A Finding Aid to the Lowell Darling Papers, 1945-2012, in the Archives of American Art
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Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.darllowe
Creators:
Darling, Lowell
Dates:
1945-2012
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
4.6 Linear feet
6.32 Gigabytes
Repository:
The papers of conceptual and performance artist Lowell Darling measure 4.6 linear feet and 6.32 GB and date from 1945 to 2012. The collection contains biographical material primarily in the form of address books and contact lists; correspondence; project files for works of art and performances including files and artifacts related to Darling's 1978 gubernatorial campaign; printed material, including a clippings portfolio; photographic material; and artwork, including sketches, collages, and stamps.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The papers of conceptual and performance artist Lowell Darling measure 4.6 linear feet and 6.32 GB and date from 1945 to 2012. The collection contains biographical material primarily in the form of address books and contact lists; correspondence; project files for works of art and performances including files and artifacts related to Darling's 1978 gubernatorial campaign; printed material, including a clippings portfolio; photographic material; and artwork, including sketches, collages, and stamps.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged in six series.
  • Series 1: Biographical Material, 1970, circa 1982-2011 (Box 1; 0.8 linear feet)
  • Series 2: Correspondence, 1945, 1969-1988, 1998-2000 (Boxes 1-2; 0.4 linear feet)
  • Series 3: Project Files, 1950, 1960-1995, 2003-2011 (Boxes 2-3, Box 7, OV 8; 1.5 linear feet, ER 01-03; 6.32 GB)
  • Series 4: Printed Material, 1969-2011 (Box 3, Box 7, OV 8; 0.5 linear feet)
  • Series 5: Photographic Material, circa 1960s-circa 2000s (Boxes 3-5; 0.7 linear feet)
  • Series 6: Artwork, circa 1969-2012 (Boxes 5-7; 0.7 linear feet)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Lowell Darling (1942- ) is a California-based conceptual and performance artist. He established the unaccredited Fat City School of Finds Art, granting Masters Degrees to art students. Other notable projects include a collaboration with Ilene Segalove and the Cauliflower Alley Club of prizefighters in Los Angeles, and his work with found film clips for Hollywood Archaeology. Darling also ran for Governor of California in 1978 and published a book, One Hand Shaking, based on his notes from the campaign.

Administration
Processing Information
The collection was minimally processed and a finding aid prepared by Rayna Andrews in 2019. Born-digital materials were processed by Jess Purkis in 2019.
Author
Rayna Andrews
Sponsor
Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by Gerald and Bente Buck.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers were donated to the Archives of American Art by Sherry Frumkin, Lowell Darling's friend and gallerist, in 2018.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Use
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Researchers interested in accessing born-digital records in this collection must use access copies. Contact References Services for more information.
Preferred Citation
Lowell Darling papers, 1945-2012. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research. Archival audiovisual recordings must be digitized for research access. Researchers may access digitized audiovisual materials in the Archives' Washington, D.C. or New York, N.Y. Research Centers by appointment. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Conceptual artists -- California Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Performance artists -- California Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Segalove, Ilene, 1950- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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