Larry Janiak collection

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This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

36 reels of 16mm film prints and elements, 1 8mm videocassette, 1 audiocassette, 2 boxes of papers and ephemera consisting of experimental films and documentaries made by Chicago filmmaker and designer Larry Janiak. Janiak's experimental works include direct animated works (DL1, DL2) and a handful of abstract short films or "sketches." Also included in the collection are two documentary works, Hale House (1965) and Vedanta Temple Dedication Ceremony (1966), made by Janiak, both of which relate to his strong ties with the Vivekananda Vedanta Society of Chicago, a branch of the Hindu Ramakrishna Order. The collection also includes two boxes of books, papers and various ephemera, including two Chicago International Film Festival Hugo awards, various books on underground film & animation, graphic design samples by Janiak and three Center Cinema Co-op distribution catalogs designed by Janiak.

Biographical Historical Note

Larry Janiak studied at the Institute of Design at Illinois Institute of Technology and the Art Institute of Chicago. He worked for the Richard Kliedon Animation Studio in Chicago from 1956 to 1959 and was employed by Morton Goldsholl Design & Film Associates before and after being drafted into the U.S. Army from 1962 to 1964, during which he worked as an art director. Janiak taught design animation and experimental filmmaking at the Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology from 1968 to 1980.

Additional Notes

Related collections: Larry Janiak papers, University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives; Larry Janiak teaching at the Institute of Design, 1968-1980 [videorecording], [circa 1980] and Larry Janiak papers, circa 2001, Chicago History Museum.