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Bob & Bob (Francis Shishim and Paul Velik) papers, 1968-2017

Shishim, Francis

Performance artist


Collection Information

Size: 5.4 Linear feet

Summary: The papers of performance artists Francis Shishim and Paul Velik known as Bob & Bob measure 5.4 linear feet and date from 1975-2017. Included is material related to their performance art as Bob & Bob consisting of project files, correspondence with friends and correspondence between Shishim and Velik, photographs and slides of Bob & Bob and of performances, printed material relating to publicity including announcements, catalogs and posters, and audio and moving image materials documenting performance works, musical works, interviews, and events featuring Bob & Bob.

Biographical/Historical Note

Francis Shishim (aka the Dark Bob) and Paul Velik (aka The Light Bob) founded the art team Bob & Bob in the early 1970s in Los Angeles, California. They were part of early performance art in Los Angeles that used ironic humor and media stereotypes to critique the art world and surrounding society.


Donated 2019 by Francis Shishim and Paul Velik.

How to Use This Collection

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of audio visual recordings with no duplicate copy requires advance notice.

How to Cite This Collection

Bob & Bob (Francis Shishim and Paul Velik) papers, 1968-2017. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.