Curatorial Film and Video Department Artist Files
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.
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.
Language of Materials
Created or maintained by members of the Curatorial Film and Video Department, these materials document the work of a broad range of artists working primarily in the mediums of film and video. Materials include exhibition records, CVs, correspondence, proposals, statements, brochures, programs, announcements, articles, and questionnaires. The collection also includes records related to the planning of exhibitions, acquisitions, and programs at the Museum. The bulk of the materials were created during the tenure of John G. Hanhardt, who served as curator and head of the department from 1974–1996.
Organization of the Collection
This collection is organized into two series:
- Artist Files, 1970-1998
- 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.
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- Finding aid written in English.