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Marjorie Strider papers, 1965-1978

Marjorie Strider papers, 1965-1978

Strider, Marjorie Virginia, 1934-

Sculptor, Illustrator

Collection Information

Size: 1.8 linear ft.

Summary: The papers of pop artist, sculptor, performance artist, and art instructor Marjorie Strider date from 1965-1978, and measure 1.8 linear feet. Found within the papers are biographical materials, correspondence with colleagues and art institutions, six diaries, scattered business and financial records, notes, writings, teaching and lecture typescripts, printed material, and photographs of the "Peoples' Hole Project" of a summer class taught by Strider at the University of Iowa in 1970.

Biographical materials include an address book. Correspondence is primarily between Strider, colleagues, and art institutions concerning exibitions and art-related activities. Six diaries dated from 1968 through 1973 contain very brief daily entries. Business records are primarily financial, but also include contracts for a commissioned poster for the HKL, Ltd. Project "Ikebana International," and for a merger between the stockholders of Chick Pea Conspiracy, Inc. and Max's Kansas City, Inc.

A teaching file containing material relating to a 1970 summer class taught by Strider and Scott Burton at the University of Iowa contains the best documentation about Strider's ideas about art. Included here are notes outlining various assignments for street performances and avant-garde uses of public spaces, writings by students describing their assignments, miscellaneous printed material, and notes, writings, clippings, and photographs concerning the "Peoples' Hole Project."

Additional notes and writings include miscellaneous teaching and lecture typescripts, a list of artists' names, and miscellaneous notes. Printed material includes clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs, prospectuses, and press releases.

Biographical/Historical Note

Marjorie Virginia Strider (1931-) is a sculptor, painter, and draftsman living in New York, N.Y.


Donated 1978 by Marjorie Strider.

A Finding Aid to the Marjorie Strider Papers,
, in the Archives of American Art
Biographical Note
Marjorie Virginia Strider was born on January 26, 1931 in Guthrie, Oklahoma and attended the Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, Missouri, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree. After graduating, she spent two years working on window displays for the Robinson Shoe Company in Kansas City.
By the early 1960s, Strider was working as a painter-sculptor in New York City. Along with work by Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, her work was included in one of the first exhibitions of Pop Art, "First International Girlie Show" at Pace Gallery in 1965. Strider also had solo exhibitions at Pace Gallery in 1965 and 1966, and at Park College, Parkville, Missouri, in 1968.
In 1969, Strider began teaching at the School of Visual Arts in New York. During the summer of 1970, she taught at the University of Iowa in Iowa City.
In the early 1970s, Strider's work evolved into assemblage, three-dimensional multi-media organic forms, street installations, films, and performance pieces, with a characteristic theme of forms breaking out from confined spaces. One of her more famous works,
Big Box
, 1973, consisted of a hand-constructed cardboard carton displaying an eruption of polyurethane pouring down the side. In 1973 and 1974, Strider had solo exhibitions at the Nancy Hoffman Gallery in New York City.
Strider also participated in group exhibitions at the Felix Handschin Gallery in Basel, Switzerland in 1970, at Boston Museum in 1972, at New York's School of Visual Arts in 1973 and, in 1974, at the Virginia Museum of Art and Storm King Art Center.
Strider's works are in the collections of the Albright-Knox Museum, Des Moines Art Center, New York University, Wadsworth Atheneum, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.
Marjorie Strider lives in Saugerties, New York.
The collection is organized into 7 series arranged chronologically:
Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1968 (Box 1; 1 folder)
Series 2: Correspondence, 1966-1977 (Box 1: 25 folders)
Series 3: Diaries, 1968-1973 (Box 1; 3 folders)
Series 4: Business Records, 1965-1976 (Boxes 1-2; 56 folders)
Series 5: Teaching File from University of Iowa, Iowa City, 1970 (Box 3; 11 folders)
Series 6: Notes and Writings, 1970-1977 (Box 3; 9 folders)
Series 7: Printed Material, 1966-1978 (Box 3; 6 folders)
Donated 1978 by Marjorie Strider.
Processing Information
The Marjorie Strider papers were processed in February 2008 by Jean Fitzgerald.

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

Marjorie Strider papers, 1965-1978. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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