William H. Kessler papers on Michael Heizer sculpture project for Michigan State Capitol Complex, ca.1969-1981
Kessler, William H. (William Henry), 1924-2002
Milliken, William G.
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Papers relating to Kessler's service on the [Michigan] Special Commission of Art in State Buildings, and the Commission's pilot project for the West Plaza of the State Capitol Complex in Lansing: "This Equals That," a sculpture by Michael Heizer. The collection consists of letters, business records, printed matter, photographic materials, and a file on the Heizer sculpture project containing biographical data on Heizer, descriptions of his sculpture design, a copy of the plaza plan, the sculpture dedication program, and other printed material.
Included is correspondence, 1977-1981, between Kessler and Xavier Fourcade, Inc., New York City, Kresge Foundation, Governor William G. Milliken, Mott Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and others, regarding the Heizer sculpture; Commission meeting agendas and minutes, 1978-1981; a Commission report: A Program to Integrate Art and State Buildings, 1978; financial reports and lists of benefactors to the Heizer sculpture project, 1978-1981; newspaper clippings and photocopies of clippings, 1969-1981, about Heizer and his work; and photographs, slides and negatives, undated and 1980, of Heizer and of his sculpture, This Equals That.
William H. Kessler papers on Michael Heizer sculpture project for Michigan State Capitol Complex, ca.1969-1981. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Architect; Detroit, Michigan. Member of the Michigan Special Commission on Art in State Buildings.
Donated 1982 by William Kessler.
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