Fales Library and Special Collections logo

Guide to the New Museum Library Lucy Lippard Collection
1962-2005 (Bulk 1977-1995)
 MSS 169

Fales Library and Special Collections
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012
Phone: (212) 998-2596
Email: fales.library@nyu.edu


Fales Library and Special Collections

Collection processed by Lawrence Giffin, 2010.

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on June 25, 2015

Descriptive Summary

 
Creator: Lippard, Lucy R.
Creator: New Museum of Contemporary Art (New York, N.Y.) .
Title: The New Museum Library Lucy Lippard Collection
Dates [inclusive]: 1962-2005
Dates [bulk]: Bulk, 1977-1995
Abstract: Lucy Lippard (born 1937 in New York City) is an American art critic and curator. The New Museum Library Lucy Lippard Collection comprises mostly paper materials compiled and created by Lippard in the course of working on her book Mixed Blessings: New Art in a Multicultural America, which she later donated to the New Museum Library.
Quantity: 8.96 linear feet
Call Phrase: MSS 169

Return to Top »


Biographical Note

Lucy Lippard (born 1937 in New York City) is an American art critic and curator. An early champion of conceptual art, feminist artists, and artists of color, Lippard has authored numerous books on art and art theory. She is a co-founder of Printed Matter, an art book and artist's book shop in New York City, and an original member of the Heresies Collective, a group of feminist artists and critics responsible for the journal Heresies: A Feminist Publication on Art and Politics. Lippard was educated at Smith College (B.A., 1958) and the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University (M.A. Art History, 1962).

 Publications
 On the Beaten Track: Tourism, Art and Place (1999)
 The Lure of the Local: Sense of Place in a Multicentered Society (1997)
 Defining Eye: Women Photographers of the 20th Century (1997)
 Michael Lucero: Sculpture (1996)
 Contact Lenses, Corrected Vision, Nueva Luz photographic journal (1995)
 The Pink Glass Swan: Selected Essays on Feminist art (1995)
 Partial Recall: Photographs of Native North Americans (ed.) (1992)
 A Different War: Vietnam in Art (1990)
 Secrets, Dialogues, Revelations: The Art of Betye and Alison Saar (1990)
 Mixed Blessings: New Art in a Multicultural America (1990, 2000)
 Jerry Kearns (1987)
 Get the Message: A Decade of Art for Social Change (1984)
 Overlay: Contemporary Art and the Art of Prehistory (1983)
 Collected Visions: Work by Women Artists Living in Rural New York State (1982)
 Ad Reinhardt (1981)
 Intricate Structure (1980)
 Issue: Social Strategies by Women Artists (1980)
 Sol LeWitt (1978)
 From the Center: Feminist Essays on Women's Art (1976)
 Eva Hesse (1976)
 Six Years: The Dematerialization of the Art Object (1973)
 Tony Smith (1972)
 I See/You Mean: A Novel (1979)
 Changing: Essays in Art criticism (1971)
 Dadas on Art (ed.) (1971)
 Surrealists on Art (ed.) (1970)
 Pop Art (1966)
 Graphic Work of Philip Evergood (1966)

 Sources
Lucy Lippard. (2010). In  Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved December 02, 2010, from Encyclopædia Britannica Online: http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/1065408/Lucy-Lippard.

Return to Top »


Scope and Content

The New Museum Lucy Lippard Collection comprises mostly paper materials, along with some bound materials and objects. The bulk of the materials was collected and created by Lippard in the course of working on her book Mixed Blessings: New Art in a Multicultural America, and later transferred to the Library of the New Museum of Contemporary Art. Some materials, all of which were transferred to Fales from the New Museum Library, appear to be unrelated to Lippard and her research, but were kept with the collection.

Arrangement

The collection came to the Fales Library with little discernible order. Only the files in series I appeared to have some ordered relation, although the folders themselves were dispersed over many boxes. The folders for series I were collected and arranged alphabetically. All other series were created by the processing archivist for this collection through a thorough examination of the material.

The Collection is described at the box level, and is arranged into eight series:

  1. Series I: Subject Files
  2. Series II: Artist Files
  3. Series III: Correspondence
  4. Series IV: Printed Material
  5. Series V: Will Olander
  6. Series VI: Guest Books
  7. Series VII: New Museum Building
  8. Series VIII: Sound recordings

Return to Top »


Access Points

Subject Names

  • Dougherty, Alan
  • Lerman, Leo, 1914-1994
  • Lippard, Lucy R.
  • Olander, William

Document Type

  • Announcements.
  • Correspondence.
  • Dissertations.
  • Invitations.
  • Press releases.

Subject Organizations

  • New Museum of Contemporary Art (New York, N.Y.) .

Subject Topics

  • Art criticism.
  • Art museums -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Art -- Political aspects.
  • Ethnic arts.

Return to Top »


Administrative Information

Provenance

The collection was transferred to the Fales Library in 2005 from the New Museum of Contemporary Art at the time Fales acquired the New Museum Library's book collection. It consists mostly of materials created and collected by Lucy Lippard while writing her book Mixed Blessings: New Art in a Multicultural America, which she donated to the New Museum Library after the book's publication. When the transfer was made to NYU, some unrelated material from the New Museum Library was transferred as well.

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers. Appointments are necessary for the use of manuscript and archival collections.

Conditions Governing Use

Collection use is subject to all copyright laws. Permission to publish materials must be obtained in writing from the Director of Fales Library and Special Collections. Please contact fales.library@nyu.edu. or call 212 998 2596.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); The Lucy Lippard Papers; MSS 169; box number; folder number; Fales Library and Special Collections, New York University Libraries.

Return to Top »


Container List

Series I: Subject Files, 1962-1995; undated

Scope and Content

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 1 Subject Files
1975-1989; undated
Box: 2 Subject Files
1977-1993; undated
Box: 3 Subject Files

General note

Folders 1-19.

1962-1995; undated

Return to Top »


Series II: Artist Files, 1975-1994; undated

Scope and Content

This series comprises folders and binders containing material on specific artists.

Material in this series is arranged alphabetically by artist name.

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 3 Artist Files

General note

Folders 20-37.

1975-1994; undated

Return to Top »


Series III: Correspondence, 1980-1994; undated

Scope and Content

This series comprises all correspondence in the collection not contained in the Subject Files series. Not all correspondence is to/from Lippard.

Material in this series is arranged chronologically by earliest date on folder. Some folders contain wide ranges of dates, but material were kept together to preserve original order.

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 4 Correspondence

General note

Folders 1-11.

1980-1994; undated

Return to Top »


Series IV: Printed Material, 1968-1996; undated

Scope and Content

Series comprises miscellaneous printed material found either foldered in unlabeled folders or loose in boxes. Materials are almost exclusively gallery announcements, invitations, press releases, and exhibition catalogs. Series contains some correspondence, mostly postcard announcements, left in place to preserve original order. Some items in this series are stamped "RECEIVED; [date]; LEO LERMAN."

Material in this series is arranged chronologically by earliest date on folder.

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 4 Printed Material

General note

Folders 12-25.

1962-1992; undated
Box: 5 Printed Material
1984-1992; undated
Box: 6 Printed Material

General note

Folders 1-16.

1991-1996; undated

Return to Top »


Series V: Will Olander, 1983-1995

Scope and Content

Series contains material created by Will Olander (his dissertation) or concerning his memorial service and a memorial fund in his name.

Material in this series is arranged chronologically.

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 6 Will Olander

General note

Folders 17-25.

1983-1995

Return to Top »


Series VI: Guest Books, undated

Scope and Content

Series contains guest books from an unknown exhibition. Each guest book has a question printed on the cover which the messages inside attempt to address.

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 6 Guest Books

General note

Folder 26.

undated
Box: 7 Guest Books

General note

Folder 1.

undated

Return to Top »


Series VII: New Museum Building Proposals, 1994; undated

Scope and Content

Series comprises building proposals for the New Museum from varioius architecture firms.

Material in this series is arranged chronologically.

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 7 New Museum Building Proposals

General note

Folders 2-4.

1994; undated

Return to Top »


Series VIII: Sound recordings, 1984; 1994; 1996

Access Note

Access copies may not be available for research use at this time.

When a media ID number is followed by the letter 'A', it indicates that paper material associated with that item has been separated and stored elsewhere (see Subseries C).

Subseries A: Access Copies

Subseries B: Originals, 1984; 1994; 1996

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 8 Media : ID: 169.0001 "When the Bomb Drops" by Peter Pryor; 7" vinyl record w/ Picture Sleeve

Conditions Governing Access

Currently unavailable until duplication occurs.

1984
Box: 8 Media : ID: 169.0002 "When the Bomb Drops" by Peter Pryor; 7" vinyl record w/ Picture Sleeve

Conditions Governing Access

Currently unavailable until duplication occurs.

1984
Box: 8 Media : ID: 169.0003 "That's Art?"

Conditions Governing Access

Currently unavailable until duplication occurs.

May 5, 1986
Box: 8 Media : ID: 169.0004 "Replacement Tape; New Museum"

Conditions Governing Access

Currently unavailable until duplication occurs.

January 10, 1994

Return to Top »


Oversize Series I: Subject Files, undated

Scope and Content

Series comprises oversize items from series I.

Oversize material is arranged by series and chronologically within each series.

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 9 Subject Files

General note

Folders 1-3.

undated

Return to Top »


Oversize Series II: Artist Files, 1985; undated

Scope and Content

Series comprises oversize items from series II, namely a binder containing material by and about the artist Red Spot (Alan Dougherty).

Oversize material is arranged by series and chronologically within each series.

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 9 Artist Files

General note

Folders 4-5.

1985
Box: 10 Artist Files

General note

Folder 1.

undated
Box: 11 Artist Files
undated

Return to Top »


Oversize Series III: Correspondence, undated

Scope and Content

Series comprises oversize items from series III.

Oversize material is arranged by series and chronologically within each series.

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 10 Correspondence

General note

Folder 2.

undated

Return to Top »


Oversize Series IV: Printed Material, 1968-2005; undated

Scope and Content

Series comprises oversize items from series IV.

Oversize material is arranged by series and chronologically within each series.

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 10 Printed Material

General note

Folders 3-9.

1968-2005; undated
Map-case: 4.A Printed Material
1999

Return to Top »


Return to Top »