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Jaime Davidovich papers

Creator:
Davidovich, Jaime, 1936-2016  Search this
Names:
Artists' Television Network  Search this
Wooster Enterprises  Search this
Henry, Judith (Henry Davidovich)  Search this
Herzberg, Julia P.  Search this
Segalove, Ilene, 1950-  Search this
Extent:
2.3 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sketchbooks
Drawings
Interviews
Date:
1949-2014
Summary:
The papers of New York conceptual and performance artist Jaime Davidovich, measure 2.3 linear feet and date from 1949 to 2014. The collection document's Davidovich's transition from Argentina to the United States, his early artistic career in both countries, specific projects and exhibitions, and the way in which Davidovich's work intersected with audiovisual media and the New York avant-garde in the 1960s and 1970s. Papers include biographical materials, correspondence, writings including memoirs, exhibition and project files, scrapbooks, and printed materials.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of New York conceptual and performance artist Jaime Davidovich, measure 2.3 linear feet and date from 1949 to 2014. The collection document's Davidovich's transition from Argentina to the United States, his early artistic career in both countries, specific projects and exhibitions, and the way in which Davidovich's work intersected with audiovisual media and the New York avant-garde in the 1960s and 1970s. Papers include biographical materials, correspondence, writings including memoirs, exhibition and project files, scrapbooks, and printed materials.

Biographical materials include Davidovich's contacts in address books, a certificate, curriculum vitae, a membership card, and a report card. A photograph album documents his New York apartment and studio after first coming to New York in the 1960s. Also found are records of the Wooster Street Corporation where Davidovich later lived and had his studio. A small amount of correspondence is with museums, galleries, artists, and curators, notably Julieta Hanono, Ilene Segalove, and Julia Herzberg, and includes early correspondence from Argentina during Davidovich's time as a student and a teacher in Buenos Aires.

Writings include artist statements, lecture note cards, a letter of recommendation, memoir drafts, and a manuscript about Davidovich by Carolyn Kinder Carr. Memoirs provide detailed information about Davidovich's childhood, education, and early career. Files for exhibitions consist of correspondence, notes, gallery floor plans, photographic material, lists of artwork, and exhibition announcements. Project files contain bound project books, proposals, correspondence, notes, sketches, photographic and source material for the Artists' Television Network, Wooster Enterprises, and other projects.

Three scrapbooks record Davidovich's career in fine arts and design. Printed material includes art reproductions, books, brochures and booklets, clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs, flyers, periodicals, posters, and press releases.

Much of the later correspondence found in the collection is in the form of printed email; later photographic material is in the form of digitially printed photograhs.

The bulk of material related to Davidovich's artworks, especially later ones, and the artworks themselves are located at NYU Fales Library.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as seven series.

Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1949-2007 (Box 1, OVs 3, 5; 0.4 linear feet)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1958-2012 (Box 1; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 3: Writings, circa 1973, 2001-2009 (Box 1; 0.1 linear feet)

Series 4: Exhibition Files, 2003-2011 (Box 1, OV 3; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 5: Project Files, circa 1960-2014 (Box 1-2, OVs 4-5; 0.6 linear feet)

Series 6: Scrapbooks, 1960s-circa 1971 (Box 2, OVs 3-4; 0.3 linear feet)

Series 7: Printed Materials, circa 1950s-2009 (Box 2, OVs 3, 5; 0.5 linear feet)
Biographical / Historical:
Jaime Davidovich (1936-2016) was a conceptual and performance artist in New York, N.Y.

Davidovich was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. As a child, he became ill with rheumatic fever and his parents gave him art materials with which to entertain himself during his months of illness. Davidovich studied at National College in Buenos Aires and graduated from the University of Uruguay in 1961. After graduation, he began teaching in Bahía Blanca, Argentina, and subsequently became the art superintendent at the visual arts school. In 1963 he was given the opportunity to travel to New York by the DiTella Foundation in Buenos Aires, after a grant to study in France fell through at the last minute. In New York he attended the School of Visual Arts and eventually began working as a graphic designer for Random House publishers.

In 1965, Davidovich and his wife, artist Judith Henry, moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where he worked as a graphic designer and began working with video. His first video installation was exhibited at the Akron Art Institute in 1972. Davidovich's fascination with video and television continued when he moved back to New York City and created the nonprofit organization, Artists Television Network (ATN). The network produced television shows for Manhattan's public access channel using the name SoHo Television. Davidovich's avant-garde variety show, The Live! Show, was the organization's most well-known production. Davidovich hosted the show as the character Dr. Videovich, and invited guests including Laurie Anderson, Eric Bogosian, and other creatives.

In 1976, Davidovich and Henry established Wooster Enterprises, a design studio and retail outlet that created conceptual stationary in affiliation with the Fluxus movement. The company closed in 1979, but it's most popular stationary continued to be produced and sold at the Museum of Modern Art.
Related Materials:
The bulk of the records related to Davidovich's artworks, especially later ones, and artworks themselves, are located in the Jaime Davidovich Collection, 1952-2000, at New York University's Fales Library.
Provenance:
The papers were donated by Jaime Davidovich in 2016.
Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
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:
Performance artists -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Conceptual artists--New York (State)--New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sketchbooks
Drawings
Interviews
Citation:
Jaime Davidovich papers, 1949-2014. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.davijaim
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Archives of American Art
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Listen & Learn Iñupiaq (4 of 6): Piñiġauraak, Piñiġaurak, Ivġusiuraak (Child's waterproof boots)

Creator:
Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Alaska  Search this
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2018-10-20T00:17:47Z
Topic:
Arctic Studies;Alaska;Alaska Natives;Native Art;Indigenous Art  Search this
Youtube Category:
Education  Search this
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Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Alaska channel
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Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Alaska
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Creator:
Lemelson Center, National Museum of American History  Search this
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2015-03-16T21:49:06Z
Topic:
American History  Search this
Youtube Category:
Education  Search this
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LemelsonCenter
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LemelsonCenter
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Lemelson Center, National Museum of American History
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edanmdm:yt_naq3r8OBX3U

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Creator:
National Zoo  Search this
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2012-09-17T15:41:09Z
Topic:
Zoology;Animals;Veterinary medicine;Animal health  Search this
Youtube Category:
Pets & Animals  Search this
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SmithsonianNZP
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SmithsonianNZP
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National Zoo
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edanmdm:yt_Erlts7n64W0

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Creator:
National Museum of the American Indian  Search this
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2011-08-05T15:18:30Z
Topic:
Native Americans;American Indians  Search this
Youtube Category:
Education  Search this
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SmithsonianNMAI
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National Museum of the American Indian
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Creator:
National Museum of Natural History  Search this
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2019-10-31T19:23:36Z
Topic:
Natural History  Search this
Youtube Category:
Education  Search this
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smithsonianNMNH
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smithsonianNMNH
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National Museum of Natural History
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Creator:
National Museum of African American History and Culture  Search this
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2017-09-28T13:00:21Z
Topic:
African Americans  Search this
Youtube Category:
Education  Search this
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WatchNMAAHC
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WatchNMAAHC
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National Museum of African American History and Culture
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Caring for Julia Child's Kitchen

Creator:
National Museum of American History  Search this
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2012-07-17T17:55:11Z
Topic:
American History  Search this
Youtube Category:
Education  Search this
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SmithsonianAmHistory
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SmithsonianAmHistory
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National Museum of American History
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edanmdm:yt_4MSzg-txl58

Julia Child's 100th Birthday Celebration

Creator:
National Museum of American History  Search this
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2012-09-07T17:06:27Z
Topic:
American History  Search this
Youtube Category:
Education  Search this
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SmithsonianAmHistory
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SmithsonianAmHistory
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National Museum of American History
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edanmdm:yt_I1zO5o0Dxw8

IDENTIFY: Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz

Creator:
National Portrait Gallery  Search this
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2017-05-18T13:50:58Z
Topic:
Portraits  Search this
Youtube Category:
Education  Search this
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NatlPortraitGallery
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NatlPortraitGallery
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:yt_YNUFyXuVEB4

Dogs Can Sniff Out Malaria

Creator:
Smithsonian Magazine  Search this
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2018-10-29T13:46:06Z
Youtube Category:
Science & Technology  Search this
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SmithsonianMagazine
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SmithsonianMagazine
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Smithsonian Magazine
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edanmdm:yt_Z5eGwFyp_7Q

Buster Makes Room for His Mama at the Bargain Counter

Creator:
National Museum of American History  Search this
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2011-01-31T03:36:23Z
Topic:
American History  Search this
Youtube Category:
Education  Search this
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SmithsonianAmHistory
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National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:yt_bC4NSe8lPuk

Portrait in a Minute: Bill "Bojangles" Robinson

Creator:
National Portrait Gallery  Search this
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2014-06-27T17:22:46Z
Topic:
Portraits  Search this
Youtube Category:
Education  Search this
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NatlPortraitGallery
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NatlPortraitGallery
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National Portrait Gallery
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Cooking with Julia Child

Creator:
Smithsonian Magazine  Search this
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2010-02-23T20:14:55Z
Youtube Category:
Education  Search this
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SmithsonianMagazine
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Smithsonian Magazine
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American History (After Hours): The French Chef, American-Style

Creator:
National Museum of American History  Search this
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2015-03-25T18:04:23Z
Topic:
American History  Search this
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Education  Search this
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SmithsonianAmHistory
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National Museum of American History
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A Tour of the Latest Look at "First Light" from Chandra

Creator:
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory  Search this
Type:
Youtube videos
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2019-08-26T14:56:26Z
Topic:
Astronomy  Search this
Youtube Category:
Science & Technology  Search this
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cxcpub
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Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
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Creator:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum  Search this
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2018-02-13T15:31:41Z
Topic:
Design  Search this
Youtube Category:
Education  Search this
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cooperhewitt
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cooperhewitt
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Creator:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum  Search this
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2019-07-02T15:13:51Z
Topic:
Design  Search this
Youtube Category:
Education  Search this
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cooperhewitt
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cooperhewitt
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Storytime - Hirshhorn Museum

Creator:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden  Search this
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2018-03-23T20:01:44Z
Topic:
Art, modern  Search this
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Education  Search this
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hirshhornmuseum
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hirshhornmuseum
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
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Creator:
Smithsonian American Art Museum  Search this
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2012-12-05T15:00:10Z
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
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Education  Search this
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americanartmuseum
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
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