Shifra M. Goldman is a ground-breaking Latin American Art and Social historian. Her work and legacy is preserved in these
papers. The multitude of people, organizations and activities that she was involved with include Latin American artists, Chicano
artists, social rights activists, art scholars, art and social rights organizations, art museums, and publishers. Hundreds
of exhibit catalogs are part of her papers. Her scholarly writings, research and teaching materials form the major part of
her papers. They are contained in 392 boxes, one flat file drawer, approximately 35,000 slides in 72 slide boxes, 119 audio
recordings, 90 video recordings, and her digital files. The materials date from 1933 - 2011 (there are a few pre-Columbian
artifacts) with the bulk of the materials ranging from 1965 - 2002.
Shifra Goldman (1926-2011) was an Art historian and pioneer in the study of Latin American and Latino art. As an activist
for Latino art, part of her life's work in her own words was to “deflect and correct the stereotypes, distortions, and Eurocentric
misunderstandings that have plagued all serious approaches to Latino Art history since the 50s” (Dimensions of the Americas,
Goldman 1996, pgs. 36, 37). She taught college level art history in the Los Angeles area for over 20 years. Goldman is known
as a prolific writer and advocate critic who had a hemispheric scope informed from her studies, travels and relationships
with many artists.
200.0 linear feet
(392 boxes, three folders in one flat drawer, approximately 32,000 slides in 72 slide boxes, 119 audio recordings, 90 video
recordings, and digital files.)
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