Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue Archive

Date Range: 19972000
Survey Conducted: Thu, 2008-11-13
Creator: Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue

 The Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue (IACD) was founded in 1997 by actress, playwright, and Stanford and NYU professor Anna Deavere Smith. Its mission was to support the development of art that illuminates social conditions; to deepen the capacity of artists to communicate with their audiences; and to build an international community in which artists, students, activists, and scholars could work together to develop the artist as a voice in society. Read more

Godzilla Asian American Art Network Records

Godzilla LogoDate Range: 19912003
Survey Conducted: Wed, 2008-10-01
Creator: Godzilla Asian American Art Network

 Godzilla: Asian American Art Network is a New York-based art collective co-founded in 1990 by Ken Chu and Margo Machida that promotes networking and mutual support among Asian and Pacific Islander American artists and professionals. In its effort to promote cross-generational and cross-disciplinal dialogue in Asian American visual art, Godzilla has sponsored public programs such as lectures, symposia and exhibitions, including “And We Speak, From Basement to Godzilla” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles…Not!”. Supplementing these events were the publications of the Godzilla newsletter and “Godzillette” bulletin. Until its disbanding in 2001, the collective actively promoted arts advocacy and worked with community groups to stop anti-Asian violence.

Yun Gee Papers

Date Range: 19281979
Survey Conducted:
 Wed, 2008-10-01
Creator: Gee, Yun, 1906-1963

 Canton-born modernist painter Yun Gee (1906-1963) immigrated to San Francisco in 1921 at the age of fifteen to join his merchant father, Gee Quong On. In 1906, Gee’s father was among the thousands of Chinese immigrants to claim US citizenship following the San Francisco earthquake that destroyed City Hall and the Hall of Records housing citizenship papers, thus enabling him to later sponsor his son to America. Read more

Fashion Moda Archive

Date Range: 19781993
Survey Conducted: Fri, 2008-10-31
Creator: Fashion Moda

 Founded in 1978 by Stefan Eins, Fashion Moda quickly became an important voice in the art world during the late 1970s to mid-1980s. Dubbing its South Bronx location as the Museum of Science, Art, Invention, Technology, and Fantasy, Fashion Moda crossed boundaries and mixed metaphors, which helped to redefine the function of art in the then post-modernist society. Its South Bronx location allowed Fashion Moda the freedom to explore the question “What is art?” and “Who defines it?” Mostly funded by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and other funding agencies, the space encouraged the production of art that was not hamstrung by the contemporary art market and by academic art training. As such, it was a center where white downtown artists interacted with artists and the community of the South Bronx. Fashion Moda was one of several Bronx-based organizations contributing to the borough’s efforts at cultural renewal through the arts in the 1960s and 1970s when the Bronx, in many minds, embodied urban decay. It acknowledged and embraced the artistic contribution of the neighborhood’s new immigrants from the Caribbean, Latin America, and the American South who had replaced the earlier, mainly European immigrants from Manhattan’s Lower East Side. In particular, Fashion Moda celebrated the street life of its neighbors in exhibitions of graffiti art and performances of hip-hop music and break dancing.

EPOXY Art Group Records

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Survey Conducted: Thu, 2011-07-21
Creator: EPOXY/Ming Fay

 Epoxy was an Asian American artists’ collective founded in 1982. Like other alternative art movements in New York City, it was a response to the arts establishment at the time. Founded by artists originally from Hong Kong such as Bing Lee, Eric Chan, Chung Kang Lok, Jerry Kwan, Ming Fay and Kwok, membership later included artists like Zhang Hongtu and Andrew Culver who were from other countries. Read more

Creative Time Archive

Date Range: 19732006
Survey Conducted: Thu, 2008-11-13
Creator: Creative Time, Inc.

 Creative Time is a nonprofit arts organization founded in 1973 to support the creation of innovative, site-specific works by professional artists for public presentation in vacant spaces of historical and architectural interest throughout New York City. Its history of commissioning, producing, and presenting adventurous public artworks of all disciplines began in the midst of a significant period in which artists were experimenting with new forms and media that moved their works out of galleries and museums and into the public realm. At this time, New York’s citizens were responding to the City’s deterioration, which was prompted by the fiscal crisis, with the City Beautification movement. Additionally, the federal government, recognizing the significance of art in society, established the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to herald the role of artists and introduce uninitiated audiences to contemporary art. Read more

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. Read more

Cecily Brownstone Papers

Date Range: 19402002
Survey Conducted: Tue, 2009-10-06
Creator: Cecily Brownstone

 Cecily Brownstone was born in Plum Coulee, Manitoba, Canada, in 1909, and grew up in Winnipeg, the fourth of five sisters. She attended the University of Manitoba and came to New York City to pursue her studies and to work. She lived in Greenwich Village, appropriately enough in a brownstone house, in a duplex apartment that included a spectacular test kitchen, and that housed her large cookbook collection.

Cecily Brownstone was The Associated Press Food Editor from 1947 to 1986 — for thirty-nine years. During that time she was the most widely published of syndicated food writers. The five recipe columns and two food features she wrote for the A.P. each week appeared in papers all over the United States, in addition to a number of other countries.

Earlier in her career as a journalist, Brownstone was the Food Editor of Parent’s Magazine, and the Child Care Editor of Family Circle magazine. She also wrote a book for children, All Kinds of Mothers, illustrated by her niece, the artist Miriam Brofsky Kley.

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Tomie Arai and Legan Wong Papers

unnamedDate Range: 19712009
Survey Conducted: Wed, 2009-03-11 and Wed, 2009-04-08
Creator: Arai, Tomie and Wong, Legan

 Artist and community activist Tomie Arai was born in New York City in 1949. A third generation Japanese American, her parents are from Hawaii and California and her grandparents were farmers who settled in the country in the early 1900s. Her experiences growing up Asian American in New York City deeply color her work as an artist, as many of her works deal with the urban experience and attempt to make connections to her family and community through art.

Robert Alexander Papers

Date Range: 19621987
Survey Conducted: Thu, 2009-11-12
Creator: Alexander, Robert (1943-1989)

 Robert Alexander (November 21, 1943-October 8, 1989) spent most of his early life in Brooklyn, eventually working as a freelance photographer and photographer’s assistant in both Brooklyn and Manhattan. His slides and prints of New York City during the seventies and eighties are a lively record of a city undergoing intense change and they reveal a fascination both with the ordinariness of city life and the grandeur and strangeness of the city itself.Alexander’s first resumes indicate that by the early seventies he had begun to think of himself as specializing in performance photography. While he did not achieve the broad recognition of some of his contemporaries such as Peter Moore, Alexander’s work is an important contribution to the documentation of experimental dance and performance of the seventies and eighties. He photographed most of the major experimental choreographers, dancers, and performers of the period, including Stuart Sherman, Kenneth King, Simone Forti, David Gordon, Valda Setterfield, Laura Foreman, Carter Frank, Yvonne Rainer, Steve Paxton, Douglass Dunn, Rudy Perez, Meredith Monk, Trisha Brown, Lucinda Childs, and A/P/A artists Yoshiko Chuma, Min Tanaka, and Ping Chong.