Records relating to EyeWash magazine

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0.2 Linear feet

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Records and recollections of EyeWash (February 1989-October 1993) including a typescript, "EyeWash History-Zinnia's Perspective" by Zinnia, September 10, 1998, and other brief memoirs by EyeWash participants Ellen Gordon Gordon, Phyllis Jacobs, Margaret Paris, and Elizabeth Whiteley; correspondence regarding the editorial process; EyeWash "guidelines for reviews and ads" and editorial page policies; letters regarding EyeWash from Lenore Miller, Selma Cohen, Carol Gellner Levin, Mary Swift, James O'Brien, and others; correspondence concerning grant applications; articles about EyeWash; and letters regarding the distribution of fifteen issues of EyeWash to museums in 1990.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Zinnia, was the founder of EyeWash, a free, artist-run, alternative tabloid for exhibition reviews and art commentary in the Washington, D.C. area, published from February 1989 - October 1993. Written by and about local artists, it was born in a climate of conservative backlash against the NEA, when the Washington Post, which paid little attention to Washington, DC artists, was virtually the only venue for exhibition reviews. At its height in 1991, EyeWash had a circulation of 10,000 and was distributed monthly (except for July and August).

Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated 1999 by Zinnia, founder of EyeWash.

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.

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
EyeWash (magazine) Title Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art -- Periodicals -- Washington, D.C. Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art -- Washington (D.C.) -- Exhibitions Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Publications -- Washington (D.C.) Function Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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