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Creator:
Hanson, Jo  Search this
Names:
Women's Caucus for Art  Search this
Dickinson, Eleanor, 1931-  Search this
Hendrickson, Barbara  Search this
Extent:
4.1 Linear feet
1.06 Gigabytes
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Gigabytes
Video recordings
Photographs
Transcripts
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
circa 1969-2009
Summary:
The papers of San Francisco environmental artist and activist Jo Hanson measure 4.1 linear feet and 1.06 GB and date from circa 1969 to 2009. The papers document her professional activities through biographical material, project and exhibition files, printed and digital material, artwork, and photographs. Also found are files regarding her participation in the Women's Caucus for Art.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of San Francisco environmental artist and activist Jo Hanson measure 4.1 linear feet and 1.06 GB and date from circa 1969 to 2009. The papers document her professional activities through biographical material, project and exhibition files, printed and digital material, artwork, and photographs. Also found are files regarding her participation in the Women's Caucus for Art. Of note within the collection is an oral history interview of Hanson, conducted by Eleanor Dickinson and Barbara Hendrickson in 2006-2007, as well was biographical documentation compiled for the interview. Hanson's installations "Crab Orchard Cemetery" and "Public Disclosure: Secrets From the Street" are also particularly well documented within this collection.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 6 series. Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1976-2008 (0.6 linear feet; Box 1) Series 2: Project and Exhibition Files, circa 1973-2009 (0.8 linear feet; Box 1-2) Series 3: Women's Caucus for Art, 1977-2006 (0.4 linear feet; Box 2) Series 4: Printed Material, 1971-2008 (0.4 linear feet; Box 2) Series 5: Artwork, 1969-circa 1990s (0.4 linear feet; Box 3, 5) Series 6: Photographs, circa 1969-2007 (1.7 linear feet; Boxes 3-5, 1.06 GB; ER01-ER02)
Biographical / Historical:
Jo Hanson (1918-2007) was an environmental artist and activist in San Francisco, California. She was known for turning urban trash into works of art. She exhibited her work at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., Fresno Art Museum, and the Oakland Museum of California, among other places. In 1974 her installation "Crab Orchard Cemetery" toured nationally and included a mix of sculpture, printmaking, photography, and sound. During the 1980s she served on the San Francisco Arts Commission and championed the work of underrepresented women and artists of color. In 1996 she helped establish WEAD, the Women Environmental Artists Directory.
Provenance:
The collection was donated in 2011 by Eleanor Dickinson, Hanson's friend.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires and appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Rights:
The Jo Hanson papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Occupation:
Women artists -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Environmental artists  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Political aspects  Search this
Genre/Form:
Video recordings
Photographs
Transcripts
Sound recordings
Interviews
Citation:
Jo Hanson papers, circa 1969-2009. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.hansjo
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-hansjo