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George Herms papers, 1890-2009

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Herms (George) Papers
Series IV. Project and exhibition files, 1958-2001, undated 56.1 Linear Feet (55 boxes, 38 flatfile folders)
This series documents the artwork that Herms has produced for some fifty years. It contains files for projects such as public sculptures, as well as individual works on paper, photographs of work or work series, photographs of exhibitions, object lists and arrangements for exhibitions, photographs by Herms and occasionally of Herms, where the piece in question is part of a collaborative project with a photographer, such as James Fee. There is some overlap between this series and Series III. Journals, which may also contains notes and sketches for art projects. Series VI. Tap City Circus and Series VII. Love Press, also contain project files, and Series IV. inevitably contains Love Press material. The judgement as to where a given file should be categorized has been largely the artist's decision.
Arrangement
This series is arranged in chronological order. Herms often supplied the date of a given work or suggested a decade, such as the 1960s, or the late 1960s. These files are placed at the beginning of each decade, that is, preceding a specific date, such as 1962. Within each annual date, materials have been arranged in the following sequence: photo-based artwork, photographs of artwork, poetry, assorted/mixed media. Note that not every year contains material in each of these categories. Files from 1958 to 1980 have been cataloged in greater detail. Nearly half of the project files contain color photographs, negatives, or otherwise sensitive materials stored separately from the paper-based portion of the archive. Oversize boxes and flat file folders hold artwork such as collages, silkscreen prints, drawings, and paintings. Most of these large works are undated.
box
75, 318, 351*, 356* 1958-1959
box folder
318 1 Photographs of artwork: President is Dead
box
75, 351*, 356* Assorted/mixed media
box folder
75 1 Self-portrait
75 3 Portrait
75 2 Rasputin room materials? (1959-1960)
box
351*, 356* Jubilee drawings and paintings
box
75, 76, 318 1960s
box
75, 318 Photo-based artwork
box folder
75 4 Small photos/photocollage
box folder
318 2-4 Negatives
box folder
75 5 Louise and Nalota
75 6 Abstraction
75 7 Photocollage
75 8 Diane Di Prima
75 9 Ray Johnson and Louise
75 10 Louise and mattress spring
box
75, 318 Photographs of artwork
box folder
75 11 Unidentified collages
box folder
318 5 Hall of Saints
box folder
75 12 Balls series
75 13 Herms work shot by Wallace Berman
75 14 Leo Box with Louise and Nalota
75 15 Assemblages
75 16 Taurus Box
75 17 Aquarian Urn (cut-out)
75 18 Assemblage
75 19 No trespassing
75 20 Saturn Collage
75 21 Spit drawing
75 22 Assemblage/double exposure
75 23 Crest?
75 24 Herms in studio
box folder
76 8-10 Poetry
76 Assorted/mixed media
76 1 Enamel drawings
76 2 Crow quill drawing
76 3 Cover of Jack Hirshman's Blake
76 4 Spit drawing
76 5 Sketchbook
76 6-7 Assorted
76 11 Meat market
76 12 New Mirror of Vanities
76 13-14 Angel's Faint
76 15 Donuts for Duncan
76 16 Mongrelita
76 17 The Vanishing Point
76 18 Government (print)
76 19 Poem/prints
76 20 Full Moon Rite
76 21 Sign
box
76, 318 1960
box
76 Photo-based artwork
76 22 Double-exposures
76 23 Ocean; doily
box
76, 318 Photographs of artwork
box folder
318 6 The Poet
318 7 Hemorrage Throne
box folder
76 24 Five highs
76 Poetry
See also flat file folder 2**.
76 25 Various
flatfile
2** The God of Foxes has birthed a cub (poem for Nalota)
box
76 Assorted/mixed media
76 26 Collage/Christmas card
76 27 Rolf Nelson Gallery tombstone
box
77, 318, 350 1961
77, 318, 350 Photographs of artwork
box
77, 350 Batman Gallery Exhibition
box folder
77 1-4 Photographs
box item
350 D1 Digital images, undated
George Herms papers digital files (digital version available on-site only)

1 computer disc (CD-R) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
box folder
77 5 Swing 'N Nail
box folder
318 10 Marcel please do chomp on this (1961-1962)
box folder
77 6-7 Poetry
box
77, 318 1962
box folder
77 8 Photo-based artwork: Chapel Abyss Cross
box
77, 318 Photographs of artwork
box folder
77 9 Burpee seed catalog
box
77, 318 Temple of the Sun
box folder
77 10 Black-and-white
box folder
318 11 Color
318 12 Assemblages
box folder
77 10 Assorted/mixed media: List of works, Aura Gallery
77 1963
77 Photographs of artwork
77 12 July 1234567...
77 13 Battle of Mill Creek
77 14 Feather Rooney (1963-1964)
77 15 The Holy Family (1963-1964)
77 16 Poetry
77 Assorted/mixed media
77 17-18 Hymn's Delight
77 19 Exhibition loan form
77 1964
77 20 Poetry
77 Assorted/mixed media
77 21 Price list of works (1964-1965)
77 22 Label
box
78, 318 1965
78, 318 Photo-based artwork
box folder
78 1-2 Louise and Nalota Herms
78 3 Hymn's Delight
78 4 Birth announcement
box folder
318 14 Jack Hirschman (negatives)
box
78, 318 Photographs of artwork
box folder
78 5 Capricorn Box and Pisces Box
78 6 Untitled assemblage
78 7 After Magic Cool
78 8 Everything is OK
78 9 Five Highs
78 10-11 Putrefaction
78 12 Aquarian Urn
78 13 Sagittarius Box
78 14 Iris firewater collages
box folder
318 15 Loosely scaled model of the universe
318 16 Foshay
box
78 Assorted/mixed media
78 15 Desire Caught by the Tail
78 16-17 Spring Visions
78 18 Announcement for Elias Romero concert
box
78,318 1966
box folder
78 20 Photo-based artwork: Double exposure of nude woman
box
78, 318 Photographs of artwork
box folder
78 21 Continuous variations
box folder
318 17 Assemblage boxes, black-and-white negatives
box folder
78 22 Poetry
78 23-24 1967: Assorted/mixed media
78 23 Dunk-a-luck
78 24 Three moons over Manhattan
box
78, 318 1968
box folder
78 25 Photo-based artwork: Horse with butterfly wings
box
78, 318 Photographs of artworks
box folder
78 26 Assorted
box folder
318 19 Wooden moonbeams
box folder
78 27 Poetry: Long Beach poetry reading
78 28-29 Assorted/mixed media
78 1969
See also flatfile folder 3** and 4**.
78 30-32 Photo-based artwork
78 30 Nude Herms with pole for Foggy Wagons 1969
78 31 Diane Di Prima for Hymns Delight 1969
78 32 Doily for Hymns Delight 1969
78 33-35 Photographs of artworks
78 33 Assorted works
78 34 The Cosmic Urge
78 35 Reed Live
78 36-40 Assorted/mixed media
See also flatfile folder 3** and 4**.
78 36-37 Faithquake planning
78 39 Faithquake opening
78 40 Molly Barnes Holiday Show and Exhibition (1969-1970)
flatfile
3** Moonbeams, original drawings mounted on board, for Faithquake exhibition
flatfile
4** Ink drawing of man/priest on board; Son, ink drawing on board
box
79, 318, 352*, 353*, 357*, 360*. 1970s
See also flatfile folders 10**-12**.
box
79, 318 Photo-based artwork
box folder
79 1 George and Louise Herms
box folder
318 22 Margaret Nielsen
318 26 Book plates as negative photoprints
box folder
79 2-7 Photographs of artwork
79 2 Works from Streaming
79 3 Tarzan Feathers
79 4 A Way of Life
79 5 Assemblage works
79 6 Headstone
79 7 Assemblage works
box folder
318 21 Pisces Dancers
318 23 L.A. Dadafest installation
318 25 Effluvia and collage
box folder
79 8-12 Poetry
79 8 After landing humanity...
79 9 Dflyab, Gagaku and I confess
79 10 As in basketball
79 11 Poetry and list related to Egg of Night
79 12 Poem for Louise
79 Assorted/mixed media
See also flatfile folders 10**, 11**, and 12**.
box folder
75 13-30 Various
flatfile
10**, 11**, 12** Balls effluvia
box
352*, 353*, 357* Collages, test prints, drawings, effluvia
box
360* Coffee filter pieces, hair pieces, collage/assemblages
box
80, 318 1970
See also flatfile folder 5*.
box folder
80 1-2 Photo-based artwork
80 1 Hymns Delight
80 2 Photograph of Ginger
box
80, 318 Photographs of artworks
box folder
80 3 Holiday exhibition and sale
box folder
318 27 Herms studio
318 28 Western Gate Ripple
box folder
80 5-9 Assorted/mixed media
See also flat file folder 5**.
80 5 Western Gate Ripple
80 6 Collage
80 7 Angel Paint drawing
80 8 Drawing of the Earth
80 9 Hard Core Porn
flatfile
5** Headstone series, drawing on board and collage/drawing on board
box folder
80 4 Poetry: Poem for Sonny Rollins
box
80, 318 1971
See also flatfile folder 6**.
box folder
318 29 Photographs of artworks: Assorted works, black-and-white negatives
box folder
80 10-14 Assorted/mixed media
See also flatfile folder 6**.
80 Palm Songs
80 10 Small pieces
flatfile
6** Round prints gang-mounted on black boards (1969-1971)
box folder
80 11 Sabian Exercises
80 12 Showdown at Fork Tongue Canyon
80 13 Trickle
80 14 Waiting for George
box
81, 318 1972
81, 318 Photographs of artwork
box folder
81 1 Surrealism is Alive
81 2 Live Jazz
box folder
318 30 Black-and-white negatives of a work, and of Herms
box folder
81 3-11 Assorted/mixed media
81 3-6 Cal State L.A.
81 7 West Coast group show, Crocker
81 8 The State of Landscape group show, Newport
81 9 Pseudo-obsidians sketch
81 10 Sketch (1972-73)
81 11 Nick Wilder gallery (1972-1973)
box
82, 318 1973
See also flatfile folders 7**, 8**, 9**.
box folder
82 1-2 Photo-based artwork
82 1 Streaming theater piece
82 2 Herms with Michael McClure at UC Davis opening
box folder
318 31 Photographs of artwork in Herms studio (1973-79)
box folder
82 3 Poetry: Typhoon Paper Poems (1973-79)
82 4-13 Assorted/mixed media
See also flatfile folders 7**, 8**, 9**.
82 4 KPFK folio with Herms cover
82 4-6 Nick Wilder gallery
82 7-12 UC Davis show
82 13 Prometheus Society
flatfile
9** Egypt , Lithograph, dirty, not stamped, unsigned
flatfile
7** Striding man with stars, Oral sex, ink drawings (1973-1974)
flatfile
8** Egypt, Dial-a-vision, Downtown, Thine Eyes, Lithographs, signed artist proofs (1973-74)
box
83 1974
83 1-3 Photographs of artwork: Bizarre Stars (1974-75)
83 4-8 Assorted/mixed media
83 4 LACMA Rental Gallery
83 5-6 Poets of the Cities show
83 7 Streaming Balls
83 8 On 39th birthday conceptualism is born statement
83 1975
See also flatfile folders 13**-16**.
83 9 Photo-based artwork: photograph of Herms in studio (1975-1976)
83 10-11 Poetry
83 10 Astropoet statement, Pseudonymphia
83 11 Poem regarding Neil Young Sequoia film
83 12-26 Assorted/mixed media
See also flatfile folders 13**-16**.
83 12-13 Catalyst
83 14 Collage and Assemblage in Southerm California
83 15 Exploding the Cube
83 16 Other Voices
83 17-18 Pseudonymphia
83 19 Sigmund Fletcher blimps created on Love Press
83 20-21 Quartet performance
83 22-24 Sequoia film with Neil Young
83 25 Jan Butterfield interview
flatfile
13** Collage made from parinted papers, dirt, hair
flatfile
14**, 15**, 16** Effluvia prints on heavy stock
box
84 1976
84 1 Poetry: Black Ace
84 2-8 Assorted/mixed media
84 2 What's Happening in L.A. Art?
84 3 San Antonio
84 4 Folies Bizarre
84 5 Choke magazine
84 6 Caracas video project
84 7 Sabian Exercises drawings
84 8 Invitation to dinner honoring Nick Wilder
box
84, 318 1977
box folder
84 9 Poetry: The tonic of fuller
84 10-26 Assorted/mixed media
84 10 Elsane
84 11 Teragram
84 12 Tar and feather
84 13 Collections lists
84 14 A Conversation With George Herms by Susan Larsen
84 15 Untitled collage
84 16 Word Works, press release
84 17 Untitled collages
84 18-20 Unbeknownst
84 21 Essay on photography
84 22-23 Trickle
84 24 Paintings and Sculpture in California, SF MOMA
84 25 Caberet Voltaire project
84 26 List of Herms collectors
box folder
318 32 Photos of artwork:Trickle
box
85, 318 1978
box folder
85 1 Photo-based artwork: George Herms portraits for Prometheus Archives
box
85, 318 Photographs of artworks
85, 318 Beauty assemblage
box folder
85 2 Black-and-white
box folder
318 24 Negative
318 33 Polaroids and negatives of sculptures
box folder
85 3-20 Assorted/mixed media
85 3 Realism-Points of View discussion materials
85 4 100+ Current Directions in Southern California show
85 5 Deja Vu show
85 6 Southern Exposure show
85 7 Sculpture 78 show
85 8 The Perfect Meal
85 9 Wizzie and Clod
85 10 CSUF loan form
85 11 Untitled print
85 12 Backdown town
85 13 A Painting Show, Mt. San Antonio
85 14 Light towers from within collage
box
85, 318 1979
See also flatfile folder 17**.
box folder
85 15-16 Photographs of artworks
85 15 The Poet, 1960 work with 1978 collector documentation
85 16 The Alcove of Beginnings
box folder
318 34 Western Gate Ripple
318 36 Color polaroids of collage works
318 35 Photo-based artwork: Prometheus
box folder
85 17-28 Assorted/mixed media: Prometheus Archives
See also flatfile folder 17**.
box
86, 319 1980s
box
86, 319, 365* 1980
See also flatfile folders 18** and 19**.
box
87, 320 1981
See also flatfile folder 20-23**.
box
88, 320 1982
88, 320 1983
box
89, 320 1984
See also flatfile folders 24**, 25**, 26**.
box
90-91, 320 1985
See also flatfile folders 27** - 28**.
box
92-93, 320 1986
box
93, 320 1987
box
94, 320 1988
See also flatfile folders 29** and 30**.
box
95-96, 321 1989
box item
348 C1 1 audiocassette. George Herms on KCRW, August 1989
box
96, 322, 323 1990s
box
96, 323 1990
See also flatfile folder 31**.
96, 323 1991
box
97, 324 1992
box
97-98, 324 1993
box
98, 324 1994
box
98, 325-327 1995
box
99, 327 1996
99, 327 1997
box
99, 328-329, 349 1998
See also flatfile folders 32** and 33**.
box item
349 V5-V6 First Street Bridge Project
3 videocassettes (VHS). First Street Bridge Project: Hiro Yamagata, Sculpture of Light; George Herms, Parade of Sculpture. Dir.: Peter Kirby. RT 23:00.
box
99, 329 1999
box
100, 330 2000-2001
box item
349 V4 Unidentified video, undated
box
101, 330 Miscellaneous, undated
box
354*, 355*, 358*, 359*, 361*-364* Assorted oversize artwork, undated
flatfile
34-39** Assorted untitled double oversize artwork, undated
box
318 Slides of artwork,
318 8-9 1960-1994
318 13 1963-1990


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