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Arthur Silverman papers, 1944-2007

By Eira Tansey and Jazmin Smith

Collection Overview

Title: Arthur Silverman papers, 1944-2007

Predominant Dates:1975-2007

ID: LaRC/Manuscripts Collection 992

Creator: Silverman, Arthur, 1923-

Extent: 3.0 Boxes

Arrangement: The collection is arranged as follows: volumes, videotapes, jewelry design sketches, drawings, other papers, a model, posters, and an installation plan. The collection consists of 3 boxes, 30 volumes, 15 videotapes, and 2 oversize folders. It is 12 linear feet.

Date Acquired: 11/14/2008

Languages: English [eng]

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection consists of photographs, sketches, designs, plans, correspondence, and other papers of New Orleans sculptor, Dr. Arthur "Art" Silverman. The binders have been assembled by Silverman and his staff to document the creation, installation, and display of his sculptures, jewelry, and other works.

Biographical Note

Arthur Silverman was born in New York City in 1923. He received both a bachelor's degree (1944) and a medical degree (1947) from Tulane University. Silverman practiced urology for thirty years before becoming a sculptor. He has designed in a variety of scales, from public sculptures that are several stories high to specially- commissioned jewelry, and has exhibited in galleries in New Orleans as well as other cities including San Francisco, Memphis, New York, Chicago, and Atlanta. Public installations in New Orleans include sculptures at the Energy Centre on Poydras Street, Tulane's Uptown campus, Temple Sinai, and the Elysian Fields Sculpture Park adjacent to the University of New Orleans. Silverman has produced more than three hundred sculptures based on the tetrahedron, many of them constructed of aluminum. Silverman retired in 2007. His exhibition, "45 Years of Art" was held in February 2009 at Soren Christensen Gallery in New Orleans.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: Collection is open to the public. No known restrictions.

Use Restrictions: Physical rights are retained by the Louisiana Research Collection. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.

Technical Access Note: The collection contains some VHS tapes.

Acquisition Source: Arthur Silverman.

Acquisition Method: Gift.

Preferred Citation: Arthur Silverman papers, Manuscripts Collection 992, Louisiana Research Collection, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118.

Processing Information: Collection processed by Eira Tansey in 2009. Archon collection-level record created in February 2010 by Jazmin Smith.

Finding Aid Revision History: Finding aid information entered in Archon by LAC Group. Revised by LAC Group 8/29/11.

Other Note: OCLC Number: 374880833

Box and Folder Listing

Volume 1: Are We Having Fun Yet, photographs and contact sheets, undated
Volume 2: B-Series Models, photographs, undated
Volume 3: Co-Motion, photographs and contact sheet, 1986-1989
Volume 4: The Early Years, photographs, undated
Volume 5: Furniture, 8000 series, photographs, 1988-1994
Volume 6: Jewelry, press, photographs, slides, 1993-1994
Volume 7: Midsize, photographs, ephemera, contact sheets, 1979-1997
Volume 8: Public, press, photographs, slides, 1981-1988
Volume 9: Solo-Duo-Trio, press, photographs, slides, ephemera, correspondence, 1980-1984
Volume 10: Wall, photographs, contact sheets, transparencies, 1982-1997
Volume 11: Arthur Silverman at Longue Vue, press photographs, correspondence, 1998-1999
Volume 12: Energy Centre, press, photographs, contact sheets, correspondence, 1984-1985
Volume 13: Jefferson Parish East Bank Regional Library/"Legibility," press, photographs, 1998
Volume 14: Temple Sinai Menorah/Marriott Fountain, photographs, press, 1998
Volume 15: Fort Meyers Fountain, slides, photographs, 1991
Volume 16: Geo Law Review/Resolutions in Metal, press, photographs, contact sheets, 1995
Volume 17: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, contact sheets, slides, photographs, press, 1996
Volume 18: Midsize, photographs, press, 1998
Note: some photographs are of works created before 1998.
Volume 19: Pedestal, photographs, press, 1998
Note: some photographs are of works created before 1998.
Volume 20: The Studio, photographs, contact sheets, undated
Volume 21: Newman Kids Notes and Drawings, letters, drawings, 1998
Volume 22: Negs, negatives and contact sheets, 1980s-1990s
Volume 23: Negatives, All Kinds, September 1997, negatives, 1990s
Volume 24: Negatives, 1999-, negatives, 1990s
Volume 25: Negatives, 2000
Volume 26: Photographs of Silverman's small and medium-size works, 1981-1998
Volume 27: Full Overview of All Pieces in Numbered Order, slides, 1975-1998
Volume 28: Press, 1994-2005
Volume 29: Slides, Other Artists - Sculpture, slides
Volume 30: Caricature sketches made during Medical School, 1944 or 1945
Videotape 1: Aluminum Attitudes, WDSU 6 News Midday, 11:30 AM, 1994 February 18
Videotape 2: Shalom New Orleans, Guest: Dr. Arthur Silverman, plus raw footage of art featured in program, 1994 August 19
Videotape 3: Public Installations Master Copy; New Orleans, plus Fort Myers, Bay Hill Fan, and Old Bay Colony, 1994 August 24
Videotape 4: Arthur Silverman Midsize Work, Studio, 1994 September
Videotape 5: Arthur Silverman Public Installations, 1994 September
Videotape 6: Arthur Silverman Public Installations (likely a duplicate), 1994 September
Videotape 7: Some Existing Public Sculpture, 1994
Videotape 8: Fabricating Monument to Martin Luther King, Jr., Baton Rouge, Fabrication, 1995; (master) tape, 1996
Videotape 9: Martin Luther King, Jr., fabrication for Baton Rouge sculpture, 1996
Videotape 10: Arthur Silverman, Montgomery demonstration (master), undated
Videotape 11: Arthur Silverman, Montgomery demonstration (likely a duplicate), undated
Videotape 12: Arthur Silverman, Montgomery demonstration (likely a duplicate), undated
Videotape 13: Arthur Silverman, Kino Park Project, undated
Videotape 14: Arthur Silverman at Longue View, undated
Videotape 15: Interview, Ann F. and Rabbi, undated
Box 1: Jewelry design sketches, drawings, and other papers
Folder 1: Initials, sketches and drawings of designs for money clips, pins, and other accessories with stylized monograms, undated
Folder 2: In Progress Belt Buckle, 1st Set, January 1995, February 1995, sketches and drawings, 1992/1995
Folder 3: Original New Pieces, sketches and drawings, 1995 January
Folder 4: Bracelets to work on, sketches and drawings, 1995 January
Folder 5: Jewelry Designs, sketches and drawings
Folder 6: More Buckles to Evaluate, notes, sketches, and drawings, 1992, undated
Folder 7: Original combo 4/Dog Leg and Cousins, sketches and drawings, undated
Folder 8: Art Coin Originals, sketches and drawings, undated
Folder 9: Jewelry Possibilities/Originals, sample model, notes, sketches, and drawings, 1992 and undated
Folder 10: Originals, notes, sketches, and drawings organized into jewelry 'series' by Arthur Silverman, 1992, 1993, undated
Folder 11: Uncategorized Jewelry and Other Designs, notes, sketches, and drawings, 1992-2007
Folder 12: Uncategorized Jewelry and Other Designs removed from tracing paper pad, undated
Folder 13: Newspaper clippings and newsletter articles, 1970s-2000s
Folder 14: Magazine and journal articles, 1980s-2000s
Folder 15: Exhibition and studio catalogs, 1970s-2000s
Folder 16: Curriculum Vitae, studio photo, and other papers
Box 2: Other papers
Folder 1: Ivars Peterson, Fragments of Infinity
Folder 2: Galerie Simonne Stern Opening Proof, 1983
Folder 3: Lagniappe printing plate featuring story on Arthur Silverman, 1984
Folder 4: Arts and Mathematics Conference papers, 1992
Box 3: Model
Folder 1: Representative Sample Number 425 (model)
Oversize folder 1: Exhibit and conference posters, 1981-2004
Oversize folder 2: Plans for Energy Center installation, 1983