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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: BAMPFA Film Library
    Title: Lowell Darling Papers
    source: Darling, Lowell
    Identifier/Call Number: PFA.MSS.009
    Physical Description: 1 cartons
    Physical Description: 1 Linear Feet
    Date (inclusive): 1960-2012
    Physical Location: UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive Film Library and Study Center

    Conditions Governing Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Biographical / Historical

    Lowell Darling (b.1942) is an American conceptual and performance artist. Originally from Jacksonville, Illinois, Darling studied art at the Southern Illinois University. He moved to the west coast of the US and became a stalwart of the Californian conceptual art scene. Darling is best known for this Urban Acupuncture projects, as well as his tongue-in-cheek campaigns for public office in the 1978 and 2010 California Gubernatorial Election. The 1978 campaign emblematized the nation’s acute loss of faith in political leadership. Darling embraced the conceptual art movement that was emerging in the US in the 1970s and developed his own cheeky ephemeral style. He has continued to develop his unique brand of playful satire across a range of medium, including film making, exhibitions and performance art.

    Scope and Contents

    The Lowell Darling papers document an aspect of the artist’s career in California. The collection consists primarily of ephemera, correspondence, research and production notes relating to Darling’s projects with fellow conceptual and video artist Ilene Segalove (b.1950). Much of the material relates to the 1977 Exhibition Cauliflower Alley Tapes at the Long Beach Museum of Art, and the research, interviews and photography pertaining to the Cauliflower Alley Club more broadly. This project was developed under the duo’s partnership, Hollywood Anthropology. The project was comprised of a documentary film and an exhibition of fighting memorabilia focusing on Hollywood’s Cauliflower Alley Club, an organization of ex-boxers and wrestlers. Club members included both winners and losers whose careers also involved thousands of appearances as heavies in Hollywood detective and gangster films. The letters and correspondence included in this collection provide insight into the working and personal relationship between Lowell Darling and Illene Segalove. There are a number of photographs relating to the Cauliflower Alley Club included within this collection. There are a small number of documents relating to Darling’s involvement in The Wilton North Report as well as some rubber stamps used in some of his ephemeral collage works and also featured within his 2012 exhibition This is your life.

    Separated Materials

    Videos and artworks donated with the paper collection were separated in the BAMPFA film and art collections.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Property rights reside with the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, University of California, Berkeley. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the Head of the BAMPFA Film Library and Study Center.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Video art--California
    Conceptual art--California--San Francisco
    Darling, Lowell