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Bowery Gallery records, 1969-2008

Bowery Gallery records, 1969-2008

Bowery Gallery (New York, N.Y.)

Collection Information

Size: 3.1 linear feet

Summary: The records of the Bowery Gallery, a non-profit, artist-run cooperative gallery in New York City, measure 3.1 linear feet and date from 1969-2008. Business records, letters, exhibition files, guest registers, printed material and photographs document the gallery's activities and artists.

Biographical/Historical Note

In 1969, eighteen artists founded the Bowery Gallery as a non-profit, artist-run cooperative gallery in New York City. Barbara Grossman was secretary, Lynda Caspe, director, and Marylou Schuck was treasurer. The gallery moved to West 25th Street in New York City in 2000.

Provenance

Donated 2003 and 2008 by the Bowery Gallery via Barbara Grossman, and Lynda Caspe, founding members of the Bowery Gallery, and Marylou Schuck. Grossman maintained the Gallery records.

A Finding Aid to the Bowery Gallery Records,
1969-2008
, in the Archives of American Art
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Author
Finding aid prepared by Justin Brancato
Historical Note
In 1969, eighteen artists founded the Bowery Gallery as a non-profit, artist-run cooperative gallery in New York City. The gallery's original mission was to promote contemporary art and artists during a time when abstract art and pop art dominated. In 1991, Bowery Gallery began sponsoring an annual national competition and juried show for artists working in two-dimensional media.
Arrangement
The collection is arranged as 6 series:
Series 1: Business Records, 1969-2002 (Box 1; 0.6 linear feet)
Series 2: Letters, 1974-1997 (Box 1; 3 folders)
Series 3: Exhibition Files, 1983-1994 (Box 1; 4 folders)
Series 4: Guest Registers, 1976-2001 (Boxes 1-2; 1.0 linear feet)
Series 5: Printed Material, 1969-2001 (Boxes 2-4; 0.9 linear feet)
Series 6: Photographic Materials, 1997-1999 (Box 3; 0.1 linear feet)
Scope and Content Note
The records of the Bowery Gallery, a non-profit, artist-run cooperative gallery in New York City, measure 3.1 linear feet and date from 1969-2008. Business records, letters, exhibition files, guest registers, printed material and photographs document the gallery's activities and artists.
An additional 0.4 linear feet of Bowery Gallery records dated circa 2002-2008 were accessioned in 2008 and remain unprocessed. This accretion contains minutes and other business records, exhibition schedules, exhibition announcements, and Bowery Artists Tribute, Volume 1 (2008). Also found is a DVD copy of an audiovisual recording of the gallery's inaugural exhibition (October 31, 1969).
Provenance
Donated 2003 and 2008 by the Bowery Gallery via Barbara Grossman, and Lynda Caspe, founding members of the Bowery Gallery, and Marylou Schuck. Grossman maintained the Gallery records.
Processing Information
The records were processed to a minimal level by Justin Brancato in July 2005.
The Archives of American Art has implemented minimal processing tactics when possible in order to increase access to more of our collections. Minimal processing included arrangement to the series and folder levels. Generally, items within folders were simply verified with folder tiles and dates, but not arranged further. The collection was rehoused in archival containers and folders. Staples and other fasteners were not removed, but materials were removed from binders or damaged bindings.

Restrictions on Access

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

How to Cite This Collection

Bowery Gallery records, 1969-2008. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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