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Guide to the Public Art Fund Archive

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Collection processed by Tara Hart, 2011. Previous processing by David Kim, Jaclyn Barcewski, Joey Cabrera, Peter Loring, Craig P. Savino, Lilli Schestag. Finding aid created by Tara Hart, 2011.

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on May 24, 2019
Description is in English.

 Updated by Megan O'Shea to prepare artwork being sent to offsite art storage in September 2017 Updated by Megan O'Shea to prepare artwork being sent to offsite art storage in winter 2017 Edited by Weatherly Stephan to incorporate Series XV  , September 2017 , November 2017 , March 2019

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Public Art Fund
Title: Public Art Fund Archive
Dates [inclusive]: 1966-2009
Abstract: Founded in 1977, the Public Art Fund is an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to presenting works of contemporary art at public sites throughout New York City. The materials in the collection are the primary documentation of hundreds of Public Art Fund exhibitions, featuring artists such as: Louise Bourgeois, Chris Burden, Keith Haring, Jenny Holzer, William Kentridge, Jeff Koons, Richard Prince, Pipilotti Rist, Kiki Smith, David Wojnarowicz, and Martin Wong, among others. The collection also documents the history of founder Doris C. Freedman and her work with two pioneering arts organizations that were precursors to the Public Art Fund: City Walls and the Public Arts Council.
Quantity: 142 Linear Feet (60 records cartons, 43 manuscripts boxes, 13 photo binders, 24 oversize boxes, and 9 rolled storage containers)
Location: Materials are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please contact at least two business days prior to your research visit to coordinate access.
Language: Collection is primarily in English
Call Phrase: MSS.270