Early Work - Progressive Architecture Correspondence, 1967
Doug Michels' professional career spanned the years 1967 to 2003 and encompassed projects in architecture, interior design, fashion design, furniture design, and movie production. This series (Boxes 11-51) contains correspondence, clippings, and other project-related files. Oversized materials for these projects include sketches, drawings, and prints and are kept separately in oversize boxes (Boxes 119-149) and oversize folders (OVS 1-94, Cabinet A, Drawers 1-15). Movie scripts and drafts are also stored separately (Boxes 52-56). Within this series most of the smaller projects are treated chronologically by decade: 1960s and 1970s (3 boxes), 1980s (2 boxes), 1990s (1 box), and Houston projects (1999-2003) (4 boxes). This first sub-series includes student work from the early 1960s, the Ant Farm period (1968-1978) other than Cadillac Ranch and Dolphin Embassy, and projects from 1978 to 1980, when he began his post-Ant Farm career in Houston and New York. The 1980s saw such Los Angeles projects as the offices of the Australian Tourist Commission (1983-1984) and the Neo 80 fashion boutique (1984). In Washington, D.C., Michels worked for the architecture firm HOK (1985-1986) and later designed the Alien swimsuit (1989). Alien was not Michels' only venture in fashion design; he also designed the costumes for the Project BLUESTAR movie and the related computer game. Materials from the 1990s include smaller projects, while Houston Projects (1999-2003) contains records from Michels' work at the University of Houston and design projects from the period. More complex projects generated considerable work product and each is treated in a separate sub-series described below.
Conditions Governing Access:
Open for research.
From the Collection: 160.00 Linear Feet
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