Collection size: 10.0 linear feet
Collection Summary: Correspondence, writings, project files, printed material, and audiovisual material documenting Judith Wilson's career as an art historian.
Correspondence is scattered throughout the collection, appearing in project files, manuscript drafts, and conference files. The correspondence is rich in details of the intellectual foment of the 1970s and 80s around issues of race in the art world. Notable correspondents include Adrian Piper, Howardena Pindell, Lucy Lippard, Lorrain O'Grady, Richard Powell, Steven Jones, Ann Gibson, Houston Conwill, Moira Roth, and Alice Walker. Writings include notebooks and loose sheets of handwritten and typed manuscripts for published and unpublished writings by Wilson and notes from lectures, conferences, readings, and gallery visits.
Project files consist of writing projects, exhibitions, interviews, and conferences with which Wilson was involved. Printed material includes books and small catalogs authored by Wilson or featuring essays written by her. Audio visual material (1.0 linear feet) contains extensive audio cassettes with oral history interviews recorded by Wilson as well as recordings from lectures and conferences she attended. Notable interview subjects include Alison Saar, Adrian Piper, Mimi Gross, Sam Gilliam, Kara Walker, and Howardena Pindell. Also present are recordings of interviews about Bob Thompson and a video recording on VHS cassette of his 1965 "Happening" at the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Biographical/Historical Note: Judith Wilson (1952- ) is an art historian in San Francisco, Calif.
Donated 2012 by Judith Wilson-Pates.