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Artists Talk on Art records, circa 1974-2018

Contents and Arrangement

The records are arranged into nine series.

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Series 1: Administrative Records , 1974-2013
0.4 Linear feet
Box 1

Administrative files include a general history file, various versions of by-laws and articles of incorporation, board meeting minutes and related scattered notices and notes, one file of program committee notes and minutes, financial statements and ledger, panel attendance notes, and scattered panel schedules and lists of panelists.
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Histories and Fact Sheets, 1987-1990s, 2006
1
1
By-Laws and Articles of Incorporation, 1978-1993
1
2
Board Meeting Minutes , 1979-2013
1
3-5
Board and Director's Reports and Statements , 1988-1992, 2004-2008
1
6
Program Committee Meeting Minutes and Notes , 1980-2001
1
7
Yearly Financial Statement of Operations , 1977-2013
1
8
Unbound Financial Ledger Sheets , 1974-1986
1
9
Expense Journal , 1975-1977
1
10
Panel Attendance Notations , 1970s-1980s
1
11
Schedules and Lists of Panelists , 1977-2004
1
12

Series 2: Director's and Chairman's Correspondence , 1977-2006
0.4 Linear feet
Box 1

The director's and chairman's general correspondence is somewhat scattered but includes the files of ATOA directors Lori Antonacci, Vernita Nemec, and Jeannine Russell, as well as chairman Douglas Sheer. There are also memos and letters from ATOA members, such as Robert Wiegand. Topics include board affairs, financial affairs, fund raising, publicity, and program planning.
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Director's and Chairman's Correspondence , 1977-2006
1
13-33

Series 3: Grant Files , 1977-2009
1 Linear foot
Boxes 1-2

Found here are ATOA's grant applications to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), and to a lesser degree, the City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs. Files contain applications, supporting documentation, notes, and reports. There are also a few files devoted to grant inquiries and proposals to private foundations and general grant planning.
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NEA Grant Applications and Documentation , 1977-1990
1
34-37
NEA Grant Applications and Documentation , 1991-2009
2
1-5
NYSCA Grant Applications and Documentation , 1978-1991
2
6-18
City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs , 1978-2000
2
19-21
Other Grants , 1989-2005
2
22-23
Foundation Grant "Turndowns" , 1997-1999
2
24
Grant Planning , 2009
2
25

Series 4: Panel Release Forms , 1978-2012
1 Linear foot
Boxes 2-3

Panel release forms were signed by individual panel/dialogue participants authorizing ATOA to reproduce and distribute any reproduction of the presentation for not for profit purposes. Most of the forms include the title of the panel dialogue. Users are advised that while the series appears to be complete, the forms were not compared or matched with other panel documentation.
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Panel Release Forms , 1978-1984
2
26-32
Panel Release Forms , 1985-2015, undated
3
1-30

Series 5: Panel Transcripts , 1981, 1986, 1988 , 2017-2018
1 File
Box 3

There are written transcripts of four panel presentations in the 1980s: 1981 panel on "Issues in Contemporary Sculpture"; "Polyartistry: Artists at Work in More Than One Discipline" (1986); "Looking Back at the 40s" (1988); and "Aesthetics/Ethics" (1988). Some are annotated and marked "unedited".
Electronic copies of 12 transcripts made available on the Artists Talk on Art website are included in this series in pdf form. The existing pdf files were created at the time of donation from html files whose creation date is unknown. Panels with electronic transcripts include dialogues with Donald Kuspit (2004), Willem de Kooning (2005), Miltos Manetas (2007); sessions featuring students of Hans Hoffmann (1978); and sessions called entitled "Why Make Art In New York?" (1979), "Post-modernism" (1980), "The Perfect Artist" (1997), "Young Artists Trying to Make it in New York" (2001), "For Women Only" (2001), "Wolf Kahn's America" (2003), "The New Art Dealer's Alliance" (2004), and "Long Term Healthcare Insurance" (2004).
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Transcripts , 1981, 1986, 1988
3
31
Electronic transcripts, 2017-2018
1.8 Megabytes
12 computer files
ER01

Series 6: Printed Materials , 1975-2015
0.8 Linear feet
Boxes 3-4

The bulk of the printed materials consist of a complete set of printed panel flyers dating from 1975-2009, as well as a digitized copy of panel flyers dating from 1975-2010. Many of the printed flyers are annotated with last minute participant and program changes, as well as panel attendance notes. The digitized set of flyers also contains annotated versions, though the annotations do not always match the annotations found on the printed flyers. Files also contain related panel announcements and press releases. There is one file of programs of "Art Talks" sponsored by the Alliance of Artists that appears to pre-date ATOA, perhaps as a precursor to ATOA or as a reference model for ATOA programs.
Additional printed materials include publicity flyers and announcements that are more general in nature, including issues of the calendar of arts events published under the name of Downtown by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, materials about ATOA benefit auctions, issues and clippings of the Women Artists Newsletter dating from 1976-1980, and ATOA printed video catalogs.
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Digital Copies of Panel Flyers (1975-2010) , 2014
44.4 Megabytes
1 computer file
ER02
Pre-ATOA "Art Talks" Flyer , circa 1970s
3
33
Panel Flyers , 1975
3
34
Panel Flyers, 1976
3
35
Panel Flyers, 1977
3
36
Panel Flyers, 1978
3
37
Panel Flyers, 1979
3
38
Panel Flyers, 1980
3
39
Panel Flyers, 1981
3
40
Panel Flyers, 1982
3
41
Panel Flyers, 1983
3
42
Panel Flyers, 1984
3
43
Panel Flyers, 1985
3
44
Panel Flyers, 1986
3
45
Panel Flyers, 1987
3
46
Panel Flyers, 1988
3
47
Panel Flyers, 1989
3
48
Panel Flyers, 1990
3
49
Panel Flyers, 1991
3
50
Panel Flyers, 1992
4
1
Panel Flyers, 1993
4
2
Panel Flyers, 1994
4
3
Panel Flyers, 1995
4
4
Panel Flyers, 1996
4
5
Panel Flyers, 1997
4
6
Panel Flyers, 1998
4
7
Panel Flyers, 1999
4
8
Panel Flyers, 2000
4
9
Panel Flyers, 2001
4
10
Panel Flyers, 2002
4
11
Panel Flyers, 2003
4
12
Panel Flyers, 2004
4
13
Panel Flyers, 2005
4
14
Panel Flyers, 2006
4
15
Panel Flyers, 2007
4
16
Panel Flyers, 2008
4
17
Panel Flyers, 2009
4
18
Publicity in Downtown Arts Activities Calendar, 1984-1992
4
19
Other Publicity, Flyers, Announcements , 1990s
4
20
Related to Benefit Auctions , 2008, 2015
4
21
Women Artists Newsletter and Clippings , 1976-1980
4
22
Video Catalogs , 1989-2002
4
23

Series 7: Scrapbooks , 1975-1989
0.2 Linear feet
Box 4

Three scrapbooks contain primarily printed materials. Scrapbook 1 is entitled "History and Facts". Scrapbook 2 has been dismantled into four folders and includes a section on general publicity and a section containing a nearly complete set of panel flyers dating from 1975-1989, many of which are annotated. Scrapbook 3 was labeled "Lori Antonacci" and has been dismantled into two folders containing mostly publicity related printed materials and a few letters.
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Scrapbook 1, Histories and Facts , 1980s
4
24
Scrapbook 2, Publicity Section , 1970s-1980s
4
25-26
Scrapbook 2, Panel Flyers Section , 1970s-1980s
4
27-28
Scrapbook 3, Lori Antonacci , circa 1979-1982
4
29-30

Series 8: Photographic Materials , circa 1975-circa 2000
1 Linear foot
Boxes 4-5

Photographic materials include slides, negatives, contact prints, and color snapshots. Most of the slides, negative, and contact prints were organized by ATOA into labeled notebooks. Aside from one slide portfolio and a folder of contact sheets labeled "ATOA History", the majority of the images depict panels and panel participants. A few of the files also contain images of works of art, possibly associated with benefit auctions. The slides and negatives are organized only by year and most do not include the name or titles of the panels or participants; there are a few exceptions, and name placards are visible in a great many of the images. One file contains a list of dates of images from the "Photo and Negative Notebook". There is also one folder of images of ATOA staff/directors.
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Slide Portfolio, ATOA History, 1975-1995
4
31
Photographs, ATOA History , 1970s-1990s
4
32
Slide Notebook, 1993, undated
4
33-40
ATOA Photo and Negative Notebook, List of Contents , circa 1970s-1980s
4
41
ATOA Photo and Negative Notebook, Panels , 1975-circa 1990s
4
42-53
ATOA Photo and Negative Notebook, Irish Art Now Panel , 1988
4
54
Panel Slides , 1975-circa 2000
5
1-14
Photographs of ATOA Directors, Chairman, Committee Members, 1980s-2000
5
15
Photographs, Identified Artists and Panel Participants , 1980s-2000
5
16-18
Photographs and Snapshots, Unidentified People and Events , circa 1980s-2000
5
19

Series 9: Video and Sound Recordings , circa 1977-2017
59 Linear feet
Boxes 6-65

Series contains video and sound recordings of public programs presented by Artists Talk on Art, including panel discussions, public interviews, and slide lectures by hundreds of artists, gallerists, critics, curators, and collectors on a wide range of contemporary art subjects that were held in New York City between 1977 and 2016. Programs were recorded on a range of analog and early digital media, often in multiple formats simultaneously. A few of the programs were edited into shorter versions, and samplers of excerpts from a season's programs were created for a few seasons.
The current arrangement of video and sound recordings is preliminary. Access to media content can be provided if the event date or title is known. See the panel flyers in series 6, Printed Materials, for panel titles, dates, and names of participants. Artists Talk on Art's current website also contains a partial index of events at http://www.atoa.org/archives.htm.
All of the events that were recorded have been digitized for preservation and access. A subset of sound recordings of events dated 1977-1992 were digitized in 2008, and a comprehensive set of video and sound recordings of events dated 1977-2016 were digitized in 2016-2017. During the 2016-2017 preservation project, where multiple video and sound recordings were made of a single event, as was often the case, a single master version was generally selected to be digitized.
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Digitized Video and Sound Recordings, 2016-2017
43.6 Terabytes
5,286 files
ER03
Digitized Sound Recordings, 2008
323 Gigabytes
853 files
ER04
Sound Cassettes, 1979-2008
8 Linear feet
6-13
Sound Tape Reels, 1980
3 sound tape reels
7
U-Matic Videocassettes, circa 1992-2004
35 Linear feet
14-48
VHS Videocassettes, circa 1989-2008
15 Linear feet
49-63
MiniDV Videocassettes, 2001-2016
1.5 Linear feet
64-65
DVCPro Videocassettes, 1993-1995
11 videocassettes (dvcpro)
65
Hi8 Videocassette, 1997
1 videocassettes (hi8)
65
SD Cards, 2016
9 Gigabytes
4 computer files
ER05-06

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