American art preparator, restorer, and collector active in Los Angeles and Paris. De Herrera was a close friend of Man Ray,
William Nelson Copley, and other notable artists. The papers include correspondence, documents, artworks, photographs, and
audiovisual materials documenting De Herrera's milieu and activities.
Gloria Claire de Herrera was born in Los Angeles on April 26, 1929, of
Mexican and German descent. In 1947, while still in high school, she befriended
Barbara C. Byrnes, owner of the American Contemporary Gallery on Hollywood
Boulevard, and her husband James B. Byrnes. In 1949 James Byrnes, at that time
a curator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, offered De Herrera a
position as project secretary for the California Centennial Exhibition; she
also acted as slide-pusher for Byrnes's course on twentieth-century art at USC,
and learned art conservation at the LACMA conservation laboratory. During these
years De Herrera also became friendly with Man Ray and his wife Juliet (née
Browner), as well as artist and collector William Nelson Copley. Through Copley
and Man Ray she received entrée to a circle of artists connected to the
Surrealist movement, including Max Ernst, Dorothea Tanning, Roberto
Matta-Echauren, Yves Tanguy, and Marcel Duchamp.
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