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Guide to the REPOhistory Archive MSS.113

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Collection processed by Alan Moore, Jim Costanzo, and Koo Lee - 2001; Leif Sorensen, 2003. Updated by Nicholas Martin, 2012

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on January 21, 2022
Description is in English.

 Updated by Megan O'Shea to prepare artwork being sent to offsite art storage in December 2017  , December 2017

Historical Note

REPOhistory was a multi-ethnic group of visual and performance artists, writers, filmmakers, and historians, founded in New York City in 1989. The group took its name from the concept of "repossessing history." Its purpose was to retrieve, relocate and document absent historical narratives at specific sites in New York City, through public installations, performances, educational activities, printed matter and other visual media. REPOhistory sought to question how history is constructed and insert the stories of peoples and events which have been omitted. Their work addressed historical issues of colonialism, race, gender, and class in a context relevant to current histories.

REPOhistory operated as an artist/scholar cooperative through 6 major public projects and many smaller events. Believing the arts essential to shaping a collective cultural identity and the relationship between art, culture and society to be confused, it instigated a questioning of the culture of the 1980s and the early 1990s.