Getty Acquires Robert McElroy Archives

Photo by Robert McElroy. (Courtesy Pace Gallery)

Photo by Robert McElroy. (Courtesy Pace Gallery)

The Getty Research Institute has acquired the archives of photographer Robert McElroy, one of the most important archives of performance art in New York in the early 1960s. More from the Getty:

“The acquisition comprises approximately 700 vintage prints developed by McElroy; 10,000 negatives and contact sheets, most of which were never developed and have never been available for research; 2,000 recent machine prints produced by Pace Gallery for research for the 2012 exhibition ‘Happenings: New York, 1958-1963′; and a small paper archive, including posters, ephemera and correspondence with artists such as Oldenburg, Kaprow, Carolee Schneemann and Richard Serra. The acquisition is part donation by McElroy’s widow Evelyn McElroy, and part purchase.”

Thomas Gaehtgens, director of the Getty Research Institute said in a statement, “Although many of McElroy’s images are familiar from articles on the art world of that era, the vast majority of his photographs have never been seen, and have never been available to historians…This acquisition will greatly expand access to his work and enrich our understanding of this pivotal moment in art history.”