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Carla Stellweg papers, 1960-2009 M1752
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  • Title: Carla Stellweg papers
    Identifier/Call Number: M1752
    Contributing Institution: Dept. of Special Collections & University Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 64.9 Linear feet (98 half-cartons, 5 flat boxes, 1 carton)
    Date (inclusive): 1960-2009
    Abstract: The Carla Stellweg papers document Stellweg's curatorial work, writing, and other professional activities. Materials include exhibition catalogs, correspondence, publications, photographic materials, and administrative records.
    Physical Location: Special Collections materials are stored offsite and must be paged 36 hours in advance. For more information on paging collections, see the department's website: http://library.stanford.edu/depts/spc/spc.html.
    Languages: The material is in English and Spanish.


    The collection is arranged in nine series:
    Series 1. Artists Series 2. Gallery Shows, Curatorial Work and Other Professional Activities Series 3. Frida Kahlo Exhibits Series 4. Articles, Reviews, and Other Writing Series 5. Publications Series 6. Personal and Biographical Information Series 7. Photographic Materials Series 8. Audiovisual Materials Series 9. Financial Records (Restricted)

    Preferred Citation

    Carla Stellweg papers, M1752. Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Publication Rights

    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94304-6064. Consent is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner, heir(s) or assigns. See: http://library.stanford.edu/depts/spc/pubserv/permissions.html.
    Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Acquisition Information

    This collection was purchased by Stanford University, Special Collections in 2010. Accession 2010-095.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Carla Stellweg papers document Stellweg's curatorial work, writing, and other professional activities. Materials include exhibition catalogs, correspondence, publications, photographic materials, and administrative records.


    Carla Stellwe is a curator, art historian, and writer who specializes in the promotion of Latin American art and artists. Born in Bandung, Indonesia, she moved to Mexico with her family in the late 1950s, where she lived and worked for twenty-five years. Stellweg received a Bachelor of Arts from Grotius College and was a Master of Fine Arts Candidate in art history at the University of the Americas, Mexico. Stellweg held a variety of curatorial and management positions throughout her career. She was the founder and editor of Artes Visuales, which was the first Spanish and English contemporary visual arts magazine published in Latin America. In 1979, Stellweg became the deputy director of the newly built Rufino Tamayo Museum. From 1983-1985, Stellweg was the director of the Stellweg-Seguy Gallery, managing exhibitions and sales. She became the chief curator of the Museum of Contemporary Hispanic Art (MOCHA) in 1986, where she worked on exhibits such as Rooted Visions: Mexican Art Today. In 1989, she became the owner and director of her own gallery in New York City. The Carla Stellweg Gallery's mission was to promote emerging and mid-career artists, as well as to provide a gallery space for diverse exhibitions. Stellweg also worked as the executive director of Blue Star Art Space and as the director of program funding for the Jewish Museum, where she was in charge of an annual campaign to raise more than 3 million dollars. In 2005, Stellweg became an art history professor at the School of Visual Arts. In addition to these positions, Stellweg worked as an independent consultant on various projects, including Hispanic Art in the United States: Thirty Contemporary Painters and Sculptors and The Latin American Spirit: Art and Artists in the US, 1920-1970. Stellweg was a co-author of The Camera Seduced: Portraits of Frida Kahlo, a book which arose out of her work on an exhibition of the same name. She received a Rockefeller Fellowship in the Humanities, with the research topic "Exhibiting Practices of Mexican and Chicano Art: Its Funding and Collecting."

    Access to Collection

    Open for research except for Series 9 (restricted financial records). Audio-visual materials are not available in original format, and must be reformatted to a digital use copy.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Amado, Jesse, 1951-
    Camnitzer, Luis, 1937-
    Carla Stellweg Latin American & Contemporary Art (Gallery : New York, N.Y.) .
    Carlos Capelán, 1948-
    Chong, Albert
    Colo, 1946-
    Eleta, Sandra
    Elizondo, Arturo, 1956-
    Garaicoa, Carlos
    Henning, Anton, 1964-
    Jiménez, Cisco, 1969-
    Kahlo, Frida
    Labin, Clemencia
    Lamelas, David, 1946-
    Lara, Magali, 1956-
    Lozano, José, 1957-
    Mendieta, Ana, 1948-1985
    Milton, Avery
    Montes, Roberto Gil de
    Nereyda Garcia-Ferraz
    Ortiz, Raphael Montanez.
    Palacios, Jaime, 1963-
    Parcero, Tatiana
    Peláez, Paloma, 1958-
    Rippey, Carla, 1950-
    Stellweg, Carla
    Suter, Gerardo
    Tamayo, Ruffino, 1899-1991
    Vargas, Eugenia, 1949-
    Vater, Regina
    Venegas, Germán
    Art, Latin American.
    Art, Modern--20th century.