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Demi and Arturo Rodríguez papers, circa 1957-2016

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as nine series.

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Series 1: Biographical Material , circa 1957-2013
4 Folders
Box 1

Biographical materials include documents of Arturo Rodríguez's involvement in Karate and Judo; family histories that contain childhood photographs, notes, and other documents about Demi and Arturo's families; and Arturo's resumes.
Description Container Select
Childhood Documents, Karate and Judo, 1969-1979
1
1
Family History, circa 1957-2013
1
2-3
Resumes, circa 1996-2008
1
4

Series 2: Correspondence , 1978-2015
0.8 Linear feet
Box 1

General correspondence is with museums, collectors, artists, friends, galleries, and organizations. Other correspondence is with art historians Alejandro Anreus, Shifra M. Goldman, and Helen Kohen; collectors Judith and Bill Ladner and Mike Thomas; Cris Hassold regarding research on Demi for a book; art dealer Kurt Delbanco; and letters of recommendation for Demi and Arturo.
Description Container Select
General, 1978-2015
Includes a mixture of personal and professional correspondence with friends, collectors, museums, artists, organizations, and galleries.
1
5-11
Anreus, Alejandro, 1999-2005
1
12
Archives of American Art, 1996
1
13
Delbanco, Kurt, 1986-1988
Includes born-digital records, see ER01.
Kurt Delbanco was instrumental in adding Arturo's artwork to the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection.
1
14
Correspondence (1986-1988), Digital Documents and Photograph, 2005-2006
0.023 Gigabytes
Seven computer files
ER01
Doctors Regarding Arturo, 2006-2015
1
15
Friends, 1986-2010
1
16
Friends to Arturo, 1978-2000
1
17
Fuentes, Illeana, 1995-2005
Correspondence is regarding a controversial article written by Fuentes.
1
18
Goldman, Shifra M., 2001-2002
1
19
Gulf Coast Museum of Art, 2005
1
20
Hassold, Cris, 1996-2005
Correspondence is regarding a book about Demi.
1
21
Kohen, Helen L., 2005-2008
1
22
Ladner, Judith and Bill, 1988-2015
Includes Demi's writings about Judith.
1
23
Letters of Praise to Arturo, 2008
1
24
Letters of Recommendation for Demi, circa 1995-2014
Includes a recommendation by Emilio Sanchez for Demi's Cintas Fellowship application.
1
25-26
Letters of Recommendation for Arturo, 1987-2003
1
27
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1987-1989
Includes a photograph of Arturo with his artwork.
1
28
Revista Encuentro de la Cultura Cubana Magazine, 2002-2005
1
29
Thomas, Mike, 2004-2010
1
30
Villaverde, Minuca, 2011
1
31

Series 3: Interviews , 1991-2010
0.5 Linear feet
Box 1-2

The series contains seven electronic discs and five video and sound recordings of interviews with Demi and Arturo by BBC, CNN, Univision, and other media outlets regarding their careers, exhibitions, and Demi's experience with cancer.
Description Container Select
Demi Interviewed by Boston TV Station at Brandeis University, 1998
1 videocassettes (vhs)
1
32
Demi Interviewed by Coker College Students, October 25, 1996
1 Sound cassette
1
33
Demi Interviewed for League Against Cancer Institution Promotional Video, May 2001
1 videocassettes (vhs)
1
34
Demi Interviewed by Lucy Pereda for Channel 6, 1991
1 videocassettes (vhs)
1
35
Demi Interviewed by Olga Connor for Radio Marti, July 5, 2003
1 Sound cassette
2
1
Demi Interviewed by Rosie Urango, 2008
Includes born-digital records, see ER02.
2
2
Rosie Urango Interview, Digital Photographs and Documents, 2006-2009
0.042 Gigabytes
33 computer files
ER02
Conversations with Demi (2010), Digital Video Recording, 2014
0.348 Gigabytes
One computer file
ER03
Arturo Interviewed in BBC Documentary Havana (1990), Digital Video Recording, 2014
3.46 Gigabytes
ER04
The documentary was produced by Jana Bokova.
ER04
Arturo Interviewed by CNN (Undated), Digital Video Recording, 2019
0.283 Gigabytes
One computer file
The interview is in Spanish.
ER05
Arturo Interviewed by Univision (May 30, 2010), Digital Video Recording, 2019
0.91 Gigabytes
One computer file
ER06
Carlos Verdecia, Jr., Interview (April 8, 2010), Digital Video Recording, 2019
0.97 Gigabytes
One computer file
Verdecia, best friend of Arturo, speaks about Arturo's personality.
ER07

Series 4: Writings , circa 1975-2015
0.3 Linear feet
Box 2

Writings consist of Demi and Arturo's autobiographical statements and statements on their artwork; Demi's lectures at the Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart and Brandeis University; statements by Lynette Bosch, Giulio V. Blanc, Helen Kohen, Pedro J. Martinez-Fraga, and Armando Alvarez Bravo about Demi and Arturo's artwork; Demi's notes on the importance of Dr. Michael Karl; and Arturo's notes on painting techniques of the Old Masters.
Description Container Select
Autobiographical, circa 1982-circa 2000
2
8-9
Lectures and Talks by Demi, 1998-2015
2
10
Notes, circa 1975-circa 2012
Includes Demi's notes on the importance of Dr. Michael Karl and Arturo's notes on painting techniques from the Old Masters.
2
11-12
Statements on Artwork by Arturo, circa 1990-2014
Includes born-digital records, see ER08.
2
13
Inventory List of Artwork, Digital Documents and Photographs, 2013
0.012 Gigabytes
Six computer files
ER08
Statements on Demi's Artwork by Others, circa 2000
Includes statements by Lynette Bosch, Helen Kohen, Giulio V. Blanc, Pedro J. Martinez-Fraga, and Armando Alvarez Bravo.
2
14
Symposium, Art Against Child Abuse, March 1998
1 videocassettes (vhs)
2
15

Series 5: Project and Exhibition Files , 1986-2015
0.8 Linear feet
Box 2

The series contains images for the book The School of Night; a sketchbook and images for the Caravaggio Project; a report and project overview for Arturo's grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation; artwork, photographs, and correspondence for Arturo's cover art for the Grammy Award winning albums by musician Israel "Cachao" Lopez; and files for the Walls mural at the Norton Museum, Far from Cuba (1998), and The Rage of Children(1991).
Description Container Select
Book, The School of Night, Digital Photographs and Documents, 2003-2009
0.293 Gigabytes
113 computer files
ER09
Caravaggio Project, Sketchbook and Images, 2008-2009
Includes born-digital records, see ER10.
2
17
Caravaggio Project, Digital Document, 2010
0.04 Gigabytes
One computer file
ER10
Far from Cuba (1998), 1998
Includes travel receipts, exhibition catalogs, clippings, and a photographs album.
2
18-20
Joan Mitchell Foundation, Project Overview, 2014-2015
2
21
Music Album Covers, Israel "Cachao" Lopez's Master Sessions, Vol. 1-2, 1994-1995
Includes correspondence with Andy Garcia, who sponsored the albums, and others; photographs and slides of the artwork; paper cut outs of artwork; and notes.
2
22
The Rage of Children (1991), 1989-1991
2
23
Retrospective Exhibition (Cancelled), 2011
Includes born-digital records, see ER11.
2
24
Retrospective Exhibition (Cancelled), Digital Photographs and Document, 2004-2011
0.274 Gigabytes
81 computer files
ER11
Walls, Norton Museum Mural, 1986-1987
Includes photographs of Arturo, Demi, David Wojnarowicz, and Mike Glier during the project; photocopies of drawings; and correspondence.
2
25

Series 6: Personal Business Records , 1988-2012
0.4 Linear feet
Boxes 2-3

The series contains donation forms for the League Against Cancer; Demi's loan papers for the Art in Embassies Program; financial investment records; travel receipts and schedules for personal and business trips to Spain, France, England, and New York; collector Jorge Pupo; and gallery files that include records for CDS Gallery in New York.
Description Container Select
Collector, Jorge Pupo, 2006-2010
2
26
Donations, League Against Cancer, circa 2006
2
27
Financial Investments, 1998
2
28
Galleries, CDS Gallery, 1988-1993
Includes one sketchbook.
2
29
Galleries, Various, 1993-2011
3
1-2
Loan, Art in Embassies Program, 2003
Includes born-digital records, see ER12.
3
3
Art in Embassies Program, Digital Documents and Photographs, 2003, 2009
0.007 Gigabytes
Seven computer files
ER12
Receipts, 1998-2008
Includes receipts for Demi's art materials, exhibitions, and travel to Europe.
3
4-15
Sales and Price Lists, 1989-2012
3
16
Stolen Painting, I Hear the Water Dreaming, 2009
3
17
Travel Schedules, Italy, 2006
3
18
Samples of Payments for Sales [ACCESS RESTRICTED]
MMs038

Series 7: Printed Material , 1979-2016
0.5 Linear feet
Boxes 3-4, 7, OV 8

Clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs, magazines and journals, newsletters, posters, and programs featuring Demi and Arturo Rodríguez are in this series. Also included is Arturo's book Myths in Black and White, and several children's books that are part of a series illustrated by Arturo under his pseudonym Hieronimus Fromm.
Description Container Select
Book, Myths in Black and White by Arturo Rodríguez, 1979
3
19
Children's Books Illustrated by Arturo Rodríguez, circa 1980
3
20-21
Clippings, 1986-2016
3
22-23
Clippings, 1993-1997
7
1
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1987-2016
3
24-29
Journals, 1999
3
30
Magazines, 2003-2004
4
1
Newsletters, 2000
4
2
Posters, 2007
7
1
Posters, 2001-2007
8
Program, 1979-1999
4
3

Series 8: Artwork , 1963-2016
1.5 Linear feet
Boxes 4-5, 7, OV 8

Artwork consists of childhood drawings and comics by Arturo Rodríguez, Demi and Arturo's Christmas card designs, drawings by Arturo to Demi, Demi's first and second painting attempts, painted sketches, loose sketches, and 30 sketchbooks belonging to Demi and Arturo. Preliminary sketches for "A Child that Suffers" and The School of Night are also contained within the sketchbooks.
Description Container Select
Childhood Drawings and Comics by Arturo, 1963-1968
4
2
Childhood Drawings and Comics by Arturo, 1968
8
Christmas Card Designs, 2012
4
5
Collages, circa 1985
4
6
Drawings Dedicated to Lorenzo Garcia Vega, circa 2010
4
7
Drawing, Self-Portrait of Arturo as Gift to Demi, 1984
4
8
Painting, Demi's First Painting, 1984
4
9
Painted Sketches, circa 1984-2011
Includes Arturo's artwork and Demi's second painting.
4
10-11
Sketches, 1982-2016
4
12-18
Sketches and Drawings, 1982-2016
Includes ink drawings by Arturo when he was 17 years old.
7
2-3
Sketchbooks, circa 1976-2007
4
19-30
Sketchbooks, 2008-2016
5
1-10
Sketchbooks, 2003-2010
7
4

Series 9: Photographic Material , 1974-2012
1.5 Linear feet
Boxes 5-7

The series includes photographs, slides, digital records, and 3 photograph albums of Demi and Arturo's wedding, their home and studio, exhibitions, travel, works of art that include Arturo's collage series Demi, and still lifes of toy soldiers by Arturo.
Description Container Select
Albums, Demi and Arturo's Wedding, 1984
5
11
Album, Family Portraits Exhibition, 2001
5
12
Album, Made for Demi by Jose Asencio, 2008
5
13
Demi and Arturo, 1980-2012
Includes born-digital records, see ER13.
Includes Polaroids, photographs with the musician Bebo Valdés, Demi and Arturo in the Pometeo Theater Group, with children, and others. Also includes artwork by children in a few files.
6
1-9
Tribute to Lorenzo Garcia Vega (June 8, 2012), Digital Photographs and Digital Video Recording, 2012
1.22 Gigabytes
127 computer files
ER13
Demi and Arturo, 1980-2012
7
5
Demi, 1978-2011
Includes born-digital records, see ER14.
A photograph of Demi by Ramon Guerrero in folder 11 is publication restricted.
6
10-12
Photographs of Demi Rodriguez (1982-2006, undated), Digital Photographs, 2004-2010
0.021 Gigabytes
11 computer files
ER14
Arturo, 1974-circa 2005
Includes born-digital records, see ER15.
6
13-16
Photographs of Arturo Rodriguez and Family (1919-2007), Digital Photographs, 2006-2007
0.051 Gigabytes
35 computer files
ER15
Home and Studio, 1992-circa 2012
Includes born-digital records, see ER16.
6
17-18
Home and Studio, Digital Photographs and Digital Video Recording, 2013-2014
0.08 Gigabytes
40 computer files
ER16
Exhibition, Photograph Album of Demi's Exhibitions, 1987-1988
6
19
Exhibition, Photograph Album of Demi's First Exhibition at the Cuban Museum, 1987
6
20
Exhibition, Scrapbook for Crossings, 1994
Along with photographs, the scrapbook also includes printed materials.
6
21
Exhibition, All for Love, 2004
Includes born-digital materials, see ER17.
6
22
Gulf Coast Museum, Largo, FL, (October 8, 2004), Digital Photographs, 2004
0.021 Gigabytes
23 computer files
ER17
Arturo and Demi, Gulf Coast Museum, October 4, 2004
1 videocassettes (vhs-c)
6
23
Arrivals and Departures, Arturo Rodriguez Exhibition, Salamatina Gallery, Manhasset, NY (2009), Digital Video Recording, 2019
0.716 Gigabytes
One computer file
ER18
Arte America Exhibition, Demi Rodriguez, Miami Beach, FL (2009), Digital Video Recording, 2014
0.001 Gigabytes
One computer file
ER19
Arte America Exhibition, Mega TV News (March 2008), Digital Video Recording, 2014
0.097 Gigabytes
One computer file
ER20
Still Lifes, circa 1980
6
24
Travel, 1994-2008
Includes a list of trips taken from 1983 to 2008.
6
25
Trip to the Amazon Jungle, Digital Video Recording, 2009
1.84 Gigabytes
One computer file
ER21
Trip to Galapagos Islands, Digital Photographs and Digital Video Recordings, 2009
0.394 Gigabytes
14 computer files
ER22
Works of Art by Arturo, 1986
6
27
Works of Art, Collage Series Demi by Arturo, 1993
6
28
Works of Art by Demi, circa 1995-2010
6
29-30
Ceramic Mural, Home of Nat Chediak, Digital Photographs, 2004
0.011 Gigabytes
Nine computer files
ER23
Murals, Office of Mike Thomas, Digital Photographs, 2004
0.014 Gigabytes
11 computer files
ER24
Sketches, Demi Rodriguez (1993-2002), Digital Photographs, 2002
0.008 Gigabytes
Seven computer files
ER25
Demi Rodriguez, Images of Artwork and Artist, Digital Photographs, 2005-2008
0.014 Gigabytes
14 computer files
ER26
Photographs of Demi and Arturo Rodriguez (1983-2009), Digital Photographs, 2004-2010
0.114 Gigabytes
Seven computer files
ER27
Arturo Rodriguez Teaching Mike Thomas's Daughters to Draw, Digital Video Recordings, 2010
1.52 Gigabytes
16 computer files
ER28
Works of Art by Others, 1979
6
33
Others, Bebo Valdés, circa 2005
6
34
Bebo Valdes, Digital Photographs, 2009
0.005 Gigabytes
Four computer files
ER29

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  • To request an appointment to view materials, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reading Room" button. Please note, you will receive the full box.
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