Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Prigoff, James Slide Collection
Collection number: CEMA 102
429 slides housed in one slide album.
University of California, Santa Barbara. Library.
California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives
Physical location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
Languages represented in the collection:
Selected digitized images from this collection on Calisphere.
Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All Requests for permission to publish or
quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given
on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply
permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.
GUIDE TO THE JAMES PRIGOFF SLIDE COLLECTION, CEMA 102, Department of Special Collections, University Libraries, University
of California, Santa Barbara.
Slides contributed by photographer James Prigoff in 2004.
James Prigoff, an internationally respected photographer, author and lecturer on the subject of urban murals and aerosol art,
has been documenting public art for over thirty years. Prigoff first photographed murals during his travels in Europe and
Mexico in the sixties. It wasn’t until the early eighties Prigoff seriously recorded spraycan art. Some of Prigoff’s most
important photos appear in the book he co-authored with photographer Henry Chalfant called
Spraycan Art (Thames and Hudson, 1987). His world-renowned book not only documented aerosol art movements from its infancy in the United
States and all over the world, but inspired additional movements around the world, as well. James Prigoff co-authored other
Painting the Towns-Murals of California and
Walls of Heritage-Walls of Pride, which looks at the history of African-American mural art. His work was displayed in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
100 Years of California Art. In 2001 Prigoff curated an exhibit called
Painting and Politics featuring his own work at the Social and Public Art Resource Center gallery in Venice, California. Prigoff has been invited
to speak at museums and universities all over the globe including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Vancouver Art
Museum and Stanford University. He received his B.S. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is considered one of their
most distinguished graduates.
Scope and Content of Collection
The James Prigoff slide collection is an important visual resource that helps document the Chicano visual arts movement in
California, and in particular, the San Diego and Tijuana area. The collection complements that of other CEMA collections that
make up a visual record about San Diego’s Chicano Park and artists whose work appear there, especially that of Chicano artists
Victor Ochoa, Guillermo Aranda, Nuke, Victor Ochoa, Jesse Ortiz, Sake, Michael Schnorr, Mario Torero and others. The slides
in this collection are overwhelmingly of mural art and of spray can art.
This catalog contains 276 records representing 429 slides. The slides are organized first according to major categories of
art media such as "Drawings" or "Murals." Within each of these broader categories the individual records are arranged in
alphabetical order by name of the artist. "
Artist Unknown" works are listed at the beginning of each section indicating that we do not have information on who created that work.
For the sake of clarification the terms "
Untitled" and "
(title unknown)" are not interchangeable. "
Untitled" is a legitimate title of a work given by the artist, while "
title unknown" means that we do not have any information about the title. The records are as complete as possible; however, to a certain
degree the catalog is a "work in progress." We are hopeful that over time information about the "
Artist Unknowns" and "
title unknowns" will become known and the catalog will be updated and re-issued. A glossary has also been included describing the various
mediums and their unique characteristics.
Related collections include the Centro Cultural de la Raza archives, the Salvador Roberto Torres papers, and the Victor Ochoa
papers; all are housed in the California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives.