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

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 5 series.

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Series 1:
The Painter's World: Changing Constants of Art from the Renaissance to the Present
Production Records
, circa 1985-1989
5.5 Linear feet
Boxes 1-6, 15, 20

Production material in this series are from episodes of Wechsler's documentary series
The Painter's World: Changing Constants of Art from the Renaissance to the Present
. Episodes that are represented in this series include "Part 1: The Training of Painters," "Part 2: The Arrested Moment," featuring David Hockney; "Part 4: Portraits," featuring Philip Pearlstein and Joel Meyerowitz; "Part 5: Abstraction," featuring Frank Stella; and "Part 6: Painting and the Public," featuring the de Menil Gallery. A few elements for which the episode is unidentified are arranged at the end of the series.
The generation or type of production material found is different for each episode, and could include original sound recordings, work print picture and soundtrack, outtakes, trims, A and B roll, negative, and/or video copies. In addition, film lab records are found for "Abstraction," and photographs of original film containers, discarded during processing, are included for reference. A video copy of the edited work is found for each of the episodes except "The Training of Painters." No material appears to be present in the collection for episode 3 of the series, "The Artist and the Nude."
Notable content includes interviews with David Hockney, Philip Pearlstein, Joel Meyerowitz, Frank Stella, Jo Spench, Yolanda Sonnabend, Dominique de Menil, and Walter Hopps, found on the original sound recordings, as well as studio footage of Hockney, Pearlstein, and Yolanda Sonnabend. Digital photographs of original film containers, which were replaced during processing of the collection, have been included with the paper records.
1.1:
Part 1: The Training of Painters
Description Container
Photographs of Original Film Containers, circa 1989
1
1
Josef Albers Teaching, circa 1955
3 Film reels
3 film reels in 1 film can
picture
16mm
1 sound track film reel
16mm
Picture reels are 3 copies of the same content; likely footage shot by John Cohen at Yale University, 1955-1956
Film cans numbered FC 1-2
3
Music, circa 1989
1 Sound cassette
20
1
1.2:
Part 2: The Arrested Moment
Description Container
Photographs of Original Film Containers, circa 1989
1
2
David Hockney Interview and Studio, 1987 June 10
3 Sound tape reels
Original sound rolls 100-102
3 Sound cassettes
copies, labeled 101, 102, and unnumbered
1
3-4
David Hockney Interview and Studio, 1987-1988
2 sound track film reels
Soundtrack outtakes labeled "Hockney, photography and the law" and "Hockney wild track"
16mm
3 Film reels
Work print
16mm
3 sound track film reels
Work print sound track
16mm
Motion picture film stored separately in film cans numbered FC 3-8 (work print and soundtrack); and FC 9-10 (soundtrack outtakes)
3
Footage of Sculptures and the Palazzo Vecchio, circa 1985
1 Film reel
16mm
Film can numbered FC 11
4
Edited Work, circa 1989
1 videocassettes (u-matic)
Video copy
2 sound track film reels
2 copies
16mm
Soundtrack film reels stored in film cans numbered FC 12-13, in Box 4
1
5
4
1.3:
Part 4: Portraits
Description Container
Lab Records and Photographs of Original Film Containers, 1987-1988
1
6
Philip Pearlstein Interview, 1987-1989
1 Film reel
Work print ; label reads "Philip Pearlstein on painting the model/nude"
16mm
1 sound track film reel
16mm
2 Sound tape reels
original sound reels, labeled Sound Roll #1-2, and Camera Roll #1-3
Film stored in film cans numbered FC 14-15, in Box 4
1
7
4
Joel Meyerowitz Interview, 1987-1989
3 Sound tape reels
original sound recording, labeled sound rolls 1-2
2 Sound cassettes
Copies, labeled "SR1" and "SR2" and "12/16/87"
1
8-9
Jo Spence Interview, 1988
1 Film reel
negative
16mm
1 Film reel
positive
16mm
1 Sound cassette
Sound distorted by speed of recording
2 film reels housed in 1 can; picture only; film cans numbered FC 16
4
20
2
Yolanda Sonnabend Interview, circa 1987
1 Sound cassette
Sound distorted by speed of recording
20
3
Original Camera Negative Outtakes, circa 1987
19 Film reels
19 film reels in 10 film cans
negative
16mm
Footage content includes Philip Pearlstein and Yolanda Sonnabend painting, interview footage, and stills of artwork
Film cans FC 17-23 housed in Box 4; Film cans FC 24-26 housed in Box 5
4
5
Elements for Optical Remake, circa 1987
4 Film reels
4 film reels in 1 film can
Interpositive picture
16mm
Film can numbered FC 27
5
Edited Work, circa 1989
1 videocassettes (vhs)
Video copy
1 Film reel
work print
16mm
Film reel stored in film can numbered FC 28, in Box 5
1
10
5
1.4:
Part 5: Abstraction
Description Container
Film Lab Records and Photographs of Original Film Containers, 1988-1989
1
11-13
Frank Stella Interview and Exhibit, 1987-1989
2 Sound tape reels
original sound reels labeled sound rolls 1-2 and camera rolls 2-3
2 Film reels
Work print
16mm
2 sound track film reels
Work print sound track
16mm
Film stored in film cans numbered FC 29-32, in Box 5
1
14
5
Jackson Pollock Interview by Hans Namuth, circa 1989
1 sound track film reel
Copy of interview originally recorded circa 1950; original is not with the collection
16mm
Film can numbered FC 33
5
Original Camera Negative Outtakes, circa 1987
3 Film reels
3 film reels in 2 film cans
16mm
Film cans numbered FC 34-35
6
Edited Work, circa 1989
4 Film reels
Work print, negative, and A + B roll
16mm
1 videocassettes (vhs)
Video copy
Work print housed in film can numbered FC 36; negative in FC 37, and A+B rolls in FC 38-39; in box 6
1
15
6
15
1.5:
Part 6: Painting and the Public
Description Container
Photographs of Original Film Containers, circa 1988
1
16
Interviews with Dominique de Menil and Walter Hopps, circa 1988
3 Sound tape reels
original sound reels; labeled sound rolls 3-5 and camera rolls 6-8
1 Film reel
negative
16mm
7 Film reels
7 film reels in 2 film cans
Work print
16mm
7 sound track film reels
7 reels in 1 film can
Work print sound track
16mm
On sound tape reels, de Menil interview spans all three reels; Hopps interview on third reel only.
Film negative in film can numbered FC40, work print in FC 41-42, work print sound track in FC 43. FC40-41 in Box 6, FC 42-43 in Box 15.
1
17-18
6
15
Footage of de Menil Gallery, Rothko Chapel, and Artworks, circa 1985
4 Film reels
negative
16mm
2 sound track film reels
work print
16mm
Film cans numbered FC 44-49
6
Unidentified Sound Recording, 1988
1 Sound tape reel
original sound reel
1
18
Edited Work, circa 1989
1 videocassettes (u-matic)
Video copy
1
19
1.6: Unidentified Program Material
Description Container
Sound Recordings, 1988 April 20
2 Sound tape reels
Original sound recordings; labeled "Illuminations, Painter's World, and P.E. & M"
2
1
Trims and Outtakes, circa 1985-1989
10 Film reels
6 labeled Stella, 2 labeled Pearlstein, 1 labeled Zerner and Steinberg, and 1 labeled "figuration"
16mm
10 film reels housed in 1 film can; film can numbered FC 50
15

Series 2:
Jasper Johns: Take an Object
Production Records
, 1971-1972, 1989-1990
5.3 Linear feet
Boxes 2, 7-11, 20-21

Series contains original and work print picture and soundtrack elements from the documentary
Jasper Johns: Take An Object
, made by Wechsler with Hans Namuth's production company, Museum at Large, in 1989. The documentary combines recorded interviews with Johns by both Wechsler and Namuth, footage of John Cage giving a public reading, and other sound footage from various sources, with motion picture footage of Johns working on artworks. Johns is shown working in two settings: at his Houston Street studio in New York City, where he worked on his
Map
in 1971, and at Universal Limited Art Editions (ULAE), working on prints in 1989. Footage shot in 1971-1972 was shot by Hans Namuth and Paul Falkenberg. Namuth may also have been involved with the 1989 shoot but much of the later footage appears to have been shot by Wechsler and her assistants.
Interviews with Johns conducted by Wechsler and Namuth are found in their sound track film reel form, and the Namuth interview from 1972 is also found in its original sound reel format. Additional sound footage includes an unedited sound recording of the ULAE shoot, an interview with Marc Rosenthal, clips of Johns and others quoted in the documentary, and a copy of an interview with Johns conducted by Ann Hindry obtained by Wechsler. Copies of the edited work are found in the form of a work print rough cut and a re-mastered sound track of the edited work.
Description Container Select
Lab Records and Photographs of Original Film Containers, 1989-1990
2
2
Interviews with Jasper Johns
Interview by Hans Namuth, 1972 October 19
1 Sound tape reel
original
1 sound track film reel
duplicate
16mm
Film can numbered FC 51, stored in Box 7
2
3
7
Interview by Hans Namuth, circa 1989
1 Film reel
16mm
1 sound track film reel
16mm
Film cans numbered FC 52-53
7
Interview by Judith Wechsler, circa 1989
1 sound track film reel
16mm
Film can numbered FC 54
7
Houston Street Studio
Jasper Johns Working on
Map
, 1971
21 Film reels
21 reels in 3 film cans
color positive
16mm
Film cans numbered FC 55-57
7
Footage of
Map
, 1971
4 Film reels
4 reels in 2 film cans
color positive
16mm
Film in cans numbered 58-59
7
Soundtrack, 1971
1 sound track film reel
16mm
Film in can numbered FC 60
7
Universal Limited Art Editions (ULAE) Studio
Original Camera Negative Outtakes, 1989
4 Film reels
16mm
Film cans numbered FC 61-64
7
Original Camera Negative Outtakes, 1989
7 Film reels
7 reels in 5 film cans
Film in cans numbered FC 65-69
8
Unedited Sound Recordings, 1989
5 Sound cassettes
Copies; location of original reels unknown
20
4-5
Work Print and Soundtrack, Sync, 1989
4 Film reels
4 reels in 2 film cans
16mm
5 sound track film reels
5 reels in 2 film cans
16mm
Film in film cans numbered FC 70-73
8
Work Print and Soundtrack, Sound Outtakes, 1989
3 sound track film reels
Label on leaders: "SR 104/105" "SR 106" and "Keith ULAE"
16mm
Film cans numbered FC 74-76
8
Work Print and Soundtrack, Sound Outtakes, 1989
7 sound track film reels
7 reels in 1 film can
16mm
Film can numbered FC 77
9
Work Print and Soundtrack, Rough Cut Picture, 1989
1 Film reel
16mm
Film in can numbered FC 78
9
Work Print and Soundtrack, Rough Cut Picture and Sound, 1989
2 Film reels
2 reels in 1 film can
film and sound strands wound together on core
16mm
Film can numbered FC 79
9
John Cage Reading, 1989
2 Film reels
negative
16mm
3 sound track film reels
3 reels in 2 cans
16mm
1 Sound cassette
Copy, labeled ""Paine Hall 4/12/89"
Film cans numbered FC 80-83
9
20
6
Jasper Johns Reading Statements, circa 1989
5 sound track film reels
5 reels in 1 film can
16mm
Film can numbered FC 84
9
John Lund Story, 1989
2 sound track film reels
2 reels in 1 film can
16mm
Film can numbered FC 85
9
Marc Rosenthal Interview, 1988 December 19
1 sound cassettes (dat)
1 Sound cassette
20
7
Rick Steinberg Interview, 1989
1 sound track film reel
16mm
Film can numbered FC 86
9
Others Reading Johns Statements, 1989
5 sound track film reels
5 reels in 1 film can
16mm
Film can numbered FC 87
10
Artwork Footage, 1972
2 Film reels
1 film reels in 1 can
16mm
Film in can numbered FC 88; footage shot by Museum at Large of Johns
Flag
paintings and
Decoy
10
Artwork Footage, 1989
16 Film reels
16 reels in 6 film cans
16mm
Film cans numbered FC 89-94
10
Music, John Cage and L.A. Four, undated
3 Sound cassettes
21
1
Interview of Jasper Johns by Ann Hindry, circa 1989
1 Sound cassette
Copy; location of original recording unknown.
21
2
Trims and Outtakes, 1971-1972, circa 1989
28 Film reels
28 film reels in 6 cans
16mm
Film cans numbered FC 95-100
11
Edited Work, 1989-1990
1 Film reel
Work print rough cut
16mm
1 sound track film reel
labeled "revised mix"
16mm
3 videoreels (1 inch)
A and B roll and mixed mag track film transfer
Film cans numbered FC 101-102; Video reels numbered boxes 22-24
11
22-24

Series 3:
Aaron Siskind: Making Pictures
Production Records
, 1988-2003
2.5 Linear feet
Boxes 2, 11-12, 16-18, 21

Series includes mainly production records from the creation of the film
Aaron Siskind: Making Pictures
, including original sound recordings, film outtakes, trims, a fine cut work print, and a video copy of the final work. Also found is a flyer describing the documentary, a letter to the film lab (which also refers to the Harry Callahan documentary), and a letter from someone interested in accessing the material for research. Interviews with Siskind conducted for the documentary are available in their entirety among the original sound reels, which also contain wild sound (shot without picture) and voiceover recordings. A partial transcript of the interview material is also available. Film elements are found for sequences labeled "Hartford Reception" and "Highway Footage" and for additional unnamed sync, silent, and soundtrack elements. Photographs of original film containers, discarded during processing, show the filmmaker's original box labels.
Description Container Select
Flyer, 1991
2
4
Letters and Film Lab Records, 2003, 1988-1991
2
5
Partial Transcript of Unedited Footage, 1991
Corresponds to camera rolls 1-8, and sound rolls 12-13
2
6
Photographs of Original Film Containers, 1991
2
7
Original Sound Recordings, 1990
6 Sound tape reels
Numbered 1-6
2
8-10
Original Sound Recordings, 1990
7 Sound tape reels
Numbered 7-13
21
3-6
Work Print, Outtakes, and Trims
Hartford Reception, 1990
2 Film reels
Work print picture and soundtrack
16mm
Film cans numbered FC 103-104
11
Highway Footage, 1990
2 Film reels
Work print picture and soundtrack
16mm
Film cans numbered FC 105-106
11
Unidentified Soundtrack, 1990
1 Film reel
Work print soundtrack
16mm
Film can numbered FC 107
12
Outtakes, 1990
2 Film reels
picture and soundtrack; slate at head: "Camera roll 9, sound roll 7"
16mm
Film cans numbered FC 108-109
12
"Reconstituted Trims", 1990
2 Film reels
picture and soundtrack
16mm
Film cans numbered FC 110-111
12
Trims and Outtakes, 1990
3 Film reels
3 reels in 2 film cans
Picture
16mm
Film cans numbered FC 117-118
12
Trims and Outtakes, 1990
13 Film reels
13 reels in 3 film cans
picture
16mm
Film cans numbered FC 112-114
16
Trims and Outtakes, 1990
10 Film reels
10 reels in 2 film cans
picture
16mm
9 sound track film reels
9 reels in 1 film can
16mm
Film cans numbered FC 115, 116, and 119
17
Trims and Outtakes, 1990
8 sound track film reels
8 reels in 1 film can
16mm
Film can numbered FC 120
18
Fine Cut, 1991
1 Film reel
picture only; note on can: "Work print for negative cut"
16mm
Film can numbered FC 121
12
Edited Work, circa 1991
1 videocassettes (vhs)
Video copy
2
11

Series 4:
Harry Callahan
Production Records
, 1992-1994
3.3 Linear feet
Boxes 2, 12-14, 18-19, 21

Series includes mainly production elements for Wechsler's documentary about the photographer Harry Callahan. An original sound recording of a 1992 panel discussion at the Museum of Modern Art (NY) with Callahan, Peter Galassi, and Douglas McGill is found, as well as an interview of Callahan conducted the following day, presumably by Judith Wechsler. Original, unedited sound reels recorded for the documentary in 1993 are also found, which contain synchronous sound (shot with picture), wild sound (shot without picture) and voiceover sound material. Brief logs of sound reels reels from 1993 link them to synchronous picture reels and briefly describe content.
Additional production elements include work print of the MoMA panel discussion and interview, outtakes from the interview, and work print and outtakes from other components of the film. A video copy of the edited work is also found.
Additional material in the series includes a flyer describing the finished work and photographs of the filmmaker's original film containers, which were replaced with archival film cans during processing.
A letter from Wechsler to the film lab filed is series 2 also makes reference to Harry Callahan material.
Description Container Select
Flyer, 1994
2
12
Photographs of Original Film Containers, 1994
2
13
Harry Callahan, Peter Galassi, and Douglas McGill at the Museum of Modern Art, 1992 December 8
3 Sound tape reels
Original sound reels #1-3
1 Sound cassette
2
14-15
Harry Callahan Interview, 1992 December 9
1 Sound cassette
21
7
Logs for Original Sound Reels #1-11, 1993 March 21-22
2
16
Original Sound Reels #1-11, 1993 March 21-22
11 Sound tape reels
Includes sync sound, wild sound, and voiceover recordings interspersed throughout reels; sync sound numbered "TK 1-18"
3 Sound cassettes
Copies
2
17-22
Film Lab Records, 1993
2
23
Work Print
Edited Work Print , circa 1994
2 Film reels
picture and soundtrack; soundtrack labeled "full mix"
16mm
Film cans numbered FC 122-123
12
MoMA Lecture, Excerpts, circa 1994
1 Film reel
soundtrack
16mm
Film can numbered FC 124
13
MoMA Interview , circa 1994
1 Film reel
soundtrack
16mm
Film can numbered FC 125
13
Wild Sound, circa 1994
2 Film reels
Soundtrack
16mm
Film cans numbered FC 126-127
13
Dialogue, circa 1994
1 Film reel
labeled "Dialogue C"; sound clips assembled on reel with unrelated picture trims for timing
16mm
Film can numbered FC 128
13
Outtakes and Trims
Interview Outtakes, circa 1994
3 Film reels
picture and soundtrack
16mm
Film cans numbered FC 129-131
13
Additional Outtakes, circa 1994
2 Film reels
picture and soundtrack
16mm
Film reels numbered FC 132 (in box 13) and FC 133 (in box 14)
13
14
Trims and Outtakes, circa 1994
16 Film reels
16 reels in 5 film cans
picture and soundtrack; rolls numbered 1-16 by filmmaker
16mm
Film cans numbered FC 134-135 (in box 18), 136-138 (in box 19)
18
19
Trims and Outtakes, circa 1994
45 Film reels
45 reels in 6 film cans
picture and soundtrack; unnumbered
16mm
Film cans numbered FC 139-144
14
Edited Work, 1994
2 videocassettes (vhs)
Video copies
2
24

Series 5: Unidentified Program Material , circa 1940-1994
0.3 Linear feet
Box 2, 14, FC 147

Series contains two reels of magnetic soundtrack and photographs of their original containers, all labeled "Two Photographers." Also found is one unidentified film labeled "Demonstration Film" from the 1940s. Details of the content are unknown.
Description Container Select
Photographs of Original Film Containers, circa 1985-1994
2
25
"Two Photographers" Soundtrack, circa 1985-1994
2 sound track film reels
work track
16mm
Film in cans numbered FC 145-146
14
"Demonstration Film", circa 1940
1 Film reel
Badly deteriorated film
16mm
Film can numbered FC 147; housed in frozen storage
FC 147

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