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

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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.
Description Container
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

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