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Jan Butterfield papers, 1950-1997

Creator:
Butterfield, Jan, 1937-2000  Search this
Subject:
Still, Clyfford E.  Search this
Nordman, Maria  Search this
Bischoff, Elmer Nelson  Search this
Wortz, E.  Search this
Kienholz, Edward  Search this
Irwin, Robert  Search this
Wortz, Melinda  Search this
Goode, Joe  Search this
Hopkins, Henry T. (Henry Tyler)  Search this
Resnick, Milton  Search this
Harrison, Newton  Search this
Karp, Michael  Search this
Francis, Sam  Search this
Nauman, Bruce  Search this
Bell, Larry  Search this
Young, R. Joshua  Search this
Ruscha, Edward  Search this
Orr, Eric  Search this
Callahan, Harry M. (Harry Morey)  Search this
Reinhardt, Ad  Search this
Wheeler, Douglas  Search this
Roche, Jim  Search this
Rauschenberg, Robert  Search this
Shaw, Richard Blake  Search this
Hudson, Robert H.  Search this
Turrell, James  Search this
Guston, Philip  Search this
Harrison, Helen Mayer  Search this
Dugmore, Edward  Search this
Gehry, Frank O.  Search this
Greene, George  Search this
Pacific Enterprises  Search this
Lapis Press  Search this
Topic:
Sound recordings  Search this
Scrapbooks  Search this
Transcripts  Search this
Authors  Search this
Art critics  Search this
Interviews  Search this
Photographs  Search this
Video recordings  Search this
Art historians  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6002
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)229789
AAA_collcode_buttjan
Theme:
Women
Art Theory and Historiography
Lives of American Artists
Art Theory and Historiography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_229789
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Jan Butterfield papers

Creator:
Butterfield, Jan  Search this
Names:
Lapis Press  Search this
Pacific Enterprises  Search this
Bell, Larry, 1939-  Search this
Bischoff, Elmer, 1916-1991  Search this
Dugmore, Edward, 1915-  Search this
Francis, Sam, 1923-1994  Search this
Gehry, Frank O., 1929-  Search this
Goode, Joe, 1937-  Search this
Greene, George  Search this
Guston, Philip, 1913-1980  Search this
Harrison, Helen Mayer, 1929-  Search this
Harrison, Newton, 1932-  Search this
Hopkins, Henry, 1928-2009  Search this
Hudson, Robert, 1938-  Search this
Irwin, Robert, 1928-  Search this
Karp, Michael  Search this
Kienholz, Edward, 1927-  Search this
Nauman, Bruce, 1941-  Search this
Nordman, Maria  Search this
Orr, Eric, 1939-1998  Search this
Rauschenberg, Robert, 1925-2008  Search this
Reinhardt, Ad, 1913-1967  Search this
Resnick, Milton, 1917-2004  Search this
Roche, Jim  Search this
Ruscha, Edward  Search this
Shaw, Richard, 1941 Sept. 12-  Search this
Still, Clyfford, 1904-1980  Search this
Turrell, James  Search this
Wheeler, Douglas  Search this
Wortz, E.  Search this
Wortz, Melinda  Search this
Young, R. Joshua  Search this
Interviewee:
Cage, John, 1912-1992  Search this
Extent:
15 Linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Transcripts
Interviews
Scrapbooks
Date:
1950-1997
Summary:
The papers of Jan Butterfield measure 15 linear feet and date from circa 1950 to 1997. Papers contain hundreds of recorded interviews with and lectures by artists, panel discussions of artists and art historians, as well as extensive writings by Butterfield. Also found are project files, personal business records, printed materials, photographs, and additional sound and video recordings related to art subjects.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of Jan Butterfield measure 15 linear feet and date from circa 1950 to 1997. Papers contain hundreds of recorded interviews with and lectures by artists, panel discussions of artists and art historians, as well as extensive writings by Butterfield. Also found are project files, personal business records, printed materials, photographs, and additional sound and video recordings related to art subjects.

Interviews and Lectures include hundreds of interviews conducted by Butterfield between 1971 and 1987 with contemporary artists about whom she was writing at the time. The artists Robert Irwin and Sam Francis are represented particularly well. Also found are slide talks, class discussions, and lectures given by artists, which are assumed to have been recorded by Butterfield in most cases. Also among the recordings are recorded performances by John Cage, Joe Goode, Newton and Helen Harrison, Jim Roche, and George Greene. Panel discussions include two notable recordings involving Milton Resnick, one with the painter Edward Dugmore in 1959, and the other with the painter Ad Reinhardt at The Club in 1961, which was later dubbed "The Attack."

The bulk of the writings relate to Butterfield's published work The Art of Light and Space, represented here in multiple drafts, research, and photographs of works of art by the artists discussed in the work including Robert Irwin, James Turrell, Maria Nordman, Douglas Wheeler, Bruce Nauman, Eric Orr, Larry Bell, DeWain Valentine, Susan Kaiser Vogel, and Hap Tivey. Also found are extensive drafts and research for catalog essays for exhibitions of Larry Bell, Richard Shaw, Robert Hudson, and Elmer Bischoff. Drafts of articles and publicity writing are mainly about artists but also some galleries and other art events. There are a few transcripts of recorded interviews, and it appears that many of the writings are based on Butterfield's interviews.

Project files include records relating to Butterfield's involvement with the production of a catalog for the corporate art collection of Pacific Enterprises. These also include additional artist interviews and artist files containing research and writing, mainly by her associate Michael Karp. Also found are photographs and sound recordings for the Waterfront Project at the San Francisco Art Institute, an interdisciplinary community-centered development project that involved Larry Bell, Robert Irwin, Melinda Wortz, Eric Orr, Dr. E. Wortz, Frank Gehry, Newton and Helen Harrison, Josh Young, and students at the Art Institute. And finally, project files include photographs, interviews, and printed material related to publications of Lapis Press, where Butterfield was Executive Director.

Personal business records include correspondence, price lists, financial records, notes, press releases, and career documentation of Butterfield. Printed materials include articles by Butterfield, articles about Butterfield, and articles by Henry Hopkins, most of which are photocopies. There are also clippings, exhibition catalogs, exhibition posters, and publicity. Of note is a disassembled scrapbook pertaining to the controversial Ed Kienholz exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1966, and a directory of art spaces in Los Angeles from 1978.

Most of the photographs are of works of art by artists about whom Butterfield wrote. Also found are a few files of photographs of artists, some taken by Butterfield, including Philip Guston, Ed Kienholz, Henry Hopkins with Clyfford Still, Robert Irwin, Robert Rauschenberg, and James Turrell. Additional video and sound recordings include artist installations, a documentary on Sam Francis, and an acoustiguide for an Ed Ruscha exhibition.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged as 7 series.

Series 1: Interviews and Lectures (Boxes 1-5; 4.2 linear feet)

Series 2: Writings (Boxes 5-7, 16, OV 17; 3.7 linear feet)

Series 3: Project Files (Boxes 8-10, 16; 1.6 linear feet)

Series 4: Personal Business Records (Boxes 10-11, OV 17-19; 1.1 linear feet)

Series 5: Printed Materials (Boxes 11-12, 16, OV 17-19; 1.8 linear feet)

Series 6: Photographs (Boxes 12-14, 16; 2.2 linear feet)

Series 7: Sound and Video Recordings (Box 15; 0.4 linear feet)
Biographical / Historical:
Jan Butterfield (1937-2000) was an art writer and critic of contemporary art who spent most of her career in California. She is best known for her writings on late twentieth century installation and craft artists, particularly those who worked in California and the American West.

Butterfield was born Jan Van Alstine in Los Angeles, California in 1937 and attended the Univeristy of California, Los Angeles. She received numerous fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts as an art critic, and contributed art writing to dozens of exhibition catalogs and art publications including Art International, Images and Issues, Art News, Art in America, and Flash Art. Her most ambitious work of writing was The Art of Light and Space (Abbeville Press: 1993), which profiles the work of contemporary artists Robert Irwin, James Turrell, Maria Nordman, Douglas Wheeler, Bruce Nauman, Eric Orr, Larry Bell, DeWain Valentine, Susan Kaiser Vogel, and Hap Tivey. She was also the author of a 1972 monograph of the Abstract Expressionist painter Sam Francis.

Butterfield held positions in public relations at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art from its opening until 1970, and at the Fort Worth Art Museum from 1970 to 1974. She taught at Northwood Experimental Art Institute in Dallas, Texas, the San Francisco Art Institute, San Jose State University, and Mills College in Oakland, California between 1973 and 1983. At the San Francisco Art Institute, she was Director of the extension program and Coordinator of the visiting artist program and the Waterfront Project between 1976 and 1978. In 1984, Butterfield and the artist Sam Francis co-founded the Lapis Press, where she served as Executive Director from its founding until 1988.

Butterfield was married twice, the second time to Henry Hopkins, Museum Director at LACMA, the Museum of Fine Art of Houston, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She died in 2000 after an extended illness.
Related Materials:
Also found among the collections of the Archives of American Art is a 1981 panel discussion on Bay area art criticism sponsored by the National Women's Caucus for Art, in which Butterfield participated, as well as an oral history interview Butterfield conducted with Helen Lundeberg for the Archives' Oral History Program in 1980.
Separated Materials:
The Archives of American Art also holds microfilm of material lent for microfilming on reel 1042 including two volumes of scrapbooks. Loaned materials were returned to the lender and are not described in the collection container inventory.
Provenance:
Jan Butterfield lent material in 1975 for microfilming. She donated the Robert Irwin material in 1980 of and most of the interviews and audio tapes in 1989. An additional 12 feet of papers, including some material previously loaned and microfilmed, along with two additional audio tapes, were donated by Butterfield's brother, and Trustee of the Jan Butterfield Trust, Derek Van Alstine in 2002.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Rights:
The Jan Butterfield papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Art historians -- California  Search this
Authors -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Art critics -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Transcripts
Interviews
Scrapbooks
Citation:
Jan Butterfield papers, 1959-1998. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.buttjan
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Jan Butterfield papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-buttjan
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Myth #2

Artist:
Jack Mims, born 1943  Search this
Sitter:
George Thurman Green, born 1942  Search this
Jack Mims, born 1943  Search this
Jim Roche, born 1943  Search this
Robert Schrope Wade, born 1943  Search this
Mac Whitney, born mid 20th Century  Search this
Medium:
Acrylic on canvas
Dimensions:
228.5cm x 366.7cm (89 15/16" x 144 3/8"), Accurate
Type:
Painting
Date:
c. 1965-1973
Topic:
Jack Mims: Visual Arts\Artist  Search this
Jack Mims: Male  Search this
George Thurman Green: Visual Arts\Artist  Search this
George Thurman Green: Male  Search this
Jim Roche: Visual Arts\Artist  Search this
Jim Roche: Male  Search this
Robert Schrope Wade: Visual Arts\Artist  Search this
Robert Schrope Wade: Male  Search this
Mac Whitney: Visual Arts\Artist  Search this
Mac Whitney: Male  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: San Antonio Museum Association
Website: https://www.samuseum.org/
Object number:
73.143.34P(1)
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_73.143.34P_1_

Unsigned, unsung-- whereabouts unknown : make-do art of the American outlands / guest curator, Jim Roche ; essays by Linda [sic] Roscoe Hartigan ... [et al.]

Author:
Roche, Jim  Search this
Hartigan, Lynda Roscoe  Search this
Florida State University Gallery & Museum  Search this
Physical description:
80 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 22 x 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
1992
C1993
20th century
Topic:
Primitivism in art  Search this
Folk art  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Call number:
N6512.5.P7 R67 1993
N6512.R61.1993
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_453782

George T. Green, Jack Mims, Jim Roche, Robert Wade : a limited edition catalog documenting an exhibition of recent works, including four audio-sculptures by the artists

Author:
Tyler Museum of Art  Search this
Subject:
Green, George T. 1942-  Search this
Mims, Jack 1943-  Search this
Roche, Jim  Search this
Wade, Bob 1943-  Search this
Physical description:
1 case ([26] p. : ill.) ; 19 cm. + 4 sound discs (33 1/3 rpm ; 7 in.)
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Texas
Date:
1973
[1973?]
20th century
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Call number:
N6530.T4 G3
N6530.T4 G3
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_152678

Jim Roche, days of reckoning ; [exhibition] 3 - 30 September 1981, Kansas City Art Institute, Charlotte Crosby Kemper Gallery

Author:
Roche, Jim  Search this
Kansas City Art Institute  Search this
Subject:
Roche, Jim Exhibitions  Search this
Physical description:
23 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1981
C1981
Call number:
N40.1.R673 K15
N40.1.R673K15
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_193201

Jim Roche : glory roads : February 11-March 27, 2011, Museum of Fine Arts, Florida State University / [guest editor, T. Lynn Hogan]

Title:
Glory roads : February 11-March 27, 2011
Author:
Roche, Jim  Search this
Hogan, T. Lynn  Search this
Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts  Search this
Subject:
Roche, Jim  Search this
Roche, Jim  Search this
Physical description:
88 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), col. maps ; 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Interviews
Place:
Florida
Tallahassee
Date:
2011
C2011
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Maps in art  Search this
Cartography in art  Search this
Art and design  Search this
Call number:
N6537.R575 A4 2011
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_957760

Jim Roche, 1943- [Folder]

Contents:
Folder(s) may include exhibition announcements, newspaper and/or magazine clippings, press releases, brochures, reviews, invitations, illustrations, resumes, artist's statements, exhibition catalogs.
Topic:
Artists  Search this
Location:
Art & Artist files at the Smithsonian American Art Museum/ National Portrait Gallery Library
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILAF_40292

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