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Frank Moore Papers

Call Number



1971-2003, inclusive


Moore, Frank, 1953-2002


46.06 Linear Feet
in 57 boxes, 3 manuscript boxes, 3 flat file folders, and 3 folders in shared housing

Language of Materials

Materials in English.


The Frank Moore Papers document the professional career of the artist and activist, Frank Moore. Materials include notebooks, correspondence, administrative files, source materials for his work, production materials for 2 of Moore's collaborative film projects, as well as his personal library. Strengths of this collection include Moore's sketchbooks and notebooks and the meticulous documentation Moore maintained of his artistic output, including the film projects, "Beehive" and "The Miller's Wife".

Biographical Note

Frank Moore (1953-2002) is best known for his hyperrealist symbolic paintings that address junctures between social, environmental, medical, and scientific issues. Through painting Moore explored the dissonance between the medical benefits of genetic engineering and the ecological costs. He combined these themes with a painting style that favored bright colors and magical realism. In addition, Moore created intricate frames to complement the paintings. For example, the Niagara paintings have frames of piping and spigots referencing the re-routing of the water to a hydroelectric power plant as well as human consumption of polluted water. These characteristics lead The New York Times to describe Frank Moore as "a painter and AIDS activist whose jewel-like allegories brought beauty and bite to the themes of scientific progress, environmental pollution and the medical establishment."

Frank Moore was born on June 22, 1953 in New York City. He grew up on Long Island and in the Adirondacks, his childhood summer home. In 1970, at the age of 17 he attended the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine. In 1975 he graduated from Yale University with honors and a degree in art and psychology. After college he moved to New York City, where he studied decorative art materials and techniques while working at the Isabel O'Neil School of the Painted Finish. In 1977 he received a two-year residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, France. When he returned to New York in 1979 he began designing sets and costumes for the choreographer Jim Self. Their collaboration lasted until the late 1980's and included several dance-based experimental films such as "Beehive", which won a Bessie in 1985. Moore created set designs and costumes for numerous theatrical and dance companies and performances including the Joffrey Ballet. Through these films and performances Moore explored themes of jealousy, passion and the supernatural in combination with his fascination with nature and the environment.

Moore's first one-person exhibition was in 1983 at The Clocktower in Tribeca. In 1992, Moore was selected to be represented by Sperone Westwater, a prominent NYC gallery. In 1995 his work was selected to be exhibited in the Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial. Moore's work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Albright Knox Art Gallery and the New York Public Library. Moore was also the recipient of numerous awards and grants including the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, the Jerome Foundation, and Art Matters. In 1999 he received the Academy Award in Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Moore continues to be represented by the Sperone Westwater Gallery in New York.

Moore was a key player in several AIDS organizations and art related projects including Visual AIDS, the artists' faction of ACT UP. While working with the group in 1991, Moore played a significant role in creating the AIDS red ribbon. The accessory helped raise a great deal of public awareness about AIDS and a great deal of money to fight AIDS as well as inspiring similar ribbons in other colors for other causes. Moore was also instrumental in the development of the Estate Project which works to document and preserve works created by people with AIDS in all artistic disciplines.

Prior to his death in April 2002, Frank Moore established the Gesso Foundation ( Through this organization Moore ensured that his artwork continues to impact discourse on the environment and social issues. His life and his vision are contained within the organization's mission statement, "Frank Moore established the Gesso Foundation to place his art for maximum public benefit, and to support organizations concerned with the arts, social justice, environmental and AIDS-related causes."

  1. One Person Exhibitions
  2. 1983, "The Birds and the Bees," The Clocktower, New York (paintings)
  3. 1984, "Recent Paintings," Christminster Gallery, New York
  4. 1985, "Drawings for the Theater," Abbaye Royale a Fontevraud, France
  5. 1988, "Recent Paintings," Paula Allen Gallery, New York
  6. 1989, "Recent Paintings," Paula Allen Gallery, New York
  7. 1990, "Recent Paintings," Paula Allen Gallery, New York
  8. 1993, Sperone Westwater, New York, 9 - 30 January
  9. 1995, Sperone Westwater, New York, 25 March - 22 April (catalogue)
  10. 1996, "Nature/Culture and the postmodern Sublime," Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, 13-28 April
  11. 1996, Galleria Gian Enzo Sperone, Rome, November-December (catalogue)
  12. 1998 Sperone Westwater, New York, 28 March-25 April (catalogue)
  13. 2002-03 "Frank Moore, Green Thumb in a Dark Eden," Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL and Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY (catalogue)
  14. 2003 "Frank Moore," Sperone Westwater, 12 September- 25 October
  1. Selected Group Exhibitions, Film Screenings and Theater Work
  2. 1979
  3. Poetry Room, P.S. 1 Museum, Long Island City, Queens. Curated by Steve Hamilton. Exhibition includes a book collaboration with poet Brad Gooch and designer Laurie Hastreiter, produced at the Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris, France.
  4. 1980
  5. Watercolor Show, P.S. 1 Museum, Long Island City, Queens. Curated by Donald Droll
  6. Childhood Show, Jungle Red Studios, New York. curated by Allan Frame
  7. Summer Invitational, The Drawing Center, New York
  8. "Domestic Interlude," "Uproots," "Marking Time," and "Scraping Bottoms," (Collaboration with Jim Self) Presented at: The Cunningham Studio, June; Dance Theater Workshop, October; The Whitney Downtown, September; The Grey Gallery, December; Moming, December.
  9. "Domestic Interlude," "Uproots," "Marking Time," and "Scraping Bottoms," (Collaboration with Jim Self) Presented at: The Cunningham Studio, June; Dance Theater Workshop, October; The Whitney Downtown, September; The Grey Gallery, December; Moming, December.
  10. 1981
  11. Frank Moore and George Negroponte, Brooke Alexander, New York
  12. Blacklight Show, Club 57, New York
  13. Erotic Art Show, Club 57, New York
  14. 7/3/7, White Columns, New York, curated by Ted Greenwald
  15. Lower Manhattan Drawing Show, Mudd Club, New York, curated by Keith Haring
  16. New York/New Wave, P.S. 1 Museum, Long Island City, Queens, curated by Diego Cortez
  17. "Blue Grotto," (collaboration with Jim Self and Ellen Kogan) commissioned by the Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival, Lennox, Mass. premiered in July
  18. "Scraping Bottoms," program (collaboration with Jim Self) presented at the American Center, Paris, France in June and at the Holland Dance Festival
  19. 1982
  20. Beasts, Institute for Art and Urban Resources (P.S.1) Long Island City, Queens
  21. Selections, Artists Space, New York
  22. Crosscurrents, Aaron Berman Gallery, New York
  23. New Drawing in America, The Drawing Center, New York
  24. "Blue Grotto," presented at the Riverside Dance Festival in May (collaboration with Jim Self and Ellen Kogan)
  25. Broccoli, La Mamounia, and Poverty in the Penthouse, theater collaboration with John Heys and Butch Walker presented at the Open Gate Theater, New York
  26. 1983
  27. Art on Paper, Weatherspoon Gallery, Greensboro, N.C.
  28. Summer Group Show, John Weber Gallery, New York
  29. New York Work, Studio 10, Chur, Switzerland and Keltenkeller, Zurich, Switzerland
  30. "Beehive pas de Deux," (collaboration with Jim Self) presented at the Kitchen in May
  31. 1984
  32. Private Mythologies, P.S. 122, New York
  33. Summer Group Show, Cable Gallery, New York
  34. Artists Design for the Theater, Phillippe Bonnafont Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
  35. Lower East Side Galleries, Artist Space, New York
  36. 1985
  37. Artists in the Theater, BACA Downtown, Brooklyn, NY
  38. "Beehive," film shown at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (Bessie Award), at the Public Theater, N.Y., at the Cinemateque Francaise, Paris, France; and as part of an Asian Tour of films from the Cinematheque collection organized by Patrick Bonsard.
  39. "Beehive," film and Ballet commissioned by the Centre National de Danse Contemporaine d'Angers, France, premiering in June
  40. 1986
  41. In Black and White, Ted Greenwald Gallery, New York
  42. Dike Blair, Paul McMahon, Frank Moore, Christminster Gallery, New York
  43. Twelve in New York, Yale University, New Haven, Conn.
  44. "Splatter," (collaboration with Charles Moulton), presented at P.S. 122, New York
  45. 1987
  46. Unreal: Conceptual Realism, Alexander Wood Gallery, New York
  47. "Beehive" Ballet commissioned by the Boston Ballet; a collaboration with Jim Self and Scott Johnson, which premiered at the Wang Center, Boston, in March
  48. "The Miller's Wife" film production and performance in residence at P.S. 1, Queens, September - December
  49. "Camellia" (collaboration with Jim Self and A. Leroy) presented at the Dance Theater Workshop in April, premiered at the Bama Theater, Tuscaloosa Alabama, in April
  50. "Beehive" film shown at the Shakespeare Theater, Boston
  51. "Beehive" also shown at the Dance on Camera Festival, Donnell Film Library, New York, and on Alabama Public T.V.
  52. 1988
  53. "Crankhouse" and "Beehive" (Dance/Theater work and film) presented at the Upstate of the Arts Festival, Binghampton, N.Y.
  54. "Crankhouse" (collaboration with Jim Self) premieres at Dance Theater Workshop, New York
  55. "Beehive" film presented at Moming, Chicago, and at the United States Film Festival, Provo, Utah
  56. 1988-1990
  57. Panelist, Visual Artists Program, New York State Council on the Arts
  58. 1989
  59. The City/The Spirit, exhibition curated by Ken Tisa at the Paula Allen Gallery, New York
  60. "Beehive" film shown at the Film Forum, New York, December and on "Eye on Dance," Channel 13, New York
  61. Panelist, Film Program, New York State Council on the Arts
  62. Panelist, Film Program, New York State Council on the Arts
  63. 1990
  64. Work on Paper, Paula Allen Gallery, New York
  65. Art as Object/ Object as Art, Springs Art Gallery, East Hampton, N.Y.
  66. "Offstage Attitudes," curator -- exhibition of art by performance artists held at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Alice Tully hall, as part of the "Serious Fun!" Festival
  67. "Ball Passing," collaboration with Charles Moulton for the Joffrey Ballet to premier at Lincoln Center (The New York State Theater) in March, 1991
  68. "Ball Passing," collaboration with Charles Moulton for the Joffrey Ballet to premier at Lincoln Center (The New York State Theater) in March, 1991
  69. 1990 Portrait Show, P.S. 122 Gallery, New York
  70. AIDS Forum, Artist Space, New York
  71. SAFE Portfolio, print commissioned by Manhattan Borough President Ruth Messinger to benefit the Special Arts Fund For Emergencies.
  72. Panelist, Theater Program, New York State Council on the Arts
  73. Member, Steering Committee, AIDS Working Group, National Endowment for the Arts
  74. 1991
  75. Panelist, Theater Program, New York State Council on the Arts
  76. Panelist, Policy Retreat at Snug Harbor, New York State Council on the Arts
  77. Lecturer, The School of Visual Arts
  78. 1992-1994
  79. From Media to Metaphor--Art about AIDS, Independent Curators Inc., show curated by Thomas Sokolowski and Robert Atkins. Travelling to: Emerson Gallery, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY; Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA.; Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA.; Musee d'Art Contemporain de Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, Fl.; McKissisk Museum, The University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina; Fine Art Gallery, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana; Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA.; Grey Art Gallery and Study Center, New York University, New York (catalogue)
  80. Slow Art, Institute for Art and Urban Resources, Long Island City, Queens, N.Y. (curated by Alanna Heiss)
  81. Private Public, Betty Rymer Gallery, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL.
  82. Board Member, Visual AIDS
  83. "Day Without Art, December 1, 1992," poster design for Visual AIDS Artist's Caucus
  84. 1993
  85. "The Spirit of Drawing," Sperone Westwater, 121 Greene St., New York, 1 May - 12 June
  86. 1993-1994
  87. "Thema: AIDS," Henie-Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo, Norway, 8 May - 20 June, 1993; and travelled to: Bergens Kunstforening, Bergen, Norway; Karl Ernst Osthaus-Museum, Hagen, The Netherlands, 30 November 1993 - 9 January 1994. (catalogue)
  88. "The Figure as Fiction," The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH., 4 December 1993 - 23 January 1994. (catalogue)
  89. 1994
  90. "Fallen Idylls: American Figurative Painting," Art Miami '94, International Art Exposition, Miami, January 5 - 9; and The Cultural Center of the Martin County Council for the Arts, Stuart, Florida, January 14 - March 1 1994.
  91. "Fallen Idylls: American Figurative Painting," Art Miami '94, International Art Exposition, Miami, January 5 - 9; and The Cultural Center of the Martin County Council for the Arts, Stuart, Florida, January 14 - March 1 1994.
  92. "Fierce! NYC," PS122 Gallery, New York, 21 June - 30 June
  93. "Fierce! NYC," PS122 Gallery, New York, 21 June - 30 June
  94. "Water Works," Ed Thorp Gallery, New York, May-June
  95. 1994-1995
  96. "Bodies Under Fire," Tyler Gallery, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, November 16 - January 13 (brochure)
  97. "Bodies Under Fire," Tyler Gallery, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, November 16 - January 13 (brochure)
  98. "Insight," David Beitzel Gallery, New York, June 22 - July 28
  99. 1995
  100. "Narrative," James Graham and Sons Inc, New York, November 9 - December 23
  101. 1996
  102. "Arts Communities, Aids Communities: Realizing the Archive Project," Boston Center for the Arts, February-March
  103. "Changing Horizons: Landscape on the Eve of the Millennium," Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY, 28 July - 29 September
  104. "Innovation: American Art of Today from the Misumi Art Collection," Kawamura Memorial Museum of Art, Kawamura, Japan, 14 September - 4 November (catalogue)
  105. 1996-1997
  106. "A Living Testament of the Blood Fairies," Artists Space, 9 November-4 January (curated by Frank Moore, Sur Rodney Sur, and Geoff Hendricks; catalogue)
  107. 1998
  108. "Pollution," Gian Ferrari Arte Contemporanea, Milan, 22 January-7 March (catalogue)
  109. "Salon: Selections from the Archive Project," National Arts Club, New York, February
  110. "Wishful Thinking," James Graham and Sons, New York, 16 July-11 September
  111. "Summer exhibition," Debs and Co., New York, 9-31 July
  112. "Sea Change," The Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY, 13 September-15 November (catalogue)
  113. 1998-1999
  114. "The Choice [Aaron Cobbett; Michael Combs]," Exit Art, New York, 14 November-2 January (curated by Frank Moore)
  115. "After Nature," Herter Art Gallery, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 1 December -22 January (catalogue)
  116. 1999
  117. "Twenty Years of the Grenfell Press," Paul Morris Gallery, New York, 8 July - August
  118. 1999-2000
  119. "Bodies of Resistance," Organized by Visual AIDS in collaboration with Real Art Ways, curated by Barbara Hunt, Real Art Ways, Hartford's Center for Contemporary Culture, Hartford, Connecticut, 1 December, 1999 - 30 January, 2000; KNSA Gallery, Durban, South Africa, July 2000
  120. "I'm Not Here: Constructing Identity at the Turn of the Century," Curated by Sean Mellyn and Jonathan VanDyke, Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, PA, 2 December 1999 - 24 February 2000 (catalogue)
  121. 2000
  122. "1999 Drawings," Alexander and Bonin, New York, 11 December 1999- 22 January 2000
  123. "Arte Americana; Ultimo Decennio," Museo d'Arte della Citta di Ravenna, Ravenna, 8 April - 25 June 2000 (catalogue)
  124. "Post Pop," Curated by Jonathan VanDyke, The Susquehanna Art Museum, Project Room, Harrisburg, PA, 7 June 2000 - 30 June 2000
  125. "Paradise Now," Curated by Marvin Hieferman and Carole Kismaric, Exit Art, New York, 9 September - 28 October 2000
  126. 2000-2001
  127. "Art on Paper 2000," Weatherspoon Art Gallery, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 19 November 2000 - 14 January 2001 (catalogue)
  128. "1989," Curt Marcus Gallery, New York, 30 November 2000 - 6 January 2001
  129. 2001
  130. "Bugs, Bugs, Bugs...," Pace Prints, New York, 30 July - 7 September 2001
  131. "Green on Greene," Sperone Westwater, New York, 1 November – 15 December 2001 (Catalogue)
  132. "Postcards from the Edge," Sara Meltzer Gallery, 18 November 2001
  133. 2002
  134. "Rapture: Art's seduction by fashion since 1970," Barbican Art Gallery, London, 10 October –31 December
  135. 2003
  136. "The Buddhism Project: Art, Buddhism, and Contemporary Culture," Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art at Snug Harbor, Staten Island
  137. "Genomic Issue(s): Art and Science," Graduate Center Art Gallery, City University of New York, New York City, February 25 - April 2003.
  138. Writings on Art by Frank Moore
  139. "Options and Alternative," essays on Richard Serra and Robert Breer for exhibition catalogue (New Haven, CT: University Art Gallery Yale, 1974)
  140. "On Taste," Tracks magazine, 1976.
  141. "George Negroponte," Arts Magazine, November 1976.
  142. "Better Homes and Gardens," New Observations Magazine, no. 21, 1983.
  143. "Paint by Number," essay to accompany an exhibition held at Christminster Gallery, New York, 1985.
  144. "Offstage Attitudes," essay to accompany the exhibition held at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln enter, New York as part of the Serious Fun! Festival, July-August 1990.
  145. "The Archive Project: A Large Vision," in Arts/Aids Communities (New York: Visual Aids, 1996), pp. 22-23.
  146. "Something's Coming," Paradise Now, The Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Saratoga Springs, NY, 2000, pp. 26-29.


For the most part, materials are organized alphabetically and chronologically, except for production elements in Series V and VI which are organized sequentially by unique object ID.

  1. Series I: Notebooks
  2. Series II: Art Files
  3. Series III: Correspondence and Manuscripts
  4. Series IV: Source Material
  5. Series V: Beehive
  6. Series VI: Miller's Wife
  7. Series VII: Miscellaneous Video and Audio
  8. Series VIII: Artifacts and Objects
  9. Series IX: Juvenalia and Family Memorabilia
  10. Series X: Printed Materials
  11. Series XI: 2023 Accretion
  12. Oversize Materials - Series I: Notebooks
  13. Oversize Materials - Series II.A: Frank Moore Clippings, Exhibition Announcements, Press, etc.
  14. Oversize Materials - Series II.C: Frank Moore Administrative
  15. Oversize Materials - Series II.D: Other Artist Art Files
  16. Oversize Materials - Series III.A: Correspondence
  17. Oversize Materials - Series IV.A: Magazines
  18. Oversize Materials - Series IV.B: Catalogues and Manuals
  19. Oversize Materials - Series IV.C: Clippings, Articles and Subject Files
  20. Oversize Materials - Series IV.D: Images
  21. Oversize Materials - Series IV.E: Photographs
  22. Oversize Materials - Series IV.F: Ephemera
  23. Oversize Materials - Series IV.G: Books
  24. Oversize Materials - Series V.D: Production Materials, Boston Ballet and Cornell University Theater
  25. Oversize Materials - Series V.E: Promotional Materials
  26. Oversize Materials - Series V.F: Artifacts
  27. Oversize Materials - Series VI.C: Miller's Wife Production Materials
  28. Oversize Materials - Series VIII.A: Personal Items
  29. Oversize Materials - Series VIII.B: Art Implements and Artifacts
  30. Oversize Materials - Series VIII.C: Miscellaneous
  31. Oversize Materials - Series X.A: Brochures, Merchandise Catalogues and Owner's Manuals
  32. Oversize Materials - Series IX.A: Juvenalia
  33. Oversize Materials - Series X.B: Catalogues
  34. Oversize Materials - Series X.C: Periodicals
  35. Oversize Materials - Series X.D: Miscellaneous
  36. Oversize Materials - Series X.E: Books

Scope and Content Note

The Frank Moore papers contain a wide range of materials relating to his life and career as an artist. Materials include sketchbooks, notebooks, collections of his own and other artists' announcements and invitations. Also included is a wide variety of source materials particularly research materials for Moore's artistic output. Photographs, personal and administrative correspondence, and materials relating to the collaborative filmworks "Beehive" and "Miller's Wife" are also included as well as Moore's library, and some personal and family artifacts.

The Frank Moore Papers are organized into ten series

Series I: Notebooks consists primarily of the artist's sketchbooks and notebooks but also includes some of his date books.

Series II: Art Files is divided into four subseries, containing files which document Moore's art career, administrative materials, related but miscellaneous notes and papers and materials describing other artists' work and careers.

Series III: Correspondence and Manuscripts includes letters and postcards written to Moore as well as some manuscripts. The series is organized into four subseries: Subseries A: Last Name, Subseries B: First Name Only, Subseries C: Miscellaneous, Illegible or Unidentified, and Subseries D: Manuscripts.

Series IV: Source Material contains visual material Frank Moore used for inspiration, research and as source material for his artwork. The contents are arranged in seven subseries: magazines, catalogues, images, articles, photographs, books and ephemera.

Series V: Beehive includes all materials from the production of Frank Moore and Jim Self's collaborative film "Beehive" as well as the Boston Ballet production. The series is divided into eight subseries containing the production elements for the film, technical notations and lab related paperwork, production materials corresponding to the film "Beehive", production materials corresponding to the ballet production, and promotional materials and artifacts. Subseries A: Film Production Elements and Subseries B: Technical Notations and Lab Related Documentation are organized chronologically by unique object identification number. Subseries C: Film Production Materials, Subseries D: Ballet Production Materials, Subseries E: Promotional Materials, and Subseries F: Artifacts are organized alphabetically. Subseries G: Video Recordings - Access Copies, and Subseries H: Film - Access Copies are organized chronologically.

Similarly, Series VI: Miller's Wife includes all materials from the production of Frank Moore and Jim Self's unfinished collaborative film "The Miller's Wife". The series is divided into five subseries composed of film, technical notations and lab related paperwork, production materials, promotion materials and artifacts. Subseries A: Film and Subseries B: Technical Notations and Lab Related Documentation are arranged chronologically by unique object identification number. Subseries C: Production Materials, Subseries D: Promotional Materials and Subseries E: Artifacts are organized alphabetically. Subseries F: Video Recordings - Access Copies, and Subseries G: Film - Access Copies are organized chronologically.

Series VII: Miscellaneous Video and Audio contains media materials unrelated to either Beehive or The Miller's Wife. Subseries A contains access copies for video and audio material. Subseries B contains the original media material. Subseries C contains production information.

Series VIII: Artifacts and Objects contains items relating to Frank Moore's life and artwork. The series is divided into three subseries. Subseries A: Personal artifacts includes objects such as x-rays. Subseries B: Art Implements and Artifacts includes materials such as paint brushes. Subseries C: Miscellaneous includes objects such as the original AIDS ribbons.

Series IX: Juvenalia and Family Memorabilia contains items relating to Frank Moore's life before his art career and significant family items. This series includes among other things a year book and diploma as well as birth and death announcements.

Finally, Series X: Printed Materials contains items from Frank Moore's personal library including books, newspapers, magazines and art catalogues. Materials are organized alphabetically by author last name where available or alphabetically by title.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Frank Moore Papers were donated to the Fales Library and Special Collections by the Gesso Foundation in 2003. In July 2020, Patrick Orton donated an accretion to the collection; the accession number associated with this addition is 2020.033. In August 2023, Michael Boodro and Joy Episalla (Gesso Foundation / Frank Moore Estate) donated an accretion to the collection; the accession number associated with this addition is 2023.047.

Audiovisual Access Policies and Procedures

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Separated Material

Some materials have been removed to general circulation, Fales Special Collections, Fales Downtown Collection and Fales American Collection. These items can be searched for in Bobcat, the Bobst Library online catalog.

Removed to General Circulation

The American Federation of Arts, Bonnard 1972

Aragon, Louis Henri Matissevol. I and II, 1971

The Art Institute of Chicago, Anselm Kiefer 1987

Barr, Alfred Jr. Matisse His Art and His Public 1951

Barron, Stephanie and Wolf-Dieter Dube German Expressionism 1951

Berlant, Anthony and Khlenberg Wake in Beauty: The Navaho and their Blankets 1977

Bosworth, Patricia Dianne Arbus a Biography 1984

Brettell, Richard R. Monet to Moore: The Millenium Gift of Sara Lee Corporation 1999

Bruce, Deborah The David Park Scroll 1989

Bucci, Mario Miro 1970

Busignani, Alberto Marini 1968

Cahill, James La Peinture Chinoise 1977

Cahill, James The Restless Landscape: Chinese Painting of the Late Ming Period 1971

Cairns, Huntington and John Walker eds. Great Paintings from the National Gallery of Art 1952

Carli, Enzo La "Maesta" di Duccio 1982

Carnduff Ritchie, Andrew Abstract Painting and Sculpture in America 1951

Carnegie Mellon University Art Gallery Elizabeth Murray Drawings 1980-1986 1986

Christian, John Symbolists and Decadents 1977

Cluny, Claude Michel La Poesie Francaise D'Humour 1970

Cogniat, Raymond Bonnard unnown date, ca. 1967

Cooper, Douglas The Cubist Epoch 1971

Debreczeny, Paul Alexander Pushkin: Complete Prose Fiction 1983

Downes, Rackstraw Fairfield Porter: Art in its Own Term. Selected Criticism 1935-1975 1979

Duerden, Dennis African Art 1968

Elderfield, John The "Wild Beast" Fauvism and its Affinities 1976

Elgar, Frank Picasso Blue and Pink Periods 1956

Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Ingres Centennial Exhibition 1967

Fondo Editorial de la Plastica Mexicana Jose Guadalupe Posada: Ilustrador de la Vida Mexicana 1992

Forma, Warren Five British Sculptors 1964

Fradier, Georges Mosaiques Romaines de Tunisie 1992

Fundacio Joan Miro Centre d'Estudis d'Arte Comtemporani Art Tantric 1975

Gablik, Suzi Magritte 1985

Gallery of Masterpieces Giotto: Frescoes in the Upper Church, Assisi 1954

Gallery Yoshii Bonnard 1973

Gallery Yoshii Giorges Rouault 1976

Giotto: Portfolio of Reproductions 1944

Goldscheider, Ludwig Leonardo da Vinci: The Artist 1944

Gowing, Lawrence Turner: Imagination and Reality 1966

Grand Palais Henri Matisse 1970

Gurdjieff Views from the Real World: Early Talks 1973

Haas, Emily Bruce Davidson Brooklyn Gang 1999

Hanson, Anne Coffin Manet and the Modern Tradition 1979

Heusinger, Lutz Michelangelo: Complete Works undated

Hickey, Dave The Invisible Dragon: Four Essays on Beauty 1993

James Cohan Gallery Roxy Paine 2001

Kettlewell, James K. The Hyde Collection Catalogue 1981

Keilty, Bernadine Masters of Painting: Their Works, Their Lives, Their Times 1964

Leymarie, Jean Balthus 1982

Lipman, Jean Five Star Folk Art: One Hundred American Masterpieces 1990

Malevitch Suprematism: 34 Drawings 1974

Malingue, Maurice Paul Gaugin Letters to his Wife and Friends 1949

Malraux, Andre L'Intemporel 1976

Masini, Lara Vinca Braque 1971

Mauner, George Manet the Still-Life Paintings 2000

Meauze, Pierre African Art 1968

Mitchinson, David Henry Moore: Unpublished Drawings 1971

Monod-Fontaine, Isabelle and Marielle Tabart Brancusi 1977

Mourlot, Fernand Picasso Lithographs 1970

Museum of American Folk Art Expressions of a New Spirit: Highlights from the Permanent Collection 1989

Museum of Modern Art Masters of Modern Art 1954

Museum of Modern Art The Natural Paradise: Painting in America 1800-1950

Myers, Terry R. Robert Overby Parallel: 1978-1969 2000

National Gallery of Art, Washington An American Sampler: Folk Art from the Shelburne Museum 1987

O'Neill, John P. Ed. Mitsou 1984

Reunion des Musees Nationaux Le Siecle de Titien 1993

Rewald, Sabine Balthus 1984

Rogers, Howard Ed. China: 5,000 Years 1998

Rosenberg, Pierre Fragonard 1988

Ross, John G. and William H. Peck Egyptian Drawings 1978

Richardson, John Edouard Manet in Full Color 1969

Rossoli, Franco Modigliani 1959

Rouart, Denis and Jean-Dominique Rey Monet Water-Lilies 1974

Rubin, William ed. Cezanne: The Late Work 1977

Rubin, William Miro in the Collection of the Museum of Modern Art 1973

Rugoff, Milton Famous Artists Annual. A Treasury of Contemporary Art

Russell, Bertrand Mysticism and Logic 1917

St. Louis Art Museum Henri Matisse Paper Cut-Outs 1977

Schapiro, Meyer Vincent Van Gogh 1950

Schmied, Wieland Tobey 1966

School of Paris 1965

Scott, Curtis R. ed. Brancusi 1995

Scott, David John Sloan 1871-1951 1971

Shone, Richard Duncan Grant Designer 1980

Sickman, Laurence Great Chinese Painters of the Ming and Ch'ing Dynasties 1949

Skira, Albert ed. Carlo Carra 1996

Skira, Albert Manet unknown date

Smithsonian Goya Drawings and Prints 1955

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Frantisek Kupka 1871-19571975

Sperone, Gian Enzo Il Mercante Altrove: Disegni da una Collezione 1996

Stebbins Jr. Theodore E. Martin Johnson Heade1999

Strand, Mark The Contemporary American Poets: American Poetry since 1940 1969

Stuckey, Charles F. Claude Monet: 1840-1926

Sweeney, James Johnson Joan Miro 1970

Tantham, David Winslow Homer in the Adirondacks 1996

University Galleries of Illinois State University Contemporary American Painting 1951

Waldman, Diane Mark Rothko 1903-1970 A Retrospective 1978

Wattenmaker, Richard Art of Charle Prendergast 1978

Weekes, C.P. The Invincible Monet 1960

Wertenbaker, Leal The World of Picasso 1881 1967

Whitehead, Alfred North Modes of Thought 1938

Whitney Museum of American Art The Sculpture and Drawings of Elie Nadelman 1882-1946 1975

Wildenstein Goya 1950

Wildenstein la revue blanche 1983

Wildenstein Jubilee Loan Exhibition 1901-1951 Masterpieces from Museums and Private Collections

Wildenstein Maurice Utrillo 1883-1955 1957

Wildenstein Seurat and His Friends 1953

Removed To Fales American Collection

Allen, James, Hilton Als, Congressman John Lewis, Leon F. Litwack Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America 2000

Calderone, Mary Steichen, Edward Steichen, John Updike The First Picture Book: Everyday Things for Babies

Dennis, Donna and Kenward Elmslie 26 Bars 1987

Removed to Fales Special Collections

Arenas, Roberto Triana and Sandro Chia Bestario 1980

Pal, Pratapaditya Court Paintings of Indai 16th-19th Centuries 1983

Vermeer, Jan Jan Vermeer of Delft: Portfolios of Great Masters 1925

Books Removed to Fales Downtown Collection

ACLU AIDS Project Epidemic of Fear: A Survey of AIDS Discrimination in the 1980s and Policy Recommendations for the 1990s 1990

Artists Space 25th Anniversary Limited Edition Card Collection, 1999

Baker, Rob The Art of AIDS: From Stigma to Conscience 1994 [This book includes Frank More cover art and chapter]

Bellamy, Peter The Artist Project. Portraits of the Real Art World: New York Artists 1981-1990 1991

Brainard, Joe More I Remember 1972

Brainard, Joe New Work 1973

Brainard, Joe Nothing to Write Home About 1981

Brainard, Joe and Kenward Elmslie Pay Dirt 1992

Brainard, Joe and Keward Elmslie Sung Sex 1989

Between Life and Death: Frank Moore 2002

Castle, Ted Three Americans Address the World 1981

Columbia Review: "The Referential Fallacy" by Riffaaterre, Poetry and Fiction Winter 1978

D'Agostino, Roberto Libidine: Guida Sintetica ad una vera Degenerazione Fisica e Morale 1987

Dion, Mark and Alexis Rockman Concrete Jungle: A Pop Media Investigation of Death and Survival in Urban Ecosystems 1996

DPN: Diseased Pariah News #7 1992, #9 1994, #10 1995

Dugdale, John Lengthening Shadows Before Nightfall 1995

Eggleston, William 2 1/4 1999

Finkelpearl, Tom Dialogues in Public Art 2000 [Includes interview with Frank Moore]

Friedman, Michael Distinctive Belt 1985

Gilbert and George Side by Side 1971

Giorno, John Balling Buddha 1970

Giorno, John you got to burn to shine 1994

Gooch, Brad The Daily News 1977

Gooch, Brad Jailbait and Other Stories 1984

Gould, Claudia and Valerie Smith 5000 Artists Return to Artists Space: 25 Years 1998

Ginsberg, Allen Allen Ginsberg Photographs 1990

Hendricks, Geoffrey The Fertility of the Soil 1992

Holly Solomon Gallery: The First Two Years 1977

Hornick, Lita and Poet Friends To Elizabeth and Eleanor: Great Queens Who Loved Poetry 1993

Kakania, Konstantin Freedom or Death

LeSueur, Joe You were a bastard for being so fucking good in bed, or The Unmentionable, 1982

Lippard, Lucy R. Pop Art 1966

The Manipulator Issue #2, 1984

Muller, Gregoire and Gianfranco Gargoni The New Avant-garde: Issues for the Art of the Seventies 1972

New Observations #8, 1983

Oldenburg, Claes Notes in Hand 1971

Rockman, Alexis Guyana 1996

Russo, Vito The Celluloid Closet: Homosexuality in the Movies Revised Edition, 1987

Sarfati, Patrick Athletes 1990

Sarfati, Patrick Illusions: photographies 1985

Seidner, David The Face of Contemporary Art 1996

Shaw, Jim Thrift Store Paintings 1990

Shiney International #2, 1987

Solomon, Alan and Ugo Mulas New York: The New Art Scene 1967

Susan Mini Mag vo. 1 Winter Solstice, vol. 2 Spring Equinox ca. 1992

Taschen, Benedikt Tom of Finland 1992

Top Stories, a Prose Periodical #19-20 Cookie Mueller, How to Get Rid of Pimples, 1984

Tracks: A Journal of Artists' Writings 3:3 Fall 1977

True Homosexual Experiences from S.T.H.: Flesh vol. 2, 1982

White, Edmund Loss Within Loss: Artists in the Age of AIDS 2001

Winters, Terry Ocular Proofs

Wong, Martin Eureka 1976 [inscribed to Frank Moore by artist]

Catalogues Removed to Fales Downtown Collection

Abstract Implosionism, February 2-February 10, Ted Greewald Gallery Inc. New York

"American Bricolage" November 2- December 22 Sperone Westwater, New York

Jan Aronson, undated

Arts' Communicties/AIDS Communities: Realizing the Archive Project, February 20-March 3, 1996 Cyclorama, Boston

Bellamy, Peter. The Artist Project Information

Bellamy, Peter. New Portraits from teh Artist Project, October 29-November 23, 1985, Jack Tilton Gallery, New York

Bid for LIfe: A Tribute to Robert C. Wooley June 26, 1995 Sotheby's, New York

Brainard, Joe. Retrospective, March 20-April 19, 1997. Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York

Chaet, Bernard. February 26-April4, 1998. New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture

Alan E. and Ellen Cober Collection, September 28-October 31, 1995. Giampietro, New York

Concurrencies, an exhibition curated by Lucio Pozzi and William Chambers, December 10-January 9, 1993. Grace Borgenicht Gallery, New York

Connelly, Chuck. April 17-May 11, 1997. Alexandre de Folin, New York

Cooper Union Museum. Recent Acquisitions, 1964

Creative Time: 1989-1990.

Creative Time: 1991-1992. 1993, New York

Dugdale, John. Special Portfolio of Platinum Prints, 1996. Wessel O'Connor Gallery, New York

Episalla, Joy. inside/out. September 9-October 9, 1999. Debs and Co. New York

Episalla, Joy. Removed. February 15-March 23, 2002. Debs and Co. New York

Falk, Gary. A Monograph, Feb 8, 1954. October 1, 1986 New York.

Fazzolari, Bruno. Today is the Tomorrow You Worried About Yesterday. February 17-March 25, 2000, Debs and Co. New York.

The Figure as Fiction: The Figure in Visual Art and Literature. Curated by Alaine A. King. December 3, 1993-January 23, 1994. The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati

From Media to Metaphor: Art About AIDS. Robert Atkins and Thomas W. Sokolowski guest curators. September-October 1993, Grey Art Gallery adn Study Center, New York University

Graham, Rodney and bruc Nauman. "...the nearest faraway place..." May 10, 2000-Spring 2001, Dia Center for the Arts, New York City.

Guston, Philip. Small Paintings and Drawings 1968-1980. March 2000, McKee Gallery, New York

Hammond, Jane. Back Stage-Secrets of Scene Painting. January 18-April 5, 2002. Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris.

Hammond, Jane. From Avatar to Zed. September 29-October 27, 2001. Galerie Lelong, New York

Hammond, Jane. The John Ashbery Collaboration. December 13 2001- March 3, 2002. Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art

Hammond, Jane. The John Ashbery Collaboration. Jose Freire Fine Art Inc, New York

Hannah, Duncan. Arrivals and Departures. September 18-October 18, 1997. Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York

Hannah, Duncan. First Love and Other Paintings. October 12-November 11, 1995. Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York

Heap of Birds, Hachivi Edgar. Claim Your Color. September 8-May 6, 1990. Exit Art, New York.

Heiferman, Marvin adn Carole Kismaric. Paradise Now: Picturing the Genetic Revolution. September 9-October 20, 2000. Exit Art New York. [Includes essay by Frank Moore]

Holliday, Frank. Wah-Wah Series. Debs and Co. New York

Honsby, Rob. Anniversary. Debs and Co. New York

Humphrey, David. Love Teams: Paintings 1996-1997. March 20-April 18, 1998, Zolla Leiberman Gallery Inc.

Joelson, Suzanne. Family. November 19-December 19, 1998. Debs and Co. New York

Juarez, Roberto. The Entered The Road. January 3-July 1, 1995. Center for the Fine Arts. Miami

Kaplowitz, Jane. Recent Paintings. March 25-May 1, 1993. Jason McCoy Inc. New York

Katchadourain, Nina Talking Popcorn, Paranormal Postcards, and Indecision on the Moon January 13-February 24 2001 at Debs and Co.

Kortick, Roy. (Masters of the Impossible) MOTI. Debs and Co. New York

Krasner, Lee. Paintings from the Late Fifties. October 26-November 20, 1982. Robert Miller Gallery, New York

Kuitca, Guillermo. Poema Peagogico. Sperone Westwater, New York

Lerner, Marily, David Provan, Kris Ruhs, Lynton Wells, Terry Zupanc. Invitational. 1990. Grace Borgenicht Gallery, New York.

Lincoln, Paul Etienne. A Violet Somnambulist Spiriting the Fugacious Bloom: An Investigation into Ignisfatuus and its mechanisms of memory. March 11-April 15, 2000. Alexander adn Bonin, New York

Lionni, Leo. Parallel Botany, Sculptures and Drawings. October 11-November 5, 1977. Staempfli, New York

The Machine as Seen at the End of the Mechanical Age. Museum of Modern Art, New York

Marden, Brice. 1975. Guggenheim Museum, New York

Martin, Chris. Long Lake and In the Lake. February 1-March 31, 2001. Malca Fine Art, New York

Martin, Chris. April 4028. Pierogi, Brooklyn New York.

Metz, Mike. 12 Monuments. January 9-27. 55 Mercer Gallery, New York

Montanez Ortiz, Rafael. Years of the Warrior 1960, Years of teh Psyche 1988. March 26-May 22, 1988. Museo del Barrio, New York

Negroponte, George. Recent Paintings. March 8-April 22, 1995. Mason McCoy Inc New York

Nelson, David. 2000. Debs and Co. New York

Neshat, Shirin. Turbulent. October 23, 1998-January 15, 1999. Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris.

Nudo and Crudo. January 25-March 16, 1996. Claudia Gina Ferrari Art Contemporanea, Milan.

Pardo, Jorge. Project. September 13-June 17, 2001. Dia Center for the Arts, New York City

Pictures, an exhibition of the work of Try Brauntuch, Jack Goldstein, Sherrie Levine, Robert Longo, Philip Smith. September 24-October 29, 1977. Artists Space. New York

Pierre et Gilles. December 6, 1990-January 8, 1991. Hirschl adn Adler Modern, New York

Prospect 96 Potographie der Gegenwartskunst. March 9-May 12, 1996

Redon, Odilon. Selections from the Woodner Family Collection. April 9-May 28, 1993. The Drawing Center.

Rooms. June 9-26, 1976. P.S. 1, New York

Rotick, Roy. New Paintings. October 15-November 14, 1998. Debs and Co. New York

Row, David. 1993. John GOod Gallery, New York

Salle, David. January 14- March 29, 1987. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Sandrow, Hope. Water of Life. July 24-October 9, 1988. Whiteny Museum of American Art at Philip Morris.

Senser, Andreas. Selected Works by Andreas Senser.

Serios, Ted. Phenomena: A Selection of Photographs. Marta Cervera Gallery, New York

Sillman, Amy. February 27-April 4, 1998. Casey Kaplan, New York

di Suvero, Mark. November 13, 1875-February 8, 1976. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Tapies, Antonio. Objects from the Early Seventies. November 18-December 30, 19xx. Marta Cervera Gallery, New York

Telfair, Tula. Constructed Landscapes: Series III and IV. April 9-May 16, 1998. DFN Gallery, New York

Tufte, Edward. Visual Explanations: Prints and Sculptures. November 11, 2000-January 13, 2001. Artists Space, New York

Tzaig, Uri. Duel. September 9-October 28, 2000. Artists Space New York

Usle, Juan. 22 Riviera Blue, 40 Ruby. November 12-December 19, 1992. John Good Gallery, New York.

Visual AIDS in collaboration with Real Art Ways. Bodies of Resistance, curated by Barbara Hunt. December 1, 1999-January 30, 2000 in Hartford Connecticut. July 2-20, 2000 at Interntional AIDS Conference, Durban, South Africa.

Wasserman, Jeffrey. 1986. Daniel Newburg Gallery.

Wasserman, Jeffrey. Virtual Garrison. New York.

Weatherford, Mary. Easter. March 28-April 29, 1998. Debs and Co. New York

Wegman, William. Why Draw? March-April, 1990. Sperone Westwater, New York.

Whitney Museum of American Art. 1995 Biennial Exhibition. [includes Frank Moore's Art]

Whitney Museum of American Art. The Power of the City, The City of Power. 1991-1992

Yamaoka, Carrie. (t)here. January 6-February 12, 2000. Debs and Co, New York.

ZG Breakdown issue

Collection processed by

Tania Friedel (August 2003); Jessica Shimmin (May-December 2004); Luke Martin (2008), Brent Phillips (2008) updated by Zachary Dabbs (2009)

About this Guide

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2024-02-06 14:13:16 -0500.
Language: Finding aid written in English

Processing Information

Decisions concerning arrangement and description, as well as physical interventions taken on the collection between 2003-2009 were not recorded. In Fall 2023, an accretion was rehoused in archival boxes and folders, and inventoried on the box-level. The slides were removed from their original binders and rehoused into archival folders. All metadata was recorded before the binders were discarded. The accession number associated with this accretion is 2023-047.

Revisions to this Guide

September 2020: Record updated by Rachel Searcy to reflect 2020 accretion
September 2023: Updated by Aki Snyder to reflect 2023 accretion


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