A Finding Aid to the Jari "WERC" Alvarez and Geraldine "Gera" Lozano Papers, 2005-2015, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.alvajari
Creators:
Alvarez, Jari, 1980-
Dates:
2005-2015
Languages:
Multiple languages
The collection is in English and Spanish.
Physical Description:
1.3 Linear feet
Repository:
The papers of New York artists Jari "WERC" Alvarez and Geraldine "Gera" Lozano measure 1.3 linear feet and date from 2005 to 2015. Drawings, correspondence, four scrapbooks, and fifteen sketchbooks document Alvarez and Lozano's graffiti and public art careers.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The papers of New York artists Jari "WERC" Alvarez and Geraldine "Gera" Lozano measure 1.3 linear feet and date from 2005 to 2015. Drawings, correspondence, four scrapbooks, and fifteen sketchbooks document Alvarez and Lozano's graffiti and public art careers.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged as one series.
  • Series 1: Jari "WERC" Alvarez and Geraldine "Gera" Lozano papers, 2005-2015 (Boxes 1-2; 1.3 linear feet)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Jari "WERC" Alvarez (1980- ) is a graffiti artist who was born in Mexico and raised in Texas. Geraldine "Gera" Lozano (1981- ) is a public artist from New Jersey. They both reside in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Alvarez and Lozano produce artwork independently but have collaborated on public works of art in Mexico, Paraguay, Brazil, Peru, New York, and Texas. Their mural, Portal Flow, done as part of the Gateways to Newark initiative in Newark, N.J., is the largest mural on the east coast. As collaborators, they focus on beautifying public environments through creating work that honors the surrounding communities.

Administration
Processing Information
The collection was processed and a finding aid prepared by Sarah Mundy in 2018.
Author
Sarah Mundy
Sponsor
The processing of this collection received Federal support from the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers were donated in 2015 by Jari "WERC" Alvarez and Geraldine "Gera" Lozano.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Jari "WERC" Alvarez and Geraldine "Gera" Lozano papers, 2005-2015. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
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Mural painting and decoration -- 20th century Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Lozano, Geraldine, 1981- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives of American Art
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Victor Building, Suite 2200
Washington, D.C. 20001
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