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Series I. Administrative files, 1974-2014, undated

Physical Description: 1.29 Linear Feet (6 boxes)

Scope and Content Note

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.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by format and subject.
 

Articles and writings about Mother Art, 1978-2014, undated

box 1, folder 1

1978, 1984

box 1, folder 2

circa 1981-2009, undated

box 7*, folder 5

2014

box 1, folder 3

Artists' statements, 1978, undated

 

Binder: Mother Art: Established September 1974, 1974-1983, undated

box 1, folder 4

Proposals and statements; resumes; press releases, 1974-1983, undated

Scope and Content Note

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.
box 1, folder 5

General correspondence, 1976-1983, undated

Scope and Content Note

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.
box 1, folder 6

Laundry Works and draft project descriptions, 1976-1982, undated

Scope and Content Note

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.
box 1, folder 7

Correspondence, 1978-2008

Scope and Content Note

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

box 1, folder 8

Scripts, circa 1979-2008

box 10, Item CM3

"Mother Art PPT show #11, PowerPoint slide show," 2007 March 5

Physical Description: 0.027 GB 5 files

Scope and Content Note

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 1, folder 9

Letterhead, business cards, and decals, undated

 

Mother Art Tells Her Story, 2011-2013

box 6, folder 12

Color prints, circa 2011

Scope and Content Note

Eight 4 x 6 inch photographs of Mother Art setting up to interview Helen Million in Modesto, California.
box 9, Item DVD1-DVD2

DVDs, 2011

Scope and Content Note

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.
box 1, folder 10

Film festival ephemera, 2012-2013

box 1, folder 11

Script and interview questions, circa 2011

 

Radio interviews, 1976-1987

box 11, Item C1

"Mother Art Interview, KPFK-FM, Paul Vangelisti, Nov. 30 1976," 1976

Scope and Content Note

1 audiocassette (60 min.) : analog ; 3 7/8 x 2 1/2 in., 1/8 in. tape. Unavailable until reformatted. Contact reference for reformatting.
box 11, Item C2

"Mother Art, KPFK-FM with Claire Spark 2/25/79," 1979

Scope and Content Note

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.
box 11, Item C3

"KUTE-102FM 'Community Awareness' Mother's Day 8 May 1983," 1983

Scope and Content Note

1 audiocassette : analog ; 3 7/8 x 2 1/2 in., 1/8 in. tape. Unavailable until reformatted. Contact reference for reformatting.
box 11, Item C4

"Mother Art-KUTE FM 5/8/83, T.B.P., Mother's Day," 1983

Scope and Content Note

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.
box 11, Item C5

"ARN 3-13-87 Broadcast #24 Kaleidoscope The Artist Is a Woman, Mother Art," 1987

Scope and Content Note

1 audiocassette : analog ; 3 7/8 x 2 1/2 in., 1/8 in. tape. Unavailable until reformatted. Contact reference for reformatting.
box 1, folder 12

Resumes and exhibition histories, 1983-2009, undated

Scope and Content Note

Includes an undated price list of select Mother Art works.
box 1, folder 13

Woman's Building calendars, programs, and clippings, 1976-1977, 1988

Scope and Content Note

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.
 

Series II. Project files, 1973-2017, undated

Physical Description: 6.28 Linear Feet (11 boxes)

Scope and Content Note

Materials in this series document Mother Art's major performance and installation projects, from 1973's Rainbow Playground, a space created for children at the Woman's Building, to the 2000 retrospective (Re)Visiting Mother Art, with project proposals, performance scripts, postcards and posters, and exhibition review clippings. Most files contain either color slides or black-and-white photographs (prints and negatives) of project performances and installations. Some files also include undated inkjet prints, printed at dates later than the project dates, and certainly all after 1990. Additional project materials include original Mother Art trading cards, a menu list for the 1977 Bake Sale Exhibition, audiocassette recordings of women's abortion stories for the Pro-Choice project, and typescript narratives for the 1984 installation Flowers for Four Women.
The series also contains three DVDs of digital image 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. The original order of the born-digital files is retained.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically by project, with group exhibitions and unidentified projects at the end of the series. When project files include materials that date beyond the date of the project itself, the project date is noted in parentheses following the project title. Most slides were originally housed in a binder, with select color slides originally housed in project files and labeled as slides for the Mother Art: A Collective of Women Artists publication. All slides (color and black-and-white) were rehoused in archival binders by the processing archivists. The distinction between the groups of color slides was maintained.
 

Rainbow Playground (1973), 1973-1974, undated

box 5, folder 1, box 6, folder 6

Color slides, 1974

box 1, folder 14

Notes and inkjet prints, 1973, undated

box 2, folder 1

Trading Cards for gumball machine, 1974

Scope and Content Note

Thirty-two laminated handmade color trading cards of figurative or abstract illustrations and one baseball card for Angels shortstop Jim Anderson.
 

By Mothers (1975-1976), 1975-1980

box 7*, folder 4

Black-and-white print, 1975

Scope and Content Note

One 10 x 13 inch print, mounted.
box 5, folder 2, box 6, folder 7

Color slides, 1975-1976

box 2, folder 2-3

Fliers, programs, and clippings, 1975-1980

box 8*, folder 1

Poster, 1975

 

Bake Sale Exhibition, 1977

box 5, folder 3

Color slides, 1977

box 2, folder 4

Fliers and price list, 1977

 

Laundry Works (1977), 1976-1984, undated

box 4, folder 1

Black-and-white negatives and contact prints, 1977

box 7*, folder 2-3

Black-and-white prints, 1977

Scope and Content Note

Six 7 x 9 inch prints, mounted.
box 2, folder 5

California Arts Council grant account book, circa 1977-1984

box 2, folder 6

Clippings, 1976-1981, undated

box 12, folder 1-2

Color prints, 1977

box 5, folder 4, box 6, folder 8

Color slides, 1976-1977

box 2, folder 7

Correspondence and clippings, 1976-1981

Scope and Content Note

Includes Mother Art collective correspondence to the editor of the Los Angeles Times and a letter by Los Angeles artist Nancy Buchanan to Los Angeles Times theater critic Dan Sullivan. Also includes fliers, black-and-white photographs, typescript notes on the performances, and a black-and-white paper mask featuring images of clothespins.
box 7*, folder 1

Final financial report, 1976 December

Scope and Content Note

Mounted on mat board.
box 8*, folder 3

"Laundry Works: Gallery into Laundry" pencil drawing, circa 1977

Scope and Content Note

Additional label on drawing reads: Environment by Mother Art and members of WCA at the Woman's Building celebration, Wednesday, Feb 2, 1977. 20 x 16 1/4 inches.
box 7*, folder 6

Poster, 1977

 

Mother Art Cleans Up (1978), 1974-1979, 2000, undated

box 5, folder 5

Color slides, Mother Art Cleans Up City Hall, 1978

box 5, folder 6

Color slides, Mother Art Cleans Up the Banks, 1978

box 2, folder 8

Gallery exhibitions and related material, 1974-1978, 2000

Scope and Content Note

Includes black-and-white prints, inkjet prints, and ephemera that document performances at Los Angeles City Hall and Los Angeles area banks. Also includes a certificate of appreciation from the Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art (LAICA).
box 7*, folder 6

"Making It Safe: A Project on Violence Against Women in Ocean Park" event calendar, 1979

box 2, folder 9

"Making It Safe" and "Working Together" installations, 1979

Scope and Content Note

Includes ephemera and black-and-white prints that document the Mother Art Cleans Up installations at Barrett's appliance store in Santa Monica and the Exploratorium Gallery at California State University, Los Angeles.
 

Art for Public Consumption, 1978

box 2, folder 10

Black-and-white prints and fliers, 1978

box 4, folder 2

Black-and-white negatives, 1978

Scope and Content Note

Also includes negatives of an event preceding Art for Public Consumption held at Barnsdall Art Park, "Dialogues at Barnsdall."
 

Power Roles for Women (1980), 1979-1981

box 4, folder 3

Black-and-white negatives, 1980

box 2, folder 11-12

Black-and-white prints, 1980 July

box 6, folder 13

Color polaroid photographs, 1980 July

box 3, folder 1

Correspondence and ephemera, 1979-1981

Scope and Content Note

Also includes several black-and-white prints, some mounted.
 

Pro-Choice (1981), 1981-1983, undated

box 3, folder 2

Abortion notes, circa 1981

 

Abortion stories, 1981-1983, undated

Scope and Content Note

Accounts from women who received illegal abortions.
box 11, Item C6

"Mother Art, Gloria's Story, last take 175," undated

Scope and Content Note

1 audiocassette (90 min.) : analog ; 3 7/8 x 2 1/2 in., 1/8 in. tape. Unavailable until reformatted. Contact reference for reformatting.
box 11, Item C7

"0-55 Deborah-abortion, Hal-abortion, Arlene-abortion," undated

Scope and Content Note

1 audiocassette (90 min.) : analog ; 3 7/8 x 2 1/2 in., 1/8 in. tape. Unavailable until reformatted. Contact reference for reformatting.
box 11, Item C8

"Mother Art - 11/21/81 art perf. 'Not Even If It's You,' Church of Ocean Park, Santa Monica, CA," 1981

Scope and Content Note

1 audiocassette (60 min.) : analog ; 3 7/8 x 2 1/2 in., 1/8 in. tape. Handwritten on B side: Dodgers win World Series - 10/28/81 to 415. Unavailable until reformatted. Contact reference for reformatting.
box 11, Item C9

"M. Art abortion tape stories 1981, approximately 44 minutes side 9-83," 1981, 1983

Scope and Content Note

1 audiocassette (60 min.) : analog, mono ; 3 7/8 x 2 1/2 in., 1/8 in. tape. Unavailable until reformatted. Contact reference for reformatting.
box 11, Item C10

"Mother Art abortion tape, 4 stories repeated, whole tape 10-83," 1983

Scope and Content Note

1 audiocassette (90 min.) : analog ; 3 7/8 x 2 1/2 in., 1/8 in. tape. Handwritten on B side: Skip 1st story (Deb), start w/ Caroline." Unavailable until reformatted. Contact reference for reformatting.
box 4, folder 4

Black-and-white 35mm negatives and contact print, 1981

box 5, folder 7, box 6, folder 9

Color slides, 1981

Scope and Content Note

Museum of Illegal Abortion installation and Not Even If It's You performance shots.
box 3, folder 3

Performance scripts and research notes, 1981, undated

Scope and Content Note

Also includes Mother Art pro-choice ephemera, color inkjet prints, and a performance review of Not Even If It's You, held at the Church in Ocean Park, Santa Monica, California, November 21, 1981.
box 8*, folder 2

Poster, "Thanks, But No Thanks," undated

Scope and Content Note

Poster for a public art event presented by Los Angeles Political Art Documentation/Distribution, with a performance night in Ocean Park that featured Mother Art.
 

L.A. Guernica (1982), 1982-1985, undated

box 4, folder 5

Black-and-white 35mm negatives, contact prints, and photographs, 1982

box 5, folder 8

Color slides, 1982

box 3, folder 4

Correspondence, fliers, and clippings, 1982-1985, undated

Scope and Content Note

Also includes black-and-white photographs and a color inkjet print of the installation, printed at a later date.
box 7*, folder 6

Journals and wall label, 1985

 

Flowers for Four Women (1984), 1984, undated

box 6, folder 1, 10

Color slides, 1984

box 3, folder 5

Ephemera and typescript narratives, undated

Scope and Content Note

Includes seven black ink drawings of flowers adhered to a single sheet of paper.
 

Homeless Women (1984), 1984-1988, 2005, undated

box 6, folder 2

Color slides, 1984-1986, undated

box 3, folder 6

Correspondence, fliers, and typescript narratives, 1985-1988, 2005, undated

Scope and Content Note

Also includes a poster for the Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions presentation of The Cotton Exchange Show and a pencil drawing of an outline of a female figure.
 

The Dining Room Table (1985), 1985, undated

box 6, folder 3, 11

Color slides, 1985

box 3, folder 7

Interview transcripts and color inkjet prints, 1985, undated

Scope and Content Note

Transcripts of an interview with Barbara Avedon, one of the founders of Another Mother for Peace.
 

(Re)visiting Mother Art (2000), 2000, undated

box 3, folder 8

Postcards and clippings, 2000, undated

Scope and Content Note

Also includes press releases, a price list of Mother Art works, and a timeline of the collective's history.
box 6, folder 4

Color slides, Running Out of Time, 2000

box 3, folder 9

Mother Art Cleans Up Yet Again postcards, 2016

box 3, folder 10, box 7*, folder 5

Group exhibition ephemera, 1982-1985, 2000-2014

 

Unidentified, 1975-2017, undated

box 6, folder 5

Color slides, 1975-1978, undated

box 4, folder 6

Black-and-white print and postcard, 1978 January

Scope and Content Note

Includes Helen Million, Suzanne Siegel, Gloria Hajduk, and Laura Silagi.
box 8*, folder 1

Posters, 1978

Scope and Content Note

Two black-and-white posters titled: Wanted: For crimes of role fixing and failure to tamper with stereotypes, featuring images of Gloria Hajduk, Laura Silagi, Suzanne Seigel, and Helen Million Ruby.
box 4, folder 7

Black-and-white 35mm negatives, contact print, and postcard, 1983 March 7

Scope and Content Note

Possibly images of the At Home exhibition at the Long Beach Museum of Art, part of Pro-Choice, Mother Art's series of installations and performances about abortion. Includes group images of Suzanne Siegel, Deborah Krall, Laura Silagi, and Gloria Hajduk.
 

Photomural panels, 2011, 2017

Scope and Content Note

All dates refer to last modified dates of files.
box 10, Item CM1

"Mother Art photomural panel 1," 2017 September 27

Physical Description: 0.6 GB GB (4 files)

Scope and Content Note

1 computer disc (DVD-R) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
CM1 contains: 1 Adobe Photoshop Document file (.psd) titled: 1st panel bank photomural." Unavailable until reformatted. Contact reference for reformatting.
box 10, Item CM2

"Mother Art photomural panel 2," 2017 September 27

Physical Description: 0.1 GB (4 files)

Scope and Content Note

1 computer disc (DVD-R) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
CM2 contains: 1 Adobe Photoshop Document file (.psd) titled: 2nd panel washingmachines [sic] photomural." Unavailable until reformatted. Contact reference for reformatting.
box 10, Item CM4

"Mother Art photomurals, 2 banks, 2 machines, 4 images," 2011 July 25-30

Physical Description: 2.22 GB (7 files)

Scope and Content Note

1 computer disc (DVD-R) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
CM4 contains: 4 Adobe Photoshop Document files (.psd) titled: panel with machines; panel with banks; correct scale banks; and scaled washing machine panel. Unavailable until reformatted. Contact reference for reformatting.
box 4, folder 8

Black-and-white 35mm negatives and contact print, undated