Survey Conducted: Thu, 2008-10-23
Creator: A.I.R. Gallery
History: Founded in 1972 when women artists had few spaces to exhibit, A.I.R. (Artists in residence, Inc.) Gallery is the first artist-run nonprofit gallery for women artists in the United States. With a mission to advocate for women in the visual arts, founding members Dotty Attie, Maude Boltz, Mary Grigoriadis, Nancy Spero, Susan Williams, and Barbara Zucker selected fourteen artists to join them as original members and together set organizational policy. A.I.R. membership is kept at twenty New York artists who constitute the organization’s governing body and vote in new members. Exhibitions constitute the main activity of the organization. These include solo shows for Gallery Artists, sponsored shows for Fellow Artists, and group shows that include the broader community of women artists. Asian and Asian American artists, including Kazuko, Angie Eng, Diyan Achjadi, Juri Kim, Barbara Takenaga, Michi Itami, Carol Kumata, Hui-Lin Chao, Jinnine Pak, and Eva Lee can be counted as members or exhibiting artists.
Sources: A.I.R Gallery. “The History of A.I.R. Gallery Mission Statement.” Accessed December 17, 2008. http://airgallery.org/about/history/
Summary: Within the A.I.R. collection are materials pertaining to its Asian and Asian American women artists. Membership lists may be found in Box 2 of Series I, Sub-Series D. Especially relevant are the exhibition files in Series III pertaining to Gallery-sponsored shows such as “Women Artists from Japan” (1978), one of a series of international shows the gallery sponsored; “Dialectics of Isolation: An Exhibition of Third World Women Artists in the United States” (1980), co-curated by Kazuko and Ana Mendieta; and “Talking Hands: Annual Asian American Women Artists Alliance Group Exhibition” (2004). Present within the series are also exhibition files for exhibitions by individual artists, including Kazuko, Barbara Takenaga, Hui-Lin Chao, Eva Lee, Angie Eng, Michi Itami, Juri Kim, and others. Folders containing materials of individual artists can also be found in Series II. Within Series IV are photos and slides of events such as the above-mentioned exhibition “Dialectics of Isolation” and of individual artists’ works.
Total Size: 27 linear feet
APA-related Size: 2 linear feet
Languages of materials: English
Location: Fales Library and Special Collections
Bibliographic Control: finding aid
Finding Aid Link: http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/html/fales/air.html
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