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

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as nine series

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Series 1: Biographical Material and Personal Business Records , circa 1949-2011
1 Linear foot
Box 1, 44, OV 49

Biographical material and scattered personal business records include a card index of and loose addresses; calendars; canceled checks; Lois Sarchiapone's notes and loose scrapbook pages; high school performance programs and photocopied yearbook pages; Westbeth housing documents; identification cards and name tags, some of which are photocopies; legal paperwork including a civil lawsuit Cosmos filed against SoHo Weekly regarding the publication of his photographs; photocopied life documents; loan agreements; receipts and invoices; and resumes and artists statements. Cosmos wrote and revised resumes and artists statements throughout his career and those found here reflect the many versions. They also provide information about the timeline and titles of many of his art projects.
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Address Index, 1970s-2000s
1
1
Addresses and Scattered Notes, 1970s-2000s
1
2-3
Calendars, 2000, 1970s, 1998
Oversized material housed in OV 49
1
4
Checks Received and Written, 1970s-2000s
1
5
Family Papers, Notes and Scrapbook Pages Belonging to Cosmos's Mother, 1960s-1970s
1
6
High School Printed Material, circa 1949
1
7
Housing at Westbeth, 1970s, 2008-2010
Oversized material housed in Box 44, Folder 1
1
8
Identification Cards and Name Tags, 1970s
1
9
Legal, 1980-2010
1
10
Life Documents, 2000s
1
11
Loan Agreements, circa 1966-2010
1
12
Receipts and Invoices, circa 1966-2002
1
13
Resumes and Artist Statements, 1970s-2000s
1
14-15
Oversized Housing at Westbeth from Box 1, Folder 8
44
1
Oversized Calendars from Box 1, Folder 4
OV 49

Series 2: Correspondence , 1940s-2011
0.7 Linear feet
Box 1-2

Correspondence is both personal and professional in nature. Personal correspondence is between Cosmos and friends, family, and pen pals. Items include postcards, holiday cards, greeting cards, and a few exhibition announcements. Professional correspondence relates to Cosmos's artwork, photographs, or objects he had lent for exhibition or publication. Notable correspondents include Milton Glaser, Tom O'Horgan, curators Elisabeth Sussman and Catherine Morris, art director at the New York Times Jerelle Kraus, and one letter from Meyer Schapiro from 1982. Several items of correspondence with state representatives and law makers express Cosmos's concerns over public health issues such as car crashes and lung poisoning from tobacco products. The last folder contains several drafts and photocopies of letters Cosmos wrote to Sussman, Glaser, Doon Arbus, and others.
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Chronological Correspondence , 1940s
1
16
Chronological Correspondence , 1950s
1
17
Chronological Correspondence , 1960s
1
18
Chronological Correspondence , 1970s
1
19-21
Chronological Correspondence , 1980s
2
1-2
Chronological Correspondence , 1990s
2
3-4
Chronological Correspondence , 2000s
2
5-7
Chronological Correspondence, Drafts, 2000s
2
8

Series 3: Writings , circa 1947-2000s
4.2 Linear feet
Box 2-6, 44, OV 50-51

Writings date from circa 1947-2000s and include general writings and notes, fifteen notebooks, music compositions, and writings by others. Music compositions by Cosmos and others are found in both written format and recorded on thirty-six sound tape reels. Additional writings and lectures are also found in the Art Projects Series.
The series is arranged as 4 subseries
  • 3.1: General Writings and Notes, circa 1947-2000s
  • 3.2: Notebooks, circa 1976-circa 2003
  • 3.3: Music Compositions, 1953-1970s
  • 3.4: Writings by Others, 1960s-2000s
3.1: General Writings and Notes, circa 1947-2000s
0.9 Linear feet
Box 2-3, OV 50
General writings and notes include applications, autobiographical essays, a book layout, recorded dreams, essays, a list, lecture notes, and various scattered notes. The notes are largely unorganized and relate to art projects, coursework, and art materials and techniques; some are illustrated with diagrams and sketches. The book layout found here is a diagram on eight large pages outlining Cosmos's art projects and photographs to be presented as a single publication. No such publication was realized.
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Applications, Creative Artists Public Service Program, Cooper Union, Guggenheim, etc., circa 1981-2003
2
9
Autobiographical Notes, circa 2000
2
10
Book Layout Featuring Cosmos's Art Projects, 1980s
Oversized material housed in OV 50
2
11
Dreams, circa 1973-1994
2
12
Essay from High School Art Survey Course, circa 1947, 1980s
2
13
Essay, "Plagiarism", 2000s
2
14
List of Names, 1970s
2
15
Illustrated Notes from Painting Course with Jeffery Tolbert at Cooper Union, circa 1996-1999
2
16
Notes from Courses with Milton Glaser and Meyer Schapiro, 1960s
2
17
Various Notes, 1970s-2000s
2
18-20
Various Notes, 1970s-2000s
3
1-4
Oversized Book Layout from Box 2, Folder 11
OV 50
3.2: Notebooks, circa 1976-circa 2003
0.4 Linear feet
Box 3
Fifteen notebooks contain writings about projects, dreams, and miscellany. Several notebooks from circa 1976-1977 contain writings related to Cosmos's opera Vox Humana #3 and use stenography.
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Notebooks, circa 1976-1977
3
5-6
Notebook, "Perception Notes", circa 1979
3
7
Notebook, "S. Haven", circa 1995
3
8
Notebook, "Tolbert and Color", circa 1996
3
9
Notebook, circa 1997
3
10
Notebook, circa 2000
3
11
Notebook, circa 2001
3
12
Notebook, circa 2002
3
13
Notebook, circa 2003
3
14
3.3: Music Compositions , 1953-1970s
2.4 Linear feet
Box 3-5, 44, OV 51
Musical compositions arranged here were primarily written by Cosmos, although there are a few scattered unidentified printed and hand written sheet music compositions written by others. The compositions are found in script, notebooks, and 36 sound tape reels.
Cosmos's music compositions are both independent works and scores produced for dance and theater performances, including many Off-Off Broadway productions. Descriptive labeling on the 36 sound recordings match the names of productions for which Cosmos wrote scores (users, please note that content has not been verified.) Recordings of plays include both musical scores and dialogue.
Additional unidentified sound recordings of Cosmos's music compositions may be found in Sound Recordings and Born Digital Material. Scripts for many productions are found in Writings by Others. Music compositions written as a component of an art project such as Vox Humana #3 and Queen of the Night Aria are arranged with the files for the art project.
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"Divertimento for Woodwind Quintet", 1956
Oversized material housed in Box 44, Folder 2
3
15
"Flute Quartet," Bennington College, 1958
1 Sound tape reel
3
16
"Gethsemane", circa 1956
Oversized material housed in Box 44, Folder 2
3
17
"The Gloria", 1960s
3
18
"Piano Concerto #4", 1970s
Includes 1 sound tape reel
3
19
"Praeleqere for Violin and Piano", 1953
Oversized material housed in Box 44, Folder 2
3
20
"Window's Song", 1960s
3
21
"World's Fair Song", 1970s
3
22
Scores
Churchyard, Paul Taylor Dance Company, 1970
Includes 7 sound tape reels
Oversized material housed in Box 44, Folder 3
3
23-26
A Letter to Colette, H.M. Koutoukas, 1965
1 Sound tape reel
4
1
Federico Garcia Lorca Series, Astor Place Theater, 1965
1 Sound tape reel
4
2
Medea, H.M. Koutoukas, 1965
1 Sound tape reel
4
3
Molly's Dream, María Irene Fornés, 1967
4 Sound tape reels
4
4-5
The Next Thing, Michael Smith, 1969
1 Sound tape reel
4
6
Turtles Don't Dream, H.M. Koutoukas, 1965
4 Sound tape reels
4
7-8
The Wasteland, T.S. Eliot, Columbia University Arts Festival, 1965
4 Sound tape reels
4
9-10
When Clowns Play Hamlet, H.M. Koutoukas, 1968
1 Sound tape reel
4
11
The Winter's Tale, William Shakespeare, Syracuse University, 1955
1 Sound tape reel
4
12
Various Scores and Mixed Sound Recordings
1 Sound tape reel
Including Cretan Woman, by Robinson Jeffers; The Winter's Tale; and others
4
13
Various Scores and Mixed Sound Recordings, 1960s
1 Sound tape reel
Including Gorilla Queen, by Ronald Tavel; and others
4
14
Various Scores and Mixed Sound Recordings, 1960s
1 Sound tape reel
Including A Letter to Colette, The Next Thing, Turtles Don't Dream, and others
4
15
Various Scores and Mixed Sound Recordings, 1960s
1 Sound tape reel
Including Medea and others
4
16
Various Scores and Mixed Sound Recordings, 1960s
1 Sound tape reel
Including Molly's Dream and others
5
1
Various Scores and Mixed Sound Recordings, 1960s
2 Sound tape reels
Including The Wasteland and others
5
2
Various Scores and Mixed Sound Recordings, 1960s
2 Sound tape reels
Including The Winter's Tale and others
5
3
Music Writing Book (disbound), 1960s
5
4
Music Writing Books, 1960s
5
5-6
Various Music Compositions, 1950s-1970s
Oversized material housed in OV 51
5
7-14
Music Compositions by Others, 1950s-1970s
Oversized material housed in Box 44, Folder 4
5
15
Oversized "Divertimento for Woodwind Quintet" from Box 3, Folder 15
44
2
Oversized "Gethsemane" from Box 3, Folder 17
44
2
Oversized "Praeleqere for Violin and Piano" from Box 3, Folder 20
44
2
Oversized Churchyard from Box 3, Folder 23
44
3
Oversized Music Compositions by Others from Box 5, Folder 15
44
4
Oversized Various Music Compositions from Box 5, Folder 7
OV 51
3.4: Writings by Others, 1960s-2000s
0.5 Linear feet
Box 5-6
Writings by others consist primarily of book and article manuscripts about or relating to Cosmos and various theater and Off-Off Broadway scripts, many featuring Cosmos as the composer. Also found here is one sound tape reel with two plays by H.M. Koutoukas for which Cosmos is not known to have written the scores. Of note is Tom Bentkowski's article, titled "The Strange Universe of Cosmos," published in the March 13, 1978 issue of New York magazine. Bentkowski was an associate art director at the magazine in the 1970s.
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"The Artist's Dream Book," Steve Seaberg (Editor), 1967
5
16
Charley Chestnut Rides the I.R.T., Arthur Sainer, 1974
5
17
"Cosmos," Laurence G. Miller (student paper), 1979
5
18
Dialogue of Amargo, Federico Garcia Lorca, 1960s
5
19
Dreams for Sale: A Commercial Entertainment (unidentified author), 1960s
5
20
Hair, Gerome Ragni and James Rado, 1966
5
21
"Heart, Keep Thy Secret: The Story Edith Stein," Paul Sann, 1960s
6
1
The Last Triangle, H.M Koutoukas, 1960s
6
2
The Love of Don Perlimplin and Belisa in his Garden (unidentified author), 1960s
6
3
Molly's Dream, María Irene Fornés, 1968
6
4
Only a Countess May Dance When She's Crazy, H.M. Koutoukas, 1960s
6
5
"Peter Simon, Modern Healer" (unidentified author), 2000s
6
6
The Pinnotti Papers and One Man's Religion: A Dramatic Valentine, H.M. Koutoukas, 1960s
6
7
The Promenade of Buster Keaton, Federico Garcia Lorca, 1960s
6
8
Spring Pageant (unidentified author), 1960s
6
9
"The Strange Universe of Cosmos," Tom Bentkowski, circa 1978
6
10
Turtles Don't Dream, H.M. Koutoukas, 1960s
6
11
When Clowns Play Hamlet, H.M. Koutoukas, 1964
6
12
Other works by H.M. Koutoukas, including Omy Queen of the Faeries, and Tidy Passions, or Kill, Kaleidoscope Kill, 1960s
1 Sound tape reel
6
13
Notebook, Scott McLennon, 1976
6
14
Various Theater Scripts, 1960s-1970s
6
15
Various Writings, 1970s-2000s
6
16

Series 4: Teaching Files , 1970s-1980s
1.9 Linear feet
Box 6-8, 44, OV 52

Teaching files are found for the photography courses Cosmos taught at the School of Visual Arts in 1974-1976, and the Parsons School of Design in 1980. Items include administrative documents, assignment descriptions, correspondence, course descriptions and syllabi, tests, maps, as well as student notebooks, projects, artwork, and writings. Material relating to lectures Cosmos delivered at Cooper Union in the 1980s are arranged with Artwork in Series 7, as Cosmos self-identified the series as an art performance.
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Administrative Documents, 1970s
6
17
Assignments, circa 1979
6
18
Correspondence with Students and Administrators, 1970s
6
19
Course, "Advanced Photography: The New Surrealism", 1976-1977
6
20
Course Descriptions and Syllabi, 1970s-1980s
6
21
Maps Given to Students, 1975-1976
6
22-23
Student Notebooks, circa 1975
7
1-3
Student Notebooks, 1976
7
4-5
Student Project, "Blind Watch", 1970s
7
6
Student Project, "Formations", circa 1979-circa 1980
7
7
Student Project, M. Schulze, circa 1975
7
8
Student Work, Drawings, 1970s
7
9
Student Work, Photographs, 1970s
Oversized material housed in Box 44, Folder 5
7
10-12
Student Work, Photographs, Charles Cowell, 1970s
7
13
Student Writings, "Dear Abbey," "Dream Journals," and Others, 1970s
7
14
Teaching Notes, 1970s
Oversize material housed in OV 52
7
15
Tests
Blank Tests, 1976
7
16
"Test #76", 1976
7
17
"Test #86: What are the Color of Your Eyes?", 1976
7
18
Final Examinations, 1979
7
19
Brian Buchanan, 1976
7
20
M. Kearney, 1976
7
21
John Kelleher, 1976
7
22
Robert Ragaini, 1976
7
23
Fran Roccaforte, 1976
7
24
J. Romao, 1976
7
25
Michele Singer, 1976
7
26
Serge Small, 1976
7
27
Various Student Tests, 1976
7
28-30
Various Student Tests, 1976
8
1
Oversized Student Work, Photographs from Box 7, Folder 10
44
5
Oversized Teaching Notes from Box 7, Folder 15
OV 52

Series 5: Printed Material, Published Sound and Video Recordings , circa 1894-2000s
8.3 Linear feet
Box 8-13, 44-45, OV 53-73, RD 105

Printed materials and commercially published sound and video recordings in the collection are extensive and reflect Cosmos's unique interests and inspirations, and his tendency to save and collect material discarded or rejected by others. There are books and periodicals featuring Cosmos's work, annotated by Cosmos, or of special significance to Cosmos. There is a large group of ephemera, such as announcements, catalogs, press releases, programs, playbills, and assorted items covering several decades of New York exhibitions, events, concerts, and performances. There are posters for exhibitions, events, performances, film screenings, and concerts.
The series is arranged as four subseries
  • 5.1: Books and Periodicals, circa 1940s-2003
  • 5.2: Exhibition and Performance Ephemera, 1950s-2000s
  • 5.3: General Clippings, Broadcast and Published Sound Recordings, 1955-2000s
  • 5.4: Posters, 1894-2000s, bulk 1960-1980
5.1: Books and Periodicals, 1940s-2003
1.5 Linear feet
Box 8-9, 44
Books and periodicals feature Cosmos's published photographs, are annotated, or relate to mentors Milton Glaser and Diane Arbus. A copy of Milton Glaser: Graphic Design is signed by the artist. Gordon Matta-Clark features photographs taken by Cosmos. One folder contains the titles of books in Cosmos's library. Issues of New York magazine and Avalanche feature published photographs and illustrations by Cosmos. The March 13, 1978 issue of New York includes a five page profile on Cosmos by Tom Bentkowski titled, "The Strange Universe of Cosmos." Other periodicals relate to Push Pin Studios and Milton Glaser.
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Books, 1973-2003
8
2-7
Periodicals
Audience, 1972
8
8
Avalanche, 1971-1973
8
9-11
The Mental Picture, 1972
8
12
New York Magazine, 1972-1975
8
13
New York Magazine, 1976-1978
9
1
Featuring Push Pin Studios, Milton Glaser, 1960s-1970s
9
2-3
Books and Periodicals as Source Material, 1940s-1970s
Oversized material housed in Box 44, Folder 6
9
4-11
Titles of Books in Personal Library, undated
9
12
Oversized Book as Source Material from Box 9, Folder 4
44
6
5.2: Exhibition and Performance Ephemera, 1950s-2000s
1.9 Linear feet
Box 9-11, 44
Material relating to exhibitions and performances dates from 1950s-2000s and are announcements; brochures and pamphlets; exhibition catalogs; press releases; pricelists; programs; playbills; and assorted material. Announcements, which include invitations and flyers, provide a comprehensive document of the New York art world over several decades, including exhibitions and performances at 112 Greene Street, OK Harris, Ronald Feldman Gallery, Light Gallery, Foto, the Kitchen, La Mama, and many more. Exhibition catalogs are from exhibitions on Andy Warhol, Willem de Kooning, and Jasper Johns. Catalogs from thematic exhibitions cover photography, ceramic arts, graphic arts, serial art, American art, and sculpture of the 1960s. Press releases and price lists document the exhibitions and performances of Cosmos and other artists. Programs represent theater and dance performances at both small venues including Westbeth, La Mama, The Bridge, Judson Memorial Church, and large venues like Carnegie Hall and The Metropolitan Opera. Playbills are for Broadway productions including Tom O'Horgan's productions of Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar, Off-Off Broadway productions, and dance performances including those by the Paul Taylor Dance Company. One folder of assorted exhibition and performance material includes artist biographies and mailings from galleries.
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Announcements, Cosmos, 1968-1980
9
13
Announcements, 1950s-1970s
Oversized announcements from 1970s housed in Box 44, Folder 7
9
14-19
Announcements, 1980s-2000s
Oversized announcements from 2000s housed in Box 44, Folder 7
10
1-9
Brochures and Pamphlets, 1960s-2000s
Oversized material housed in Box 44, Folder 7
10
10-11
Exhibition Catalogs, 1955-1960s
10
12-15
Exhibition Catalogs, 1970s-2003
11
1-5
Press Releases, Cosmos, 1970s
11
6
Press Releases, 1966-1999
11
7
Price Lists, Cosmos, 1970s
11
8
Price Lists, 1960s-2005
11
9
Programs, 1950s-1990s
Oversized material housed in Box 44, Folder 8
11
10-11
Playbills, 1970s
11
12-13
General, 1970s-2000s
11
14
Oversized Announcements, 1970s from Box 9, Folder 16
44
7
Oversized Announcements, 2000s from Box 10, Folder 9
44
7
Oversized Brochures from Box 10, Folder 10
44
7
Oversized Program, "9 Evenings: Art and Engineering" from Box 11, Folder 10
44
8
5.3: General Clippings, Broadcast, and Published Sound Recordings, 1955-2000s
2.4 Linear feet
Box 11-13, 44-45, OV 53
General clippings and broadcast/published sound recordings were collected and saved by Cosmos from various sources covering a variety of topics of interest to Cosmos. There are clippings, newspapers, postcards, press packages, published sound recordings, a television broadcast about Diane Arbus, and assorted printed materials arranged by subject. Also found are printed materials, photographs, film still, and miscellaneous ephemera affixed to mat board. Sound recordings include two commercially released sound discs (vinyl).
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Clippings, Aldo Sarchiapone, 1976
11
15
Clippings, 1960s-2000s
11
16-17
Course Material, 1960s-2000s
11
18
Newspapers, 1955-2004
Oversized material housed in Box 44, Folders 9-11 and Box 45, Folders 1-3
11
19
Press, Cosmos, 1970s-2000s
11
20-22
Press, FOOD (1998) Exhibition, circa 1998
12
1
Press Package, Reorganizing Structure by Drawing Through It (2000), Gordon Matta-Clark Exhibition, circa 2000
12
2
Published Sound Recordings, The Electronic Sounds of the ARP Synthesizer, 1970s
1 sound discs (vinyl)
12
3
Published Sound Recordings, "A Demonstration Record of Varied Voices Marked for Commercial, Cartoon, and Slide Film", 1970s
1 sound discs (vinyl)
12
3
Television Broadcast, CBS Sunday Morning, "Diane Arbus", 2004 March 7
1 videocassettes (vhs)
12
4
Postcards, 1940s-2000s
12
5-7
Subjects
Arts and Crafts, 1970s
12
8
Patty Hearst, 1970s
12
9
Gene Krupa, 1940s-1960s
12
10
Pin-ups, 1960s
12
11
Smoking, 1960s-1970s
12
12
Assorted Material, 1960s-2000s
Oversized material housed in Box 45, Folder 4-6 and OV 53
12
13-14
Assorted Material, 1960s-2000s
13
1-4
Assorted Material, Mounted, 1940s-1970s
13
5-11
Oversized Newspapers from Box 11, Folder 19, 1970s
44
9-11
Oversized Newspapers from Box 11, Folder 19, 1970s
45
1-2
Oversized Newspapers from Box 11, Folder 19, 1990s-2004
45
3
Oversized Assorted Material from Box 12, Folder 13
45
4-6
Oversized Assorted Material from Box 12, Folder 13
OV 53
5.4: Posters, 1894-2000s, bulk 1960-1980
2.5 Linear feet
OV 54-73, RD 105
Posters are for exhibitions, events, performances, film screenings and concerts; many designed by noteworthy designers and illustrators. Found among the posters are a handwritten announcement for Vox Humana #3, announcements for events at 98 and 112 Greene Street, and for the Avant Garde Festival, Earth Day, the Bicentennial, and numerous other New York events. Some of the posters were designed by Seymour Chwast, Milton Glaser, Alfred Jensen, James McMullin, Peter Max, Push Pin Studios, and San Francisco psychedelic artists.
Description Container
Exhibition and Performance, 1960s-1970s
Oversized material housed on roll (RD) 105
54
Exhibition and Performance, 1960s-1970s
55
Exhibition and Performance, 1960s-1970s
56
Exhibition and Performance, 1960s-1970s
57
Exhibition and Performance, 1960s-1970s
58
Exhibition and Performance, 1980s-2000s
OV 59
Other Events, 1960s-1970s
OV 60
Designers and Illustrators
Seymour Chwast, 1960s-1970s
Oversized material housed on roll (RD) 105
OV 61
Milton Glaser, 1960s-1970s
62
Milton Glaser, 1960s-1970s
63
Alfred Jensen and James McMullin, 1960s-1970s
OV 64
Peter Max, 1960s-1970s
OV 65
Push Pin Studios, 1960s-1970s
OV 66
San Francisco Psychedelic, 1960s-1970s
OV 67
Advertisements, 1960s-1970s
OV 68
Art Reproductions, 1950s-1970s
OV 69
Film, 1940s-1970s
Oversized material housed on roll (RD) 105
OV 70
Maps, 1944, 1894
OV 71
Political, 1960s-1970s
OV 72
Rock and Pop, 1960s-1970s
OV 73
Oversized Performance, Cunningham from OV 59
RD 105
Oversized Seymour Chwast from OV 61
RD 105
Oversized Film, Barbarella from OV 70
RD 105

Series 6: Photographic Material , circa 1860-2000s, bulk 1970-2010
14.5 Linear feet
Box 14-26, 46-47, OV 74-80

Photographic material is extensive and illustrates the breadth of Cosmos's documentation of himself and New York City's avant-garde art and theater worlds, people, street scenes, happenings, performances, artwork, self-portraits, and numerous other subjects. In addition there are collected vintage photographic materials. Not all of the negatives, slides, and contact sheets have been identified or sorted.
Varied formats include 35mm and medium format negatives, contact sheets, prints, slides, and transparencies. Collected photographic images are carte de visites, tin types, stereographs, and other vintage and black and white processes. Most folders contain a mix of formats. Many 4 x 6 prints were printed in the 2000s using negatives from the 1970s-2000s. Contact sheets are often fragmented, have images cut out from them, and have tape on the back and front. Negatives have been kept with the contact sheets when they were found together. In most cases, negatives had already been separated from contact sheets and prints. Labeling provided by Cosmos has been preserved when available. Minimal descriptions are written on the back of some photographs, contact sheets, and photocopies.
The series also includes many photocopies of photographic materials and for some imagery, the photocopies are the only format located in the collection.
The series is arranged as eight subseries
  • 6.1: People, 1970s-2000s
  • 6.2: Exhibitions and Performances, 1970s-2000s, bulk 1970-1980
  • 6.3: New York City, 1970s-2000s
  • 6.4: Personal, 1930s-2000s
  • 6.5: Artwork, 1970s-2000s
  • 6.6: Miscellaneous Subjects, 1960s-2000s
  • 6.7: Collected Photographic Images, circa 1860-2000s
  • 6.8: Unsorted and Unidentified Negatives, Slides, and Contact Sheets, 1960s-2000s
6.1: People, 1970s-2000s
3.2 Linear feet
Box 14-16, 46, OV 74-76
Photographic material of people include individuals and groups of people at parties, events, benefits, at work, exhibition openings, parks, festivals, and other venues. There are photographs of people at the Waldorf Astoria Halloween party, and events at Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, the Whitney, Sotheby's Parke-Bernet, the Empire Room, and the Roseland Ballroom, among many other locations. There are photographs of New York magazine and Push Pin Studios offices, employees, meetings, staff events, receptions, field trips, and other events. Photographs related to Cosmos's work at the School of Visual Arts and Parsons document Milton Glaser's and Cosmos's classrooms and students. Also photographed are assignments performed by Cosmos's students, one called "Eye Test."
There are also portraits photographs taken by Cosmos in his studio and outdoors. He often used an entire roll of film on each subject. Minimal description is provided by Cosmos, typically the first name of the model or the location of the shoot.
Celebrities and art world personalities depicted include Mohamed Ali, Fred Astair and Ginger Rogers, Tom Bentkowski, Bernardo Bertolucci, Leo Castelli, Julie Christie, Alice Cooper, Francis Ford Coppola, Divine, Milton Glaser, Dustin Hoffman, Elton John, Senator Ted Kennedy, Jeffrey Lew, Liza Minelli, Jack Nicolson, Tom O'Horgan, Otto Preminger, James Rosenquist, Frank Roth, Robert and Ethel Scull, Gloria Steinem, Lana Turner, Warhol and his circle, Hannah Wilke, Ben Vereen, Verushka, and many others.
Exhibition openings and cast parties for theater productions clearly identified as such are arranged in Series 6.2 Exhibitions and Performances. Many images on rolls of mixed negatives are part of Cosmos's Reciprocal project and are arranged in Art Projects.
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By Name
Vito Acconci, 1970s
Oversized material housed in Box 46, Folder 1
14
1
Vito Acconci, Philip Glass, 1970s
14
2
Diane Arbus, circa 1970
14
3
Joseph Beuys, 1970s
Oversized material housed in Box 46, Folder 1
14
4
Chris Burden, 1970s
14
5
John Cage, 1970s
14
6
Leo Castelli, 1970s
Oversized material housed in Box 46, Folder 1
14
7
Ronald Feldman, 1970s
14
8
Robert Frank, 1970s
14
9
Milton Glaser, 1970s
14
10-12
Shirley Glaser (Milton's sister), 1970s
14
13
Philip Glass, 1970s
Oversized material housed in Box 46, Folder 2
14
14
Richard Hamilton, 1970s
14
15
Marvin and Margaret Israel, 1970s
Oversized material housed in Box 46, Folder 2
14
16
John Lennon and Yoko Ono, 1970s
Oversized material housed in Box 46, Folder 2
14
17-18
Liza Minnelli, 1970s
14
19
Miss All-Bare America, 1972
Oversized material housed in Box 46, Folder 3
14
20
Tom O'Horgan, 1970s
Oversized material housed in Box 46, Folder 3
14
21
Robert Rauschenberg, 1970s
Oversized material housed in Box 46, Folder 4
14
22
Jaap Reitman (SoHo Bookseller), 1970s
14
23
Robert Scull, 1970s
14
24
Ben Vereen, 1970s
14
25
Andy Warhol and Circle, 1970s
Oversized material housed in Box 46, Folder 4
14
26-27
Henry Wolfe at Photo Shoot, 1970s
14
28
Parties and Celebrities, 1970s
Photographic prints
Oversized material house in Box 46, Folders 5-6
14
29-32
Parties and Celebrities, 1970s
Photographic contact sheets and negatives
14
33-36
New York Magazine and Push Pin Studios, 1968-1970s
15
1-4
School of Visual Arts and Parsons, 1970s-1980s
15
5-7
Various People, Artists, 1970s-1980s
15
8
Various People, Portraits, 1970s-2000s
Oversized material housed in Box 46, Folder 7
15
9
Various People (male), 1970s-1980s
Photographic prints
15
10-12
Various People (female), 1970s-1980s
Photographic prints
15
13-17
Various People, 1970s-2000s
Photographic prints
Oversized material housed in OV 74-76
15
18
Various People, 1970s-2000s
Photographic prints
16
1-7
Various People, 1970s-1980s
Contact sheets and photographic negatives
16
8-9
Various People, 1970s-2000s, bulk 1970-1980
Photographic negatives
16
10-15
Various People, 1970s-1980s
Photographic slides
16
16
Oversized Vito Acconci from Box 14, Folder 1
46
1
Oversized Joseph Beuys from Box 14, Folder 4
46
1
Oversized Leo Castelli from Box 14, Folder 7
46
1
Oversized Philip Glass from Box 14, Folder 14
46
2
Oversized Marvin and Margaret Israel from Box 14, Folder 16
46
2
Oversized John Lennon and Yoko Ono from Box 14, Folder 17
46
2
Oversized Miss All-Bare America from Box 14, Folder 20
46
3
Oversized Tom O'Horgan from Box 14, Folder 21
46
3
Oversized Robert Rauschenberg from Box 14, Folder 22
46
4
Oversized Andy Warhol and Circle from Box 14, Folder 26
46
4
Oversized Parties and Celebrities from Box 14, Folder 29
46
5-6
Oversized Portraits from Box 15, Folder 9
46
7
Oversized Various People from Box 15, Folder 18
74
Oversized Various People from Box 15, Folder 18
75
Oversized Various People from Box 15, Folder 18
76
6.2: Exhibitions and Performances, 1970s-2000s
2.1 Linear feet
Box 17-18, 46
Phographic imagery of exhibitions and performances document the art and theater world in New York, predominantly in the 1970s. Subjects include 112 Greene Street; FOOD restaurant; exhibitions in galleries and museums; performances, and Tom O'Horgan productions.
Description Container
112 Greene Street
Avalanche Party, 1970s
17
1
Bamboo Installation, Alan Saret, 1970s
17
2
Command Performance, Vito Acconci, 1974
17
3
Darkroom, Willoughby Sharp, 1976
17
4
Drawerings, Jeffrey Lew, 1975
17
5
Dumpster Duplex, Gordon Matta-Clark, 1972
17
6
Environmental Fabric Installation, Richard Mock, with The Natural History of the American Dancer Dance Company, 1972
17
7
Help!, Willoughby Sharp, 1974
17
8
I See You Seeing Me, Kirsten Bates, 1976
17
9
Isolation is Transparent, Ulricke Rosenbach, 1974
17
10
Music at 112 Greene, Organized by Richard Landry, 1972
17
11
Outside Inside, Charles Simonds, 1974
17
12
Pathetic Readings and j. J-Jacobean, The Adventures of Jack ..., William Wegman, 1974
17
13
Patterns, Tina Girouard, 1974
17
14
Prisoner's Dilemma, Richard Serra and Robert Bell, 1974
17
15
Public Dialogue, Video Screening with Joseph Beuys, 1974
17
16
Recall, Dennis Oppenheim, 1974
17
17
Silent Ping Pong, Bill Beckley, 1972
17
18
Variations on Sculptural Structures and Current Situations, Jeffrey Lew, 1972
17
19
Walls Paper, Gordon Matta-Clark, 1972
17
20
Various 112 Greene Street Material, 1970s
17
21
FOOD Artist-run Restaurant, 1970s
17
22
Exhibitions
Vito Acconci, 1970s
17
23
Diane Arbus, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), 1972
17
24-25
Richard Avedon, 1970s
Oversized material housed in Box 46, Folder 8
17
26
Lewis Baltz, 1980s
17
27
Joseph Beuys, 1979
17
28
Chris Burden, 1970s
17
29
Larry Burrows, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), 1970
17
30
Ronnie Cutrone, 1970s
17
31
Dan Flavin, 1971
17
32
Lee Friedlander, 1970s
17
33
Richard Hamilton, 1970s
17
34
Duane Hanson, 1970s
17
35
Margaret Israel, 1970s
17
36
Marvin Israel, 1969
Oversized material housed in Box 46, Folder 8
17
37
Ray Johnson, 1970s
17
38
Robert Morris, 1974
17
39
Jim Nutt, 1970s
17
40
Nam June Paik, Featuring TV Bed, 1971
17
41
Cosmos Sarchiapone, 1970s-1980
Oversized material housed in Box 46, Folder 8
17
42
Andy Warhol, The Whitney, 1971
17
43
Various Exhibitions, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), 1980s
17
44
Various Exhibitions, OK Harris, 1970s
17
45
Various Exhibitions, Paula Cooper Gallery, 1970s
17
46
Various Exhibitions, Sotheby's Parke-Bernet, 1970s
17
47
Various Exhibitions, The Whitney, 1970s
17
48
Various Exhibition Openings, 1970s-2000s
17
49
Various Exhibitions, 1970s-2000s
Oversized material housed in Box 46, Folder 8
17
50-53
Performances
"Beat Generation Re-union", 1970s
17
54
Alice Cooper, 1970s
17
55
Bob Dylan and George Harrison, 1970s
17
56
Eric Emerson, 1970s
17
57
Flag Burning, Judson Memorial Church, 1970s
17
58
Philip Glass, 1980s
17
59
Alex Hay, The Whitney, 1970s
17
60
Geoffrey Hendricks and Charlotte Moorman, 1970s
17
61
Stephan Hendricks, 1970s
17
62
B.B. King at Fillmore East, circa 1971
17
63
"The New Improved Engine Room, A Moog Synthesizer, Oscilloscope, Kinescope Event," Syracuse University, 1970s
17
64
Steve Paxton, 1970s
17
65
"People's Flag Show," Judson Memorial Church, 1970
17
66
Steve Reich, 1970s
17
67
Various Performances, The Kitchen, 1970s
Oversized material housed in Box 46, Folder 8
17
68
Various Performances, Westbeth, 1970s
17
69
Various Performances, 1970s-1980s
17
70
Various Performances, 1970s-1980s
18
1
Tom O'Horgan Productions
Dude, circa 1972
18
2-5
Hair, circa 1973
18
6
Jesus Christ Superstar, circa 1974
18
7-10
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band on the Road, 1974
18
11
Tom Paine, circa 1967
18
12-13
Various Tom O'Horgan Productions, 1960s-1970s
Oversized material housed in Box 46, Folders 9-10
18
14-16
Oversized Richard Avedon from Box 17, Folder 26
46
8
Oversized Marvin Israel from Box 17, Folder 37
46
8
Oversized Cosmos Sarchiapone from Box 17, Folder 42
46
8
Oversized Various Exhibitions from Box 17, Folder 50
46
8
Oversized Various Performances, The Kitchen from Box 17, Folder 68
46
8
Oversized Various Tom O'Horgan Productions from Box 18, Folder 14
46
9-10
6.3: New York City, 1970s-2000s
1.2 Linear feet
Box 19-20, 46
Photographic imagery of New York City scenes and places includes car crashes (particularly near Westbeth), Columbus Circle, construction and demolition, garbage, graffiti, posters, walls, the Museum of Modern Art sculpture garden, Madison Square Garden, storefronts, windows, doors, street scenes, sunsets, the waterfront, boats, Westbeth neighborhood, streets, gatherings, block parties, parades, and many other sights and scenes.
Description Container
Car Crashes, 1970s
Oversized material housed in Box 46, Folder 11
19
1
Columbus Circle, 1970s
19
2
Construction and Demolition, 1970s-2000s
Oversized material housed in Box 46, Folder 12
19
3
Garbage, 1970s
Oversized material housed in Box 46, Folder 12
19
4
Graffiti, Posters, and Walls, 1970s-2000s
Oversized material housed in Box 46, Folder 13
19
5-7
Graffiti, Posters, and Walls, 1970s-1980s
Photographic slides and transparencies
19
8
Madison Square Garden, 1970s
19
9
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Garden , 1970s
19
10
Storefronts, Windows, and Doors, 1970s-2000s
Oversized material housed in Box 46, Folder 14
19
11-12
Storefronts, Windows, and Doors, 1970s-1980s
Photographic slides
19
13-14
Street Scenes, 1970s-1980s
19
15-16
Street Scenes, 1960s-1970s
Photographic slides
19
17
Sunsets, 1970s
19
18
Waterfront, 1970s-2000s
Oversized material housed in Box 46, Folder 15
19
19-21
Westbeth, 1970s-2000s
Oversized material housed in Box 46, Folder 15
19
22
Various New York City Subjects, 1970s-2000s
Photographic prints
Oversized material housed in Box 46, Folder 16
20
1-4
Various New York City Subjects, 1970s-2000s
Photographic prints, contact sheets, and negatives
20
5
Various New York City Subjects, 1970s-2000s
Photographic negatives and slides
20
6-8
Oversized Car Crashes from Box 19, Folder 1
46
11
Oversized Construction and Demolition from Box 19, Folder 3
46
12
Oversized Garbage from Box 19, Folder 4
46
12
Oversized Graffiti, Posters, and Walls from Box 19, Folder 5
46
13
Oversized Storefronts from Box 19, Folder 11
46
14
Oversized Waterfront from Box 19, Folder 19
46
15
Oversized Westbeth from Box 19, Folder 22
46
15
Oversized Various New York City Subjects from Box 20, Folder 1
46
16
6.4: Personal, 1930s-2000s
0.7 Linear feet
Box 20-21, 46
Personal photographic material includes images of Cosmos, his childhood, family, mother, and apartment and studio.
Description Container
Cosmos, 1930s-2000s
Photographic prints
20
9
Cosmos, 1970s-1980s
Photographic prints
Oversized material housed in Box 46, Folder 17
20
10-13
Cosmos, 1950s-2000s
20
14-15
Family, 1930s-1990s
20
16-17
Cosmos's Mother, 1960s-1970s
Oversized material housed in Box 46, Folder 18
21
1
Cosmos's Studio, 1960s-1970s
21
2
Oversized Cosmos from Box 20, Folder 10
46
17
Oversized Cosmos's Mother from Box 21, Folder 1
46
18
6.5: Artwork, 1970s-2000s
2 Folders
Box 21
Photographic material documents scattered artwork by Cosmos and others. There are images of Cosmos's collages, designs, published works, painting, and drawings. There are also a few images of artwork by others, including Marvin and Margaret Israel, and students.
Description Container
By Cosmos, 1970s-1990s
21
3
By Others, 1970s-2000s
21
4
6.6: Secondary Source Materials and Subjects, 1960s-2000s
1.9 Linear feet
Box 21-22, 47, OV 77-80
There are many photographic images taken by Cosmos of secondary sources and ephemera, such as advertisements, comics, detective serials, film stills, flowers, interiors, magazines, mug shots, nature, news articles, various objects, pornography, portraits, postcards, shoes, sports, composer Stefan Wolpe's apartment after a fire, television screens, and workspaces. Also found here are Cosmos's photographs of Charlotte Moorman's scar, 'scars' on a statue at the Metropolitan Museum, and Richard Avedon's famous photograph of Andy Warhol's scar.
Description Container
Advertisements, 1975
21
5
Comics, 1975
21
6
Detective Serials, 1975
21
7
Film Stars and Stills, 1975
21
8
Flowers, 1981
21
9
Patty Hearst, 1970s
21
10
Interiors, 1970s
Oversized material housed in Box 47, Folder 1
21
11
Jacqueline Kennedy, 1970s
21
12
Magazine Covers, 1970-1975
21
13
Mug Shots, 1975
21
14
Newspapers and Books, 1970s
21
15
Objects, Debris, and Still Lives, 1970s-2000s
Oversized material housed in Box 47, Folder 1
21
16
Outside and Nature, 1940s-1970s
21
17
Pornography, 1970s
21
18
Portraits, Found, 1970s
21
19
Postcards, 1975-1981
21
20
Renaissance Paintings, 1975-1981
21
21
Scars, 1970s
Oversized material housed in Box 47, Folder 2
21
22
Shoes, Feet, and Legs, 1970s
21
23
Sports Events, 1970s-1980s
21
24
"Stefan Wolpe Fire", 1970s
Oversized material housed in Box 47, Folder 2
21
25
Television Screens, 1960s-2000s
Oversized material housed in OV 77
21
26
Workspaces and Desks, 1970s-1980s
21
27
Various Subjects, 1970s-1980s
Oversized material housed in OV 78-80
21
28
Various Subjects, 1970s-1980s
Photographic slides
21
29-30
Various Subjects, 1970s-2000s
Photographic prints
22
1-3
Oversized Interiors from Box 21, Folder 11
47
1
Oversized Objects, Debris, and Still Lives from Box 21, Folder 16
47
1
Oversized Scars from Box 21, Folder 22
47
2
Oversized "Stefan Wolpe Fire" from Box 21, Folder 25
47
2
Oversized Television Screens from Box 21, Folder 26
OV 77
Oversized Various Subjects from Box 21, Folder 28
78
Oversized Various Subjects from Box 21, Folder 28
79
Oversized Various Subjects from Box 21, Folder 28
80
6.7: Collected Photographic Images, 1860s-2000s
0.8 Linear feet
Box 23, 47
Collected photographic materials consist of vintage tin types, carte de visites, stereographs, hand colored pictures, and other black and white and color photographs. Subjects include portraits, film stars and stills, documentary images of Pearl Harbor and Auschwitz, landscapes, famous landmarks, and various other subjects.
Description Container
Film Stars and Stills, 1940s-1970s
23
1-3
Mug Shots, 1910s-1920s
23
4
Portraits, 1860s-1940s
23
5-8
Various Subjects, 1900s
Stereographs
23
9-10
Various Subjects, 1860s-2000s
Oversized material housed in Box 47, Folder 3
23
11
Various Subjects, 1860s-2000s
23
12
Oversized Various Subjects from Box 23, Folder 11
47
3
6.8: Unsorted and Unidentified Negatives, Slides, and Contact Sheets, 1960s-2000s
4.6 Linear feet
Box 23-26, 47
Unsorted and unidentified negatives, slides, and contact sheets are found here and could include any of the above identified subject areas. Some may be related to artwork as well. Formats vary and include 35mm and medium format negatives, contact sheets, slides, transparencies, fragments of prints, and photocopies. Contact sheets are often fragmented, have images cut out from them, and have tape on the back and front. Negatives have been kept with the contact sheets when they were found together, but, in most cases, negatives had already been separated from contact sheets and prints. Labeling and descriptive notes provided by Cosmos have been preserved when available.
Description Container
Print Fragments, 1970s-2000s
Oversized material housed in Box 47, Folder 4
23
13-14
Contact Sheets, 1970s-1980s
23
15-17
Contact Sheet Fragments, 1970s-1980s
24
1-5
Contact Sheets and Negatives, 1970s-1980s
24
6-9
Slides, 1960s-1980s
24
10-11
Photocopies, 1970s-2000s
Oversized material housed in Box 47, Folder 5
24
12-14
Negatives, 1970s-2000s
25
1-13
Negatives, 1990s-2000s
26
1-4
Oversized Print Fragments from Box 23, Folder 13
47
4
Oversized Photocopies from Box 24, Folder 12
47
5

Series 7: Artwork , 1947-2000s
10.5 Linear feet
Box 27-34, 47-48, OV 81-104

There is extensive documentation of Cosmos's named conceptual art projects and series and his photocopied compilations or presentations. Drawings, illustrations, paintings,collages, and sketchbooks are also found, but to a lesser extent. There is also some scattered artwork, mostly prints, by others, including Milton Glaser, Alex Hay, Douglas Huebler, Marvin Israel, Ray Johnson, Ellsworth Kelly, and Eve Sonneman.
The series is arranged as four subseries
  • 7.1: Named Art Projects and Series, 1960s-2000s
  • 7.2: Compilations, 1970s-2000s
  • 7.3: Drawings, Illustrations, Paintings, Collages, and Sketchbooks, 1947-1990s
  • 7.4: Artwork by Others, 1959-2000s
Series 7.1: Named Art Projects and Series, 1960s-2000s
6 Linear feet
Box 27-31, 47-48, OV 81-91
Named art projects and art series date from 1960s-2000s and consist primarily of Cosmos's conceptual art projects, often executed in the form of series that spanned decades. Most incorporated a wide variety of formats, such as photographs, photograph fragments, photocopies, writings, drawings, and sound and video recordings.
Documentation is found for his Reciprocol project that incorporated his photojournalist work. For this project Cosmos photographed figures—including John Cage, Meyer Schapiro, Robert Scull, and others—and then asked each of them to photograph him. There are several folders of Cosmos's work focusing on photographer Diane Arbus-two series composed of fragments of Arbus's discarded photographs transformed via mounting and sequencing onto blank pages.
Many of the art projects are represented by photographic documentation of Cosmos's conceptual performances, such as in Sheet Music, where he is seen tearing a white sheet outside Bloomingdale's during the 'white sale.' Other similar projects documented here include Camerakaze, Saved a Life, and Photo Arrest.
Cosmos's opera project, Vox Humana #3, about three heroines of history—Antigone, Joan of Arc, Patty Hearst— synthesizes a variety of media, including musical composition, stage direction, and video (Patty Hearst in Chains), into a four hour performance that was staged at La Mama in 1976 and The Kitchen in 1977.
Cosmos self-identified his Lecture Series as an art performance on his resume. Thus, the files are arranged here. Cosmos used photocopy extensively in his art, experimenting with tonality, collage, and the degeneration of images from repeated copying. Therefore, many of the files for the art projects and art series contain photocopies; some with descriptive labeling and annotations. For a few art projects, the photocopies are the sole source of documentation found within his papers.
Description Container
20 Feet Away, 1970s
Oversized material moved to Box 47, Folder 6
27
1
All My Possessions..., 1970s
Oversized material housed in OV 81
27
2
Amtrak Series, 1980
27
3
Appearance Series, 1970s
27
4
Diane Arbus Photo Projects, Books, 1970s
Oversized material moved to Box 47, Folders 7-8
27
5
Diane Arbus Photo Projects, Collected Photographs and Fragments, 1970s
Oversized material moved to Box 48, Folder 1
27
6-8
Audition, circa 1977
Oversized material moved to Box 48, Folder 2
27
9
Bras, 1974
27
10
Bureaucratic Death, 1970s
27
11
Camerakaze, 1970s
Oversized material moved to Box 48, Folder 2
27
12
Christ-Cross, circa 1968
Oversized material housed in OV 81
27
13
Circumstances of My Death: Space Series #96, 1979
27
14
Coffee Stain Series or Coffee Table Book, circa 1974-1980
Oversized material housed in OV 82
27
15
Conceptual Walk #1, 1970s
27
16
Confession and Punitive Measures, 1977-1979
27
17
Construction Site Series, 1970
27
18
Contact Series, 1970s
Oversized material moved to Box 48, Folders 3-6
27
19
Crucifixion Series, circa 1980
27
20
Cunningham Dancer Series, 1968
27
21
Diptychs and Triptychs, 1970s
Oversized material moved to Box 48, Folder 7
27
22
Dodeca and Tridodeca, 1980s
Oversized material housed in OV 82
27
23
Drop Cloth Series, 1979-1980
27
24
Drop of Water, 1980s
Oversized material housed in OV 82
27
25
Earth Event #33, 1969
Oversized material moved to Box 48, Folder 7
27
26
Escape Route, Kean College, circa 1970
27
27
Everyday Series, 1979
Oversized material housed in OV 83
27
28
Faint for 12 Dancers, circa 1977
27
29
Faint for 12 Dancers, The Kitchen, circa 1977
Oversized material moved to Box 48, Folder 7
27
30
Faint for 12 Dancers, La Mama Theater, circa 1977
27
31
The First International Typing Contest, circa 1977
27
32
Flag Series, 1968-1969
27
33
Found Detail for Painting Series, 1964-1982
27
34
Fr. Kolbe Beautification Rite/ Auschwitz Ploy, 1979-1981
Oversized material housed in OV 83
27
35
Garbage Series, 1970s
27
36
Good/Bad Judgement Day Deployment Series, 1970s
Oversized material housed in OV 83
27
37
Gutter End: Expulsion Series, 1970s-2000s
Oversized material moved to Box 48, Folder 8
27
38
Gutter End: Expulsion Series: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1970s-2000s
27
39
How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall Series #1, Jascha Heifetz, 1970s
27
40
I Am Not Worthy to Photograph the Homeless and Destitute, 1970s
27
41
I'm a Failure, 1974-1979
27
42
Japanese Tourist Series, 1974-1976
27
43-44
Jaywalk, 1968
Oversized material housed in OV 84
27
45
Joan of Arc Post Recantation Speech, 1979
27
46
Johnny Carson Monologue Series, 1979
27
47
Jump, circa 1980
27
48
John F. Kennedy Assassination/ Photo Project, 1971
Oversized material moved to Box 48, Folder 8
27
49
Kennedy Assassination Series, 1966-1968
27
50
Jacqueline Kennedy/Ordinance, 1970s
27
51
Kodak Stock Project, 1975-1981
Oversized material housed in OV 84
27
52
Lecture Series
"Rudolph Arnheim", 1975
A related sound recording may be found in Series 9, Box 39, Folder 2. Oversized material housed in OV 85.
27
53
"Cooper Union # 1", 1970s
1 Sound tape reel
27
54
"Cooper Union # 2", 1970s
Includes 1 sound tape reel
27
55-56
"Cooper Union # 3", circa 1983
27
57
"Kean College Lecture/ Film" Spill, 1978-1979
27
58
Various Lectures and Chalkboards, 1970s
27
59
Limelight, circa 1977
28
1
Miss Subway Attack, 1970s
28
2
Movie Box Office Attendants (Arbus Assignment), 1970s
Oversized material housed in OV 85
28
3
Museum Guard(s) Series, 1970s
Oversized material moved to Box 48, Folder 8
28
4
Mussolini Train Schedule Time Differential, 1970s
28
5
Nancy Series, 1972
28
6
Peril, 1970
28
7
Photo Fugues, 1978-1982
Oversized material housed in OV 86
28
8
Photo Wall, 1970s-2000s
Oversized material moved to Box 48, Folder 9
28
9-12
Pitch, 1980
Oversized material housed in OV 87
28
13
Pledge Allegiance, September 12, 2001
28
14
Print Pad Series or Stamp Pad Series, 1974-1981
Oversized material housed in OV 88
28
15
Quasi Lundanp/ Ambient Light/ Ambient Sound Series, 1979
28
16
Queen of the Night Aria, 1970s
Includes 2 sound tape reels
A related sound recording may be found in Series 9, Box 39, Folder 2
28
17
Reciprocal, 1970s-2000s
28
18-22
Saint Sebastian Day, 1974
28
23
Saved a Life, 1970s-2000s
Oversized material moved to Box 48, Folder 9
28
24
Saved a Life, Letters, 1970s
28
25
Scarlet Double Cross, 1979
Oversized material housed in OV 89
28
26
Sheet Music, 1970s
Oversized material moved to Box 48, Folder 9
28
27
Smoking Series
Murder in the First Degree, Citizen's Arrest Against Philip Morris, 1970s-1982
28
28
Photo Arrest, 1970s
Oversized material moved to Box 48, Folder 10
28
29
Prints of Darkness, 1982
28
30
Various Material, 1970s
28
31
Spectacle of Myself, 1970s-2000s
28
32
Spectacle of Myself, "Tribecaphobia", 1970s
Oversized material moved to Box 48, Folder 10
28
33
Statue of Liberty Anthology, 1978
28
34
Twist and Shout, 1976
A related sound recording may be found in Series 9, Box 39, Folder 2
28
35
Unanswered Letter Series, "Archbishop Romero" and "Fr. Kolbe", 1980s
28
36
Vietnam War Monument, 1971-1972
Oversized material moved to Box 48, Folder 10
28
37
Violin Concerto, Vassar Project or D-E-A-D Notes, 1969
28
38
Vox Humana # 3: A Love Song
Music Compositions, circa 1977
28
39
Music Compositions, circa 1977
6 Sound tape reels
29
1-3
Photographic Material, circa 1977
Oversized material housed in OV 90
29
4-9
Printed Material
29
10
Scripts and Drafts, circa 1977
Oversized material housed in OV 90
29
11-17
Patty Hearst in Chains, circa 1976
29
18
Headshots (Men), 1970s
29
19-20
Headshots (Men), 1970s
30
1-4
Headshots (Women), 1970s
30
5-15
Headshots (Resumes and Letters)
31
1-2
Headshots (photocopies), 1970s
31
3
Window Dirt Series, 1979-1980
Oversized material housed in OV 91
31
4
Xerox Series
Degeneration, "Dali", 1970s
31
5
Degeneration, Drawing, 1970s
31
6
Degeneration, "Fr. Maximillian M. Kolbe", 1970s
31
7
Degeneration, "Leonardo's Last Supper", 1970s
31
8
Degeneration, "Groucho Marx", circa 1976
31
9
Degeneration, Maine Postcard, 1970s
31
10
Erased De Kooning, 1970s
31
11
Various Experiments with Xerox, 1975-1981
Oversized material housed in OV 91
31
12
Oversized 20 Feet Away from Box 27, Folder 1
47
6
Oversized Diane Arbus Project, Books from Box 27, Folder 5
47
7-8
Oversized Diane Arbus Project, Collected Photographs and Fragments from Box 27, Folder 6
48
1
Oversized Audition from Box 27, Folder 9
48
2
Oversized Camerakaze from Box 27, Folder 12
48
2
Oversized Contact Series from Box 27, Folder 19
48
3-6
Oversized Diptychs and Triptychs from Box 28, Folder 22
48
7
Oversized Earth Event #33 from Box 27, Folder 26
48
7
Oversized Faint for 12 Dancers, The Kitchen from Box 27, Folder 30
48
7
Oversized Gutter End: Expulsion Series from Box 27, Folder 28
48
8
Oversized Kennedy Assassination/Photo Project from Box 27, Folder 49
48
8
Oversized Museum Guard(s) Series from Box 28, Folder 4
48
8
Oversized Photo Wall from Box 28, Folder 9
48
9
Oversized Saved a Life from Box 28, Folder 24
48
9
Oversized Sheet Music from Box 28, Folder 27
48
9
Oversized Smoking Series, Photo Arrest from Box 28, Folder 29
48
10
Oversized Spectacle of Myself, "Tribecaphobia" from Box 28, Folder 33
48
10
Oversized Vietnam War Monument from Box 28, Folder 37
48
10
Oversized All My Possessions... from Box 27, Folder 2
OV 81
Oversized Christ-Cross from Box 27, Folder 13
OV 81
Oversized Coffee Stain Series from Box 27, Folder 15
OV 82
Oversized Dodeca and Tridodeca from Box 27, Folder 23
OV 82
Oversized Drop of Water from Box 27, Folder 24
OV 82
Oversized Everyday Series from Box 27, Folder 28
OV 83
Oversized Fr. Kolbe Beautification Rite from Box 27, Folder 35
OV 83
Oversized Good/Bad Judgement Day Deployment Series from Box 27, Folder 37
OV 83
Oversized Jaywalk from Box 27, Folder 45
OV 84
Oversized Kodak Stock Project from Box 27, Folder 52
OV 84
Oversized Lecture Series, "Rudolph Arnheim" from Box 27, Folder 53
OV 85
Oversized Movie Box Office Attendants from Box 28, Folder 3
OV 85
Oversized Photo Fugues from Box 28, Folder 8
OV 86
Oversized Pitch from Box 28, Folder 13
OV 87
Oversized Print Pad Series from Box 28, Folder 15
OV 88
Oversized Scarlet Double Cross from Box 28, Folder 24
OV 89
Oversized Vox Humana #3 from Box 29, Folders 4 and 11
OV 90
Oversized Window Dirt Series from Box 3, Folder 4
OV 91
Oversized Xerox Series from Box 31, Folder 12
OV 91
Series 7.2: Compilations, 1970s-2000s
2.1 Linear feet
Box 31-33
Artwork compilations date from 1970s-2000s and consist of both original and photocopied "presentations" prepared by Cosmos to present to various people in the art world to whom he was close, including Milton Glaser and Ronald Feldman. It appears that the photocopied compilation was considered the final presentation.
The photocopied compilations were originally organized by Cosmos into binders and each one incorporates photocopies of photographs, drawings, printed materials, source materials, ephemera, and often pieces of his named art projects or art series. Many of the photocopies are also annotated or titled on the verso.
The originals for several of the photocopied compilations are also found here. They are comprised of the 4 x 6 photographs of the original compiled materials.
Description Container
Photocopied Art Compilations
"Abingdon Sq. Color" (disbound), 2000s
31
13
"Abingdon Sq. and Vicinity" (disbound), 2000s
31
14
"Cosmos Andrew Sarchiapone #1" (disbound), 2000s
31
15
"Cosmos Andrew Sarchiapone #2" (disbound), 2000s
31
16
"Cosmos Andrew Sarchiapone #3" (disbound), 2000s
31
17
"Cosmos Andrew Sarchiapone #4" (disbound), 2000s
31
18
"Diptychs" (disbound), 2000s
31
19
"Diptychs 11x17 Version" (disbound), 2000s
31
20
"Drawings #1" (disbound), 2000s
31
21
"Drawings #2" (disbound), 2000s
31
22
Found and Collected Material (disbound), 2000s
31
23
"Hudson River, Color" (disbound), 2000s
31
24
"Hudson River/Waterfront/Sky" (disbound), 2000s
31
25
Hudson River and Waterfront (disbound), 2000s
31
26
"Profiling Americans" (disbound), 2000s
31
27
Push Pin Calendar (disbound), 2000s
31
28-29
"Saved A Life Series" (disbound), 2000s
31
30
"Self Portrait/Spectacle of Myself" (disbound), 2000s
31
31
"Superior Ink Co./Demolition/Construction" (disbound), 2000s
31
32
"Westbeth (Part I), In No Order" (disbound), 2000s
31
33
Photograph Compilations
"Cosmos", 1970s-2000s
32
1
Diptychs, 1970s-2000s
32
2-6
Hudson River and Sky, 2000s
32
7
"Profiling Americans", 2000s
32
8
Various Photographs, 1970s-2000s
32
9-14
Various Photographs, 1970s-2000s
33
1-4
7.3: Drawings, Illustrations, Paintings, Collages, and Sketchbooks, 1947-1990s
1.9 Linear feet
Box 33-34, 48, OV 92-101
Drawings, illustrations, and a few paintings, collages, and sketchbooks by Cosmos are found here. The early work was completed while he was a student. The illustrations reflect his commercial work, and the drawings and sketches are from courses taken with Shelley Haven and Jeffrey Tolbert at Cooper Union. A few acrylic, watercolor, and ink wash paintings are found. One sketchbook is predominantly pencil copies of Picasso paintings, and the other two are comprised of abstract designs and compositions. There are also many photocopies of the artwork.
Description Container
Early Works, 1947-1959
Oversized material housed in OV 92
33
5
Drawings, Corner of Room, 1980
Oversized material housed in OV 93
33
6
Drawings and Sketches, 1960s-1990s
Oversized material housed in OV 94-97
33
7-24
Drawing and Sketch Fragments, 1960s-1990s
34
1
Illustrations
Gertrude Stein's The Making of Americans, 1975
Oversized material housed in OV 98
34
2
Push Pin Studios Design for Music Convention, 1969
34
3
Push Pin Studios Calendar, 1968-1969
Oversized material housed in OV 98
34
4
School of Visual Arts (SVA) Course with Milton Glaser, 1966
Oversized material housed in OV 99
34
5
Other Illustration Work, 1960s
Oversized material housed in OV 98
34
6
Paintings, circa 1969-1980s
Oversized material housed in OV 100
34
7-8
Portfolio to Cooper Union, 1960s-1983
Oversized material housed in Box 48, Folders 11-13
34
9
Collages Using New York Magazine Templates, 1970s
Oversized material housed in OV 101
34
10
Sketchbook, "Cosmos #2, Picasso", 1986-1988
34
11
Sketchbook, "Cosmos #3, Forms for Large Paintings", 1986
34
12
Sketchbook, "Cosmos #5", 1986
34
13
Oversized Portfolio to Cooper Union from Box 34, Folder 9
48
11-13
Oversized Early Works from Box 33, Folder 5
OV 92
Oversized Drawings, Corner of Room from Box 33, Folder 6
OV 93
Oversized Drawings and Sketches from Box 33, Folder 7
94
Oversized Drawings and Sketches from Box 33, Folder 7
95
Oversized Drawings and Sketches from Box 33, Folder 7
96
Oversized Drawings and Sketches from Box 33, Folder 7
97
Oversized Illustrations, Gertrude Stein from Box 34, Folder 2
OV 98
Oversized Illustrations, Push Pin Studios Calendar from Box 34, Folder 4
OV 98
Oversized Other Illustration Work from Box 34, Folder 6
OV 98
Oversized Illustrations, SVA Course from Box 34, Folder 5
OV 99
Oversized Paintings from Box 34, Folder 7
OV 100
Oversized Collages from Box 34, Folder 10
OV 101
7.4: Artwork by Others, 1959-2000s
0.5 Linear feet
Box 34, OV 102-104
Artwork by others consists of an artist book, conceptual work, drawings, a sketchbook, and prints by Milton Glaser, Alex Hay, Douglas Huebler, Marvin Israel, Margaret Israel, Ray Johnson, Ellsworth Kelly, and Eve Sonneman. Also found here is artwork by children and unidentified artists.
Description Container
Milton Glaser, 1970s-2000s
Oversized material housed in OV 102
34
14
Alex Hay, Artist Book, 1971
34
15
Douglas Huebler, Variable Piece #4, 1969
34
16
Marvin and Margaret Israel, 1959-1970s
Oversized material housed in OV 103
34
17
Ray Johnson, 1972
34
18
Ellsworth Kelly, Lithograph, 1970s
Oversized material housed in OV 102
34
19
Eve Sonneman, 1976
Oversized material housed in OV 103
34
20
Children's Artwork, 1960s-1980s
Oversized material housed in OV 104
34
21
Unidentified Artists, 1960s-1990s
Oversized material housed in OV 104
34
22
Oversized Milton Glaser from Box 34, Folder 14
OV 102
Oversized Ellsworth Kelly from Box 34, Folder 19
OV 102
Oversized Marvin Israel from Box 34, Folder 17
OV 103
Oversized Eve Sonneman from Box 34, Folder 20
OV 103
Oversized Children's Artwork from Box 34, Folder 21
OV 104
Oversized Unidentified Artists from Box 34, Folder 22
OV 104

Series 8: Artifacts , 1960s-2000s
1.5 Linear feet
Box 34-35

Artifacts include eight cameras (two medium format cameras are the Rolleicord and the Mamiya C330 that belonged to Diane Arbus; five 35mm cameras - a Kodak Tourist II, Nikon F, FED-2, Leica M6, and Voigtländer Vito II; a Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LZ3 digital camera) and accessories. There is also a crucifix; a paint palette; pens and rulers; pins; a puzzle designed by Peter Max; razors; stamps; and toy soldiers.
Description Container Select
Cameras, Medium Format; Mamiya C330 and Rolleicord, 1960s-1970s
34
23
Cameras, 35mm; FED-2, Leica M6, and Voigtländer Vito II, 1970s
34
24
Cameras, 35 mm; Kodak Tourist II and Nikon F, 1970s
35
1
Cameras, Digital and Various Camera Accessories, 1970s, 2000s
Includes born-digital materials, see ER02 (Series 9)
35
2
Crucifix, 1960s
35
3
Paint Palette, 1970s
35
4
Pens and Rulers, 1960s
35
5
Pins, 1970s
35
6
Puzzle Designed by Peter Max, 1960s
35
7
Razor Blades Labeled, "Einstein Razors Before 1969 Window Sill", 1969
35
8
Stamps, 1970s
35
9
Toy Soldiers, 1960s
35
10

Series 9: Sound Recordings and Born-Digital Material , 1950s-2000s
6.6 Linear feet
Box 36-43

This series of sound recordings and born-digital material consists of 145 sound tape reels, forty sound cassettes, and two electronic records. About one-third of the material has concise descriptive labeling, but the labeling does not necessarily clearly identify the contents. However, where possible, these labels are reflected in the file titles below.
Clearly identified sound recordings have been arranged with related documentation in previous series.
Sound tape reels are often recorded and re-recorded, with descriptive labeling crossed out and written over. Some of the sound tape reels are labeled "collage," which might indicate that Cosmos was recording samples of sounds from various sources to string together. Many of the recordings appear to be of Cosmos's compositions, performances, radio and television broadcasts, as well as various sounds of the city. The label on several sound tape reels, "pier 49," a location near his residence at Westbeth, may reflect the recording of its demolition in the early 1970s.
Description Container Select
"2 Camps, Countess Vassar", 1950s
1 Sound tape reel
36
1
"2 Camps, Triangle", 1950s
1 Sound tape reel
36
2
"Act I, June 14" and "Act II, June 24", 1960s
2 Sound tape reels
36
3
"Act II", 1960s
1 Sound tape reel
36
4
Diane Arbus, 1970s
2 Sound tape reels
36
5
"Auto Harp", 1970
1 Sound cassette
36
6
"Bandstand No. 2", 1960s
1 Sound tape reel
36
7
"Buffy #2", 1960s
1 Sound tape reel
36
8
"Camp", 1960s
1 Sound tape reel
36
9
"Castelli", 1970s
1 Sound cassette
36
10
"Cease Fire", 1960s
1 Sound tape reel
36
11
"President Clinton Wins Bosnia", 1996
1 Sound tape reel
36
12
"President Clinton News Conference", 1995
1 Sound tape reel
36
12
"Collage #4" and "Collage #5", 1960s
2 Sound tape reels
36
13
"Collage #8" and "Collage #9", 1960s
2 Sound tape reels
36
14
"Collage #10" and "Collage #11", 1960s
2 Sound tape reels
36
15
"Commencement Exercise, Part 2 Only; Jim Brown Half", 1950s
1 Sound tape reel
36
16
"Complete Dances, Also Timp and Bass at 1 7/8 for Travesty", 1960s
1 Sound tape reel
36
17
"Convention", 1968
1 Sound tape reel
37
1
"Creation of the Humanoid", 1960s
1 Sound tape reel
37
2
"Don't Count on Love", 1960s
1 Sound tape reel
37
3
"Double Fantasy", 1970s
1 Sound cassette
37
4
"Dylan Blues", 1960s
1 Sound tape reel
37
5
"Ear Concert 1", 1970s
1 Sound cassette
37
6
"End of Fornes, Haacke", 1960s
1 Sound tape reel
37
7
"Patty Hearst, TV/Film", 1970s
1 Sound cassette
37
8
"Fan Concert", 1960s
1 Sound tape reel
37
9
"Green Doors", 1960s
1 Sound tape reel
37
10
"Hector Light Tape (2); Also Fragment from Bike Song B Minor", 1960s
1 Sound tape reel
37
11
"Highway", 1970s
1 Sound cassette
37
12
"Jug Bands", 1960s
1 Sound tape reel
37
13
Robert F. Kennedy, 1960s
3 Sound tape reels
37
14-15
"Kennedy, Burton", 1960s
1 Sound tape reel
37
16
"La Mama 39 W.F." and "Audience Before Good Sunday 39 W.F.", 1960s
2 Sound tape reels
37
17
Lennon, 1970s
3 Sound cassettes
38
1
"Mass", 1960s
1 Sound tape reel
38
2
Milton Glaser, 1960s
4 Sound cassettes
38
3-4
"Milton Music", 1960s
2 Sound tape reels
38
5
"Concrete Poetry, Milton", 1960s
1 Sound tape reel
38
6
"Molly Reading at Julies", 1960s
1 Sound tape reel
38
7
Nancy, 1960s
3 Sound tape reels
38
8-9
"News, Oldenburg Lipstick", 1960s
1 Sound tape reel
38
10
"NY Times Fredricks; Chris Oshikata", 1960s
1 Sound tape reel
38
11
"Organ March, Timp; Reverse Waste Words, Jane", 1960s
1 Sound tape reel
38
12
"Chris Oshikata", 1970s
1 Sound tape reel
38
13
"Pam Sunshine", 1960s
1 Sound tape reel
38
14
Pier 49, 1960s
6 Sound tape reels
38
15-17
Pier 49, 1960s-1970s
2 Sound tape reels
39
1
"Queen of Night, Arnheim/Cosmos, Twist and Shout", 1970s
1 Sound tape reel
39
2
River, 1970s
2 Sound cassettes
39
3
"Sgt. York; Chicago", 1960s
1 Sound tape reel
39
4
"Sgt. Lucy; Frog", 1960s
1 Sound tape reel
39
5
"Syracuse, Michigan State", 1960s
1 Sound tape reel
39
6
"1. Terror Girl, 2. Fainting, 3. 39 W.F., 4. unidentified", 1960s
1 Sound tape reel
39
7
"Turkish Folk Music from a Concert", 1970s
1 Sound cassette
39
8
"Turtles Good Excess", 1960s
1 Sound tape reel
39
9
"Violin Duet", 1971
1 Sound tape reel
39
10
"Begin of Vox Noise", 1960s-1970s
1 Sound tape reel
39
11
Vox, 1970s
6 Sound cassettes
39
12-13
Unidentified Sound Recordings, 1970s-1990s
18 Sound cassettes
39
14
Unidentified Sound Recordings, 1950s-1990s
32 Sound tape reels
40
1-16
Unidentified Sound Recordings, 1950s-1990s
32 Sound tape reels
41
1-16
Unidentified Sound Recordings, 1950s-1990s
12 Sound tape reels
42
1-6
Unidentified Sound Recordings, 1950s-1990s
4 Sound tape reels
43
1-2
Digital Photographs, 2005
0.07 Gigabytes
59 computer files
ER01
Digital Photographs, 2009
0.297 Gigabytes
169 computer files
ER02

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