Thread Waxing Space records, 1980s-2001, bulk 1991-2001
Thread Waxing Space (Gallery)
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36.7 linear feet
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The records of the New York City gallery Thread Waxing Space measure 36.7 linear feet and date from 1980s-2001 (bulk 1991-2001). Exhibitions and events held at the gallery are documented through correspondence, artists' bios, printed materials, shipping records, photographic materials, audiovisual materials, scattered electronic records, and other administrative records. Also found are a handful of artist research files, clippings, and press books.
Program Files provide a nearly comprehensive documentation of the exhibitions, performances, lectures and other programs held at Thread Waxing Space. Materials include correspondence, contracts, administrative records, printed materials, photographic materials, audiovisual materials, and scattered electronic records.
Research Files include a handful of folders containing materials related to artists, such as resumes, biographies, printed materials, clippings, and scattered correspondence. Press books containing photocopied newspaper and magazine articles, scattered clippings and scattered printed materials are found in Press Files. Audiovisual Materials contain sound and video recordings presumably of artists found in the Program Files series.
Exhibitions and performances for which there is considerable documentation in the collection include, "Post-IZUM Moods Music Series" (1993), "Garbage!" (1995), "Beyond Ars Medica: Treasures from the Mutter Museum" (1995-1996), "European Comics: Another Image" (1997), "Celluloid Cave" (1997), "Ascent of Western Civilization: American Independent Rock, 1976-1991" (1997), "Jump Cut (Faust)" (1997), "Sanctuary: A Spiritual Music Festival" (1998), "Conceptual Art as Neurobiological Praxis" (1999), "Foul Play" (1999), and "Mr. Fascination" (1999-2000); and traveling exhibitions "Archigram: Experimental Architecture 1961-1974" (1998-1999), "Spectacular Optical" (1998-1999), "After the Gold Rush" (1999), and "Achieving Failure: Gym Culture 2000" (2000).
Thread Waxing Space records, 1980s-2001, bulk 1991-2001. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by Smithsonian Institution's Collections Care and Preservation Fund
Thread Waxing Space (est. 1991-closed 2001) was a not-for-profit exhibition space located at 476 Broadway in New York City. Curators and independent curators organized solo and group exhibitions, performances, readings, musical events, film screenings, lectures, and discussion panels. In addition to their exhibition program, music/performance program and a special Project Room, Thread Waxing Space also maintained an active education program including workshops for students from elementary and secondary schools, a two-semester course for high school students with special needs, research projects for students and teachers to examine the history of their various communities, and classes for creating artists portfolios.
The Thread Waxing Space records were donated in 2008 by Thread Waxing Space founder Tim Nye.
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