October 6, 2005 - Art Spaces Archives Project [AS-AP] - Archiving the Alternative / Avant-Garde in the United States
October 6, 2005

Archiving the Alternative / Avant-Garde in the United States

Archiving the Alternative / Avant-Garde in the United States

Art Spaces Archives Project [AS-AP]

Art Spaces Archives Project [AS-AP]

Launches a New National Initiative to Document

and Preserve Endangered Archives

Get Paid to be Preserved


Recently a consortium of American visual arts organizations met to discuss documenting and preserving the history of the avant-garde and alternative movement in the United States. This history is now increasingly recognized for its importance to the worldwide community of artists, scholars, art historians, educators and aficionados.

If your organization was founded in the United States between 1950 and 2000 please help us by going to the AS-AP website www.as-ap.org and adding your organization, or checking to see if AS-AP has already indexed it, and then completing our archival survey.

AS-AP is not currently investigating organizations founded after 2000.

AS-AP is interested in all aspects of art presentation — including for-profit, non-profit and unincorporated organizations. We also wish that institutions holding of archives related to the alternative / avant-garde movement also register individual holding with us.

We will collect and analyze information from thousands of organizations in order to quantify the need for archival services to the field.

The survey may be completed on-line or on paper by downloading a RTF or PDF version of this survey from AS-AP’s website at as-ap.org/as-ap_survey.pdf
However, we hope organizations or their representatives will complete it online.

This survey is an ongoing effort — our database is already open for scholars to review, but also for new data to be inserted and changes to be made to existing records. Unlike a frozen, printed document, the AS-AP database will be living. Your participation is vital in relaying history to future scholars!

This survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. The first 1,000 organizations to complete this form will receive $50, which is made possible through a grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

In the future we would like to financially assist your organization with your archival needs. All organizations that complete this survey will become eligible for future funding when it becomes available.

Please email us at info@as-ap.org or call us at (212) 330-7688 if you have any questions whatsoever regarding AS-AP or this survey.

More information about AS-AP can be found on our website:


David Platzker, Project Director / david@as-ap.org

Rebecca Cederholm, College Art Association
Linda Earle, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
Milan R. Hughston,The Museum of Modern Art
Elizabeth Merena, New York State Council on the Arts
Betsy Sussler, Bomb Magazine
Marvin Taylor, New York University, Fales Library, Downtown Collection
Martha Wilson, Franklin Furnace Archive

Art Spaces Archives Project [AS-AP] has received generous support
from The New York State Council on the Arts [NYSCA], The National
Endowment for the Arts [NEA], and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the
Visual Arts. AS-AP also gratefully acknowledges operating assistance
from the College Art Association.


Art Spaces Archives Project [AS-AP]
PO Box 20261
New York, NY 10011

212 330 7688 tel.


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