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Elisofon, Eliot

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role Collector
dates 1911–1973
city New York
gender M
historical notes Photographer, artist, art collector and author.

Before his death Elisofon donated pieces of his African and Pacific art collection to the Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C, the Museum of Primitive Art in New York, the Peabody Museum of Salem, Massachusetts, the Harvard Peabody Museum, the Metropolitan Museum, and other institutions.

Besides collecting primitive art and sculpture, other interests Elisofon pursued were cooking and painting, and he was able to take advantage of his worldwide travel as a photographer to develop all of these simultaneously. His photographs, watercolor paintings, and objects from his personal collection of primitive art have been exhibited throughout the United States and other countries.

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University of Texas, Austin Eliot Elisofon Papers, 1930-1988 (bulk, 1942-1973) see details...
Archives of American Art Chaim Gross papers, 1920-1983. see details...
National Museum of African Art Eliot Elisofon Field photographs, 1942-1972. see details...
The Museum of Modern Art Artist file: Elisofon, Eliot; miscellaneous uncataloged material. see details...
Emory University Eliot Elisofon photograph collection. see details...
University of Texas, Austin Gloria Swanson Papers, 18??-1988.

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The Museum of Modern Art Elisofon, Eliot : [photography bio file]. see details...