Proposal to Exhibit War Artists' Pictures in New York
The parts of the file are as follows:
/1/34/1 = 09 Sep 1940 - 15 Mar 1941
/1/34/2 = 10 Sep 1940 - 08 Oct 1946
An exhibition was to be sent to the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The file covers the arrangement of transport for the pictures, and accompanying lists, notes on the pictures and on the artists, including an introduction by Herbert Read entitled 'The War as Seen by British Artists', and other information, including MoI Paper No. 39.
MoMA originally planned to open the exhibition in November, but transport took far longer than anticipated and the pictures did not arrive in New York until late December, whereafter it was developed into a much wider-ranging scheme to include photographs, posters, film, architectural and printed material, and with additional pictures. The exhibition opened on 22 May 1941, with Clark broadcasting a speech from London.
The files also include material relating to press and publicity, including presscuttings, and further exhibits sent out to "refresh" the show. There was lengthy discussion of the question of copyright of some of the photographs sent out.
After New York, the show toured to venues in Canada, before returning to MoMA, from whence it was claimed by the Ministry in 1944. The process of getting all the exhibits returned was protracted; a further exhibition was proposed for late 1945 but this was later cancelled.