Emil Antonucci graphic design papers
- Collection Overview
- Biographical Note
- Scope and Content of Collection
- Arrangement note
- Administrative Information
- Related Materials
- Keywords for Searching Related Subjects
- Collection Inventory
- I. Biographical
- II. Design projects
- III. Journeyman Press and The Hand Press
- IV. Original artwork
- V. Writings
- VI. Digital media, 1994-2004
Guide to the Emil Antonucci graphic design papers, 1950-2003
Kellen Design Archives
- Collection Identifier
- Creator - Designer
Emil Antonucci graphic design papers, 1950-2004, (Bulk, 1960-1980)
40 linear ft: 20 boxes, 7 oversized boxes
- Language of Materials note
Materials are in English.
Emil Antonucci (1929-2006) was a New York-based artist, graphic artist, book designer, illustrator, publisher, and teacher. This collection contains artwork and design project materials in a variety of mediums pertaining to his freelance design and artistic career. Dating from the 1950s through the 2000s, materials in the collection include original artwork; graphic design proofs and layouts; book and magazine interiors, illustrations, mechanicals, and Antonucci's writings. Included in this collection are items relating to the poetry of Robert Lax, whose poetry Antonucci published on his letterpresses, The Hand Press and Journeyman Press. Finally, a number of audio recordings of Antonucci's sound art and Lax's poetry readings are contained herein.
Preferred Citation note
[Identification of item], [date (if known)], Emil Antonucci graphic design papers, KA.0180.01, box __, folder __, New School Archives and Special Collections, The New School, New York, New York.
Emil Antonucci was born in 1929 in Brooklyn, New York to Italian immigrant parents. Upon graduating from The Cooper Union in 1950—where he was taught by artists, calligraphers, and designers Paul Standard, Philip Grushkin, and George Salter—Antonucci began working as a freelance illustrator and book designer for publishers such as Sheed & Ward, Charles Scribner’s Sons, and Harper & Brothers. Antonucci also contributed prominent graphics to public space throughout New York City, including neighborhood and district logos, information kiosks, maps, and other signage. His work, influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement typographer and printmaker Eric Gill, has been described as "soft modernism." Throughout his life, Antonucci explored a range of artistic mediums, from illustration to printmaking and publishing, as well as poetry, sound art, and filmmaking.
Antonucci won a Fulbright to study in Paris in 1955 while working as a freelance graphic designer, and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1958. He used funds from the latter of these awards to found the letterpress, The Hand Press. In 1959, Antonucci released The Circus of the Sun by the poet Robert Lax, with whom he had become friends through progressive Catholic circles and associations. Antonucci would go on to release a number of other Lax broadsides and chapbooks through The Hand Press and his subsequent venture, Journeyman Press. Antonucci also collaborated with Lax on several films.
Antonucci became firmly established as a freelance designer when he was commissioned to design the logo of the Four Seasons Hotel and restaurant in 1959, a design still in use as of 2016. He earned the commission through his close working relationship with the architect Philip Johnson (who did the interior design at the Four Seasons). He would go on to do design work on a number of Johnson's other architectural projects, including the New York State Pavilion--part of the 1964 New York World's Fair--and Bobst Library at New York University.
As a freelance designer, Antonucci contributed many logo, sign, and map designs to highly-visible institutions and neighborhoods throughout New York City. He also worked with corporate clients to design logos, catalogs, brochures, annual reports, and other publicity material. Among his notable clients were Lincoln Center, the Museum of Contemporary Craft (now the Museum of Arts and Design), the Times Square Business Improvement District, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Ford Foundation, Parsons School of Design, and the City of New York Charter Revision commission.
Throughout his life and career, Antonucci was a committed Catholic, and contributed art and design work to a number of progressive Catholic journals, magazines, parishes, and other institutions. Having provided illustrations to the journals Catholic Worker and Jubilee, in 1964 Antonucci began a long-term affiliation with Commonweal as an illustrator, cover designer, and, sometimes, writer. His designs are commonly held to have revitalized the aesthetic of the magazine. Some of Antonucci's other notable religious-centered work include interior design for St. Thomas of Canterbury church in Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY, and the Congregation Beth Torah synagogue in Brooklyn.
In the nineties, Antonucci collaborated on a number of illustrated children's books with his close friend, the writer Ruth V. Cullen. Many of these book projects were published by the Paulist Press.
In addition to his design work, Antonucci taught at Parsons School of Design from 1958-1967, and later rejoined the faculty in 1980, where he taught courses such as "Senior Portfolio" and "Junior Corporate Design." Though only a part-time lecturer, Antonucci was actively engaged in program and curriculum design.
Antonucci died in 2006 in Brooklyn, where he'd lived most of his life. He never married, and had no children, but was survived by his sister, Catherine Antonucci.
This biographical note, as well as other information in the finding aid, drew upon the following sources:
Steinfels, Peter. Remembering Emil Antonucci, Commonweal blog, April 16 2015, https://www.commonwealmagazine.org/blog/remembering-emil-antonucci-and-commonweal.
Zhuang, Justin. Design History 101: Quietly Beautiful Work by the Illustrator Who Drew the Four Seasons Logo.April 9 2015. https://eyeondesign.aiga.org/design-history-101-quietly-beautiful-work-by-illustrator-who-drew-four-seasons-logo/.
Scope and Content of Collection
This collection documents the life and career of graphic designer, artist, and publisher Emil Antonucci through a range of materials from the 1950s to the 2000s, including original artwork, corporate design layouts and sketches, book mechanicals, audio recordings and writings. The collection also includes Antonucci's designs for New York City public spaces, including neighborhood and district logos, information kiosks, maps, and other signage.
The first series is composed primarily of biographical material. This includes items related to Antonucci’s teaching at Parsons School of Design, including correspondence, notes, and drafts of curricula. Also found here are materials relating to Antonucci's close friend and collaborator Ruth Cullen, her husband Joe Sarnelle, and their children D'Arcy and Cullen, including correspondence, photographs, and Ruth's poetry. Note that the materials pertaining to the children's books written by Cullen and illustrated by Antonucci are found in the Original artwork series. Finally, a large cache of photographs of friends and family are included in this series.
The second series highlights Antonucci's graphic design career, including his work for New York City government and institutions, as well as for various corporate clients. As a book and magazine designer, he contributed covers and interiors to a variety of progressive Catholic publications, such as Commonweal and Church--cover and page layouts, as well as sample issues, are located in this series.
Antonucci ran two small presses throughout his life: The Hand Press and, later, Journeyman Press. The third series contains original artwork, mechanicals, and design project materials relating to these presses and their publications. Most of the material in this series is related to Journeyman, and the majority of these publications are broadsides and chapbooks by the poet Robert Lax. Also included are audio reel recordings of Lax reading some of the poems published by Journeyman.
Material relating to Antonucci’s career as a visual and sound artist can be found in the fourth series. The bulk of this series consists of visual art, primarily sketchbooks containing pencil, charcoal, and ink drawings, as well as a large cache of watercolors. Items documenting Antonucci's various book projects can also be found here, including original art and design for books of his own work, illustrated editions of classic texts, and children's books created and conceived both individually and with text by Ruth Cullen. This series also contains a number of audio reels containing sound art by Antonucci, although it is not clear at this time what exactly these recordings consist of.
The collection contains a small series of some of Antonucci’s writings, including drafts and notes for articles published in Catholic magazines and journals, poetry manuscripts and notebooks, and screenplays and stage plays.
Finally, while the material in the Digital media series has not been viewed by the archivist, based on an assessment of the floppy disk titles and disk images, it seems likely that this material largely supplements existing series and subseries within the collection. In particular, much of the Parsons and design project materials appears to be unique to the digital series.
Organized alphabetically in 6 series.
- Biographical, circa 1950s-circa 2000s
- Design projects, 1953-2003
- Journeyman Press and The Hand Press, 1956-1976
- Original artwork, 1964-1995
- Writings, 1950-1990
- Digital media and files, circa 1990s-before 2006
Kellen Design Archives - August 8, 2016
New York, NY, 10011
Preferred Citation note
[Identification of item], [date (if known)], Emil Antonucci graphic design papers, KA.0180.01, box __, folder __, New School Archives and Special Collections, The New School, New York, New York.
Files added to collection inventory from 2016 accretion. June 29, 2017
Collection is open for research use. Please contact email@example.com for appointment.
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated by the estate of Catherine Antonucci in 2013; additional materials donated by Vera Nyskoklon, a friend of Catherine Antonucci, in 2016.
Due to accretions throughout the processing of this collection, and the consolidation of floppy disks in the later stages of processing, there is currently no Box 17. This does not reflect any restrictions on material in the collection.
Keywords for Searching Related Subjects
I. Biographical circa 1950s-before 2006
This series contains items pertaining to Antonucci's personal life, as well as his teaching, from the 1950s until his death in 2006. Though primarily working as a freelance designer for most of his life and career, Antonucci also held several part-time positions at Parsons School of Design, even drafting ideas regarding program and curriculum design. The teaching materials included here reflect this engagement via correspondence, notes, and drafts of curricula.
Also included herein are materials documenting Antonucci's relationship with the family of couple Ruth Cullen and Joe Sarnelle. Ruth, Joe, and their children were close friends with Antonucci throughout his adult life. This series contains birthday and holiday cards, correspondence, wedding and birth announcements, and photographs of Ruth and Joe and their children, D'Arcy and Cullen. Some of Ruth's poetry and other writings can also be found here. In the nineties, Antonucci developed a working relationship with Ruth, and the two of them illustrated and wrote, respectively, a series of children's books published on the Paulist Press. Items relating to these books are found in the design projects series.
|Art by others, 1955-1990s
|Pope portraits, 1980s-1990s
|Prints, circa 1955
|Antonucci, Catherine, 1965-2012
Material relating to Antonucci's sister, including writings and 16mm film documenting her trip to Europe in 1965.
|Catherine Europe trip, 1965
|Cremation receipt, 2012
|Student writings, 1971-1976
Variety of recordings of Antonucci and friends, as well as several unidentified recordings, on magnetic reel-to-reel.
Able Charlie Baker Dance, circa 1950s-circa 1960s
|"Emil reads: Alcestis & Faust,"
According to label on original carton: Alcestis reading lasts 6 minutes, and Faust lasts for 8 minutes 13 seconds.
|Long John Oswald: Joestin interview, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
|Sandra Speaks, 1984
|Unidentified 1, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
|Unidentified 2, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
|Children's book thank you notes, circa 1970s-circa 1980s
Notes sent to Antonucci from school children thanking him for his book.
Contains correspondence (incoming and outgoing) between Antonucci and his sister, Catherine, and his father, among others.
|Curriculum vitaes and clippings, 1958-1999
Clippings include articles about or featuring Antonucci, in publications including Industrial Design, Mademoiselle, Architecutural Record, and Jubilee.
|Diplomas and certificates, 1943-1947
|"Film Intro Cassata,"
On DVD-R. Possibly a film by director Ryan Cassata.
|Fulbright Scholarship, 1955-1956
Contains materials relating to Antonucci's Fulbright Scholarhip in France in 1955-1956, including passports, visas, ship and train tickets, and other travel and residency documents.
|Guggenheim Fellowship, 1958
In 1958, Antonucci was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for $3,600 to study book design. With this grant money, Antonucci traveled to Paris for the year, and started The Hand Press.
|Letterhead, circa 1960s-circa 1980s
|Lettering font, circa 1960s-circa 1980s
|Photographs and slides, 1962-1990s
Includes a variety of images of Antonucci, friends and family, and vacation photos. Also included are photos of the poet Robert Lax in Greece.
|Church lecture, 1986
|Emil Antonucci paintings, 1962
|Emil at work, circa 1960s
|Emil kitchen, circa 1970s-circa 1980s
|Emil and Nicola in subway, circa 1970s-circa 1980s
|Friends and family, circa 1960s-circa 1990s
The Cullen-Sarnelle family, including Ruth, Joe, and their children Cullen and D'Arcy, make up the majority of these photographs and slides.
|Hand and drapery, circa 1960s-circa 1990s
|Louvre, Elgin Marbles, Athens, circa 1971
|Met sculptures, circa 1960s-circa 1990s
|Portraits of Emil Antonucci, 1940s-1990s
|Restaurant, circa 1970s-circa 1980s
|Robert Lax, 1971
Photographs of Antonucci and Robert Lax taken during Antonucci's visit to Lax's home on the Greek island of Patmos.
Contains materials relating to Antonucci's friend Nicola. The exact contents of this film has yet to be identified, however. For further references to Nicola, see Antonucci's letters to his sister, Catherine, found in Correspondence.
One magentic reel-to-reel audio tape. Contents unidentified.
|Christmas card, 1960s-1970s
Two reels of 16mm film. Contents of film are unidentified.
|Parsons School of Design, 1963-2003
Materials documenting Antonucci's teaching at Parsons, first in the 1960s and resuming in the 1990s. Includes correspondence, curriculum development materials, and photographs of student exhibitions held as part of his design courses.
Contains official and personal correspondence, notes, and curricular design material regarding fine arts programming at Parsons School of Design. Include are two letters drafted by Antonucci regarding changes to the Parsons curriculum in the 1960s, particularly his opposition to the establishment of a degree program.
|Advanced Graphic Design Seminar syllabus, 1980s
|Slides and photographs, 1962-1994
|Corporate Design, 1993-1995
|Parsons IBM Exhibit, 1962-1963
|Personal ephemera, 1962-1983
Contains three passports from different decades and two tickets to the 1973 Stanley Cup Playoff game held at Madison Square Garden.
|Personal website design, 2000s
|Ruth Cullen and Joe Sarnelle family, circa 1970s-circa 1990s
Antonucci was close friends of the Cullen-Sarnelle family, and these items document this relationship. Included are wedding and birth announcements, correspondence between Antonnucci and Joe and the children, D'Arcy and Cullen, Ruth's writings (primarily poetry), and photographs of the family. There are additional photographs of the family, with additional family and friends of Antonucci, in the "Friends and family" folder in the Photography subseries of the Biographical series.
|Cullen and D'Arcy art, circa 1980s-circa 1990s
|D'Arcy birth announcement, 1986
Announcement card designed by Emil Antonucci.
Includes correspondence and cards from both Joe Sarnelle and he and Ruth Cullen's children.
|Cullen birth announcement, 1983
Announcement card designed by Emil Antonucci.
|Name designs, 1980s-1990s
|Ruth Cullen writings, circa 1997
|Wedding announcement, 1970s
Announcement card designed by Emil Antonucci.
|Woodworking tools and catalogue, before 2006
Manufactured and sold by Edward C. Muller, New York.
II. Design projects 1953-2003
This series includes material from the broad scope of Antonucci's professional design career. Antonucci worked as a freelance designer throughout the entirety of his life and career, focusing primarily on corporate, not-for-profit organization, book, and magazine design. The bulk of the series is divided into corporate design, on the one hand, and book and magazine design, on the other.
Antonucci's corporate and not-for-profit design clients consisted primarily of organizations based in the New York City metropolitan area. Among the clients documented here include the Four Seasons hotel, the New York State Pavilion, Parsons School of Design, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center. Also found in this section are Antonucci's designs for the City of New York, including neighborhood and district logos, information kiosks, maps, and other signage.
Of additional note amongst these materials is Antonucci's work with the Mead paper company's Mead Library of Ideas, located in the Pan Am Building (now MetLife Building) in midtown Manhattan, for whom he designed catalogs, but which also featured an exhibition and catalog featuring Antonucci's work.
Book and magazine design clients were primarily progressive Catholic magazines and publishers. Antonucci provided cover and interior design, as well as illustrations, to such magazines as Commonweal and Church, as well as numerous parish publications. Among the secular publications he did work for were the New York Times Book Review and Fortune magazine.
Also of note in this series are Antonucci's building and interior design work for both St. Thomas of Canterbury church in Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY, and the Congregation Beth Tora synagogue in Brooklyn.
|General, circa 1960s-circa 1980s
|Adrian Murphy Christmas card, circa 1960s-1970s
|Book and magazine, 1953-2003
The Advent of God, 1970
Cover design and interior illustrations by Antonucci. Written by Johannes Baptist Metz, published by Newman Press.
|Biblical book illustrations and covers, circa 1950s-circa 1960s
Big or Small, Parish is Still Possible, 1987
|A Clutch of Fables, by Teo Savory, 1976
Published by Unicorn Press. Features nine interior illustrations by Antonucci, with an inscription by the author.
Columban Mission magazine, 1989
Antonucci joined Commonweal as a designer and illustrator in 1964, quickly transforming the aesthetic of the magazine, as well as its name, from The Commonweal to simply Commonweal. Another major redesign of the magazine followed in 1987. The materials in this section document Antonucci's major contribution to the magazine, and include various cover and interior illustrations, portrait drawings developed to illustrate articles, photographs of the staff, and individual issues.
|Christmas illustrations, undated
|Covers and interior illustrations, 1990-1998
|Portrait drawings and illustrations, circa 1960s-circa 1990s
|Staff photographs and illustrations, 1994
|Cover and page design samples, circa 1960s-1990s
Follow Me, 1997-2000
Hear Me, 1964
The Holy Land, 1966
Cover and interior illustrations by Antonucci. Text by Par Lagerkvist. Published by Random House.
|Jackets, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
|Introduction to orchestra book mechanicals, circa 1960s-1990s
Milton Avery, 1960
Book designed by Antonucci. Text by Adelyn Breeskin. Published by the American Federation of Arts.
|Mock covers, circa 1960s-1990s
Mock book covers using photographs by Joe Sarnelle.
New York Times Book Review, 2003
The Nose comic, 1994-1996
Opera News, 1964-1974
|Pax 17 broadside, circa 1960s-1990s
|Paulist Press, 1975-1989
Antonucci provided book design, cover design, and cover and interior illustrations for Paulist Press. Titles include The Tree that Survived the Winter (1989) by Mary Fahy, Arts and Crafts for Children (1978) by Marge Tuthill, Summer Savory (1977) by Mary Louise Tietjen, and A Lenten Pilgrimage (1983), as well as others.
Priesthood in the Modern World, 1999
S Rozhdestvom Khristoym, 1953
|Sheed and Ward publishers covers, circa 1960s-1980s
Stuck on the Presidents, 1997
The Two Deaths of Quincas Wateryell, 1965
Illustrations by Antonucci. Text by Jorge Amado. Published by Knopf.
Antonucci worked as the design director for Visions, the newsletter of the University Settlement in New York's Lower East Side.
|Congregation Beth Torah synagogue, 1969
Photographs of exterior and interior design work on the Congregation Beth Torah synagogue in the Midwood neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Richard Foster was the architect of the building.
|Corporate and not-for-profit organization clients, 1959-2000
|General, 1959-circa 2000s
|Achievement in Rheumatoid Arthritis, 1960s
|American Civil Liberties Union Children's Rights Project, 1993
|American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, 1991-1992
|Artists-Craftsmen of New York Annual Exhibition poster, circa 1960s-1970s
|Carnegie Hall, 1980-1981
|Center for Family Life in Sunset Park, 1970s-1980s
|Charles Revson Foundation, circa 1990
|CLR Associates, 1999
|Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, 1982
Report entitled Overcrowded Time: Why Prisons are so Crowded and What Can be Done.
|Ford Foundation, 1973-1984
|Four Seasons, circa 1959
These are Antonucci's most well-known logo designs. He acquired the job through his association with architect Philip Johnson in 1959, who did the hotel's interior design. In addition to the logo, Antonucci designed letterhead, business cards, and stationery, as well as the menu for the hotel restaurant, The Grill Room.
|Great Southwest Industries Corp., 1980-1981
|Greenwich Village logo and information kiosk, 1962
|Human Factors Design and Research, Inc., 1960s
|International Education Development, Inc., 1970s
|Lincoln Center, 1983
|Markle Foundation, 1987
|Marianist Family Retreat Center, 1996
|Mead Library of Ideas, 1969-1972
A museum sponsored by the Mead Paper Company, Antonucci designed catalogues, magazines, and other publicity materials for the Library of Ideas. In 1969, the Library held an exhibition of Antonucci's design work, illustrations, and sculptures, and also devoted an issue of their magazine, Anthos, to the event.
|15th International Annual Report Exhibit catalog, 1971
|16th International Annual Report Exhibit catalog and poster, 1972
Anthos 1, 1960s
|Emil Antonucci exhibition matrials, circa 1969
Contains invitation card for exhibit as well as a copy of Anthos 4: The Art of Emil Antonucci, an issue of the publication dedicated to Antonucci's art released in conjunction with the exhibition.
|Mother Seton Academy
|Museum of Contemporary Craft, 1966-1977
Now called the Museum of Arts and Design, the MCC was (and remains) located at Columbus Circle in Manhattan. These materials document Antonucci's design work for the museum, which includes flyers, posters, exhibition catalogs and magazines. Also included is an audio reel released by the Museum of musical compositions, the insert of which was designed by Antonucci.
|National Pastoral Life Center, 1970s-1980s
|New England Merchants National Bank, 1961
|New York City Charter Revision Commission, circa 1988
|Brochures, circa 1988
|Photographs by Joe Sarnelle, circa 1988
|General, circa 1988
|City Hall, circa 1988
|World Trade Center, circa 1988
|New York State Pavilion, circa 1964
Logo design work done for the New York State Pavilion, site of the 1964 New York World's Fair. Designed by Philip Johnson and Lev Zetlin, the Pavilion is located in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Flushing, Queens, New York.
|New York University, 1962-1984
|Elmer Holmes Bobst Library logo design, circa 1973
|Program in Educational Theatre brochure, circa 1980s
|Tisch Hall, circa 1970s-circa 1980s
|NVR, circa 1960s-circa 1980s
|OGNCR pastor advertisement, circa 1990s-circa 2000s
|Omni Group, 1982
|Parsons School of Design, circa 1970s-circa 1990s
Lettering, graphics, and logo design.
|Regis High School, 1981-1982
|Richard Foster: Architect, circa 1969
A promotional pamphlet possibly designed by Antonucci. Many of the interior design projects completed by Richard Foster, and advertised in the pamphlet, are projects on which Antonucci also did logo and interior and graphic design work, including the New York State Pavilion (1964) and the Beth Torah Synagogue (1969). Foster frequently collaborated with Philip Johnson, who hired Antonucci to do architectural graphics on many of his own projects.
|St. Peter's Preparatory School Annual Report, 1982
|Times Square Business Improvement District, circa 1993
|Union Square Business Improvement District, 1993
|Weisberg Castro Associates, circa 1960s-1990s
|The Whelan Group, circa 1960s-1990s
|William T. Grant Foundation, 1980-1987
|Women's City Club of New York, 1960s
|Menus, circa 1950s-circa 1970s
Includes menus designed for New Port Alba Ristorante, The Patio Cafe, and Pierre au Tunnel.
|General, circa 1960s-before 2006
|Art samples, 1996-2001
|Philip Johnson's Glass House map, circa 1950s-circa 1960s
|St. Thomas of Canterbury, circa 1969
Antonucci worked as a design consultant during the construction of this church in Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY.
|Typographic Innovations Inc., 1970s-1990s
These items document Antonucci's photography business venture with photographer Patricia Agee.
|Wedding announcements, 1993
|Gretchen Dykstra and Nathan Leventhal, 1993
|Stemfels wedding announcement, circa 1960s-1990s
III. Journeyman Press and The Hand Press 1956-1976
In 1959, with money from a Guggenheim grant, Antonucci began his own letter press, which he called The Hand Press. In 1968, Antonucci began a second small press, Journeyman Press. Journeyman was a more wide-ranging and active press, focusing largely on the work of poet Robert Lax--the press ultimately expanded to included film production, as well. In a promotional pamphlet, Antonucci describes Journeyman Press as "a non-profit publisher devoted to producing books and films of poetry in imaginative visual form. All the productions are designed with images by Emil Antonucci." Original artwork, mechanicals, and design project materials relating to the presses and their publications are contained in this series. Most of the materials in this series are related to Journeyman. Both of these presses were traditional small presses, hand made and with limited print runs. Among various other projects by other writers is included printed copies of Antonucci's own play, "Alcestis," which he also illustrated.
The majority of the publications by Journeyman are broadsides and chapbooks by the Robert Lax, whom Antonucci had met through their mutual involvement with progressive Catholic organizations and publications. This series contains the mechanicals and artwork for these books. Also included are audio reel recordings of Lax reading some of the poems published by Journeyman. One chapbook, "Sea Poem" from 1966, bears the imprint of Wild Hawthorn Press, but has been included here due to its similarity to the other Lax-Antonucci collaborations.
|"Alcestis: A Short Play for Reading,"
written and illustrated by Emil Antonucci, 1963
|Blake, William, 1964-1970
|"The Mental Traveller." Journeyman, circa 1970
William Blake: The Book of Ahania. The Hand Press, 1964
Selections from the Prophetic Book of Jerusalem. Journeyman, 1962
|Bookmaking supplies and material, 1971-1972
Contains order forms and invoices from Sabine printers relating to the supplies used in production of Journeyman Press books.
|Copyright, tax material and catalogs, 1972
Contains tax and copyright application materials, including correspondence between Antonucci and the Library of Congress Copyright Office regarding their decision not to award copyright to Robert Lax's, "Another Red Red Blue Poem," claiming that "The arrangement of red and blue blocks contains no features, either alone or in combination, that can be considered 'works of art' within the meaning of the copyright law." Folder contains three copies of the 1971-1972 catalog, two wrapped in their original plastic.
|Design sketches for Journeyman Press, 1960s-1970s
|Earth Day poster. Journeyman, 1970
Excerpts from Balzac, 1960s
Film Classics. Journeyman, 1976
"I Come and You Go."
The Gods, 1974
Cover of a book with text by Robert Kachnowski and illustrations and design by Antonucci.
Amorgos. Journeyman, 1976
|Lax, Robert, 1956-1971
All books, chapbooks, and broadsides published by Journeyman Press, with the exception of The Juggler, which was published by The Hand Press.
|"3 or 4 Poems about the Sea," circa 1970
|"Alley Violinist," circa 1970
|Audio recordings, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
|"Beyond the Arcs"
"Beyond the Arcs," is read by Lax; "A Series," is read by Lax and Anne Lonnberg. Recorded May 27, although year is unknown.
|"Black & White,"
Written on original cardboard box: 7 1/2 IPS; Full track stereo; 2 tr[ack] stereo; time: 10:00.
|"Circus of the Sun,"
circa 1950s-circa 1970s
Fables, circa 1950s-circa 1970s
circa 1950s-circa 1970s
|Lax-Lonnberg poems, circa 1960s-1970s
Presumably recordings of poems by Robert Lax and Ann Lonnberg. Recorded May 27, exact date unknown.
|"Sea & Sky,"
Poem by Robert Lax, read by Ric Zank.
|"The Angel and the Little Old Lady,"
|"Another Red Red Blue Poem,"
|"Black & White,"
Contains copies of the following Robert Lax chapbooks: Mostly Blue, Thought, New Poems, Red Blue, Journeyman magazine numbers 1, 2, and 5 (a numberd chapbook-magazine series distinct from other publications by the press), Fables, and the master of Color Poems.
Circus Black, Circus White, 1974
The Circus of the Sun, 1959
|"An Evening at Webster Hall,"
A Guide for the Perplexed, 1970
The Hand Press, 1956
|Lax book advertisement poster, circa 1970
A Moment, circa 1970
More Black and White, 1974
Mostly Blue, circa 1970
Red Circle, 1971
While similar in style and substance to the other Lax-Antonucci collaborations, this chapbook bears the imprint of Wild Hawthorn Press.
Three Poems, 1969
Used to illustrate Robert Lax's Journeyman books.
Occasions. Journeyman, 1960
Pre-Socratic Philosophers. Journeyman, circa 1970
For publication on Journeyman Press.
|"Prometheus Bound," 1961
Chapbook featuring a poem and illustrations by Antonucci, published by The Hand Press.
Tel quel. The Hand Press, 1958
The Aenied, 1962
IV. Original artwork 1964-1995
This series contains materials related to Antonucci's work as a visual and sound artist.
The bulk of this series consists of visual art in a variety of mediums. This includes numerous sketchbooks containing pencil, charcoal, and ink drawings, watercolors, portraits, and what he called "spot drawings."
His personal book projects--those not commissioned or for a freelance client--are also included in this series. Among these are children's books written and illustrated by Antonucci, such as Bubu's Bed, Wow, What a Terrific Movie, and Samantha and the Monster. In addition to these books, Antonucci began, in the nineties, illustrating children's books written by his friend Ruth Cullen, many of which were published by Paulist Press. The original artwork, proofs, and other materials relating to these books are found here.
Also included are Antonucci's art book projects that are primarily visual. Many of these appear to be collections of his art, while some are illustrations of classic texts such as Dante's Inferno and the writings of St. Francis of Assissi.
Finally, this series contains a number of audio reels containing sound art by Antonucci.
|Artist's books, 1964-circa 1970s
The Inferno, circa 1950s-circa 1980s
Faces, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
|Line faces, circa 1971
A series of line face drawings and sketches. Also included are page samples from Antonucci's illustrations of the 1971 first edition of John Gardner's Grendel.
Looking into Flaxman's Homer, circa 1960s-1970s
|Untitled, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
The Writings of Francis Assissi book design, cover and interiors, circa 1950s-circa 1970s
|Audio, 1960s-circa 1970s
The City Time Quickly, circa 1950s-circa 1970s
|"Collage Film Music,"
circa 1960s-circa 1970s
|Tape music, circa 1960s-circa 1970s [4 reels]
Contains audio of Antonucci's music, readings by Robert Lax, and "Marseille."
|"Violent Color Poems/Black & White,"
|Birthday, holiday and calling cards, circa 1960s-circa 1990s
|Children's books, circa 1960s-1994
Bubu's Bed, circa 1960s-circa 1990s
The Do-It-Yourself Calendar, circa 1980s-circa 1990s
Samantha and the Monster concept art and story, 1972-1974
Wow, What a Terrific Movie concept art, circa 1970s-circa 1990s
|Cullen, Ruth V., 1990-1994
|Agent query portfolio, 1993
Angels All Around Me, 1994
Georgia and Me, 1993
Grandma's Teapot Collection , 1990s
I'm Your Puppy, 1990s
Let Me Be Myself, 1990s
My Letter from Grandma, 1993
Sometimes You Just have to Tell Somebody, 1992
The Wreath Maker, 1990
|Drawings, circa 1960s-circa 1990s
|General, circa 1960s-circa 1990s
|I Ching sculpture, 1960s-1970s
Conceptual drawings and a small metal sculpture of Hexagram 38 of the I Ching. From wikipedia: "Hexagram 38 is named 睽 (kuí), Polarising. Other variations include opposition and perversion. Its inner trigram is ☱ (兌 duì) open = (澤) swamp, and its outer trigram is ☲ (離 lí) radiance = (火) fire."
|Portraits, circa 1980s-circa 1990s
|Sketchbooks, circa 1960s-circa 1990s
Sketchbooks consist largely of Antonucci's studies of the human figure, in a variety of mediums--pen and ink, pencil, charcoal, and watercolor. Many of these sketches were early versions of designs used in his later book design and illustrations. Also included among the sketchbooks are various prints produced by Antonucci for more professional functions, such as business cards, telephone cards, and holiday cards. Other materials include notes on Journeyman and Hand Press publications.
Many of the drawings are examples of the line drawings used by Antonucci in his illustrated first edition of John Gardner's Grendel (1971).
|Spot drawings, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
|Sticker design, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
|Sunday Salon invitation, 1978
Invitation to a salon series for artists and writers, organized by Antonucci and others.
|Winnie the Pooh sketches, circa 1970s-circa 1990s
V. Writings 1950-1990
This series contains Antonucci's writing projects. From the fifties through the nineties, he wrote in a variety of genres and modes, including poetry, essays, screenplays, and one-act plays. While Antonucci's poetry remains unpublished, his essays on art and religion appeared in Commonweal and other progressive Catholic publications.
|General, circa 1950s-1990s
|"Are Toys for Us?"
Article published in Commonweal. Includes notes and early drafts of the article.
Golden Gate, circa 1960s-1980s
|"The Laity and the Life of Faith,"
|Lecture notes, circa 1970s-circa 1990s
|Mass-Media Education System, 1950s-1960s
|"Miscellaneous Quotes and Findings,"
A packet of typed and handwritten quotations and book passages.
|"Notes for Christophers on Religious Art,"
|Notebooks, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
Six notebooks containing essay, story, film, art, and poetry drafts, sketches, and ideas.
|"Nudes by Stephen Dwoskin,"
circa 1950s-circa 1960s
|Parsons School of Design commencement speech, 1969
|Paradigms Project, 1950s-1960s
Antonucci's design and plan for a comprehensive educational workshop series.
|General, circa 1950s-1970s
Getting What You Want, 1950s-1960s [4 folders]
|"Poems from Old Brown Bear"
, circa 1950
|Screenplays, circa 1950s-1960s
|"Seeing is Believing,"
|"Some Thoughts on Religious Art: The Future is Not the Enemy,"
Notes, typescript draft, and a final version of the article published in Visions Gallery newsletter, Winter/Spring 1995 issue.
Totem synopsis, circa 1960s-circa 1980s
Page-long synopsis of an illustrated children's book about a shaman.
VI. Digital media, 1994-2004
This series consists of 574 floppy disks containing files created by Antonucci, primarily using Adobe Illustrator. Available to researchers, upon request, as PDF files,* the files include correspondence, Parsons teaching documents, original art, artist's books, poetry by Antonucci, corporate and book design projects, and business invoices. This material supplements existing series and subseries within the collection. An index of file titles comprising the digital media may be viewed in Google docs here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Bll4OHvcHyTybQFZoMIuZz43IN0MpA54fNWAxzG5d70/pub
Among the artist book design projects are illustrations and book layouts for illustrated editions of The Odyssey, Blake's Proverbs of Hell, Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra and King Lear, Dante's Inferno, a collection of Ancient Greek myths, illustrations of Blake poems, P.G. Whodehouse's British Slang artwork for Antonucci's children's book, The Wreathmaker, and a book of original poetry by Antonucci with illustrations entitled Alcestes. These projects are not represented elsewhere in the collection. Material relating to Antonucci's comic book The Nose, Blake's The Mental Traveller supplement material from these projects found elsewhere in the collection.
Corporate and non-profit (both secular and religious) design projects represented here include logos, letterheads, newsletter covers and interiors, posters, flyers, and brochures for clients such as: Parsons School of Design; the UN Children’s Rights Campaign; White Plains Hospital Center; National Pastoral Life Center; Mercy College; Hastings Center; Enterprise Corporation of the Delta; Women’s Lens; St. Aloysius Church; The Friars of the Atonement; Robert Malone; AFL-CIO Local 144; St. Luke’s LifeWorks; North American Forum for Small Christian Communities; Hastings; Center for Family Life in Sunset Park; National Medical Foundation; Geoffrey Knox, Communication Consultant; Public Discipleship Project; Follow Me Social Ministry; and the Catholic Medical Mission Board. These supplement material from these clients found elsewhere in the collection.
Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, Antonucci began doing design work for a number of Catholic high schools. Included here is design material relating to projects for Chaminade-Julienne; Kennedy School; Mother Seton Academy; Precious Blood; Catholic School; Pace Academy.
Unique book cover and interior design material is also included herein for titles such as: Promise of Obedience; Story as a Way of Knowing; Quicker, Better, Cheaper: Managing Performance in American Government; We All Have a Share: A Catholic Vision of Prosperity through Productivity; Veerni Means Strong Woman; The Human Condition; Make that Spare: A Guide to Better Bowling; a wide variety of Knopf fiction titles, including William H. Gass’s The Tunnel and Salman Rushdie’s East, West; Empowerment Zones/Enterprise Communities; Spirituality in Transition; and Design Connections.
Also found here are the magazine cover and interior design for Church, Commonweal, Dissent, and the New York Times Book Review. Other design projects for these magazines can be found elsewhere in the collection; however, the items in this series are unique.
Also found here is material pertaining to Antonucci's teaching at Parsons School of Design, including his teaching resume/curriculum vitae, and syllabi and assignments for the courses Editorial Design; Corporate Image; Senior Portfolio Development; Logo Design; and Design for Communication. These supplement material from these clients found elsewhere in the collection.
Much of this series consists of business invoices sent from Antonucci to clients such as the National Pastoral Life Center, Partners in Healing, Children’s Rights Campaign, Rockefeller Institute; Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; Paulist press; New York Academy of Medicine; F.B. Heron foundation; Persimmon Magazine; Xavier; Marianist academy; and FRIENDS. While materials relating to design projects for these clients are found elsewhere, the invoices and bills are unique to this series.
Cover and interior designs for poetry books by Ruth Cullen are also found herein, as well as Antonucci's personal business designs (his own letterhead, business cards, and website logo), as well as business correspondence. These items supplement similar material found elsewhere in the collection.
*The files on 32 three-and-a-half inch floppy disks and 2 zip disks could not be transferred for technical reasons--these files are not accessible at this time.
Collection Guide Last Updated: 06/29/2017