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Paula Hocks Papers

Identifier: MSS -626-BC

Scope and Content

The collection consists of a melange of materials accumulated from Hocks' primarily architectural interests and travels. A large portion of the collection focuses on Barcelona and its architects, past and contemporary. Materials are in the form of photographs and collages of famous architectural monuments, streetscenes, and building interiors in Barcelona ca. 1992, featuring the work of such important architects and artists as Mario Botta, Ricardo Bofill, Lu's Domenech i Montaner, Cristian Cirici, Ramõn Llull, Antonio Tapies, Mies van der Rohe, and Pablo Picasso. Hocks was in Barcelona when the decision was announced to hold the 1992 Olympics there. She photographed the rejoicing from a nearby roof; some of those photos are included in the collection.

The collection also includes Paula Hocks' artists' books, Ariadne's Thread and Perspectives, and several smaller books such as Gazebo, andMania: A Fable of Chairs. Other projects represented in the collection are her Santa Fe Columns project, material for Architectural Moments, an audiocassette, "Ariadne's Thread and Others," as well as two videocassettes about Antonio Gaudi and miscellaneous articles, flyers, and announcements.

Materials were added to this collection in August 2004, most of which pertain to Hocks' Bomarzo project. Hocks described her Bomarzo project as "a comprehensive collection of photographs and study materials discussing and illustrating the Sacro Bosco (Sacred Park) in terms of art, architecture, landscape architecture, art history and literature." Items included in this addition include photographs, publications, reference and study materials, publicity/press, and audio cassettes. A significant quantity of framed photographs, prints, artist's books and related materials will be found at the Jonson Gallery, University of New Mexico. The Non-Bomarzo materials include audio recordings of Hocks and publicity and posters for various projects.


  • 1981-2001


Language of Materials

English French Italian Spanish

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research, Viewing the Bomarzo video (Box 1) will require advance notice so that it may be reformatted.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of CSWR material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publication or distribution.

Biographical Information

Paula Hocks was a photographer and book artist who lived in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, N.M. Largely a self-taught artist, Hocks has pursued stone and wood sculpture, modernist painting and large collage works. She began to create artists' books in 1977. Her books integrate collage, photomontage, xerography, and prose. Her limited editions have been purchased by museums and collectors throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. Paula Hocks died at age 86 in February 2003.


3 boxes (2 cu. ft. )


The collection consists of a melange of materials accumulated from Hocks' primarily architectural interests and travels. Included are research materials, photographs, collages, audio tapes, video tapes, and artists' books. Much of the material pertains to her work on Barcelona and Bomarzo.

Related Material

Laurence McGilvery collection of Paula Hocks, Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico

Separated Material

Additional artist's books by Paula Hocks are catalogued in the CSWR general collection.

Original audiocassettes are stored in B3.

The following publications have been transferred to UNM University Libraries for cataloguing:
  1. The Bride. Columbia Tristar Pictures, 1993
  2. Sotto Sotto. Columbia Tristar Pictures, 1986.
  3. Gardens of Barcelona. HGTV Home Videos. E.W. Scripps Co.
  4. Mujica-Lainez, Manuel. Bomarzo. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson , 1970.

Processing Information

Materials were added in August 2004, at which time series were added to the original accession. Bomarzo: Poetics of a Pseudo Culture was added in June 2005.


Finding Aid of the Paula Hocks Papers, 1981-2001
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Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131