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Matt Mullican papers, circa 1968-2017

Creator:
Mullican, Matt, 1951-  Search this
Subject:
König, Kasper  Search this
Mullican, Lee  Search this
Weiner, Lawrence  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Photographs
Sketchbooks
Notebooks
Diaries
Writings
Topic:
Artists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Multimedia (Art)  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)16215
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)368431
AAA_collcode_mullmatt
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_368431
Online Media:

Matt Mullican papers

Creator:
Mullican, Matt, 1951-  Search this
Names:
König, Kasper  Search this
Mullican, Lee, 1919-1998  Search this
Weiner, Lawrence, 1942-  Search this
Extent:
27.8 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Interviews
Photographs
Sketchbooks
Notebooks
Diaries
Writings
Date:
circa 1968-2017
Summary:
The papers of New York City and Berlin, Germany based multi-media and conceptual artist Matt Mullican measure 27.8 linear feet and date from circa 1968-2017. The collection consists of biographical material, including a few interview transcripts; correspondence; over 100 notebooks; gallery and exhibition files; project and commission files; personal business records; printed material; and photographs. The notebooks document nearly five decades of Mullican's work process and illustrate his material and conceptual explorations. Large sequences of gallery and exhibition files, as well as project and commission files comprise the remaining bulk of the collection, providing detailed documentation of his professional career, particularly from the 1980s-2000s.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of New York City and Berlin, Germany based multi-media and conceptual artist Matt Mullican measure 27.8 linear feet and date from circa 1968-2017. The collection consists of biographical material, including a few interview transcripts; correspondence; over 100 notebooks; gallery and exhibition files; project and commission files; personal business records; printed material; and photographs. The notebooks document nearly five decades of Mullican's work process and illustrate his material and conceptual explorations. Large sequences of gallery and exhibition files, as well as project and commission files comprise the remaining bulk of the collection, providing detailed documentation of his professional career, particularly from the 1980s-2000s.

Biographical material includes address books, high school and college ephemera, papers and photographs relating to Mullican's family, identification cards, interview transcripts, a resume, and a few writings.

The small amount of correspondence arranged in Series 2 is with friends, artists, colleagues, fans, and museum professionals. Notable correspondents include artist Lawrence Weiner and museum director Kasper König. Additional professional correspondence is located in the Gallery and Exhibition Files, as well as the Project and Commission Files.

Over 100 notebooks document nearly five decades of Mullican's work process and artistic explorations from the time he was a student up to the present.

A large sequence of gallery and exhibition files encompass a variety of material documenting Mullican's extensive solo and group exhibition history throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan.

Extensive project and commission files contain documentation of international public and corporate commissions, academic engagements, performances, publishing projects, print editions, illustrations, grants, residencies, and other project based artwork. Public and corporate commissions include artworks and installations for banks, airports, office complexes, university buildings, public transit stations, and other spaces.

Personal business records relate to bookkeeping and sales, donations, inventories, publication, copyright, supplies, invoicing, recommendations, residences, storage of works, and studio administration.

Printed material includes announcements, posters, articles, reviews, exhibition catalogs, and periodicals related to Mullican's career.

One folder of photographs documents Mullican, his family, and installations of his work at various venues and exhibitions.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as eight series.

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1968-2002 (0.6 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1986-2000s (0.2 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 3: Notebooks, circa 1968-2017 (7.2 linear feet; Box 1-8)

Series 4: Gallery and Exhibition Files, 1985-2000s (6.1 linear feet; Box 9-13, OV and RD 23-25)

Series 5: Project and Commission Files, 1980-2000s (10.3 linear feet; Box 14-19, OV and RD 26-43)

Series 6: Personal Business Records, 1978-2000s (1.7 linear feet; Box 19-21)

Series 7: Printed Material, 1971-2000s (1.5 linear foot; Box 21-22, RD 44)

Series 8: Photographs, 1980s-1990s (1 folder; Box 22)
Biographical / Historical:
Matt Mullican (1951- ) is a multi-media and conceptual artist working in New York City and Berlin, Germany. Born in Santa Monica, he is the son of abstract surrealist painters Lee Mullican and Luchita Hurtado Mullican. Educated at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in the early 1970s, and mentored by John Baldessari, Mullican moved to New York City after earning his BFA and became associated with the "Pictures Generation" artists, including friends Troy Brauntuch, Jack Goldstein, James Welling, and Robert Longo. His multi-disciplinary practice encompasses drawing, painting, collage, video, installation, and performance under hypnosis as his alter ego, 'That Person.' Through these media, Mullican explores systems of knowledge, the construction of reality, as well as meaning, language, and signs. Throughout his career, Mullican has participated in international solo and group exhibitions, and has undertaken dozens of public and corporate commissions.
Provenance:
Donated to the Archives of American Art in 2014-2017 by Matt Mullican.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Use of born-digital records requires advance notice.
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:
Conceptual artists -- Germany -- Berlin -- Interviews  Search this
Conceptual artists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Topic:
Artists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Multimedia (Art)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Photographs
Sketchbooks
Notebooks
Diaries
Writings
Citation:
Matt Mullican papers, circa 1968-2017. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.mullmatt
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-mullmatt
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Matt Mullican, 2019 July 1-9

Interviewee:
Mullican, Matt, 1951-  Search this
Interviewer:
Leddy, Annette  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)21685
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)398488
AAA_collcode_mullic19
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_398488

Adrian Piper interview, 1991

Creator:
Withers, Josephine  Search this
Piper, Adrian, 1948-  Search this
Topic:
African American artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13361
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)255124
AAA_collcode_withjose
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_255124

Adrian Piper interview

Interviewer:
Withers, Josephine  Search this
Interviewee:
Piper, Adrian, 1948-  Search this
Extent:
15 Pages (Transcript)
4 Cassettes (Sound recording)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Cassettes
Date:
1991
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Adrian Piper conducted by Josephine Withers, 1991[ month and day unidentified]. Withers conducted the interview as part of her research for an unpublished book Musing about the Muse. No further date beyond 1991 is known.
Biographical / Historical:
Adrian Piper (1948-) is a conceptual artist and philosopher. She taught philosophy at numerous institutions and was the first female African American philosophy professor to receive academic tenure in the United States. Piper moved to Berlin, Germany in 2005 where she now runs the Adrian Piper Research Archive (APRA). In 2012, Piper "publicly retired from being Black."

Josephine Withers (1938-) is an art historian and a professor emerita of art history at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Provenance:
Donated 2005 by Josephine Withers.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Conceptual artists -- Interviews  Search this
Conceptual artists  Search this
Art historians -- Maryland  Search this
Topic:
African American artists  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.withjose
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-withjose

Oral history interview with Matt Mullican

Interviewee:
Mullican, Matt, 1951-  Search this
Interviewer:
Leddy, Annette  Search this
Extent:
15 Items (sound files (10 hrs., 5 min.) Audio, digital, wav)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2019 July 1-9
Scope and Contents:
An interview with Matt Mullican conducted 2019 July 1 and 9, by Annette Leddy, for the Archives of American Art at the Archives' New York Research Center, in New York, New York.
Biographical / Historical:
Matt Mullican (1951- ) is a conceptual, and multi-media artist in New York and Berlin, Germany. Annette Leddy is a collector for the Archives of American Art.
Related Materials:
The Archives of American Art also holds the papers of Matt Mullican.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
Restrictions:
For information on how to access this interview contact Reference Services.
Occupation:
Conceptual artists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Conceptual artists -- Germany -- Berlin -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.mullic19
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-mullic19

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