Modern Artifacts 2: “Dear Miss Miller…”

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For the second installment in our series highlighting selections from the archives of the Museum of Modern Art, archivist Michelle Elligott offers correspondence between the artist James Lee Byars and MoMA curator Dorothy C. Miller. The letters not only document the fascinating relationship between Byars and Miller, but serve as artifacts of the ideas and modes of expression Byars worked through during a decade abroad in Japan.

Chief of Archives, Library, and Research Collections at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Michelle Elligott recently organized Devenir moderne, part of the MoMA exhibition Être moderne at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris. She coedited the book Art in Our Time: A Chronicle of the Museum of Modern Art and cocurated MoMA’s 1969 exhibition; her book on Rene d’Harnoncourt will be published this fall.