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Benny Andrews

Artist:
Joan Semmel  Search this
Sitter:
Benny Andrews, 13 Nov 1930 - 10 Nov 2006  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
111.8 × 76.2cm (44 × 30")
Type:
Painting
Date:
1985
Topic:
Benny Andrews: Visual Arts\Artist  Search this
Benny Andrews: Male  Search this
Benny Andrews: Education and Scholarship\Educator\Professor\Art  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Joan Semmel
Object number:
DLR02108
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4c3ac4aee-dd42-45a5-9cbb-d069fdf04ccc
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_DLR02108

Joan Semmel papers, 1949-2013, bulk 1960-2013

Creator:
Semmel, Joan, 1923-  Search this
Subject:
Hardy, John  Search this
Markson, David  Search this
Grossman, Nancy  Search this
Hammond, Harmony  Search this
Edelson, Mary Beth  Search this
Golden, Eunice  Search this
Sleigh, Sylvia  Search this
Bernstein, Judith  Search this
Stevens, May  Search this
Schapiro, Miriam  Search this
Nieto, José Antonio  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Video recordings
Illustrations
Photographs
Citation:
Joan Semmel papers, 1949-2013, bulk 1960-2013. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Women and erotica  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Painting, Abstract  Search this
Feminism and art  Search this
Erotica  Search this
Art -- Political aspects  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)16175
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)366716
AAA_collcode_semmjoan
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Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_366716
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Joan Semmel papers

Creator:
Semmel, Joan, 1923-  Search this
Names:
Bernstein, Judith, 1942-  Search this
Edelson, Mary Beth  Search this
Golden, Eunice  Search this
Grossman, Nancy  Search this
Hammond, Harmony  Search this
Hardy, John  Search this
Markson, David  Search this
Nieto, José Antonio  Search this
Schapiro, Miriam, 1923-2015  Search this
Sleigh, Sylvia  Search this
Stevens, May  Search this
Extent:
5.9 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Interviews
Video recordings
Illustrations
Photographs
Date:
1949-2013
bulk 1960-2013
Summary:
The papers of painter Joan Semmel measure 5.9 linear feet and span the dates of 1949-2013 with the bulk of the material dated circa 1960s-2013. The papers reflect her career and activities as a painter, writer, feminist, and educator through biographical materials, correspondence, interviews, writings, project files, teaching files, printed material, and photographic materials.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of painter Joan Semmel measure 5.9 linear feet and span the dates of 1949-2013 with the bulk of the material dated circa 1960s-2013. The papers reflect her career and activities as a painter, writer, feminist and educator through biographical materials, correspondence, interviews, writings, project files, teaching files, printed material, and photographic materials.

Among the biographical materials are awards, educational records,and audiovisual recordings about Joan Semmel and her work.

Professional correspondence concerns exhibitions, publication permissions, panel discussions, symposia, and visiting artist and summer school appointments. Also included are letters of recommendation for colleagues and students. A scattering of personal letters are from novelist David Markson and José Antonio, both of whom had personal relationships with Semmel. There are also a few letters from friends of a purely social nature and a few letters concerning routine personal affairs.

There are two interviews with Joan Semmel on video recordings, one was conducted for a television broadcast and the other is unidentified.

Writings by Semmel include the manuscript, illustrations, research material, and letters relating to her unpublished book about women's erotic art. Also found are articles, artist's statements, and notes for talks about her work. The writings about Semmel consist of several student papers.

Project files relate to two exhibitions curated by Semmel, Contemporary Women: Consciousness and Content (1977) at The Brooklyn Museum of Art School and Private Worlds (2000). One file is related to a project in which Semmel was involved to document the role and status of women in the arts.

Scattered teaching files concern a course about contemporary women artists developed and taught by Semmel for the women's studies program at Rutgers University, circa 1978. Also documented are summer programs at Skowhegan and Sommerakademie in Austria where Semmel served as an instructor.

Binders (now unbound) of printed materials were compiled by Semmel consisting of exhibition catalogs and announcements for solo and group shows, reviews, posters, and miscellaneous printed matter.

Photographs of people include Joan Semmel, friends and colleagues. Among the individuals pictured are: writer David Markson, painter John Hardy, José Antonio Nieto; and feminist artists: Judy Bernstein, Mary Beth Edelson, Eunice Golden, Nancy Grossman, Harmony Hammond, Miriam Schapiro, Sylvia Sleigh, and May Stevens. There are slides, photographs, color photocopies and digital images of Semmel's paintings. Of particular interest are photographs, photocopies of photographs, and digital images that served as source material for paintings, including portrait commissions.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged in 8 seres:

Missing Title

Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1949-2013 (Box 1; 0.6 linear feet)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1973-2013 (Boxes 1-2; 1.2 linear feet)

Series 3: Interviews, circa 1970s-1986 (Box 2; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 4: Writings, 1970s-2009 (Box 3; 0.7 linear feet)

Series 5: Project Files, 1972-2000 (Box 3; 3 folders)

Series 6: Teaching Files, 1970s-2000 (Box 3; 0.4 linear feet)

Series 7: Printed Material, circa 1960s-2013 (Boxes 4-6, OV 8; 2.2 linear feet)

Series 8: Photographic Materials, circa 1965-2013 (Boxes 6-7; 0.6 linear feet)
Biographical / Historical:
Joan Semmel (1932- ) is an abstract painter working in New York City and Easthampton, N. Y. Semmel's work explores erotic themes and the female body. She taught painting at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University from 1978-2000.

Born in New York City in 1932, Joan Semmel studied at the Cooper Union, the Art Students League of New York, and received her BFA in 1963 and MFA in 1972 from Pratt Institute. Semmel moved to Spain in 1963 and exhibited her abstract expressionist work in galleries and museums there before returning to New York in 1970.

Upon Semmel's return to New York, she became involved in the feminist art movement. One of the original Guerrilla Girls, Semmel was involved with several feminist activist art groups devoted to gender equality in the art world. Semmel spent years researching a book about women's erotic art. At the same time, her painting style shifted to incorporate more figurative imagery and she began working on series that explored the themes of the female body, desire, and aging. Each series consisted of 10-30 paintings, produced over several years, among them First and Second Erotic Series, Self Images, Portraits, Figure in Landscape, Gymnasium, Locker Room, Overlays, and Mannequins.

In addition to her teaching career at Rutgers University as a tenured Professor of Painting, Semmel taught briefly at the Brooklyn Museum Art School, Skowhegan, and the Summer Academy of Fine Arts in Salzburg, Germany. Over the years she served as a visiting artist, critic, and lecturer at many colleges, and participated in numerous symposia, panel discussions and conferences. She has received several grants and awards including Macdowell Colony and Yaddo residencies.

Semmel has exhibited widely and prolifically in the United States, Spain, the Netherlands, and South America, in addition to curating two exhibitions, Contemporary Women: Consciousness and Content (1977) at The Brooklyn Museum of Art School and Private Worlds - Art in General (2000). Her work is represented in the permanent collections of many museums including the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Chrysler Museum, Guild Hall, Museum of Women in the Arts, Parrish Art Museum, and Vassar College Museum.

Joan Semmel continues to live and work in New York City and Easthampton, NY.
Provenance:
Donated by Joan Semmel in 2014.
Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Occupation:
Authors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Educators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Women and erotica  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Painting, Abstract  Search this
Feminism and art  Search this
Erotica  Search this
Art -- Political aspects  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Video recordings
Illustrations
Photographs
Citation:
Joan Semmel papers, 1949-2013, bulk circa 1960s-2013. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.semmjoan
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Joan Semmel papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw99aac2ce9-32e8-4fc5-b7d4-e95f090b5aa7
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-semmjoan
Online Media:

Biographical Material

Collection Creator:
Semmel, Joan, 1923-  Search this
Extent:
0.6 Linear feet (Box 1)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1949-2013
Scope and Contents:
This series includes 6 videocassettes about Joan Semmel and her work. Awards and certificates are: Mencion de Honor, Salon de Marzo, 1967; Art Directors Club 58th Annual Exhibition 1979 Merit Award; NEA Visual Arts Fellowship Recipient Certificate, 1980; Citation presented by The Cooper Union, 1984; 71st Annual Guild Hall Members Exhibition honorable mention, 2009; The Cooper Union Alumni Association Golden Legion membership certificate, 2011; and WCA Lifetime Achievement Award with program and photographs, 2013. Educational records consist of high school, Cooper Union and Pratt Institute diplomas, and Pratt Institute transcripts. Financial records consist of a receipt for rent and utilities for an apartment in Buenos Aires and notes on the cost of plane tickets between Spain and the United States. Teaching credentials are a New York State provisional teaching certificate and New York City substitute license; a federal employment application for work as a substitute outlines her qualifications in detail.
Arrangement:
Files are alphabetized by folder title, and videocassettes about Joan Semmel and her work are arranged chronologically.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Joan Semmel papers, 1949-2013, bulk circa 1960s-2013. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.semmjoan, Series 1
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Joan Semmel papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw990c172af-4688-44e6-8c63-8c2a81b8cf36
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-semmjoan-ref10

Joan Semmel with Friends

Collection Creator:
Semmel, Joan, 1923-  Search this
Container:
Box 6, Folder 5
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1980s-2013
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Joan Semmel papers, 1949-2013, bulk circa 1960s-2013. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Joan Semmel papers
Joan Semmel papers / Series 8: Photographic Materials
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9150c1af5-2132-42c3-8d35-de8413daa9bf
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-semmjoan-ref100

Paintings by Semmel, executed 1970s-2006 (35-mm color slides)

Collection Creator:
Semmel, Joan, 1923-  Search this
Container:
Box 6, Folder 6
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Joan Semmel papers, 1949-2013, bulk circa 1960s-2013. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Joan Semmel papers
Joan Semmel papers / Series 8: Photographic Materials
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9ca29b0ac-7934-48ae-8dd7-83d210600fa0
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-semmjoan-ref101

Paintings by Semmel, executed 1978-1991 (dismantled binder; color photocopies)

Collection Creator:
Semmel, Joan, 1923-  Search this
Container:
Box 6, Folder 7-9
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Joan Semmel papers, 1949-2013, bulk circa 1960s-2013. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Joan Semmel papers
Joan Semmel papers / Series 8: Photographic Materials
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw929a90bdc-4d0f-4d21-b7b0-ddaf486fbcbe
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-semmjoan-ref102

Paintings by Semmel, executed 1970s-2000s,

Collection Creator:
Semmel, Joan, 1923-  Search this
Container:
Box 7, Folder 1-4
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Joan Semmel papers, 1949-2013, bulk circa 1960s-2013. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Joan Semmel papers
Joan Semmel papers / Series 8: Photographic Materials
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw95809e362-6f03-4e59-8617-ba7b095ce996
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-semmjoan-ref103

Exhibition Installation, Unidentified Venue

Collection Creator:
Semmel, Joan, 1923-  Search this
Container:
Box 7, Folder 5
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Joan Semmel papers, 1949-2013, bulk circa 1960s-2013. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Joan Semmel papers
Joan Semmel papers / Series 8: Photographic Materials
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw91460a714-c0e6-4d7b-b7b3-a0d08ecbf930
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-semmjoan-ref104

Exhibition Installation, Lerner-Heller Gallery

Collection Creator:
Semmel, Joan, 1923-  Search this
Container:
Box 7, Folder 6
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1979
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Joan Semmel papers, 1949-2013, bulk circa 1960s-2013. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Joan Semmel papers
Joan Semmel papers / Series 8: Photographic Materials
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw98918db74-0cd0-4db3-975e-4b54cab2987f
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-semmjoan-ref105

Source Material

Collection Creator:
Semmel, Joan, 1923-  Search this
Container:
Box 7, Folder 7
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Joan Semmel papers, 1949-2013, bulk circa 1960s-2013. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Joan Semmel papers
Joan Semmel papers / Series 8: Photographic Materials
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw978248a88-850f-4825-a9b8-a5c0dd4dfd43
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-semmjoan-ref106

Source Material - Portrait Commissions

Collection Creator:
Semmel, Joan, 1923-  Search this
Container:
Box 7, Folder 12
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Joan Semmel papers, 1949-2013, bulk circa 1960s-2013. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Joan Semmel papers
Joan Semmel papers / Series 8: Photographic Materials
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw97bab2bed-0384-46fd-840c-a50498608bfe
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-semmjoan-ref108

Statements

Collection Creator:
Semmel, Joan, 1923-  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 21
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1980s-2006
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Joan Semmel papers, 1949-2013, bulk circa 1960s-2013. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Joan Semmel papers
Joan Semmel papers / Series 4: Writings / Writings by Semmel
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9a4656861-1d53-4aae-b52f-4329fb33516d
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-semmjoan-ref109

Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Semmel, Joan, 1923-  Search this
Extent:
1.2 Linear feet (Boxes 1-2)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1973-2013
Scope and Contents:
Professional correspondence concerns exhibitions, sales, loans, consignments, donations of artwork for fundraising, insurance, reproduction rights, publication permissions, panel discussions, symposia, visiting artist and summers school appointments. Also included are letters of recommendation written on behalf of colleagues and students.

The majority of the personal correspondence consists of letters from Semmel's long time partner, novelist David Markson. Also included are photocopies of reviews and portions of Markson's published writings – some annotated or inscribed – a letter from his daughter, Johanna, paperback book covers from several of his novels, and the program from his memorial service. There are few letters from José Antonio Nieto with whom Semmel also had a personal relationship. Other correspondence is with tenants who sublet Semmel's loft at various times, and the management company for her apartment. Letters to Semmel concern her will, estate planning, taxes, and real estate owned by a relative; also found are a few letters of a purely social nature from friends. Copies of letters sent by her are about jury duty, problems with her retirement account, a parking ticket and similar subjects. Also found is a color photocopy of a holiday card sent by Joan Semmel and John Hardy featuring Hardy's illustration of the two of them painting.
Arrangement:
Correspondence is arranged by year.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Joan Semmel papers, 1949-2013, bulk circa 1960s-2013. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.semmjoan, Series 2
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Joan Semmel papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw91bba621b-808d-4869-af1f-3671727ed8fe
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-semmjoan-ref12

Interviews

Collection Creator:
Semmel, Joan, 1923-  Search this
Extent:
0.2 Linear feet (Box 2)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1970s-1986
Scope and Contents:
This series consists of audio visual recordings of two interviews with Joan Semmel. There are two copies of the interview conducted by Calvin Albert for his television show, "Art Beat." The interviewer and purpose of the other recording is unknown.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Joan Semmel papers, 1949-2013, bulk circa 1960s-2013. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.semmjoan, Series 3
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Joan Semmel papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw99fca1589-8b06-4d0d-a760-58244542566c
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-semmjoan-ref13

Writings

Collection Creator:
Semmel, Joan, 1923-  Search this
Extent:
0.7 Linear feet (Box 3)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1970s-2009
Scope and Contents:
Articles are "Women and Sexuality" written for Redbook but never published and the published version of "Sexual Imagery in Women's Art," written with April Kinglsey, that appeared in Women's Art Journal. Proposed titles for Semmel's unpublished book about women's erotic art changed over time and included "Sexual Imagery in Women's Art," "Erotic Art by Women," "Through the Object's Eye," "A New Eros," and "Imaging Eros."

Among the writings about Semmel are "Feminist Theory as Applied to Through the Object's Eye Art Exhibit by Joan Semmel" by Toby Everett and "Sensuality, the Nude and the Dismantling of Sexist Imagery" a paper by Lisa A. Roberts presented at the Young Scholars Conference, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and University of Virginia Commonwealth. Also included are student papers and a seminar presentation.
Arrangement:
Illustrations for Semmel's book arrived in two unlabeled binders and there is no internal evidence suggesting their order. The disbound volumes now bear the arbitrary tiles volumes A and volume B.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Joan Semmel papers, 1949-2013, bulk circa 1960s-2013. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.semmjoan, Series 4
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Joan Semmel papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9c83d0406-bc15-4d9e-8ed0-d47fa8acf67b
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-semmjoan-ref14

Project Files

Collection Creator:
Semmel, Joan, 1923-  Search this
Extent:
3 Folders (Box 3)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1972-2000
Scope and Contents:
Project files document two exhibitions curated by Semmel. Also included are statistics documenting the status of women in art departments – as studio instructors, their representation in exhibitions, art history courses, slide libraries, etc. – with a letter from Semmel (representing the Ad Hoc Women's Committee of WEB, a national coalition of women in the arts) outlining goals and concerns.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Joan Semmel papers, 1949-2013, bulk circa 1960s-2013. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.semmjoan, Series 5
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw93e1c7fd1-afb1-480e-9213-7a4e8a4bb856
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-semmjoan-ref15

Teaching Files

Collection Creator:
Semmel, Joan, 1923-  Search this
Extent:
0.4 Linear feet (Boxes 3-4)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1970s-2000
Scope and Contents:
This series consists primarily of slides and a reading list for a course about contemporary women artists developed and taught by Semmel for the Rutgers University women's studies program, circa 1978. Also documented are programs at Skowhegan and Sommerakademie in Austria where Semmel served as an instructor for one summer at each school.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Joan Semmel papers, 1949-2013, bulk circa 1960s-2013. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.semmjoan, Series 6
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Joan Semmel papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9ab81dc31-68ca-40c9-8522-e5ccad5fe726
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-semmjoan-ref16

Printed Material

Collection Creator:
Semmel, Joan, 1923-  Search this
Extent:
2.2 Linear feet (Boxes 4-6, OV 8)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1960s-2013
Scope and Contents:
All printed material mentions Semmel or includes reproductions of her work. Included are exhibition catalogs, announcements, articles, and reviews. Posters announce exhibitions, talks, summer sessions, and lectures. Miscellaneous printed items include advertisements for Semmel's exhibitions, press releases, newsletters, lecture announcements, notices of studio tours, and school catalogs.
Arrangement:
Five binders of printed material organized by record type were dismantled; now housed in folders, the contents of each binder retain the original order. Loose printed material, sorted by record type, is arranged by year.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Joan Semmel papers, 1949-2013, bulk circa 1960s-2013. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.semmjoan, Series 7
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Joan Semmel papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9da37c59c-6f17-476f-9b70-634baa93aee3
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-semmjoan-ref17

Photographic Materials

Collection Creator:
Semmel, Joan, 1923-  Search this
Extent:
0.6 Linear feet (Boxes 6-7)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1965-2013
Scope and Contents:
Photographs of people include portraits of Semmel, views of her in her studio, at home, and with others. Among the friends and colleagues pictured are: writer David Markson, painter John Hardy, José Antonio Nieto; and feminist artists Judy Bernstein, Mary Beth Edelson, Eunice Golden, Nancy Grossman, Harmony Hammond, Miriam Schapiro, Sylvia Sleigh, and May Stevens. This series includes slides, photographs, and color photocopies of Semmel's paintings. Of particular interest are source materials consisting of color and black and white photographs, photocopies of photographs, and digital images used for paintings and commissioned portraits.
Arrangement:
This series is arranged by subject.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Joan Semmel papers, 1949-2013, bulk circa 1960s-2013. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.semmjoan, Series 8
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Joan Semmel papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9e27cc181-f275-43d3-9d1b-8e2a37dec120
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-semmjoan-ref18

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