CVM Collections and Archives:

Special Collections (non-film)

This page contains:

Examples of Artwork in CVM's Collections

Information on Collections:
William Moritz Archive
CVM General Collection
Oskar Fischinger Collection and Archive
Jordan Belson Collection
Mary Ellen Bute Collection
Dockum, Engel, Whitney, misc. Collections


ARTWORK

Oskar Fischinger

1. "Untitled," 1961, oil on canvas board, 24 x 26

2. "Abstraction Contemplation," c. 1954, oil on canvas, 30 x 42

3. "Untitled," 1960, oil on canvas board, 36 x 24

 

 

4 - 8. "Squares," 1934, gouache on paper, 11-5/8 x 12, series of five, on punched animation paper, from the film Squares. Registration punches at top. Each numbered.

 

9. "Sound Painting," 1951, Oil on Canvas, 44 x 52. Gift of Dian C. Iversen, 2009.

 

10. "Square Spirals," 1955, Oil on Canvas.

 

untitl

10. Untitled, 1962, Oil on Canvas.

Jordan Belson

1. Drawing from "Mandala," Color Xerography (Moritz collection)

2. "God's Eye," Color xerography from Mandala scrolls (Moritz collection)

3. "At the Shrine of Non-Objectivity," Color xerography (Moritz collection)

4. "Storyboard," Digital Print (gift of the artist)

5. "Light Structure" (2000) Color Xerography. Gift of the Artist, 2009.

 

Richard Baily

"Spawn," 2004, Giclee Print (gift of the artist, 2004)

 

Bettina Brendel

"Electronic Garden," 1999, Giclee Print, 7/10. Gift of the artist.

"Celebration," 2000. Giclee Print, 3/10. Gift of Bettina Brendel Trust.

William Moritz

"Das Valkyries," 1961, oil on canvas (Gift of The Fischinger Archive)

 

James Whitney

 

Ceramics - raku pottery and glaze tests, vases

 


PHOTOGRAPHY

Hy Hirsh

CVM owns an extensive collection of original photography by Hy Hirsh, including vintage gelatin silver prints, color Ansco chromogenic prints, and hundreeds of slides of Hirsh's fashion photography, travels, studies for his films, and life in Paris (collage above). Gift from Susan Herzig and Paul Hertzmann, San Francisco, CA, 2008. Selected work will be featured on our Hirsh Research site (under construction).

Additional Hirsh photographs and paper materials are in the William Moritz collection at CVM.

 

Ed Emshwiller

Slides

Note, artwork is housed offsite; special arrangements must be made for viewing at least 2 weeks in advance


SPECIAL COLLECTIONS

William Moritz Archive

PAPER (Articles, Correspondence, Manuscripts, Clippings, Posters, Program Notes, Newsletters, Flyers, Pamphlets, and personal papers). Includes a near-complete set of all of Moritz's texts and writings, both published and unpublished, and his extensive research on Oskar Fischinger.

Folders include: Kenneth Anger, Berthold Bartosch, Jordan Belson, Mary Ellen Bute, Bruce Conner, Jules Engel, Hy Hirsh, Pat O'Neill, James Whitney, John Whitney, Thomas Wilfred, many others including color organ artists and inventors.

The finding aid is in progress. Useful links:

Dozens of Moritz articles are on CVM's online library

Link to List of Moritz lectures

MONOGRAPHS (Books, Journals, Exhibition Catalogs, Dissertations)

PERIODICALS (Journals, Magazines, Newsletters)

ARTIFACTS

PHOTOGRAPHIC (Slides, prints, negatives, proofs, contact sheets)

ARTWORK (includes animation cels and drawings, and pottery by James Whitney)

POSTERS including 1960s Fillmore and Avalon Rock posters (image from Family Dog #14 poster, Avalon concert).

FILM AND VIDEO Holdings are not included here. The Moritz video and audiotape holdings include hundreds of reference videotapes on visual music, experimental film and animation; and dozens of video and audio interviews with Moritz over many decades, including many donated to CVM by The Fischinger Trust.

Moritz's personal filmography with notes


CVM General Collections

PAPER (Articles, Correspondence, Manuscripts, Clippings, Program Notes, Newsletters, Flyers, Pamphlets)

MONOGRAPHS (Books, Exhibition Catalogs, Dissertations)

A temporary, small portion of our Monographs catalog is online here

PERIODICALS (Journals, Magazines, Film Distributor Catalogs)

Film Culture Collection, Journals, 1957 - 1979

PHOTOGRAPHIC (includes numerous digital stills)

ARTWORK, POSTERS (see Artwork section at top of this page for examples)

ARTIFACTS

FILM, VIDEO and DIGITAL MEDIA Collections are not included here.

CVM: Color Organ Collection

Articles, papers, manuscripts, monographs, drawings relating to Color Organ experiments 1890s-1960s

Folders include: Charles Dockum, Thomas Wilfred, Mary Hallock Greenewalt, Oskar Fischinger's Lumigaph, many others

FILM, VIDEO and DIGITAL MEDIA Collections are not included here.

CVM: Vanguard Theatre Collection

Flyers, Posters, Correspondence, Clippings. Many flyers are a gift of The Fischinger Trust. Selected flyer scans will be added soon.

January 29, 1974. Underground Series: Bruce Conner (PDF)

 

CVM: Visual Music Alliance Collection

 


Fischinger Collection and Archive

Ticket to screening/Lumigraph performance at San Francisco Museum of Art, 1953

 

--This collection contains papers and materials from both Oskar and Elfriede Fischinger; much of this collection is currently being processed. Some examples can be seen on the Fischinger Research Pages.

 

Sketches

PAPER (Articles, Correspondence, Manuscripts, Clippings, Program Notes, Flyers, Pamphlets, personal papers). Please note, nearly all correspondence and manuscripts pre-1936 are German language. Above, documents from Art in Cinema series at San Francisco Museum of Art, 1946 - 53.

MONOGRAPHS (Books, Exhibition Catalogs, Dissertations)

PERIODICALS (Journals, Magazines, Film Distributor Catalogs). Example: American Cinematographer, March 1968. "Psychedelic Visual Effects for "The Trip"

 

Opt poem

ARTWORK: Paintings, Drawings, Animation Paintings and Drawings, Sketches. Black and White animation drawings, pencil on paper, from the films Allegretto, An American March. Charcoal on paper animation artwork from Studie nr 5, Studie nr 8, Studie nr 9. Painting above: An Optical Poem, oil on plywood. Part of a background used while making this film.

 

flipbooks

Elfriede's collection of c. 125 flipbooks including a Robert Breer flipbook (examples: Cal Arts, Ottawa 1978, Paul Glabicki, Ruth Hayes)

 

Front, Bill Moritz. Back, Stan Brakhage, Elfriede Fischinger, Cecile Starr

PHOTOGRAPHIC: Slides, prints, negatives, proofs, contact sheets and numerous digital stills; magic lantern slides

POSTERS

 

sketches

PROCESS MATERIAL: Title cards, Storyboards, Designs, Animation sketches, paper circle cutouts from An Optical Poem, original materials and unshot animation on paper from Ornament Sound experiments. Some examples can be seen on the Fischinger research site. Above, designs and skeches for Fantasia (not used in the film).

MUSIC SCORES: Including Oskar's notated scores for films including Muratti, An Optical Poem, American March and more; plus graphs and charts.

Example: Section of Oskar's notated score for American March

 

EXTENSIVE FILM, VIDEO and DIGITAL MEDIA Collections are not included here.

For Fischinger Research we recommend beginning with CVM's

Fischinger Research Pages

 


Cover of Vortex V program

Jordan Belson Collection

PAPER (Articles, Clippings, Program Notes, Posters, Flyers). We recommend beginning your research at CVM's Belson Research pages

ARTWORK

PHOTOGRAPHIC (Slides, prints, contact sheets, digital stills)

FILM, VIDEO and DIGITAL MEDIA Collections are not included here.

 


Mary Ellen Bute Collection

We recommend beginning your research at CVM's Bute pages online

Charles Dockum Collection

Dockum Research pages, under construction

Jules Engel Collection

Whitney Collection

PAPER (Articles, Clippings, Program Notes, Flyers, Business Cards, Limited Correspondence).

ARTWORK: See Ceramics, above

PHOTOGRAPHIC: Digital stills, slides

POSTERS

FILM, VIDEO and DIGITAL MEDIA Collections are not included here.

 

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