The papers highlight Erenberg's career
as a painter, bookmaker, filmmaker, and installation and performance artist. The archive
includes correspondence, photographs, and project files documenting Erenberg's exhibition
history; relations with artists, curators, and gallerists; and the development of various
projects including experimental films, installations, and artists' books.
American artist Sam Erenberg is a painter, bookmaker, filmmaker, and installation and
performance artist. Born in 1943, he grew up in the Baldwin Hills neighborhood of Los
Angeles, California. His interest in art began after being inspired by exhibitions of
Salvador Dali and hard-edge painting during the early 1960s. He enrolled in the Chouinard
Art Institute (now known as the California Institute of the Arts) to study painting in 1965,
and it was there that he met his wife, Elena Mary Siff. In 1969, they moved to the artistic
community of Topanga Canyon, where Erenberg socialized with musicians and artists including
Wallace Berman and George Herms. Inspired by a creative community, Erenberg worked on
several films with local artist friends and reinforced his interest in filmmaking.
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