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Subseries 2.2 | A Finding Aid to the Jacques Lipchitz papers and Bruce Bassett papers concerning Jacques Lipchitz, circa 1910-2001, bulk 1941-2001 | Digitized Collection

Jacques Lipchitz papers and Bruce Bassett papers concerning Jacques Lipchitz, circa 1910-2001, bulk 1941-2001

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2.2: Business Records, 1968-2001
1.3 linear feet
Boxes 13-14

This series contains tax records, correspondence, invoices, contracts, releases, and project files concerning the work Bassett produced under the auspices of the Jacques Lipchitz Art Foundation and Histor Systems, two organizations he founded. Both entities were concerned mainly with projects documenting the life and work of Jacques Lipchitz, and both contain materials related to the two main Lipchitz projects, namely the documentary and the interactive video installation. The Jacques Lipchitz Art Foundation was dissolved in part because of the Lipchitz family's concerns that its existence would confuse and complicate transactions involving Lipchitz artworks after his death.
The series is arranged as 2 subseries:
2.2.1: Jacques Lipchitz Art Foundation, 1968-1982
2.2.2: Histor Systems, 1991-2001
2.2.1:Jacques Lipchitz Art Foundation, 1968-1982
The Jacques Lipchitz Art Foundation was founded by Bruce Bassett in 1968. Projects carried out through the Foundation include the the audioguide created for the Brooks Memorial Art Gallery, the Deborah Stott Interviews (Subseries 2.4), Jacques Lipchitz Interactive Project (Subseries 2.5.2), Jacques Lipchitz Documentary (Subseries 2.5.3). The Jacques Lipchitz Art Foundation dissolved around 1978, but Bassett carried on with his work related to Jacques Lipchitz under the auspices of Histor Systems (Subseries 2.2.2).
Subseries includes financial records, organizational records, correspondence, contracts, and project files related to the major projects carried out through the Foundation. The Bylaws folder includes a list of the JLAF Board of Directors from 1971. Notable documents in Correspondence include a letter from Nelson Rockefeller to Lipchitz, and letters about the creation of a Jacques Lipchitz Sculpture Museum (which never came to pass). The Contracts and Releases folder includes the original media release signed by Jacques Lipchitz. The Brooks Memorial Art Gallery project files document the production of an audioguide in conjunction with a 1974 Jacques Lipchitz exhibition at Memphis, TN museum through correspondence, checklists, drafts of a script, and photographs. The documentary project files contain records of fundraising and distribution of the film, a list of music used, and correspondence describing changes to 1977 version of film. The interactive project files consist mainly of documents related to a demonstration of the interactive system in December, 1973.
Additional documentation of the interactive project is found in series 2.2, Business Records, Histor Systems, and in series 5.2, Film Projects, Interactive Project. A long interview with Lipchitz and a large collection of photographs, both produced under the auspices of the Jacques Lipchitz Art Foundation, are found in series 4, Interview with Jacques Lipchitz conducted by Deborah Stott.
DescriptionContainer
Financial Records, 1968-1975
13
3
Bylaws, 1968-1971
13
4
Correspondence, 1968-1971
13
5
Deborah Stott Letters, 1968-1977
13
6
Contracts and Releases, 1971-1978
13
7
Brooks memorial Art Gallery Project Files, 1973-1974
6 folders
13
8-13
Documentary Project Files, 1974-1980
4 folders
13
14-17
Interactive Project File, 1973-1982
13
18
2.2.2:Histor Systems, 1991-2001
Bruce Bassett founded Histor Systems to continue his work on the Jacques Lipchitz interactive project, as well as some work connected to the Lipchitz Documentary, after the Jacques Lipchitz Art Foundation was dissolved. Under this organization, Bassett also worked to promote the interactive system for use documenting other notable public figures, without success.
This series primarily contains records relating to the presentation of the Lipchitz interactive project, which was usually presented under the title "Conversations with Lipchitz." There are also records relating to the Lipchitz documentary and its later releases with French and Spanish subtitles. Other records in the series include invoices mostly addressed to Hanno Mott, records relating to a demonstration of the interactive system in Israel, and an interactive project file that includes informative and promotional letters about Histor Systems, most notably addressed to Bill Gates and President Jimmy Carter (at the time, a prospective subject for an interactive project). The Interactive Project Files includes a list of Histor Systems directors in 1996.
The last installation of the interactive system to be documented here was with the exhibition
Lipchitz and the Avant-Garde: From Paris to New York
, in 2001 at Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Krannert Art Museum records relate to the financial and logistical operation of the interactive system, as well as marketing and publicity for the exhibition.
Subseries 2.5, Film projects related to Jacques Lipchitz, contains the actual audiovisual content of the interactive project and the Lipchitz documentary, as well as records related to their production.
DescriptionContainer
Interactive Project File, 1991-1997
13
19
Documentary Subtitle Records, 1998
13
20-21
Financial Records, 1997-2000
13
22-24
Israel Demonstration Files, 1998
13
25
Krannert Art Museum
Staffing Invoices, 2001
14
1
Marketing, 2001
14
2-4
Guest Log, 2001
14
5
Visitor Response, 2001
14
6
Staffing for Interactive Program, 2001
14
7
Hanno Mott Correspondence, 2001
14
8
Calendar, 2001
14
9
Publicity, 2001
14
10
Publicity Photographs, 2001
(Contains photographs of Bassett with Jacques Lipchitz)
14
11
Gertrude Stein Performance at Members' Reception, 2001
14
12

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