Scope and Content
Title: The Gronk Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1969-2007
Collection number: 95
Creator: Gronk 1954 -
10 linear feet
University of California, Los Angeles. Library.
Chicano Studies Research Center, UCLA
Los Angeles, California 90095-1490
Abstract: The Gronk Papers include a diverse range of
materials that span the entirety of Gronk's career, from approximately
1969 to 2007. These include materials related to his work with ASCO, his
collaborative works and correspondence with artist Jerry Dreva,
documentation of the artist's exhibitions, photographic materials
(slides, transparencies and prints), thousands of original drawings and
watercolors (both loose and in sketchbooks), materials related to his
production designs for theater, correspondence and mail art, press
clippings and realia and artwork collected by the artist.
Physical location: Currently housed at the UCLA CSRC
Library and Archive, in the future the collection will be stored off
site at the UCLA SRLF
Language of Material: Collection materials in English
Access is available by appointment for UCLA student and faculty
researchers as well as independent researchers. To view the collection
or any part of it, please contact the archivist at
firstname.lastname@example.org or the librarian at email@example.com
Collection is open for research.
Copyright has not been assigned to the UCLA Chicano Studies Research
Center. All requests for permission to publish must be submitted in
writing to the Chicano Studies Research Center Library. Permission for
publication is given on behalf of the UCLA Chicano Studies Research
Center as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include
or imply permission from the copyright holder, which must also be
[Identification of item], The Gronk Papers, 95, Chicano Studies
Research Center, UCLA, University of California, Los Angeles.
Deed of gift from Gronk on file with the CSRC Archive office.
Born in Los Angeles in 1954, Gronk began his artistic career at a
young age by organizing performance pieces with a group of collaborators
that included Robert Legorreta "Cyclona" and Mundo Meza. In the early
1970s, he co-founded the art collective Asco, along with Harry Gamboa
Jr., Willie Herrón and Patssi Valdez. Through their public,
guerilla art interventions and conceptual practices like "No Movies,"
the group constituted a unique tendency within the Chicano art movement,
while it also actively engaged prevalent avant-garde movements. During
his tenure with Asco, Gronk also developed his career as an individual
artist working in a diverse range of media: murals, canvas painting,
drawing, live performance, mail art, printmaking and photography. By
1985, Gronk had secured representation with the Daniel Saxon Gallery and
embarked upon a successful career as an exhibiting artist. He quickly
became one of the most prominent Chicano painters in the United States,
and was featured in many of the major exhibitions featuring Latino
and/or Hispanic art over the course of the next two decades. Throughout
his career, however, Gronk has remained a uniquely multi-faceted artist,
and has recently completed large-scale installation paintings,
critically acclaimed set designs for theater and opera productions, and
a digital animation short.
Scope and Content
The Gronk Papers include a diverse range of materials that span the
entirety of Gronk's career, from approximately 1969 to 2007. These
include materials related to his work with Asco, his collaborative works
and correspondence with artist Jerry Dreva, documentation of the
artist's exhibitions, photographic materials (slides, transparencies and
prints), thousands of original drawings and watercolors (both loose and
in sketchbooks), materials related to his production designs for
theater, correspondence and mail art, press clippings and realia and
artwork collected by the artist.
The collection is organized into the following series:
- Series 1. Sketches, sketchbooks, diaries
- Series 2. Photographs and photographic materials
- Series 3. Paintings, crayon, pastel and other media
- Series 4. Ephemera / Realia
- Series 5. Three dimensional objects
- Series 6. Collage / Montage
- Series 7. Correspondence
- Series 8. Printed Material
- Series 9. Clippings
- Series 10. Audio Materials
The following terms have been used to index the description of this
collection in the library's online public access catalog.
asco (group of artists)
Harry Gamboa Jr.