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Nina Yankowitz papers, circa 1950-2017

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as eight series.

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Series 1: Biographical Material , 1957-2017
5 Folders
Box 1

Biographical material consists of a note featured in Who's Who in America; an interview with Yankowitz and her sister Susan for CreativeParents.com; certificates from the National Women's History Museum and Feminists Who Changed America; material relating to Yankowitz's mother, Ruth Yankowitz, who became president of the American Association for the United Nations in 1957; loan agreements, budgets, image releases, and receipts for artworks; as well as detailed resumes enumerating Yankowitz's exhibition history, teaching positions, grants, and bibliography.
Description Container Select
Biographical Note and Questionnaire, 1999, 2003
1
1
Certificates and Identification Card, 2000s
1
2
Family Documents, 1957-circa 1980
1
3
Releases, Contracts, Loan Agreements, 1983-2017
1
4
Resumes, 1970s-1990s
1
5

Series 2: Correspondence , circa 1970-2017
0.6 Linear feet
Box 1

Correspondence is mostly incoming letters from friends and family, galleries, universities, and arts organizations, although a few copies of drafts from Yankowitz are included as well. Personal correspondence consists of letters, postcards, and greeting cards from friends, family, and fellow artists, and relays day-to-day developments in life, artwork, and exhibitions. Professional correspondence pertains to exhibitions, teaching positions, grants, fellowships, and residencies. Some letters are photocopies of originals, particularly professional letters dating from the 1970s. Notable correspondents include Ross Bleckner, Joyce Kozloff, Frances Lewis, Sol LeWitt, Ree Morton, Miriam Shapiro, Peter Schjeldahl, Blythe Sonfist, Marjorie Strider, Robin Tewes, and Susan Yankowitz.
Description Container Select
A, General, 1974-1976
1
6
Bleckner, Ross, circa 1975-1980
1
7
B, General, 1970-2012
1
8
C, General, 1970-2015
1
9
Deson-Zaks Gallery (copies), 1972
1
10
Doria, Charles, circa 1977
1
11
E, General, 1976-1994
1
12
F, General, 1974-2016
1
13
Grigor, Murray, 1980s-2000s
1
14
G, General, 1971-2017
1
15
H, General, 1975-1978
1
16
I-J, General, 1971-1993
1
17
LeWitt, Sol, 1974-2007
1
18
Kozloff, Joyce, 1970s-2008
1
19
K, General, 1975-circa 2000
1
20
L, General, 1972-2010
1
21
M, General, 1971-1978
1
22
N, General, 1971-1976
1
23
O, General, circa 1972
1
24
P, General, 1974-2001
1
25
Q, General, 1996
1
26
R, General, 1971-1985
1
27
Sonfist, Blythe and Alan, 1972-1979
1
28
Strider, Marjorie, circa 1972
1
29
S, General, 1972-2003
1
30
T, General, 1971-2017
1
31
U-V, General, 1972-circa 2000
1
32
W, General, 1975-2007
1
33
Yankowitz, Nina, Outgoing, 1970s-2000s
1
34
Yankowitz, Susan, 1970s-1980s
1
35
Holiday and Greeting Cards, Signed with First Name Only, 1970s-2000s
1
36
Letters, Signed with First Name Only, 1970s-2000s
1
37
Postcards, Signed with First Name Only, 1970s-2000s
1
38

Series 3: Writings , circa 1968-2012
0.4 Linear feet
Box 1

Yankowitz's writings include student essays, a film script, notes, fragments, poetry, and responses to an exhibition and article. Writings by others consist of a stageplay by Carey Lovelace, poetry to Rose and Jacob Drachler, and several manuscripts and plays by Yankowitz's sister, Susan Yankowitz. More detailed writings about Yankowitz's work, in particular project statements and proposals, can be found with the project files in series 5. Reproductions of a dozen illustrated notebooks and journals, predominantly from the 1970s, are arranged in series 4.
Description Container Select
Art History Student Essays, circa 1970
1
39
"Consumption, or Animate and Inanimates," Film Script, 1978
1
40
"An Effort to Elude Amnesia", circa 2006
1
41
Excerpts from "Notes from the Ground" and "Scenario Series", 1978
1
42
Feminism (fragment), 2000s
1
43
Poetry, 1968, 1976
1
44
Response to Article "Gathering STEAM", 2012
1
45
Responses to "Global Feminisms" Exhibition, 2007
1
46
Writings by Others
Rose and Jacob Drachler, 1970s
1
47
Carey Lovelace, 2004
1
48
Susan Yankowitz, circa 1976-1994
1
49-53

Series 4: Reproductions of Illustrated Notebooks , circa 1967-2000
0.4 Linear feet
Box 2

The reproductions of a dozen illustrated notebooks and journals found here contain detailed drawings and notes for Yankowitz's art projects, particularly those dating from the 1970s. Other illustrated notebooks contain figure drawings, preparatory drawings, journal entries, travel diaries from Japan, and lecture notes from Yankowitz's teaching career at the School of Visual Arts. Dates below indicate year of creation. Reproductions were made circa 2015.
Description Container Select
Illustrated Notebook, Figure Drawings, undated
2
1
Illustrated Notebook, 1967-circa 1975
2
2
Illustrated Notebook, circa 1968
2
3
Illustrated Notebook, circa 1970
2
4
Journal, 1972-1974
2
5
Lecture Notes, circa 1975
2
6
Illustrated Notebook, 1975-1976
2
7
Illustrated Notebook, Drawings, 1970s
2
8
Illustrated Notebook, Japan, 1970s-1985
2
9
Illustrated Notebook, Drawings, 1970s-1990s
2
10
Illustrated Notebook, 1980-1985
2
11
Illustrated Notebook, Japan, 1985
2
12

Series 5: Project Files , 1970-2014
0.7 Linear feet
Box 2, OV 7

Project files include material relating to Yankowitz's art projects, teaching, and professional activities. Files related to art projects capture her range in media including sculpture, mosaics, public works, installations, sound, and new media artworks. Material may include correspondence outlining project details, proposals, sketches, photographic material, and printed material. Faculty files include course descriptions, teaching assignments, agreements, and visiting artist invitations. The file titled Womanschool contains material related to the course Yankowitz taught there called "Artists, Curators, and Critics: Is there a Female Aesthetic?" As a member of the Heresies Collective, Yankowitz participated in meetings and contributed to issues, illustrated here through meeting minutes, agendas, by-laws, proposed topics for issues, a list of members, photographs, printed material, and letters from Heresies members Lucy Lippard, Arlene Ladden, Patsy Beckert, and others. The file also includes material related to a Heresies film project dating to the 2000s. Multiple folders filed at the end of the series contain an assortment of project proposals, statements, and images detailing Yankowitz's work over the last several decades. Additional images of artwork are found with the photographic material in series 8. A small number of born-digital files includes a video recording of the Guerilla Girls accepting an award at a Skowhegan benefit, a video recording of a short animation related to an installation, and audio recordings from Scenario Sounds.
Description Container Select
American Myths, 1982-1986
2
13
Hot and Cold Houses Installations, 2005
2
14
Criss-Crossing the Divine, 2014
2
15
Crossings, 2009
2
16
Faculty Files, 1970s-2000s
2
17
Furniture Mosaics, 1980s
2
18
Guerilla Girls, 1993-2013
Includes born-digital material, see ER01.
2
19
Guerilla Girls, Digital Video Recording of Skowhegan Awards Ceremony, 2013
0.463 Gigabytes
1 computer file
ER01
Heresies Collective, 1970s-2000s
2
20
Installations, 1980s-2000s
Includes born-digital material, see ER02.
2
21
Installations, Moving Image Mock-up of Glass Cathedral, 2009
0.033 Gigabytes
1 computer file
ER02
Public Art Projects and Proposals, 1980s-2000s
2
22
Scenario Sounds, 1979, 2007
Includes born-digital material, see ER03.
2
23
Scenario Sounds, Digital Audio Recordings, 2007
0.192 Gigabytes
2 computer files
ER03
Think Negative, 1990s
2
24
Time and Space Suspensions, circa 1970
7
Womanschool, 1975-1976
2
25
Women's Caucus for Art, 1987
2
26
Project Proposals, Statements, and Images, 1970s-2000s
2
27-30

Series 6: Exhibition Files , 1972-circa 2009
0.2 Linear feet
Box 3

This small series captures only a selection of exhibitions Yankowitz participated in. Items include photographs of artwork, reviews, a gallery layout, press releases, artist statements, object lists, and correspondence with exhibition organizers. The folder titled Bare Bones contains a catalog and video recording for an exhibition curated by Yankowitz. Additional material related to Yankowitz's exhibition history can be found in the exhibition catalogs and announcements in series 7. Born-digital files are spreadsheets containing exhibition content.
Description Container Select
Pleated Paintings (1972), 1972
3
1
Hell's Breath (1982), 1982
3
2
Bare Bones (1996), Curated by Yankowitz, 1996
Includes 1 videocassette (VHS).
3
3
From the Inside Out: Feminist Art Then and Now, circa 2006
3
4
Widening the Frame (2009), 2008-2009
Includes born-digital material, see ER04.
3
5
Widening the Frame (2009), Born-digital Spreadsheets with Exhibition Content, 2008
0.001 Gigabytes
14 computer files
ER04

Series 7: Printed Material , 1969-2016
2 Linear feet
Boxes 3-5

Printed material documents not only Yankowitz's career, but that of her artist contemporaries and close friends. Exhibition announcements and catalogs are for Yankowitz as well as Harmony Hammond, Jane Kaufman, Sol LeWitt, Doug Ohlson, Miriam Schapiro, Michelle Stuart, and Robin Tewes. Clippings consists of reviews and articles pertaining to Yankowitz's art. Periodicals include Broadway Boogie, Cover, Feminist Art Journal, Karriere, New Wilderness Letter, Parnassus: Poetry in Review featuring Yankowitz's work on the cover, Profile, Shankpainter, Trylon, Women in the Arts newsletter, and Zing. Books include numerous small press books, poetry collections, experimental manuscripts, and monographs by friends including Jacob and Rose Drachler, Richard Kostelanetz, Edward Dorn, Peter Schjeldahl, Jerome Rothenberg, Charles Doria, Terry Hauptman, and Susan Yankowitz. Additional books contain dedications and feature Yankowitz's work. Other material includes press releases, memorials, programs, brochures, and a printed version of Yankowitz's website.
Description Container Select
Announcements, 1970s-2014
3
6-8
Books, 1970s-2000s
3
9-16
Clippings, 1970s-2000s
3
17-18
Exhibition Catalogs, 1970s-2014
4
1-6
Exhibition Catalogs, Other Artists, 1970s-2007
4
7-9
Memorials, 2005-2015
4
10
Periodicals, 1970s-2000s
4
11-16
Press Releases, 1970s-2000s
4
17
Programs and Brochures, 1969-2013
4
18
Website (printed), 2016
5
1
Assorted Material, 1980s-2000s
5
2

Series 8: Photographic Material , circa 1950-2010
1.3 Linear feet
Boxes 5-6

Photographic material includes photographs, copy prints, transparencies, and slides of Yankowitz, family, and friends, as well as a comprehensive view of her artwork and exhibition installations from the 1960s-2000s. Personal photographs capture Yankowitz at all stages throughout her life engaged in her work, travel, and celebrations with friends and family. Images of artwork from the 1960s include student work and her Central Park commission; 1970s images include draped, puckered, shirred, and pleated painting series, Painted Thread Readings, Dilated Grain Readings, Scanning Paint Placements, and Voices of the Eye; 1980s images include Hell's Breath tile installation, Scenario Sounds, and Shelter series; 1990s images contain oil paintings and drawings including Train/Vault, Wing, and Cantilever Boat; 2000s images contain numerous installations that incorporate a glass house, including CloudHouse. Also documented here are many public art projects Yankowitz completed from the 1980s-2000s including Tunnel Vision in the New York City subway, an interactive poetry walk in Cleveland, Ohio, Garden of Games/Garden of Scientific Ideas in Queens, New York, and American Myths at Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania. Yankowitz's husband, Barry Holden, was a collaborator on some of these projects.
Photographic material of Yankowitz, family, and friends is arranged first, followed by photographic material of artwork. Each category is arranged chronologically.
Description Container Select
Childhood and Family, 1950s
5
3
Photo Album, 1964
5
4
Yankowitz, Family, Friends, 1970s-2000s
Oversized photograph of Yankowitz housed in OV 8.
5
5-9
Nina and Susan Yankowitz, 1970s-2000s
5
10
Artwork, Photographs, 1960s-1970s
Oversized photograph of Central Park commission housed in OV 8.
5
11
Artwork, Slides, 1960s-1970s
5
16
Artwork, Slides, 1970s-1980s
5
17
Artwork, Tile Works, Photographs, 1980s
5
12
Artwork, Slides, 1980s
5
18
Artwork, Slides, 1980s-1990s
6
1
Artwork, Slides, 1980s-1990s
6
2
Artwork, Photographs, 1990s
5
13-14
Artwork, Slides, 1990s-2000s
5
15
Artwork, Slides, 2000s
6
3
Artwork, Slides, 1970s-2000s
6
4
Oversize Photographs of Yankowitz and Central Park Commission, 1969, circa 1970
8

Make a Request

  • To request an appointment to view materials, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reading Room" button. Please note, you will receive the full box.
  • To request reproductions, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reproduction" button.