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Guide to the Artists Space Archive

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Collection processed by Rachel E. Greer with Rhyannon J. Rodriguez, 2013.

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on May 19, 2017
Description is in English.

Scope and Content

Materials in the Artists Space Archive document the workings of this late-twentieth-century art organization and all its attendant functions. Because exhibitions are at the core of Artists Space programming, the bulk of this material includes files that record exhibition research, coordination, opening, reception, sales, touring, and dismantling. This collection also preserves artists' materials (CVs, catalogues, photographic elements), correspondence, drafts of published works, financial records, gallery floorplans and maps, grant applications, loan and legal documentation, and promotional matter in the form of brochures, postcard announcements, newsletters, posters, and press releases. Documentation of Artists Space events and exhibition programming are also preserved in the form of images: slides and prints, drawings, paintings and collages, floppy disks, zip disks, cd-roms, and other digital media containing images, films, and audio. The research materials for the Artists Space 15th and 25th Anniversary publications also provide an instructive history of the organization.


All efforts were made to preserve the original arrangement of the collection. The collection has been divided into eight series reflecting this arrangement. Within each series, items are arranged chronologically by event or exhibition opening date. The Book Files series is an exception, and is arranged alphabetically, then chronologically. The Media series is also an exception in which items are arranged alphabetically. The archivist transcribed folder titles exactly from original folder titles given by the organization. When they were changed, due to error or omission, they are denoted with brackets. The researcher should expect to find overlapping of materials throughout all series. Oversized archival materials from the various series are listed at the end of the finding aid. The first seven series are available for research while access copies of the media originals are not available. This collection is arranged into the following series:

Series I: Exhibition Files

Series II: Promotional Materials

Series III: Administrative Files
Subseries A: Gallery Organization
Subseries B: Workshops

Series IV: Book Files

Series V: Independent Project Grants

Series VI: Curator Files

Series VII: Photographic Materials

Series VIII: Media
Subseries A: Sound recordings, video recordings, and films
Subseries B: Data Storage