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Guide to the Artists Space Collection of Artist Files MSS.506

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Collection processed by Alex Gomer, Marcelo Yáñez, and Abby Wilson

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on September 07, 2018
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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Artists Space (Gallery)
Source: Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.). Library
Title: Artists Space Collection of Artist Files
Dates [inclusive]: 1982-2006
Abstract: Artists Space is a New York City non-profit art gallery and arts organization. The organization aims to support young, emerging artists, specifically those who had not yet had a solo show in New York City. Artists Space became one of the most influential alternative non-profit arts spaces in the Downtown New York scene, hosting a variety of prominent exhibitions. This collection consists of materials submitted by artists documenting their work, including CVs, catalogues, photographic elements, correspondence, applications to Artists Space, drafts of published works, gallery floor plans and maps, grant applications, and promotional matter in the form of brochures, postcard announcements, newsletters, posters, and press releases. Artists Space events and exhibition programming are also documented through visual materials in this collection, including slides and prints, drawings, paintings and collages, and digital images. Topics covered in this collection include family, feminism, materialism, nature, and sociopolitical issues such as the AIDS crisis and society in the aftermath of 9/11. Many artists in this collection explore the ways in which culture, race, gender, and sexuality define their interactions with the world. The collection also helps document Artists' Space's function as an early pre-internet artist repository and database, and a cultural history of downtown New York City in the 1980s through the early 2000s.
Quantity: 79 linear feet in 79 record cartons
Quantity: 6.53 Terabytes
Location: 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.
Language: Materials primarily in English, with some publications in German, Mandarin, Korean, Japanese, or Spanish.
Call Phrase: MSS.506