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Cosmos Andrew Sarchiapone papers, circa 1860-2011, bulk 1940-2011

Cosmos Andrew Sarchiapone papers, circa 1860-2011, bulk 1940-2011

Sarchiapone, Cosmos Andrew, 1931-2010

Photographer, Journalist, Conceptual artist, Composer

Collection Information

Size: 49.2 linear feet

Summary: Photographs, biographical material, correspondence, writings, teaching and project files, artwork, audio visual material and artifacts documenting the career of conceptual photographer, composer, and photojournalist Cosmos Andrew Sarchiapone.

A significant portion of the collection (30.0 linear feet) includes Cosmos's photographs, negatives, and slides documenting the avant-garde downtown art scene of the 1970s, especially performances at 112 Greene Street, and photo documentation of Joseph Beuys, Andy Warhol, and Vito Acconci, among other important artists, street views of New York City in the 1970s and events including the Reverend Moon convention, the Beat Poet's reunion, the Halloween party at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, and many others, and the coverage of celebrities from the intertwined worlds of rock music, avant-garde music, film, theater, and visual art.

Correspondence is both personal and professional and includes letters and postcards from family members, artists, friends, and professional contacts. Writings concern conceptual art projects, plays, and operas Cosmos composed, and sheet music written by Cosmos or collected by him. Teaching files include assignments for courses Cosmos taught at the School of Visual Art or Parsons School of Art and Design, student work, student evaluations, and teaching aids. Project files include general ideas for work and New York Magazine. Works of art include drawings, sketches, conceptual photography projects, and paintings by Cosmos, with a few examples of work by friends, including Milton Glaser. Audio visual material includes audio cassettes and reel-to-reel recordings, mainly of pieces composed by Cosmos including "Patty Hearst in Chains" and his opera "Vox Humana." Artifacts consist of Cosmos's cameras, toys, and crucifix.

Biographical/Historical Note

Cosmos Andrew Sarchiapone (1931-2010) was a conceptual photographer, composer and photojournalist in New York, New York. Cosmos also went by the names Cosmos Savage and Richard Savage.


Donated 2015 by Tom Sarchiapone, Sarchiapone's brother, via Catherine Morris, a friend of Cosmos.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.

How to Cite This Collection

Cosmos Andrew Sarchiapone papers, circa 1860-2011, bulk 1940-2011. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.