Curran (Darryl) collection CUR.001.001

Los Angeles County Museum of Art Balch Art Research Library
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Contributing Institution: Los Angeles County Museum of Art Balch Art Research Library
Title: Curran (Darryl) collection
Creator: Curran, Darryl
Identifier/Call Number: CUR.001.001
Physical Description: 1.21 Linear Feet 1 drop front Hollinger box.
Date (bulk): 1913-1981
Language of Material: English .

Biographical / Historical

Darryl Curran is an American artist born in 1935. He is a prominent figure in experimental photography and its push to fine art in the 1960s and 1970s. Curran joined the faculty at California State University Fullerton in 1967 where he initiated the B.A. and M.A. Photography programs and later served as the Department Chair from 1989 until 1999 and retired in 2001. Darryl Curran has exhibited work in many museums including the Museum of Modern Art, International Museum of Photography/ George Eastman House, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Laguna Art Museum.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of 1.21 linear feet (1 drop front Hollinger box) of material compiled by artist Darryl Curran. This material includes photographs, a photograph portfolio, exhibition announcements for photographic shows, offset lithography prints, a hand-tinted photograph, vintage postcards, and informational material for artists books.

Conditions Governing Access

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Conditions Governing Use

Contact the Balch Research Library at 323-857-6535 or for information on publishing or reproducing materials included in these records. For materials not created by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, permission will be granted by the Museum as the owner of the physical materials, and does not imply permission for use from the copyright holder. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all necessary permissions from the copyright holder.


The collection has been separated into archival material and library material. There is no chronological order to the material in the archive.

Preferred Citation

[Description of item], Darryl Curran Collection, Los Angeles County Museum of Art Balch Art Research Library, CUR.001.001

Processing Information

The collection has been processed and rehoused by Tyler Haberkorn under the supervision of Julia Han in March 2024.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated by Darryl Curran and was received by the Balch Art Research Library in October of 2022.

Related Materials

The material was acquired along with a collection of published artists' books and serials. The published material have been separated and included into the library's holdings.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Art -- Collectors and collecting
Art galleries, Commercial -- California
Black-and-white photographs
Artists' books
Postcards -- United States


Re Paradise undated

Creator: Paradise Press

Scope and Contents

Two sheets of accordian-folded fibrous paper printed with information (some lineated, like poetry) about Paradise Press. Also includes an insert about an artist book called Big Mary: Lessons from the South by Susan E. King. Encased in folded vertical envelope.

Exhibition announcement for "Light" 1981

Scope and Contents

Exhibition announcement for Light, held from April 11-May 9, 1981 at 800 N. La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, Ca 90069. Announcement showcases work by Robert Frank and Larry Sultan. Folded sheet with black and white images printed on glossy cardstock. Addressed to "The Currans."

Flyer for "Long Beach : A photography Survey" 1980

Creator: California State University, Long Beach. Art Museum and Galleries

Scope and Contents

This flyer is for a photography exhibition titled, "Long Beach: A photography Survey". The show was held at the Art Museum and Galleries at California State University, Long Beach from November 10, 1980 to December 14, 1980. Artists included are Joe Deal, Judy FIskin, Anthony Hernandez, Kenneth McGowan, Grant Mudford, and Leland Rice. This flyer contains no images of the work in the show.

Related Materials

Exhibition catalog is in the LACMA collection (TR820.5.D4 1980)

"Visual Books" brochure and insert 1980s

Creator: McCarney, Scott

Scope and Contents

Brochure and purchasing information related to Scott McCarney's "visual books." Includes images of the books, a cardstock collage insert, and a small ordering form.

Promotional material for "An Exhibition of Photographs by Thomas Barrow" 1969

Creator: Memorial Union Art Gallery (University of California, Davis)

Scope and Contents

Promotional material for Thomas Barrow's 1969 UC Davis exhibition. Folded rectangle in the shape of a television screen containing 5 postcards depicting Barrow's photography. The postards' positions can be rearranged to alter what is "playing" on the television. Poem by Harold Jones within the fold. Unsigned.

Hand tinted photograph titled, "Sunset Fires" undated

Creator: Nutting, Wallace, 1861-1941

Scope and Contents

Hand-colored scenic photograph of trees and a stream. The photograph is mounted to cardstock and is igned by the artist, Wallace Nutting. Undated.

Photograph labeled, "360° View from the Corner of La Brea & Melrose (Where I Live)" 1977

Scope and Contents

Long color photograph rolled into a scroll and bound with tape. Depicts Los Angeles intersection. Signed by the artist, R.G. Matthews; labeled "360° view from the corner of La Brea and Melrose (where I live)," "For Darryl on the birthday of Doris--7/78.' Dated 12/77.

Plastic tube containing photographic transparencies undated

Scope and Contents

Plastic tube containing a transparent scroll depicting photograph negatives. Tube also contains a small piece of cardstock folded into a triangle with "departure" printed on each side. Cap of plastic tube is labeled "Khata[illegible]". Undated.

Photograph portfolio labeled, "The Series of Studies: First Part--Hands & Arms" Undated

Scope and Contents

31 photography plates featuring images of nude hands and arms. Encased within hardcover binding with fabric tie. Spine is labeled, but the text has worn away. Otherwise unlabeled and undated. Photographer is unknow.

Vintage postcard collection 1913-1938

Scope and Contents

Collection of vintage postcards depicting landscapes and people. 16 black and white postcards, 1 hand-colored. Two small photographs. Some have correspondence on the back of card. Bulk is undated, dated postcards range from 1913 and 1938.

E.S. Curtis photographs 1907-1908

Creator: Curtis, Edward S., 1868-1952

Scope and Contents

Five black and white photographs of Indigenous peoples and landscapes. Titles include "Maricopa Water Girl", "Havasupai Cliff Dwelling", "Running Fisher--Atsina", "Gathering Arrow-Brush--Maricopa", "Tathamiche--Walapai"

Photograph titled, "A Christmas Plum Pudding" undated

Creator: Clarkson, Emilie V., 1863-1946

Scope and Contents

Black and white photograph of a young girl holding a dessert.

Photograph titled, "Miss Annie Clarke as Lady Gay Spanker" undated

Creator: Notman, William

Scope and Contents

Black and white photograph of a woman in a topchat holding a whip.

Sabato Fiorello Postcards 1982

Creator: Fiorello, Sabato

Scope and Contents

Collection of three black and white postcards from a series titled, "Sabato Fiorello: Confessions of an Artist". The postcards depict Artist Sabato Fiorello dressed up in various costumes of literary and cultural archetypes. Photographer is Joe Messinger. All addressed to Darryl Curran.

Exhibition announcement for Barbara Sonneborn undated

Creator: San Francisco Art Institute

Scope and Contents

Exhibition announcement for Barbara Sonneborn featuring an abstract color photograph. Exhibition hosted at San Francisco Art Institute. Dates listed as June 16-July 8; no year indicated.

Exhibition announcement for "Hatpins: Points of Feminism in the Age of Elegance" 1998

Creator: California State University, Fullerton. University Library

Scope and Contents

Exhibition announcement. Exhibit held in honor of Lillian Baker at Cal State Fullerton in 1998; curated by Veronca T. Chiang. Announcement features photograph of Baker and explanation of her historical significance.

Exhibition announcement for, "Pas De Trois: Philip Orlando & Guest Artists Edie Ellis & Lynne Westmore"

Creator: Orlando Gallery

Scope and Contents

Three exhibition announcements featuring photographs of the artists by Ed Grobe. Undated.

Exhibition announcement for, "Kosmopolitēs"

Creator: California State University, Los Angeles

Scope and Contents

Exhibition announcement for Patrick Nagatani, held at the Exploratorium at CSU Los Angeles. Includes large color photograph of a woman removing a mask. Dated October 30-November 21; no year indicated

Prints titled, "Turtle Tests" 1971

Scope and Contents

Six sheets containing test prints of turtles. Signed RWF, dated 1971. Stored in archival paper and plastic sleeve.

Offset lithography print by Robert Heinecken undated

Creator: Heinecken , Robert, 1931-2006

Scope and Contents

Folded sheet containing two images produced with offset lithography. Labelled "HEINECKEN REPRINT, 'GRAPHIC/PHOTOGRAPHIC' Cal St. Fullerton" in pencil. Undated. Stored in a plastic envelope with other material.

Lucien Clergue photograph of nude woman undated

Creator: Clergue , Lucien

Scope and Contents

Photographic print depicting a nude woman in waves. Untitled, undated. Labelled "AGEP Marseille - Ref. LC. 1F"