Annette Michelson Donates Archive to Getty Research Institute

Annette Michelson—a critic, scholar, and an editor at Artforum who famously left to found October with Rosalind Krauss and Max Kozloff—has donated her archives to the Getty Research Institute, which has also purchased Robert Morris’s drawing Blind Time, 1982, and his “Earth Projects,” 1969, a suite of ten lithographs, from Michelson’s collection. She has also sold the institute her film library, which comprises over fifteen hundred volumes.

Michelson’s archive includes correspondence with figures like Susan Sontag, Ad Reinhardt, Yvonne Rainer, and Martha Rosler, as well as her writing and research for Artforum and October. The assistant curator for modern and contemporary collections at the Getty, John Tain, called Michelson “one of the most important living scholars of film in the world, having been a key voice for the establishment of cinema studies as an academic field.”

He added, “She has also been a tireless champion of avant-garde cinema, especially from the Soviet Union and the US.”