- Series 10: Donald Lokuta Photographs
Series 10: Donald Lokuta Photographs
1.0 linear feet
This collection is stored at Firestone Library.
Requests will be delivered to Manuscripts Division, RBSC Reading Room
Collection Creator: Segal, George, 1924-2000..
Extent: 1.0 linear feet
The collection is open for research.
This series contains photographic prints by Donald Lokuta of George Segal,
the Segal studio and galleries, casting sessions, and major installations of
Donald Lokuta was a professor of Photography at Kean University when he met
George Segal through one of his students during a studio visit in 1984.
Lokuta, so interested to meet the sculptor whose work he had admired during
the pursuit of his Doctorate in Education at Ohio State University, would go
on to spend the next sixteen years as a close family friend, fellow
photographer, and studio assistant to the sculptor. This long and intimate
friendship was owed in part, and most certainly at the beginning, to a
mutual interest in photography. As a result, Lokuta was afforded the
opportunity of photographing George Segal and his work from their meeting in
1984 until after the artist's death in 2000.
A majority of the prints in this series are the direct result of the fact
that Lokuta, soon after meeting the artist, made a spontaneous offer during
a photography session to assist Segal in the casting of one of his
sculptures. Segal accepted his offer and Lokuta went on to assist him until
he fell ill. Lokuta was present at dozens of casting sessions from 1984 to
1999. The prints in the Casting Sessions files
document these fifteen years worth of sculpting and are the most complete
and consistent record of Segal's hallmark method ever recorded. Photographs
of sculptures being created include Street
Crossing, Guinness Gold, Parking Garage, The Red
Scaffold and Bus Passengers.
Lokuta was also keenly interested in the artist's installations. Segal
considered the display of his artwork and sculpture in Rooms 2-9 of his ten
room coop as gallery installations, carefully arranged by Segal himself and
varying for whatever creative reasons Segal was inclined toward. These
photographs document these installations over a span of eight years from
1992 to 2000. Additionally, Lokuta documented the studio (Room 1), the
galleries (Rooms 2-9), and storage (Room 10) immediately preceding and
following the artist's death on June 9, 2000. These photographs capture
unfinished works in progress and the final installations by the artist in
Beyond the intimate, candid, and near constant access to Segal's studio and
galleries, Lokuta was also present during important events. Documented in
this series is a photographic record of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Memorial in Washington, D.C, from plaster casting sessions (including his
own), bronze casting at the foundry, and finally installation and
dedication. Initially commissioned in 1977, the project was delayed until
1991, at which time Segal was called upon for the sculptures he had agreed
to produce some thirteen years earlier. They were Depression Breadline, Fireside
Chat, and Appalachian Farm Couple 1936,
and Lokuta's photographs include the models (including Miles Forst, Martin
Friedman, Donald Lokuta, Julie Martin, Billy Klüver, George Segal). Other
models for the sculptures include Helen Segal, Leon Bibel and Daniel
Also present in the series is the last photography session that photographer
Hans Namuth ever did with a professional artist, taken just four weeks
before his death on October 13, 1990. Additionally there are prints of Segal
installing "George Segal, a Retrospective: Sculptures, Paintings, Drawings"
at the Hirshhorn Museum in 1998.
As the two friends photographed side-by-side for almost all the time they
spent together, parts of this series coincide with Series 2: Fine
Photography. Some of the prints located in the Life /
Photography / Work files were taken on the same journeys
throughout New York and New Jersey that produced most of the prints in
Series 2. Lokuta would often photograph Segal making photographs, and these
prints lend insight into the artist's method and approach. A guest of the
family as often as a professional colleague, Lokuta's prints in these files
capture a variety of other subjects, including family gatherings, dinner
table scenes and ordinary moments in Segal's life.
The greater part of the photographs are annotated with remarks, dates, names
and titles on the back of the prints detailing much information of interest.
Additionally, Donald Lokuta agreed to further annotate certain photographs
in the series, most notably by providing the names of models for as many of
the installed sculptures as possible. These handwritten notes are present on
envelopes and sheets of paper located with the prints themselves in certain
files of the series and were recorded at the same time that the photographs
were added to the collection in July 2009. Typed documentation provided by
Lokuta is also present.
Physical notes: Photographs are contained within
envelopes that have hand-written notes that pertain to those photographs
or which have been paired with sheets of notations. Additionally, the
prints are housed with sheets of paper interleaved between them.
Researchers are asked to take care to preserve this arrangement while
using the relevant files.
In some cases, photographs are bound between layers of
archival board and preservation mylar. Researchers are asked to take
care when returning materials to their folder that the mylar sheets are
placed between the stack of photographs and the archival board, on top
of the first print and beneath the last print. Secure the ribbon with a
Arranged alphabetically by subject.
Series 10: Donald Lokuta Photographs; 1983-2005; George Segal Papers, Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.