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Getty Research Institute Acquires Archive of Curator Maurice Tuchman

The Getty Research Institute is acquiring the archive of curator Maurice Tuchman. The first full-time curator of modern art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Tuchman served from 1964 to 1994. During his tenure he founded the museum’s Art and Technology program, which promoted collaborations between artists and the corporate tech world. He also curated shows including “New York School: the First Generation,” 1965, and “Edward Kienholz,” 1966.

The archive covers thirty years of exhibitions and projects at LACMA and include letters, press clippings, photography, audiovisual recordings, publications, personal papers and even Tuchman’s appointment books from the beginning of his tenure at LACMA until the 1980s. Edward Kienholz, Claes Oldenburg, and Jasper Johns are among the artists who figure in the documents. Rare artist publications such as Ilya Kabakov’s Red Wagon and the 1970s New York artists’ magazine Avalanche are also included in the archive.

Said Thomas W. Gaehtgens, director of the Getty Research Institute. “Maurice Tuchman is a standout figure in the recent history of modern art in Los Angeles and beyond and his influence is unquestionably evident to this day.”