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Emilio Cruz papers, 1961-2008

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged in seven series.

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Series 1: Biographical Material , 1988, 2001-2005, undated
4 Folders
Box 1

Biographical material includes Cruz's career narratives, an interview with Ben Looker for a book about the Black Artists' Group, an address book, and recording of Emilio Cruz's on mini DV cassettes.
Description Container Select
Career Narratives, 1988, undated
1
1
Interview with Ben Looker for a Book About the Black Artists' Group, 2001-2002
1
2
Address Book, undated
1
3
Recording of Emilio Cruz Memorial, 2005 March 9
3 videocassettes (minidv)
1
4

Series 2: Correspondence , 1965-2008
0.9 Linear feet
Box 1

Correspondence includes drafts and final copies of correspondence sent and received by Cruz. Though primarily professional in nature, some letters includes Cruz's theories regarding art and literature.
This series includes files for specific correspondents and topics, as well as general correspondence. Named files are arranged alphabetically, as are topical files. General correspondence is arranged chronologically.
Description Container Select
Adler Gallery, 1989
1
5
Brooklyn Museum, 1986-1987
1
6
City College of New York, 1982-1989
1
7
Crouch, Stanley, 2003-2004
1
8
David Anderson Gallery, 1991-1994
1
9
Forbes Magazine, 1998
1
10
Gee, Helen, 1968-1971
1
11
Kebede, Alitash, 1986, 2004
1
12
Li-Lan, 1971-1974
1
13
Menil Collection, 1989-1990
1
14
Menza, Claudia, 1996-1997, 2003-2004
1
15
Metropolitan Museum of Art, circa 1995
1
16
Museum of Modern Art, 1982-1993, 1999-2000
1
17
National Endowment for the Arts, 1970-1971
1
18
National Museum of American Art, 1981-1984, 1990-1994
1
19
New Federal Theatre, circa 1982
1
20
Rhode Island School of Design, Museum of Art, 1986
1
21
Saxon Lee Gallery, 1989
1
22
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 1998
1
23
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1971-1973, 1983
1
24
Snug Harbor Cultural Center, 1993-1994
1
25
Solfisburg, Roy J., 1981-1985, undated
1
26
Studio Museum in Harlem, 1985-1987, 1991-1994, 1998
1
27
Vermont Studio Center, 1997-1999
1
28
Wadsworth Atheneum, Amistad Foundation, 1993-1996
1
29
Zabriskie Gallery, 1965, 1984
1
30
Correspondence Related to African American Health, 1993
1
31
Correspondence Related to Charlotta Kotik's Letter to Anita Shapolsky, 1987-1988
This file includes correspondence to/from Charlotta Kotik, Anita Shapolsky, Mary Schmidt Campbell, Susan Hillsbury, and Isabel Nazario/NYSCA.
1
32
General Correspondence, 1966, 1970-circa 1976, 1990-2005, 2008
1
33-39
General Correspondence, undated
1
40

Series 3: Writings , 1969-2004
2.6 Linear feet
Boxes 1-3, FC 5-6, Boxes 7-9

3.1: General Writings, 1984-2004
General writings consist of essays, exhibition text, and other assorted writing by Emilio Cruz.
Description Container
Essays, 1984, 1988-1993, 1998, 2004
1
41
Writings about Exhibition, 1993, 2003, undated
1
42
Homo Sapiens Series and Season of the Blind, Molly Barnes Gallery, undated
1
43
Can Frankenstein Possess Moral Integrity?— The Displacement of the Gods New York University, undated
1
44
Obscure Reflections Behind a Hidden Wall, Response to Robin Kelly's Essay on Miles Davis in New York Times Magazine, 2001
1
45
Opening Remarks, Columbia Teachers College and White Gloves Black Body and Gold, undated
2
1
Sunday Ridgeback and Slippage Draws, 2004
2
2
3.2: Literary Work and Performance Material, 1969-1997
Literary work and performance material includes poems, short stories, novels, and plays, as well as materials related to the performance of these works. This subseries includes audiovisual material in a variety of formats related to Cruz's performances.
Description Container
Alien, undated
2
3
Anatomy 1-13—Original and Harpoon—Original, undated
2
4
Blind Harry, 1995
2
5
Can Frankenstein Possess Moral Integrity, undated
2
6
Carlos Linares, Imitation of the Beast, The Human Body, and The Silent Body and the Aesthetics of Passion, 1992, undated
2
7
Discretion, 1976
2
8
Earthenware for Sun Ra, 1995
2
9
Homeo Stasis: What We Are Now and Homeostasis Poems, 1978
2
10
Inter Planetary Slaver— Originals, 1969-1970
2
11
Images From a Dark Room, undated
2
12-13
Luminous Journey, undated
2
14-18
Night of Latex and Crumpled Cloth and Prologue on Calvary, undated
2
19
Plum: A Novel Chapters 1-11, undated
2
20
Plum, undated
2
21-25
Rites of Plum Concept Statement and Chapters 1-14, undated
2
26
Ugly Head and the Goddess God He She, undated
2
27
Untitled and Assorted Poetry, 1986-1988, undated
2
28
When This War Is Over, You're Going to Get It George, 1975
2
29
Zero, undated
2
30
Musical Homage to Ants and Other Symbiotic Creatures, 1976
3
1
Materials Related to The Absence Held Fast to Its Presence, 1976, 1981-1982
3
2
Materials Related to Homeostasis: Once More the Scorpion, 1978, 1982
3
3
Cage, performed at BACA Downtown/Center for the Arts, 1986-1987
3
4
Get Down Perfume (1990), performed at Anita Shapolsky Gallery, 1989-1990
3
5
Trilogy for a Distant God— Mirror/Cage/Gun performance at the Studio Museum in Harlem, 1993
3
6
Earthenware: A Poem for Sun Ra and Other Distant Planets Performance at Knitting Factory, 1989, 1995
3
7
Compassion Spirit of Influence Performed at Knitting Factory, 1978, 1985, 1995-1996
3
8
Zero Performed at Steinbaum/Krauss Gallery, 1995, 1997
3
9
Earthenware, Homo Sapiens Poems Performed at the Museum of American Art of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1975, 1995-1997
3
10
Prints from Goya's The Disasters of War, 1978
1 Film reel
16mm
Color footage of still prints from Francisco de Goya's The Disasters of War. Includes soundtrack.
FC 5
Homeostasis, 1977
1 Film reel
16 mm
Black and white footage likely accompanied a performance of Homeostasis.
FC 6
Homeostasis Theme, 1980
2 Sound tape reels
2 inch
Reel 1 (Box 7) has 9 tracks identified. Reel 2 (Box 8) has 4 tracks identified (5 numbered).
7-8
The Absence Held Fast to Its Presence Performance Recording, 1982 November 27
1 videocassettes (u-matic)
9
1
Sound Recording of The Absence at Randolph St. Gallery, 1981 April
1 Sound tape reel
9
2
Sound Recording of Homeostasis: Once More the Scorpion, circa 1981
1 Sound tape reel
9
3
Dub of Master Edit of Moming Recording, undated
1 videocassettes (u-matic)
9
4
Recording of The Rites of Plum, undated
1 videocassettes (vhs)
9
5
Sound Recording—Git Down Perfume, undated
2 Sound tape reels
1/2 inch
#6 has five identified tracks. #7 has six identified tracks.
9
6-7

Series 4: Personal Business Records , 1989-2000
5 Folders
Box 3

Personal business records include shipping invoices and a small number of gallery records. The gallery records in this series do not contain specific exhibition information.
Description Container Select
Chelsea House Publishing— Reproduction of Image, circa 1987
3
11
Sales and Shipping Invoices, 1990-1992
3
12
David Anderson Gallery, 1963-1968, 1980-1989
3
13
Porter Troupe Gallery, 1998
3
14
Steinbaum Krauss Gallery, 1998
3
15
Dialectica Gallery, 1999-2000
3
16

Series 5: Exhibition and Project Files , 1963-2003
1.2 Linear feet
Boxes 3-4

Exhibition and project files include correspondence, planning documents, financial documents, printed material, and photographic material related to Emilio Cruz's exhibitions and projects.
Description Container Select
Exhibition at Gallery of Loretto Hilton Center, 1969
3
17
Afro-American Artists: New York, and Boston— Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1970-1971
3
18
Exhibition at Walter Kelly Gallery, 1973
3
19
James Talcott, Inc.— Computer Art Program, 1974-1975
3
20-21
Exhibition at One Illinois Center, 1974
Oversized material housed in OV 11.
3
22
Oversized Poster for Exhibition at One Illinois Center, 1974
OV 11
Exhibition at the College of the Dayton Art Institute, 1973-1974
3
23
Chile Emergency Exhibition (1974), 1974
3
24
28th Illinois Invitational (1975)— Illinois State Museum, 1975
3
25
Women Choose Men (1975)— ARC Gallery, 1974-1975
3
26
Governor's Mansion Exhibition (1975)— Illinois State Museum, 1975
3
27
The Classic Revival (1975)— Illinois Bell, 1975
3
28
The Other Tradition: Abstract Painting in Chicago (1975)— Michael Wyman Gallery, 1975
3
29
Exhibition at Walter Kelly Gallery, 1975
3
30
Abstract Art in Chicago (1976)— Museum of Contemporary Art, 1976
3
31
2nd World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC) (1977), 1976-1977
3
32
Exhibition at Festival Gallery, Krannert Center for Performing Arts, University of Illinois, 1976-1977
Oversized material housed in OV 11.
3
33
Oversized Poster for Exhibition at Festival Gallery, Krannert Center, 1977
OV 11
Exhibition at Walter Kelly Gallery, 1976, 1978
3
34
Emilio Cruz: Painting 1974-1984 (1985)— Alternative Museum, 1984-1985
3
35
Kind of Blue (1986)— Northeastern University and Provincetown Art Association and Museum, 1986
3
36
New Works on Paper (1986)— Forum Gallery, 1986
3
37
Exhibition at Hand in Hand Galleries Ltd., 1986
3
38
The Animal Within (1986)— Rotunda Gallery, 1986-1987
3
39
The Call of the Wild: Animal Themes in Contemporary Art (1987)— Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art, 1980, 1985-1988
3
40
Recent Works (1987)— Anita Shapolsky Gallery, 1986-1987
3
41
The Modern Tradition (1987)— Portland Museum of Art, 1986-1987
3
42
The Art of Black America in Japan (1987), 1987
3
43
Emilio Cruz: Spilled Nightmares, Revelations, Reflections (1988)— Studio Museum in Harlem, 1985-1988
3
44
Alice, and Look Who Else, Through the Looking-Glass (1988-1989)— Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, 1988
3
45
Introspectives: Contemporary Art by Americans and Brazilians of African Descent (1989), 1988-1989
3
46
Personal Mythologies (1988-1989)— Rutgers, 1988-1989
3
47
The Decade Show (1990)— The New Museum, 1990
3
48
Exhibition at Art Gallery, Kingsborough Community College, 1989
3
49
Exhibition of Work at One Penn Plaza, 1988-1989
3
50
Vessels Incarnate: Paintings & Polychrome Structures 1970-1989 (1990)— Anita Shapolsky Gallery, 1987-1990
3
51
Socrates Sculpture Park (1992), 1991-1992
3
52
Current Identities: Recent Painting in the United States, Cuenca International Bienal of Painting, 1992-1995
3
53
Dream Singers, Story Tellers: An African-American Presence (1992-1994)— Fukui Fine Arts Museum, Tokushima Modern Art Museum, Otani Memorial Art Museum, and New Jersey State Museum, 1992-1994
4
1
Ciphers of Identity: Identity Politics and the Struggle Against Cultural Oppression Symposium (1993), 1992-1996
4
2
Serial Histories (1995)— Lombard-Freid Fine Arts, 1985, 1995
4
3
Face to Face: Artists on Artists (1995)— Gallery Swann, 1995
4
4
Body Language: Visual Interpretations of the Human Form (1995-1996)— Jamaica Arts Center, 1991-1995
4
5
Wheel of Fortune (1996)— Lombard-Freid Fine Arts, 1995-1996
4
6
Exhibition of Studio Art Faculty of the Department of Art and Art Professions, New York University (1997)— 80 Washington Square East Galleries, 1996
4
7
Four Collectors (1996)— The Century Association, 1996
4
8
V Salón de Dibujo de Santo Domingo (1997-1998)— Museo de Arte Moderno de Republica Domenicana, 1997
4
9
18 Panesl from the Homo Sapiens Series (1997)— Maurice N. Flecker Memorial Gallery, Suffolk Community College, 1997
4
10
Homo Sapiens Series, Portraits of No-One, and Vertebrae (1997)— Steinbaum Krauss Gallery, 1996-1998
This file also includes materials related to other exhibitions.
4
11
Homo Sapiens Series (1997)— Museum of American Art of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1996-1998
4
12
Exhibition at Molly Barnes Gallery, 1998-1999
4
13
Slave Routes: The Long Memory (1999)— Kenkeleba House, 1986, 1999
This file also contains materials related to a 1986 group exhibition.
4
14
African-American Art @ 2000: Public Voices/Private Visions (2000)— Rockland Center for the Arts, 1999-2000
4
15
Subsequent Order: Paintings, Drawings, Pastels and Stelae (2001)— Skoto Gallery, 2001
Oversized material housed in OV 11.
4
16
Oversized Photocopy of Guestbook for Subsequent Order Exhibition, 2001
OV 11
Life on Earth— Landau Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA, 2002-2004
4
17
"I Am Food I Eat the Eater of Food:" Paintings and Drawings (2004)— Alitash Kebede Gallery, 1995, 2004
4
18
Assorted Exhibitions and Projects, 1971-1975
4
19
Assorted Exhibitions and Projects, 1990, 2004
4
20

Series 6: Printed Material , 1964-2003
0.6 Linear feet
Box 4

Printed material includes publications in which Emilio Cruz's writing was published or in which he was written about; exhibition and performance materials such as catalogs, programs, and invitations; and clippings of reviews of exhibitions and performances.
Description Container Select
Oversized The New Art Examiner Vol. 2 No. 7 Containing Excerpt of When This War Is Over You're Going to Get It George, 1975
OV 11
Oversized The New Art Examiner Vol. 7 No. 9, 1980
OV 11
Published Poems and Excerpts, 1977-1979
4
21
Creative Insight Summer 2001, 2001
4
22
Publications Featuring Emilio Cruz, 1986-1987, 1995
4
23
the ART gallery Magazine Vol. XI No. 7, 1968
4
24
Oversized Clipping from Tuesday Magazine, 1969
OV 11
Oversized Clipping From Panorama— Chicago Daily News, 1976
OV 11
Topic No. 5, undated
4
25
Exhibition and Performance Catalogs, Programs, Invitations, etc., 1964-1966
4
26
Exhibition and Performance Catalogs, Programs, Invitations, etc., 1968-1976
4
27
Exhibition and Performance Catalogs, Programs, Invitations, etc., 1980-1986
4
28
Exhibition and Performance Catalogs, Programs, Invitations, etc., 1987-1989
4
29
Exhibition and Performance Catalogs, Programs, Invitations, etc., 1990-1999, 2003-2005, undated
4
30
Reviews of Performances, 1976-1986, 1995
4
31
Reviews, 1963-1964, 1971-1978
4
32
Reviews, 1985-1999
4
33
Reviews, 1984-1998, 2003
4
34-35

Series 7: Photographic Material , 1961-2003
0.2 Linear feet
Box 10, OV 11

Photographic material includes photographs of Emilio Cruz and slides of his artwork.
Description Container Select
Photographs and Slides of Performances— Homeostasis: Once More the Scorpion and The Absence, 1981
10
1
Photographs of Emilio Cruz, 1977, 1981, 1999-2002
10
2
Slides— Paintings, Drawings, and Sculptures, 1961-1969, 1977-1993
10
3
Slides— Homo Sapien, 1990-1997
Oversized materials housed in OV 11.
10
4
Oversized Digital Contact Sheet, 1990s
OV 11
Slides— Season of the Blind, 1990-1995
10
5
Slides— Season of the Blind, 1994
10
6
Slides— Charcoal on Paper, 1993-1997
10
7
Slides— Life On Earth, 2002
Oversized materials housed in OV 11.
10
8
Oversized Digital Contact Sheet, circa 2002
OV 11
Slides— Paintings, Life On Earth, 2002
Oversized materials housed in OV 11.
10
9
Oversized Digital Contact Sheet, circa 2002
OV 11
Slides— "I Am the Food I Eat the Eater of Food", 2003
10
10
Slides— Portraits, Including Self-Portrait Triptych, undated
10
11

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