Archives of American Art

A Finding Aid to the AC Project Room Records, 1965-2012, bulk 1989-2001, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.acprojec
Creators:
A/C Project Room
Dates:
1965-2012
Languages:
The collection is in English and German.
Physical Description:
12.2 Linear feet
Repository:
The AC Project Room records measure 12.2 linear feet and date from 1965-2012. The collection documents the gallery's exhibitions and co-founder Paul Bloodgood's efforts to promote the work of artists such as Doug Aitken, Michel Auder, Paul Bloodgood himself, Robert Breer, Anne Chu, Aki Fujiyoshi, Isa Genzken, Joseph Grigely, Paula Hayes, Kim Jones, Byron Kim, Christina Mackie, Josiah McElheny, Arpiani Pagliarini, Kathleen Schimert, Jane and Louise Wilson, among others. The bulk of the collection dates from 1989-2001 and consists of exhibition files, artists files, guest books, press files, photographs, gallery administration and financial documentation, and sales and inventory records.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The AC Project Room records measure 12.2 linear feet and date from 1965-2012. The collection documents the gallery's exhibitions and co-founder Paul Bloodgood's efforts to promote the work of artists such as Doug Aitken, Michel Auder, Paul Bloodgood himself, Robert Breer, Anne Chu, Aki Fujiyoshi, Isa Genzken, Joseph Grigely, Paula Hayes, Kim Jones, Byron Kim, Christina Mackie, Josiah McElheny, Arpiani Pagliarini, Kathleen Schimert, Jane and Louise Wilson, among others. The bulk of the collection dates from 1989-2001 and consists of exhibition files, artists files, guest books, press files, photographs, gallery administration and financial documentation, and sales and inventory records.
Administrative materials include leases for Renwick and Broome Streets; operational correspondence and correspondence with artists, dealers, and curators; a business plan and lists of operational activities; an annotated calendar; checklists; contracts; invoices; gallery floorplans; intern notebooks; notes; contact lists; project timelines and notebooks; and documentation about storage issues. Artist files include correspondence; clippings; press releases; exhibition announcements; checklists; photographic material; press packets; artist bios; catalogs; loan forms; notes; proposals; shipping invoices; inventories; and info sheets. Two artist files contain born digital media. Exhibition files include guest books; schedules of exhibitions and special events; artist statements and bios; checklists; clippings; proposals; press releases; slides, photographs, and transparencies depicting installation views and artwork; and notes. Financial records include invoices; correspondence; ledgers; operational budgets; royalty statements; and a binder documenting the gallery's finances from 2000-2001. Inventory and sales records include inventories of work by artists represented by the gallery; notes and lists related to sales; and sales receipts, invoices, and worksheets. Printed material includes clippings; exhibition catalogs and announcements; business cards and blank post cards; press packets; publications related to exhibitions; posters; and press releases. Photographic material includes color and black and white photographs, slides, transparencies, and photocopies or digital prints of events held at the gallery, installation views, works of art, and interior and exterior views of the gallery spaces. Facsimile was the gallery's most common method of communication and the bulk of correspondence found throughout the collection is faded. Original folder titles were maintained where applicable.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged as 7 series.
  • Series 1: Administrative Records, 1976-2012 (1.00 linear feet; Box 1, OV 13)
  • Series 2: Artist Files, 1965-2001 (4.30 linear feet; Box 1-6)
  • Series 3: Exhibition Files, 1989-2001 (2.90 linear feet; Box 6-9)
  • Series 4: Financial Records, 1992-2001 (0.40 linear feet; Box 9)
  • Series 5: Inventory and Sales Records, 1992-2001 (0.30 linear feet; Box 9)
  • Series 6: Printed Material, 1970-2001 (1.50 linear feet; Box 9-11, OV 14)
  • Series 7: Photographic Material, 1973-2001 (1.80 linear feet, Box 11-12)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
AC Project Room was an independent, artist-run commercial gallery that operated in New York City from 1990 to 2001. It was co-founded by artists Paul Bloodgood, Alissa Friedman, and Anne Chu. The gallery began in a spare room at Art Cart in 1989, an artist-run art transportation and installation company, as the Brand-X Gallery (The Art Cart Gallery), and held permanent locations at 15 Renwick Street, 585 Broome Street, and 453 West 17th Street in Manhattan. In addition to solo and group exhibitions that cut across formal and generational lines, the gallery organized performances and symposiums, collaborated with other galleries, dealers, and curators, and became an informal space for people to gather in community.

Administration
Author
Jennifer E. Neal
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was donated in 2019 by Kelly E. Adams, widow of Paul Bloodgood.
Processing Information
The collection was processed, and a finding aid prepared by Jennifer E. Neal and Lewis Tio in 2021.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Use
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is temporarily closed to researchers due to archival processing. Researchers interested in accessing born-digital records or audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies. Contact References Services for more information.
Preferred Citation
AC Project Room records, 1965-2012. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Art galleries, Commercial -- New York (State) Function Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Chu, Anne, 1959- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hayes, Paula, 1958- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Auder, Michel Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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