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  • Separated Materials
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition note
  • Access
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Scope and Content note
  • Processing Information note
  • Preferred Citation note
  • Arrangement note
  • Publication Rights
  • Reformatted Audiovisual Material

  • Contributing Institution: Special Collections
    Title: Hal Glicksman papers
    Creator: Glicksman, Hal
    Identifier/Call Number: 2009.M.5
    Physical Description: 60.5 Linear Feet(111 boxes, 3 flatfiles)
    Date (inclusive): 1927-2010
    Abstract: The papers document the life and career of Hal Glicksman, a curator and preparator who contributed to many key exhibitions in Southern California, and helped found several important Southern California art institutions. The collection provides information regarding Glicksman's relationships with artists, his exhibition planning and gallery administration, and the Southern California art scene in the 1960s and 1970s.
    Physical Location: Request access to the physical materials described in this inventory through the catalog record  for this collection. Click here for the access policy .
    Language of Material: Collection material is in English

    Separated Materials

    Materials related to the Getty Research Library general collection were transferred and may be found by searching the library catalog for the phrase Hal Glicksman Collection. The publications contained in these folders are outside of the scope of the general collection. Miscellaneous publications include clippings.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition note

    Acquired from Hal Glicksman in 2009.


    Open for use by qualified researchers.

    Biographical/Historical note

    Born in 1937 in Beverly Hills, California, Hal Glicksman curated a number of key exhibitions in Southern California during the 1960s and 1970s, and helped establish and foster several important Southern California art institutions. He started his career as a preparator at the Pasadena Art Museum under the leadership of Walter Hopps, where he helped formalize professional guidelines for preparators. While at the Pasadena Art Museum, Glicksman worked on the 1963 Marcel Duchamp retrospective. He also designed and installed the United States' presentation for the eighth Bienal Internacional de São Paulo, Brazil in 1965. Glicksman served as Assistant Curator for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's exhibition, Art and Technology, 1967-1971.
    In 1969 Glicksman was appointed Gallery Director and Assistant Professor at Pomona College. While there he produced a seminal Michael Asher exhibition, as well as exhibitions of work by other artists, including Tom Eatherton, Lloyd Hamrol and Ron Cooper. In 1970 Glicksman accepted a position as Associate Director of the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., again under the leadership of Walter Hopps. Glicksman returned to California in 1972 as Director of the Art Gallery at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). Among the significant group exhibitions he curated at UCI, Assemblage in California and Los Four demonstrate Glicksman's long-term interest in both Chicano art and assemblage art in California. While at UCI Glicksman also exhibited work by Bruce Nauman, Maria Nordman, Larry Bell, Sol Lewitt, Eleanor Antin, Peter Alexander, John Baldessari and Jane Reynolds. In 1975 Glicksman organized the large-scale exhibition Collage and Assemblage at the Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art. Also in 1975, Glicksman was appointed Art Gallery Director at Otis Art Institute, where he curated exhibitions focusing on contemporary artists such as Dan Flavin, Richard Tuttle, On Kawara, Hap Tivey, Sam Francis and Wallace Berman. Following his tenure at Otis, Glicksman curated exhibitions for the Santa Monica Arts Commission and Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center.
    Additionally, Glicksman made contributions to the design and planning of the new space for the Pasadena Art Museum at Carmelita Park. In 1981 he founded his own gallery, Percept, a short-lived venue for light and space art. The first show at Percept featured the work of Thomas Eatherton. Glicksman also played an important role in the 1985 founding of the Santa Monica Museum of Art, where he served as the museum's first director and helped establish the museum's collecting policy and development agenda.

    Scope and Content note

    The Hal Glicksman papers comprise letters, clippings, photographs, negatives, slides, original artworks, note cards, posters, exhibition announcements, and audio and video recordings documenting the career and life of Hal Glicksman. The collection provides insight into Glicksman's relationships with artists, his exhibition planning and gallery administration, as well as the Southern California art scene in the 1960s and 1970s.
    Many of the artist files in Series I contain correspondence regarding art production and research materials for exhibitions, as well as materials unrelated to art. The series also includes some original artwork by artists such as Dave Anderson, Tony DeLap and Lowell Darling.
    Glicksman's exhibition files in Series II document his curatorial practice, including planning, budgeting, installation, and publicity and event organization related to exhibitions. The exhibition files demonstrate Glicksman's long-term interests in assemblage art, Chicano art, and Southern California contemporary art.
    Series III contains administrative, teaching and research files. Although the administrative files in this series reflect Glicksman's interest in the arts, they are not related to specific artists or exhibitions. Rather, the series documents the administration and policies of several institutions where Glicksman worked. Glicksman's research files document his wide range of interests, from his involvement with the women's art movement to his concern with information technologies.
    The bulk of the ephemera in Series IV is gallery and museum exhibition announcements. The series also includes brochures and publicity materials from other cultural institutions. Most of the materials in this series are from the Southern California area; however, other regions of California, as well as national and international institutions, are represented.
    Series V contains slides, negatives, transparencies, color photography and audiovisual materials. Personal photographs form the bulk of the series, including images of Glicksman's travels across the United States and abroad. Some slides demonstrate Glicksman's own photographic work documenting Los Angeles and its surroundings. Other slides focus on individual artists, the Otis Art Gallery, brain hemispheres, and the Collage and Assemblage exhibition. Most of the audiovisual materials relate to specific artists and exhibitions.

    Processing Information note

    Laura Schroffel processed the collection, made an inventory and wrote the descriptive notes under the supervision of Andra Darlington. The arrangementwas devised by Laura Schroffel, Andra Darlington and John Tain. Series I, II, III and V retain Glicksman's original order; series IV was rearranged by a curator. One box was added to the archive in March 2010, after the initial acquisition in 2009. Laura Schroffel integrated the additional materials into the collection.

    Preferred Citation note

    Hal Glicksman papers, 1927-2008, Getty Research Institute, Research Library, Accession no. 2009.M.5.

    Arrangement note

    The collection is arranged in five series: Series I. Artist files, 1956-2008; Series II. Exhibition files, 1964-1988; Series III. Administrative and research files, 1927-1995; Series IV. Ephemera, 1959-1995; Series V. Photographic and audiovisual materials, 1958-1998.

    Publication Rights

    Reformatted Audiovisual Material

    Online access to selected digitized audio and video recordings  is available to on-site readers and Getty staff.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Black-and-white negatives
    Art, Modern -- 20th century
    Conceptual Art
    Administrative records
    Artists -- California
    Assemblage (Art)
    Art museums -- California -- Los Angeles
    Gelatin silver prints -- United States -- 20th century
    Mexican American art -- California -- 20th century
    Acetate film
    Color slides
    Printed ephemera
    Art museum curators -- Archives
    Flavin, Dan, 1933-1996
    Nauman, Bruce, 1941-
    Nordman, Maria
    Andre, Carl, 1935-
    Bell, Larry, 1939-
    Cornell, Joseph
    Eatherton, Tom
    LeWitt, Sol, 1928-2007
    Chicago, Judy, 1939-
    Hopps, Walter
    Berman, Wallace, 1926-1976
    Darling, Lowell
    Herms, George, 1935-
    Baldessari, John, 1931-
    Asher, Michael
    DeLap, Tony, 1927-2019
    Anderson, Dave