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Cindy Nemser papers, 1966-2012

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Nemser (Cindy) Papers

Scope and Content of Collection

The Cindy Nemser papers highlight Nemser's most active period as a writer and critic, from 1966 to 2012. Series I includes correspondence with many artists, writers, critics, and friends, including Lee Krasner, Audrey Flack, Helen Frankenthaler, and Eleanor Antin. The series also contains correspondence regarding the publication of Nemser's writing. Many of the business papers in this series relate to the work of publishing the Feminist Art Journal, including subscription requests and royalty statements. The series also contains invitations to and lists of lectures that Nemser participated in.

Series II spans Nemser's career as a writer, from her master's thesis to fiction to later manuscripts and plays that were never published. While much of the material is related to the feminist art movement, there are also several stories and plays written with other themes, such as relationships between mothers and daughters. Several manuscripts are cowritten with her daughter, Catherine.

Series III contains mostly 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Nemser's book, Art Talk: Conversations With 12 Women Artists, as well as most of her articles, both published and unpublished.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.


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.

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