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

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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

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