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55 Mercer Artists, Inc. records, 1939-2007, bulk 1970-2007

55 Mercer Artists, Inc

Collection Information

Size: 5.1 Linear feet

Summary: 55 Mercer Artists, Inc. records, 1939-2007, bulk 1970-2007, measure 5.1 linear feet. The records, which are incomplete with sizeable gaps, consist of administrative records, exhibition files, artists' files, financial records, scrapbooks, guest books, and printed material that document one of the most successful and long lived artist run cooperative galleries in SoHo. The only item pre-dating 55 Mercer Artists, Inc. is a 1939 newspaper clipping in the artists' files.

Biographical/Historical Note

55 Mercer Artists, Inc., an artist-run alternative to commercial galleries, was founded as 55 Mercer Gallery - also known as 55 Mercer Street Gallery and 55 Mercer - in December 1969. The earliest of a second wave of co-operative galleries in New York City, it was one of the most successful and the longest-lived.

Provenance

Donated in 2007 by 55 Mercer Street Artists, Inc. via Ethelyn Honig.