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Ellen Lanyon papers, circa 1880-2014, bulk 1926-2013

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Series 4: Writings, Lectures, and Notebooks , circa 1947-2013
3.2 Linear feet
Box 21-24

Writings include general writings, lectures, presentations, and notebooks created by Lanyon and others. In addition to paper material, sound recordings, video recordings, and electronic records are also found here.
The series is arranged as three subseries
  • 4.1: General Writings, 1947-2013
  • 4.2: Lectures and Presentations, circa 1974-2011
  • 4.3: Notebooks, circa 1948-2012
4.1: General Writings, 1947-2013
Writings found here by type or topic include art education, articles written for publication, autobiographical writing, dreams, an illustrated story, invite lists, memorials, notes, poetry, questionnaires, statements, Lanyon's MFA thesis, writings about others, and writings by others. Content relates to Lanyon's work, influences and inspirations, her career, her experience as a woman artist, printmaking, collaboration, and the work of other artists. Notes include jottings, lists, fragments, and drafts pertaining to travel, exhibitions, contacts, schedules, plans, and business matters. Writings by others are primarily essays written about Lanyon and her work. One sound cassette contains a personal recording made by Lanyon at Yaddo and one electronic disc (CD) contains a copy of Lanyon's MFA thesis from the late 1940s.
Description Container
Art Education, circa 1979-1981
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2
Articles
"The Preparation and History of Egg Tempera" (1957), 1957
21
3
"Statement on Art" in Name Book 1 (1977), circa 1976
21
4
"What is Magic? Majic is E.Z., Speak to Me, Speak Easy" (1982), 1982
21
5
"Regional, What Ism" (1986), 1985-1986
21
6
"The Time Transfixed of René Magritte" (1987), 1986-1987
21
7
"Motherhood and Art" (1992), 1992
21
8
"Philip Guston's Exchanges" (1993), 1993
21
9
"Collaborations: The Artist, the Printer and the Print Publisher" (1995), 1993-1995
21
10
"Opening a Window to Set a Dove Free" (unpublished), 1994-1995
21
11
Autobiographical and Family History, 1998
1 sound cassette
Personal recording made by Lanyon at Yaddo
21
13
Autobiographical Writing, circa 1975-1995
21
14
Dreams, circa 1990-2000
21
15
Illustrated Recipe Book, circa 1970
21
16
Illustrated Story, "Magic/Illusion" (copy), undated
21
17
Invite Lists, circa 2001
21
18
Memorials, circa 1990-2013
21
19
Notes and Fragments, circa 1970-2010
21
20
Poetry, circa 1978-1985
21
21
Questionnaires, 1992-2008
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22
Statements, circa 1957-1999
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23
Thesis, "Egg Tempera: The Technique and its History", 1947-1950
Includes 1 electronic disc (CD) with copy of thesis dating from circa 2005
21
24
Writing about Others, circa 1980-2010
21
25
Other Writings, circa 1970-2010
Includes panels, responses, reflections, short essays, submissions, prefaces, and comments
21
26
Writings by Others
Dennis Adrian, circa 1983
21
26
Debra Balken, circa 1999
21
27
Eleanor Heartney, 1992
21
28
Donald Kuspit, circa 1986
21
29
Martica Sawin, 2013, 1983
21
30
Barbara Tannenbaum, circa 1977
21
31
"Second Sight: Printmaking in Chicago, 1935-1960," Author Unknown, circa 1996
21
32
Various Authors, circa 1980-2011
21
33
4.2: Lectures and Presentations, circa 1974-2011
Lectures and presentations are sound recordings, video recordings, and Power Point presentations by Lanyon and others. Lectures and presentations share Lanyon's thoughts about her artwork, career, and philosophy, and were delivered at various colleges, universities, and other venues across the country. Lanyon also saved recordings of lectures given by artists at Cooper Union and other locations. Some folders contain both the original recording and a copy on electronic disc. Lectures and presentations are on twenty-nine sound cassettes, one videocassette (VHS), and electronic discs (CD and DVD).
Description Container
By Lanyon
"Twenty-Eight is the Magic Number: The Business of Art", 1974
2 sound cassettes
21
34
"Anatomy of America '76," Minneapolis Institute of Art, 1977
1 sound cassette
21
35
"Ox-Bow", 1998
1 sound cassette
22
1
"Stamford Museum Lecture", 1988
1 sound cassette
22
2
"Iowa City Print Department", 1991
1 sound cassette
22
3
"New York Studio School Lecture", 1991
1 sound cassette
and 1 electronic disc (unidentified format) with copy of lecture from circa 2005
22
4
"Michigan Water Color Society", 1991
1 videocassettes (vhs)
22
5
"Art Lecture and Slide Presentation", 1992
1 sound cassette
22
6
"Two Artists, Four Decades," Joint Lecture with Roland Ginzel, University of Tennessee, 1998
1 sound cassette
22
7
"Current Work: Mechanical/Botanical, 1999-2008," Ox-Bow, 2008
1 electronic discs (cd)
22
8
"Current Work, 1999-2008", 2008
1 electronic discs (cd)
22
9
"Curiosities," School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2011
1 electronic discs (dvd)
22
10
Presentation, 2011
2 electronic discs (dvd)
22
11
"Commissions", circa 2010
2 electronic discs (cd)
22
12
"DePaul Art Museum Presentation, Lecture and Images", circa 2010
1 electronic discs (cd)
22
13
Lecture Notes, circa 1980-2010
22
14
By Others at Cooper Union
Alice Aycock, Michelle Stuart, undated
1 sound cassette
22
15
Agnes Denes, undated
1 sound cassette
22
16
Sam Gilliam, undated
1 sound cassette
22
17
Lynn Gumbert, undated
1 sound cassette
22
18
G. Hendricks, undated
1 sound cassette
22
19
Marilyn Henrion, Sophomore Seminar, 1986
1 sound cassette
22
20
Donald Lipski, undated
1 sound cassette
22
21
Pat Oleszko, undated
1 sound cassette
22
22
Irving Sandler, undated
2 sound cassettes
23
1
Alan Stone, Sophomore Seminar, 1984
1 sound cassette
23
2
By Others
Gregory Amenoff, undated
1 sound cassette
23
3
Geoff Hendricks, undated
1 sound cassette
23
4
Duane Michels, Max Kozloff, undated
1 sound cassette
23
5
"New Figuration" Panel Moderated by Jeanne Siegel, 1982
2 sound cassettes
Panelists include Alex Katz, Barbara Kruger, Robert Longo, David Salle, and J. Shapiro
23
6
Yvonne Rainer, Seminar, undated
1 sound cassette
23
7
Michael Spano, undated
1 sound cassette
23
8
"Wurman", undated
1 sound cassette
23
9
"4 Alums", undated
1 sound cassette
23
10
4.3: Notebooks, circa 1948-2012
Thirty-seven notebooks contain reminders, reflections, impressions, lists, contacts, travel plans, drawings, schedules, logistical details, business affairs, lectures notes, drafts, and the occasional diary entry. Several loose items such as clippings, correspondence, and other writings have been tucked into some notebook pages. A few notebooks have titles that relate to specific topics, but most were used interchangeably for multiple purposes.
Description Container
Notebook (disbound), circa 1948
23
11
Notebook, circa 1949
23
12
Notebook, "Masaccio Fresco, Courtauld Institute of Art", 1951
23
13
Notebook (disbound), 1952-1953
23
14
Notebooks (2), circa 1968
23
15
Notebook, circa 1975
23
16
Notebooks (2), circa 1975
23
17
Notebook, 1976
23
18
Notebook, circa 1976-1978
23
19
Notebook, "Nature Book, Studies and Notes", 1979
23
20
Notebook, 1981-1982
23
21
Notebooks (2), 1982-1983
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Notebooks (4), circa 1985
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1
Notebook, circa 1987
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2
Notebook, 1987-1988
24
3
Notebook, "London, Cornwall, Paris", 1992
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4
Notebooks (2), 1993, 1992
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5
Notebooks (3), circa 1995
24
6
Notebook, 1997
24
7
Notebook, circa 1998
24
8
Notebooks (2), circa 1998
24
9
Notebook, 2002-2003
24
10
Notebooks (4), circa 2005
24
11
Notebook, 2012
24
12

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