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Emily Harvey Gallery Archive – 1982-2004; Performance Art/ Fluxus/ Concept Art/ Mail Art

Material Description

The archive retraces the history of the Grommet Gallery (1982-84) and of the Emily Harvey Gallery (1984-2004). It includes ephemera, press releases, exhibition checklists/price lists, invoices, and photographs of events, shows and openings. Some performances and events were documented through videotapes and/or audio recordings; examples range from Alison Knowles’s Loose Pages event (1984) to Henry Flynt’s Dance Clubs performance for his Publication party for Musical Recordings (2001). Additionally, the archive includes personal and professional correspondence between Harvey and the artists associated with the gallery. Among the most precious examples, the archive counts a letter that Alison Knowles sent to Harvey in the mid 1880s explaining what being a Fluxus artist meant after the death of George Maciunas. Occasionally, correspondence includes letters between the Emily Harvey Gallery and other American and European art institutions, such as the Venice Biennale for the Ubi Fluxus exhibition (1990), and the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts for the Happening and Fluxus Events (1989). Unique samples of performance and exhibition sketches—ranging from Yoshi Wada’s installation drawings (1991) to Carolee Schneemann’s studies for Cycladic Imprints (1990)—are contained in the archive’s papers. Furthermore, the archive houses one of the most complete collections of the work of Dick Higgins, including the legal founding documents of the Something Else Press (1964-1973). Finally, individual artists’ folders contain exhibition ephemera from other museums and galleries collected by Harvey herself or sent to her gallery to provide additional elements on the represented group of artists.

Year Added:

2017

Institution

The Emily Harvey Foundation

Contact(s)

Mr. Agustin Schang
The Emily Harvey Foundation

Ms. Alice Centamore
The Emily Harvey Foundation


Date Range

1982 - 2004

Geographic Scope

The collection represents the national and international activities of artists from the United States, Canada, Western and Eastern Europe, and several regions of Asia, including Japan and Singapore.

Materials

  • 45 Mixed Archival Collections
  • 8 Books, ephemera, and legal and financial documents (Something Else Press)
  • 10 Mixed Archival Collections
  • 2572 Photographs
  • 2353 Slides
  • 243 4x5 Transparencies
  • 65 2x2 Transparencies
  • 125 Stereoscopic slides (3D) with 3D viewer
  • 47 Audiovisual Recordings
  • 4 Audiovisual Recordings
  • 87 Audiovisual Recordings
  • 12 Audiovisual Recordings
  • 41 Audio Recordings
  • 8 Books, ephemera, and legal and financial documents (Something Else Press)
  • 10 Mixed Archival Collections
  • 2572 Photographs
  • 2353 Slides
  • 243 4x5 Transparencies
  • 65 2x2 Transparencies
  • 125 Stereoscopic slides (3D) with 3D viewer
  • 47 Audiovisual Recordings
  • 4 Audiovisual Recordings
  • 87 Audiovisual Recordings
  • 12 Audiovisual Recordings
  • 41 Audio Recordings
  • 8 Books, ephemera, and legal and financial documents (Something Else Press)
  • 10 Mixed Archival Collections
  • 2572 Photographs
  • 2353 Slides
  • 243 4x5 Transparencies
  • 65 2x2 Transparencies
  • 125 Stereoscopic slides (3D) with 3D viewer
  • 47 Audiovisual Recordings
  • 4 Audiovisual Recordings
  • 87 Audiovisual Recordings
  • 12 Audiovisual Recordings
  • 41 Audio Recordings
  • 8 Books, ephemera, and legal and financial documents (Something Else Press)
  • 10 Mixed Archival Collections
  • 2572 Photographs
  • 2353 Slides
  • 243 4x5 Transparencies
  • 65 2x2 Transparencies
  • 125 Stereoscopic slides (3D) with 3D viewer
  • 47 Audiovisual Recordings
  • 4 Audiovisual Recordings
  • 87 Audiovisual Recordings
  • 12 Audiovisual Recordings
  • 41 Audio Recordings