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High performance magazine records 1953-2005.

High performance.

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  • Title:
    High performance magazine records 1953-2005.
  • Author/Creator: High performance.
  • Creation Date: 1953-2005.
  • Biographical/Historical Note: During its quarterly run from 1978-1997, High performance magazine documented the progressive art world. Founded as a magazine covering performance art, the publication gradually shifted editorial focus first to include all new and experimental art, and then to activism and community-based art.
  • Arrangement: Arranged in seven series: Series I. Artist files, 1953-2001, undated; Series II. Contributor files, 1979-1996, undated; Series III. Editorial and production files, 1978-1997; Series IV. Audiovisual materials, 1966-1996, undated; Series V. Business records, 1979-1998; Series VI. Related publications, 1980-1997; Series VII. General reference files and documentation, 1977-2005, undated.
  • Physical Desc.: 216.1 linear feet (318 boxes, 29 flatfile folders, 1 roll)..
  • Summary: The records of High performance document the magazine's content, editorial process and history. The archive provides comprehensive documentation of the progressive art world from the late 1970s to the late 1990s.
    The artist files in Series I form the core of the High performance archive. Compiled over the life of the magazine, these files contain documentation on artists and performers, as well as documentation of events, performances, venues and art spaces, and of various persons of interest to the magazine. Included here is documentation of such artists such Marina Abramovic, Jacki Apple, Bob & Bob, Nancy Buchanan, Chris Burden, Church of the SubGenius, Mary Beth Edelson, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Gronk, Donna Henes, Allan Kaprow, Kim Jones, Suzanne Lacy, Paul McCarthy, Hermann Nitsch, Michael Peppe, Rachel Rosenthal, Carolee Schneemann, Stephen Seemayer, and Barbara Smith. The contents of the files vary widely from artist to artist, but may include correspondence, publicity photographs, press releases, clippings, photographs of performances, exhibition/performance announcements, ephemera, posters and original works of art.
    Other aspects of the magazine's contents are reflected in the three subsequent series. Series II, the contributor files, reflects the editorial shift in the magazine in 1982 from a documentary to a critical format. These contributor files represent the various writers, photographers and graphic artists who either had their work commissioned for High performance, as well as those who sent in article pitches or unsolicited work. Individual issue files comprise the bulk of Series III, editorial and production files. These files include material related to the production of each issue. The contents of the files vary, but may include edited drafts of articles, artwork for images, and page layouts, as well as correspondence and specific financial and distribution information. Series III also includes general editorial files, such as writers' guidelines, general forms, and substantive letters to the editor, along with an incomplete issue archive of the magazine. Series IV contains audiovisual materials. The bulk of the series is comprised of audio and video recordings of performances and interviews, a mixture of both professionally produced and home-recorded material.
    Series V, business records, documents the operational aspects of the magazine. Included here are materials related to the financial functioning, governance, marketing and development efforts of High Performance and its various governing bodies, as well as distribution of the magazine.
    Books published under the aegis of the Astro Artz/High Performance partnership of the early 1980s form the bulk of Series VI. Various materials relating to the published books, such as correspondence, drafts, artwork and layouts, are included, but perhaps of more interest are the materials related to books cancelled part way through the publication process, and various proposed publications.
    Series VII is comprised of general reference files and documentation assembled by the magazine for various purposes. The files contain information on topical issues and projects important to the magazine, and coverage of regional art scenes, as well as general performance and art world documentation. The material includes clippings, press releases, newsletters, and a small amount of correspondence. Also included here are a variety of visual documentation of art, both reproductions and original works.
  • Language: English
  • Notes: Gift of Art in the Public Interest and 18th Street Arts Center.
  • Form/Genre: Videocassettes
    Photographs -- 20th century
    Photographs, Original
  • Subjects: Abramović, Marina Apple, Jacki Buchanan, Nancy Burden, Chris, 1946-2015 Dakin, Susanna Edelson, Mary Beth Gronk, 1954- Gómez-Peña, Guillermo Henes, Donna Jones, Kim, 1944- Kaprow, Allan Lacy, Suzanne MaCarthy, Paul, 1945- Nitsch, Hermann, 1938- Peppe, Michael Rosenthal, Rachel, 1926-2015 Schneemann, Carolee, 1939- Seemayer, Stephen, 1954- Smith, Barbara Turner, 1931- Bob & Bob SubGenius Foundation Community arts projects Performance art -- Periodicals Performance art -- California -- Los Angeles
  • Contributors: Burnham, Linda Frye. Durland, Steven.
  • Collection: High Performance Collection
  • Collection Note: High Performance Collection
  • ID/Accession Number: 2678-534
  • Access/Rights: Open for use by qualified researchers with the exception of unreformatted audiovisual and computer material, and the business files in Boxes 167-170, which will remain sealed until 2076.
  • OCLC Record Number: 84655198
  • Source: GRI Library Catalog

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