Monday, October 1, 2018

Researching Pop Artist Red Grooms at NYPL

In 2004 when the family visited Nashville to see the country music attractions we also stopped by to visit the Frist Art Museum where we saw an exhibit of the works of Red Grooms.  A few weeks ago I saw one or two of his paintings at MOMA in Manhattan.  Since I am now retired and have more time I decided to do some research on him at the Art and Architecture Division of NYPL.

I located three items in the library's online catalog and submitted call slips at their reference desk.  One must have the patience of a saint to use NYPL as it took 1 hour for me to retrieve the materials I requested.  I understand that there are miles and miles of stacks, but a 1-hour wait is quite excessive. I am guessing that they cut their help.  I found out that materials can be requested in advance.  I will obviously do that the next time I use that division.

All of the items were exhibition catalogs, but one had significant textual material that gave biographical information about Grooms who was born in 1937 and is still living.  He was born in Nashville but later moved to NYC.  Many of his works were multimedia including the one of  Fats Domino seen above.

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