A Finding Aid to the Bruria Finkel papers, 1953-2014, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.finkbrur
Creators:
Finkel, Bruria, 1932-
Dates:
1953-2014
Languages:
English
Collection is in English.
Physical Description:
12.1 Linear Feet
Repository:
The papers of California artist, curator, and educator Bruria Finkel measure 12.1 linear feet and date from 1953 to 2014. This collection includes biographical materials, correspondence, writings, project files, professional records, exhibition files, artists' files, personal business records, printed materials, photographic materials, sound and video cassettes, and numerous electronic discs.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The papers of California artist, curator, and educator Bruria Finkel measure 12.1 linear feet and date from 1953 to 2014. This collection includes biographical materials, correspondence, writings, project files, professional records, exhibition files, artists' files, personal business records, printed materials, photographic materials, sound and video cassettes, and numerous electronic discs.
Biographical materials include curriculum vitae, art portfolios, documents about studios, honors and awards, website designs, travel documents, electronic discs, and miscellaneous items.
The bulk of the correspondence consists of professional correspondence with artists, curators, museums, and galleries about exhibitions. There is some personal correspondence with friends and family.
Writings include an annotated appointment calendar, book proposals, notes, and typescript drafts of statements and articles by Bruria Finkel, along with some writing by others.
Project files include correspondence, proposals, designs, photographic material, notes, budgets, reports, invoices, electronic discs, and printed materials. Notable projects include the Natural Elements Sculpture Park, Tibet Project, and Verona Hotel Wall.
Professional records document Finkel's feminist and political activities. There are membership records of organizations, councils, and committees in addition to files on symposiums, conferences, workshops, and artist residencies. This series includes reports, correspondence, grant applications, mailing lists, presentations, video cassettes, electronic discs, and other material.
Exhibition files contain material related to exhibitions that featured Bruria Finkel's work as well as exhibitions she curated. There are press releases, reviews, catalogs, correspondence, photographs, slides, price lists, resumes, videocassettes, and electronic discs. Major exhibitions include Across Time, Space and The Ages (1992-1993), On Xenophobia and Walls (1997), and Women Artists of Southern California Then and Now (2007).
Artists' files consist of limited correspondence, resumes, photographs, printed materials, and electronic discs.
Personal business records include assorted financial and legal documents such as price lists, sales invoices, contracts, and a financial ledger.
Printed material consists of exhibition catalogs, announcements, clippings, newspapers, magazines, documentaries, news programs, and electronic discs. Most of the material is related to Bruria Finkel, but there is some material on other artists and subjects.
Photographic materials include photographs, slides, and electronic discs. Photographs are of Bruria Finkel, her artwork, projects, and exhibitions. There are some photographs of family, friends, and travel.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged as 10 series.
  • Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1977-circa 2014 (0.5 linear feet; Box 1)
  • Series 2: Correspondence, 1953-2014 (2.5 linear feet; Boxes 1-3)
  • Series 3: Writings, 1978-circa 2010 (0.2 linear feet; Box 4)
  • Series 4: Project Files, 1979-2014 (2.1 linear feet; Boxes 4-6, OV 14)
  • Series 5: Professional Records, 1971-2013 (1.6 linear feet; Boxes 6-7, OV 14)
  • Series 6: Exhibition Files, 1972-2012 (3.2 linear feet; Boxes 7-10, OV 15)
  • Series 7: Artists' Files, 1979-2013 (0.3 linear feet; Boxes 10-11)
  • Series 8: Personal Business Records, 1977-2007 (0.2 linear feet; Box 11)
  • Series 9: Printed Materials, 1970-2014 (1 linear feet; Boxes 11-12, OV 15-16)
  • Series 10: Photographic Materials, circa 1963-2014 (0.5 linear feet; Boxes 12-13)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Bruria Finkel (1932-) is an artist, curator and teacher based in Santa Monica, California.
Bruria Finkel was born in Jerusalem in 1932. She studied animal husbandry at Ayanot Agriculture School and received a teaching degree from Seminar Hakibutzim in Tel Aviv, Israel. In 1953, she married a musician and immigrated to the U.S. Their two daughters were born in New York City. In 1959, she divorced and moved to Santa Monica, California with her children. She later married David Finkel, a civil rights lawyer who went on to become a Superior Court judge, with whom she had a son and daughter.
Finkel works with a variety of mediums including pottery, paper, painting, porcelain, and sculpture. She has exhibited widely and her work has been featured in galleries and museums in California, across the country, and abroad. Major exhibitions include Across Time, Space and The Ages (1992-1993) at the Dusseldorf Stadtmuseum in Germany, On Xenophobia and Walls (1997) at the Mill Gallery in England, and The Complete Aleph Series (2009) at Track 16 Gallery in California.
In addition to being a prolific artist, Finkel also has a successful career as a curator. She has curated major exhibitions featuring artists such as Lita Albuquerque, John Baldessari, and Frank Gehry. Santa Monica Originals (2004-2005), Women Artists of Southern California Then and Now (2007), and Breaking in Two: Provocative Images of Motherhood (2012) are a few of the exhibitions she has curated.
Finkel has a long history of political activism and advocating for women. She helped establish the Santa Monica Arts Commission which is dedicated to creating city art programs. She is also a founding member of the Los Angeles County of Women Artists and Womenspace Gallery in Los Angeles. She continues to be actively involved in the Santa Monica community and art scene.

Administration
Processing Information
This collection was processed by Rihoko Ueno in September 2016.
Author
Rihoko Ueno
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Bruria Finkel papers were donated in 2015 by Bruria Finkel.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Conditions Governing Use
The Bruria Finkel papers 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.
Preferred Citation
Bruria Finkel papers, 1953-2014. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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Repository Contact
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