"Lists"

The Morgan Library uncovers the fascinating stories behind a quotidian object.

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  • Photograph: Courtesy Archives of American Art; Smithsonian Institute

    39 thumbnails of landscape paintings that artist Oscar Bluemner created, along...

    39 thumbnails of landscape paintings that artist Oscar Bluemner created, along with their dimensions, dates and media

  • Photograph: Courtesy Archives of American Art; Smithsonian Institute

    98 items painter Adolf Konrad drew in an illustrated packing list for a 1963...

    98 items painter Adolf Konrad drew in an illustrated packing list for a 1963 trip to Rome and Egypt, which featured items like six socks (two striped), 24 tubes of paint and one Europe on $5 a Day guidebook

  • Photograph: Courtesy Archives of American Art; Smithsonian Institute

    6 thumbnails that Abstract Expressionist artist Ad Reinhardt made of his...

    6 thumbnails that Abstract Expressionist artist Ad Reinhardt made of his all-black paintings in 1966, detailing the subtle geometric designs on the canvas, as well as their dimensions, dates and titles

  • Photograph: Courtesy Archives of American Art; Smithsonian Institute

    12 good qualities that architect Eero Saarinen said his second wife, Aline,...

    12 good qualities that architect Eero Saarinen said his second wife, Aline, possessed, including her "marvelous sense of humor" and "very, very beautiful body"

  • Photograph: Courtesy Archives of American Art; Smithsonian Institute

    56 items included in Charles Green Shaw's undated poem "The Bohemian Dinner"...

    56 items included in Charles Green Shaw's undated poem "The Bohemian Dinner" (which reads like a precursor to McSweeney's), with such items as "the curious types," "the mock applause" and "the rum omelette"

Photograph: Courtesy Archives of American Art; Smithsonian Institute

39 thumbnails of landscape paintings that artist Oscar Bluemner created, along...

39 thumbnails of landscape paintings that artist Oscar Bluemner created, along with their dimensions, dates and media

Without lists, you might never remember which groceries to buy, whose calls to return and how many ways there are to leave your lover (50, according to Paul Simon). But these often-banal notes are treated as art in "Lists: To-Dos, Illustrated Inventories, Collected Thoughts and Other Artists' Enumerations," a new exhibit opening Friday 3 at the Morgan Library & Museum. Among the 80 documents culled from the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art is Pablo Picasso's handwritten list of nine artists (including Marcel Duchamp) suggested for inclusion in the 1913 Armory Show, the first major modern-art exhibition in the U.S. "It's fascinating that this ubiquitous form of documentation can tell you so much about a person or a moment in history," says curator Liza Kirwin. To get a better idea of the scope of the show, check out a selection of the lists on display.

6 thumbnails that Abstract Expressionist artist Ad Reinhardt made of his all-black paintings in 1966, detailing the subtle geometric designs on the canvas, as well as their dimensions, dates and titles.

8 distractions that artist Miguel Covarrubias claimed had derailed his work on the essay "Modern Art" for the Museum of Modern Art's 1940 exhibit catalog for "Twenty Centuries of Mexican Art." Among them are "to help Joseph [sic] Steinbeck and Herbert Kline make a film" and "my own book which has suffered heavily."

12 good qualities that architect Eero Saarinen said his second wife, Aline, possessed, including her "marvelous sense of humor" and "very, very beautiful body."

13 times that the U.S. went through an economic depression between 1819 and 1931, according to American Gothic painter Grant Wood.

21 qualities that sculptor Harry Bertoia assessed on his "May-self Rating Chart," ranking himself in aspects such as courage and quickness of thought, using a scale of "very poor" to "excellent."

22 words that Ad Reinhardt claimed were "undesirable" substitutes for the term art in a 1951 letter, including communication and hobby. They're enumerated next to 18 adequate words to describe art, such as vision and discovery.

25 selections that the Metropolitan Museum of Art print department curator William Mills Ivins listed in response to the question, "What 12 prints that you have do you most prefer?" Underneath No. 25, he writes, "It simply can't be done!"

29 personal facts that journalist H.L. Mencken wrote in a 1927 letter, including "11. I believe in and advocate monogamy," and "13. I usually lie to women."

38 fixes William E.L. Bunn wanted to make to his mural 1848, Fort Kearney, Protectorate on the Overland Trail, 1871 (painted for a post office in Nebraska, as part of the New Deal), including "adobize buildings" and "put in buffalo skull."

39 thumbnails of landscape paintings that artist Oscar Bluemner created, along with their dimensions, dates and media.

56 items included in Charles Green Shaw's undated poem "The Bohemian Dinner" (which reads like a precursor to McSweeney's), with such items as "the curious types," "the mock applause" and "the rum omelette."

98 items painter Adolf Konrad drew in an illustrated packing list for a 1963 trip to Rome and Egypt, which featured items like six socks (two striped), 24 tubes of paint and one Europe on $5 a Day guidebook.

CROSS THIS OFF! "Lists: To-Dos, Illustrated Inventories, Collected Thoughts and Other Artists' Enumerations," the Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Ave at 36th St (212-685-0008, themorgan.org). Tue--Thu 10:30am--5pm, Fri 10:30am--9pm, Sat 10am--6pm, Sun 11am--6pm. $15; seniors, students and children under 16 $10. Fri 3--Oct 2.

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