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Title El Techo de la Ballena Collection, 1940-1980 1960-1969.
Description 3.96 linear ft. (33 boxes)
Arrangement The collection is organized into three series: Series 1.El Techo de la Ballena; Series 2. Antecedents of El Techo de la Ballena; Series 3. Other documents (1949-1980). Series 1 has been arranged chronologically into four subseries that correspond to different periods of activity of the group.
Location Call Number Vol./Copy Status Information
 MoMA Offsite Special Collections Flat  Techo Box 1 (Shelved flat in range 105)  Techo Box 1 "para la restitucion del magma" Caupolican Ovalles.    AVAILABLE BY APPT
 MoMA Offsite Special Collections Flat  Techo Box 2 (Shelved flat in range 105)  Techo Box 2. Rayado Sobre el Techo no. 2.    AVAILABLE BY APPT
 MoMA Offsite Special Collections Flat  Techo Box 3 (Shelved flat in range 105)  Techo Box 3. Rayado Sobre el Techo no. 3.    AVAILABLE BY APPT
 MoMA Offsite Special Collections Flat  Techo Box 4 (Shelved flat in range 105)  Techo Box 4    AVAILABLE BY APPT
 MoMA Offsite Special Collections Flat  Techo Box 5 (Shelved flat in range 105)  Techo Box 5    AVAILABLE BY APPT
 MoMA Offsite Special Collections Flat  Techo Box 6 (Shelved flat in range 105)  Techo Box 6    AVAILABLE BY APPT
 MoMA Offsite Special Collections Flat  Techo Box 7 (Shelved flat in range 105)  Techo Box 7    AVAILABLE BY APPT
 MoMA Offsite Special Collections Flat  Techo Box 8 (Shelved flat in range 105)  Techo Box 8    AVAILABLE BY APPT
 MoMA Offsite Special Collections Flat  Techo Box 9 (Shelved flat in range 105)  Techo Box 9    AVAILABLE BY APPT
 MoMA Offsite Special Collections Flat  Techo Box 10 (Shelved flat in range 105)  Techo Box 10    AVAILABLE BY APPT

Note Finding aid prepared by Maria Carlota Pérez and Israel Ortega, 2013.
Access restrictions The collection is open for research by appointment.
Summary Research collection amassed in the 1990s by Ignacio Oberto documenting the actions of El Techo de la Ballena, a Venezuelan literary and artistic group active from 1961- 1969, and its members. The collection contains a variety of materials, including correspondence, exhibition catalogs, photographs, newspaper clippings, and postcards.
Source of acquisition MoMA: Donated by Valentina and Ignacio Oberto in Honor of Luis Perez-Oramas in 2012.
Biographical/historical note El Techo de la Ballena refers to a Venezuelan artistic and literary collective that was active from 1961 to 1969. Working and exhibiting experimentally within a wide range of artistic disciplines and mediums, the collective's work and activities ranged from exhibitions held in garages to international summits. They produced multimedia publications, poetry, prose, critical works, newspaper articles as well as a short film. Over sixty artists from Venezuela, Europe, North and South America, from varying artistic backgrounds, came together and contributed to the group's efforts. Writer Edmundo Aray (b.1936); writer - artist, and critic Juan Calzadilla (b.1930); artist Carlos Contramaestre (1933-1996); writer Mary Ferrero (?-2003); writer Adriano González León (1931-2008); artist Daniel González (b.1934); artist Fernándo Irazábal (b.1936);critic Rodolfo Izaguirre (b.1931); artist Gabriel Morera(b.1933); artist and writer Dámaso Ogaz (1926-2001); poet Caupolicán Ovalles (1936-2001); and poet Francisco Pérez (1936-2001) were among the group's most notable and committed members.
Issuing body Available online and in repository.
LC subject Techo de la Ballena (Literary group)
Techo de la Ballena (Literary group) -- Exhibitions.
Art, Venezuelan -- 20th century.
Art -- Venezuela -- Caracas -- Exhibitions.
Venezuelan literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Other subject Techo de la Ballena (Literary group)
Art.
Art, Venezuelan.
Venezuelan literature.
Venezuela -- Caracas.
1900 - 1999
Genre/Form Correspondence.
Exhibition Catalogs.
Photographs.
Clippings.
Postcards.
Manuscript (document genre)
Photocopies.
Screenplay.
Pamphlets.
Invitations.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Exhibition catalogs.
Other author Contramaestre, Carlos.
Ovalles, Caupolicán.
Morera, Gabriel, 1933-
Aray, Edmundo.
Calzadilla, Juan.
Ferrero, Mary.
González León, Adriano.
Gonzalez, Daniel.
Izaguirre, Rodolfo.
Ogaz, Dámaso.
Pérez Perdomo, Francisco, 1930-2013.
Oberto, Ignacio, former owner.
Perez, Maria Carlota.
Ortega, Israel.
Related corporate bodies Techo de la Ballena (Literary group)
WorldCat no. 878056708

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