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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.
DescriptionContainer
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.
DescriptionContainer
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
Kurt Delbanco was instrumental in adding Arturo's artwork to the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection. The file also includes one electronic disc.
1
14
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.
DescriptionContainer
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 Megga TV at Arte America Exhibition, March 2008
1 videodiscs (dvd)
1
36
Demi Interviewed by Olga Connor for Radio Marti, July 5, 2003
1 sound cassette
2
1
Demi Interviewed by Rosie Urango, 2008
1 electronic discs (cd)
Includes list of other records on disc that may be duplicates of other materials within the collection.
2
2
Conversations with Demi, 2010
1 electronic discs (dvd)
2
3
Arturo Interviewed in BBC Documentary Havana, April 1990
1 videodiscs (dvd)
2
4
Arturo Interviewed by CNN, undated
1 electronic discs (dvd)
The interview is in Spanish.
2
5
Arturo Interviewed by Univision, May 30, 2010
1 videodiscs (dvd)
2
6
Carlos Verdecia Jr., April 8, 2010
1 electronic discs (dvd)
Verdecia, best friend of Arturo, speaks about Arturo's personality.
2
7

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.
DescriptionContainer
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 one electronic disc.
2
13
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).
DescriptionContainer
Book, The School of Night Images Used, 2014
1 electronic discs (cd)
2
16
Caravaggio Project, Sketchbook and Images, 2008-2009
Includes one electronic disc of images of artwork.
2
17
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 four electronic discs.
2
24
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.
DescriptionContainer
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 one electronic disc with images of paintings with the owners.
3
3
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.
DescriptionContainer
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.
DescriptionContainer
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, 21 electronic discs, 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.
DescriptionContainer
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 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 and one electronic disc of a tribute to Lorenzo Garcia Vega.
6
1-9
Demi and Arturo, 1980-2012
7
5
Demi, 1978-2011
Includes two electronic discs of childhood and other photographs, a photograph of Demi by Ramon Guerrero, and at the opening of her exhibition One More Day on Earth.
A photograph of Demi by Ramon Guerrero in folder 11 is publication restricted.
6
10-12
Arturo, 1974-circa 2005
Includes one electronic disc of Arturo's family, photographs of himself with homeless people, at exhibitions, and with others.
6
13-16
Home and Studio, 1992-circa 2012
2 electronic discs (dvd)
6
17-18
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
1 electronic discs (cd)
Includes list of contents on disc.
6
22
Exhibition, Various, 2004-2009
1 videocassettes (vhs-c)
2 electronic discs (dvd)
Includes exhibitions at the Gulf Coast Museum, for Arte America, and Arturo's exhibition Arrivals and Departures
6
23
Still Lifes, circa 1980
6
24
Travel, 1994-2008
Includes a list of trips taken from 1983 to 2008.
6
25
Travel, 2009
2 electronic discs (dvd)
6
26
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
Works of Art, circa 2004-2010
9 electronic discs (cd)
1 electronic discs (dvd)
Includes images of the Ceramic mural at the home of actor and film producer Nat Chediak and murals at the office of Mike Thomas, footage of Arturo teaching Thomas's daughter to draw, and images from Arturo's web page.
6
31-32
Works of Art by Others, 1979
6
33
Others, Bebo Valdés, circa 2005
6
34

Make a Request

  • 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.
  • To request reproductions, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reproduction" button.