A Finding Aid to the Jaime Davidovich Papers, 1949-2014, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.davijaim
Creators:
Davidovich, Jaime, 1936-2016
Dates:
1949-2014
Languages:
English
The collection is in English and Spanish.
Physical Description:
2.3 Linear feet
Repository:
The papers of Jaime Davidovich measure 2.3 linear feet and date from 1949 to 2014. The collection is comprised of biographical materials, correspondence, writings, exhibition and project files, scrapbooks, printed materials, and artwork that document Davidovich's career as a conceptual and performance artist in New York, N.Y.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The papers of Jaime Davidovich measure 2.3 linear feet and date from 1949 to 2014. The collection is comprised of biographical materials, correspondence, writings, exhibition and project files, scrapbooks, printed materials, and artwork that document Davidovich's career as a conceptual and performance artist in New York, N.Y.
Biographical materials consist of four address books, a certificate, curriculum vitae, membership card, a photograph album, real estate documents, receipts, and a report card. Correspondence is with museums, galleries, Julieta Hanono, Ilene Segalove, Julia Herzberg, and early correspondence from Argentina.
Writings include artist statements, lecture note cards, a letter of recommendation, memoir drafts, and a manuscript about Davidovich by Carolyn Kinder Carr. Files for exhibitions consist of correspondence, notes, gallery floor plans, digital images, lists of artwork, and exhibition announcements. Project files contain bound books, proposals, correspondence, notes, sketches, digital images, and source material for the Artists' Television Network, Wooster Enterprises, and other projects.
Three scrapbooks record Davidovich's career in fine arts and design. Printed material includes art reproductions, books, brochures and booklets, clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs, flyers, periodicals, posters, and press releases. Artwork includes drawings and a sketchbook.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged as eight series.
  • Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1949-2007 (Box 1, OVs 3, 5; 0.4 linear feet)
  • Series 2: Correspondence, 1958-2012 (Box 1; 0.2 linear feet)
  • Series 3: Writings, circa 1973-2009 (Box 1; 6 folders)
  • Series 4: Exhibition Files, 2003-2011 (Box 1, OV 3; 0.3 linear feet)
  • Series 5: Project Files, circa 1970-2014 (Box 1-2, OVs 4-5; 0.6 linear feet)
  • Series 6: Scrapbooks, 1960s (Box 2, OV 3-4; 0.2 linear feet)
  • Series 7: Printed Materials, circa 1960-2008 (Box 2, OVs 3, 5; 2 folders)
  • Series 8: Artwork, circa 1970-1985 (Box 2; 2 folders)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Jaime Davidovich (1936-2016) was a conceptual and performance artist in New York, N.Y.
Davidovich was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. When he was a child, he became ill with rheumatic fever. His parents gave him materials to make art as a way to entertain Davidovich over his months of illness. Davidovich went on to study at National College in Buenos Aires and graduated from the University of Uruguay in 1961. After graduation, he began teaching in Bahía Blanca, Argentina eventually becoming the art superintendent at the visual arts school. In 1963, Davidovich received a grant to study in France. However, the grant fell through at the last minute and as a result, Davidovich's sponsor contacted the DiTella Foundation in Buenos Aires to locate other opportunities. The foundation was able to send Davidovich to New York in December of 1963. In New York he attended the School of Visual Arts and eventually began working as a graphic designer for Random House publishers.
In 1965, he and his wife, artist Judith Henry, moved to Cleveland, Ohio where he worked as a graphic designer. During this time he began working with video. His first video installation was exhibited at the Akron Art Institute in 1972. His fascination with video and television continued when he moved back to New York City. There, he created the nonprofit organization Artists Television Network (ATN). The network produced television shows for Manhattan's public access channel using the name SoHo Television, a Project of the Artists Television Network. Davidovich's The Live! Show, an avant-garde variety show, was the organization's most well-known production. Guests included Laurie Anderson, Eric Bogosian, and other creatives. Davidovich hosted the show as the character Dr. Videovich. Davidovich also established Wooster Enterprises with his wife in 1976. The company created conceptual stationary in affiliation with the Fluxus movement. The company closed in 1979, but popular stationary styles continued to be produced and sold at the Museum of Modern Art.
Davidovich died in New York, N.Y. in 2016.

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 by Jaime Davidovich in 2016.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Jaime Davidovich papers, 1949-2014. 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
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Repository Contact
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