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Salvatore Scarpitta papers, 1934-2011

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 5 series.

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Series 1: Financial and Legal Records , 1972-2012
0.4 Linear feet
Box 1

Financial and legal records include court documents related to Scarpitta's estate, loan agreements with various museums and galleries such as the Leo Castelli Gallery, expenses for various exhibitions, records for commission sculpture for Marlene Dietrich, and appraisal documents. Some of the material is in Italian.
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Licenses and Registrations, 1972-1977
1
1
Miscellaneous, 1974-2012
1
2
Various Exhibition Finances, 1979
1
3
Loan Agreements and Shipping Bills with Museums, 1979-1981
1
4
Leo Castelli Gallery, 1980-1990
1
5
Light Street Expenses, 1988-1989
1
6
Marlene Dietrich Sculpture, 1994
1
7-9
The Museum of Modern Art, 2005
1
10
Court Documents Regarding Beneficiaries, 2007-2010
1
11-12
Appraisals, 2008
1
13
Legal Correspondence Concerning Rights to Produced Videos, 2010
1
14
Legal Correspondence Concerning Videos and Artwork, 2011
1
15

Series 2: Correspondence , 1976-2007
1 Folder
Box 1

Correspondence material includes personal letters to and from family and friends in both English and Italian.
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Correspondence, 1976-2007
1
16

Series 3: Printed Material , 1934-2000
0.4 Linear feet
Box 1

Printed materials include magazine and newsletter clippings related to Scarpitta, exhibition materials from specific museums and galleries such as the Leo Castelli Gallery and the Portland Center for the Visual Arts, exhibition catalogs and press releases, and miscellaneous materials, such as school yearbooks. Some of the material is in Italian.
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Yearbooks, 1934
1
17
Miscellaneous, 1963-1997
1
18
Magazines and Newsletters, 1966-1991
1
19
Exhibition Materials, Leo Castelli Gallery, 1975-1992
1
20
Exhibition Catalogs, 1977-2000
1
21
Exhibition Materials, Portland Center for the Visual Arts, 1979
1
22
Exhibition Announcements, 1979-1990
1
23
Exhibition Articles and Press Releases, 1981-1996
1
24
Exhibition Material, Scott Hanson Gallery, 1989-1990
1
25

Series 4: Photographs , circa 1960-2007
0.3 Linear feet
Box 1, Oversize 4

Photographic material includes personal photographs, photographs of artwork, photographs of Scarpitta, and a photo journal from a friend documenting his trip to see one of Scarpitta's exhibition openings.
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Photo-Journal, 1990
1
26
Photographs, circa 1960-2007
1
27-28
Oversized Photographs, circa 1960-2007
4

Series 5: Video Recordings , 1983-2011
2 Linear feet
Boxes 2-3

Found here is extensive video documentation, including the artist's video works "Potato Masher," "Sal is Racer," "Racer's Tattoo," "Roar with Gilmore," "Speed to Spare," and raw footage of Scarpitta working and lecturing at the Glassell School of Art.
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The Bridge, 2011
1 electronic discs (cd)
1
29
"dirt", circa 2007
1 electronic discs (dvd)
1
30
Evening Magazine/Message to Leo, 1987
1 videocassettes (vhs)
2
1
Glassell School of Art Lecture, 1980s
1 videocassettes (vhs)
2
2
Exhibition at Maryland Institute, College of Art, 1980s
1 videocassettes (vhs)
Label says "Sal #4 Institute Show copy"
2
3
"Lunar Rally" and "Racer Tattoo", Rough Edits, 1984, October 20
1 videocassettes (vhs)
2
4
"Moon with Plane Coming through," Unedited footage
1 videocassettes (vhs)
Tape case labeled "Moon, Words, Dad's Navy Slides, Bones and Muscles"
2
5
"Potato Masher," Unedited footage, 1985 December 15
1 videocassettes (vhs)
Tape label reads "Aberdeen, Sal making tank sounds"
2
6
"Potato Masher", 1985
1 videocassettes (vhs)
Tape is labelled "edit master" on the side
2
7
"Potato Masher"/Sal Scarpitta is Racer/Racers Tattoo, circa 1984-1985
1 videocassettes (vhs)
Tape label reads "Titles" "Titles Sal with Netling"
2
8
Unedited Stock Car Racing, 1984 May 9
1 videocassettes (vhs)
Tape label reads "Stock car racing Darcy, Indi slides"
2
9
"Roar With Gilmore", 1985
3 videocassettes (vhs)
• Folder 1 is the edited master copy, and Folders 2-3 are the rough edits.
edited master copy in Folder 1 is suppressed
3
1-3
"Sal Scarpitta is Racer", 1984
1 videocassettes (vhs)
3
4
"Sal is Racer/Speed to Spare," Rough Edits, 1984
2 videocassettes (vhs)
3
5
Screening of "Sal Scarpitta racer" at Nelsons, 1983
1 videocassettes (vhs)
Tape label reads "Racer Master at Nelsons, bird lands and noises, Bk kids in front of Sal's studio"
3
6
"Sal Working on Car at Nelsons," Unedited, 1983 November 13
1 videocassettes (vhs)
Tape label reads "Sal working on car at Nelson's, Master, original unedited"
3
7
"Sal Working on Car at Nelsons," Unedited, 1984 October
1 videocassettes (vhs)
Tape label reads "Sal Arden at Nelson's 3/4 of hour"
3
8
Scarpitta Scans, undated
1 electronic discs (cd)
3
9

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.