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Benedict Tatti papers, 1936-2011, bulk 1945-1993

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 9 series:

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Series 1: Biographical Material , 1936-1993

Biographical material contains curriculum vitae, a commencement program from Haaren High School, a Honorable Discharge certificate from the United States Army, typescripts and drafts of entries for Who Was Who in American Art and Dictionary of American Sculptors, membership cards, an application for a John Guggenheim Fellowship, award certificates, a program from Benedict Tatti's memorial service, and miscellaneous biographical material.
Files are arranged by format and the materials within the folders are arranged chronologically.
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Curriculum Vitae, circa 1960s-2009
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1
Commencement Program, Haaren High School, 1936
1
2
Honorable Discharge Certificate from the United States Army, 1946
1
3
Who's Who in American Art and Dictionary of American Sculptors Entries, 1968-1991, undated
1
4
Memberships, 1968-1975
1
5
Award Certificates, 1949-1986
1
6
Application for John Guggenheim Fellowship, 1945
1
7
Program from Memorial Service for Benedict Tatti, 1993
1
8
Miscellaneous Items, 1939-1975
1
9

Series 2: Correspondence , 1945-2008
0.1 Linear Feet
Box 1

Correspondence consists of letters, announcements,and copies of e-mails to Benedict Tatti from colleagues, dealers, collectors, representatives of museums and arts organizations, among others. There are a few letters from Tatti, including a handmade holiday card. Letters pertain to Tatti's exhibitions and commissions, his teaching positions, awards and honors; also found are requests for biographical information. Notable correspondents include Jane Canfield, Lloyd Goodrich, Louis Slobodkin, and William Zorach. Included is a small portion of Adele Tatti's correspondence concerning the preservation and archiving of videotapes created by Tatti in the 1970s.
Files are arranged in chronological order.
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1945-1959
1
10
1960-1968, undated
1
11
1969-1983
1
12
1985-1995
1
13
Adele Tatti's Correspondence, 2003-2008
2 folders
1
14-15

Series 3: Project Files , 1966-2005
0.1 Linear Feet
Box 1

This series includes Benedict Tatti's commissions, including an unexecuted project; grant applications to conduct experimental work with video technology and art; and a statement of purpose and design for Tatti's invention of the rewind reel adapter.
Materials consist of correspondence, application forms, proposals, proposed budgets, a list of Tatti's sculptures, architectural renderings and design sketches, reproductions of artwork, printed matter, clippings, and supporting materials.
Files are arranged in chronological order.
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Staten Island Community College, 1966
1
16
Creative Artists Public Service Program (CAPS), undated, 1970s-1976
3 folders
1
17-19
Eutectic-Castolin Institute, 1973
1
20
Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, 1973-2005
1
21
Rewind Reel Adapter, 1975
1
22
Walter Burley Griffin Memorial Competition, 1977
1
23
Statue of Liberty Restoration, 1985-1986
1
24

Series 4: Subject Files , circa 1950s-2008
0.1 Linear Feet
Box 1

This series consists of files relating to Benedict Tatti's activities in professional associations; his proposals for an artist-in-residence fellowship at the Television Lab, WNET 13; and schedules of Tatti's educational video presentations.
Materials include letters, forms, deeds of gifts, draft proposals, lists of members, annotated checklists, informational sheets, printed material, clippings, and brochures.
Files are arranged in alphabetical order and the materials within the folder are arranged chronologically.
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American Medallic Sculpture Association, 1988-1993
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25
American Numismatic Society, 1988-1993, 1972
1
26
Audubon Artists, Inc., undated, 1976-1997
1
27
Avon Products, Inc., circa 1950s
1
28
National Center for Experiments in Television, KQED-TV, 2005-2008
1
29
Proposal for Artist-in-Residence, Television Lab, WNET 13, 1972-1977
1
30
Video Presentations, 1971-1978, undated
1
31

Series 5: Exhibition Files , 1945-1992
0.1 Linear Feet
Box 1

This series consists of scattered files of Benedict Tatti's solo and group exhibitions during the 1960s and 1970s.
Files include letters, biographical information, checklists, price lists, contract, receipts, exhibition announcements, press releases, calendars of events, exhibition jury notices, printed materials, clippings, and brochures.
Files are arranged in chronological order.
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Galerie Claude Bernard, "Aspects De La Sculpture Américaine,", 1960
1
32
Burr Galleries, "Benedict Tatti, An Exhibition of Watercolors,", 1961
1
33
Northeast Harbor Gallery, undated, 1961
1
34
Roko Gallery, 1967
1
35
The Kitchen, Mercer Arts Center, 1972-1973
1
36
Annual Avant Garde Festival of New York, 1972-1980
1
37
Anthology Film Archives, 1974-1975
1
38
Miscellaneous Exhibition Materials, 1945-1992
2 folders
1
39-40

Series 6: Writings, Notes, and Lists , circa 1940s-2009
4 folders
Box 1

This series includes writings and notes by Benedict Tatti on sculpture and video art and writings about the artist, including a statement by Isamu Noguchi on Tatti. Adele Tatti compiled lists on Benedict Tatti's paintings and sculptures housed in museums and public collections, a partial list of titles of Tatti's sculptures, an inventory of videotapes donated to the Anthology of Film Archives, and a list of selected art publications that reference her late husband's work.
Files are arranged in chronological order.
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Writings and Notes by Benedict Tatti, circa 1940s-1976
3 folders
1
41-43
Writings about Benedict Tatti, undated, 1966-1967
1
44
Lists by Adele Tatti, circa 2007-2009
1
45

Series 7: Artwork , 1970-circa 1990s
3 folders
Box 1

There is a preliminary sketch of a sculpture by Tatti, in pen, and pen and pencil sketches of Tatti's medal designs.
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Sketch of Sculpture for Northeast Harbor Museum, 1970
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46
Sketches of Medal Designs, circa 1970s-1990s
1
47

Series 8: Printed Material , 1937-1976
0.8 Linear Feet
Boxes 1-2

Printed material contains announcements; invitations; brochures, exhibition catalogues and checklists; clippings; periodicals; newsletters; and reproductions, including Benedict Tatti's prototype of "Bob's Big Boy," a commissioned work for a chain of restaurants in the United States. Monographs include Soldier Art, An Infantry Journal, featuring Tatti's sculpture for which he won first prize in the United States Army's National Soldier Art Competition and two books on video art that include essays written by Benedict Tatti.
Files are arranged by format and materials in the folders are in chronological order.
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Announcements, 1961-1974
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48
Brochures, 1960-1984
1
49
Invitations, undated, 1950-1990
1
50
Exhibition Catalogues, 1939-1989
7 folders
1
51-57
Exhibition Catalogues, 1990-2011
2
1
Exhibition Checklists, 1946-1988
2 folders
2
2-3
Clippings, 1937-1986, undated
2 folders
2
4-5
Periodicals, 1967-1970
2
6
Newsletters, 1946-1982
2
7
Reproductions, circa 1950s-2010
2 folders
2
8-9
Other Printed Material, circa 1946-2010
2 folders
2
10
Monographs, 1945-1976
3 folders
  • Soldier Art, An Infantry Journal (United States: Special Services Division, Army Service Forces, 1945)
  • Videospace and Image Experience (San Francisco: National Center for the Experiments in Television, 1972)
  • Video Art: An Anthology (New York and London: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1976)
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11-13

Series 9: Photographs , 1936-1993
0.4 Linear Feet
Box 3

This series includes black and white prints of Benedict Tatti, Tatti in his studio by himself and with others, video equipment and Tatti's video art. Many of the color prints of Tatti's sculptures and design maquettes include provenance-related information on the back of the photograph.
Files are arranged by subject and the materials within the folders are arranged chronologically.
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Benedict Tatti, circa 1964-1970s
3 folders
3
1-3
Video Equipment in Benedict Tatti's Studio, circa 1970s
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4
Benedict Tatti's Video Art, circa 1970s
3
5
Artwork (circa 1936-1970s), 2008-2010
7 folders
  • Sculptures
  • Design Maquettes
3
6-11

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