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Noah Purifoy papers, 1935-1998, bulk 1971-1998

Creator:
Purifoy, Noah, 1917-2004  Search this
Subject:
California Arts Council  Search this
Watts Towers Art Center  Search this
Type:
Scrapbooks
Citation:
Noah Purifoy papers, 1935-1998, bulk 1971-1998. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
African American artists  Search this
African American sculptors  Search this
Theme:
Lives of American Artists  Search this
African American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6193
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216448
AAA_collcode_purinoah
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
African American
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_216448
Online Media:

Noah Purifoy papers

Creator:
Purifoy, Noah, 1917-  Search this
Names:
California Arts Council  Search this
Watts Towers Art Center  Search this
Extent:
1.2 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Scrapbooks
Date:
1935-1998
bulk 1971-1998
Summary:
The papers of African American assemblage artist Noah Purifoy measure 1.2 linear feet and date from 1935 to 1998 with the bulk of the material dating from 1971 to 1998. The collection contains biographical material; correspondence; writings on Purifoy and art; material related to the California Arts Council; material related to other professional activities, including commissions and exhibitions; printed material; and scrapbooks.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of African American assemblage artist and arts administrator Noah Purifoy measure 1.2 linear feet and date from 1935 to 1998 with the bulk of the material dating from 1971 to 1998. The collection contains biographical material, including an award, diplomas, and resumes; correspondence with arts institutions and artists; writings on Purifoy and art; material related to the California Arts Council, including drafts for the Artists-in-Education Summer Workshop and Conference; material related to other professional activities, including a commission from the Getty Center and exhibitions; and printed material, including clippings, exhibition catalogs, and magazines. Also included are two scrapbooks, which contain photographic material, correspondence, printed material, as well as selected writings and other materials documenting Purifoy's career as an artist and arts administrator.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged as seven series.

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1939-1953, 1980-circa 1987 (Box 1; 3 folders)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1971-1979, 1992-1998 (Box 1; 3 folders)

Series 3: Writings, 1974, circa 1990s, undated (Box 1; 4 folders)

Series 4: California Arts Council, 1976-1980 (Box 1, OV 2; 0.1 linear feet)

Series 5: Other Professional Activities, circa 1967-1977, 1994-1998 (Box 1; 0.1 linear feet)

Series 6: Printed Material, 1939, 1966-1998 (Box 1, OV 2; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 7: Scrapbooks, 1935-1938, 1957-1997 (Box 1, OV 3; 0.5 linear feet)
Biographical / Historical:
Noah Purifoy (1917-2004) was an African American sculptor, assemblage artist, and arts administrator in Los Angeles and Joshua Tree, California.

Born in Snow Hill, Alabama, Purifoy attended Alabama State Teachers College (now Alabama State University) and Atlanta University (now Clark Atlanta University). In 1953, Purifoy enrolled at the Chouinard Arts Institute (now CalArts) as the first full-time African American student. He earned his bachelor's of fine arts degree in 1956, just before his 40th birthday.

Purifoy co-founded the Watts Towers Art Center in Los Angeles, California and he, along with artist Judson Powell, organized the exhibition 66 Signs of Neon as a way to interpret the 1965 Watts Riots.

In 1989, Purifoy moved to the Mojave Desert, just outside of Joshua Tree, California. He spent the remainder of his life creating the Noah Purifoy Outdoor Sculpture Museum, which is composed of large-scale assemblages in the desert constructed entirely from found objects. The museum is open to the public and maintained by the Noah Purifoy Foundation.
Provenance:
Noah Purifoy donated the papers to the Archives of American Art in 1998.
Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Occupation:
Arts administrators -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Assemblage artists -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Assemblage artists -- California -- Joshua Tree  Search this
Sculptors -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Sculptors -- California -- Joshua Tree  Search this
Topic:
African American artists  Search this
African American sculptors  Search this
Genre/Form:
Scrapbooks
Citation:
Noah Purifoy papers, 1935-1998. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.purinoah
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw938fc3463-c7f7-4e57-9663-d2751c1a5d54
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-purinoah
Online Media:

Noah Purifoy : Junk Dada / organized by Franklin Sirmans with Yael Lipschutz ; with essays by Yael Lipschutz, Kristine McKenna, Lowery Stokes Sims ; additional contributions by Dale Brockman Davis, Allison Glenn, Judson Powell, Ed Ruscha, Franklin Sirmans, Sue A. Welsh, C. Ian White ; and special photography by Fredrik Nilsen

Author:
Sirmans, Franklin  Search this
Lipschutz, Yael  Search this
Purifoy, Noah 1917-2004 Works Selections  Search this
Los Angeles County Museum of Art  Search this
Subject:
Purifoy, Noah 1917-2004  Search this
Physical description:
143 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Interviews
Place:
United States
Date:
2015
Topic:
Assemblage (Art)  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1053525

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