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Guide to the Franklin Furnace Ephemera Collection, Compiled by Matthew Hogan MSS.206

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Collection processed by Jen Kosakowski, 2007; Joseph Gallucci, 2007-2008; Priyanjali Sen, 2008; and Nicholas Martin, 2010. Finding aid by Nicholas Martin, 2010.

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on February 11, 2020
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Updated by Jasmine Larkin to include materials from accession numbers 2009.206, 2013.206, and 2014.206. In addition, the finding aid was edited for compliance with DACS and ACM Required Elements for Archival Description. Updated by Rachel Searcy to reflect 2020 accretion  , June 2018 , February 2020

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Franklin Furnace (Archive)
Creator: Hogan, Matthew
Source: Franklin Furnace (Archive)
Title: Franklin Furnace Ephemera Collection, Compiled by Matthew Hogan
Dates [inclusive]: 1970-2014
Abstract: Since its inception in 1976, Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc. has been devoted to documenting and preserving ephemeral art forms. The Franklin Furnace Ephemera Collection contains invitations, flyers, postcards, and advertisements collected by Franklin Furnace. The collection is international in scope, comprising materials in numerous languages related to art events in numerous countries. Materials date from 1970 to 2014.
Quantity: 103.25 Linear Feet in 100 record cartons and 7 manuscript boxes
Location: Materials are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please request materials at least two business days prior to your research visit to coordinate access.
Language: Materials primarily in English, with some materials in Spanish, Dutch, German, Italian and French.
Call Phrase: MSS.206

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Historical Note

Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc. is an organization whose mission is to present, preserve, interpret, proselytize and advocate on behalf of avant-garde art, especially forms that may be vulnerable due to institutional neglect, their ephemeral nature, or politically unpopular content. The Archive was founded by Martha Wilson in New York City in 1976; since then, Franklin Furnace has been one of the strongest driving forces behind the documentation and preservation of ephemeral and avant-garde art forms.

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Scope and Contents

The Franklin Furnace Ephemera Collection contains fliers, invitations, promotional objects and other printed ephemera related to events hosted at more than 9000 international venues. The contents of the collection are the result of a massive collection process undertaken by Matthew Hogan, a Franklin Furnace archivist. The venues documented in the collection span the globe, with particular strengths in New York and California. Materials are in several languages, including English, Spanish, Dutch, German, Italian and French. Specific strengths include performance spaces like Highways Performance Space and St. Mark's Church-in-the-Bowery, as well as nightclubs such as the Limelight, Tunnel and Palladium. Materials date from 1970 to 2014.


Materials in the Franklin Furnace Ephemera Collection are arranged alphabetically by venue. Fales archivists have operated under a processing scheme which retains a broad definition of the term "venue," used to refer to the entity that is primarily responsible for a given event or work. In this way not only are museums, galleries, nightclubs and performance spaces classified as venues, but collectives, institutions and individual artists as well. For each box, the alphabet range and a short list of any notable venues are given in the finding aid; the full list of venues is available here.

Note on alphabetization: In instances where a proper name is the first part of a corporate name, the venue has been arranged based on the first letter of the first name (e.g. "Leo Castelli Gallery" has been placed under "L" for Leo). Wherever an individual has been identified as a venue, the first letter of the last name takes priority (e.g. "Tehching Hsieh" has been placed under "H" for Hsieh).

Materials added to the collection in 2018 and 2020 do not follow the original arrangement scheme. Materials that were pre-sorted by venue name are listed as "Unarranged" after the alphabetical list of venues. Materials that were not pre-sorted have been listed at the end as "Unalphabetized". These materials have not been arranged by an archivist, and are arranged in the order in which they were received from the donor.

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Access Points

Subject Organizations

  • Franklin Furnace (Archive)
  • ABC No Rio (New York, N.Y.)
  • 92nd Street Y (New York, N.Y.)
  • 80 Washington Square East Galleries
  • 55 Mercer St. Gallery
  • Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art (New York, N.Y.) . 49th Parallel (Art gallery). 49th Parallel (New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn Museum
  • Center for Book Arts (New York, N.Y.)
  • Collective for Living Cinema (New York, N.Y.)
  • Creative Time, Inc.
  • Dance Theater Workshop
  • Deitch Projects
  • Dia Center for the Arts (New York, N.Y.)
  • Dieu Donné Papermill
  • Drawing Center (New York, N.Y.)
  • Group Material (Firm : New York, N.Y.)
  • Gracie Mansion Gallery
  • Grey Art Gallery & Study Center
  • Gay Men's Health Crisis, Inc.
  • Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities
  • Film Forum, inc.
  • Gagosian Gallery
  • Bronx Museum of the Arts
  • Brooklyn Academy of Music
  • Art in General, Inc.
  • Barbara Gladstone Gallery
  • Andy Warhol Museum
  • Anthology Film Archives
  • Robert Miller Gallery (New York, N.Y.)
  • St. Mark's Church In-the-Bowery (New York, N.Y.). Poetry Project
  • St. Mark's Church In-the-Bowery (New York, N.Y.)
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
  • Performance Space 122
  • Public Art Fund (New York, N.Y.)
  • Queens Museum of Art
  • REPOhistory (Organization)
  • Storefront Gallery for Art and Architecture
  • Thread Waxing Space (Gallery)
  • Tony Shafrazi Gallery
  • Tunnel (Nightclub)
  • School of Visual Arts (New York, N.Y.)
  • Sculpture Center (New York, N.Y.)
  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
  • SoundArt Foundation
  • Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)
  • Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, Calif.)
  • New York Public Library
  • New Museum of Contemporary Art (New York, N.Y.)
  • Millennium Film Workshop
  • Museum of the City of New York
  • Museo del Barrio
  • P.P.O.W. (Gallery)
  • Pat Hearn Gallery
  • P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center
  • Printed Matter, Inc.
  • Pace Gallery
  • Nuyorican Poets Cafe
  • Paper Tiger Television Collective (Firm)
  • Palladium (Nightclub)
  • Lower East Side Printshop, Inc.
  • Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
  • Highways Performance Space
  • Henry Street Settlement (New York, N.Y.)
  • Institute of Contemporary Arts (London, England)
  • Institute for Art and Urban Resources
  • Joyce SoHo (New York, N.Y.)
  • International Center of Photography
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)
  • Midtown Y Photography Gallery (New York, N.Y.)
  • Mattress Factory
  • Merce Cunningham Dance Company
  • Marian Goodman Gallery
  • Matthew Marks Gallery
  • Madison Art Center
  • Manhattan Neighborhood Network
  • Long Beach Museum of Art
  • Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (Gallery)
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art
  • Whitney Museum of American Art
  • Fashion Moda (Group)
  • Exit Art (Gallery : New York, N.Y.)
  • Estate Project for Artists with AIDS
  • Judson Memorial Church (New York, N.Y.)
  • Kitchen Center for Video, Music, Dance, Performance, Film, and Literature (New York, N.Y.)
  • Knitting Factory (Nightclub)
  • La Mama Experimental Theatre Club
  • Lannan Foundation
  • Leo Castelli Gallery
  • Limelight (Nightclub)
  • Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
  • Visual AIDS (Organization)
  • Walker Art Center
  • Ubu Gallery
  • Ubu Repertory Theater
  • Ward-Nasse Gallery
  • White Columns (Gallery)
  • A.I.R. Gallery (New York, N.Y.)
  • Amos Eno Gallery

Subject Topics

  • Alternative spaces (Arts facilities) -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Artists.
  • Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Exhibitions.
  • Art, Modern -- 21st century -- Exhibitions.

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection is protected by copyright and/or related rights. You are free to use materials in the collection in any way that is permitted by the copyright and related rights legislation that applies to your use. For other uses you need to obtain permission from the rights-holder(s).

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date (if known); The Franklin Furnace Ephemera Collection, Compiled by Matthew Hogan; MSS 206; box number; folder number; Fales Library and Special Collections, New York University.

Related Materials at Fales

The Downtown Flyers and Invitations Collection
The A.I.R. Gallery Archives
The Collective: Unconscious Archive
The Creative Time Archive
The Fashion Moda Archive
The Judson Memorial Church Archive
The REPOHistory Archive
The Ubu Repertory Theater Script Collection
Martha Wilson Papers (unprocessed)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by the Franklin Furnace Archive, 2007. The accession number associated with this gift is 2007.206. Additional donations were made in 2009-2020. The accession numbers associated with these gifts are 2009.2067, 2011.206, 2013.206, 2014.206, and 2020.009.

Processing Information

In 2018, 4 record cartons of materials from accretions 2009.206, 2013.206, and 2014.206 were processed and incorporated into the collection. Materials were housed in archival folders and boxes. In 2020, an accretion of 5 boxes was rehoused in archival boxes and folders, and incorporated into the collection as Boxes 103-107.

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Container List

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 00 - 80 M


Notable venues include 49th Parallel, 4th Street Photo Gallery and 55 Mercer Gallery.

Box: 2 80 W - Ahs


Notable venues include 80 Washington Square East Galleries, the 92nd Street Y, and ABC No Rio.

Box: 3 Ai - American Ar


Notable venues include A.I.R. Gallery.

Box: 4 American Art - Andre


Notable venues include Amos Eno Gallery.

Box: 5 Andrea- Ariz


Notable venues include the Andy Warhol Museum and Anthology Film Archives.

Box: 6 Arizo - Art L


Notable venues include Art in General.

Box: 7 Art M - Artists S


Notable venues include Artists Against AIDS.

Box: 8 Artists T- Asp
Box: 9 Ass - Baq


Notable venues include Bang on a Can.

Box: 10 Bar - Bell


Notable venues include Barbara Gladstone Gallery and Barnsdall Art Park.

Box: 11 Belm - Blue
Box: 12 Blum - Bronwy


Notable venues include Bowery Poetry Club.

Box: 13 Bronx - Brooklyn L


Notable venues inclue Bronx Museum of the Arts and Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Box: 14 Brooklyn M - California M


Notable venues include Brooklyn Museum.

Box: 15 California Mu - Caste
Box: 16 Castel - Centraal


Notable venues include Center for Book Arts.

Box: 17 Central - CID
Box: 18 Cies - Colleg


Notable venues include Collective for Living Cinema and Collective: Unconscious.

Box: 19 College - Cooper T
Box: 20 Cooper U - Cz


Notable venues include Creative Time and Cubiculo.

Box: 21 D - Dance Theater Workshop


Notable venues include Dance Theater Workshop.

Box: 22 Dance Theater Workshop - Ded


Notable venus include Dance Theater Workshop and Danceteria.

Box: 23 Dee - Dik


Notable venues include Deitch Projects, Dia Art Foundation/Center for the Arts, and Dieu Donne Papermill.

Box: 24 Dil - Dq


Notable venues include Dixon Place.

Box: 25 Dr - Eif


Notable venues include the Drawing Center.

Box: 26 Eig - Ev


Notable venues include Estate Project for Artists with AIDS.

Box: 27 Eva - Fers


Notable venues include Exit Art and Fashion Moda.

Box: 28 Fes - Fond


Notable venues include Fez and Film Forum.

Box: 29 Foo - Fris


Notable venues include Franklin Furnace Archive Inc.

Box: 30 Frit - Galerie Meh


Notable venues include Gagosian Gallery.

Box: 31 Galerie Mei - Gallery K
Box: 32 Gallery L - God


Notable venues include Gay Men's Health Crisis and Getty Research Institute.

Note: All venues associated with "the Getty" (Getty Center, J. Paul Getty Trust, Getty Museum) have been collocated under "Getty Research Institute."

Box: 33 Goe - Gret


Notable venues include Gracie Mansion Gallery.

Box: 34 Grey - Harp


Notable venues include Grey Art Gallery and Group Material.

Box: 35 Harr - High


Notable venues include Henry Street Settlement.

Box: 36 Highw - Howd


Notable venues include Highways Performance Space.

Box: 37 Howe - Institute of Contemporary Art


Notable venues include Institute for Art and Urban Resources.

Box: 38 Institute of Contemporary Arts - Irvine


Notable venues include Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, and International Center of Photography.

Box: 39 Irving - Jig
Box: 40 Jil - June


Notable venues include Joyce Theater and Judson Memorial Church.

Box: 41 Jung - Kluwer


Notable venues include the Kitchen.

Box: 42 Kn - La Mama


Notable venues include Knitting Factory and La Mama E.T.C.

Box: 43 La N - Letz


Notable venues include Lannan Foundation and Leo Castelli Gallery.

Box: 44 Lev - Lod


Notable venues include Limelight and Lincoln Center.

Box: 45 Loe - Los Angeles H


Notable venues include Long Beach Museum of Art, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions and Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Box: 46 Los Angeles I - Madison Art Center


Notable venues include Lower East Side Printshop, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and Madison Art Center.

Box: 47 Madison Art Center - Mary C


Notable venues include Madison Art Center, Manhattan Neighborhood Network and Marian Goodman Gallery.

Box: 48 Mary D - Merk


Notable venues include Matthew Marks Gallery, Mattress Factory and Merce Cunningham Studio.

Box: 49 Merl - Minner


Notable venues include Metropolitan Museum of Art, Midtown Y Photography Gallery and Millennium Film Workshop.

Box: 50 Minnes - Multi


Notable venues include MIX Film Festival.

Box: 51 Multia - Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego


Notable venues include Museo del Barrio, Museum of the City of New York and Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

Box: 52 Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego - Nas


Notable venues include Museum of Modern Art.

Box: 53 Nass - New Di
Box: 54 New Dir - New York G


Notable venues include New Museum.

Box: 55 New York Ga - Nex


Notable venues include New York Public Library.

Box: 56 Next - Oi


Notable venues include Nuyorican Poets' Cafe.

Box: 57 Oil - Pacific N


Notable venues include Pace Gallery.

Box: 58 Pacific No - Ped


Notable venues include Palladium, Paper Tiger Television and Pat Hearn Gallery.

Box: 59 Pedr - Pland
Box: 60 Plane - Printed Matter, Inc.


Notable venues include P.P.O.W. Gallery and Printed Matter, Inc.

Box: 61 Printed Matter, Inc. - Public Aq


Notable venues include Printed Matter, Inc., P.S. 1 Museum/Institute for Contemporary Art, and P.S. 122.

Box: 62 Public Ar - Randol


Notable venues include Public Art Fund, Public Theater and Queens Museum of Art.

Box: 63 Random - Ricj


Notable venues include REPOHistory.

Box: 64 Rick - Rouk


Notable venues include Robert Miller Gallery and Ronald Feldman Fine Arts.

Box: 65 Roul - Saint Mark's Church-in-the-Bowery, Danspace Project
Box: 66 Saint Mark's Church-in-the-Bowery, Danspace Project - San Francisco Az


Notable venues include Saint Mark's Church-in-the-Bowery - Danspace Project, Ontological-Hysteric Theater, and Poetry Project.

Box: 67 San Francisco B - Saras


Notable venues include San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Box: 68 Sarat - Send


Notable venues include School of Visual Arts and Sculpture Center.

Box: 69 Sene - Sm
Box: 70 Sma - Sonn


Notable venues include Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

Box: 71 Sono - Stac


Notable venues include SoundArt Foundation.

Box: 72 Stad - Studit


Notable venues include Storefront for Art and Architecture.

Box: 73 Studiu - Tav
Box: 74 Tave - Toby


Notable venues include Thread Waxing Space.

Box: 75 Toc - Tun


Notable venues include Tony Shafrazi Gallery.

Box: 76 Tunc - University In


Notable venues include Tunnel, Ubu Gallery and Ubu Repertory Theater.

Box: 77 University Io - Vie
Box: 78 Viej - Walj


Notable venues include Visual AIDS.

Box: 79 Walk - Westbr


Notable venues include Walker Art Center and Ward-Nasse Gallery.

Box: 80 Westbro - Williamq


Notable venues include White Columns and Whitney Museum of American Art.

Box: 81 Williamr - World L
Box: 82 World M - Z
Box: 95 Folder : 1-8 Unarranged A
Box: 95 Folder : 9-13 Unarranged B
Box: 95 Folder : 14-22 Unarranged C
Box: 95 Folder : 23-25 (Mixed Materials [31142062727949]) Unarranged D
Box: 96 Folder : 1 (Mixed Materials [31142062727931])
Box: 96 Folder : 2-4 Unarranged E
Box: 96 Folder : 5-6 Unarranged F
Box: 96 Folder : 7-8 Unarranged G
Box: 96 Folder : 9-11 Unarranged H
Box: 96 Folder : 12 Unarranged I
Box: 96 Folder : 13 Unarranged J
Box: 96 Folder : 14 Unarranged K
Box: 96 Folder : 15-19 Unarranged L
Box: 96 Folder : 20-24 Unarranged M
Box: 96 Folder : 25-30 Unarranged N
Box: 96 Folder : 31 Unarranged O
Box: 97 Folder : 1-5 Unarranged P
Box: 97 Folder : 6 Unarranged Q
Box: 97 Folder : 7 Unarranged R
Box: 97 Folder : 8-14 Unarranged S
Box: 97 Folder : 15-18 Unarranged T
Box: 97 Folder : 19 Unarranged U
Box: 97 Folder : 20 Unarranged V
Box: 97 Folder : 21-22 Unarranged W
Box: 97 Folder : 23 Unarranged Y
Box: 97 Folder : 24-25 Unarranged Z
Box: 97 Folder : 26-30 Unalphabetized
Box: 98 Folder : 1-28 Unalphabetized
Box: 99 Folder : 1-29 Unalphabetized
Box: 100 Folder : 1-29 Unalphabetized
Box: 101 Folder : 1-8 Unalphabetized
Box: 102 Folder : 1-5 Unalphabetized
Flat-File-Folder: 2 Unalphabetized
Box: 103 Folder : 1-10 Unalphabetized
Box: 104 Folder : 1-9 Unalphabetized
Box: 105 Folder : 1-10 Unalphabetized
Box: 106 Folder : 1-9 Unalphabetized
Box: 107 Folder : 1-9 Unalphabetized

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