Baxter Art Gallery,
Collection size: 15.1 linear feet
Collection Summary: Exhibition files, adminsitrative files, financial records, printed material, and audio visual material of the Baxter Art Gallery.
Exhibition files document over sixty exhibitions, primarily concerning contemporary artists, many from Southern California; ledgers for exhibitions 1977-1984; and a chronology of shows. Incuded in the exhibition files are "25 Years of Space Photography," which continued to tour internationally after the gallery closed.
Administrative files include Board of Governors minutes, reports, proposals, and correspondence (within this series, the minutes and correspondence regarding Caltech's controversial decision to dissolve the Baxter Art Gallery have been kept in original order, under "divestiture" files, July 1982- Mar. 1985), articles of incorporation, and files concerning a project with the Pasadena Gallery of Contemporary Art. Financial records include art acquisition files, 1972-1975, fundraising files, grant applications, and budget reports. Printed material includes clippings and exhibition announcements. Audio visual material includes three reels of motion picture film "Alae," "Pixilation 1," and "Pixilation 2."
Biographical/Historical Note: The Baxter Art Gallery Art (est. 1969; closed 1985) was the gallery of the California Institute of Technology, Pasedena, Calif., founded by professor David Smith.
Donated 1986 by the Baxter Art Gallery via David Smith and Jay Belloli, Directors, in 1991 by the Baxter Art Gallery via David Grether, Chair of the Division of Humanities at California Institute of Technology, and again in 2011 by Jay Belloli.