Skip to main content

Matt Mullican papers, circa 1968-2017

Make a Request

  • To request an appointment to view materials, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reading Room" button. Please note, you will receive the full box.
  • To request reproductions, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reproduction" button.

Series 3: Notebooks , circa 1968-2017
7.2 Linear feet
Box 1-8

Over 100 notebooks document nearly five decades of Mullican's work process, dating from circa 1968-2017. Central to Mullican's practice from the time he was a student up until the present, the notebooks richly illustrate both his material and conceptual exploration. The term 'notebook' is used here to encompass the breadth of content collected in the books, including drawings and sketches, conceptual frameworks, notes, lists, calendars, travel logistics, as well as diary entries. In most cases, Mullican created titles for the notebooks in retrospect. Early subjects tackled as a high school student (including comics, superheroes, and cars) evolve during his time at CalArts and beyond to form the basis of his text-based, conceptual, performance works. The 1970s notebooks demonstrate the development of Mullican's cosmology, the stick figure 'Glen,' and his alter ego 'That Person.' Notebooks from the 1980s-2000s contain plans for public artworks, commissions, exhibition installations, and books. Mullican experimented with a variety of media and techniques throughout the notebooks including pencil, pen, marker, crayon, acetone transfer, and collage. Mullican has identified a few of the notebooks as single works of art, including artist books and altered books. Also arranged here are a diary from 1975 and an undated collection of watercolor studies.
This series has been digitized.
Description Container Select
Notebook, "High School/CalArts", 1968
1
22
Notebook, "High School/CalArts", 1968
1
23
Notebook, "High School/CalArts", 1969
1
24
Notebook, "High School/CalArts", 1969
1
25
Notebook, "High School/CalArts", 1969
1
26
Notebook, 1969
1
27
Notebook, "Book 3, High School/CalArts", 1970
2
1
Notebook Covers, circa 1970
2
2
Notebook, "Tours, Buried Series" (single work), circa 1971
2
3
Notebook, "High School/CalArts, First Studio Experiments?", circa 1971
2
4
Notebook, "High School/CalArts", circa 1971
2
5
Notebook, "High School/CalArts, Early Conceptual Work", circa 1971
2
6
Notebook, "CalArts, Early Conceptual Work", 1972
2
7
Notebook, "High School/CalArts", circa 1972
2
8
Notebook, "CalArts Handbook with Drawings", circa 1972
2
9
Notebook, "Major Formative Book Outlining All Projects", circa 1972
2
10
Notebook, "The Green Book, Major Formative Book Outlining All Projects", circa 1972
2
11
Notebook, "The Human Senses Stick Figure Drawings" (single work), circa 1973
2
12
Diary, 1975
2
13
Notebook, "Orphan Annie /The Importance of Measurement" (single work), circa 1975
2
14
Notebook, "Major Formative Book Outlining All Projects", 1976
2
15
Notebook, "Major Early Signs", 1978
2
16
Notebook, "Major Sketchbook, Signs, Posters, etcetera", 1979
3
1
Notebook, "Fictional Reality Like Rapidograph" (single work, book 1/3), circa 1979
3
2
Notebook, "Fictional Reality Like Rapidograph" (single work, book 2/3), circa 1979
3
3
Notebook, "Fictional Reality Like Rapidograph" (single work, book 3/3), circa 1979
3
4
Notebook, "Mary Boone Exhibition Planning", 1979-1980
3
5
Notebook, circa 1980
3
6
Notebook, circa 1980
3
7
"Binder with Letraset Pictograms" (disbound single work), circa 1980
3
8
Notebook, "Major Small Sketchbooks Outlining 5 Worlds, etcetera", 1981
3
9
Notebook, "Flags, etcetera (full color high quality drawings)", 1981
3
10
Notebook, "Signs, Flags, etcetera", 1981
3
11
Loose Notebook Pages, circa 1982
3
12
Notebook, "Major Gouaches, Signs, etcetera", 1983
3
13
Notebook, "Dance, Music, Theater; Major Lists, Signs, Concepts, and Imaginary Universe", 1983
3
14
Notebook, "Mary Boone Rubbings, Plans, Symbols, etcetera", 1983
3
15
Notebook, 1983
3
16
Notebook, "Major Small Book, Charts, etcetera", 1985
3
17
Notebook, "The City Plans Computer Project", 1986
4
1
Notebook, "Dallas Project", 1987
4
2
Notebook, "Solway 1 Plans", 1987
4
3
Notebook, "Project Proposal and Planning", circa 1987
4
4
Notebook, "Multiple Project Sketches", 1989
4
5
Notebook, 1990
4
6
Notebook, "Project Outlines", 1992
4
7
Notebook, "Charts, Production Notes", 1993
4
8
Notebook, "Plans for a Large Project", circa 1993
4
9
Notebook, "Newark Proposal and Various Exhibition Outlines", 1994
4
10
Notebook, "Overall Projects", 1994
4
11
Notebook, "Eindhoven Plans", circa 1996
5
1
Notebook, "Signs, 3D Charts, etcetera", circa 1997
5
2
Notebook, "Outlining Cosmology Texts", circa 1999
5
3
Notebook, "Outlining Multiple Projects, Show Layouts, etcetera", 1999
5
4
Notebook, "Overall Projects, Exhibition, Mapping, etcetera", circa 2000
5
5
Notebook, "Buwog, Lille Sketchbook, Project Notes and Layouts", 2004
5
6
Notebook, "Lille, Antwerp, Many Projects", 2004
5
7
Notebook, "Ludwig Sketchbook, 'Learning from That Person's Work'", 2005
5
8
Notebook, "'That Person,' Hanne Darboven Notes, Exhibition Planning", 2005-2006
5
9
Notebook, 2006
5
10
Notebook, 2008
5
11
Notebook, 2008
5
12
Notebook, "Notating the Cosmology" (single work, book 1/4), 2008
6
1
Notebook, "Notating the Cosmology" (single work, book 2/4), 2008
6
2
Notebook, "Notating the Cosmology" (single work, book 3/4), 2008
6
3
Notebook, "Notating the Cosmology" (single work, book 4/4), 2008
6
4
Notebook, 2010
6
5
Notebook, 2011-2012
6
6
Notebook, 2013
6
7
Notebook, 2013
6
8
Notebook, 2013-2014
6
9
Notebook, 2014
6
10
Notebook, 2014-2015
6
11
Notebook, 2015
6
12
Notebook, 2015-2016
6
13
Notebook, 2016
6
14
Notebook, 2016
6
15
Notebook, 2016-2017
6
16
Notebook, undated
6
17
Notebook, undated
6
18
Oversized Notebook, "High School/CalArts", circa 1968
7
1
Oversized Notebook, "High School/CalArts (Car Album 1)", circa 1968
7
2
Oversized Notebook, "High School/CalArts", circa 1969-1970
7
3
Oversized Notebook, "High School/CalArts", circa 1969-1970
7
4
Oversized Notebook, "High School/CalArts", circa 1969-1970
7
5
Oversized Notebook, "High School/CalArts (Acetone Transfers)", circa 1970
7
6
Oversized Notebook, "High School/CalArts (Black Book Series)", circa 1970
7
7
Oversized Notebook, "High School/CalArts (Black Book Series No.1)", 1970 August 1-3
7
8
Oversized Notebook, "High School/CalArts (Black Book Series No.2)", 1970 August 22-25
7
9
Oversized Notebook, "High School/CalArts (Black Book Series No.3)", circa 1970
7
10
Oversized Notebook, "High School/CalArts (Black Book Series No.5)", circa 1970
7
11
Oversized Notebook, "High School/CalArts Acetone Transfers (Black Book Series No.7, 'One of a Bunch')", circa 1970
7
12
Oversized Notebook, "High School/CalArts (Black Book Series No.9')", 1970 December 26
7
13
Oversized Notebook, "Early Gouaches", circa 1971
8
1
Oversized Notebook, "High School/CalArts (Black Book Series)", 1971 January-February
8
2
Oversized Notebook, "High School/CalArts (Black Book Series)", 1971
8
3
Oversized Notebook, "High School/CalArts (Black Book Series)", circa 1971
8
4
Oversized Notebook, "High School/CalArts (Black Book Series No.12)", 1971
8
5
Oversized Notebook, "High School/CalArts (Black Book Series No.13), circa 1971
8
6
Oversized Notebook, "Early Conceptual Text-based Works, 1972
8
7
Oversized Notebook, "Major Book, Fictional Reality" (single work), 1973-1974
8
8
Oversized Notebook, "Major Generative Fictional Reality, Hypnosis, Stick Figures", 1974
8
9
Oversized Notebook, "Major Overall Book, Conceptual Texts, Fictional Reality", 1975
8
10
Oversized Notebook, "Only Charts", circa 1986
8
11
Oversized Notebook, "Computer Project Planning", 1989
8
12
Watercolor Studies, undated
8
13

Make a Request

  • To request an appointment to view materials, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reading Room" button. Please note, you will receive the full box.
  • To request reproductions, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reproduction" button.