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William H. Kessler papers on Michael Heizer sculpture project for Michigan State Capitol Complex, ca.1969-1981

Kessler, William H. (William Henry), b. 1924 d. 2002
Active in Detroit, Mich.

Collection size: 0.4 linear ft.

Collection Summary: Papers relating to Kessler's service on the [Michigan] Special Commission of Art in State Buildings, and the Commission's pilot project for the West Plaza of the State Capitol Complex in Lansing: "This Equals That," a sculpture by Michael Heizer. The collection consists of letters, business records, printed matter, photographic materials, and a file on the Heizer sculpture project containing biographical data on Heizer, descriptions of his sculpture design, a copy of the plaza plan, the sculpture dedication program, and other printed material.

Included is correspondence, 1977-1981, between Kessler and Xavier Fourcade, Inc., New York City, Kresge Foundation, Governor William G. Milliken, Mott Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and others, regarding the Heizer sculpture; Commission meeting agendas and minutes, 1978-1981; a Commission report: A Program to Integrate Art and State Buildings, 1978; financial reports and lists of benefactors to the Heizer sculpture project, 1978-1981; newspaper clippings and photocopies of clippings, 1969-1981, about Heizer and his work; and photographs, slides and negatives, undated and 1980, of Heizer and of his sculpture, This Equals That.

Biographical/Historical Note: Architect; Detroit, Michigan. Member of the Michigan Special Commission on Art in State Buildings.

Donated 1982 by William Kessler.

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