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

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

55 Mercer Artists, Inc

Collection Information

Size: 5.1 linear feet

Biographical/Historical Note

55 Mercer Artists, Inc. (established 1969, reorganized in 2008) was an artists' cooperative space in SoHo, N.Y.

Provenance

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

Scope and Contents

55 Mercer Artists, Inc. records, 1939-2007, bulk 1970-2007, measure 5.1 linear feet. Administrative records, exhibition files, artists' files, financial records, scrapbooks, guest books, and printed material document the exhibitions, artists, and activities of one of the most successful and long lived artist-run cooperative spaces in SoHo. The records are incomplete with sizeable gaps.

Administrative records include correspondence, records of board committees, exhibition schedules, minutes, membership, and mailing lists. Among the exhibition files, 1971-2007, are slides and photographs of exhibition installations and individual works of art exhibited, along with correspondence, notes, and lists of works shown.

Artists' files consist of varying combinations of correspondence, resumes, printed material, photographs, and slides of art work of members and guest artists. Although many artists are represented by just an item or two, there are more substantial files for Corliss Cavaliere, Peter Charlap, Joan Gardner, Irene Gennaro, Jon Gregg, Ethelyn Honig, and Lisa Ingram.

The majority of financial records relate to membership dues, rent and exhibition fees received. Also included are sporadic banking records, paid bills, insurance and tax records, and treasurers' reports.

Scrapbooks (8 volumes) are comprised of exhibition announcements, publicity, reviews, miscellaneous printed material, photographs, and slides. Some are obviously incomplete and portions may be lacking from other volumes.

Guest books (22 volumes and loose pages) record gallery visitors, many of whom commented on their reactions to shows. Exhibition titles and dates are noted on the pages for each show's opening reception.

Printed material consists mainly of exhibition announcements, catalogs and publicity produced by 55 Mercer. Copies of all exhibition announcements, catalogs, and press releases issued have not survived. A smaller amount of printed material produced by others consists of articles about or mentioning 55 Mercer, exhibition reviews, ads and event listings.

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

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