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Mother Art records, 1973-2017, undated

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Mother Art records
Series I. Administrative files, 1974-2014, undated 1.29 Linear Feet (6 boxes)
Administrative files consist of materials by and about Mother Art that document the collective's mission to create and promote art centered on women's issues. The series includes audiocassettes of Mother Art interviews on Los Angeles area radio programs; presentation scripts and resumes that detail the collective's formation and project history; image reproduction correspondence; and the collective's 2011 documentary film, Mother Art Tells Her Story, with related photographs and promotional materials. A disbound binder of assorted documents conveys an array of Mother Art's early artistic endeavors, with project proposals, press releases, clippings of exhibition reviews, and a financial report for the California Arts Council grant for 1977's Laundry Works performances.
The series also contains one CD of digital presentation files. Software formats were identified using a DROID (Digital Record Object IDentification) report from information recorded in the PRONOM technical registry. All dates refer to last modified dates of files. Born digital materials are integrated into their corresponding series based on content.
Two publications, Mother Art: A Collective of Women Artists and The First Decade: Celebrating the Tenth Anniversary of the Woman's Building, have been transferred to General Collections.
Arranged alphabetically by format and subject.
Articles and writings about Mother Art, 1978-2014, undated
box folder
1 1 1978, 1984
1 2 circa 1981-2009, undated
box folder
7* 5 2014
box folder
1 3 Artists' statements, 1978, undated
Binder: Mother Art: Established September 1974, 1974-1983, undated
box folder
1 4 Proposals and statements; resumes; press releases, 1974-1983, undated
Includes artists' statements; strategic planning notes for the evolution of the collective; and proposals for realized and unrealized projects, including Rainbow Playground, By Mothers (1976), and Laundry Works. Also includes press releases for By Mothers, Art For Public Consumption, Mother Art Cleans Up, and the collective's participation in the 1976 Garden Theater Festival in Barnsdall Park.
1 5 General correspondence, 1976-1983, undated
Includes professional correspondence by Mother Art in support of the collective's projects and mission to champion mothers and female artists, with letters between Mother Art and Los Angeles area radio stations; Pennsylvania Congressman Thomas M. Foglietta; Los Angeles City officials Mayor Tom Bradley and Councilwomen Pat Russell and Peggy Stevenson; the office of California Governor Jerry Brown; the Woman's Building Galleries; and the Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art (LAICA). Also includes correspondence by Mother Art to the Los Angeles Times in response to an article accusing the California Arts Council of wasting taxpayer money with its award to Mother Art for Laundry Works, and a guest list of attendees for Working Together, one of the installations in Mother Art Cleans Up.
1 6 Laundry Works and draft project descriptions, 1976-1982, undated
Includes preparatory materials for Mother Art's Laundry Works project, with notes, correspondence to laundromat owners, handwritten attendee comments, and the date and location schedule for the five performances in the project series. Also includes the Laundry Works grant award document from the California Arts Council and the grant's requisite final evaluation and financial reports. Draft project descriptions consist of summary texts for the collective's early projects as well as drafts for the questionnaire that was part of the Laundry Works performances.
1 7 Correspondence, 1978-2008
Includes correspondence for image reproduction requests and with LAICA Board Director Robert L. Smith regarding the CETA guest artist program.
History of Mother Art presentations, circa 1979-2008
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1 8 Scripts, circa 1979-2008
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10 CM3 "Mother Art PPT show #11, PowerPoint slide show," 2007 March 5 0.027 GB 5 files
1 computer disc (CD) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
CM3 contains: 2 Microsoft Powerpoint 97-2003 Presentation files (.pps and .ppt) titled: Presentation11. Unavailable until reformatted. Contact reference for reformatting.
box folder
1 9 Letterhead, business cards, and decals, undated
Mother Art Tells Her Story, 2011-2013
box folder
6 12 Color prints, circa 2011
Eight 4 x 6 inch photographs of Mother Art setting up to interview Helen Million in Modesto, California.
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9 DVD1-DVD2 DVDs, 2011
2 videodiscs (DVD) (46min) ; 4 3/4 in.
Original case labeled: Copyright 2011, run time 46 minutes. Award winning documentary tells of 8 Los Angeles artists who were not afraid of those with power. Abortion, immigration, homelessness, weapons of mass destruction ... the hot topics of the 70's and 80's. The 8 artists of Mother Art dealt with issues through Public Art.
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1 10 Film festival ephemera, 2012-2013
1 11 Script and interview questions, circa 2011
Radio interviews, 1976-1987
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11 C1 "Mother Art Interview, KPFK-FM, Paul Vangelisti, Nov. 30," 1976
Mother Art Interview, KPFK-FM, Paul Vangelisti, Nov. 30 1976 (Digitized version available on-site only)

1 audiocassette (60 min.) : analog ; 3 7/8 x 2 1/2 in., 1/8 in. tape. Unavailable until reformatted. Contact reference for reformatting.
11 C2 "Mother Art, KPFK-FM with Claire Spark 2/25/79," 1979
1 audiocassette (60 min.) : analog ; 3 7/8 x 2 1/2 in., 1/8 in. tape. Unavailable until reformatted. Access restricted due to fragility; contact the repository to request access.
11 C3 "KUTE-102FM 'Community Awareness' Mother's Day 8 May 1983," 1983
1 audiocassette : analog ; 3 7/8 x 2 1/2 in., 1/8 in. tape. Unavailable until reformatted. Contact reference for reformatting.
11 C4 "Mother Art-KUTE FM 5/8/83, T.B.P., Mother's Day," 1983
Mother Art-KUTE FM 5/8/83, T.B.P., Mother's Day (digitized version available on-site only): 1983

1 audiocassette (90 min.) : analog, 1 7/8 ips ; 3 7/8 x 2 1/2 in., 1/8 in. tape. Unavailable until reformatted. Contact reference for reformatting.
11 C5 "ARN 3-13-87 Broadcast #24 Kaleidoscope The Artist Is a Woman, Mother Art," 1987
1 audiocassette : analog ; 3 7/8 x 2 1/2 in., 1/8 in. tape. Unavailable until reformatted. Contact reference for reformatting.
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1 12 Resumes and exhibition histories, 1983-2009, undated
Includes an undated price list of select Mother Art works.
1 13 Woman's Building calendars, programs, and clippings, 1976-1977, 1988
Includes event calendars for July-September 1976, January-February 1977, and May-June 1988, as well as a program for the Artists Who are Mothers workshop held at the Woman's Building on May 7, 1988.

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