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Guide to the Robert Alexander Papers MSS.114

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Collection processed by Bronwyn Law-Viljoen, September - December 2001. Media updates by Rhyannon Rodriguez, December 2009.

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 Updated by Jacqueline Rider to reflect incorporation of video preservation master and sub-master files  , March 2017

Descriptive Summary

Title: Robert Alexander Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1962-1987
Abstract: Alexander was born in 1943 in New York. He was a photographer closely connected with performance art and experimental dance during the late seventies and early eighties, and worked with choreographers such as Douglass Dunn, Simone Forti, and Yvonne Rainer. His photographs of dance and theatre performances appeared regularly in the Soho Weekly News in 1978 and 1979, and he collaborated with the dance critic and writer Sally Banes on the book:  Terpsichore in Sneakers, which remains a standard text of postmodern dance. His photography thus documents an important period in the development of contemporary dance and performance art. In addition to his work on dance, Alexander was a keen observer and documenter of the city in which he spent all of his life. The collection contains hundreds of slides and prints of New York street scenes and architecture from the late sixties until just before Alexander's death in 1989. The Robert Alexander papers is an extensive collection of his photography and related materials.
Quantity: 14 Linear Feet in 41 boxes
Location: Some 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.
Call Phrase: MSS.114