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Curatorial Film and Video Department Artist Files

 Collection
Identifier: NNWhit.012

Scope and Contents

Created or compiled by members of the Curatorial Film and Video Department, this collection comprises material on a broad range of artists working primarily in film and video. Documents include original correspondence, exhibition brochures, announcements, articles, press releases, questionnaires, program notes, resumes, and other materials. In addition to unique documentary material related to individual artists, the collection provides insight into the origins and development of the Whitney Film and Video Department and the integration of film and video work into curatorial programming. The bulk of the materials are from the tenure of John G. Hanhardt, who served as Curator and Head of the department from 1974-1996. Many files also include administrative records related to Whitney exhibitions and programming such as artist’s proposals, installation plans, invoices, receipts, and photographs. Artists represented include Dara Birnbaum, Shu Lea Cheang, Juan Downey, Barbara Hammer, Ken Jacobs, Joan Jonas, Mike Kelley, Margia Kramer, Shigeko Kubota, Mary Lucier, Anthony McCall, Jonas Mekas, Bruce Nauman, Yoko Ono, Raphael Montañez Ortiz, Pepón Osorio, Nam June Paik, Adrian Piper, Scott Rankin, Martha Rosler, Lucas Samaras, Julia Scher, Carolee Schneeman, Paul Sharitz, Stan Vanderbeek, and many others.

Dates

  • 1970-1998

Access to Collection

Collection is open for research.

Biographical / Historical

The following is a chronological list of exhibitions that were organized independently of the Whitney's "New American Filmmakers and Film & Video Series", but are referenced within the collection. The exhibitions listed were held at the Whitney Museum, Whitney Museum branches, and at other museums unaffiliated with the Whitney, as listed below.



1982
  • Nam June Paik (April 30-June 27, 1982), Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NY USA
  • Video Music: New Correlations (May 6-June 4, 1982), Whitney Museum of American Art Downtown Branch, New York City, NY USA
    1985
  • Mary Lucier (May-November, 1985), Whitney Museum of American Art at Phillip Morris, New York City, NY USA
    1986
  • Photographic Fictions (April 4-May 28, 1986), Whitney Museum of American Art at Fairfield County, Stamford, CT USA
    1988
  • Video Art: Expanded Forms (February 18-March 31, 1988), Whitney Museum of American Art at Equitable Center, New York City, NY USA
    1989
  • Yoko Ono: Objects and Films (February 8-April 16, 1989), Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NY USA
    1992
  • Les Avantguardes a Catalunya (1906-1939) (1992), Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • William Wegman: Paintings, Drawings, Photographs, Videotapes (January 3-April 19, 1992), Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NY USA
  • Ilya Kabakov (September 12-October 17, 1992), Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York City, NY USA
    1993
  • Walker Evans & Dan Graham (December 17, 1993-March 20, 1994), Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NY USA
    1994
  • Between Language and Moving Image: The Art of Gary Hill (February 1994), Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C USA
    1995
  • Black Male: Representations of Masculinity in Contemporary American Art (November 10, 1994-March 5, 1995), Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NY USA
  • Robert Frank: Moving Out (November 16, 1995-February 11, 1996), Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NY USA
  • Edward Hopper and the American Imagination (June 22-October 15, 1995), Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NY USA
    1996
  • Matthew McCaslin: Harnessing Nature, (January 16-March 29, 1996), Whitney Museum at Phillip Morris, New York City, NY USA
  • Firmament RHA (January 17-March 29, 1996), Whitney Museum at Phillip Morris, New York City, NY USA
  • Kienholz: A Retrospective (February 29-June 2, 1996), Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NY USA
  • Gregory J. Markopoulos: Mythic Themes, Portraiture, and Films of Place (March 6-April 7, 1996), Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NY USA











  • Extent

    42 Boxes

    Language of Materials

    English

    Organization of the Collection

    This collection is organized into two series:

    Series

    1. Artist Files, 1970-1998
    2. Image Files, 1970-1998
    Each series is arranged in alphabetical order by the name of the artist(s), or organization. There are also two folders filed by exhibition title for the exhibition "Re-viewing Television: Interpretations of the Mass Media, Part I: Video Artists Look at TV".

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    All materials in the collection were created or compiled by members of the Curatorial Film and Video Department from 1970-1998, including curator John Hanhardt and assistant curator Callie Angell.

    Related Materials

    Related materials documenting John Hanhardt’s curatorial practice at the Whitney Museum of American Art and, and other institutions are held by the Center for Curatorial Studies Library & Archives at Bard College (CCS Bard). Information about the John G. Hanhardt Archives (1970-2013) is available on the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College website at this link:

    The following Whitney Museum archival collections also contain material that documents exhibitions organized or co-organized by members of the Film and Video department:

    • The Whitney Museum of American Art Main Branch Exhibition Records, 1931-2004
    • The Whitney Museum of American Art Downtown Branch Exhibition Records, 1970-1992
    • The Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria Exhibition Records, 1983-1996
    • The Whitney Museum of American Art at Equitable Center Exhibition Records, 1986-1992

    Language of description
    English
    Script of description
    Code for undetermined script
    Language of description note
    Finding aid written in English.

    Repository Details

    Part of the Whitney Museum of American Art Archives, New York, NY Repository

    Contact:
    Whitney Museum of American Art
    99 Gansevoort St.
    New York, NY 10014 United States




    Access to the Archives:

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