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Judith Wechsler papers, 1940-2003, bulk 1971-1994

Wechsler, Judith, 1940-

Art historian, Educator, Filmmaker

Collection Information

Size: 18.2 linear feet

Summary: The papers of filmmaker and art historian Judith Wechsler measure 18.2 linear feet and consist of film production material from several of Wechsler's documentary films released between 1989 and 1994. Most of the collection consists of sound recordings and motion picture film. Documentaries with production material in the collection include "Jasper Johns: Take An Object," produced with Hans Namuth, "Harry Callahan (1994)," "Aaron Siskind: Making Pictures (1991)," and five episodes of "The Painter's World: Changing Constants of Art from the Renaissance to the Present (1989)," a six-part television series produced by WGBH in Boston. Episodes of the series for which records are found include "The Training of Painters," "The Arrested Moment," "Portraits," "Abstraction," and "Painting and the Public". Also found are two reels of soundtrack labeled "Two Photographers," a title for which no other documentation is found. Notable content includes interviews with Jasper Johns, Frank Stella, David Hockney, Philip Pearlstein, Joel Meyerowitz, Dominique de Menil, Walter Hopps, Aaron Siskind, and Harry Callahan, found in their unedited state among the original sound recordings. Production elements found include original sound recordings, work print picture and soundtrack, outtakes, various pre-print master material, and video copies of completed works. There is a 2.2 linear foot addition to this collection donated 2018-2019 that includes two master video transfers and one soundtrack of Wechsler's "Jasper Johns: Take an Object", cassette recordings regarding her documentary films and television series on artists, and seven 1/4 inch audio reels of Aaron Siskind used in the making of "Aaron Siskind: Making Pictures, 1991."

Biographical/Historical Note

Judith Wechsler (1940- ) is an art historian, professor, and filmmaker in Boston, Massachusetts.

Provenance

Donated 2008, 2017-2019 by Judith Wechsler.

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