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

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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

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