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José de Rivera papers, 1930-1991

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Series 4: Commission Files , 1954-1977
(Box 1-2, 6-7, OV 10, FC 13; 1.1 linear feet)

Commission files contain letters, contracts, receipts, clippings, blueprints, miscellaneous printed material, and photographs concerning de Rivera's projects including the Brussels Construction for the Brussels Universal and International Exhibition and his sculpture for the 1964 New York World's Fair. Of primary significance is the file concerning Infinity, commissioned for the plaza in front of the Smithsonian Museum of History and Technology, now the National Museum of American History. This file contains a detailed photographic record of the construction and installation of this work which, in 1967, was the largest abstract sculpture commissioned by the government. Also of note is the file for Construction #73 for the American Iron and Steel Institute which contains a reel of 16mm motion picture film showing the sculpture Homage to the World of Minkowski at the Grace Borgenicht Gallery.
Description Container
Wishing Star, Statler Hilton Hotel, Dallas, Texas, 1955-1957
(7 folders)
1
50-56
Brussels Construction, Brussels Universal and International Exhibition, 1957-1970
(6 folders)
1
57-62
Sculpture for New York World's Fair, 1962-1964
(3 folders; Oversized Material Housed in OV 10)
1
63-65
Infinity, Smithsonian Museum of History and Technology, 1963-1977
(19 folders; Oversized Material Housed in Box 7)
1
66-84
Construction #73, "Steel Century Two," American Iron and Steel Institute, 1964-1965, 1954
Includes 1 reel motion picture film
2
1-6
Construction #105, Rochester Institute of Technology, 1967-1971
(Oversized Material Housed in OV 10)
2
7
Sculpture for the Popejoy Concert Hall, University of New Mexico at Albuquerque, 1969-1970
(Oversized Material Housed in OV 10)
2
8
Construction #150, Washington Square, Lansing, Michigan, 1973
(4 folders; Oversized Material Housed in Box 6 and OV 10)
2
9-12
An Oversized Schematic Drawing for Construction #150, Washington Square, Lansing, Michigan, 1973,
(from Box 2, Folder 9)
6
5
Two Oversized Photographs of Infinity, Smithsonian Museum of History and Technology, 1963,
(from Box 1, Folder 73)
7
1
An Oversized Blueprint for New York World's Fair, 1964,
(from Box 1, Folder 66)
OV 10
Three Oversized Blueprints and a Schematic Drawing for Construction #105, Rochester Institute of Technology, 1967,
(from Box 2, Folder 7)
OV 10
An Oversized Blueprint for the Sculpture for the Popejoy Concert Hall, University of New Mexico at Albuquerque, 1969,
(from Box 2, Folder 8)
OV 10
An Oversized Blueprint for Construction #150, Washington Square, Lansing, Michigan, 1973,
(from Box 2, Folder 9)
OV 10
1 Motion Picture Film Reel from Box 2, folder 1
FC 13

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