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Finding Aid for the The Gronk Papers 1969-2007
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: The Gronk Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1969-2007
    Collection number: 95
    Creator: Gronk 1954 -
    Extent: 10 linear feet
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Chicano Studies Research Center, UCLA
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1490
    Abstract: The Gronk Papers include a diverse range of materials that span the entirety of Gronk's career, from approximately 1969 to 2007. These include materials related to his work with ASCO, his collaborative works and correspondence with artist Jerry Dreva, documentation of the artist's exhibitions, photographic materials (slides, transparencies and prints), thousands of original drawings and watercolors (both loose and in sketchbooks), materials related to his production designs for theater, correspondence and mail art, press clippings and realia and artwork collected by the artist.
    Physical location: Currently housed at the UCLA CSRC Library and Archive, in the future the collection will be stored off site at the UCLA SRLF
    Language of Material: Collection materials in English , Spanish

    Access

    Access is available by appointment for UCLA student and faculty researchers as well as independent researchers. To view the collection or any part of it, please contact the archivist at archivist@chicano.ucla.edu or the librarian at lguerra@chicano.ucla.edu
    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center. All requests for permission to publish must be submitted in writing to the Chicano Studies Research Center Library. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], The Gronk Papers, 95, Chicano Studies Research Center, UCLA, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Acquisition Information

    Deed of gift from Gronk on file with the CSRC Archive office.

    Biography

    Born in Los Angeles in 1954, Gronk began his artistic career at a young age by organizing performance pieces with a group of collaborators that included Robert Legorreta "Cyclona" and Mundo Meza. In the early 1970s, he co-founded the art collective Asco, along with Harry Gamboa Jr., Willie Herrón and Patssi Valdez. Through their public, guerilla art interventions and conceptual practices like "No Movies," the group constituted a unique tendency within the Chicano art movement, while it also actively engaged prevalent avant-garde movements. During his tenure with Asco, Gronk also developed his career as an individual artist working in a diverse range of media: murals, canvas painting, drawing, live performance, mail art, printmaking and photography. By 1985, Gronk had secured representation with the Daniel Saxon Gallery and embarked upon a successful career as an exhibiting artist. He quickly became one of the most prominent Chicano painters in the United States, and was featured in many of the major exhibitions featuring Latino and/or Hispanic art over the course of the next two decades. Throughout his career, however, Gronk has remained a uniquely multi-faceted artist, and has recently completed large-scale installation paintings, critically acclaimed set designs for theater and opera productions, and a digital animation short.

    Scope and Content

    The Gronk Papers include a diverse range of materials that span the entirety of Gronk's career, from approximately 1969 to 2007. These include materials related to his work with Asco, his collaborative works and correspondence with artist Jerry Dreva, documentation of the artist's exhibitions, photographic materials (slides, transparencies and prints), thousands of original drawings and watercolors (both loose and in sketchbooks), materials related to his production designs for theater, correspondence and mail art, press clippings and realia and artwork collected by the artist.
    The collection is organized into the following series:
    • Series 1. Sketches, sketchbooks, diaries
    • Series 2. Photographs and photographic materials
    • Series 3. Paintings, crayon, pastel and other media
    • Series 4. Ephemera / Realia
    • Series 5. Three dimensional objects
    • Series 6. Collage / Montage
    • Series 7. Correspondence
    • Series 8. Printed Material
    • Series 9. Clippings
    • Series 10. Audio Materials

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    asco (group of artists)
    Chicano Art
    Cyclona
    Gronk
    Harry Gamboa Jr.
    Jerry Dreva
    LGBT
    Patssi Valdez
    Sketchbook series
    Visual Arts