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Malvina Hoffman: Publications

Publications by Malvina Hoffman

Hoffman, Malvina. “A Sculptor Goes Head-Hunting.” Asia 33, no. 7 (July-Aug 1933): 422-429, 430-433, 450-452. Hoffman describes her experiences in creating the sculptures for the Hall of Man exhibit. It contains descriptions of her travels across the globe, her selection of models, and various insights into their cultures.

Hoffman, Malvina. 1962. Heads and Tales. New York: Bonanza Books. Also published with the title, A Sculptor’s Odyssey by Scribner’s in the same year. Details the story of Hoffman’s journey around the world in order to collect material for the Hall of Man bronze sculptures commissioned for the Field Museum. Map of the artist’s journey on the lining-papers of the book.

Hoffman, Malvina. Sculpture Inside and Out. New York: Bonanza Books, 1939.After studying in Paris with Auguste Rodin, Hoffman wrote this book about foundry techniques. She established her own studio in Paris and was a known master founder who hosted countless famous artists of her time. This title is well-indexed and extensive in its explanations on the history and techniques of sculpture.

Hoffman, Malvina. Yesterday Is Tomorrow, A Personal History. New York: Crown Publishers, Inc., 1965. Contains a list of sculpted works (1906-1963). An autobiography of Hoffman’s life with a chapter entitled Out of the Blue: The Hurricane Years, which is about her time working for The Field Museum.  

Books about Malvina Hoffman

A selected bibliography based on the collections of The Field Museum of Natural History Library:

Essays and Articles

"Malvina Hoffman, Sculptor, Arrives: Returns From Paris to Finish Primitive Studies for Chicago Museum." New York Times, Dec. 12, 1933. p. 28.

"Museum Tours." Chicago Daily Tribune, Feb. 6, 1937. p. 2.

"New Exhibitions include Paint, Bronze and Ink." New York Times, Dec. 13, 1936. p. X1.

"On the Local Horizons." New York Times, Jun. 21, 1936. p. X7.

"Permanent Exposition for Millions; People Flock into Field Museum." Chicago Daily Tribune, Aug. 22, 1937. p. H4.

"Sculptor to Tour World for Science." New York Times, Sep. 12, 1931. p. 5.

"Shows Bronze Group; Field Museum in Chicago Gets Malvina Hoffman Work. Special to The New York Times." New York Times, Jan. 10, 1933. p. 25.

"Unity of Man." The Chicago Defender, Jan. 10, 1933. p. 25.

"Woman Honor Their Leaders in Many Fields." Chicago Daily Tribune, Mar. 19, 1936. p. 21.

"Woman Sculptor Explored Far Lands for 'Heads of Man': Malvina Hoffman's Bronzes Will Be Exhibited Soon in New York City; She Covered All Types From Pygmies to East Indians." The Washington Post, Jan. 21, 1934. p. J9.

"Woman to Make 200 Busts for Field Museum." Chicago Daily Tribune, May 23, 1930. p. 10.

Birkhead, May. "Hoffman Exhibits 'Native Types' in Paris; Honored by Invitation to Show Ethnographical Sculpture in Trocadero." Chicago Daily Tribune, Nov. 19, 1933. p. E3.

Birkhead, May. "Work of Malvina Hoffman Is Praised by Paris; Her Statuette of Cambodian Dance, Familiar to French, Arouses Interest." Chicago Daily Tribune, Nov. 26, 1933. p. E3.

Birkhead, May. "Hoffman Sculptures Exhibited in Paris; Many Americans Attend Exhibit of Replicas of Pieces Made for Chicago Museum. Special Correspondence, The New York Times." New York Times, Nov. 26, 1933. p. N4.

Broadd, Harry A. "Malvina Hoffman's 'Races of Man.'" Arts & Activities. March 1982. p. 24-27.

Butcher, Fanny. "Books; Her Life Told by Sculptress in New Book Malvina Hoffman Author of 'Heads and Tales'." Chicago Daily Tribune, Oct. 3, 1936. p. 17.

Cass, Judith. "Garden Club of America Opens Convention in Chicago Today; Visit to Art Institute Loan Exhibition, Tea and Buffet Supper Constitute Social Program. Delegates to Attend Art Exhibition and Tea." Chicago Daily Tribune, Jun. 5, 1933. p. 17-18.

Cass, Judith. "League of Women Voters Sponsors Talk." Chicago Daily Tribune, Jan. 11, 1933. p. 13-14.

Conrad, David C. and Tillotson, Karen J. "The Races of Man." Chicago Reader, April 16, 1993, v. 22:28. p. 8-9, 30.

de Young, Ruth. "Stitches Map of Hoffman Travels; Makes Needle Work Map of Sculptor's Trip Tells Journey to Gather 'Races of Men'." Chicago Daily Tribune, Sep. 28, 1934. p. 17.

Decoteau, Pamela Hibbs. "Malvina Hoffman and the Races of Man." Woman's Art Journal 10. Fall/Winter '89-'90. p. 7-12.

Duncan, Michael. "Freeing the figure." Art in America 84. April 1996. p. 44-45.

Gordon, E. Adina. "Figures in marble: an American tradition." Sculpture Review 51: 1. April 1994. p. 8-15.

Hubbard, Guy. "Clip & Save Art Print: Classroom Use." Arts and Activities 115: 3. April 1994. p. 68-69.

Hoffman, Malvina. "Just Browsing; Sculpting the Races of Man." Chicago Tribune, Sep. 26, 1965. p. 20.

Jewell, Edward Alden. "Malvina Hoffman Shows Casts Here; Bronze Reductions of Works in Her 'Races of Mankind' to Be on View Today." New York Times, Jan. 30, 1934. p. 17.

Keith, Sir Arthur. "Races of the World: A Gallery in Bronze." New York Times, May 21, 1933. p. SM10-SM11.

Kemp, Martin. "Science in Culture. Type and archetype, Hoffman and Herring in the Field Museum, Chicago." Nature 405: 6784. May 18, 2000. p. 278.

Krogman, Wilton M. "Henry Field on Track of Man." Chicago Daily Tribune, Oct. 25, 1953. p. H4.

Millier, Arthur. "The Woman who did a He-Man's Job." Los Angeles Times, April 16, 1939. p. I4.

Mose, Ruth. "Anthropology Sculpted in Bronze; Student of Rodin Writes of Her Adventures in Many Lands, Racial Types Modeled by Sculptress on World Trip." The Washington Post, Oct. 4, 1936. p. B8.

Nochlin, Linda. "Malvina Hoffman: a Life in Sculpture." Arts Magazine, Nov. 1984. p. 106-110.

Norton, Ruth Edwards. "Recording Racial Types in Bronze." Hobbies 17: 5. June 1937. p. 82-97.

Provines, June. "Front Views and Profiles." Chicago Daily Tribune, May 24, 1934. p. 17.

Rosen, Jeff. "Of Monsters and Fossils: the Making of Racial Difference in Malvina Hoffman's 'Hall of the Races of Mankind.'" History and Anthropology 12: 2. 2001. p. 101-158.