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Luis Cancel papers

Creator:
Cancel, Luis R.  Search this
Names:
Bronx Museum of the Arts  Search this
New York (N.Y.). Department of Cultural Affairs  Search this
Extent:
10.1 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Date:
circa 1900-1998
bulk 1970-1996
Summary:
The papers of Puerto Rican arts administrator and artist Luis Cancel measure 10.1 linear feet and date from circa 1900 to 1998 with the bulk of the material dating from 1970 to 1996. The collection is comprised of biographical material, professional files, arts administration records documenting his directorship at the Bronx Museum of the Arts and as Commissioner for the Department of Cultural Affairs in New York, subject and artist's files, files for the exhibition Legacy / Legado, printed materials, photographs, and unidentified sound recordings.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of Puerto Rican arts administrator and artist Luis Cancel measure 10.1 linear feet and date from circa 1900 to 1998 with the bulk of the material dating from 1970 to 1996. The collection is comprised of biographical material, professional files, arts administration records documenting his directorship at the Bronx Museum of the Arts and as Commissioner for the Department of Cultural Affairs in New York, subject and artist's files, files for the exhibition Legacy / Legado, printed materials, photographs, and unidentified sound recordings.

Biographical material contains two appointment books, awards, certificates, diplomas, a pin, real estate documents, resumes, a watercolor, and Cancel's writings. Files for committees, councils, consulting work, academic work, exhibitions, and various projects as well as digital disks and a video recording are among Cancel's professional files. Arts administration records consist of files for the Bronx Museum of the Arts and the Department of Cultural Affairs. Subject files include printed material, two video recordings, and a small amount of other material on topics of interest to Cancel. Files on artists contain printed material, photographs, resumes, cross reference notes, and other material.

The Legacy / Legado exhibition files include digital disks, artist's files, administrative records, and photographic materials. Printed material consists of business cards, booklets, brochures, flyers, invitations, newsletters, magazines, and clippings. Photographic materials are of Cancel with colleagues, family, travel, and works of art. Two unidentified sound recordings are in the last series.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as nine series.

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1970-1994 (0.3 linear feet; Box 1, OV 12)

Series 2: Professional Files, 1973-1998 (3.4 linear feet; Boxes 1-5)

Series 3: Arts Administration Records, 1972-1997 (4.1 linear feet; Boxes 5-8, OV 12, 14)

Series 4: Subject Files, 1973-1996 (0.4 linear feet; Boxes 8-9)

Series 5: Artist Files, 1952-1991 (0.5 linear feet; Box 9, 11, OV 12)

Series 6: -- Legacy / Legado -- Exhibition Files, 1985-1996 (0.8 linear feet; Box 9-11)

Series 7: Printed Material, 1976-1992 (0.2 linear feet; Box 10, OV 13)

Series 8: Photographic Material, circa 1900-circa 1990 (0.3 linear feet; Box 10-11)

Series 9: Unidentified Sound Recordings, circa 1980s (1 folder; Box 11)
Biographical / Historical:
Luis Cancel (1952-) is a Puerto Rican arts administrator and artist from New York City, N.Y.

Cancel attended Fiorello H. La Guardia High School for Music and Art before earning his bachelor of arts degree in painting and printmaking from Pratt Institute. During his last year at Pratt, he studied in Puerto Rico at the University of Puerto Rico. Cancel continued his research on Puerto Rico through a fellowship with the American Friends Service Committee Reciprocal Youth Project in Puerto Rico. Cancel's research resulted in a multifaceted presentation titled Puerto Rico: Its People and Its Artists. He continued his education receiving master of arts degrees from New York University in arts administration and from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government in public administration. Cancel also attended classes on educational software design and CD-ROM production at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

After finishing his studies, Cancel became gallery director at the Cayman Gallery in New York from 1975 to 1977. In 1978, he became the executive director of the Bronx Museum of the Arts. In his 13 years at the Bronx Museum, Cancel organized numerous exhibitions including The Latin American Spirit: Art and Artists in the United States 1920-1970, Devastation/Resurrection: The South Bronx, and Krishna Reddy: A Retrospective. He was also granted a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts to travel throughout Latin America to research art and build relationships with significant museums and galleries. Cancel left the Bronx Museum in 1991 to begin his tenure as Commissioner of New York City's Department of Cultural Affairs where he worked with Mayor David Dinkins to enhance support for the city's arts.

In the 2000s, Cancel was also the executive director of the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural Center, the Director of Cultural Affairs in San Francisco, was appointed by United States Representative Nancy Pelosi to the National Museum of the American Latino Commission, and established a cultural consulting company. He is currently the CEO at the Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame.
Provenance:
The papers were donated by Luis Cancel in 2000.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and born-digital records with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Occupation:
Arts administrators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art museum directors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Artists -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art, Latin American  Search this
Latino and Latin American artists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Citation:
Luis Cancel papers, circa 1900-1998, bulk 1970-1996. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.cancluis
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-cancluis

New York Cultural Council [Folder]

Additional name:
New York (N.Y.). Department of Cultural Affairs. New York Cultural Council  Search this
New York City Cultural Council  Search this
Contents:
Folder(s) may include exhibition announcements, newspaper and/or magazine clippings, press releases, brochures, reviews, invitations, illustrations, resumes, artist's statements, exhibition catalogs.
Place:
New York (N.Y.)
Topic:
Art Organizations  Search this
Location:
Art & Artist files at the Smithsonian American Art Museum/ National Portrait Gallery Library
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILAF_100766

Art works in city spaces : April 25-May 22, 1985, the Tweed Courthouse / James Gross Alvarez ... [et al.]

Author:
Kenkeleba House  Search this
Taller Boricua  Search this
Children's Art Carnival (Harlem, New York, N.Y.)  Search this
New York (N.Y.) Department of Housing Preservation and Development  Search this
New York (N.Y.) Department of Cultural Affairs  Search this
Tweed Courthouse (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Gross-Alvarez, James  Search this
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
New York (State)
New York
Date:
1985
20th century
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Call number:
N6530.N7 A745 1985
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_791290

City art : New York's Percent for Art Program / essay by Eleanor Heartney ; introduction by Adam Gopnik ; preface by Michael R. Bloomberg ; featured photography by David S. Allee ; edited by Marvin Heiferman

Author:
Heartney, Eleanor 1954-  Search this
Heiferman, Marvin  Search this
New York (N.Y.) Department of Cultural Affairs  Search this
Subject:
Percent for Art Program (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Physical description:
240 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), col. maps ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
New York (State)
New York
Date:
2005
20th century
21st century
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Art patronage  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_797813

The Fair of the future, 1939-1989 : 1989 LaGuardia Archives calendar / [made possible by Fiorello H. LaGuardia Community College of The City University of New York, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Con Edison Queens Division]

Title:
1989 LaGuardia Archives calendar
LaGuardia Archives calendar
La Guardia Archives Calendar
Author:
LaGuardia Community College  Search this
New York (N.Y.) Department of Cultural Affairs  Search this
Consolidated Edison Company of New York, inc Queens Division  Search this
Subject:
New York World's Fair (1939-1940 : New York, N.Y.)  Search this
New York World's Fair (1939-1940 : New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Physical description:
[36] pages : illustrations (1 color), color map, portraits ; 23 x 31 cm
Type:
Books
Pictorial works
Calendars
Date:
1989
[1989]
Call number:
T785.C1 F35 1989
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_615732

New Scandinavian painting : City Gallery, New York, November 30, 1990-January 11, 1991 / sponsored by the American-Scandinavian Foundation in cooperation with the New York City Dept. of Cultural Affairs

Author:
City Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
American-Scandinavian Foundation  Search this
New York (N.Y.) Department of Cultural Affairs  Search this
Physical description:
[20] p. : col. ill. ; 21 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1991
[1991]
20th century
Topic:
Painting, Scandinavian  Search this
Call number:
ND707 .N49 1990
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_643290

For your information

Title:
For your information : FYI
FYI
Author:
Center for Arts Information  Search this
New York (N.Y.) Department of Cultural Affairs  Search this
New York Foundation for the Arts  Search this
Physical description:
v. : ill. ; 28-36 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Place:
United States
Date:
1985
C1985-
Topic:
Arts--Management--Periodicals  Search this
Arts  Search this
Call number:
AP1 .F693
AP1.F693
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_442685

Projects and proposals : New York Cityʼs Percent for Art Program, City Gallery, Department of Cultural Affairs, 2 Columbus Circle, New York City, January 21-March 4, 1988

Author:
Percent for Art Program (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
New York (N.Y.) Department of Cultural Affairs  Search this
Physical description:
[48] p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
New York (State)
New York
Date:
1988
C1988
20th century
Topic:
Public art  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Call number:
N8845.N7P7 1988X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_370694

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