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Records relating to EyeWash magazine, 1989-1993

Zin, Zinnia



Collection Information

Size: 0.2 Linear feet

Summary: Records and recollections of EyeWash (February 1989-October 1993) including a typescript, "EyeWash History-Zinnia's Perspective" by Zinnia, September 10, 1998, and other brief memoirs by EyeWash participants Ellen Gordon Gordon, Phyllis Jacobs, Margaret Paris, and Elizabeth Whiteley; correspondence regarding the editorial process; EyeWash "guidelines for reviews and ads" and editorial page policies; letters regarding EyeWash from Lenore Miller, Selma Cohen, Carol Gellner Levin, Mary Swift, James O'Brien, and others; correspondence concerning grant applications; articles about EyeWash; and letters regarding the distribution of fifteen issues of EyeWash to museums in 1990.

Biographical/Historical Note

Zinnia, was the founder of EyeWash, a free, artist-run, alternative tabloid for exhibition reviews and art commentary in the Washington, D.C. area, published from February 1989 - October 1993. Written by and about local artists, it was born in a climate of conservative backlash against the NEA, when the Washington Post, which paid little attention to Washington, DC artists, was virtually the only venue for exhibition reviews. At its height in 1991, EyeWash had a circulation of 10,000 and was distributed monthly (except for July and August).


Donated 1999 by Zinnia, founder of EyeWash.

Language Note

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How to Cite This Collection

Records relating to EyeWash magazine, 1989-1993. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.