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

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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

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