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Murals of Aztlán film production records, 1981

Murals of Aztlán film production records, 1981

Tartan, James, 1931-

Motion picture editor, Filmmaker

Collection Information

Size: 5.0 linear feet

Summary: The Murals of Aztlán Film Production Records, 1981, consist of film footage, sound recordings, and notes from the documentary produced during the exhibition "Murals of Aztlán: the Street Painters of East Los Angeles" at the Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles in 1981. Film and sound elements in the collection include original sound recordings, work print, outtakes, and trims. Also found are production notes, museum memorandums concerning the exhibition schedule, and a transcript of a recorded conversation among muralists.

Biographical/Historical Note

James Tartan (1931- ) worked as a filmmaker, actor, and voiceover artist in Los Angeles, California.

Provenance

Donated by James Tartan, the filmmaker, in 1988.

Related Materials

A Finding Aid to the Murals of Aztlán Film Production Records, 1981, in the Archives of American Art
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Finding aid prepared by Megan McShea
Biographical/Historical note
Murals of Aztlán
is a documentary film produced by actor and filmmaker James Tartan during the exhibition
Murals of Aztlán: the Street Painters of East Los Angeles
held at the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles, California in 1981. For the exhibition, artists Carlos Almaraz, Gronk, Judithe Hernandez, Willie Herron, Frank Romero, John Valadez and the East Los Streetscrapers (David Botello, Wayne Healy, George Yepes) painted portable murals in the gallery, which was open to the public during the installation of the work. The filmmaker and his crew interviewed the artists involved in the exhibition for the film, filmed the artists creating murals in the gallery, and also filmed the public viewing the artists working and the murals themselves.
James Tartan was born in 1931 and worked as a filmmaker, actor, and voiceover artist. In addition to
Murals of Aztlán
, Tartan created a documentary film about the 1974 Los Angeles County Museum of Art exhibition Los Four, and has been credited with training many Chicano filmmakers in the 1970s.
Arrangement note
Collection arranged as 5 series.
Series 1: Exhibition and Production Notes, 1981 (8 folders; Box 1)
Series 2: Work Print and Soundtrack, 1981 (2.6 linear feet; Box 3, FC 1-30)
Series 3: Sound Recordings, 1981 (0.5 linear feet; Box 1-2)
Series 4: Voiceover Outtakes, 1981 (0.9 linear feet; FC 31-39)
Series 5: Trims and Outtakes, 1981 (0.9 linear feet; FC 40-48)
Scope and Contents note
The
Murals of Aztlán
Film Production Records consist of film footage, sound recordings, and notes from the documentary produced by James Tartan during the exhibition
Murals of Aztlán: the Street Painters of East Los Angeles
at the Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles in 1981. Film and sound elements in the collection include original sound recordings, work print, outtakes, and trims. Also found are production notes, museum memorandums concerning the exhibition schedule, and a transcript of a recorded conversation among muralists.
Provenance
Donated by James Tartan, the filmmaker, in 1988.
Separated Materials note
Additional production material from the documentary
Murals of Aztlán
, including a final print, is found in the James Tartan Film Collection, 1960-1985, held at the UCLA Chicano Research Center.
Processing Information note
Motion picture film reels were inspected and re-housed in 2016-2017 with funding provided by the Smithsonian Collections Care and Preservation Fund. Original film containers were photographed and discarded as collection material was stabilized in archival film cans. Motion picture film was processed by Jennifer Graves, and the entire collection was arranged and described by Megan McShea in 2017.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Murals of Aztlán film production records, 1981. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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