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Guide to the Christopher D'Arcangelo Papers
1965-2003(bulk 1975-1978)
 MSS 264

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Collection processed by Lisa Darms with Lawrence Giffin, 2009.

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on January 29, 2016
Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

 
Creator: D'Arcangelo, Christopher
Title: Christopher D'Arcangelo Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1965-2003
Dates [bulk]: Bulk, 1975-1978
Quantity: 4.0 linear feet
Call Phrase: MSS 264

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Biographical Note

Christopher D’Arcangelo, an artist working during the 1970's, was born in 1955 and died in 1979. In 1975 he performed unauthorized pieces at New York's Whitney Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Guggenheim Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum, and in 1976 at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, CA. In January 1977, LAICA published his proposal "LAICA as an Alternative to Museums". Christopher was also a carpenter and contractor, and in September of 1977 he began work on functional constructions. During 1978 he performed unauthorized pieces at the Louvre in Paris and the Rosa Esman Gallery in New York City. Christopher also took part in an exhibition at Artists Space in New York City in 1978; from 1976 until his death, he was working on a proposal for the Van Abbe Museum in Eindhoven.

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Scope and Content note

This collection is comprised of materials created and compiled by Christopher D'Arcangelo in the course of his work as an artist and as an assistant to other artists, and includes correspondence, notes, receipts, photographs, floorplans, and objects. The collection is organized into four series:

Series I: Work Files consists of subject files kept by D'Arcangelo for projects he executed or hoped to execute, and files for projects he worked on with or for other artists. The latter include documentation of Daniel Buren's "Ballets" from 1977 and 1978.

Series II: Posthumous Files consists of documents that were collected by D'Arcangelo's executors after his death, including correspondence and articles. Subseries A contains files documenting the Christopher D'Arcangelo Homage, an exhibition held at Algus Greenspon Gallery in October 2011. Researchers who had accessed the Christopher D'Arcangelo Papers at the Fales Library were invited to respond to his work and their experiences working with D'Arcangelo's Papers. Exhibition attendees were also invited to respond.

Series III: Objects includes key artifacts D'Arcangelo used in his art pieces.

Series IV: Media consists of video, audio, and film elements. Access copies may not be available for research use at this time.

Arrangement note

Folder titles reflect D'Arcangelo's original titles. Small changes were made to facilitate access. The collection is arranged alphabetically by folder title.

  1. Series I: Work Files
  2. Series II: Posthumous Files
  3. Series III: Objects
  4. Series IV: Media

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Antonakos, Stephen
  • Buren, Daniel
  • D'Arcangelo, Allan
  • D'Arcangelo, Christopher
  • Esman, Rosa
  • Lawler, Louise

Document Type

  • Articles.
  • Artifacts.
  • Correspondence.
  • Financial records.
  • Notebooks.
  • Periodicals.
  • Photographic prints.
  • Posters.
  • Sketchbooks.

Subject Organizations

  • Artists Space (Gallery) .
  • J. Paul Getty Museum .
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art .
  • Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art .
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.).
  • Musee du Louvre.
  • Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.).
  • Norton Simon Museum (Pasadena, Calif.) .
  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
  • Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum .
  • Whitney Museum of American Art.

Subject Topics

  • Conceptual art.

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Administrative Information

Provenance

The collection was donated to Fales by Cathy Weiner and the D'Arcangelo Family Partnership in 2009.

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers. Appointments are necessary for the use of manuscript and archival collections.

Access copies of media may not be available to researchers at this time.

Conditions Governing Use

As per the donors' stipulation, no reproduction, including photocopying and photography is allowed of the materials in this collection, unless indicated by a note in the folder inventory.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Christopher D'Arcangelo Papers; MSS 264; box number; folder number; Fales Library and Special Collections, New York University Libraries.

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Container List

Series I: Work Files, 1965-1979

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Announcement/P. Nadin [Functional Constructions]

Conditions Governing Use

Duplication of this folder is allowed for research purposes.

1977-1978
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Antonakos Ceiling - Contract
1977-1978
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Antonakos Paperwork for Ceiling
1977-1978
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Artists Space
1978
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Artists Space - Catalogs and Postcards

Conditions Governing Use

Duplication of this folder is allowed for research purposes.

1978
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Artists Space - Reference
1977-1978
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Artists Space - Wall Text
1978
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Ballet #9 [Daniel Buren]

Conditions Governing Use

Duplication of this folder is allowed for research purposes.

1977
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Bell and Howell Projector and Camera
undated; 1977
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Buren Ballet #8

Conditions Governing Use

Duplication of this folder is allowed for research purposes.

1977
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Buren Ballet #10

Conditions Governing Use

Duplication of this folder is allowed for research purposes.

1977-1978
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Buren Ballet #11

Conditions Governing Use

Duplication of this folder is allowed for research purposes.

1978
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Buren Ballet #12

Conditions Governing Use

Duplication of this folder is allowed for research purposes.

1978
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Buren Ballet #13

Conditions Governing Use

Duplication of this folder is allowed for research purposes.

1978
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Buren Ballet #14

Conditions Governing Use

Duplication of this folder is allowed for research purposes.

1978
Box: 1 Folder : 16 Buren Ballet #15

Conditions Governing Use

Duplication of this folder is allowed for research purposes.

1978
Box: 1 Folder : 17 Buren Ballet #16 14th St NYC

Conditions Governing Use

Duplication of this folder is allowed for research purposes.

1978
Box: 1 Folder : 18 Buren Ballet #17 Flower District, Flatiron District

Conditions Governing Use

Duplication of this folder is allowed for research purposes.

1978
Box: 1 Folder : 19 Buren Ballet #18 The Empire State Building

Conditions Governing Use

Duplication of this folder is allowed for research purposes.

1978
Box: 1 Folder : 20 Daniel Buren - Catalogs, Photos, Postcards

Conditions Governing Use

Duplication of this folder is allowed for research purposes..

1976
Box: 1 Folder : 21 Buren - Ballets - Reference

Conditions Governing Use

Duplication of this folder is allowed for research purposes.

1975-1978
Box: 1 Folder : 22 Buren Parade

Conditions Governing Use

Duplication of this folder is allowed for research purposes.

1973-1978
Box: 1 Folder : 23 Contemporary Arts Center [Cincinatti]
May 20, 1978
Box: 1 Folder : 24 Jeffrey Deitch Shows/John Weber Gallery
1976
Box: 1 Folder : 25 Eindhoven - Research
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 26 Rosa Esman - Door
June 1978
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Rosa Esman - Look Out for What You Look At

Conditions Governing Use

Duplication of this folder is allowed for research purposes.

May 1978
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Rosa Esman Invitational - Text

Conditions Governing Use

Duplication of this folder is allowed for research purposes.

.

June 1978
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Exhibition Announcements
1975-1977
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Exhibition Catalogs
1973-1975
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Functional Constructions
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Functional Constructions - Notes
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 7 General Art Reference
1975-1977; undated
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Getty Museum - Reference
1977
Box: 2 Folder : 9 Guggenheim Museum, NY
1975
Box: 2 Folder : 10 Hands Locations
1974
Box: 2 Folder : 11 Harper Painting
1977
Box: 2 Folder : 12 Jobs Billed
1978
Box: 2 Folder : 13 Kunst Des XX. Jahrunderts Aus Dem Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven - Catalog
1976
Box: 2 Folder : 14 LAICA Journal, No. 13

Conditions Governing Use

Duplication of this folder is allowed for research purposes.

.

1977
Box: 2 Folder : 15 Louise Lawler - Ceiling
1977
Box: 2 Folder : 16 "Lives" Catalog - Jeffrey Deitch
1975
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Los Angeles County Museum of Art
1976
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art
1976
Box: 3 Folder : 3 Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art
1977
Box: 3 Folder : 4 Louvre
1978
Box: 3 Folder : 5 Louvre - Writings + Statement
1978
Box: 3 Folder : 6 Mad Magazine Cover
July 1965
Box: 3 Folder : 7 Metropolitan Museum

Conditions Governing Use

Duplication of this folder is allowed for research purposes.

1975
Box: 3 Folder : 8 Miscellaneous Receipts
1977
Box: 3 Folder : 9 Miscellaneous Writings
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 10 Monchengladbach Grant
1978
Box: 3 Folder : 11 Movie Camera Brochures
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 12 Museum of Modern Art
1975
Box: 3 Folder : 13 Newspaper Clippings
undated; 1978
Box: 3 Folder : 14 Newspaper Clippings - Scrapbook
1978
Box: 3 Folder : 15 Norton Simon Museum
1976
Box: 3 Folder : 16 Paint Charts
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 17 Postcards
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 18 P.S. 1
1977
Box: 3 Folder : 19 Rijksmuseum / Rembrant / Restoration
undated
Box: 7 Folder : 1 Sketchbook
undated
Box: 7 Folder : 2 Sketchbook/Notebook
1974-1976
Box: 3 Folder : 20 Statue of Liberty Brochures
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 21 Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven
1976-1977
Box: 3 Folder : 22 Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven
1977-1978
Box: 3 Folder : 23 Van Abbemuseum - Writing
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 24 Whitney Postcards, Statement
1975
Box: 3 Folder : 25 Writing statements by Cathy Weiner

General note

Created at request of D'Arcangelo, these documents record what Cathy Weiner witnessed during the 1975 pieces at the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art, and the Guggenheim Museum.

1975
Box: A Work Binder A

General note

Binder A is a similar recreation of the binder that D'Arcangelo created to document his artmaking; it was assembled by the D'Arcangelo Family Partnership.

Box: B Work Binder B

General note

Binder B is a partial recreation of the binder that D'Arcangelo created to document his artmaking, as well as other documents assembled by the D'Arcangelo Family Partnership.

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Series II: Posthumous Files, 1978-1998

Subseries A: General

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 1 Articles about D'Arcangelo
1991, 1996, 1998
Box: 4 Folder : 2 Articles/Reviews
1979; undated
Box: 4 Folder : 3 Chronologies and Inventories

General note

Inlcudes Christopher D'Arcangelo Chronology, created by Gideon D'Arcangelo 1993, updated 2009.

undated
Box: 4 Folder : 4 Copies of D'Arcangelo Notebook
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 5 Copies of Work
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 6 Correspondence about D'Arcangelo Works
1979, 1988, 1992, 1995, undated
Box: 4 Folder : 7 Greene Naftali
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 8 Bruce Hainley
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 9 Journal: Southern California Art Magazine No. 23
June-July 1979
Box: 4 Folder : 10 List of Cathy Weiner's photographs of D'Arcangelo Work
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 11 Oehlen Williams 95 Catalog
1995
Box: 4 Folder : 12 Recent works and notes on six series - Peter Nadin
1992

Subseries B: Algus Greenspon Homage

Scope and Content

This subseries contains files documenting the Christopher D'Arcangelo Homage, an exhibition held at Algus Greenspon Gallery in October 2011. Researchers who had accessed the Christopher D'Arcangelo Papers at the Fales Library were invited to respond to his work and their experiences working with D'Arcangelo's Papers. Exhibition attendees were also invited to respond.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 10 Folder : 1 Breslin, David: Christopher D'Arcangelo Homage
2011
Box: 10 Folder : 2 Greenspon, Algus: Christopher D'Arcangelo Homage
2011
Box: 10 Folder : 3 Christopher D'Arcangelo Homage - Responses from Binder
2011
Box: 10 Folder : 4 Greenspon, Algus: Christopher D'Arcangelo: Letters to Contributors, Installations, Exhibition List
2011
Box: 10 Folder : 5 Sanders, Jay: Christopher D'Arcangelo Homage from Blue Binder
2011
Box: 10 Folder : 6 Garcia-Torres, Mario: Christopher D'Arcangelo Homage
2011
Box: 10 Folder : 7 Hainley, Bruce: Christopher D'Arcangelo Homage
2011
Box: 10 Folder : 8 Harris, Larissa: Moratorium
2011
Box: 10 Folder : 9 Macgregor, Dean: Christopher D'Arcangelo Homage
2011
Box: 10 Folder : 10 Press: Christopher D'Arcangelo Homage
2011

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Series III: Objects

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 5 Object : ID: 264.2.0001 Stamp ("When I state that I am an anarchist, I must also state that I am not an anarchist")
Box: 5 Object : ID: 264.2.0002 Stamp ("When I state that I am an anarchist,")
Box: 5 Object : ID: 264.2.0003 Handcuffs with key
Box: 5 Object : ID: 264.2.0004 Handcuffs with keys in Box
Box: 5 Object : ID: 264.2.0005 Coin changer
Box: 5 Box of Functional Constructions flyers

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Series IV: Media

Subseries A: Audio - Access Copies

Conditions Governing Access

Access Copies may not be available for all material. Please consult a Fales Archivist.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Shelf: Media Media : ID: 264.0021 Interview with Louise Lawler

General note

Format: CD-R

Source: ID: 264.0016 "Christopher D'Arcangelo CD #3"

Content:

Interview with Louise Lawler conducted by Gideon D'Arcangelo at 401 Greenwich Street #8; 1/15/1993

1993
Shelf: Media Media : ID: 264.0022 Interview with Daniel Buren

General note

Format: CD-R

Source: ID: 264.0016 "Christopher D'Arcangelo CD #3"

Content:

Interview with Daniel Buren conducted by Gideon D'Arcangelo at 45 Lispenard Street.

undated
Shelf: Media Media : ID: 264.0023 [1] -- Cathy and Allan Suite

General note

Format: CD-R

Source: ID: 264.0017 "Christopher D'Arcangelo CD #2"

Content:

Commentary about Chris's films by Cathy Weiner, Allan D'Arcangelo, and Gideon D'Arcangelo; 11/21/92

1992
Shelf: Media Media : ID: 264.0024 [1]-- Cathy and Allan [2]-- Cathy Suite 2 [3]-- Cathy Suite

General note

Format: CD-R

Source: ID: 264.0017 "Christopher D'Arcangelo CD #2"

Content:

Commentary about Chris's films by Cathy Weiner, Allan D'Arcangelo, and Gideon D'Arcangelo

[1992]
Shelf: Media Media : ID: 264.0025 Interview with Cathy Weiner, pt. 2

General note

Format: CD-R

Source: ID: 264.0017 "Christopher D'Arcangelo CD #2"

Content:

Conversation between Cathy Weiner and Gideon D'Arcangelo about Chris D'Arcangelo's work. Interview conducted at 202 Front Street; 10/21/1992

1992
Shelf: Media Media : ID: 264.0026 Chris

General note

Format: CD-R

Source: ID: 264.0018 "Christopher D'Arcangelo CD #1"

unknown
Shelf: Media Media : ID: 264.0027 Ballet #17, Two Chairs

General note

Format: CD-R

Source: ID: 264.0018 "Christopher D'Arcangelo CD #1"

undated

Subseries B: Audio - Originals

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 6 Media : ID: 264.0010 Ballet #17, August 28, 1978, Flower District, Fashion District

General note

Format: 1/4" audiocassette

Duration: 00:30:00

1978
Box: 6 Media : ID: 264.0011 Christopher

General note

Format: 1/4" audiocassette

Duration: Unknown

undated
Box: 6 Media : ID: 264.0012 Interview with Cathy Weiner and Allan D'Arcangelo, conducted by Gideon D'Arcangelo, 11/21/92

General note

Format: 1/4" audiocassette

Duration: Unknown

1992
Box: 6 Media : ID: 264.0013 Interview with Cathy Weiner and Allan D'Arcangelo, conducted by Gideon D'Arcangelo, 11/21/92

General note

Format: 1/4" audiocassette

Duration: Unknown

1992
Box: 6 Media : ID: 264.0028 Interview with Peter Nadin conducted by Gideon D'Arcangelo on the subject of collaboration with Chris D'Arcangelo, 11/27/92

General note

Format: 1/4" audiocassette

Duration: Unknown

1992
Box: 6 Media : ID: 264.0014 Interview with Louise Lawler conducted by Gideon D'Arcangelo at 407 Greenwich St. #8, 1/15/93

General note

Format: 1/4" audiocassette

Duration: Unknown

1993
Box: 6 Media : ID: 264.0015 Interview with Daniel Buren at 45 Lispenard St. 9W, conducted by Gideon D'Arcangelo concerning plans for project - the work of Chris D'Arcangelo, 4/25/93

General note

Format: 1/4" audiocassette

Duration: Unknown

1993
Box: 6 Media : ID: 264.0009 [Two Chairs for Talking]

General note

Format: 1/4" audiocassette

Duration: Unknown

undated
Box: 6 Media : ID: 264.0018 Christopher D'Arcangelo CD #1

General note

Format: CD-R

Duration: Unknown

undated
Box: 6 Media : ID: 264.0017 Christopher D'Arcangelo CD #2

General note

Format: CD-R

Duration: Unknown

undated
Box: 6 Media : ID: 264.0016 Christopher D'Arcangelo CD #3

General note

Format: CD-R

Duration: Unknown

undated

Subseries C: Video - Access Copies

Conditions Governing Access

Please consult a Fales Archivist.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Shelf: Media Media : ID: 264.0019 Christopher D'Arcangelo: Museum Pieces and Other Footage

General note

Format: DVD

Source: VHS

Duration: 00:41:00

Content: Silent film footage. Color

1. Guggenheim Museum, NYC #3 2. Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC #4 3. Norton Simon Museum, LA #5 4. Whitney Museum, NYC #1 5. Filmed at home, Amsterdam Ave and 98th 6. Stencils on Fire - Riverside Park Panels 12/74 #2 7. Museum of Modern Art, (Guernica) NYC 8. Suitcase Piece

unknown

Subseries D: Video - Originals

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 6 Media : ID: 264.0007 Christopher D'Arcangelo: Museum Pieces and Other Footage

General note

Format: VHS

Duration: 00:41:00

Contents: 1. Guggenheim Museum, NYC #3 2. Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC #4 3. Norton Simon Museum, LA #5 4. Whitney Museum, NYC #1 5. Filmed at home, Amsterdam Ave and 98th 6. Stencils on Fire - Riverside Park Panels 12/74 #2 7. Museum of Modern Art, (Guernica) NYC 8. Suitcase Piece

unknown
Box: 6 Media : ID: 264.0008 Chris - Events

General note

Format: VHS

Duration: 00:41:00

undated

Subseries E: Film - Access Copies

Conditions Governing Access

Access Copies may not be available. Please consult a Fales Archivist.

Subseries F: Film - Originals

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 6 Media : ID: 264.0002 Film from Whitney 1/31/75: "When I State..." Whitney Modern 786 Amsterdam

General note

Format: Super 8mm

Duration: Unknown

1975
Box: 6 Media : ID: 264.0003 7/8/76 Norton Simon Pasadena

General note

Format: Super 8mm

Duration: Unknown

1976
Box: 6 Media : ID: 264.0001 Suitcase, 786 Amsterdam

General note

Format: Super 8mm

Duration: Unknown

undated
Box: 6 Media : ID: 264.0004 Guggenheim and Met

General note

Format: Super 8mm

Duration: Unknown

1975
Box: 6 Media : ID: 264.0005 Cathy Weiner - Film Reel B

General note

Format: Super 8mm

Duration: Unknown

undated
Box: 6 Media : ID: 264.0006 Cathy Weiner - Film Reel A

General note

Format: Super 8mm

Duration: Unknown

undated

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Oversize - Series I: Work Files

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 9 Viva Mao; Viva Anarchism; When I State That I am an Anarchist - stencils

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements note

Used stencils rehoused by the Library's perservation lab; two stencils could not be unrolled. Researcher access is limited.

undated
Box: 9 Four Texts, for Artists Space - printer's acetate
undated
Map-case: Mapcase 4E Folder : 1 When I state that I am an anarchist...
undated
Map-case: Mapcase 4E Folder : 2 Diazotype Floorplans
undated
Map-case: Mapcase 4E Folder : 3 "Thirty days Work-long version" and "The idea that today there is no aesthetic..."
undated
Map-case: Mapcase 4E Folder : 4 Thirty days work
undated
Map-case: Mapcase 4E Folder : 5 "We all do things in our own little way. Long Live anarchism."
undated
Map-case: 4E "Long Live Anarchism"

Scope and Content

Used stencil

undated
Map-case: 4E Floorplans and Maps
undated

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Oversize - Series II: Posthumous Files

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 8 Folder : 1 Artforum
April 2003
Box: 8 Folder : 2 Documents sur l'art [magazine]
2000
Box: 11 Folder : 1 Garcia Torres, Mario: Christopher D'arcangelo Homage
2011

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