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Eleanor Antin papers, 1953-2010

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Antin (Eleanor) Papers

Scope and Content of Collection

The Eleanor Antin papers document the artist's professional career, beginning with audio cassettes of her performances as an actress in the 1950s. Series I includes professional correspondence with art critics, curators, and artist-colleagues, such as Lucy Lippard or Brian O'Doherty. The notebooks in Series II span three decades and include notes, drafts, and sketches of all of Antin's works, offering insight into her composition process and her source material. Series III contains these same materials in a more developed or finished state, including completed screenplays, shooting scripts, and exhibition installation plans. It also includes a number of unpublished works, including early poetry and experimental text works from the 1960s, and unpublished plays and performance plans from the 1970s and 80s. These projects are also documented by a very complete set of announcements in Series VI, and reviews and press releases in Series VII. Several thousand photographs In Series VIII (approximately 1100 prints, 1000 slides, and several thousand negatives) document most of Antin's artistic output, including many destroyed and lost works from the 1950s and 1960s, rejected works from the 100 Boots series, and works that Antin pulled from circulation in the 1970s. Audiovisual materials in Series IX bring these materials more vividly to life and includes the master copies of Antin's video, film, and audio works, many of which are not available elsewhere. Series V contains work by others, including poetry, artist books, and many manuscripts of essays about Antin. Series IV contains personal and other miscellaneous items.


The papers are arranged in nine series:
Series I. Correspondence, 1965-2009, undated;
Series II. Notebooks, 1970-2001, undated;
Series III. Projects, circa 1965-2009;
Series IV. Personal/Miscellaneous, 1973-2008, undated;
Series V. Work by others, 1962-2010, undated;
Series VI. Ephemera, 1960-2010, undated;
Series VII. Reviews and Press Releases, 1965-2009;
Series VIII. Photographs, 1965-2007, undated;
Series IX. Audiovisual and digital materials, 1953-2010.

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