valuable contribution to the field. D r . H e l l e r will work with the M u s e u m ' s c o n s i d e r a b l e collection of K i e s l e r d r a w i n g s , b l u e p r i n t s , m o d e l s , s c u l p t u r e s and w r i t i n g s .
His project is
expected to r e s u l t in an informative s u m m a r y of K i e s l e r ' s a r t i s t i c a c h i e v e m e n t s , and an equally i m p o r t a n t c o m m e n t on the significance of his work and i d e a s .
THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART Lillie P . B l i s s I n t e r n a t i o n a l Study Center NOBLE FOUNDATION AWARDS: 1969-70 Noble F e l l o w s H a r r y Gaugh - I n s t r u c t o r in A r t H i s t o r y , S k i d m o r e College, S a r a t o g a S p r i n g s , New York The Painting of F r a n z Kline: A s t e p - b y - s t e p c o n s i d e r a t i o n of K l i n e ' s evolution a s a p a i n t e r , f r o m the n a t u r a l i s m of the 1940's and before to the a b s t r a c t e x p r e s s i o n i s t paintings of the 1950's. C h r i s t o p h e r G r e e n - L e c t u r e r , Courtauld Institute of A r t , U n i v e r s i t y of London F e r n a n d L ^ g e r and P u r i s m : An a n a l y s i s of P u r i s m in t e r m s of its s t y l i s t i c s o u r c e s , philosophy and a e s t h e t i c s y s t e m with s t r e s s on the role of the m a c h i n e in the P u r i s t ' s conceptual f r a m e w o r k . The P u r i s t p r o g r a m m e will be c o n s i d e r e d in r e l a t i o n to F e r n a n d L a g e r ' s s t y l i s t i c d e v e l o p m e n t , e s p e c i a l l y in t h o s e paintings which r e v e a l L a g e r ' s concept of the r e l a t i o n s h i p of the m a c h i n e to m a n . R i c h a r d L a n i e r - P h . D . c a n d i d a t e . Institute of F i n e A r t s , New York U n i v e r s i t y Willem deKooning: The F o r m a t i o n of his A r t - A chronological study of deKooning's work through 1955 with e m p h a s i s on s o u r c e s and significant f e a t u r e s of his style and its r e l a t i o n s h i p to c o n t e m p o rary American art.
Noble C u r a t o r i a l R e s e a r c h G r a n t C a r l o Huber - A s s i s t a n t C u r a t o r for Modern A r t , K u n s t m u s e u m ,
Rothko, Still, and Newman : An examination of the work and i n t e r - r e l a t i o n s h i p s of M a r k Rothko, Clyfford Still and B a r n e t t Newman and a g e n e r a l s u r v e y of A m e r i c a n m u s e u m collections of m o d e r n a r t .