Andrea Callard Papers

Date Range: 19662000
Creator: Callard, Andrea

 Interdisciplinary artist Andrea Callard was born in Chicago in 1950. She attended Washington University’s School of Fine Arts in St. Louis (1968-1970) and graduated with a BFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1972. With her move to New York City in 1973 and her involvement with Collaborative Projects Inc., Collard began to make some of her greatest contributions to the downtown New York arts scene. Collaborative Projects Inc. (abbrev. as Colab) was an artist group Callard helped form in 1978 that was distinguished for its politically engaged membership. Applying for funds directly from funding agencies as a corporate-structured non-profit entity, Colab then redistributed funds to members who collaborated on works directed towards community needs. In the 1980s, Callard gradually separated from Colab but continued to seek collaborative opportunities with other artists, notable of which was her work with Sam Sue on “The Tenement: Place for Survival, Object of Reform” in 1988. Shown by the Dia Art Foundation and the Chinatown History Project, the installation was part of a larger project activist artist Martha Rosler envisioned to engage artists, activists, and theorists in discussions about the then politically-charged issue of homelessness in New York City.Sources: The Fales Library and Special Collections. “Guide to the Andrea Callard Papers.”
Wikipedia. “Colab.” Accessed December 1, 2008.
Rosler, Martha. If You Lived Here: The City in Art, Theory, and Social Activism. New York, NY: New Press, 1999.

The Andrea Callard Papers contain materials relating to Callard’s career as an artist and art educator as well as her involvement in artist organizations. The bulk of the materials fall within the years 1973-1990 however dates range from 1968-2000. Within the Andrea Callard Papers, artist files pertaining to Callard’s collaboration with Sam Sue on the installation “Tenement: Places of Survival, Objects of Reform” (shown in 1988 at the Chinatown History Project and in 1989 at the Dia Art Foundation) may be of interest to those interested in Asian American arts and studies. These are located in Series II, Subseries F (1987-1989) and encompass Callard’s exhibition planning committee notes, installation proposal description, notes exchanged between Callard and Sue, tenement research, working drawings, exhibit floor plan, historical photographs, visitor register, slides, and various publicity materials. Series III, Subseries C: Finances contains Callard’s tax exemption paperwork, receipts and budget for her work on “The Tenement” project. In addition, Series IV: Other Artist Files contains material from Callard’s collaboration with various artists. Of particularly relevant interest are the files of artists Tomie Arai, Jung Jin Lee, and Jiro Naito. Within Series VII: Printed Materials are copies of Bu Gao Ban, Chinatown History Project Newsletter (dated 1986) and Turning Leaves: The Family Albums of Two Japanese American Families (dated 1989). As a multimedia artist, Callard produced field sound recordings in downtown New York City in the 1970s. These have been presented by such organizations as Creative Time and the Museum of Chinese in the Americas. Within Series X: Audio Recordings is a cassette tape labeled Chinese New Year/Paint Paper 74.

Total Size:
 17 linear feet
APA-related Size: 1 linear foot
Languages of materials: English
Arrangement: other
Location: Fales Library & Special Collections, New York University
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