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A Finding Aid to the Paul Ryan papers, 1931-2009

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5.3: Other Projects,

Other projects include performances, freelance jobs, and art projects. Contracts and agreements include a loan agreement with Ira Schneider of Raindance for video equipment borrowed from Ryan in 1969. Ryan's research on video uses and equipment include correspondence, notes, and brochures for video equipment.
Tethys was an environmental artwork by Bob Schuler involving a round-the-world sea voyage on which Ryan traveled. His project documenting the journey is referred to in his records as "What the Camera Conceals." Tethys files include photographs of Ryan, Schuler, and crew, as well as proposals and notes on Ryan's video production. "Video Wake for My Father" was a project that spanned nearly twenty years, beginning as a taped private performance, then becoming a video and public performance, and later a published play accompanied by poetry by Ryan's brother, Jim Ryan. One sound cassette of Ryan reading the piece is also found.
Among the proposals in this series is a long essay reflecting on Ryan's stint as the first reviewer of grant proposals to the New York State Council on the Arts in the field of video during the 1970s. Another proposal concerns the preservation of his video recordings, which includes a printed report from a database of hundreds of tapes shot by Ryan, including all the tapes in this collection.
See 1986 Notebooks in series 3, Writings, more notes relating to Tethys.

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