Charlotte Moorman archive

Inclusive Dates: 
circa 1933–1991 (bulk 1959–1990s)
Survey Repository: 

This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

In process. Approximately 169 bankers’ boxes, 50 poster tubes, and 30 flat files of material documenting the life and career of Charlotte Moorman and the New York City and global Fluxus movement, the New York Avant Garde Festival, which she directed, her collaborations with such artists as Nam June Paik, Joseph Beuys, and Yoko Ono, and related activities. The collection includes much material documenting Moorman’s fellow avant-garde artists and performers. [description based on oral communication from NU curator of special collections]

Biographical Historical Note

Charlotte Moorman was a performance artist who organized and participated in avant-garde festivals. Moorman toured the world with visual artist Nam June Paik, a collaboration that brought her international renown.

Additional Notes

Related collection: The World of Charlotte Moorman Collection, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, The Art Institute of Chicago