Scope and Content
Title: Gianfranco Mantegna Papers
Date (inclusive): 1959-1975
3.7 linear feet
Abstract: Gianfranco Mantegna (1939-2001) was an Italian-born photographer who was a member
of the Living Theatre from 1965 to 1969. His Papers contain photographs of Living Theatre productions
and correspondence, posters, programs, and promotional materials relating to the Living Theatre.
Physical location: Researchers should contact Special Collections to request collections, as
many are stored offsite.
University of California, Davis. General Library. Department of
Davis, California 95616-5292
Collection number: D-191
Language of Material: Collection materials in English.
Gianfranco Mantegna (1939-2001) started his career as a photojournalist in Rome. From 1965 to 1969, he
was a member of the Living Theater, after meeting the group in Italy. He wrote
We, the Living
(1970), a photographic essay. Mantegna settled in New York in the early 1970s. In
1990 he curated the U.S. participation in two Italian video festivals, "Taormina Arte Video" and
Source: Gianfranco Mantegna Obituary in
Art in America. Westport, CT: F.F. Sherman, March
Scope and Content
Contains photographs, negatives, slides, and contact sheets of the Living Theatre productions as well as
correspondence, posters, programs, and promotional materials relating to the Living Theatre.
Arrangement of the Collection
The Papers are arranged into five series: 1. Manuscripts, 2. Correspondence, 3. Printed Materials, 4.
Ephemera, and 5. Photographic Materials.
D-138 Spicer, James and Morris Ploscowe. Collection
D-146 Gibson, Robin and Luis Viega. Collection
D-187 Living Theatre Archives
D-189 Bissinger, Karl. Papers
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online
public access catalog.
Malina, Judith, 1926-
Beck, Julian, 1925-1985
Living Theatre (New York, N.Y.)
Collection is open for research.
Acquired through a combination of purchases and donations from Gianfranco Mantegna in 1979, 1981, and
Sara Gunasekara processed these papers and created and encoded this finding aid.
[Identification of item], Gianfranco Mantegna Papers, D-191, Department of Special Collections, General
Library, University of California, Davis.
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