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Guide to the Linda Mary Montano Papers, 1931-2014 MSS.386


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This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on November 05, 2020 using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Updated by Shirin Khaki to include materials from accession 2017.092. Updated by Anna McCormick to include bibliographic materials formerly separated from the collection. Record updated by Weatherly Stephan to reflect rehousing of Series IX  , July 2017 , August 2018 , November 2020

Descriptive Summary

Title: Linda Mary Montano Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1931-2014
Abstract: Linda Montano is a ground-breaking feminist performance artist whose work uses artistic ritual to focus on spiritual energy states and the removal of boundaries between art and life. Her early performances include "Handcuff" (1973) and "Three Day Blindfold" (1974). In 1983 and 1984, Montano participated in Tehching Hsieh's "Art / Life: One Year Performance (Rope Piece)," in which the two artists were bound to each other by a short length of rope 24 hours a day for a year. Montano's next work was "Seven Years of Living Art" (1984-1991), an endurance performance based on the Chakras -- work which has continued to the present. The Linda Montano Papers comprise performance proposals, professional and personal correspondence, drafts of published and unpublished works, creative writing, interviews, press and promotional materials, research files, personal and performance photographic material, artworks, work documenting collaborations with other artists, teaching materials, juvenilia and family-inspired work, costumes, selections from Montano's personal library, and both commercially released and non-commercially released media. The collection also includes an archived capture of the artist's website, which features her work and information about her. These materials document Montano's life as an author, teacher, and work as a performance artist for almost fifty years.
Quantity: 114 Linear Feet in 143 boxes.
Location: Some materials are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please contact fales.library@nyu.edu at least two business days prior to your research visit to coordinate access.
Language: Materials are in English.
Call Phrase: MSS.386