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Museum of Temporary Art records, 1974-1982

Museum of Temporary Art


Collection Information

Size: 9.6 Linear feet

Summary: The Museum of Temporary Art records measure 9.6 linear feet and 39 digital images and date from circa 1974 to 1982. Included are administrative files; MOTA's archive of correspondence art; printed matrial including artists' books and other small-press art publications and publications of MOTA including catalogs, MOTA's newsletter "Art Ink," "MOTA" (Museum of Temporary Art Magazine), and two posters; photographs and slides of exhibitions, events and people; and audio recordings.

Biographical/Historical Note

Museum of Temporary Art (MOTA), an artist-run alternative space founded in Washington, D.C. in 1974, aimed to foster contemporary art, and focused on the melding of literary and visual art and thrived on its connection to an international network of correspondence artists and other alternative spaces. It was located first at 716 11th Street, NW, and from 1981 until its closing in 1982, at 1206 G Street NW. Its executive director was Janet Bell Schmuckal.


Donated 1995 by Janet Bell Schmuckal, former director of MOTA and in 2021 by Deborah Velders, a former volunteer for MOTA.

Language Note

English .

How to Use This Collection

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Researchers interested in accessing audiovisual recordings and born-digital records in this collection must use access copies. Contact References Services for more information.

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How to Cite This Collection

Museum of Temporary Art records, 1974-1982. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.