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Miscellaneous Documents from John Margolies

in The Museum of Modern Art Archives





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© 2007 The Museum of Modern Art. All rights reserved.
The Museum of Modern Art, Publisher
Finding aid prepared by Janis Ekdahl, July 1983.
Machine-readable finding aid derived from paper original, 2007. Machine-readable finding aid created by Kathleene Konkle. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: John Margolies
Title: Miscellaneous Documents from John Margolies
Dates: 1968-1974
Quantity: 1 binder; .5 linear feet

Biographical Note

John Margolies (5/16/1940), a writer, critic and photographer, was the Assistant Editor of Architectural Record (1964-1968) before becoming associated with the American Federation of Arts (NY) as Coordinator of Experimental Programs.

In 1970 Margolies moved to Los Angeles, became a consultant to AFA, and served as guest editor of Design Quarterly, issue no. 78/79.


Scope and Content Note

Ephemera and correspondence collected by John Margolies between 1968 and 1974 relating to the activities of the following groups/artists: New York Corres Sponge Dance School of Vancouver, Image Bank (Vancouver, B.C.) (and 1971 Postcard Show), Ace Space, Fat City School of Finds Arts, Decca Dance (Feb. 1974), Haus-Rucker-Co., Ray Johnson, Ant Farm (large number of letters, postcards, circulars, articles, 1970-1973), Electronyx and Onyx.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

The records are open for research and contain no restricted materials.

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Miscellaneous Documents from John Margolies are the physical property of The Museum of Modern Art. Literary rights, including copyright belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Rights to work produced during the normal course of Museum business resides with The Museum of Modern Art. For further information, and to obtain permission to publish or reproduce, contact the Museum Archivist.


Administrative Information

Provenance

These documents were acquired by The Museum of Modern art Library in 1978 along with a great many books, exhibition catalogs and magazines. Some of the emphemeral material was organized into the John Margolies notebook, other material was incorporated into the Museum Library's artist and subject files (see attached accounting).

Preferred Citation

Miscellaneous Documents from John Margolies, [series.folder], The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York.


Additional Descriptive Data

Explanation of Abbreviations

JM stands for John Margolies.
MoMA is The Museum of Modern Art.
n.d. stands for no date.
re: stands for regarding.


Container List

 

Folder List

Folder Title
[1] New York Corres Sponge Dance School of Vancouver, Image Bank, Ace Space Co.

Miscellaneous sheets

plus one letter (undated) from Michael (Morris?) to JM

One card from Michael (Morris?) to John

[2] Haus-Rucker-Co.

Miscellaneous sheets (into Subject File)

Plus one letter, 3/28/1969, from Gerda Oswald to JM

[3] Ray Johnson

One letter, 6/3/1968, from Ray Johnson to JM (in Spec. Coll. Notebook)

[4] Ant Farm (?)

Eleven letters in envelopes, frequently unsigned and undated

Six postcards, frequently unsigned and undated

Miscellaneous printed sheets with occasional notes or comments

Also: Inflatocookbook

Card and collage, unsigned, bearing stamp: "City Market - W. Glickman"

Captain Art Breath, photocopy bearing note, inside card with collaged photo, drawings, rubber stamps and patch, (1972?)

Edsel: envelope, letter, collage, photocopies re "Vacancy M"

Caroll Michels: envelope, letter, photocopies re Ant Farm

Letter (undated) from Edsel to John

Letter, 4/23/1970, from Caroll Michels to JM


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