The collection is arranged as 5 series. Series 1: The Painters World: Changing Constants of Art from the Renaissance to the Present Production Records, 1985-1989 (5.5 linear feet; Boxes 1, 3-6, 15, 20) Series 2: Jasper Johns: Take an Object Production Records, 1971-1972, 1989-1990 (5.9 linear feet, Boxes 2, 7-11, 20-24) Series 3: Aaron Siskind: Making Pictures Production Records, 1990-2003 (2.5 linear feet; Boxes 2, 11-12, 16-18, 21) Series 4: Harry Callahan Production Records, 1992-1994 (3.3 linear feet; Boxes 2, 12-14, 18-19, 21) Series 5: Unidentified Program Material, circa 1940-1994 (0.3 linear feet; Boxes 2, 14, FC 147)
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate copy requires advance notice.
The papers of filmmaker and art historian Judith Wechsler measure 17.4 linear feet and consist of film production material from several of Wechsler's documentary films released between 1989 and 1994. Most of the collection consists of sound recordings and motion picture film. Notable content includes interviews with Jasper Johns, Frank Stella, David Hockney, Philip Pearlstein, Joel Meyerowitz, Jo Spence, Yolanda Sonnabend, Dominique de Menil, Walter Hopps, Aaron Siskind, and Harry Callahan, as well as footage of artists working in their studios. Production elements found include original sound recordings, original camera negative outtakes, work print picture and soundtrack, trims, various pre-print master material, and video copies of completed works.
Judith Wechsler papers, circa 1940-2003, bulk 1971-1994. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
The Painter's World: Copyright retained by Judith Wechsler.
Release prints of each of the titles represented in the collection are held by the Harvard Film Archive. Digital video copies of edited films are available on Judith Wechsler's website (http://www.judithwechsler.com/films, accessed 2017).
Judith Wechsler is an art historian, professor, and filmmaker. Wechsler studied at Brandeis University, Columbia University, and earned her Ph.D. at Univeristy of California, Los Angeles in 1972. She published On Aesthetics in Science in 1978 and A Human Comedy: Physiognomy and Human Caricature in 19th Century Paris, focusing on the work of Honoré Daumier, in 1982. She edited the memoirs of her father, literary scholar Nahum N. Glatzer, published in 1998, and has published dozens of articles, reviews, and catalog essays for American and European institutions and publications.
Donated 2008, 2017, and 2019 by Judith Wechsler.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001