A Finding Aid to the Naul Ojeda Papers, circa 1960-2004, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.ojednaul
Creators:
Ojeda, Naúl, 1939-2002
Dates:
circa 1960-2004
Languages:
Multiple languages
The collection is in English and Spanish.
Physical Description:
5.5 Linear feet
Repository:
The papers of Washington, D.C. painter and printmaker Naul Ojeda measure 5.5 linear feet and date from circa 1960 to 2004. The papers document Ojeda's personal and professional life through biographical materials, correspondence, professional files, printed and broadcast materials, scrapbooks, and artwork.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The papers of Washington, D.C. painter and printmaker Naul Ojeda measure 5.5 linear feet and date from circa 1960 to 2004. The papers document Ojeda's personal and professional life through biographical materials, correspondence, professional files, printed and broadcast materials, scrapbooks, and artwork.
Biographical material includes immigration and other official documents; and photographs and negatives of Ojeda, Franz Bader, family, and works of art. Correspondence is with family, friends, Alicia Haber, Moira Bowers, Ernesto Vila, Eduardo Galeano, Enrique Gomez, Armando Caicedo, Walter Jesus Gonzalez, Azucena Berrutti, and others.
Professional files contain one video recording, curriculum vitae, print cabinet labels, sales records, galleries and arts organizations files, subject and exhibition files, and files for political organizations and media outlets. Printed and broadcast materials consist of booklets, clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs, flyers, magazines and newspapers, posters, press releases, and three video recordings.
Two scrapbooks are of clippings and material related to exhibitions. Artwork consists of drawings, sketches, poster mockups, and 15 sketchbooks for various projects.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged as six series.
  • Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1968-circa 2000 (Boxes 1, 6; 0.4 linear feet)
  • Series 2: Correspondence, 1974-2002 (Box 1; 0.8 linear feet)
  • Series 3: Professional Files, 1974-2004 (Boxes 1-3; 1.5 linear feet)
  • Series 4: Printed and Broadcast Materials, 1960s-2002 (Boxes 3-4, 6-7, OV8; 1.0 linear feet)
  • Series 5: Scrapbooks, 1960s-1980s (Boxes 4, 6; 0.5 linear feet)
  • Series 6: Artwork, circa 1960-2001 (Boxes 4-6, OVs 9-11; 1.2 linear feet)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Naul Ojeda (1939-2002) was a painter and printmaker in Washington, D.C.
Ojeda was born in Uruguay and studied fine arts at the University of Uruguay. The political climate of Uruguay in the 1970s led Ojeda to leave the country. He traveled to France, Chile, and Mexico before settling in Washington, D.C. While in Chile, Ojeda covered the presidency of Salvador Allende as a photojournalist. He selected 50 of the photographs of that period for his exhibition Homage to the People of Chile at the Galeria Inti Centro de Arte in Washington, D.C.
Ojeda was most known for his woodblock prints and linocuts. Although his images appear whimsical, they often express themes of separation from his homeland and family. His work has been shown in numerous exhibitions throughout the United States as well as in Europe and South America including Immigrant Artists/American Experience (1985-1987) and an exhibition in 1995 honoring Franz Bader, the owner of the Franz Bader Gallery in Washington, D.C. Bader and Ojeda bonded over their shared immigrant experiences. Bader represented Ojeda for nearly 20 years and frequently held exhibitions of Ojeda's work at his gallery.
Ojeda's work is represented in private collections as well as the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Art Museum of the Americas, in Washington, DC, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, NM. Ojeda also produced illustrations for The Washington Post Book World, Washington Review, Curbstone Press, and the Institute for Policy Studies among others.
During his career Ojeda received several awards. The D.C. Commission of the Arts and Humanities awarded grants to illustrate the poems of Pablo Neruda and Federico Garcia Lorca. In 2001, he won the Distinguished Immigrant Award from the American Immigration Law Foundation. Ojeda died in 2002 in Washington, D.C.

Administration
Processing Information
The collection was processed and a finding aid prepared by Sarah Mundy in 2018.
Author
Sarah Mundy
Sponsor
The processing of this collection received Federal support from the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Naul Ojeda papers were donated in 2016 by Philomena "Pennie" Ojeda, the widow of Naul Ojeda.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Naul Ojeda papers, circa 1960-2004. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Painters -- Washington (D.C.) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Printmakers -- Washington (D.C.) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Drawings Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Scrapbooks Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sketchbooks Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Bader, Franz, 1903-1994 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Berrutti, Azucena Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bowers, Moira, 1946- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Caicedo Garzón, Armando Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Galeano, Eduardo, 1940-2015 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Gomez, Enrique Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Gonzales, Walter Jesus Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Haber, Alicia Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Vila, Ernesto Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives of American Art
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Washington, D.C. 20001
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