November, 2023

Smithsonian Archives of American Art Acquires the Irwin Rubin Papers

The Irwin Rubin Papers have been acquired by the Smithsonian Archives of American Art and are now available to the public at their Washington DC Research Center. 

The collection documents Rubin's work as an artist and educator through biographical material, personal and professional correspondence, writings, interviews, business records, gallery and exhibition files, photographic material, and artwork — including two sketchbooks from the mid 1950s. A detailed finding aid will be made available on the Archives of American Art website in the next 18 months.  

August-October, 2023

Color at Cooper Exhibition 

The exhibition Color at Cooper, curated by Art and Architecture Librarian Mackenzie Williams, and Archives Librarian Mary Mann, takes an interdisciplinary look at color pedagogy throughout Cooper Union history.

November, 2022

Constructing the Miniature Museum: from the Irwin Rubin Archive

Check out Irwin Rubin Archivist, Carmelle Safdie's article Constructing the Miniature Museum: from the Irwin Rubin Archive featured on The Spaces Archives blog, to learn about Rubin's unfinished miniature museum.

The scaled-down museum, which Rubin worked towards in the last decade of his life, united his interests in art and architecture alongside his far-ranging passion as a collector of global artifacts from antiquity to the present.

May, 2022

New Acquisition — Green-Wood Historic Fund Collections

We are very happy to let you know that two artworks by Irwin Rubin have have been acquired by the Green-Wood Historic Fund Collections

Rubin's 1964 "Construction #31," and 1966 "Collage #6," have entered into Green-Wood's growing collection of artwork by artists who are interred at the cemetery. 

May, 2021

Newly Restored Works from the Yale University Art Gallery Collection

We are excited to share that the Yale University Art Gallery has recently restored and digitized four works by Irwin Rubin held in their permanent collection. 

These works were collected by Richard Brown Baker (1912-2002) from 1960-1964 and left to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT, in 2008. We are extremely grateful for YUAG's conservation efforts, and for the beautiful images of Rubin's constructions and collage that are now available publicly through their online database. We have also added the works to our online archive

November, 2021

Online Conversation, "Relational Archiving: Color Theory and Memory" at SALT, Istanbul

Irwin Rubin Archivist Carmelle Safdie discussed archiving as an act of care with Sena Başöz at SALT Online

As part of SALT’s Study Groups, Sena Başöz invites New York-based artist Carmelle Safdie to discuss her recent involvement with two inherited archives, their relation to her broader artistic output, as well as ways to reimagine conventional archiving through Josef Albers’ theory of Color Relativity.

October, 2020

Website Launch

Announcing the Irwin Rubin Archive and our home at

The Irwin Rubin Archive was founded in 2019 with the purpose of preserving Irwin Rubin's artwork and teachings. Rubin (1930-2006) was an American artist and educator. Our goals are to locate, catalog, and conserve artworks by Irwin Rubin, as well as to document and archive his influence and legacy as a teacher. 

November, 2019

Irwin S. Channin School of Architecture Archive’s Student Work Collection

Irwin Rubin's Freehand Drawing course is now represented in the Cooper Union Irwin S. Channin School of Architecture Archive’s Student Work Collection. This free online database is an amazing resource and features digitized work by Cooper Union Architecture students from the 1930s to the present.