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Ilene Segalove papers

Creator:
Segalove, Ilene, 1950-  Search this
Names:
University of California, Santa Barbara  Search this
Darling, Lowell  Search this
Extent:
4.4 Linear feet
6.06 Gigabytes
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Gigabytes
Scrapbooks
Sketchbooks
Drawings
Date:
1964-2017
Summary:
The papers of feminist, conceptual, video, and performance artist Ilene Segalove measure 4.4 linear feet and 6.06 gigabytes and date from 1964 to 2017. The collection contains a small amount of biographical material including resumes, certificates, and address lists; correspondence with family and friends; writings; and teaching files from the University of California, Santa Barbara. The bulk of the collection consists of project and exhibition files for both solo works and works in collaboration with Lowell Darling, and printed material. Also included are photographic materials such as snapshots of exhibition openings and slides of artwork; and artwork, primarily artist notebooks and video art.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of feminist, conceptual, video, and performance artist Ilene Segalove measure 4.4 linear feet and 6.06 gigabytes, and date from 1964 to 2017. The collection contains a small amount of biographical material including resumes, certificates, and address lists; correspondence with family and friends; writings; and teaching files from the University of California, Santa Barbara. The bulk of the collection consists of project and exhibition files for both solo works and works in collaboration with Lowell Darling, and printed material. Also included are photographic materials such as snapshots of exhibition openings and slides of artwork; and artwork, primarily artist notebooks and video art.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as eight series.

Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1977-1987, 2014 (Box 1, Box 6; 5 folders)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1975-2005 (Box 1; 1 folder)

Series 3: Writings, 1970s-1980s (Box 1; 0.1 linear feet)

Series 4: Teaching Files, 2012-2013 (Box 1; 2 folders)

Series 5: Project and Exhibition Files, 1971-1991, 2004-2013 (Boxes 1-2, Box 6, OV 7; 1.3 linear feet; 2.50 GB; ER01)

Series 6: Printed Material, 1972-2017 (Boxes 2-4, Box 6; 1.9 linear feet)

Series 7: Photographic Material, 1964, circa 1970s-1990s (Box 4, Box 6; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 8: Artwork, 1974-2013 (Boxes 4-5, Box 6, Box 8; 0.5 linear feet; 3.56 GB, ER02-ER04)
Biographical / Historical:
Ilene Segalove (1950-) is a feminist, conceptual, video, and performance artist in Santa Barbara, California. She studied fine arts at the University of California, Santa Barbara and communication arts at Loyola Marymount University. In much of her work, Segalove examines "familiar things," making quasi-documentaries about her experiences and her family. She has been featured in several exhibitions, particularly in California and New York, and her works are included in collections of institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Jewish Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.
Provenance:
The Ilene Segalove papers were donated to the Archives of American Art by Ilene Segalove in 2018 and 2019.
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.

Researchers interested in accessing born-digital records or audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies, and use requires advanced notice. 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:
Conceptual artists -- California  Search this
Video artists -- California  Search this
Performance artists -- California  Search this
Topic:
Feminists -- California  Search this
Women performance artists  Search this
Women artists -- California  Search this
Genre/Form:
Scrapbooks
Sketchbooks
Drawings
Citation:
Ilene Segalove papers, 1964-2017. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.segailen
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Ilene Segalove papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-segailen
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Oral history interview with Xiaoze Xie, 2010 May 10-11

Interviewee:
Xie, Xiaoze, 1966-  Search this
Interviewer:
Riedel, Mija, 1958-  Search this
Subject:
United States  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Asian American artists -- Interviews  Search this
Curators -- Interviews  Search this
Painters -- Pennsylvania -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15806
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)289264
AAA_collcode_xie10
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_289264

Oral history interview with Michael Smith, 2018 July 30-August 1

Interviewee:
Smith, Michael, 1951-  Search this
Interviewer:
Zapol, Liza, 1978-  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Topic:
Installations (Art)  Search this
Performance artists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)17596
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)396436
AAA_collcode_smith18
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_396436
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Oral history interview with Martha Rosler, 2019 December 17-18

Interviewee:
Rosler, Martha, 1943-  Search this
Interviewer:
Schwartz, Stephanie  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Photographers -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Art critics -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Performance artists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)21736
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)398657
AAA_collcode_rosler19
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_398657

Oral history interview with Mary Lucier, 1990 Apr.-Nov

Interviewee:
Lucier, Mary, 1944-  Search this
Interviewer:
Nadelman, Cynthia  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Sound recordings
Topic:
Photographers -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12867
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)215847
AAA_collcode_lucier90
Theme:
Photography
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_215847

Oral history interview with Mary Lucier, 2011 Sept. 27-30

Interviewee:
Lucier, Mary, 1944-  Search this
Interviewer:
Richards, Judith Olch, 1947-  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Photographers -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Sculptors -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Women artists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)16007
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)305801
AAA_collcode_lucier11
Theme:
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_305801
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Lyle Ashton Harris, 2017 March 27-29

Interviewee:
Harris, Lyle Ashton, 1965-  Search this
Interviewer:
Fialho, Alex, 1989-  Search this
Subject:
Baker, Houston A., Jr.  Search this
Barton, Nancy, (Artist)  Search this
Basquiat, Jean-Michel  Search this
Butler, Cornelia H.  Search this
Carby, Hazel V.  Search this
Collier, Jim  Search this
Gates, Henry Louis, Jr.  Search this
Geer, Tommy  Search this
Goldin, Nan  Search this
Gonzalez-Torres, Felix  Search this
Gray, Todd  Search this
Grayson, John  Search this
Hemphill, Essex  Search this
Julien, Isaac  Search this
Lord, Catherine  Search this
Mapplethorpe, Robert  Search this
Mays, Vickie M.  Search this
O'Dench, Ellen  Search this
O'Meally, Jackie  Search this
O'Meally, Robert G.  Search this
Riggs, Marlon T.  Search this
Seeley, J.  Search this
Sekula, Allan  Search this
Tate, Greg  Search this
Tilton, Jack  Search this
Watson, Simon  Search this
Wilson, Millie  Search this
Woodman, Francesca  Search this
American Academy in Rome  Search this
California Institute of the Arts  Search this
Visual Arts and the AIDS Epidemic: An Oral History Project  Search this
Wesleyan University (Middletown, Conn.)  Search this
Whitney Museum of American Art  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Place:
England -- London -- Description and travel
Ghana -- Description and travel
Netherlands -- Amsterdam -- Description and travel
New York (N.Y.) -- Description and travel
Tanzania -- Description and travel
Topic:
African American artists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
AIDS activists  Search this
AIDS (Disease) and art  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Gay artists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Performance artists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Photographers -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Photography -- Study and teaching  Search this
Racism  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)17456
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)387759
AAA_collcode_harris17
Theme:
African American
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_387759
Online Media:

Robert Wiegand papers and video art, 1953-1994, 1953-1994

Creator:
Wiegand, Robert, 1934-1993  Search this
Subject:
Browne, Vivian E.  Search this
Stockwell, Pamela  Search this
Schneemann, Carolee  Search this
Chernow, Burt  Search this
Rose, Alexandra  Search this
McLeon, James  Search this
Larson, Susan  Search this
Horowitz, Leonard  Search this
Foreman, Laura  Search this
Brown, Trisha  Search this
Phoenix Gallery  Search this
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Video recordings
Topic:
Video art  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6151
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216376
AAA_collcode_wiegrobe
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_216376
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Peter Campus, 2010 January 17-18

Interviewee:
Campus, Peter, 1937-  Search this
Interviewer:
Richards, Judith Olch, 1947-  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15782
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)287770
AAA_collcode_campus10
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_287770

Oral history interview with Dara Birnbaum, 2017 May 30-31

Interviewee:
Birnbaum, Dara, 1946-  Search this
Interviewer:
Yablonsky, Linda, 1948-  Search this
Subject:
Pollock-Krasner Foundation  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Topic:
Installations (Art) -- New York -- New York  Search this
Women artists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)17472
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)388185
AAA_collcode_birnba17
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_388185
Online Media:

Paul Ryan papers, 1931-2009

Creator:
Ryan, Paul Louis, 1943-  Search this
Subject:
Bianchi, Lois  Search this
Dunn, David  Search this
Bijvoet, Marga  Search this
Johnson, Avery  Search this
Kevelson, Roberta  Search this
Lansing, Gerrit  Search this
Lira, Aldo  Search this
Lord, Chip  Search this
Robbins, Al  Search this
Procter, Jody  Search this
Ponsol, Claude  Search this
Lowenstein, Oliver  Search this
Anderson, Myrdene  Search this
Berg, Peter  Search this
Berman, Morris  Search this
Berry, Thomas  Search this
Zerella, Lida  Search this
Sibert, Jodi  Search this
Sturken, Marita  Search this
Segura, Phyllis Gershuny  Search this
Shamberg, Michael  Search this
Gaia Institute  Search this
Earth Environmental Group  Search this
Savannah College of Art and Design  Search this
New School for Social Research  Search this
Raindance Corporation  Search this
Earthscore Foundation  Search this
Dalton School  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Prints
Illustrations
Video recordings
Writings
Topic:
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Monasticism and religious orders  Search this
Authors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15614
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)281416
AAA_collcode_ryanpaul
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_281416
Online Media:

Benedict Tatti papers, 1936-2011, bulk 1945-1993

Creator:
Tatti, Benedict Michael, 1917-1993  Search this
Subject:
Noguchi, Isamu  Search this
Slobodkin, Louis  Search this
Canfield, Jane  Search this
Goodrich, Lloyd  Search this
Zorach, William  Search this
American Medallic Sculpture Association  Search this
Anthology Film Archives  Search this
American Numismatic Association  Search this
Mercer Arts Center (Organization: New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Audubon Artists (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Galerie Claude Bernard  Search this
Roko Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Type:
Notes
Awards
Lists
Christmas cards
Photographs
Designs
Sketches
Topic:
Educators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Sculptors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15865
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)294681
AAA_collcode_tattbene
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_294681
Online Media:

Leah Nolan papers, 1908-1977

Creator:
Nolan, Leah, 1901-1982  Search this
Type:
Scrapbooks
Topic:
Women artists -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8146
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210317
AAA_collcode_nolaleah
Theme:
Women
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210317

William Lundberg papers, 1964-2010

Creator:
Lundberg, Bill, 1942-  Search this
Type:
Motion pictures
Video recordings
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)16044
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)310047
AAA_collcode_lundbill
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_310047

State of the arts videorecordings, 1979

Creator:
Lawrence P. Fraiberg Productions  Search this
Subject:
Campoli, Cosmo  Search this
Karp, Ivan C.  Search this
Fraiberg, Lawrence P.  Search this
Thorne, Joan  Search this
Solomon, Holly  Search this
Segal, George  Search this
Rose, Barbara  Search this
Phillips, Liz  Search this
Paik, Nam June  Search this
Kovich, Robert  Search this
Cavanau, Ted  Search this
Derman, Rick  Search this
Nolan, Barry  Search this
Whitney Museum of American Art  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Lawrence P. Fraiberg Productions  Search this
O.K. Harris Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
New Museum  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Video recordings
Topic:
Art galleries, Commercial -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Study and teaching  Search this
Performance art  Search this
Artists' studios  Search this
Video art -- United States  Search this
Sound sculpture -- United States  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Art dealers  Search this
Art -- Economic aspects  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10962
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)214748
AAA_collcode_frailawr
Theme:
The Art Market
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_214748

Exhibition records of the Contemporary Study Wing of the Finch College Museum of Art, 1943-1975, bulk 1964-1975

Creator:
Finch College. Museum of Art  Search this
Varian, Elayne H. (Elayne Hanley), 1913-1987  Search this
Subject:
Acconci, Vito  Search this
Glimcher, Arnold B.  Search this
Benglis, Lynda  Search this
Anderson, David K.  Search this
Bochner, Mel  Search this
Benyon, Margaret  Search this
Janis, Sidney  Search this
Castelli, Leo  Search this
Brooks, James  Search this
Jackson, Martha Kellogg  Search this
Hollander, Irwin  Search this
Insley, Will  Search this
Gottlieb, Adolph  Search this
Graham, Dan  Search this
Smith, Tony  Search this
Siegelaub, Seth  Search this
Richter, Hans  Search this
Parsons, Betty  Search this
O'Doherty, Brian  Search this
Nauman, Bruce  Search this
Kirby, Michael  Search this
Chase, Doris  Search this
Cross, Lloyd G.  Search this
Davis, Douglas  Search this
Dwan, Virginia  Search this
Feigen, Richard L.  Search this
Wise, Howard  Search this
Weiner, Sam  Search this
Sonfist, Alan  Search this
Mazur, Michael  Search this
Meyer, Ursula  Search this
Lichtenstein, Roy  Search this
Levine, Les  Search this
Type:
Transcripts
Interviews
Photographs
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Museum records
Topic:
Sculptors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art dealers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Gallery directors  Search this
Gallery owners  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8114
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210285
AAA_collcode_finccoll
Theme:
Communities, Organizations, Museums
Art Gallery Records
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210285
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Thread Waxing Space records

Creator:
Thread Waxing Space (Gallery)  Search this
Extent:
36.7 Linear feet
3.86 Gigabytes
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Gigabytes
Photographs
Video recordings
Date:
1980s-2001
bulk 1991-2001
Summary:
The records of the New York City gallery Thread Waxing Space measure 36.7 linear feet and 3.86 GB and date from 1980s-2001 (bulk 1991-2001). Exhibitions and events held at the gallery are documented through correspondence, artists' bios, printed and digital materials, shipping records, photographic materials, audiovisual materials, and other administrative records. Also found are a handful of artist research files, clippings, and press books.
Scope and Contents note:
The records of the New York City gallery Thread Waxing Space measure 36.7 linear feet and 3.86 GB and date from 1980s-2001 (bulk 1991-2001). Exhibitions and events held at the gallery are documented through correspondence, artists' bios, printed and digital materials, shipping records, photographic materials, audiovisual materials, and other administrative records. Also found are a handful of artist research files, clippings, and press books.

Program Files provide a nearly comprehensive documentation of the exhibitions, performances, lectures and other programs held at Thread Waxing Space. Materials include correspondence, contracts, administrative records, printed materials, photographic materials, audiovisual materials, and scattered electronic records.

Research Files include a handful of folders containing materials related to artists, such as resumes, biographies, printed and digital materials, clippings, and scattered correspondence. Press books containing photocopied newspaper and magazine articles, scattered clippings and scattered printed materials are found in Press Files. Audiovisual Materials contain sound and video recordings presumably of artists found in the Program Files series.

Exhibitions and performances for which there is considerable documentation in the collection include Post-IZUM Moods Music Series (1993), "Don't Look Now" (1994) curated by Joshua Decter, "Garbage!" (1995), "Beyond Ars Medica: Treasures from the Mutter Museum" (1995-1996), "European Comics: Another Image" (1997), "Celluloid Cave" (1997), "Ascent of Western Civilization: American Independent Rock, 1976-1991" (1997), "Jump Cut (Faust)" (1997), "Sanctuary: A Spiritual Music Festival" (1998), "Conceptual Art as Neurobiological Praxis" (1999), "Foul Play" (1999), and "Mr. Fascination" (1999-2000); and traveling exhibitions "Archigram: Experimental Architecture 1961-1974" (1998-1999), "Spectacular Optical" (1998-1999), "After the Gold Rush" (1999), and "Achieving Failure: Gym Culture 2000" (2000).
Arrangement note:
The collection is arranged as 4 series:

Series 1: Program Files, 1980s-2001 (Boxes 1-38; 35.7 linear feet, ER01-ER16; 3.86 GB)

Series 2: Research Files, 1993-2000 (Box 35; 8 folders)

Series 3: Press Files, 1991-circa 2001 (Boxes 35, 38; 0.4 linear feet)

Series 4: Audiovisual Materials, 1989-1993, undated (Boxes 35-36; 0.6 linear feet)
Biographical/Historical note:
Founded by Tim Nye, Thread Waxing Space opened in September 1991 on the second floor of 476 Broadway in New York City. Named after the building's previous occupants -- a factory which produced waxed thread -- the non-profit gallery and performance space explored the interdisciplinary nature of the arts and expanded the boundaries of a traditional gallery through diverse programming.

Thread Waxing Space had multiple exhibition spaces, including the main gallery where the gallery's curators and independent curators organized solo and group exhibitions of contemporary artists working in all types of mediums; the Project Room, a space typically showing works of emerging or under-represented artists; and the Kitchenette, showing works by video artists. In addition to solo and group exhibitions, dance performances, readings, musical events, film screening, lectures, discussion panels, benefits, and arts education programs for students were all frequently held at Thread Waxing Space.

Exhibitions in the main gallery and the Project Room typically ran concurrently for 4-6 weeks. One of the more prominent exhibits held at Thread Waxing Space was "Beck & Al Hansen: Playing With Matches," an exhibit of artworks by musician and songwriter Beck and his grandfather, Fluxus artist Al Hansen. Other artists with solo exhibitions at Thread Waxing Space include Leonardo Drew and Virgil Marti. Thread Waxing Space closed in 2001.
Provenance:
The Thread Waxing Space records were donated in 2008 by Thread Waxing Space founder Tim Nye.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and electronic records with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Rights:
The Thread Waxing Space records are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Art galleries, Commercial -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Performance art -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Video recordings
Citation:
Thread Waxing Space records, 1980s-2001, bulk 1991-2001. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.threwaxs
See more items in:
Thread Waxing Space records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-threwaxs
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Robert Smithson and Nancy Holt papers

Creator:
Smithson, Robert  Search this
Names:
Dwan Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art  Search this
Andre, Carl, 1935-  Search this
Atkinson, Terry, 1939-  Search this
Dibbets, Jan, 1941-  Search this
Dwan, Virginia  Search this
Flavin, Dan, 1933-  Search this
Graham, Dan, 1942-  Search this
Haacke, Hans, 1936-  Search this
Heizer, Michael, 1944-  Search this
Holt, Nancy, 1938-  Search this
Insley, Will, 1929-2011  Search this
Jenney, Neil, 1945-  Search this
Johnson, Ray, 1927-  Search this
Kepes, Gyorgy, 1906-2001  Search this
LeWitt, Sol, 1928-2007  Search this
Lippard, Lucy R.  Search this
Long, Richard, 1945-  Search this
Oppenheim, Dennis, 1938-2011  Search this
Valledor, Leo  Search this
Wheeler, Dennis  Search this
Extent:
15.1 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Interviews
Sketches
Scrapbooks
Greeting cards
Photographs
Transcripts
Motion pictures (visual works)
Date:
1905-1987
bulk 1952-1987
Summary:
The papers of sculptor, writer, and earthworks artist Robert Smithson and his wife, sculptor, filmmaker, and earthworks artist Nancy Holt measure 15.1 linear feet and date from 1905 to 1987, with the bulk of the material dating from 1952 to 1987. The papers consist of Smithson's biographical material; business and personal correspondence, much of it with artists; interview transcripts; extensive writings and project files; financial records; printed material; a scrapbook of clippings; holiday cards with original prints and sketches; photographic material; and artifacts. Also found are project files related to Nancy Holt's motion picture film Pine Barrens and her seminal environmental work of art Sun Tunnels, including a video documentary about Sun Tunnels.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of sculptor, writer, and earthworks artist Robert Smithson and his wife, sculptor, filmmaker, and earthworks artist Nancy Holt measure 15.1 linear feet and date from 1905 to 1987, with the bulk of the material dating from 1952 to 1987. The papers consist of Smithson's biographical material; business and personal correspondence, much of it with artists; interview transcripts; extensive writings and project files; financial records; printed material; a scrapbook of clippings; holiday cards with original prints and sketches; photographic material; and artifacts. Also found are project files related to Nancy Holt's film Pine Barrens and her seminal environmental work of art Sun Tunnels, including a video documentary about Sun Tunnels.

Biographical material includes Robert Smithson's curriculum vitae, personal identification and medical documents, eight engagement/day planners Smithson and Holt maintained from 1966 to 1973, and Smithson's funeral register.

Correspondence is primarily with Smithson's family, friends, fellow artists, and business associates discussing personal relationships, proposed art projects, and exhibitions. Correspondents of note include Carl Andre, the Dwan Gallery (Virginia Dwan), Dan Graham, Will Insley, Ray Johnson, Gyorgy Kepes, Sol Lewitt, Lucy Lippard, and Dennis Wheeler. There is also substantial correspondence received by Holt upon Smithson's death in 1973, and between Holt and the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art regarding Smithson's retrospective exhibition in 1982.

There are nine interview transcripts with Smithson discussing his works and his general philosophy on art, and one transcript of the Andrew Dickson White Museum's Earth Art Symposium (1969) featuring the following artists: Mike Hiezer, Dennis Oppenheim, Robert Smithson, Neil Jenney, Gunther Uecker, Jan Dibbets, Richard Long, and Hans Haacke.

Writings are substantial and include 73 drafts of published and unpublished essays by Smithson on art, artists, and works in progress. The series also includes poems by Smithson, six notebooks containing notes and sketches by Smithson, and drafts of writings sent to Smithson and Holt by friends and colleagues, including Carl Andre, Terry Atkinson, Dan Flavin, Dan Graham, and Jack Thibeau.

Project files contain correspondence, project instructions, diagrams and sketches, research materials, photographic material, and maps related to over 50 of Smithson's artworks. These include concepts, proposed projects, sculptures, non-sites, and earthwork projects, including Spiral Jetty, Broken Circle, and Spiral Hill.

Personal business records include gallery related loan arrangements and receipts for miscellaneous art supplies. Financial records include tax forms and preparation documents, including cancelled checks, receipts, statements, and related correspondence.

Printed materials include books, clippings, and periodicals related to Smithson, either containing writings or sketches by him, or containing articles reviewing his work. There are also exhibition announcements and catalogs of Smithson's group and solo shows from 1959 to 1985.

The scrapbook contains clippings of Smithson's published articles from 1966 to 1973 with annotated shorthand notes.

Artwork consists of Christmas cards collaged by Smithson, and sketches by Smithson and Leo Valledor.

Photographic materials include prints and negatives of Smithson with friends, promotional Hollywood movie stills, and original prints and copyprints of other artists' artwork.

Artifacts consist of a paper bag silkscreened with a Campbell's soup can (Warhol), promotional buttons (N.E. Thing Co.), various organic materials, and two art kits.

Nancy Holt's papers consist of correspondence, a grant application, printed materials, and project files and audio visual material related to her motion picture film Pine Barrens (1975) and her seminal environmental work of art Sun Tunnels (1975).
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 13 series:

Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1905-1974 (Box 1; 14 folders)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1959-1987 (Boxes 1-2, OV 21; 1.7 linear feet)

Series 3: Interview Transcripts, 1966-1973 (Box 2; 11 folders)

Series 4: Writings, 1959-1975 (Boxes 2-3; 1.1 linear feet)

Series 5: Project Files, circa 1950s-1982 (Boxes 4-5, Boxes 17-18, OV 20, OV 22-26, OV 36, RD 28-30, RD 32-35; 6.5 linear feet)

Series 6: Personal Business Records, circa 1967-1970s (Box 5; 4 folders)

Series 7: Financial Records, 1962-1972 (Box 6; 1 linear foot)

Series 8: Printed Material, 1955-1985 (Boxes 7-11, Box 18, RD 31; 5.6 linear feet)

Series 9: Scrapbook, 1966-1973 (Box 11, Box 16; 0.3 linear feet)

Series 10: Artwork, circa 1950s-1970s (Box 11; 4 folders)

Series 11: Photographs, circa 1950s-1970s (Box 11, Box 18; 5 folders)

Series 12: Artifacts, circa 1950s-1970s (Box 11, Box 14, OV 19; 0.5 linear feet)

Series 13: Nancy Holt Papers, circa 1960s-1980s (Box 12-13, 15, OV 27, FC 37-38; 1.9 linear feet)
Biographical Note:
Robert Smithson (1938-1973) was the pioneer of land and earthworks art. He was also a noted sculptor, painter, writer, and lecturer working primarily in New York City. Smithson's wife, Nancy Holt (1938-) was a noted sculptor and filmmaker and also worked as an earthworks artist.

Born in Passaic, New Jersey, Smithson expressed an early interest in art, enrolling in classes at the Brooklyn Museum School and the Art Student's League in New York while still attending high school. Smithson's early works were primarily paintings, drawings, and collages. In 1959, he exhibited his first solo show of paintings at the Artists' Gallery in New York and had his first solo international show in Rome with the Galleria George Lester in 1961.

During the early to mid-1960s, Smithson was perhaps better known as a writer and art critic, writing numerous essays and reviews for Arts Magazine and Artforum. He became affiliated with artists who were identified with the minimalist movement, such as Carl Andre, Donald Judd, Nancy Holt, Sol LeWitt, Robert Morris and others. In 1963, Smithson married sculptor and filmmaker Nancy Holt and a year later started to create his first sculptural works. In 1966, Smithson joined the Dwan Gallery, whose owner Virginia Dwan was an enthusiastic supporter of his work.

Smithson's interest in land art began in the late 1960s while exploring industrial and quarry sites and observing the movement of earth and rocks. This resulted in a series of sculptures called "non-sites" consisting of earth and rocks collected from a specific site and installed in gallery space, often combined with photographs, maps, mirrors, or found materials. In September 1968, Smithson published the essay "A Sedimentation of the Mind: Earth Projects" in Artforum that promoted the work of the first wave of land art artists. Soon thereafter, he began creating his own large scale land art and earthworks.

From 1967 to 1973, Smithson's productivity was constant as he wrote, lectured, and participated in several solo and group shows a year, both at home and abroad. He explored narrative art as essay in "The Monuments of Passaic" and fully committed to his idea of visiting sites and using them as the basis for creating non-sites, Non-Site, Pine Barrens, (1968); incorporated and documented the use of mirrors at sites in Mirror Displacement, Cayuga Salt Mine Project (1968-1969); and created his first site-specific works through liquid pours of mud, asphalt, and concrete, including Asphalt Rundown (1969). In 1969, he also completed his first earth pour at Kent State University with his project Partially Buried Woodshed. Later that year, he created the sculptural artwork for which he is best known, Spiral Jetty (1969) on the Great Salt Lake in Utah. This was the first of his pieces to require the acquisition of land rights and earthmoving equipment, and would be followed two years later by Broken Circle and Spiral Hill in 1971.

On July 20, 1973, while surveying sites in Texas for the proposed Amarillo Ramp, Smithson died in a plane crash at the age of 35. Despite his early death, Smithson's writings and artwork had a major impact on many contemporary artists.

Nancy Holt began her career as a photographer and video artist. Today, Holt is most widely known for her large-scale environmental works, Sun Tunnels and Dark Star Park. Holt has also made a number of films and videos since the late 1960s, including Mono Lake (1968), East Coast, West Coast (1969), and Swamp (1971) in collaboration with her late husband Robert Smithson. Points of View: Clocktower (1974) features conversations between Lucy Lippard and Richard Serra, Liza Bear and Klaus Kertess, Carl Andre and Ruth Kligman and Bruce Brice and Tina Girouard. In 1978, she produced a film about her seminal work Sun Tunnels.
Related Material:
The Archives also holds several collections related to Robert Smithson and Nancy Holt, including an oral history interview with Robert Smithson conducted by Paul Cummings in 1972; an interview with Robert Smithson conducted by Tony Robbin in 1968; Robert Smithson letters to George B. Lester, 1960-1963; and oral history interviews with Nancy Holt conducted by Scott Gutterman in 1992 and Joyce Pomeroy Schwartz in 1993.
Separated Material:
Non-archival library books, periodicals, and phonographs from Robert Smithson's personal library are currently stored offsite.
Provenance:
The papers of Robert Smithson and Nancy Holt were donated by Nancy Holt in several accretions between 1986 and 2011.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Rights:
The Robert Smithson and Nancy Holt papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Sculptors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
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Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sketches
Scrapbooks
Greeting cards
Photographs
Transcripts
Motion pictures (visual works)
Citation:
Robert Smithson and Nancy Holt papers, 1905-1987, bulk 1952-1987. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.smitrobe
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Video interviews with Paul Ryan, Frank Gillette, and Ira Schneider

Creator:
Giancola, John  Search this
Ryan, Paul, 1943-  Search this
Names:
Raindance Corporation  Search this
Giancola, John  Search this
Gillette, Frank, 1941-  Search this
Schneider, Ira  Search this
Extent:
4 Items (video recordings)
Type:
Collection descriptions
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Interviews
Video recordings
Date:
1992
Scope and Contents:
Three video interviews (on four DVDs) with Paul Ryan, Frank Gillette, and Ira Schneider, founders of the Raindance Corporation, conducted in 1992 by John Giancola, regarding a history of the Raindance Corporation. Interviews include discussions on the early video movement in New York, the formation of the Raindance Corporation, critical issues in considering video as an art form, and the publication of the collective's magazine Radical Software. DVD formats contain embedded indexes.
Biographical / Historical:
The Raindance Corporation, currently the Raindance Foundation, was a collective founded in 1969, dedicated to using video as a means of cultural education.
Provenance:
Donated 2010 by Frank Giancola.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Rights:
The donor has retained all intellectual property rights, including copyright, that they may own.
Occupation:
Video artists -- New York (State) -- Interviews  Search this
Topic:
Video art -- Philosophy  Search this
Video art -- New York (State)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Video recordings
Identifier:
AAA.raincorp
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
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Strange Music for Nam June Paik: Ryuichi Sakamoto and Stephen Vitiello

Creator:
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Type:
YouTube Videos
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