A Finding Aid to the Neda Al-Hilali Papers, circa 1960-1995, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.alhineda
Creators:
Al-Hilali, Neda
Dates:
circa 1960-1995
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
4.6 Linear Feet
Repository:
The papers of fiber artist Neda Al-Hilali measure 4.6 linear feet and date from circa 1960 to 1995. Al-Hilali's career is documented through professional files, commission and project files, writings, printed materials, artwork, and photographs. The bulk of the collection consists of Al-Hilali's annual activity files from 1967 to 1992, which contain lists of exhibitions; exhibition announcements, catalogs, invitations, and posters; letters and memoranda; sales records; awards; clippings; photographs; and loan records.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The papers of fiber artist Neda Al-Hilali measure 4.6 linear feet and date from circa 1960 to 1995. Al-Hilali's career is documented through professional files, commission and project files, writings, printed materials, artwork, and photographs. The bulk of the collection consists of Al-Hilali's annual activity files from 1967 to 1992, which contain lists of exhibitions; exhibition announcements, catalogs, invitations, and posters; letters and memoranda; sales records; awards; clippings; photographs; and loan records.
Professional files contain records relating to Al-Hilali's teaching career and exhibition activities. Materials relating to various commissions and projects are scattered but may include photographs of works of art and installations, proposals, and sketches or renderings. Artworks include designs for fiber and metal works, many of which are unlabeled.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged as six series
  • Series 1: Professional Files, 1966-1995 (1.4 linear feet; Boxes 1-2, 7-8)
  • Series 2: Commission and Project Files, circa 1970-1989 (1.0 linear feet; Boxes 2-3, 6)
  • Series 3: Writings and Notes, circa 1970-circa 1990 (0.2 linear feet; Box 3)
  • Series 4: Printed Material, circa 1960s-1995 (1.0 linear feet; Boxes 3-4)
  • Series 5: Artwork, 1960s-1980s (0.3 linear feet; Box 4)
  • Series 6: Photographs, circa 1960-1990s (0.7 linear feet; Boxes 4-5, 7)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Neda Al-Hilali (1938- ) is a fiber artist active in California.
Al-Hilali was born in Cheb, formerly Czechoslovakia in 1938. She studied art at Saint Martin's School of Art (London, England), Kunstakademie Muenchen (Munich, Germany), and the University of Baghdad (Baghdad, Iraq). In 1961 she moved to the United States and settled in California where she earned her BA and MA in art from the University of California, Los Angeles. In the 1970s, she began working on large-scale three-dimensional fiber projects, and has also worked on installation and performance pieces using metal, papers, and other materials in addition to fiber. Al-Hilali has taught at various institutions in California including California State University, Los Angeles, Scripps College, and Claremont Graduate School. Her works appear in private and public collections.

Administration
Processing Information
The collection was processed and a finding aid prepared by Jayna Josefson in 2018.
Author
Jayna M. Josefson
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers were donated by Neda Al-Hilali in 2004.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Conditions Governing Use
Unpublished writings by Neda Al-Hilali are publication restricted. Authorization to publish, quote, or reproduce must be obtained from the donor.
Preferred Citation
Neda Al-Hilali papers, circa 1960-1995. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Related Materials
Also found in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with Neda Al-Hilali conducted on July 18-19, 2006, by Mija Riedel, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Art -- Study and teaching Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Fiber artists -- California -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Women artists--California--Interviews Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Repository Contact
Archives of American Art
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Washington, D.C. 20001
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