A Finding Aid to the Murals of Aztlán Film Production Records, 1981, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.tartjame
Creators:
Tartan, James, 1931-
Dates:
1981
Languages:
English
Collection is in English.
Physical Description:
5.1 Linear feet
Repository:
The
Murals of Aztlán
Film Production Records measures 5.1 linear feet and consists of film footage, sound recordings, and notes from the documentary produced by James Tartan during the exhibition Murals of Aztlán: the Street Painters of East Los Angeles at the Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles in 1981. Film and sound elements in the collection include original sound recordings, work print, outtakes, and trims. Also found are production notes, museum memorandums concerning the exhibition schedule, and a transcript of a recorded conversation among muralists.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The
Murals of Aztlán
Film Production Records measures 5.1 linear feet and consists of film footage, sound recordings, and notes from the documentary produced by James Tartan during the exhibition Murals of Aztlán: the Street Painters of East Los Angeles at the Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles in 1981. Film and sound elements in the collection include original sound recordings, work print, outtakes, and trims. Also found are production notes, museum memorandums concerning the exhibition schedule, and a transcript of a recorded conversation among muralists.

Arrangement
Arrangement
Collection arranged as 5 series.
  • Series 1: Exhibition and Production Notes, 1981 (8 folders; Box 1)
  • Series 2: Work Print and Soundtrack, 1981 (2.6 linear feet; Box 3, FC 1-30)
  • Series 3: Sound Recordings, 1981 (0.5 linear feet; Box 1-2)
  • Series 4: Voiceover Outtakes, 1981 (0.9 linear feet; FC 31-39)
  • Series 5: Trims and Outtakes, 1981 (0.9 linear feet; FC 40-48)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Murals of Aztlán
is a documentary film produced by actor and filmmaker James Tartan during the exhibition Murals of Aztlán: the Street Painters of East Los Angeles held at the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles, California in 1981. For the exhibition, artists Carlos Almaraz, Gronk, Judithe Hernandez, Willie Herron, Frank Romero, John Valadez and the East Los Streetscrapers (David Botello, Wayne Healy, George Yepes) painted portable murals in the gallery, which was open to the public during the installation of the work. The filmmaker and his crew interviewed the artists involved in the exhibition for the film, filmed the artists creating murals in the gallery, and also filmed the public viewing the artists working and the murals themselves.
James Tartan was born in 1931 and worked as a filmmaker, actor, and voiceover artist. In addition to
Murals of Aztlán
, Tartan created a documentary film about the 1974 Los Angeles County Museum of Art exhibition Los Four, and has been credited with training many Chicano filmmakers in the 1970s.

Administration
Separated Materials
Additional production material from the documentary
Murals of Aztlán
, including a final print, is found in the James Tartan Film Collection, 1960-1985, held at the UCLA Chicano Research Center.
Processing Information
Motion picture film reels were inspected and re-housed in 2016-2017 with funding provided by the Smithsonian Collections Care and Preservation Fund. Original film containers were photographed and discarded as collection material was stabilized in archival film cans. Motion picture film was processed by Jennifer Graves, and the entire collection was arranged and described by Megan McShea in 2017.
Author
Megan McShea
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated by James Tartan, the filmmaker, in 1988.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Murals of Aztlán
film production records, 1981. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Conditions Governing Use
The
Murals of Aztlán
film production records are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
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 access copy requires advance notice. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Transcripts Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sound recordings Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hispanic American artists Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Muralists -- California -- Los Angeles -- Interviews Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Mural painting and decoration -- 20th century -- California -- Los Angeles Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Street art -- Exhibitions -- California -- Los Angeles Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Mexican American art -- California -- Los Angeles Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Motion pictures (visual works) Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Mexican American artists -- California -- Los Angeles -- Interviews Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Craft and Folk Art Museum Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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