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Michele Zackheim papers, 1976-2012, bulk 1980-2000

Michele Zackheim papers, 1976-2012, bulk 1980-2000

Zackheim, Michele, 1941-

Writer, Video artist

Collection Information

Size: 2.3 linear feet

Summary: The papers of artist Michele Zackheim measure 2.3 linear feet and date from 1976 to 2012, bulk 1980-2000. The collection documents her career in the visual arts through correspondence, interviews, writings, project files, teaching files, printed material, and photographic material.

Biographical/Historical Note

Michele Zackheim (1941- ) is a writer and former visual artist in New York City working throughout the 1970s-1990s as a fresco muralist, installation artist, print-maker, and painter.

Provenance

Michele Zackheim donated her papers to the Archives in 2014.

Author
Finding aid prepared by Hilary Price
Biographical/Historical note
Michele Zackheim (1941- ) is a writer and former visual artist in New York City working throughout the 1970s-1990s as a fresco muralist, installation artist, print-maker, and painter.
Zackheim was born in Reno, Nevada and grew up in Compton, California. She began working as an artist in the 1970s in New York City, where she was active in the early feminist art movement. In the 1980s, Zackheim moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she taught at the College of Santa Fe and continued to make art. Notable projects include
Inherited Dreams
,
Tent of Meeting
, and
The Café Series
.
Tent of Meeting
was a large-scale installation using fabric that she printed with images from religious history and proposed the possibility of peaceful coexistence among people of various backgrounds.
In the mid-1990s, Zackheim became a writer of biographical fiction. She currently teaches Creative Writing from a Visual Perspective at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
Arrangement note
The collection is arranged as 7 series
Series 1: Correspondence, 1986-2002 (0.2 linear feet; Box 1)
Series 2: Interviews, circa 1980s (0.1 linear foot; Box 1)
Series 3: Writings, 1990-1991 (0.3 linear feet; Box 1)
Series 4: Project Files, 1983-2012 (0.5 linear feet; Box 1-2)
Series 5: Teaching Files, circa 1990-1991 (0.4 linear feet; Box 2)
Series 6: Printed Material, 1977-1998 (0.4 linear feet; Box 2-3)
Series 7: Photographic Material, 1976-circa 2000 (0.4 linear feet; Box 2-3)
Scope and Contents note
The papers of artist Michele Zackheim measure 2.3 linear feet and date from 1976 to 2012, bulk 1980-2000. The collection documents her career in the visual arts through correspondence, interviews, writings, project files, teaching files, printed material, and photographic material.
Correspondence includes communication with museums, galleries, and publishers relating to Zackheim's projects. The interview is a radio broadcast on one sound cassette. Writings include an illustrated botany manuscript and learning portfolios. Project files relate to Zackheim's major works including
Tent of Meeting
and
The Café Series
, and are comprised of notes, correspondence, photographic material, video recordings, and a sound recording. Teaching files include notes, slides, and articles that Zackheim used for courses she taught at the College of Santa Fe. Printed material includes exhibition cards and announcements, clippings, journals, and a poster. Photographic material includes artwork, installation process, and portraits of the artist.
Provenance
Michele Zackheim donated her papers to the Archives in 2014.
Processing Information note
The collection was processed and a finding aid prepared by Hilary Price in 2015.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.

How to Cite This Collection

Michele Zackheim papers, 1976-2012, bulk 1980-2000. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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