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Cinque gallery records, 1959-2010, bulk 1976-2004

Cinque gallery records, 1959-2010, bulk 1976-2004

Cinque Gallery

Collection Information

Size: 1.1 linear feet

Summary: The Cinque Gallery records measure 1.1 linear feet and date from 1959 to 2010, with the bulk of materials dating from 1976 to 2004. The Gallery's mission was to exhibit African-American artists, to educate the public about their work, and to offer art programs to the community. This is documented by financial, administrative and legal records, ancillary correspondence, printed material, and photographs. Also included are limited artists' files and subject files. Materials dated before and after the Gallery's years of operation relate to African-American community organizations and were compiled by former Executive Director, Ruth Jett.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Cinque Gallery (established 1969) was an art gallery in New York City founded in 1969 by African-American artists Romare Bearden, Norman Lewis, and Ernest Crichlow.

Provenance

The records were donated to the Archives of American Art in 2013 by Ruth M. Jett, former Executive Director of Cinque Gallery.

A Finding Aid to the Cinque Gallery Records, 1959-2010, bulk 1976-2004, in the Archives of American Art
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Author
Finding aid prepared by Harriet E. Shapiro
Biographical/Historical note
The Cinque Gallery (est. 1969) was an art gallery in New York City founded in 1969 by African-American artists Romare Bearden, Norman Lewis, and Ernest Crichlow. It was established to exhibit the work of both new and established African-American artists, and to provide community educational programs.
Cinque sponsored more than 300 exhibitions in a number of New York City venues, as well as travelling exhibitions in the New York and New England areas before closing in 2004. The Gallery was funded by public and individual contributors, such as the Romare Bearden Foundation, Philip Morris Companies and the Andy Warhol Foundation.
Arrangement note
The collection is arranged as 7 series:
Series 1: Correspondence, 1970-2008 (Box 1; 1 folder)
Series 2: Subject Files, 1988-2010 (Box 1; 0.1 linear feet)
Series 3: Administrative Records, 1976-2007 (Box 1; 0.1 linear feet)
Series 4: Artists' Files, 1983-2005 (Box 1, OV 4; 0.1 linear feet)
Series 5 Financial and Legal Records, 1969-2005 (Boxes 1-2; 0.2 linear feet)
Series 6: Printed Material, 1959-2005, bulk 1976-2005 (Box 2; 0.2 linear feet)
Series 7: Photographs, 1980s-2001 (Box 3, OV 4; 0.2 linear feet)
Scope and Contents note
The Cinque Gallery records measure 1.1 linear feet and date from 1959 to 2010, with the bulk of materials dating from1976 to 2004. The Gallery's mission was to exhibit African-American artists, to educate the public about their work, and to offer art programs to the community. This is documented by financial, administrative and legal records, ancillary correspondence, printed material, and photographs. Also include are limited artists' files and subject files. Materials dated before and after the Gallery's years of operation relate to African-American community organizations and were compiled by former Executive Director, Ruth Jett.
Provenance
The records were donated to the Archives of American Art in 2013 by Ruth M. Jett, former Executive Director of Cinque Gallery.
Processing Information note
The collection was processed to a minimal level by Harriet E. Shapiro in 2014. The Archives of American Art has implemented minimal processing tactics when possible in order to increase information about and 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 titles, but not arranged further. Folders within boxes were not numbered. The collection was rehoused in archival containers and folders, but not all staples and clips were removed.

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

Cinque gallery records, 1959-2010, bulk 1976-2004. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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