Jump to Content

Collection Guide
Collection Title:
Collection Number:
Get Items:
Stellweg (Carla) papers
View entire collection guide What's This?
PDF (258.63 Kb) HTML
Search this collection
Collection Details
Table of contents What's This?
  • Arrangement
  • Preferred Citation
  • Publication Rights
  • Acquisition Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Biography
  • Access to Collection

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Title: Carla Stellweg papers
    source: Stellweg, Carla
    Identifier/Call Number: M1752
    Physical Description: 60 Linear Feet (122 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1935-2015
    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.
    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.
    Language of Material: The material is in primarily in English and Spanish. Other languages include French, Finnish, Portuguese, Norwegian, Italian, German, Japanese, Swedish, Dutch and Arabic.


    The collection is arranged in ten 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) Series 10. Accession 2015-145. Additional Materials

    Preferred Citation

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

    Publication Rights

    While Special Collections is the owner of the physical and digital items, permission to examine collection materials is not an authorization to publish. These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. Any transmission or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires permission from the owners of rights, heir(s) or assigns.

    Acquisition Information

    This collection was purchased by Stanford University, Special Collections in 2010 and 2015. Accessions 2010-095 and 2015-145.

    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, audiovisual materials and administrative records.
    Accession 2015-145 includes photographs, slides, papers, journals, cassettes, and one hard drive.


    Carla Stellweg 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

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