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The Girl Artists records, 1980-2004

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Creator:
The Girl Artists (Firm : Portland, Or.)  Search this
Subject:
Lippard, Lucy R.  Search this
Clark, Kathleen  Search this
Place of publication, production, or execution:
Other
Physical Description:
1.51 Linear feet
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged as 3 series. Series 1: Administrative Records, circa 1980-2004 (Box 1; 0.2 linear feet) Series 2: Project Files, 1980-1996 (Boxes 1-2, OV 3; 1.3 Linear feet) Series 3: Unprocessed Addition, 1983-1984 (box 4; .01 Linear feet)
Access Note / Rights:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Researchers interested in accessing born-digital records in this collection must use access copies. Contact References Services for more information.
Summary:
The Girl Artists records date from circa 1980 to 1996 and measure 1.51 linear feet. The collection documents the groups' performance artworks and the creation of the group through administrative and project files. Administrative files contain bylaws, founding documents, correspondence with Lucy Lippard and others, a photograph of the group at a reunion in 1996, group statements and resumes, and material regarding the groups' formation and the creation of their first performance titled It's a Beach Party . Project files consist of scripts, notes and notebooks for ideas and planning, drawings and sketches visualizing the performance area, mock-ups and props, prop lists, floor plans, photographic material of performances, and born-digital material. Performances documented include Split Shift Cafe , TV Guidance , Matrons of the Arts , Shopping in America , Domestic Intrigue , Souvenirs , Free Portraits , 30 Year Retrospective , and Getting into Modern Art . There is a .01 linear foot unprocessed addition to this collection donated in 2023 that includes twenty letters and postcards written to Susan Martin from Char Breshgold, Cristina deGennaro, Lisa Siegel and Kathleen Clark regarding The Girl Artists projects Shipping in America, Matrons of the Arts, and Souvenirs.Materials date from circa 1983-1984.
Citation:
The Girl Artists records, 1980-2004. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Use Note:
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Biography Note:
The Girl Artists (1979-1997) was a performance group, consisting of Char Breshgold, Kathleen Clark, Cristina DeGennaro, Susan Martin, and Lisa Siegel active in Seattle, WA, and Portland, OR. The group performed multidimensional installation/performance works, which combined visual art techniques with live performance, audio recordings, and projected light.
Language Note:
English .
Provenance:
The collection was donated in 2023 by Kathleen Clark on behalf of The Girl Artists.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Feminism and art  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Theme:
Women  Search this
Art organizations  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)22236
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Theme:
Women
Art organizations
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_22236