- Collection ID:
Bowery Gallery (New York, N.Y.)
- Physical Description:
The records of the Bowery Gallery, a non-profit, artist-run, cooperative gallery, measure 3.1 linear feet and 0.684 GB and date from 1969-2008. Business records, letters, exhibition files, guest registers, printed and digital material and photographs document the gallery's activities and artists.
Scope and Content Note
Scope and Content Note
The records of the Bowery Gallery, a non-profit, artist-run cooperative gallery in New York City, measure 3.1 linear feet and and 0.684 GB date from 1969-2008. Business records, letters, exhibition files, guest registers, printed material and photographs document the gallery's activities and artists.
An additional 0.4 linear feet of Bowery Gallery records dated circa 2002-2008 were accessioned in 2008 and remain unprocessed except for a digital copy of an audiovisual recording of the gallery's inaugural exhibition (October 31, 1969), which is included in Series 3. This accretion contains minutes and other business records, exhibition schedules, exhibition announcements, and Bowery Artists Tribute, Volume 1 (2008).
The collection is arranged as 6 series:
- Series 1: Business Records, 1969-2002 (Box 1; 0.6 linear feet)
- Series 2: Letters, 1974-1997 (Box 1; 3 folders)
- Series 3: Exhibition Files, 1983-1994 (Box 1; 4 folders, ER01; 0.684 GB)
- Series 4: Guest Registers, 1976-2001 (Boxes 1-2; 1.0 linear feet)
- Series 5: Printed Material, 1969-2001 (Boxes 2-4; 0.9 linear feet)
- Series 6: Photographic Materials, 1997-1999 (Box 3; 0.1 linear feet)
In 1969, eighteen artists founded the Bowery Gallery as a non-profit, artist-run cooperative gallery in New York City. The gallery's original mission was to promote contemporary art and artists during a time when abstract art and pop art dominated. In 1991, Bowery Gallery began sponsoring an annual national competition and juried show for artists working in two-dimensional media.
The records were processed to a minimal level by Justin Brancato in July 2005.
The Archives of American Art has implemented minimal processing tactics when possible in order to increase access to more of our collections. Minimal processing included arrangement to the series and folder levels. Generally, items within folders were simply verified with folder tiles and dates, but not arranged further. The collection was rehoused in archival containers and folders. Staples and other fasteners were not removed, but materials were removed from binders or damaged bindings.
Born-digital materials were processed by Kirsi Ritosalmi-Kisner in 2019 with funding provided by Smithsonian Collection Care and Preservation Fund.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
Donated 2003 and 2008 by the Bowery Gallery via Barbara Grossman, and Lynda Caspe, founding members of the Bowery Gallery, and Marylou Schuck. Grossman maintained the Gallery records.
Using the Collection
Bowery Gallery records, 1969-2008. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Restrictions on Access
Use of original records requires an appointment. Use of audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Ownership and Literary Rights
The Bowery Gallery records are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
An additional 0.4 linear feet of Bowery Gallery records dated circa 2002-2008 were accessioned in 2008 and remain unprocessed except for a digital copy of an audiovisual recording of the gallery's inaugural exhibition, which is included in Series 3.
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