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Rose Slivka papers, circa 1947-2006

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Series 2: Correspondence , 1950-2004
3.6 Linear Feet
Boxes 1-4

The correspondence of Rose Slivka is both professional and personal in nature. Professional correspondence reflects her involvement with a variety of organizations and teaching activities. Correspondence concerning her editorial work includes memos and documents produced or received by Patricia Dandignac, Donald Wycoff and other staff of Craft Horizons. Due to considerable overlap between Slivka's professional and private lives, quite a bit of correspondence relates to both spheres. Personal correspondence, mostly from earlier years, concerns her husband, sculptor David Slivka, and their two children. In later years, personal correspondence appears mostly as greeting cards and notes. Most of Slivka's correspondence involves routine matters relating to the business of magazine publishing and the ideal of promoting crafts.
Among the many attachments are: clippings, exhibition catalogs, and other printed items; photographs and slides; legal contracts and documents; resumes; and writings, such as talks, essays and poems by Slivka and others. Writings of note include "A Note on the Politics and Esthetics of a Woman's Show" by Lucy Lippard, "The Need for Museum Art in India" by Ajit Ghose, "Integrated Works" by David Davidson, and papers about various methods of casting sculpture.
Correspondents include numerous organizations devoted to promoting and enlarging the scope of crafts, among them the American Crafts Council and World Crafts Council. Slivka corresponded with universities and schools regarding topics of interest to Craft Horizons and Craft International, showing particular interest in the Cranbrook Academy of Art and the Haystack School. A considerable amount of correspondence documents Slivka's involvement in the planning of or participating in numerous conferences and symposia as a juror, panel participant or moderator in the United States, Japan, Indonesia, Australia, and other venues. There is correspondence relating to ceramic artist Peter Voulkos and Slivka's book about him, Peter Voulkos: A Dialogue in Clay, as well as a large amount of correspondence with Lloyd Herman concerning her work on the "Object as Poet" exhibition (1977) at the Renwick Gallery. Other prominent individuals with whom Slivka corresponded are: Elaine de Kooning, Leo Castellli, Jack Lenor Larsen, Jeff Schlanger, Sam Maloof, and Nancy Hanks of the National Council on the Arts. Lastly, there is correspondence relating to Slivka's work as art critic in the 1990s for The East Hampton Star newspaper including readers' letters.
Correspondence is filed chronologically. Subject files (Series 5) contain additional correspondence.
Description Container Select
Correspondence, undated, 1950-1969
1
10-26
Correspondence, 1970-1975
2
1-15
Correspondence, 1975-1977
3
1-18
Correspondence, 1978-2004
4
1-23

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