Art Spaces Archive Project

I was just googling something else and found this.

Art Spaces Archives Project [AS-AP] is a non-profit initiative founded by a consortium of alternative art organizations, including Bomb Magazine, College Art Association, Franklin Furnace Archive, New York State Council on the Arts [NYSCA], New York State Artist Workspace Consortium, and The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, with a mandate to help preserve, present, and protect the archival heritage of living and defunct for- and not-for-profit spaces of the “alternative” or “avant-garde” movement of the 1950s to the present throughout the United States.

With funding provided by NYSCA, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, AS-AP has a mandate to begin the documenting process by constructing a national index of the producers of avant-garde art.

In the summer of 2007, AS-AP announced a new partnership with The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (CCS Bard), an exhibition and research center dedicated to the study of art and exhibition practices from the 1960s to the present day. Bard College Press Release

AS-AP’s belief is beyond simply identifying the whereabouts of centers of activity. We acknowledge that there is an underlying need to assess, catalogue, and preserve important formative materials for study by historians with a critical distance from the creation of the material itself. As AS-AP’s National Index of the Avant-Garde becomes comprehensive, we will assess the needs for archiving and preservation across the field. The long-term goal is to establish universal standards for archiving and aiding organizations as they carry out archival projects.

How cool is that???

PS: I’m super-behind on posting stuff!! I know!! If you sent me something to post I will get to it asap! Um. Anybody want an internship? Writing opportunity?

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