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Lowell Nesbitt papers, circa 1903-1993, bulk 1950-1993

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Series 9: Photographs and Audiovisual Records , circa 1903-circa 1990s
12.3 Linear feet
Boxes 16-26, 43-46, OV 53, FC 76-78

This series is arranged into 5 subseries:
  • 9.1: Photographs of Artwork, 1960-circa 1980s
  • 9.2: Personal Photographs, circa 1960s-circa 1990s
  • 9.3: Audiovisual Material, circa 1970s-circa 1980s
  • 9.4: Photograph Albums, circa 1903-1990s
  • 9.5: Slides, circa 1960s-circa 1980s
9.1: Photographs of Artwork, 1960-circa 1980s
This subseries contains photographs of a wide range of Nesbitt's artwork. Photographs of his "autobiographical series" include subjects such as bottles, clothes, dogs, easels, hats, shoes, studios, and bridges. Photographs of flower paintings include paintings of irises, orchids, roses, tulips and violets, and photographs of his "Electric Series" include subjects such as daffodils, dahlias, lilies, poppies, roses and tulips.
For additional photographs of artwork by Nesbitt see 9.4: Photograph Albums.
Description Container
Autobiographical Series, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
27
1-15
Flower Paintings, 1964-1973
27
16-20
Flowers, Electric Series, circa 1970s
27
21-32
Landscapes, Cave, Lunar Land, Ruins and Animals, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
27
33-48
Space, circa 1960s-circe 1970s
27
49-50
X-Ray Figures, 1960-circa 1970s
27
51-58
X-Ray Figures, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
28
1-6
Other Artwork and Miscellaneous, circa 1960s-circa 1980s
28
7-66
9.2: Personal Photographs, circa 1960s-circa 1990s
This subseries includes photographs of Nesbitt, his family, friends, colleagues and dogs. There are also photographs of male nudes and of Nesbitt with his artwork or posing with some of his subjects, in addition to photographs of Nesbitt in his studio.
Also found here are photographs of Nesbitt and others, including Louise Nevelson, Gloria Steinem and Alfred Hitchcock, taken by photographer Jack Mitchell. A personal friend of Nesbitt, Mitchell had a solo exhibition titled Artist Lowell Nesbitt at the Butler Institute of American Art in 1982, and took many press photographs of Nesbitt. There are also several additional photographs taken by others including one by Robert Indiana, and seven folders of photographs of artwork by others.
Description Container
Personal, 1976, undated
28
67-70
Personal, circa 1960s-circa 1980s
see also Boxes 46-47, OVs 51, 57-58
29
1-80
Personal, circa 1970s-1980s
see also Boxes 46-47
30
1-8
Artwork by Others, 1963-1989
see also OV 58
30
9-15
Photographs by Others
Indiana, Robert, "For Lowell from Robert Indiana,", circa 1970s
30
16
Mitchell, Jack, 1969-circa 1990s
see also Box 47, OV 58
30
17-44
Raymond, Lilo, "Michael,", 1974
30
45
Tighe, Mike, 1976
30
46
Weisond, D., undated
30
47
Oversized Photographs by Others, Jack Mitchell, 1969
see also Box 30
41
2
Oversized Personal Photographs, undated
see also Boxes 28-30
46
Oversized Personal Photographs, undated
see also Boxes 28-30
47
1-2
Oversized Photographs by Others, Jack Mitchell, 1969-1984
see also Box 30
47
3-14
Oversized Personal Photographs, undated
see also Boxes 28-30
OV 51
Oversized Personal Photographs, undated
see also Boxes 28-30
OV 57
Oversized Personal Photographs, undated
see also Boxes 28-30
OV 58
Oversized Photographs of Artwork by Others, 1963
see also Box 30
OV 58
Oversized Photographs by Others, Jack Mitchell, 1982
see also Box 30
OV 58
9.3.: Audiovisual Material, circa 1970s-circa 1980s
This subseries contains audiocassettes, videocassettes and films relating to Nesbitt and other artists including Keith Haring. It includes the film "The Ruins," shot in Nesbitt's studio and a film of Nesbitt painting a book mobile with "electric flowers" for the Miami-Dade Public Library.
Description Container
Audiocassette, WBAI Interview Segment B., undated
31
1
Audiocassettes, 2 not labeled, 1 "Lowell Nesbitt Taped Conversations with Dean Farrell Cano,", undated
3 Cassettes
31
2
Videocassette, "Keith Haring" by Broad Street Productions, 1988
31
3
Videocassette, "Keith Haring Slides 4,", undated
31
4
Videocassette, "Project Rembrandt,", undated
31
5
"Lowell Nesbitt Paints the Artmobile", circa 1977
1 Film reel
Super 8 mm
FC 76
"Artmobile" , 1976
1 Film reel
Title frame reads "A film by Frank Smathers"
16 mm
FC 77
"The Ruins", circa 1971
1 Film reel
Title frame reads "THE PAINTINGS OF LOWELL NESBITT In cooperation with THE GIMPEL & WEITZENHOFFER GALLERY;" leader reads "John L. Huszar"
16 mm
FC 78
9.4: Photograph Albums, circa 1903-1990s
Albums contain both personal photographs and photographs of artwork.
Description Container
Trip Abroad, undated
31
9
Trips, undated
31
10
Trips, Flowers, Animals, undated
31
11
Album I, circa 1903-1970s
32
1
Album II, 1930-1950s
32
2
Album III, 1950-1970s
32
3
Album IV, 1960s-1970s
32
4
Album V, 1980s-1990s
32
5
X-Ray Figures, 1963-1971
33
1
Stair Exterior, 1965-1971
33
2
Flowers, 1964-1970
33
3
Nude Figure, 1969-1977
33
4
Autobiographical Series, 1973-1976
33
5
X-Ray Flowers, 1963-1973
33
6
Flowers (1973), 1971-1974
34
1
Studios, Computers, Moon, 1967-1972
34
2
Landscapes, Caves, 1965-1983
34
3
Loft Photos, undated
34
4
Flowers, 1975-1978
34
5
Autobiographical Series, 1973-1975
34
6
House with Artwork, Artwork, undated
35
1
Ruins, 1970-1972
35
2
Electric Flowers, 1974
35
3
Stairs Interior, 1965-1971
35
4
9.5: Slides, circa 1960s-circa 1980s
Material found here is a combination of slides of artwork and personal slides in addition to slides of nudes by Jack Mitchell. Slides contain images of paintings, sculpture, Nesbitt's "autobiographical" and "retrospective" series, landscapes, and stills of the Humanist Icon and Secret Garden exhibitions. Many of the slides found here were used by Nesbitt for lectures that were originally stored in slide carousels. Also found here are images stored on several slide viewers.
Description Container
Slides 1-13, undated
35
5
Slides 14-21, undated
36
1
Slides 22-28, circa 1960s-1980s
36
2
Slides 29-31, undated
36
3
Slides 33-38, undated
36
4
Slides 39-46, undated
36
5
Slides 47-55, undated
36
6

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