Scope and Content of Collection
Title: William Hemmerdinger papers
Date (inclusive): 1871, 1941-2007
29.0 linear feet
(41 boxes, 3 flatfile folders)
The Getty Research Institute
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
This collection comprises the professional papers of William Hemmerdinger. The papers reflect Hemmerdinger's roles as writer,
artist, gallerist and teacher, and are rich in artist research files as well as ephemera focusing on Southern California modern
artists and galleries.
Language: Collection material is in
Artist, writer, educator and gallery owner William Hemmerdinger was born in 1951. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree
from the University of California, Riverside in 1973, and his Master of Fine Arts degree in 1975 from Claremont Graduate School,
where he also completed his doctorate in the field of philosophy with an emphasis on aesthetics. Hemmerdinger completed a
fellowship at the National Palace Museum in China and a residency at the Myoshinji Monastery in Japan. His artwork has been
exhibited at institutions such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, Cirrus Editions and the Los Angeles County Museum of
As a writer, Hemmerdinger has contributed to
Art Scene, and has written essays for several exhibition catalogs. Hemmerdinger began his curatorial work as a curatorial assistant
at the Museum of Photography at University of California, Riverside. Later he was co-owner of the William and Catherine Hemmerdinger
Gallery in Palm Desert, California, which operated from the 1980s to the 1990s. The gallery specialized in European and American
painting, sculpture, prints and photographs, as well as Native American art and non-western art. Hemmerdinger began teaching
in 1972 and has taught at Claremont Graduate School, Boston Architectural College, Pomona College, California Institute of
the Arts, Otis Art Institute and several other institutions.
Open for use by qualified researchers.
William Hemmerdinger papers, 1871, 1941-2007, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, 2010.M.74.
Gift of William Hemmerdinger in 2007.
Vladimira Stefura registered the collection. Linde Brady made a preliminary inventory before processing began. Yvonne Boyer
and Laura Schroffel rehoused the collection. Laura Schroffel completed the processing and wrote the finding aid under the
supervision of Andra Darlington from September 2010 to January 2011.
Most published materials were transferred to the library's general collection and may be found by searching the
for William Hemmerdinger.
Scope and Content of Collection
The William Hemmerdinger papers document Hemmerdinger's multifaceted career as teacher, artist, writer, gallerist and curator.
The collection includes original art by Claire Falkenstein, Karl Benjamin and Connor Everts. Matsumi Kanemitsu is also strongly
represented in the collection. Series I focuses on his gallery papers. The series comprises exhibition papers, press releases
and assorted documents that trace the Hemmerdinger Gallery's operations during the 1980s and early 1990s.
Series II contains research files primarily on artists, but also on other notable individuals and institutions. Files typically
contain clippings, gallery ephemera, exhibition announcements and some original art (often holiday cards), photographs and/or
Series III contains research files that were assembled by Hemmerdinger on various subjects including art genres and styles.
Although the subject files cover a wide range of topics, the most developed are Native American arts, Asian arts, Southwestern
and California desert arts. Files also contain clippings and some ephemera.
Series IV contains ephemera spanning the second half of the twentieth century and the early 2000s. The bulk of the ephemera
is gallery or museum exhibition announcements. The series also includes brochures and publicity materials from other cultural
institutions. Most of the materials in this series are from the Southern California area; however, other regions of California,
as well as national institutions are represented.
The collection is arranged in four series:
Series I. Hemmerdinger Gallery papers, 1983-1994;
Series II. Artists and institutions, 1941-2007;
Series III. Subjects, 1871-2006;
Series IV. Ephemera, 1962-2007.
Subjects - Names
Falkenstein, Claire, 1908-1997
Subjects - Topics
Art galleries, Commercial--United States
Art museums--United States
Art, Modern--20th century--United States
Genres and Forms of Material
Color slides--United States--20th century
Gelatin silver prints--United States--20th century
Videocassettes--United States--20th century