A Finding Aid to the Anthony Candido Papers, 1950-2015, bulk 1957-1970, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.candanth
Creators:
Candido, Anthony, 1924-
Dates:
1950-2015
bulk 1957-1970
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
13.99 Linear feet
Repository:
The papers of architect and painter Anthony Candido measure 13.99 linear feet and date from 1950-2015. Included are biographical material; correspondence with artists; teaching files from Cooper Union, School of Architecture; annotated sketchbooks and drawings; exhibition files; photographs of architecture, and paintings of Candido's wife, choreographer Nancy Meehan.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The papers of architect and painter Anthony Candido measure 13.99 linear feet and date from 1950-2015. Included are biographical material; correspondence with artists; teaching files from Cooper Union, School of Architecture; annotated sketchbooks and drawings; exhibition files; photographs of architecture, and paintings of Candido's wife, choreographer Nancy Meehan.
This collection documents Candido's career as an educator, artist and architect through biographical material, including Candido's CV, artist bio, and a transcript from a Cooper Union faculty interview; professional and personal correspondence with friends, educators, and artists including letters from Lillian Kiesler, Christopher Wilmarth, and Sol LeWitt; journals documenting Candido's artistic process and personal life; writings including lectures, notes, poems, drafts, and a play script; exhibition files that document Candido's work shown at various museums and galleries; project files from Roosevelt field, the 1969 World Exposition, and Toronto City Square; class lists; notes; lectures; course descriptions; clippings; exhibition catalogs, posters, and announcements; Nancy Meehan Dance Company flyers, posters, and pamphlets; annotated sketchbooks; travel sketchbooks; loose sketches; drawings; paintings on paper; and photographs of Candido and Nancy Meehan, his artwork, and his studio.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged as 10 series.
  • Series 1: Biographical Material, 1992, 2002 (0.1 linear feet, Box 1)
  • Series 2: Correspondence, 1957-2013 (0.4 linear feet, Box 1)
  • Series 3: Diaries and Journals, 1963-2014 (0.7 linear feet, Box 1-2)
  • Series 4: Writings, circa 1956-1997 (0.5 linear feet, Box 2, OV 24)
  • Series 5: Exhibition Files, 1945-2010 (0.6 linear feet, Box 2-3)
  • Series 6: Project Files, 1954-2015 (0.1 linear feet, Box 3)
  • Series 7: Teaching Files, 1959-1966 (0.1 linear feet, Box 3)
  • Series 8: Printed Material, 1956-2015 (0.5 linear feet, Box 3, 11, OV 25)
  • Series 9: Artwork, 1950-2013 (10.49 linear feet, Box 3-18, OV 26)
  • Series 10: Photographic Material, 1955-2007 (0.5 linear feet, Box 10)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Anthony Candido (1924-) is an architect, painter and educator in New York, New York.
Candido attended the Illinois Institute of Technology where he studied architecture and planning and began teaching at Cooper Union in 1959. There he introduced the Block Project to his Architectonics class, which was derived from his still life paintings of his painter's table. Candido's artwork was often shown at and The Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery of The Cooper Union. His monograph, "Tony Candido: Night Drawings 1956" was published by The Cooper Union School of Architecture in 1993.
Candido's broad range of experience in painting and architecture can be seen throughout his career. From 1954-1957 Candido worked for I.M. Pei as a designer where he designed a glass umbrella for Roosevelt Field and the first published design for the GSA Buildings. In 1969 he traveled to Japan for Davis & Brody to supervise the design and construction of the U.S. Pavilion, at EXPO '70. Candido's works have been included in numerous exhibitions around the world including the Canadian Center for Architecture, Montreal, Galerie de L'Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Lorient, France, and the International Design Forum, Asahikawa, Japan. Candido has also exhibited works at various New York galleries, including the Painting Center, Betty Parsons Gallery, St. Mark's Church on the Bowery, and the Area Gallery. Projects of note included The Existence Paintings, The Seated Man, The Standing Man, and The Heads (large and small). He has also been an artist in residence with the Nancy Meehan Dance Company since 1970.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
Portions of the collection are available on 35mm microfilm reels N70-57-N70-59, N70-69-N70-72, 59, and 94 at the Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan. Researchers should note that the arrangement of material described in the container inventory does not reflect the arrangement of the collection on microfilm.
Processing Information
The collection was processed and a finding aid prepared by Jennifer E. Neal and Lewis Tio in 2020.
Author
Jennifer E. Neal
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated by Anthony Candido in 2019. A portion of the sketches and sketchbooks included with the donation were loaned for microfilming in 1970-1971.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is temporarily closed to researchers due to archival processing. Contact References Services for more information.
Conditions Governing Use
The donor has retained all intellectual property rights, including copyright, that he or she may own.
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.
Preferred Citation
Anthony Candido papers, 1950-2015. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Related Materials
Also found in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with Anthony Candido conducted by Paul Cummings, October 7, 1970.

Keywords
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