A Finding Aid to the Richard Kuhlenschmidt Gallery Records, 1972-2018, bulk 1980-1992, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.richrich
Creators:
Richard Kuhlenschmidt Gallery
Dates:
1972-2018
bulk 1980-1992
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
7.6 Linear feet
Repository:
The records of Los Angeles art gallery Richard Kuhlenschmidt Gallery measure 7.6 linear feet and date from 1972 to 2018 with the bulk of the material dating from 1980 to 1992. The collection comprises administrative records, correspondence with colleagues, artists, galleries, and museums, artist files, exhibition files, and printed materials for the Kuhlenschmidt Gallery and other galleries.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The records of Los Angeles art gallery Richard Kuhlenschmidt Gallery measure 7.6 linear feet and date from 1972 to 2018 with the bulk of the material dating from 1980 to 1992. The collection comprises administrative records, correspondence with colleagues, artists, galleries, and museums, artist files, exhibition files, and printed materials for the Kuhlenschmidt Gallery and other galleries.
Administrative records consist of address and appointment books, guest books, gallery history records, and business records. Artist files are for Cindy Bernard, Nayland Blake, Barbara Bloom, John Knight, Louise Lawler, William Leavitt, Allan McCollum, Matt Mullican, Jack Pierson, Mitchell Syrop, James Welling, and others.
Exhibition files include records of the final exhibition held at the Jancar Kuhlenschmidt Gallery in 1982, the Coop Himmelb(l)au exhibition Six Projects for Four Cities (1990), the symposium "Welcome to the Millenium: Architecture Strikes Back," and a few other exhibitions. Printed materials are for the Kuhlenschmidt Gallery and other galleries.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged as five series.
  • Series 1: Administrative Records, 1979-2014 (0.5 linear feet; Box 1)
  • Series 2: Correspondence, circa 1984-1992 (1.0 linear feet; Boxes 1-2)
  • Series 3: Artist's Files, 1972-1996 (4.5 linear feet; Boxes 2-6)
  • Series 4: Exhibition Files, 1981-1992 (0.6 linear feet; Boxes 6-7)
  • Series 5: Printed Materials, 1977-2018 (1.0 linear feet; Boxes 7-9)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
The Richard Kuhlenschmidt Gallery (est. 1980-1993) was a commercial gallery in Los Angeles, California, that focused on conceptual and post-conceptual art.
Richard Kuhlenschmidt (1951- ) studied art and film before becoming an exhibition designer at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana where he worked with Tom Jancar. The two friends opened and operated the Jancar Kuhlenschmidt Gallery from 1980 until 1982. Kuhlenschmidt continued to operate as the Richard Kuhlenschmidt Gallery from 1982 to 1985, the Kuhlenschmidt Simon Gallery from 1986 to 1988, and again as the Richard Kuhlenschmidt Gallery from 1989 to 1993.
Artists such as Cindy Bernard, Nayland Blake, Barbara Bloom, John Knight, Louise Lawler, William Leavitt, Allan McCollum, Matt Mullican, Jack Pierson, Mitchell Syrop, James Welling, and others were represented by Kuhlenschmidt. The gallery held the exhibition Joe Bishop / AIDS Benefit (1985) and the exhibition Six Projects for Four Cities (1990) highlighting the work of architecture firm Coop Himmelb(l)au.

Administration
Processing Information
The collection was processed, and a finding aid prepared by Sarah Mundy in 2021.
Author
Sarah Mundy
Sponsor
Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Smithsonian Women's Committee.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Richard Kuhlenschmidt Gallery records were donated in 2001 and 2014 by Richard Kuhlenschmidt.

Using the Collection
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.
Conditions Governing Access
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 or audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies. Contact References Services for more information.
Preferred Citation
Richard Kuhlenschmidt Gallery records, 1972-2018. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Related Materials
Also found at the Archives of American Art is an interview with Richard Kuhlenschmidt conducted on June 27, 2014 by Hunter Drohojowska-Philp, for the Archives of American Art, at the Jonathan Club in Santa Monica, C.A. and the Jancar Gallery records, circa 1972-2015, bulk 2006-2015.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Conceptual art Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art galleries, Commercial -- California Function Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Kuhlenschmidt, Richard Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bloom, Barbara, 1951- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Mullican, Matt, 1951- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
McCollum, Allan, 1944- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lawler, Louise Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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