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Robert Delford Brown papers, 1964-2009

Brown, Robert Delford, 1930-2009

Performance artist

Collection Information

Size: 3.9 Linear feet; 7.98 Gigabytes

Summary: The papers of painter, sculptor, and performance artist Robert Delford Brown measure 3.9 linear feet and 7.98 GB and date from 1964-2009. The papers document his career as an artist and in particular the arts space "church" he founded in New York City, known as The First National Church of Exquisite Panic, Inc. The collection consists of biographical material, correspondence, church records, printed and digital material, photographic material, and video records of performance art. Brown's early career is documented in one scrapbook containing photographs, notes, press materials, and select artwork and documentation of ephemeral and performance artworks.

Biographical/Historical Note

Robert Delford Brown (1930-2009) was a painter, sculptor, and performance artist practicing in New York City, N.Y. Brown was a participant in many art happenings in New York during the 1960s and frequently performed in the persona of a religious leader and founder of his own religion and church, The First National Church of the Exquisite Panic, Inc. which functioned as a community arts space.


Donated in 2010 and 2018 by Lynda Roscoe Hartigan who purchased the collection at auction.

Language Note

English .