Park Place, The Gallery of Art Research, Inc., and Paula Cooper Gallery records, 1961-2006

Park Place Gallery Art Research, Inc
New York, N.Y.

Collection size: 49.8 linear feet

Collection Summary: The records of the New York artist-cooperative Park Place, The Gallery of Art Research, Inc. and the Soho contemporary art gallery Paula Cooper Gallery measure 49.8 linear feet and date from 1961 to 2006. The collection documents the founding of the Park Place Gallery and its artists through correspondence, artists' files, photographic materials, financial records, printed materials, and scattered business records. The bulk of the collection is Paula Cooper Gallery records; nearly two-thirds of which are artists' files containing a variety of materials such as correspondence, printed materials, and photographic materials. Also found is additional business correspondence, business records, financial records, and printed materials for Paula Cooper Gallery, as well as a handful of records from Paula Johnson Gallery.

Biographical/Historical Note: Park Place, The Gallery of Art Research, Inc. (1965-1967), Paula Johnson Gallery (1964-1966), and Paula Cooper Gallery (1968- ) are art galleries in New York, N.Y. Park Place Gallery was one of the first artist-run cooperatives. The artists Forrest Myers, Tamara Melcher, Edwin Ruda, Dean Fleming, Leo Valledor, Peter Forakis, Robert Grosvenor, Anthony Magar, David Novros, and Mark di Suvero, entered into an agreement with collectors J. Patrick Lannon, Virginia Dwan Kondratief, Mr. and Mrs. John Murchison, Mr. and Mrs. Allen Guiberson, and Mr. and Mrs. List to give each of the collectors two major works of art in exchange for $14,400 each to found and maintain a gallery for two years. In 1968, after the two-year experiment of Park Place, Paula Cooper opened the Paula Cooper Gallery at 96 Prince Street, representing many of the Park Place artists.

Park Place, The Gallery of Art Research, Inc. records and Paula Cooper Gallery records were donated by Paula Cooper, director of the galleries, in two accessions in 2006 and 2009.

Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Smithsonian Institution Collection Care Preservation Fund.

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Related Materials

Related collections found among the holdings of the Archives of America include a sound recording of a lecture given by Paula Cooper (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston sound recordings, May 18, 1983-February 8, 1984); audio tapes which include Paula Cooper (Bruce D. Kurtz video and audio recordings and papers, 1966-1995); and two silent 16mm films by Kenny Schneider (Park Place Gallery artists films, 1967.)