Marjorie Strider papers, 1965-1978

A Finding Aid to the Marjorie Strider Papers, 1965-1978, in the Archives of American Art, by Jean Fitzgerald

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Biographical Information

Marjorie Virginia Strider was born on January 26, 1931 in Guthrie, Oklahoma and attended the Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, Missouri, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree. After graduating, she spent two years working on window displays for the Robinson Shoe Company in Kansas City.

By the early 1960s, Strider was working as a painter-sculptor in New York City. Along with work by Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, her work was included in one of the first exhibitions of Pop Art, "First International Girlie Show" at Pace Gallery in 1965. Strider also had solo exhibitions at Pace Gallery in 1965 and 1966, and at Park College, Parkville, Missouri, in 1968.

In 1969, Strider began teaching at the School of Visual Arts in New York. During the summer of 1970, she taught at the University of Iowa in Iowa City.

In the early 1970s, Strider's work evolved into assemblage, three-dimensional multi-media organic forms, street installations, films, and performance pieces, with a characteristic theme of forms breaking out from confined spaces. One of her more famous works, Big Box, 1973, consisted of a hand-constructed cardboard carton displaying an eruption of polyurethane pouring down the side. In 1973 and 1974, Strider had solo exhibitions at the Nancy Hoffman Gallery in New York City.

Strider also participated in group exhibitions at the Felix Handschin Gallery in Basel, Switzerland in 1970, at Boston Museum in 1972, at New York's School of Visual Arts in 1973 and, in 1974, at the Virginia Museum of Art and Storm King Art Center.

Strider's works are in the collections of the Albright-Knox Museum, Des Moines Art Center, New York University, Wadsworth Atheneum, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

Marjorie Strider lives in Saugerties, New York.

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Overview of the Collection

Scope and Contents

The papers of pop artist, sculptor, performance artist, and art instructor Marjorie Strider date from 1965-1978, and measure 1.8 linear feet. Found within the papers are biographical materials, correspondence with colleagues and art institutions, six diaries, scattered business and financial records, notes, writings, teaching and lecture typescripts, printed material, and photographs of the "Peoples' Hole Project" of a summer class taught by Strider at the University of Iowa in 1970.

Biographical materials include an address book. Correspondence is primarily between Strider, colleagues, and art institutions concerning exibitions and art-related activities. Six diaries dated from 1968 through 1973 contain very brief daily entries. Business records are primarily financial, but also include contracts for a commissioned poster for the HKL, Ltd. Project "Ikebana International," and for a merger between the stockholders of Chick Pea Conspiracy, Inc. and Max's Kansas City, Inc.

A teaching file contains material relating to a 1970 summer class taught by Strider and Scott Burton at the University of Iowa contains the best documentation about Strider's ideas about art. Included here are notes outlining various assignments for street performances and avant-garde uses of public spaces, writings by students describing their assignments, miscellaneous printed material, and notes, writings, clippings, and photographs concerning the "Peoples' Hole Project."

Additional notes and writings include miscellaneous teaching and lecture typescripts, a list of artists' names, and miscellaneous notes. Printed material includes clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs, prospectuses, and press releases.

Arrangement and Series Description

The collection is organized into 7 series arranged chronologically:

Subjects and Names

This collection is indexed under the following terms:

Subjects:

  • University of Iowa -- Faculty

Subjects-Topical:

  • Art -- Philosophy
  • Art -- Study and teaching
  • Art teachers -- United States
  • Performance artists -- New York (State)$zNew York
  • Pop art -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Women sculptors -- New York (State) -- New York

Types of Materials:

  • Diaries
  • Photographs
  • Writings

Provenance

Marjorie Strider donated her papers in 1978.

How the Collection was Processed

The Marjorie Strider papers were processed in February 2008 by Jean Fitzgerald.


How to Use the Collection

Restrictions on Use

Use or original papers requires an appointment.

Ownership & Literary Rights

The Marjorie Strider papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.

How to Cite this Collection

Marjorie Strider papers, 1965-1978. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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Detailed Description and Container Inventory

Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1968
(Box 1; 1 folder)

Biographical material consists of a Social Security application card that does not display Strider's Social Security number, and an address book.

Box Folder
1 1 Social Security Application Card and Address Book, 1968, undated

Series 2: Correspondence, 1966-1977
(Box 1: 25 folders)

Correspondence is primarily between Strider, colleagues, and art institutions concerning exhibitions and art-related activities. There is one card from actor Donald Buka and an illustrated calling card from writer John Patrick Sullivan.

Box Folder
1 2 Correspondence, undated
1 3 Correspondence, 1966-1967
1 4 Correspondence, 1968
1 5 Correspondence, 1969
1 6-7 Correspondence, 1970
(2 folders)
1 8-9 Correspondence, 1971
(2 folders)
1 10-11 Correspondence, 1972
(2 folders)
1 12-14 Correspondence, 1973
(3 folders)
1 15-17 Correspondence, 1974
(3 folders)
1 18-21 Correspondence, 1975
(4 folders)
1 22-25 Correspondence, 1976
(4 folders)
1 26 Correspondence, 1977

Series 3: Diaries, 1968-1973
(Box 1; 3 folders)

Six diaries contain very brief entries concerning Strider's daily activities.

Box Folder
1 27 Diaries, 1968-1969
1 28 Diaries, 1970-1971
1 29 Diaries, 1972-1973

Series 4: Business Records, 1965-1976
(Boxes 1-2; 56 folders)

Business records primarily consist of financial records, such as banking records, receipts, a ledger, and records of wages. Also included are contracts for a commissioned poster for the HKL, Ltd. Project "Ikebana International," and for a merger between the stockholders of Chick Pea Conspiracy, Inc. and Max's Kansas City, Inc.

Box Folder
1 30 Contracts, 1968-1972
1 31 Records of Wages, 1968-1976, undated
1 32 Tax Records, 1970-1975
1 33 Ledger of Expenditures, 1965-1971
1 34 Notebook of Expenditures, 1971
1 35 Check Stubs, 1966-1969, undated
1 36 Check Stubs, 1970
1 37 Check Stubs, 1971
1 38 Check Stubs, 1972
1 39 Check Stubs, 1973
1 40 Check Stubs, 1974
1 41 Check Stubs, 1975
1 42 Cancelled Checks, 1967
1 43 Cancelled Checks, 1970
1 44 Cancelled Checks, 1971
1 45 Cancelled Checks, 1972
1 46 Cancelled Checks, 1975
1 47 Cancelled Checks, 1976
1 48 Miscellaneous Receipts, 1967-1969, undated
1 49-52 Miscellaneous Receipts, 1970
(4 folders)
1 53-61 Miscellaneous Receipts, 1971
(9 folders)
Box Folder
2 1-2 Miscellaneous Receipts, 1971
(2 folders)
Box Folder
2 (hol) 3-7 Miscellaneous Receipts, 1972
(5 folders)
2 (hol) 8-13 Miscellaneous Receipts, 1973
(6 folders)
2 (hol) 14-17 Miscellaneous Receipts, 1974
(4 folders)
2 (hol) 18-21 Miscellaneous Receipts, 1975
(4 folders)
2 (hol) 22-24 Miscellaneous Receipts, 1976
(3 folders)

Series 5: Teaching File from University of Iowa, Iowa City, 1970
(Box 3; 11 folders)

These files contain material relating to a 1970 summer class taught by Strider and Scott Burton at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. Included are notes describing various assignments and writings by students, miscellaneous printed material, and notes, writings, clippings, and photographs concerning the "Peoples' Hole Project."

Box Folder
3 1-6 Miscellaneous Notes and Writings by Students, 1970
(6 folders)
3 7 Writings and Printed Material Concerning Student Roberta Krasner, 1970
3 8-9 "People's Hole Project" Notes, Writings, and Clippings, 1970
(2 folders)
3 10 "People's Hole Project" Photographs, 1970
3 11 Miscellaneous Printed Material, 1970

Series 6: Notes and Writings, 1970-1977
(Box 3; 9 folders)

This series contains teaching and lecture typescripts, a list of artists' names, and miscellaneous notes.

Box Folder
3 12 Miscellaneous Teaching Notes, 1970
3 13 Miscellaneous Teaching Notes, 1973-1975
3 14-17 Lecture Notes, 1973-1974
(4 folders)
3 18 Lists of Artists' Names, 1974-1977
3 19 Notebook Containing Miscellaneous Notes, undated
3 20 Miscellaneous Notes, 1971-1973, undated

Series 7: Printed Material, 1966-1978
(Box 3; 6 folders)

Printed material consists of clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs, prospectuses, press releases, and miscellaneous printed material.

Box Folder
3 21 Clippings, 1967-1975, undated
3 22 Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1972-1978
3 23 Prospectuses, 1975, undated
3 24 Press Releases, 1966-1972, undated
3 25-26 Miscellaneous Printed Material, 1973-1976, undated
(2 folders)