PRELIMINARY INVENTORY OF THE WOLFGANG STOERCHLE PAPERS, 1952-2007, bulk 1968-1998

Finding aid prepared by Emmabeth Nanol


Descriptive Summary

Title: Wolfgang Stoerchle papers
Date (inclusive): 1952-2007
Number: 2009.M.16
Creator/Collector: Stoerchle, Wolfgang, 1944-1976
Physical Description: 5.17 linear feet (11 boxes)
Repository:
The Getty Research Institute
Special Collections
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
(310) 440-7390
Abstract: The archive of conceptual, video, and performance artist Wolfgang Stoerchle documents his brief career through video and sound recordings, correspondence, notes, clippings, and photographic materials.
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Biographical/Historical Note

Wolfgang Stoerchle was an important figure in the development of performance and video art in Southern California in the 1970s. Born in Germany, Stoerchle emigrated to Toronto, Canada with his family in 1959. In 1962 he and his brother Peter rode horseback through the United States for ten months to Los Angeles, where Stoerchle lived from 1963 to 1964.
After attending the University of Oklahoma from 1964 to 1968, Stoerchle enrolled in the MFA program at the University of California, Santa Barbara. While there he began experimenting with performance and sound art. He performed throughout California with Miles Varner and Daniel Lentz in a group called California Time Machine. In 1970 Allan Kaprow recruited Stoerchle to teach in the Post-Studio Art program at the California Institute of the Arts. Encouraged by Nam June Paik, who was also teaching at CalArts during this time, Stoerchle began experimenting with video. Collectively, his video works show a complete dissection of the medium, isolating nearly every formal property of video and turning it towards often poignant efforts to capture and contain the body.
Stoerchle was included in a number of important exhibitions in the early 1970s, including 24 Young Artists at LACMA in 1971, the Pier 18 exhibition at MoMA, and a two-person exhibition with William Wegman at Sidney Janis gallery. He moved to New York in 1973 and shifted his concentration from the abstract and conceptual work that had garnered so much attention, to blunt depictions of sexuality and nudity. Stoerchle left New York by the middle of 1973.
During the last three years of his life Stoerchle moved back and forth between Mexico City, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and Santa Fe, where he lived with his second wife, Carol Lingham, whom he married in 1974. Stoerchle continued producing art during this time, primarily fiery abstract pencil drawings and ephemeral sculptures resembling primitive shrines and mounds. In the fall of 1975, he presented his final performance in John Baldessari's studio. On March 14, 1976, Stoerchle died following injuries suffered in a car accident.

Administrative Information

Access

Open for use by qualified researchers.

Publication Rights

Preferred Citation

Wolfgang Stoerchle papers, 1952-2007, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, Accession no. 2009.M.16

Acquisition Information

The archive was acquired from Carol Lingham in 2009.

Processing History

Vladimira Stefura processed and created a box list of the archive in June 2009. Later in 2009 and 2010 Emmabeth Nanol further processed the archive, devised the arrangement, and expanded the box list into a preliminary finding aid under the supervision of Andra Darlington.

Scope and Content of Collection

The archive contains documentation of work produced by Stoerchle during his short career, as well as a small amount of personal material. A significant component of the archive is a set of half-inch open-reel tapes documenting Stoerchle's experiments with video. In addition to his well-known works, the videos also include documentation of some of Stoerchle's lesser-known works, such as a live performance with Viva, some of his more provocative performances, and a television "dinner" performance produced with Allan Kaprow, Emmett Williams, and Helene Winer. Also included are audiotapes of Stoerchle's sound works and a slide and sound installation. The archive contains a small number of works by other artists, including early video reels by Nam June Paik and William Wegman, and sound works made by Daniel Lentz in honor of Stoerchle.
Also included in the papers is a small selection of photographs of works Stoerchle produced as an undergraduate student at the University of Oklahoma, extensive photographic documentation of sculptures and performances he produced at UCSB, CalArts, and elsewhere in Los Angeles, and images of drawings and sculpture he produced in Santa Fe and Mexico. Stoerchle's childhood is represented by a few family photographs and images of drawings and sculptures he made in his youth.
Among the limited correspondence are letters received by Stoerchle, personal letters between Stoerchle and his wife, Carol Lingham, and letters to Lingham following Stoerchle's death, including some lengthy remembrances by friends. The archive also contains an extensive set of press clippings about Stoerchle during his lifetime. Much of the archive was assembled by Lingham after Stoerchle's death.

Arrangement

Organized in four series: Series I. Personal files, 1952-2007; Series II. Documentation of artworks, 1968-1975, undated; Series III. Materials about Stoerchle, 1965-2006, undated; Series IV. Audiovisual materials, 1970-2006, undated

Indexing Terms

Subjects - Names

Stoerchle, Wolfgang, 1944-1976

Subjects - Topics

Performance art--California--Los Angeles
Video art--California--Los Angeles

Genres and Forms of Material

Correspondence--20th century
Performance art--20th century
Photographic prints--20th century
Photographs, Original
Sound recordings--20th century
Video art--20th century
Videotapes

Contributors

Kaprow, Allan
Lentz, Daniel, 1942-
Paik, Nam June
Wegman, William
Williams, Emmett
Winer, Helene, 1946-


Container List

 

Series I. Personal files, 1952-2007

Physical Description: 0.6 linear feet (2 boxes)

Scope and Content Note

This series contains correspondence, notes, marriage and death certificates, photocopies of childhood photographs, items relating to Stoerchle's car accident, and letters received by his widow, Carol Lingham, after his death. The materials were originally assembled by Lingham in a black binder, which was dismantled for conservation purposes.

Arrangement note

Arranged chronologically.
Box 1, 5

Photographs, 1952-1975

Box 1, Folder 1

Photocopies

Box 5

Originals

Box 1, Folder 2

Legal documents, 1959-1976

Box 1, 5

Trek through America on horseback, 1962-1964

Scope and Content Note

Included are fake newspaper articles and several clippings from small-town newspapers related to Stoerchle's horseback trip across the United States.
Box 1, Folder 3

Papers

Box 5

Color photographs

Box 1, 5

Portraits of Stoerchle, circa 1970

Box 1, Folder 4

Black and white photographs

Box 5

Color photographs

Box 1, Folder 5

Stoerchle's notes, 1971-1975

Scope and Content Note

Folder also contains Stoerchle's address book from 1971.
Box 1, Folder 6

Correspondence, 1975-1996

Scope and Content Note

Includes letters to Carol Lingham years after Stoerchle's death.
Box 1, Folder 7

Materials relating to Stoerchle's car accident, 1976

Box 1, Folder 8

Lingham's notes, 1996-2007

 

Series II. Documentation of artworks, 1968-1975, undated

Physical Description: 2.71 linear feet (3 boxes)

Scope and Content Note

This series primarily contains photographic documentation of Stoerchle's artworks, from an early exhibition of paintings and sculpture to his final performance.

Arrangement note

Arranged chronologically.
Box 2, 6

Paintings and sculpture, 1968

Scope and Content Note

Exhibition at University of California, Santa Barbara Graduate Gallery.
Box 2, Folder 1

Photographs

Box 6

Slides, negatives and transparencies

Scope and Content Note

In sleeves 1-3.
Box 2, 6

Balloon Water, 1969-1970

Box 2, Folder 2

Photographs

Box 6

Slides, negatives and transparencies

Scope and Content Note

In sleeve 4.
Box 2, 6

Gastronomics System, 1970

Box 2, Folder 3

Photographs

Box 6

Slides, negatives and transparencies

Scope and Content Note

In sleeves 5-6.
Box 2, 6

Plaster Pieces, 1970-1971

Box 2, Folder 4

Newspaper clippings

Box 6

Slides, negatives and transparencies

Scope and Content Note

In sleeves 7-25.
Box 2, 6

Plaster Drop events, 1970-1971

Box 2, Folder 5

Newspaper clippings

Box 6

Slides, negatives and transparencies

Scope and Content Note

In sleeves 26-29.
Box 2, 4*

Ashley-Buckley-Stoerchle Sound III, 1970

Box 2, Folder 6

Photograph

Box 4*

Poster

Box 8, Item D2

Sound disc

Scope and Content Note

1 sound disc : 45 rpm. (2 copies)
Box 2, 6

Budd-Lentz-Stoerchle, 1970

Box 2, Folder 7

Papers

Box 6

Slides

Scope and Content Note

In sleeves 30-31.
Box 2, 6

Exchange of Clothes event, 1970

Scope and Content Note

At Storke Plaza, University of California, Santa Barbara.
Box 2, Folder 8

Photographs

Box 6

Slides, negatives and transparencies

Scope and Content Note

In sleeves 32-35.
Box 2, 6

Arm Wrestling, 1970

Scope and Content Note

With Robert Morris at Butler Gallery, Santa Barbara.
Box 2, Folder 9

Newspaper clippings and photographs

Box 6

Slides and transparencies

Scope and Content Note

In sleeves 36-40.
Box 2, 6

Video works, 1970-1972

Scope and Content Note

See also boxes 8-10 for related audiovisual materials.
Box 2, Folder 10

Photographs

Box 6

Slides, negatives and transparencies

Scope and Content Note

In sleeves 41-47.
Box 2, 6

Light Piece, 1972-1973

Scope and Content Note

At California Institute of the Arts.
Box 2, Folder 11

Photographs

Box 6

Slide and negatives

Scope and Content Note

In sleeves 48-49.
Box 2, 6

Attempt Public Erection, 1972

Box 2, Folder 12

Photographs

Box 6

Negatives

Scope and Content Note

In sleeve 50.
Box 2, 6

Pomona College performance, 1972

Box 2, Folder 13

Photographs

Box 6

Transparency

Scope and Content Note

In sleeve 51.
Box 2, 6

Art as Illusion, 1972

Box 2, Folder 14

Newspaper clippings

Box 6

Slide

Scope and Content Note

In sleeve 52.
Box 2, 6

Wolf on table - jumping off, 1972

Box 2, Folder 15

Photographs

Box 6

Negatives

Scope and Content Note

In sleeve 53.
Box 2, 6

Last performance, 1975

Scope and Content Note

At John Baldessari studio.
Box 2, Folder 16

Photographs

Box 6

Slides and transparencies

Scope and Content Note

In sleeves 54-56.
Box 2, 6

Paper Roll Burn, undated

Box 2, Folder 17

Photographs

Box 6

Slides and negatives

Scope and Content Note

In sleeves 57-59.
Box 2, 6

Miscellaneous, 1970, undated

Box 2, Folder 19

Papers

Box 6

Negatives

Scope and Content Note

In sleeves 60-61.
Box 2, 5

Stoerchle's original sketches, 1975

Box 2, Folder 20

Photocopies

Box 5

Originals

 

Series III. Materials about Stoerchle, 1965-2006, undated

Physical Description: 0.44 linear feet (1 box)

Scope and Content Note

This series contains newspaper articles and clippings relating to Stoerchle's exhibitions, as well as other artists' works about Stoerchle, including a retrospective exhibition in 1996.

Arrangement note

Arranged chronologically.
Box 3, Folder 1

Newspaper clippings, 1965-1972, undated

Scope and Content Note

Folder includes newspaper reviews of Stoerchle's performances: Video Works at the Janis Gallery (1970-1971) and Art as Illusion at Pomona College Gallery (1972).
Box 3, Folder 2

Wayne McCall, 1982

Box 3, Folder 3

Daniel Lentz, 1983

Box 3, Folder 4

Jerry Pfaffl, 1997-1999

Box 3, Folder 5

Elizabeth Gilchrist, 1979-1998

Box 3, Folder 6

Centre national d'art contemporain de Grenoble, 1996-1997

Box 3, Folder 7

Nam June Paik, 2000-2006

 

Series IV. Audiovisual Materials, 1970-2006, undated

Physical Description: 2.02 linear feet (4 boxes)

Scope and Content Note

The bulk of this series contains audio and video materials relating to Stoerchle's works, including the video artworks themselves, recordings of performances, and video from a retrospective exhibition organized after his death. Also included are audio recordings of Daniel Lentz's "Requiem of Wolfgang Stoerchle."

Arrangement note

Arranged according to medium.
Box 6-8, 11

Sound recordings, 1976-2006, undated

Box 7, Item D1

Daniel Lentz, "On the Leopard Altar," 2006

Scope and Content Note

1 compact disc, 4 3/4 in.
Box 8, Item C1

Daniel Lentz, "Requiem: In Memoriam Wolfgang Stoerchle," 1976

Scope and Content Note

1 sound cassette, 3 7/8 x 2 1/2 in.
Box 8, 6

"Stereo soundtrack for slide piece," undated

Box 8, Item R1

Audio recording

Scope and Content Note

1 sound tape reel, 7 in.
Box 6

Slide

Scope and Content Note

In sleeve 62.
Box 8, Item R2

"Soundtrack for live performance," undated

Scope and Content Note

1 sound tape reel, 5 in.
Box 11, Item D2

Ashley, Buckley, Stoerchle, Mills College, Sound III, undated

Scope and Content Note

1 sound disc : 45 rpm (2 copies). Contents: side 1. Match I (2:20); side 2. Match II (2:38).
Box 11, Item D3

Daniel Lentz, After Images, 1981

Scope and Content Note

1 sound disc : 33 1/3 rpm. Contents: side 1. Slow Motion Mirror (4:20); Midnight White (3:10), Solar Cadence (4:46); side 2. Dancing on the Sun (12:11).
Box 9-10

Video recordings, 1970-1972, undated

Box 9, Item V1

"Sue Turning 000-285, Walla Walla 285," undated

Scope and Content Note

1 videoreel, 1/2 in. tape.
Box 9, Item V2

"Close up Sketching, Shoot with Different Sound Tracks, Scraping Things off the Wall," undated

Scope and Content Note

1 videoreel, 1/2 in. tape.
Box 9, Item V3

"Empty The Ring Stuff #475, New drafting, New undressing," undated

Scope and Content Note

1 videoreel, 1/2 in. tape.
Box 9, Item V4

"Hypnosis piece 11. Ultra, Humphrey, Peter," undated

Scope and Content Note

1 videoreel, 1/2 in. tape.
Box 9, Item V5

"John's Outline (look up)," undated

Scope and Content Note

1 videoreel, 1/2 in. tape.
Box 9, Item V6

Untitled, undated

Scope and Content Note

1 videoreel, 1/2 in. tape.
Box 9, Item V7

"A.T.E. No.1 Dinner Party," undated

Scope and Content Note

1 videoreel, 1/2 in. tape.
Box 9, Item V8

"Video works," 1970-1972

Scope and Content Note

1 videoreel, b&w, 1/2 in. tape. Contents: 1. Running with light; 2. Dirt blowing; 3. Dirt through window; 4. Box dropping; 5. Girl by ladder; 6. Shoe piece; 7. Walking upside down; 8. Running upside down; 9. Penis; 10. Penis with Disney characters.
Box 9, Item V9

"Good tape (performance)," undated

Scope and Content Note

1 videoreel, 1/2 in. tape.
Box 9, Item V10

"Color (Penis)," undated

Scope and Content Note

1 videoreel, 1/2 in. tape.
Box 9, Item V11

"[...] movement [...] loft (Finding [...])," undated

Scope and Content Note

1 videoreel, 1/2 in. tape. Some text on the label is illegible.
Box 9, Item V12

"Ultra interview ( [...] - Writer)," undated

Scope and Content Note

1 videoreel, 1/2 in. tape. Some text on the label is illegible.
Box 9, Item V13

"Short pieces," undated

Scope and Content Note

1 videoreel, 1/2 in. tape. Contents: 10. Running with light; 11. Dirt blowing; 12. Sitting on TV; 13. Running upside down; 14. Penis; 15. Disney toys; 16. Drawing; 17. Black & white roll; 18. Crawling out of cloth.
Box 9, Item V14

"Good tapes," undated

Scope and Content Note

1 videoreel, 1/2 in. tape.
Box 9, Item V15

"Theory testing conference. Tape I. Terry Grzyb-Wysocki," 1977 Jul 15

Scope and Content Note

1 videoreel, 1/2 in. tape. Numbered on label: "1."
Box 9, Item V16

"Video Works 1970-72. Standing nude," 1970-1972

Scope and Content Note

1 videoreel, b&w, 1/2 in. tape. Numbered on label: "2."
Box 9, Item V17

"Pomona Performance Piece," undated

Scope and Content Note

1 videoreel, 1/2 in. tape. Numbered on label: "3."
Box 9, Item V18

Compilation, undated

Scope and Content Note

1 videoreel, 1/2 in. tape. Contents: Running with light; Dirt blowing; Dirt through window; Box dropping; Girl sitting by ladder. Numbered on label: "6."
Box 9, Item V19

Compilation, undated

Scope and Content Note

1 videoreel, 1/2 in. tape. Contents: 1. Shoe piece; 2. Walking upside down; 3. Running upside down; 4. Penis; 5. Penis with Disney characters. Numbered on label: "7."
Box 9, Item V20

"Video part for performance in Boston," undated

Scope and Content Note

1 videoreel, 1/2 in. tape. Numbered on label: "8."
Box 9, Item V21

Compilation, undated

Scope and Content Note

1 videoreel, 1/2 in. tape. Contents: 1. Drawing tape; 2. Ball bouncing; 3. Small passport pictures; 4. Talking with letter. Numbered on label: "9."
Box 9, Item V22

Compilation, undated

Scope and Content Note

1 videoreel, 1/2 in. tape. Contents: 1. Undressing; 2. Cloth; 3. Draping; 4. MFA show; 5. Armwrestling (Morris). Numbered on label: "10."
Box 9, Item V23

Compilation, undated

Scope and Content Note

1 videoreel, 1/2 in. tape. 1. Waiting; 2. Sitting in chair (27 st.); 3. Christian & Ultra. Numbered on label: "12."
Box 10, Item V24

"Food Stuff," 1972

Scope and Content Note

1 videoreel, 1/2 in. tape. Contents: 1. sandwich; 2. apple; 3. lunch; 4. dinner; 5. eating a carrot (with face in the dark); 6. apple with flashlight vertical roll. Numbered on label: "13."
Box 10, Item V25

"All Good Tape," undated

Scope and Content Note

1 videoreel, 1/2 in. tape. Numbered on label: "14."
Box 10, Item V26

"use for audio & visual com?," undated

Scope and Content Note

1 videoreel, 1/2 in. tape. Numbered on label: "15."
Box 10, Item V27

"Wolf is Dead: performances and videotapes of Wolfgang Stoerchle," 1982

Scope and Content Note

1 videoreel, 1 in. tape. "Saturday, December 11, [1982], 8:00 pm, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum. Transfers made by Lentz/ Dunlap/ Erenburg 'Wolf is Dead." Title of exhibit. Also title of Requiem by Lentz"--label.
Box 10, Item V28

"William Wegman, John Baldessari," undated

Scope and Content Note

1 videoreel, 1/2 in. tape.
Box 10, Item V29

"Hot Dogs for Gaughin," undated

Scope and Content Note

1 videoreel, 1/2 in. tape.
Box 10, Item V30

"Bill Viola, Stuart Birnbaum, Lowell Darling, Nam June Paik," undated

Scope and Content Note

1 videoreel, 1/2 in. tape. Contents: 1. Bill Viola, Return; 2. Bill Viola, Information; 3. Stuart Birnbaum Depression; 4. Lowell Darling L.A. Acupuncture; 5. Nam June Paik Global Groove.