Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park files

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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

2 file drawers (approximately 5.5 linear feet) of material consisting of contracts, some correspondence, clippings, and photographs, plus 1 paper storage box of unprocessed photographs, primarily contact sheets and corresponding negatives. Images show the sculptures in the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park collection and artists at work on them, notably Mark Di Suvero, Bruce Nauman, Martin Puryear, and Mary Miss. Also included is an audio recording and transcription of Bruce Nauman discussing his work House Divided at the dedication, in 1983, and correspondence between Governors State University and dealer Rhona Hoffman about Vito Acconci’s House of Cars, which was installed on campus for a few years.

Biographical Historical Note

Named for the visionary developer and formally established in 1978, Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park contains 26 large-scale contemporary works of sculpture on a 100-acre prairie landscape site on the campus of Governors State University. Sculptor Mark Di Suvero spent approximately 2 years (1968-1969) on site creating artworks.