Inventory of the Gianfranco Mantegna Papers

Sara Gunasekara
Department of Special Collections
General Library
University of California, Davis
Davis, CA 95616-5292
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Creator: Mantegna, Gianfranco
Title: Gianfranco Mantegna Papers
Date (inclusive): 1959-1975
Extent: 3.7 linear feet
Abstract: Gianfranco Mantegna (1939-2001) was an Italian-born photographer who was a member of the Living Theatre from 1965 to 1969. His Papers contain photographs of Living Theatre productions and correspondence, posters, programs, and promotional materials relating to the Living Theatre.
Physical location: Researchers should contact Special Collections to request collections, as many are stored offsite.
Repository: University of California, Davis. General Library. Department of Special Collections.
Davis, California 95616-5292
Collection number: D-191
Language of Material: Collection materials in English.

Biography

Gianfranco Mantegna (1939-2001) started his career as a photojournalist in Rome. From 1965 to 1969, he was a member of the Living Theater, after meeting the group in Italy. He wrote We, the Living Theatre (1970), a photographic essay. Mantegna settled in New York in the early 1970s. In 1990 he curated the U.S. participation in two Italian video festivals, "Taormina Arte Video" and "Riccione TTV."
Source: Gianfranco Mantegna Obituary in Art in America. Westport, CT: F.F. Sherman, March 2001.

Scope and Content

Contains photographs, negatives, slides, and contact sheets of the Living Theatre productions as well as correspondence, posters, programs, and promotional materials relating to the Living Theatre.

Arrangement of the Collection

The Papers are arranged into five series: 1. Manuscripts, 2. Correspondence, 3. Printed Materials, 4. Ephemera, and 5. Photographic Materials.

Related Collections

D-138 Spicer, James and Morris Ploscowe. Collection
D-146 Gibson, Robin and Luis Viega. Collection
D-187 Living Theatre Archives
D-189 Bissinger, Karl. Papers

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Mantegna, Gianfranco--Archives
Malina, Judith, 1926-
Beck, Julian, 1925-1985
Living Theatre (New York, N.Y.)
Experimental theater
Theater--United States
Theater--Europe
Stage photography

Access

Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Information

Acquired through a combination of purchases and donations from Gianfranco Mantegna in 1979, 1981, and 1982.

Processing Information

Sara Gunasekara processed these papers and created and encoded this finding aid.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Gianfranco Mantegna Papers, D-191, Department of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis.

Publication Rights

Copyright is protected by the copyright law, chapter 17, of the U.S. Code. 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, General Library, University of California, Davis as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Collection Contents

 

Series 1. Manuscripts 1965-1966

Physical Description: 6 folders
Box 1:1

Money Tower script undated

Box 1:2

Notebook of Jenny Hecht 1965-1966

Box 1:3

Notebook of Jenny Hecht 1965-1966

Box 1:4

Notes for program for Venice undated

Box 1:5

Seven Meditations on Political Sadomasochims (Italian translation) undated

Box 1:6

Six Public Acts, program notes for undated

Physical Description: Also contains the Italian translation of the program notes
 

Series 2. Correspondence 1965-1975

Physical Description: 18 folders

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence to Mantegna from Julian Beck, Judith Malina, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti, among others.
Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.
Box 1:7

Beck, Julian 1966 May 14

Box 1:8

Beck, Julian 1966 September 6

Box 1:9

Beck, Julian 1972 September 29

Box 1:10

Beck, Julian 1973 August 18

Box 1:11

Beck, Julian 1975 July 27

Box 1:12

Beck, Julian 1975 August 8

Box 1:13

Beck, Julian 1975 September 18

Box 1:14

Collins, Rufus undated

Box 1:15

Ferlinghetti, Lawrence 1966 June 8

Box 1:16

Ferlinghetti, Lawrence 1966 September 23

Box 1:17

Malina, Judith 1965 September 2

Box 1:18

Malina, Judith 1965 November 20

Box 1:19

Malina, Judith 1965 December 17

Box 1:20

Malina, Judith 1966 January 11

Box 1:21

Malina, Judith 1966 April 1

Box 1:22

Malina, Judith [1966]

Box 1:23

Rattray, Davis 1971 July 29

Box 1:24

Unidentified 1970

 

Series 3. Printed Material 1959-1975

Physical Description: 11 folders

Scope and Content Note

Contains posters, programs, and promotional materials relating the Living Theatre.
Arranged alphabetically.
Box 1:25

The Brig, program undated

Box 1:26

Frankenstein, program undated

Box 1:27-28

Living Theatre, clippings about 1971-1973

Box 1:29

Living Theatre, detention in Brazil 1971

Box 1:30

Living Theatre, flyers and programs 1964-1974

Box Map case III:P

Living Theatre, posters 1965-1968

Physical Description: Contains oversize posters including those for the performances of Antigone, Frankenstein, and Mysteries and Smaller Pieces
Box 1:31

Living Theatre Repertory 1959

Box 1:32

Money Tower, flyers 1975

Box 1:33

Seven Meditations on Political Sado-Masochism in Fag Rag 1973

Box 1:34

Songs of the Revolution by Julian Beck 1963?

Box 1:35

Teatro Club presents the Living Theatre 1961

 

Series 4. Ephemera 1967-1971

Physical Description: 4 folders
Box 2:1

Passport of James Anderson 1971

Box 2:2-4

Sketches by Judith Malina 1967; undated

 

Series 5. Photographic Materials 1964-1975

Physical Description: 3.2 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

Contains contact sheets, prints, negatives, and slides of Living Theatre productions taken by Mantegna.
Arranged alphabetically by title.
Box 2:5

Agonia (film); Judith Malina with newborn daughter, in Paris [1967 July]

Physical Description: 1 contact sheet and negatives
Box 2:6

Agonia (film) rehearsals [1967 July]

Physical Description: 1 contact sheet and negatives
Box 2:7-70

Antigone undated

Physical Description: 64 prints
Box 2:71-104

Antigone rehearsals undated

Physical Description: 34 prints
Box 2:105

Antigone, Avignon undated

Physical Description: 1 contact sheet and negatives
Box 2:106

Antigone, Germany undated

Physical Description: 1 contact sheet and negatives
Box 2:107

Antigone, Germany undated

Physical Description: 1 print
Box 3:1-2

Antigone, Krefeld 1967

Physical Description: 2 contact sheets and negatives
Box 3:3-6

Antigone, Krefeld (rehearsals) 1967

Physical Description: 4 contact sheets and negatives
Box 3:7

Antigone, Krefeld (performance) 1967

Physical Description: 1 contact sheet and negatives
Box 3:8

Antigone, Milan 1967

Physical Description: 6 slides
Box 3:9-10

Antigone, Paris undated

Physical Description: 2 prints
Box 3:11-16

Antigone, Paris 1966

Physical Description: 6 contact sheets and negatives
Box 3:17

Antigone, Prato, Italy undated

Physical Description: 1 print
Box 3:18-20

Antigone, Prato, Italy undated

Physical Description: 3 contact sheets and negatives
Box 3:21

Anti-war demonstration, New York City (The whole company does the "plague" on Park Avenue) undated

Physical Description: negatives
Box 3:22

Arrival to the United States 1968

Physical Description: 1 contact sheet and negatives
Box 3:23

Avignon 1968

Physical Description: 1 contact sheet and negatives
Box 3:24

Avignon, miscellaneous undated

Physical Description: 1 contact sheet and negatives
Box 3:25

Avignon, rehearsal, riots undated

Physical Description: 1 contact sheet and negatives
Box 3:26-27

Backstage with Allen Ginsberg, Brooklyn Academy of Music undated

Physical Description: 2 contact sheets and negatives
Box 3:28

Backstage with Allen Ginsberg, Brooklyn Academy of Music; Demonstration, New York City undated

Physical Description: 1 contact sheet and negatives
Box 3:29

Backstage with Allen Ginsberg, Brooklyn Academy of Music; Demonstration, New York City; Paradise Now undated

Physical Description: 1 contact sheet and negatives
Box 3:30

Beck, Julian. First rehearsal of Paradise Now undated

Physical Description: 1 contact sheet and negatives
Box 3:31

Beck, Julian with Judith Malina and children undated

Physical Description: 1 contact sheet and negatives
Box 3:32-33

Benefit for Sipario Magazine, Milan 1966

Physical Description: 2 contact sheets and negatives
Box 3:34-35

Benefit for Sipario Magazine, Milan; Frankenstein rehearsal 1966

Physical Description: 2 contact sheets and negatives
Box 3:36

Berkeley, miscellaneous; Paradise Now, New York City undated

Physical Description: 1 contact sheet and negatives
Box 3:37-99

The Brig circa 1964-1968

Physical Description: 63 prints
Box 4:1

The Brig 1965

Physical Description: 12 slides
Box 4:2

The Brig, rehearsal and performance, Rome 1965

Physical Description: 1 contact sheet and negatives
Box 4:3-5

The Brig, performance, Rome 1965

Physical Description: 3 prints
Box 4:6-10

The Brig, performance, Rome 1965

Physical Description: 5 contact sheets and negatives
Box 4:11

Cassis, miscellaneous undated

Physical Description: 1 contact sheet and negatives
Box 4:12

The Cockettes undated

Physical Description: negatives
Box 4:13-17

Extras for the film, Candy undated

Physical Description: 5 contact sheets and negatives
Box 4:18-37

Frankenstein undated

Physical Description: 20 prints
Box 4:38-58

Frankenstein: Act I undated

Physical Description: 21 prints
Box 4:59

Frankenstein: Act I, II, and III undated

Physical Description: 20 slides
Box 4:60-98

Frankenstein: Act II undated

Physical Description: 39 prints
Box 5:1-21

Frankenstein: Act III undated

Physical Description: 21 prints
Box 5:22-32

Frankenstein: rehearsals undated

Physical Description: 11 prints
Box 5:33-36

Frankenstein, Berlin undated

Physical Description: 3 contact sheets and negatives
Box 5:37-39

Frankenstein, Brooklyn Academy of Music? 1968

Physical Description: 3 prints
Box 5:40-41

Frankenstein, Cassis undated

Physical Description: 2 prints and negatives
Box 5:42

Frankenstein, Cassis undated

Physical Description: 1 contact sheet and negatives
Box 5:43

Frankenstein, Cassis 1966 Summer

Physical Description: 17 slides
Box 5:44-48

Frankenstein, Cassis, rehearsal undated

Physical Description: 5 contact sheets and negatives
Box 5:49-5:52

Frankenstein, Cassis, performance undated

Physical Description: 4 contact sheets and negatives
Box 5:53-54

Frankenstein, Dublin undated

Physical Description: 4 contact sheets and negatives
Box 5:55-56

Frankenstein, New York City undated

Physical Description: 2 contact sheets and negatives
Box 5:57-58

Frankenstein, New York City undated

Physical Description: 2 prints
Box 5:59-64

Frankenstein, Venice, rehearsal 1965

Physical Description: 5 contact sheets and negatives
Box 5:65-67

Frankenstein, Venice, performance 1965

Physical Description: 3 contact sheets and negatives
Box 5:68

In court, New Haven 1968

Physical Description: 1 contact sheet and negatives
Box 5:69-70

Lecture demonstration, Brown University undated

Physical Description: 2 contact sheets and negatives
Box 5:71

Lecture with other theatre colleagues, Brooklyn Academy of Music 1975 April 23

Physical Description: negatives
Box 5:72

Living Theatre members demonstrate in New York City on behalf of the other members detained in Brazil undated

Physical Description: negatives
Box 5:73-74

Living Theatre, various 1967-1973

Physical Description: 32 slides
Box 6:1-66

The Maids 1965-1967

Physical Description: 66 prints
Box 6:67-68

The Maids, Berlin undated

Physical Description: 2 prints
Box 6:69-72

The Maids, Berlin undated

Physical Description: 4 contact sheets and negatives
Box 6:73

Malina, Judith and newborn daughter [1967 July]

Physical Description: 1 contact sheet and negatives
Box 6:74-75

Members of the company undated

Physical Description: 2 contact sheets and negatives
Box 6:76

Milan, miscellaneous 1965

Physical Description: 1 contact sheet and negatives
Box 6:77-84

Miscellaneous undated

Physical Description: 8 contact sheets and negatives
Box 6:85-93

Miscellaneous undated

Physical Description: 9 prints
Box 6:94-103

Mysteries and Smaller Pieces 1964

Physical Description: 10 prints
Box 7:1-3

Mysteries and Smaller Pieces 1964

Physical Description: 2 contact sheets and negatives
Box 7:4-13

Mysteries and Smaller Pieces: Brig Dollar 1964

Physical Description: 10 prints
Box 7:14-18

Mysteries and Smaller Pieces: The Chord 1964

Physical Description: 5 prints
Box 7:19-34

Mysteries and Smaller Pieces: Lee's Piece 1964

Physical Description: 15 prints
Box 7:35-40

Mysteries and Smaller Pieces: The Plague 1964

Physical Description: 6 prints
Box 7:41-43

Mysteries and Smaller Pieces: Street Songs 1964

Physical Description: 3 prints
Box 7:44-54

Mysteries and Smaller Pieces: Tableaux Vivants 1964

Physical Description: 11 prints
Box 7:55-56

Mysteries and Smaller Pieces: Yoga Exercises 1964

Physical Description: 2 prints
Box 7:57

Mysteries and Smaller Pieces, Avignon undated

Physical Description: 1 contact sheet and negatives
Box 7:58

Mysteries and Smaller Pieces, Berkeley undated

Physical Description: 1 contact sheet and negatives
Box 7:59-60

Mysteries and Smaller Pieces, Florence 1965

Physical Description: 2 prints
Box 7:61-62

Mysteries and Smaller Pieces, Florence 1965

Physical Description: 2 contact sheets and negatives
Box 7:63

Mysteries and Smaller Pieces, Genoa 1965

Physical Description: 1 print
Box 7:64

Mysteries and Smaller Pieces, Genoa 1965

Physical Description: 1 contact sheet and negatives
Box 7:65-67

Mysteries and Smaller Pieces, Paris 1965

Physical Description: 3 contact sheets and negatives
Box 7:68

Mysteries and Smaller Pieces, Paris to Yugoslavia 1965

Physical Description: 1 contact sheet and negatives
Box 7:69-77

Mysteries and Smaller Pieces, Rome 1965

Physical Description: 9 contact sheets and negatives
Box 7:78

Mysteries and Smaller Pieces, Rome; miscellaneous; Brig rehearsals 1965

Physical Description: 1 contact sheet and negatives
Box 7:79-80

Mysteries and Smaller Pieces, various 1965-1967

Physical Description: 40 slides
Box 7:81

New York City, miscellaneous undated

Physical Description: 1 contact sheet and negatives
Box 7:82

Night Club directed by John Vaccaro undated

Physical Description: negatives
Box 7:83

On the boat to the United States, rehearsal and performance 1968

Physical Description: 1 contact sheet and negatives
Box 7:84

Opera All'Italia by S. Busetti, with the Living Theatre, Bordeaux 1967

Physical Description: 1 contact sheet and negatives
Box 7:85

Opera All'Italia, rehearsals undated

Physical Description: 1 contact sheet and negatives
Box 8:1-6

Paradise Now undated

Physical Description: 6 prints
Box 8:7-24

Paradise Now, rehearsals undated

Physical Description: 18 prints
Box 8:25-31

Paradise Now, rehearsals undated

Physical Description: 7 contact sheets and negatives
Box 8:32

Paradise Now, miscellaneous rehearsals undated

Physical Description: 1 contact sheet and negatives
Box 8:33-39

Paradise Now: Rung 1 undated

Physical Description: 7 prints
Box 8:40-48

Paradise Now: Rung 2 undated

Physical Description: 9 prints
Box 8:49-67

Paradise Now: Rung 3 undated

Physical Description: 19 prints
Box 8:68-81

Paradise Now: Rung 4 undated

Physical Description: 14 prints
Box 8:82-83

Paradise Now: Rung 5 undated

Physical Description: 2 prints
Box 8:84-94

Paradise Now: Rung 6 undated

Physical Description: 11 prints
Box 8:95-99

Paradise Now: Rung 7 undated

Physical Description: 5 prints and 1 negative
Box 8:100-108

Paradise Now: Rung 8 undated

Physical Description: 9 prints
Box 9:1

Paradise Now, Avignon 1968

Physical Description: 10 color slides
Box 9:2-3

Paradise Now, Avignon undated

Physical Description: 2 contact sheets and negatives
Box 9:4-10

Paradise Now, Avignon, rehearsals undated

Physical Description: 7 contact sheets and negatives
Box 9:11

Paradise Now, Avignon, miscellaneous rehearsals undated

Physical Description: 1 contact sheet and negatives
Box 9:12-13

Paradise Now, Avignon, rehearsal and performance undated

Physical Description: 2 contact sheets and negatives
Box 9:14-16

Paradise Now, Bennington, Vermont undated

Physical Description: 3 prints
Box 9:17-18

Paradise Now, Bennington, Vermont undated

Physical Description: 2 contact sheets and negatives
Box 9:19

Paradise Now, Chateau Vallon, France undated

Physical Description: 1 contact sheet and negatives
Box 9:20

Paradise Now, Geneva, Switzerland undated

Physical Description: 1 print
Box 9:21-23

Paradise Now, Geneva, Switzerland undated

Physical Description: 3 contact sheets and negatives
Box 9:24

Paradise Now, Madison, Wisconsin undated

Physical Description: 1 print
Box 9:25

Paradise Now, Madison, Wisconsin undated

Physical Description: 1 contact sheet and negatives
Box 9:26

Paradise Now, Madison, Wisconsin; miscellaneous undated

Physical Description: 1 contact sheet and negatives
Box 9:27

Paradise Now, Madison, Wisconsin; Mysteries and Smaller Pieces, Boston (MIT) undated

Physical Description: 1 contact sheet and negatives
Box 9:28-30

Paradise Now, New York City undated

Physical Description: 3 contact sheets and negatives
Box 9:31

Paradise Now, New York City, Bennington, Vermont undated

Physical Description: 1 contact sheet and negatives
Box 9:32-33

Paradise Now, San Francisco 1969

Physical Description: 2 contact sheets and negatives
Box 9:34

Paris, rehearsal undated

Physical Description: 1 contact sheet and negatives
Box 9:35-37

Paris, rehearsals; Miscellaneous undated

Physical Description: 3 contact sheets and negatives
Box 9:38

Paris, rehearsals; With Joe Chaikin undated

Physical Description: 1 contact sheet and negatives
Box 9:39

Paris, rehearsals; With Allen Ginsberg undated

Physical Description: 1 contact sheet and negatives
Box 9:40

Party on stage, Brooklyn Academy of Music 1968

Physical Description: 1 contact sheet and negatives
Box 9:41

Party on stage, Brooklyn Academy of Music; Frankenstein 1968

Physical Description: 1 contact sheet and negatives
Box 9:42-43

Playhouse of the Ridiculous: Cockstrong 1968

Physical Description: 2 contact sheets and negatives
Box 9:44

Playhouse of the Ridiculous: The Monkey and the Organ Grinder 1970

Physical Description: 16 slides
Box 9:45

Playhouse of the Ridiculous: Nightclub 1970

Physical Description: 40 slides
Box 9:46

Playhouse of the Ridiculous: Sissy 1971

Physical Description: 12 slides
Box 9:47

Ridiculous Theatre Company: Bluebeard 1970

Physical Description: 40 slides
Box 9:48

San Francisco Mime Troupe: Political Play 1970

Physical Description: 1 contact sheet and negatives
Box 9:49

San Francisco, miscellaneous 1969

Physical Description: 1 contact sheet and negatives
Box 9:50

Seven Meditations on Political Sadomasochism, New York City 1973

Physical Description: 32 slides
Box 9:51

Seven Meditations on Political Sadomasochism, New York City undated

Physical Description: negatives
Box 9:52

Street theatre by the Bread and Puppet Theatre, New York 1970

Physical Description: 7 slides
Box 9:52

Street theatre by unknown Chicago group 1969 November

Physical Description: 3 slides
Box 9:53

Travels, Switzerland 1968

Physical Description: 1 contact sheet and negatives
Box 9:54

Vaccardo, John (director) undated

Physical Description: 1 contact sheet and negatives
Box 9:55-56

Unidentified undated

Physical Description: 1 contact sheet and negatives
Box 9:57-58

Unidentified, by Karl Bissinger undated

Physical Description: 2 prints