Myron Kozman papers
MSKozm96

 An inventory of its records at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Summary Information

Repository
Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
Creator
Kozman, Myron, 1916-2002
Title
Myron Kozman papers
ID
MSKozm96
Date [inclusive]
1938-1954
Extent
2.25 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract:
This collection reflects Myron Kozman's personal and professional life between the years of 1938 and 1954. Documents in this collection also deal with the philosophies, projects, curricula, and faculty of the Chicago School of Design. Material in this collection includes lectures, curriculum descriptions, academic papers, correspondence, poetry, book reviews, projects, meeting minutes, schedules, reports, and a poster. Folders are organized chronologically.

Preferred Citation

Myron Kozman papers, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago

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Biographical Sketch

Primarily known for his work in abstract expressionism, Myron Kozman (1916-2002) received his degree from the Chicago School of Design in 1941, and was in the school's first graduating class. Founded by Bauhaus artist Lazlo Moholy Nagy, the Chicago School of Design had a strong focus in industry and craftsmanship. The Bauhaus movement was committed to merging visual aesthetics with everyday practicality; its founders believed that with a focus on intelligent design, artistic ideals could be productively applied to a variety of industrially produced items. Thus Kozman's education was infused with the both the philosophies of the Bauhaus movement and Moholy-Nagy's own experimentalism. As Kozman's close friend and mentor, Moholy-Nagy encouraged Kozman's interest in avant-garde techniques such as cameraless photography (the dripping of emulsion on photographic paper) and serigraph printing. During the late 1930s, Kozman also produced several abstract paintings for the Works Progress Administration which were displayed in public venues across the city.

After he received his degree, Kozman enlisted in the army and spent some time abroad with the military. During this time, he not only served as a soldier during the second World War, but also collaborated with two of his fellow alumni to produce a magazine titled Continuity. Upon his return to the United States, Kozman began working as an instructor at the Chicago School of Design (which has since changed its name to the Institute of Design). In 1948 he married his fellow graduate Lois Field, also an accomplished visual artist. Kozman continued teaching visual design and printmaking at the Institute of Design until 1954. Then, in the1960s, Kozman served as the head of the design department at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. His work has been exhibited internationally and is owned by several museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Library of Congress, and the Block Gallery at Northwestern University.

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Scope and Contents

This collection reflects Myron Kozman's personal and professional life between the years of 1938 and 1954. Documents in this collection also deal with the philosophies, projects, curricula, and faculty of the Chicago School of Design. Material in this collection includes lectures, curriculum descriptions, academic papers, correspondence, poetry, book reviews, projects, meeting minutes, schedules, reports, and a poster. Folders are organized chronologically.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives 2004-08-19

801 S. Morgan Street
Chicago, Illinois, 60607
312.996.2742

Revision Description

  06/24/2010

Restrictions on Access

None

Restrictions on Use

None

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Chicago School of Design.
  • Illinois Institute of Technology. Institute of Design.

Personal Name(s)

  • Kozman, Myron, 1916-2002 -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • Artists -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Biography.
  • Chicago Design History.

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Collection Inventory

Series I: Myron Kozman Papers 

Box Folder

Exhibit announcements and book review for Moholy-Nagy, 1938-1940 

1 1

Correspondence sent by Moholy-Nagy to Kozman, 1939-1945 

1 2

Summary of introductory lecture for course in camouflage by George Kepes, 1942 

1 3

Letters of recommendation for Myron Kozman, 1942-1950 

1 4

Draft of a paper on Advertising/Display written by Kozman, 1945 

1 5

Faculty Council Meeting decisions, 1946-1957 

1 6

Resolution, student council report, 1947 

1 7

Institute of Design - President's reports, 1947 

1 8

Film Project, 1948 

1 9

Plans for "Little Red Hen" film project, 1948 

1 10

Series of Lectures on Society and Design, 1948 

1 11

Institute of Design brochure, 1949 

1 12

Speech made by Chermayeff at Minneapolis Institute of Art, 1949 

1 13

Surrealist poetry by Robert Kostka, 1950 

1 14

Institute of Design - class schedules, 1950-1954 

1 15

Institute of Design - telephone directory, 1953-1954 

1 16

Short biography of Moholy-Nagy, undated 

1 17

Institute of Design - philosophy and curriculum description, undated 

1 18
Oversize

Poster for Graphic Arts Exposition, 1950 

Folder 19

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