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Davidson, Nancy, 1943-  Search this
Davidson, Nancy, 1943-  Search this
Halstead, Richard  Search this
Itatani, Michiko  Search this
Kozloff, Joyce  Search this
Lipton, Eunice  Search this
Mayer, Rosemary  Search this
Moore, Sabra  Search this
Spero, Nancy  Search this
Yoshida, Ray  Search this
Marianne Deson Gallery  Search this
Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago, Ill.)  Search this
N.A.M.E. Gallery  Search this
Walker Art Center  Search this
White Columns (Gallery)  Search this
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
5 Linear feet
The collection is arranged as seven series. Series 1: Biographical Material, 1978-2015 (0.9 linear feet; Box 1) Series 2: Correspondence, 1970s-2000s (0.8 linear feet; Box 1-2) Series 3: Illustrated Notebooks and Notes, 1970s-2010 (1.6 linear feet; Box 2-4) Series 4: Gallery and Exhibition Files, 1976-2002 (0.3 linear feet; Box 4) Series 5: Printed Material, 1970s-2010s (1.3 linear feet; Box 4-5) Series 6: Photographic Material, 1990s (1 folder; Box 5) Series 7: Sketchbooks, circa 1980, circa 1990 (2 folders; Box 5)
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
The papers of New York based interdisciplinary artist Nancy Davidson measure 5 linear feet and date from 1970s-2016. The collection includes biographical material, correspondence, illustrated notebooks and notes, gallery and exhibition files, printed material, photographic material, and two sketchbooks. Nearly one linear foot of correspondence arranged chronologically is both personal and professional. Notable correspondents include Michiko Itatani, Joyce Kozloff, Eunice Lipton, Sabra Moore, and Nancy Spero. Galleries and museums include Marianne Denson Gallery; Museum of Contemporary, Chicago; N.A.M.E. Gallery, of which Davidson was an artist member; the Walker Art Center; and White Columns. Over thirty notebooks capture Davidson's work process, evolution of ideas, related sketches in pen and pencil, reflections from readings and lectures, and notes from critiques with fellow artists Rosemary Mayer, Joyce Kozloff, Ray Yoshida, and Richard Halstead. A large sequence of printed material includes announcements, books, bulletins, newsletters, calendars, clippings, exhibition catalogs, periodicals, press releases, programs, and a few other items of printed matter relating to Davidson's professional career.
Nancy Davidson papers, 1970s-2016. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Biography Note:
Nancy Davidson (1943- ) is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily in sculpture and installation in New York, NY. She grew up in Chicago and received a Bachelor's degree from Northeastern Illinois University, a BFA from the University of Illinois, Chicago, and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. After completing her graduate degree in 1975, Davidson began her professional career in Chicago before moving to New York in 1979. While initially working in painting and drawing, Davison has become most well known for her works in sculpture investigating the feminized body. She has exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., and in numerous galleries across the country. Davidson was a professor at Purchase College SUNY from 1984-2008.
Language Note:
Collection is in English.
Donated to the Archives of American Art in 2016 by Nancy Davidson.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Women artists -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Sculptors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Installations (Art)  Search this
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Archives of American Art