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Joellen Bard's, Ruth Fortel's, and Helen Thomas' exhibition records of "Tenth Street Days: the Co-ops of the 50s,", 1953-1977

Joellen Bard's, Ruth Fortel's, and Helen Thomas' exhibition records of "Tenth Street Days: the Co-ops of the 50s,", 1953-1977

Bard, Joellen, 1942 June 19-

Art teacher, Painter, Author

Collection Information

Size: 0.65 linear ft.

Summary: Exhibition records relating to "Tenth Street Days: The Co-ops of the 50s, an artist-initiated exhibition, works from 1952-1962," curated by Joellen Bard in association with the Association of Artist-Run Galleries and Pleiades Gallery and held at Amos Eno Gallery, 14 Sculptors Gallery, Noho Gallery, Pleiades Gallery, and Ward-Nasse Gallery, December 20, 1977 through January 7, 1978.

Included are the grant proposal and related documentation; exhibition catalog, poster, and miscellaneous printed matter; research files, 35mm color slides and photographs. Research files concerning Brata Gallery, Camino Gallery, Hansa Gallery, James Gallery, and Tanager Gallery contain a variety of printed items and historical notes. Of particular interest are administrative records of Camino Gallery that include its articles of agreement and minutes; and a reminiscence of Craig Hazlet who funded Tanager Gallery for 5 years, by daughter Sally Hazlet Drummond.

Research files also include artist address lists, responses to a questionnaire about Tenth Street galleries circulated by Bard, and general printed matter about Tenth Street galleries and artists. Also found are 2 scrapbooks containing biographical information, printed matter, and photographs of works of art relating to the corollary exhibition, "Tenth Street in 1977."

Biographical/Historical Note

Bard, a painter and art instructor was curator of "Tenth Street Days: The Co-ops of the 50s"; New York, N.Y. Researched by Bard in cooperation with Pleiades Gallery and the Association of Artist-Run Galleries.

Provenance

Donated 1978 by Joellen Bard

A Finding Aid to Joellen Bard's, Ruth Fortel's, and Helen Thomas' Exhibition Records of
Tenth Street Days: The Co-ops of the 50s
,
1953-1977
, in the Archives of American Art
AAA.bardjoel
Biographical Note
Tenth Street between Third and Fourth Avenues, was an artist community that was home to many of the first generation Abstract Expressionists. The neighborhood was also home to The Club and the Cedar Tavern. After 1953, many of younger artists--the second and third generations of Abstract Expressionists--came to live and work near Tenth Street. They organized and ran a number of cooperative galleries that became an important focus and provided much needed exhibition opportunities for the large number of young artists lured to New York City in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
Researched and organized by painter and art instructor Joellen Bard, Ruth Fortel and Helen Thomas in co-operation with the Association of Artist-Run Galleries and Pleiades Gallery,
Tenth Street Days: The Co-ops of the 50s
, was held at Amos Eno Gallery, 14 Sculptors Gallery, Noho Galley, Pleiades Galley, and Ward-Nasse Gallery, December 20, 1977 through January 7, 1978. A corollary exhibition, Tenth Street in 1977, was shown at Landmark Gallery, Inc., December 20, 1977 through January 8, 1978. An expanded version of the exhibition was circulated by The Gallery Association of New York State.
Arrangement
The collection is arranged into 2 series. Material in Series 1 is arranged chronologically within each folder. Series 2 is arranged alphabetically by artist.
Series 1: Records of
Tenth Street Days: The Co-ops of the 50s
, 1953-1977 (Box 1 and OV; 0.4 linear ft.)
Series 2: Records of
Tenth Street in 1977
, 1977 (Box 2; 0.25 linear ft.)
Provenance
Donated 1978 by Joellen Bard
Processing Information
The collection was processed by Catherine S. Gaines in 2003.

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

Joellen Bard's, Ruth Fortel's, and Helen Thomas' exhibition records of "Tenth Street Days: the Co-ops of the 50s,", 1953-1977. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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