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Nancy Spero papers, 1940s-2009

Creator:
Spero, Nancy, 1926-2009  Search this
Subject:
Golub, Leon  Search this
Mendieta, Ana  Search this
Sosa, Irene  Search this
A.I.R. Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Galerie Lelong (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Video recordings
Documentary films
Motion pictures
Topic:
Art -- Political aspects  Search this
Feminism and art  Search this
Printmakers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Peace movements  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Women printmakers  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Theme:
Women  Search this
Audio - Visual  Search this
Chicago's Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8559
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210738
AAA_collcode_spernanc
Theme:
Women
Audio - Visual
Chicago's Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210738
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Ana Mendieta la tierra habla = the Earth speaks [essays by Gerardo Mosquera, Anne Lovatt, and others]

Title:
La tierra habla
Earth speaks
Ana Mendieta: the Earth speaks
Artist:
Mendieta, Ana 1948-1985  Search this
Contributor:
Mosquero, Gerardo  Search this
Lovatt, Anne  Search this
Lippard, Lucy R.,  Search this
Mendieta, Raquel Cecilia  Search this
Writer of foreword:
Sabbatino, Mary  Search this
Sponsoring body, host institution:
Galerie Lelong (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Physical description:
96 pages illustrations (some color) 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Date:
2019
20th century
Topic:
Photography  Search this
Nature in art  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1114608

Nancy Spero papers

Creator:
Spero, Nancy, 1926-2009  Search this
Names:
A.I.R. Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Galerie Lelong (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Golub, Leon, 1922-2004  Search this
Mendieta, Ana, 1948-1985  Search this
Sosa, Irene  Search this
Extent:
26.4 Linear feet
19.12 Gigabytes
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Gigabytes
Sound recordings
Interviews
Video recordings
Documentary films
Motion pictures
Date:
1940s-2009
Summary:
The papers of painter, collage artist, and printmaker Nancy Spero measure 26.4 linear feet and 19.12 GB and are dated 1940s-2009. Biographical material, correspondence and other files documenting Spero's personal and professional relationships, interviews, video recordings, and writings, records of Spero's many exhibitions and projects, files highlighting the major subjects that galvanized her, business records, and printed, digital, and photographic material, offer detailed insight into the career of one of the earliest feminist artists.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of painter, collage artist, and printmaker Nancy Spero measure 26.4 linear feet and 19.12 GB and are dated 1940s-2009. Biographical material, correspondence and other files documenting Spero's personal and professional relationships, interviews, video recordings, and writings, records of Spero's many exhibitions and projects, files highlighting the major subjects that galvanized her, business records, and printed, digital, and photographic material, offer detailed insight into the career of one of the earliest feminist artists.

Biographical material includes biographical notes and curricula vitae, as well as several video recordings of documentaries about Spero by Patsy Scala and Irene Sosa which feature original footage of Spero at work. Correspondence is personal and professional, and includes letters from artists including Judy Chicago and Ana Mendieta, writers and curators such as Deborah Frizzell and Susanne Altmann, regarding Spero exhibition catalogs and monographs, and articles, and personal news from family members such as Spero's sons, and correspondence related to other aspects of Spero's career.

Interviews of Spero include transcripts, published interviews, and video recordings. Writings include many of Spero's statements about her work, as well as include notes, published versions of articles written by Spero, and video recordings of talks and panel discussions she participated in.

Exhibition files for over 75 shows document the extent to which Spero's work has been widely exhibited in her lifetime with numerous solo exhibitions, including major retrospectives in London, Paris, Barcelona, and Madrid, and dozens of group exhibitions in which she participated over the course of her career.

Gallery and museum files supplement the exhibition files by further documenting Spero's dealings with numerous galleries and museums, including Galerie Lelong, which represents Spero's estate, Barbara Gross Galerie, the first gallery in Germany to represent Spero, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the National Gallery of Canada, and many others. The series also documents Spero's involvement with A.I. R. Gallery, the first independent women's art venue in the United States.

Professional files document other aspects of Spero's career including, but not limited to, awards she received, organizations she participated in or contributed to, publishing projects related to her work, and individual projects she executed such as an installation at the Harold Washington Library in Chicago and the Artemis, Acrobats, Divas & Dancers mosaic tiles she created for the Metropolitan Transit Authority for the 66th Street/Lincoln Center subway station. Also included here are files related to works of art such as Codex Artaud, and Notes in Time.

Subject files, contents of which were presumably used as source material for Spero, document subjects of interest to her, many of which were incorporated into her work and consists primarily of printed material. Broad subject categories include animal rights and conservation, feminism, war, and women. One set of folders documents "museum and political actions" undertaken by Spero and other activists during the 1960s-1970s to fight for equal representation of women in the arts and challenge the male-dominated hierarchy of the art world. Subject files include multiple news articles on torture, rape, and other atrocities committed particularly against women during wartime and by repressive and autocratic political regimes, and also include source material on the archetypal images of women that were fundamental to her interpretation of the female experience.

Printed material documents Spero's entire career from the late 1950s on. Announcements, exhibition catalogs, invitations, news clippings, and periodicals provide comprehensive coverage of her many exhibitions and other events. Printed material also documents the activities of a few other artists, primarily from the 2000s, and includes periodicals, primarily about art, and video recordings of documentaries about art and various other subjects.

Photographic material includes photographs of Nancy Spero from the 1940s on, photos of Spero with family and friends, and photographs of artwork including the heads of Spero's 2007 Maypole: Take No Prisoners which was the last major work completed before her death, originally realized for the Venice Biennale. Also found are a few installation shots and prints, slides, and digital images of Notes in Time at A.I.R. Gallery in 1979.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 11 series:

Missing Title

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1950-2009 (Box 1, FC 30; 0.75 linear feet, ER01-ER04; 9.58 GB)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1946-2009 (Boxes 1-4, OV 27; 2.75 linear feet)

Series 3: Interviews, 1973-2007 (Boxes 4-5; 0.6 linear feet)

Series 4: Writings, 1950-2007 (Boxes 5-6; 1 linear foot)

Series 5: Exhibition Files, circa 1976-2009 (Boxes 6-9, 29; 3.1 linear feet, ER09-ER10, ER14-ER17; 1.5 GB)

Series 6: Gallery and Museum Files, 1972-2009 (Boxes 9-14; 5.1 linear feet; ER05-ER08, ER12-ER13; 2.962 GB)

Series 7: Professional Files, circa 1967-2008 (Boxes 14-17, RD 30; 3.5 linear feet; ER15; 0.74 GB)

Series 8: Subject Files, 1950s-2009 (Boxes 17-19; 2.4 linear feet)

Series 9: Business Records, circa 1976-2008 (Boxes 19-20; 0.7 linear foot)

Series 10: Printed Material, 1949-2009 (Boxes 20-25; 5.3 linear feet)

Series 11: Photographic Material, 1940s-2009 (Boxes 25-26, 29; 0.7 linear foot; ER18-ER19; 0.151 GB)
Biographical / Historical:
Nancy Spero (1926-2009) was a figurative painter, printmaker, and collage artist based in New York City whose work was executed primarily on paper from the 1960s on, and often incorporated text. Spero was among the first feminist artists and a political activist whose convictions were expressed relentlessly in her work. Using archetypal representations of women to examine the range of female experience, Spero centered "woman as protagonist" whilst simultaneously examining the suffering women have long been subjected to through structural inequality, the systematic abuses of repressive political regimes, and the atrocities of war.

Born in Cleveland, Nancy Spero lived in Chicago from the time she was a very young child until completing her studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (BFA 1949) where she met her future husband, painter Leon Golub (1922-2004). Spero studied briefly in Paris and lived in New York City, returning to Chicago after her marriage in 1951. The couple and their two sons lived in Italy from 1956 to 1957. In 1959, after a few years in New York, the family moved to Paris where Spero developed an interest in existentialism and produced a series of black paintings. Spero and Golub returned to New York in 1964 with their three sons.

Nancy Spero was strongly affected by the war in Vietnam and the many social changes of the period. She became an activist and feminist, joined various organizations, and participated in a variety of demonstrations. Work such as the War series began to include political and sexual imagery, and Spero's work from here on was primarily executed on paper.

Spero was among the founding members of the women's cooperative A.I.R. Gallery established in 1972. In the 1970s archetypal representations of women in mythology, history, art, and literature became predominant in her work. Included in this vein are major series and installations, among them Torture of Women, Notes in Time on Women, The First Language, and her 66th Street/Lincoln Center subway station mosaic mural Artemis, Acrobats, Divas and Dancers.

Spero exhibited in the 1950 Salon des Independents and her first solo exhibition (in tandem with Leon Golub) was held at Indiana University in 1958. Thereafter, she showed sporadically until nearly 30 years later when her career flourished and she enjoyed international stature. Beginning in 1986, each year brought multiple solo exhibitions at galleries and museums in the United States and internationally. In addition, she continued to participate in group shows such as "Documenta" and the Venice Biennale. Her work is included in the permanent collections of museums throughout the world.

Awards and honors included the Skowhegan Medal for Works on Paper (1995), Hiroshima Art Prize shared with Leon Golub (1996), The Women's Caucus for Art award for Outstanding Achievement in Visual Arts (2003), and The Women's Caucus for Art Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement (2005). Spero was awarded honorary Doctorates of Fine Arts by The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1991) and Williams College (2001), and was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters (2006).

After several years of declining health, Nancy Spero died from heart failure in New York City, October 18, 2009.
Related Materials:
Also among the holdings of the Archives of American Art an interview of Nancy Spero conducted 2008 Februay 6-July 24, by Judith Olch Richards, and the papers of Spero's husband, Leon Golub.
Provenance:
Following a gift of materials by Nancy Spero in 1979, the majority of the collection was donated by Spero's sons, Stephen Golub, Philip Golub, and Paul Golub, in 2013.
Restrictions:
This collection is temporarily closed to researchers due to archival processing and digitization. Contact Reference Services for more information.
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:
Collagists -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Political aspects  Search this
Feminism and art  Search this
Printmakers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Peace movements  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Women printmakers  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Video recordings
Documentary films
Motion pictures
Citation:
Nancy Spero papers, 1940s-2009. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.spernanc
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Archives of American Art
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9ee586015-b282-427f-88a2-0768b0b0e79b
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-spernanc
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Galerie Lelong (New York, N.Y.) [Folder]

Additional name:
Galerie Maeght Lelong  Search this
Contents:
Folder(s) may include exhibition announcements, newspaper and/or magazine clippings, press releases, brochures, reviews, invitations, illustrations, resumes, artist's statements, exhibition catalogs.
Place:
New York (N.Y.)
Topic:
Art Organizations  Search this
Location:
Art & Artist files at the Smithsonian American Art Museum/ National Portrait Gallery Library
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILAF_100080

William Kentridge, Nalini Malani : the shadow play as medium of memory / Andreas Huyssen

Title:
Shadow play as medium of memory
Author:
Huyssen, Andreas  Search this
Artist:
Kentridge, William 1955-  Search this
Malani, Nalini 1946-  Search this
Author:
Galerie Lelong (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Kentridge, William 1955-  Search this
Malani, Nalini 1946-  Search this
Physical description:
77 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Art
Exhibition catalogs
Date:
2013
Topic:
Shades and shadows in art  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1029610

Petah Coyne : having gone I will return

Title:
Having gone I will return
Author:
Coyne, Petah  Search this
Writer of commentary:
Sorkin, Jenni  Search this
Issuing body:
Galerie Lelong (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Coyne, Petah  Search this
Physical description:
92 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Place:
United States
Date:
2018
21st century
Topic:
Sculpture, Abstract  Search this
Installations (Art)  Search this
Literature in art  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.C8746 P48 2018
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1100886

Michelle Stuart : flight of time / Michelle Stuart

Title:
Flight of time
Author:
Stuart, Michelle 1933-  Search this
Galerie Lelong (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Stuart, Michelle 1933-  Search this
Physical description:
60 pages : illustrations ; 21 x 26 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Date:
2019
Call number:
N6537.S777 A4 2019
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1103752

McArthur Binion : Re:Mine

Title:
Re:Mine
Artist:
Binion, McArthur 1946-  Search this
Venue:
Galerie Lelong (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Binion, McArthur 1946-  Search this
Physical description:
79 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
2015
20th century
21st century
Topic:
Artists, Black  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1064731

Frederic Matys Thursz : paintings / essay by Kenneth Wahl

Author:
Thursz, Frederic  Search this
Wahl, Kenneth  Search this
Galerie Lelong (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Thursz, Frederic  Search this
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1990
C1990
20th century
Topic:
Painting, French  Search this
Call number:
ND237.T5547 A4 1990
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_818037

Kate Shepherd

Author:
Shepherd, Kate 1961-  Search this
Galerie Lelong (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Shepherd, Kate 1961-  Search this
Shepherd, Kate 1961-  Search this
Physical description:
80 p. : col. ill. ; 31 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Interviews
Date:
2007
C2007
Call number:
N6537.S5246 A4 2007
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_829779

Nancy Spero : The war series, 1966-1970

Title:
War series, 1966-1970
Author:
Spero, Nancy 1926-2009  Search this
Storr, Robert  Search this
Golub, Leon 1922-2004  Search this
Galerie Lelong (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Galerie Lelong (Paris, France)  Search this
Subject:
Spero, Nancy 1926-2009 War series  Search this
Physical description:
63 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2003
C2003
Topic:
Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Art and the conflict  Search this
War in art  Search this
Call number:
ND6537.S648 A4 2003b
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_727499

Ursula von Rydingsvard : sculptures ; Galerie Lelong Zürich, 29. Januar-25. März 2000, Galerie Lelong New York, March 10-April 29, 2000

Author:
Von Rydingsvärd, Ursula 1942-  Search this
Galerie Lelong (Zürich, Switzerland)  Search this
Galerie Lelong (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Von Rydingsvärd, Ursula 1942-  Search this
Physical description:
40 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 32 cm. + 1 page
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
2000
C2000
Call number:
NB237.V58 A4 2000
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_620935

Donald Lipski Waxmusic and candelabracadabra / essay by Marjorie Welish

Author:
Galerie Lelong (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Lipski, Donald 1947-  Search this
Physical description:
20 p. : col. ill. ; 31 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1992
Call number:
NB237.L54 A4 1992
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_641612

Hand : self portraits / by John Coplans

Author:
Coplans, John  Search this
Galerie Lelong (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Coplans, John Self-portraits  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (unpaged) : all ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1988
C1988
Topic:
Portrait photography  Search this
Hand in art  Search this
Call number:
TR647 .C67 1988
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_644706

Tàpies / preface by Dan Cameron

Author:
Tàpies, Antoni 1923-2012  Search this
Cameron, Dan  Search this
Galerie Lelong (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Tàpies, Antoni 1923-  Search this
Physical description:
30 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), port. ; 32 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1989
Call number:
N7113.T3 A4 1989b
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_647872

Donald Lipski : oral history, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, January 22-April 17, 1994, Galerie Lelong, May-June, 1994

Author:
Lipski, Donald 1947-  Search this
Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art  Search this
Galerie Lelong (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Lipski, Donald 1947-  Search this
Physical description:
24 p. : chiefly ill. ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1994
Topic:
Tobacco in art--Exhibitions  Search this
Call number:
N6537.L57 A4 1994
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_649554

Black stones, red pools : Dumfriesshire winter 1994-5 / [text and photographs by Andy Goldsworthy]

Author:
Goldsworthy, Andy 1956-  Search this
Galerie Lelong (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Goldsworthy, Andy 1956- Exhibitions  Search this
Physical description:
[27] leaves : chiefly col. ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1995
C1995
Topic:
Conceptual art  Search this
Earthworks (Art)  Search this
Landscape photography  Search this
Nature (Aesthetics)  Search this
Call number:
N6797.G65 A4 1995
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_649973

Ferran García Sevilla : Sama / text by Dan Cameron

Author:
Cameron, Dan  Search this
García Sevilla, Ferran 1949-  Search this
Galerie Lelong (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
García Sevilla, Ferran 1949- Exhibitions  Search this
Physical description:
[24] p. : ill. (some col.), port. ; 31 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1990
C1990
Call number:
ND813.G2963 A4 1990
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_657612

The "silueta" series, 1973-1980 / text by Mary Jane Jacob

Author:
Mendieta, Ana 1948-1985  Search this
Jacob, Mary Jane  Search this
Galerie Lelong (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Mendieta, Ana 1948-1985  Search this
Physical description:
35 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 31 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1991
C1991
Call number:
N40.1.M539 J15 1991
N40.1.M539J15 1991
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_424757

Jane Laudi : sculpture and works on paper / by David Moos and Rainer Crone

Author:
Moos, David  Search this
Crone, Rainer 1942-  Search this
Galerie Lelong (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Laudi, Jane Exhibitions  Search this
Physical description:
36 p. : ill. (some col., 1 folded) ; 31 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1990
C1990
Call number:
N40.1.L358 M8 1990
N40.1.L358M8 1990
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_434696

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