Raymond Saroff papers concerning Claes Oldenburg, 1953-2009

Saroff, Raymond, b. 1922
Filmmaker, Collector
Active in New York, N.Y.

Collection size: 0.8 linear feet

Collection Summary: The Raymond Saroff papers concerning Claes Oldenburg are dated 1953-2009 and comprise 0.8 linear feet. Letters, printed material, and photographs compiled by Saroff document his interest in Oldenburg and "Happenings." Also included are a videotape of Saroff's film, Claes Oldenburg's "Ray Gun Theater - 1962" and receipts for artwork purchased for his modern art collection that contained a sculpture by Oldenburg.

Biographical/Historical Note: Raymond Saroff (1922- ) is a filmmaker and art collector in New York, N.Y. Saroff filmed Claes Oldenburg's performance "Ray Gun Theater" in 1962 (a series of ten 'Happenings' in a store on East Second Street in New York City).

Donated 2010 by Raymond Saroff.

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There is a Claes Oldenburg oral history interview conducted by Bruce Hooten for the Archives of American Art, February 19, 1965. Other interviews with Oldenburg available at AAA are found among the Alan R. Solomon papers (reels 3922) and Washington Gallery of Modern Art interviews of Artists, April-June, 1963. In addition, Oldenburg participated in the Waldorf Panel on Sculpture, February 17 and March 17, 1965.