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Guide to the CITYarts Inc. Records
 MS 3096

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
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New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Sydney Bebon and Larry Weimer

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on September 04, 2021
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Container List

Series V. Artwork, Miscellaneous Photographs, and Other Visual Materials, 1970s-2011. 11.5 Linear feet in 8 boxes of various size + 4 flat file folders

Scope and Contents

The series is composed of various visual materials found more or less as standalone items in the collection (that is, not found within particular contexts such as the project binders or program files). The material primarily includes artworks, photographs, reproductions of photographs on boards for display, and posters.

Artworks include drawings in crayon, pencil/color pencil, pen and ink, and watercolors. They generally depict murals or details of murals. Most are uncaptioned and undated, so it is not certain if these were proposals or as executed.

Photographs include slides, color and black-and-white prints, and oversize prints and reproductions. These depict completed murals, the process of creating the murals, and various events.


The series is arranged roughly by format and size of materials.

Container 1     Title Date
Offsite-Box: 53 Photographic slides

Scope and Contents

This box holds a small container of slides from the late 1960s and possibly early 1970s, and 3 carousels of slides: 2 noted as "How to make [or do] a mural" and one noting it includes highlights compiled in 1994.

Offsite-Box: 54 Photographic slides

Scope and Contents

This box holds three carousels of slides. Produced by Cityarts Workshop, they appear to be educational tools. Titles of the compilations are: "The Mexican mural renaissance: Part 1: Mexican history," "The Mexican mural renaissance: Los Tres Grandes: Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente & David Alfaro," and "New Deal: WPA."

Offsite-Box: 55 Black-and-white photographs

Scope and Contents

This box holds unsorted b&w 8x11 inch photographs of murals and the process of creating murals. Most are undated and uncaptioned, but those that are identified date primarily from the 1970s, with some into the 1980s and 1990s. There are many duplicates and the photos have warped, though the image remains clear. There are some negatives and contact sheets.

Offsite-Box: 56 Photographs

Scope and Contents

This box holds various photographs of murals, the process of creating murals, and benefits and other events. Few are captioned or dated, but range into the 2000s. The photos are both assorted and those that were compiled as an album, or mounted on boards, or formed as a set in some other way. Most of the photographs are color prints, but some are black-and-white, negatives, or on digital discs.

Offsite-Box: 57 Artwork; Photographs; Printed Material (oversize flat box)

Scope and Contents

This oversize flat box includes:

Photograph album from the 5th annual "Arts Are Cooking" Benefit Buffet

Artworks including, among others:
*Pen and ink drawings seemingly of African-American, Hispanic, and labor history.
* Watercolors from students in Germany, 2005
* Crayon drawings on Global Warming theme, 2007

Oversize photographs of murals and other installations.

Printed material, including:
* 2 CITYarts posters (Peace Night, 41st anniversary)
* Poster for Bravo's Arts for Change campaign
* 2 certificates of accomplishment in connection with the Peace Wall in Tel Aviv, 2011
* Mock-ups

Offsite-Box: 58 Artwork (oversize flat box)

Scope and Contents

1 oil painting on wood; 2 oils on canvas

2007, undated
Offsite-Box: 59 Photographs; Printed Material (oversize flat box)

Scope and Contents

This oversize (36x24 inch) flat box includes:
* poster on board, with photograph, for the opening of Broadway Starship "play sculpture" in Corporal Thompson Park, West Brighton, Staten Island, 1985, and 4 design drawings by Gillian Bradshaw-Shaw for Broadway Starship, 1984;
* news clippings/publicity glued to board, 1970s;
* 14 images (matted photographs or photoreproductions on foamcore) of murals, creating murals, or events, including Kids for Justice event with Susan Sarandon;
* 4 CITYarts posters (Pieces for Peace, Forever Tall, 41st anniversary event, and 40th anniversary event, which is mounted on aluminum);
* mock-up for a brochure for tours of CITYarts projects, 2007.

Box: 61 Artwork (oversize flat box)

Scope and Contents

* 5 matted drawings on the theme of peace;
* 2 color drawings (pencil?) of proposals inviting comment for a "Women's mural" on the Garden Cafeteria at East Broadway and Essex Street, 1970s?;
* 4 color pencil drawings for a Chinatown mural, 1977;
* color pencil drawing by J. Stephenson of an Avenue D mural;
* blueline drawings of design by Lucinda Luvass of the left and right walls for the Louis Armstrong mural, 1981,and a crayon drawing of the right wall (see also flat files below for additional Armstrong drawings);
* Drawings for "Forever Tall" [World Trade Center, 2001];
* "Creative Process" exhibition poster, hand-colored, 1990;
* various other drawings.

Folder: FF-2 Drawing for "Young Minds Build Bridges" (oversize flat file)

Scope and Contents

From a collaboration between Family Academy in Harlem & Robert Schlom School.

Folder: FF-3 Proposal for a composite photomural for Herald Square Station, by Claude Samton (oversize flat file)
Folder: FF-4 Drawings re: Louis Armstrong mural (oversize flat file)

Scope and Contents

Includes a blueline design drawing by Lucinda Luvass for both walls of the Louis Armstrong mural, and an oil on board painting of the mural. See also box 61 for smaller pieces related to this mural, each depicting the right or left wall only.

Folder: FF-5 Various drawings (oversize flat file)

Scope and Contents

Includes drawings (crayon, pencil, pen & ink, watercolors) including, among others, Beach 116 Street Entrance for Rockaway Park, NY; "Nature of this flower is to bloom"; wall painting for Municipal Parking Lot #2, Astoria, Queens; etc.


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