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Cindy Nemser papers.

Nemser, Cindy, creator.

Available at Special Collections  SPECIAL COLLECTIONS - CONTACT REFERENCE  (2013.M.21 ) and other locations()

  • Title:
    Cindy Nemser papers.
  • Author/Creator: Nemser, Cindy, creator.
  • Creation Date: 1966-2012
  • Biographical/Historical Note: Cindy Nemser was born in Brooklyn in 1937. She is a key feminist art and theater critic and was a vocal proponent of the feminist art movement of the 1970s. Nemser wrote articles that exposed the sexism that women faced in the arts with the hope of improving and expanding the role of female artists in the art world. Many of her articles were published in magazines such as Arts Magazine (of which she was a contributing editor from 1973-1975), Artforum, Art in America, Art Journal, and Ms. She helped to found the Feminist Art Journal, which she was editor and wrote for until 1977. Nemser has also written several books including, Art Talk: Conversations With 12 Women Artists, Ben Cunningham: A Life With Color, and a fiction novel, Eve's Delight. Nemser conducted many interviews with artists over her active years in the art world using her preferred format of recording to document the exchanges. In addition to her work as a writer, Nemser has also curated several exhibitions focusing on women artists.
  • Arrangement: Arranged in three series: Series I. Correspondence and business papers, 1966-2012; Series II. Writings, 1968-2011; Series III. Interviews and other recordings, 1969-2006.
  • Physical Desc.: 11.15 linear feet (29 boxes).
    49 audiotape reels : analog originals..
    58 audiocassettes : analog, 1 7/8 ips ; 1/8 in. originals..
    33 audio discs : digital ; 4 3/4 in. originals.
    3 computer discs : digital ; 4 3/4 in. originals..
    22 computer disks ; 3 1/2 in. originals..
    65 computer disks ; 5 1/4 in. originals..
    5 computer disks (Zip) originals..
  • Summary: The Cindy Nemser papers highlight Nemser's most active period as a writer and critic, from 1966 to 2012. Her papers include correspondence with many artists, writers, critics, and friends, including Lee Krasner, Audrey Flack, Helen Frankenthaler, and Eleanor Antin. Much of the business papers included in the collection relate to the work of publishing the Feminist Art Journal, including subscription requests, royalty statements, and permissions to reprint excerpts of Nemser's articles and interviews. The series also contains invitations to and lists of lectures that Nemser participated in, with some lecture notes.
    Nemser's career as a writer, from her master's thesis to art criticism to fiction is documented in this collection. While much of the material is related to the feminist art movement, there are also several stories and plays written on other themes, such as relationships between mothers and daughters. Several manuscripts are co-written with her daughter, Catherine.
    Sound Recordings contained in this collection are mostly comprised of recorded interviews with many artists and spouses of artists, particularly those involved in the feminist art movement. Some of these interviews include Vito Acconci, Lawrence Alloway, Lynda Benglis, Gordon Matta-Clark, Diane Burko, Ben Cunningham, Chuck Close, Sonia Delaunay, Helen Frankenthaler, Eva Hesse, Grace Hartigan, Lila Katzen, Hilton Kramer, Alice Neel, Louise Nevelson, and Lil Picard. Many of these valuable interviews informed Nemser's book, Art Talk: Conversations With 12 Women Artists as well as most of her articles, both published and unpublished. Nemser's recordings also capture proceedings from the Ad Hoc Women Artists' Committee and the College Art Association's first Women's Caucus.
  • Language: English
  • Form/Genre: Audiotapes
    Compact discs
    Floppy disks
    Photographs, Original
    Born digital
  • Subjects: Acconci, Vito, 1940-2017 Alloway, Lawrence, 1926-1990 Antin, Eleanor Benglis, Lynda, 1941- Burko, Diane, 1945- Close, Chuck, 1940- Cunningham, Ben, 1904-1975 Delaunay, Sonia Flack, Audrey Frankenthaler, Helen, 1928-2011 Hartigan, Grace Hesse, Eva Katzen, Lila Kramer, Hilton Krasner, Lee, 1908-1984 Matta-Clark, Gordon, 1943-1978 Neel, Alice, 1900-1984 Nevelson, Louise, 1899-1988 Sleigh, Sylvia Feminism and art Feminism in art -- Exhibitions Feminism in art -- United States -- 20th century Women artists -- Interviews
  • ID/Accession Number: 3024629
  • Access/Rights: Open for use by qualified researchers, with the exception of unreformatted audio visual materials, which are unavailable until reformatted.
  • OCLC Record Number: 953230463
  • Source: GRI Library Catalog

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