A Finding Aid to the Norman B. Colp papers, 1973-2005, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.colpnorm
Creators:
Colp, Norman
Dates:
1973-2005
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
4 Linear feet
Box 1-4
Repository:
The papers of conceptual artist and curator Norman B. Colp measure 4 linear feet and date between 1973 and 2005. The papers shed light on Colp's career through biographical material; correspondence with artists, museums, galleries, and municipalities; project files related to works of art and exhibitions curated by Colp; photographs and slides, printed material, and some audiovisual material.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The papers of conceptual artist and curator Norman B. Colp measure 4 linear feet and date between 1973 and 2005. The papers shed light on Colp's career through biographical material, project files, personal business records, and printed material. Biographical material includes correspondence with artists, museums, galleries, and municipalities, two recorded interviews, biographical sketches, and a note from Colp's mother; project files relate to works of art and exhibitions curated by Colp; personal business records contain some inventories, expenses, sales and trade files as well as the records of Colp's various donations to archives, museums, and libraries between 1983 and 2004; printed material includes postcards, catalogs, and invitations from group and solo exhibitions; reviews of Colp's artwork and his curated shows; and an artist-made Xerox calendar.

Arrangement
Arrangement
This series is arranged as 4 series.
  • Series 1: Biographical Material (Box 1; 10 folders)
  • Series 2: Project Files (Box 1-2; 1 linear feet)
  • Series 3: Personal Business Records (Box 2; .8 linear feet)
  • Series 4: Printed Material (Box 2-4; 2 linear feet)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Norman B. Colp was a conceptual artist and curator from New York City. He received his BA in art from Queens College in 1967, and took classes at the Pratt Institute and Parsons School of Design. Colp's artistic projects include 63 Artists' Objects (1974) and 24 Small Scale Art Thefts (1975), in which he "borrowed" door stops from 24 galleries and museums around the United States; both projects were exhibited individually as solo exhibitions. Colp was commissioned by the New York MTA in 1991 to install Comuter's Lament or a Close Shave, a poem and one photograph on nine porcelain tiles found in the Times Square subway. Colp's solo exhibitions include those held at Hundred Acres Gallery in New York, Victoria and Albert Museum, London England, and the College and Charleston; and was represented in group exhibitions at the Alternative Center for International Arts, Franklin Furnace, Artworks, Boca Rotan Museum of Art, among others. Colp's curated exhibits include those held at the Center for Book Arts, Georgia State University Art Gallery, and White Plains Public Library. His work is found in permanent collections at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, International Center of Photography, New York Public Library and many more.

Administration
Processing Information
The collection was processed and a finding aid prepared by Christopher DeMairo in 2020.
Author
Christopher DeMairo
Sponsor
The processing of this collection received Federal support from the Smithsonian Collections Care and Preservation Fund, administered by the National Collections Program and the Smithsonian Collections Advisory Committee.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was donated by Norman B. Colp in 1993 and 2005.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Preferred Citation
Norman Colp papers, 1973-2005. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Conditions Governing Use
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.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
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Repository Contact
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