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Guide to the Tomie Arai and Legan Wong Papers MSS.439


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Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Edited by Amy C. Vo to change legacy description about the forced removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II  , December 2020

Container List

Series II. Tomie Arai Artwork, 1970-2010. 20 Linear Feet in 25 manuscript boxes, 1 flat box, 4 oversize flat boxes, and 3 flat-file folders.

Scope and Contents

This series contains materials created and accumulated by Arai on the research, production, and exhibition of her artwork, as well as her involvement in the Asian American arts community in New York. The overlap in her artwork and activism is often apparent in the art theme, her projects, and where the works are shown.

Arai's large collection of exhibition catalogues and ephemera by Asian artists in this series spans the 1970s to the 2000s and not only shows artists active during this timeframe but also the themes that were popular during various decades, as well as which New York galleries and museums were representing and showing their work.

This series also contains a comprehensive collection of Arai's own exhibition catalogues, announcements, fliers, and related correspondence dating from 1970 to 2000s which shows the volume of projects she was involved with from year to year. The correspondence especially illustrates the work involved to promote herself and her art, apply for funding, plan exhibitions, loan out artworks, and network with galleries and institutions. Projects of note include  Double Happiness and   Mi Familia Mi Comunidad and  Renewal, which was commissioned for the African Burial Ground National Monument.

Work files, publications, and posters related to Arai's printmaking and illustration work date from the 1970s to the 1990s, mostly for local New York organizations including Cityarts, Basement Workshop, and Chinatown Health Clinic. These posters are often multi-lingual, depending on the organization. Publications containing Arai's work include  Heresies,  Upfront, and  East Village Review. Arai also illustrated a children's book  China's Bravest Girl, and this series contains correspondence, reviews, promotional material as well as the book.

Throughout her career, Arai was the recipient of many residencies and fellowships to fund the progress of her art and related projects. This series includes files for Goddard-Riverside Community Center, New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), MoMA PS 1, MacDowell Colony, and Cummington Artist Colony and usually contain correspondence, applications, project reports, and event announcements. Material related to her 1998 Artist in Residency with the New York University Asian/Pacific/American Institute are also in this series.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 9 Folder : 11 (Mixed materials [31142062835239]) Film, Performances, and Theater by Asian Americans -- Event and Promotional Ephemera
1970-2008
Box: 10 Folder : 1 (Mixed Materials [31142062835254])
Flat-File-Folder: 2
Box: 10 Folder : 2 Exhibitions by Asian Artists -- Catalogues and Ephemera
1970s
Box: 10 Folder : 3-5 (Mixed materials [31142062835254]) Exhibitions by Asian Artists -- Catalogues and Ephemera
1980s
Box: 42 Folder : 2 (Mixed Materials [31142062835585])
Box: 11 Folder : 1-4 (Mixed materials [31142062835262]) Exhibitions by Asian Artists -- Catalogues and Ephemera
1990s
Box: 12 Folder : 1-4 (Mixed Materials [31142062835270])
Box: 13 Folder : 1-5 (Mixed Materials [31142062835288])
Box: 14 Folder : 1-3 (Mixed Materials [31142062835296])
Box: 42 Folder : 2 (Mixed Materials [31142062835585])
Box: 47 Folder : 2 (Mixed Materials [31142054908200])
Box: 14 Folder : 4-5 (Mixed materials [31142062835296]) Exhibitions by Asian Artists -- Catalogues and Ephemera
2000s
Box: 15 Folder : 1-4 (Mixed Materials [31142062835304])
Box: 16 Folder : 1-4 (Mixed Materials [31142062835312])
Box: 17 Folder : 1 (Mixed Materials [31142062835320])
Box: 41 Folder : 3 (Mixed Materials [31142062835569])
Box: 47 Folder : 2 (Mixed Materials [31142054908200])
Box: 17 Folder : 2 Exhibitions by Asian Artists -- Catalogues and Ephemera
undated
Box: 47 Folder : 7 (Mixed materials [31142054908200]) Calendar Posters -- One is Me... , and Year of the Pig 1983
1972, 1983
Flat-File-Folder: 3
Box: 17 Folder : 3 Drawings and Illustrations for Movement Leaflets
circa 1972-1979
Box: 17 Folder : 4 Drawings and Illustrations for Community Groups
1972-1985
Box: 19 Folder : 8-11 (Mixed materials [31142062835346]) Drawings, Proofs, and Prints for Events, Organizations, and Publications
1972-2004, undated
Box: 41 Folder : 4, 7-9 (Mixed Materials [31142062835569])
Box: 43 Folder : 8-13 (Mixed Materials [31142054908176])
Box: 47 Folder : 8 (Mixed Materials [31142054908200])
Flat-File-Folder: 1
Box: 17 Folder : 5 Drawings and Illustrations for Asian Women's Groups
1974-1982
Box: 17 Folder : 6 Drawings for Publications -- Bridge,  East Wind, and Others
1975-1989
Box: 17 Folder : 7 (Mixed materials [31142062835320]) Arai Exhibitions -- Catalogues and Ephemera
1976-1978
Box: 43 Folder : 18 (Mixed Materials [31142054908176])
Box: 18 Folder : 1-3 (Mixed materials [31142062835338]) Arai Exhibitions -- Catalogues and Ephemera
1980s
Box: 43 Folder : 18 (Mixed Materials [31142054908176])
Box: 47 Folder : 4 (Mixed Materials [31142054908200])
Flat-File-Folder: 2
Box: 18 Folder : 4-5 (Mixed materials [31142062835338]) Arai Exhibitions -- Catalogues and Ephemera
1990s
Box: 19 Folder : 1-5 (Mixed Materials [31142062835346])
Box: 43 Folder : 19 (Mixed Materials [31142054908176])
Box: 19 Folder : 6 Arai Exhibitions -- Catalogues and Ephemera
2006
Box: 47 Folder : 6 (Mixed materials [31142054908200]) Chinatown Health Clinic Event Posters
circa 1970s-1980s
Flat-File-Folder: 3
Box: 19 Folder : 7 Illustrations -- Interracial Books for Children
1976
Box: 20 Folder : 1 Illustrations -- Winning Justice for All Student and Teacher Workbooks
circa 1977-1978
Box: 20 Folder : 2 Illustrations -- Ethnic Woman Magazine
1980
Box: 20 Folder : 3-4 (Mixed materials [31142062835353]) Illustrations -- Heresies
1980-1990
Box: 41 Folder : 5 (Mixed Materials [31142062835569])
Box: 43 Folder : 14 (Mixed Materials [31142054908176])
Box: 20 Folder : 5 (Mixed materials [31142062835353]) Correspondence -- Re: Exhibitions, Donations, Artwork
1980-1995, 2001-2002, undated
Box: 21 Folder : 1-5 (Mixed Materials [31142062835361])
Box: 22 Folder : 1-6 (Mixed Materials [31142062835379])
Box: 23 Folder : 1 (Mixed Materials [31142062835387])
Box: 33
Box: 23 Folder : 2-3 (Mixed materials [31142062835387]) Memory in Progress: Mother/Daughter Project -- Exhibition Files, Promotional Material, Clipping
1982-1989
Box: 44 Folder : 2 (Mixed Materials [31142062835577])
Box: 23 Folder : 4 Lucy Lippard, Heresies, and PADD (Political Art Documentation/Distribution) Projects
1982-1998
Box: 23 Folder : 5 PADD (Political Art Documentation/Distribution) Publication -- Upfront
1983-1986
Box: 23 Folder : 6 Printmaking Workshop
1985-1995, 2003
Box: 24 Folder : 1 Printshops -- Information
1985-2010
Box: 24 Folder : 2 Goddard-Riverside Community Center -- Exhibitions and Programs
1986-1992
Box: 24 Folder : 3-4 (Mixed materials [31142062835395]) Coast to Coast: National Women Artists of Color -- Exhibitions, Promotional Material, Newsletters, Posters
1986-1997
Box: 43 Folder : 15 (Mixed Materials [31142054908176])
Box: 24 Folder : 5 Printshops -- Women's Studio Workshop and Avocet
1986-2005
Box: 25 Folder : 1-3 (Mixed materials [31142062835403]) Printshop -- Lower East Side Printshop
1986-2005
Box: 43 Folder : 5 (Mixed Materials [31142054908176])
Box: 47 Folder : 10 (Mixed Materials [31142054908200])
Box: 25 Folder : 4-5 Ikon Magazine -- Illustrations and Projects
1987-1990
Box: 44 Folder : 1 Press Clippings
1987-1998
Box: 25 Folder : 6 Cummington Community and School of the Arts -- Participant Material
1989
Box: 26 Folder : 1 (Mixed materials [31142062835411]) Memories of New York Chinatown -- Banner Installation and Exhibition
1991
Box: 44 Folder : 3 (Mixed Materials [31142062835577])
Box: 26 Folder : 2 (Mixed materials [31142062835411]) PS 1 -- National Studio Program
1990-1991
Box: 43 Folder : 17 (Mixed Materials [31142054908176])
Box: 26 Folder : 3 NYFA (New York Foundation for the Arts) -- Fellowship and Residency
1990-1995
Box: 26 Folder : 4-5 (Mixed materials [31142062835411]) Illustrations -- China's Bravest Girl -- Correspondence, Promotional Material, Book
1990-2009
Box: 27 Folder : 1 (Mixed Materials [31142062835429])
Box: 27 Folder : 2 Illustrations -- New York Asian Women's Center Newsletter,Visions, Printed in English, Chinese and Korean
1991
Box: 27 Folder : 3 Cover Art -- North Star Fund Annual Report
1991
Box: 27 Folder : 4-8 (Mixed materials [31142062835429]) Chinese y Criollo Collaborative Oral History and Art Project -- Interview Transcripts, Planning Files, Promotional Material, Source Files
1992-1998
Box: 28 Folder : 1-3 (Mixed Materials [31142062835437])
Box: 28 Folder : 4 MacDowell Colony Residency
1993-1994
Box: 28 Folder : 5 (Mixed materials [31142062835437]) Women of Hope: African Americans Who Made a Difference -- Poster Art and Exhibition
1993-1996
Box: 47 Folder : 11 (Mixed Materials [31142054908200])
Box: 28 Folder : 6 Pew Fellowship in the Arts and New York State Regional Initiative -- Panel Member Material
1993-1997
Box: 28 Folder : 7 (Mixed materials [31142062835437]) African Burial Ground -- Renewal -- Work Files
1993-1999
Box: 29 Folder : 1-4 (Mixed Materials [31142062835445])
Box: 44 Folder : 6 (Mixed Materials [31142062835577])
Box: 29 Folder : 5 New York Foundation for the Arts -- Advisory Panel Material
1993-2000
Box: 43 Folder : 15 Cover Art and Proof -- New York Newsday
1995
Box: 30 Folder : 1 Illustration -- On the Wings of Peace
1995
Box: 30 Folder : 2 MTA Artwork and Exhibition
1995, 2005
Box: 30 Folder : 3 Nisei Baseball Project
1996-1998
Box: 30 Folder : 4-7 (Mixed materials [31142062835452]) Transforming Barbed Wire Arts Project
1996-1998
Box: 31 Folder : 1 (Mixed Materials [31142062835460])
Box: 31 Folder : 2-5 Double Happiness Exhibition -- Interviews, Promotional Material, Catalogue, Planning Notes
1997-1998
Box: 32 Folder : 1 (Mixed materials [31142062835478]) NYU Asian / Pacific / American Institute Residency
1997-1999, 2003-2004
Box: 44 Folder : 5 (Mixed Materials [31142062835577])
Box: 32 Folder : 2-3 (Mixed materials [31142062835478]) Mi Familia Mi Comunidad Exhibition Planning Files
1997-1999
Box: 44 Folder : 4 (Mixed Materials [31142062835577])
Box: 32 Folder : 4-5 (Mixed materials [31142062835478]) Self-Help Graphics Residency -- LA Culture Workshop Promotional Material, Teaching Notes, Correspondence
1998-2000
Box: 33 Folder : 1-2 (Mixed Materials [31142062835486])
Box: 41 Folder : 6 Image of Artwork -- Mural Arts Program Wall Calendar
2002
Box: 33 Folder : 3 Stories from La Colonia China Exhibition -- Promotional Material, Slides, Correspondence
2002-2003
Box: 33 Folder : 4 (Mixed materials [31142062835486]) St. Paul Public School -- Curriculum Aids for Teaching About Minority Women, and Artist (Arai) Profile Poster
undated
Box: 44 Folder : 7 (Mixed Materials [31142062835577])

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