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Gracie Mansion Gallery records, 1972-1991

Gracie Mansion Gallery records, 1972-1991

Gracie Mansion Gallery

Collection Information

Size: 5.3 linear feet

Biographical/Historical Note

Gracie Mansion Gallery was an art gallery in the East Village, N.Y. Established 1982. Closed 1991. Operated by painter and dealer Gracie Mansion, also known as Joanne Mayhew Young. Gracie Mansion Gallery was one of the best known in the East Village during the art boom of the early 1980s. The gallery specialized in large group exhibitions and theme shows, as well as small affordable art. Initially located in Mansion's apartment, the gallery moved to 15 St. Mark's Place, then to 337 E. 10th St., and in 1987 to 532 Broadway where it remained until April 1991.


The Gracie Mansion Gallery records were donated in 1991 by Gracie Mansion, founder of the Gracie Mansion Gallery.

Scope and Contents

The records of the New York City contemporary Gracie Mansion Gallery measure 5.3 linear feet and date from 1972-1991. Most of the records date from the gallery opening in 1982 and later. The bulk of the collection consists of printed material and exhibition loan files that document the activities of the gallery and the East Village art scene. Loan and consignment files are found for numerous artists including Michael Bidlo, Buster Cleveland, Claudia DeMonte, Rodney Alan Greenblat, Stephen Lack, Ed McGowin, David Sandlin, Hope Sandrow, David Wojnarowicz, Rhonda Zwillinger, among others. Also found are scattered business records.

Extensive printed material includes newspaper and magazine clippings, exhibition catalogs, and artists' files. Exhibition loan files are found for artists, exhibitions, and art fairs. These files contain consignment and loan agreement forms, correspondence, exhibition announcements, newspaper and magazine clippings, negatives and slides of artwork and exhibition installations, and a handful of color photographs of artwork or exhibition locales.

Scattered business records include correspondence, returned consignment forms from 1982-1987, donation records and materials related to art auctions, artist commissions, various lists, materials related to the Gracie Mansion Museum Store, notes, and a variety of other documents related to gallery operations.

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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