Finding aid for the L.A. Artists for Survival records relating to Target L.A., 1981-1984

Trang Dang


Descriptive Summary

Title: L.A. Artists for Survival records relating to Target L.A.
Date (inclusive): 1981-1984, undated
Number: 2017.M.46
Creator/Collector: L.A. Artists For Survival
Physical Description: 6.97 Linear Feet (13 boxes, 2 flatfile folders)
Repository:
The Getty Research Institute
Special Collections
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
Los Angeles 90049-1688
reference@getty.edu
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10020/askref
(310) 440-7390
Abstract: The collection documents anti-nuclear war festivals in 1982 and 1983 organized by L.A. Artists for Survival, one of the later generation of artists' groups to emerge from the Los Angeles Woman's Building. The materials show the evolution of the festival's development and execution, and comprise largely administrative and production files, photographic documentation, and ephemera.
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Language: Collection material is in English.

Biographical / Historical

Target L.A.: The Art of Survival was conceived as an anti-nuclear art and music festival by the L.A. Artists for Survival (LAAFS), which formed when David Lumian, the president of the Alliance for Survival, approached the political artist Lee Waisler to encourage artists' engagement in the nuclear disarmament movement. In January 1982, LAAFS held their first meeting and received an overwhelming response with over 100 artists in attendance. In the ensuing months, LAAFS' network expanded to over 300 artists. In addition to coordinating the anti-nuclear artists' group Sisters of Survival's performance "Shovel Defense" in May 1982, LAAFS collaborated with the Asian Pacific Americans for Nuclear Awareness and Asian Americans for Nuclear Disarmament to produce the two-day art and music festival Target L.A.: The Art of Survival, held on the anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The event, held at a two-level parking structure on the corner of Alameda and 3rd Street in Little Tokyo, featured art installations and performances by Mother Art, The Waitresses, UNARM, and others, as well as musical and spoken-word performances, "games of nuclear chance" such as "Pin the Lawsuit on the Reactor" and "Kiss the Bombs Goodbye," children's activities, and the "Fallout Fashion" show.
A second event was held in 1983 at Brookside Park in Pasadena, with an expansion in time, space, and theme. Artist Cheri Gaulke, known for her role in the feminist art movement in southern California, served as the project coordinator for both events; her involvement with Target L.A. was a direct outgrowth of her work with the Sisters of Survival (SOS), which originated with the Woman's Building, a non-profit arts and education center that operated in Los Angeles between 1973 and 1991.
Sources:
John Tain, Acquisition Approval Form for "Target L.A.: The Art of Survival (1982-1983) Archives, 1982-1983, accession no. 2017.M.46," May 16, 2016.
L.A. Artists for Survival records relating to Target L.A., accession no. 2017.M.46, "History and Organizational Structure," 1982, Box 4, Folder 11.
L.A. Artists for Survival records relating to Target L.A., accession no. 2017.M.46, Press kit, 1983, Box 5, Folder 13.

Administrative Information

Access

Open for use by qualified researchers. Audiovisual material unavailable until reformatted.

Publication Rights

Preferred Citation

L.A. Artists for Survival records relating to Target L.A., 1981-1984, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, Accession no. 2017.M.46.
http://hdl.handle.net/10020/cifa2017m46

Acquisition Information

Gift of Cheri Gaulke, L.A. Artists for Survival. Acquired in 2017.

Processing History

Trang Dang processed the collection and wrote the finding aid in 2019 under the supervision of Kit Messick. The finding aid was revised by Kit Messick.
This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, ST-03-17-0007-17.

Related Archival Materials

Woman's Building records, 1973-1991, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, Accession no. 2017.M.43
Mother Art records, 1973-2017, undated, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, Accession no. 2017.M.60
Sisters of Survival records, 1981-1985, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, Accession no. 2017.M.47

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection documents the activities surrounding the production of the 1982 and 1983 Target L.A. festivals. Administrative and production files comprise the bulk of the collection; also present are financial and legal documents, clippings, promotional material, ephemera, and photographic documentation.

Arrangement

Arranged in two series: Series I. 1982 event, 1981-1983; Series II. 1983 event, 1981-1984.

Indexing Terms

Subjects - Topics

Artists -- California -- Los Angeles
Art festivals -- California
Artists -- Political activity -- Los Angeles -- California -- 20th century
Nuclear disarmament--Citizen participation
Art and nuclear warfare

Genres and Forms of Material

Black-and-white negatives
Black-and-white photographs -- 20th century
Clippings (information artifacts)
Color prints (photographs)
Color slides -- 20th century
Open reel audiotapes
Photographs, Original
Printed ephemera -- California

Contributors

L.A. Artists For Survival
Gaulke, Cheri
Woman's Building (Los Angeles, Calif.)


Container List

 

Series I. 1982 event, 1981-1983

Physical Description: 3 Linear Feet (6 boxes)

Scope and Content Note

The inaugural Target L.A.: The Art of Survival was a series of anti-nuclear events and exhibitions culminating in a major multimedia art festival on the anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, held August 6-9, 1982. The "target" was a two-level free-standing parking lot in downtown Los Angeles. Activities included carnival games designed by artists, live performances, art exhibitions, and film and video screenings. Off-site gallery exhibitions, poetry readings, and an evening of theater were produced concurrently.
Series I documents various operational, financial, and promotional activities leading up to the festival, as well as photographic documentation of the event itself. Administrative and production files comprise working notes, a small selection of artist and performer files, committee files, event timelines, and other operational documentation; financial files contain bank statements, reports, receipts, and related material; publicity files predominantly contain ephemera, photographic documentation, clippings, and press material.

Arrangement

The series is arranged topically into three groupings: Administrative and production files; financial files; and publicity files. Materials in these groupings are arranged alphabetically.
 

Administrative and production files, 1981-1983, undated

Box 1, Folder 1

Aunti Nuke, 1982

Box 1, Folder 2

Beth Block, undated

Box 1, Folder 3

Community organization booths, 1982

Box 1, Folder 4

Correspondence, 1982-1983

Box 1, Folder 5

Feedback, 1982

Box 1, Folder 6

Floor plan, 1982

Box 1, Folder 7

Games committee, undated

Box 1, Folder 8

Graphics, 1982

Scope and Content Note

One black-and-white transparency moved to Box 9.
Box 1, Folder 9

"Manifesto and music score," 1981-1982

Box 1, Folder 10

Media committee, 1982

Box 1, Folder 11

Outreach, 1981-1982

Box 1, Folder 12

"Paraphernalia," 1982

Box 1, Folder 13

Performance committee, 1982

Box 1, Folder 14

Production, 1982

Box 1, Folder 15

Programming, 1982

Scope and Content Note

Three black-and-white photographs were moved to Box 7.
Box 1, Folder 16

Related projects, 1982-1983

Box 1, Folder 17

"Stationery, old," undated

Box 1, Folder 18

Timeline, 1982

Box 2, Folder 1

UNARM, 1982

Box 2, Folder 2

Volunteers, 1982

Box 2, Folder 3

"Working notes to do," 1982

Flatfile 2**

Site plan, undated

 

Financial files, 1981-1983

Box 2, Folder 4

Agape Finances, 1982

Box 2, Folder 5

Artathon, 1982

Box 2, Folder 6

"Aug 7+8 Income Rough Notes," 1982

Box 2, Folder 7

Bank statements, 1982

Box 2, folder 8

Budget, 1982

Box 2, Folder 9

Deposits, 1982

Box 2, Folder 10

Financial reports, 1982

Box 2, Folder 11

Fundraising, 1981-1983

Box 2, Folder 12

L.A. Artists For Survival financial documents, 1981-1982

Scope and Content Note

Contains budgets, expense reports, and financial reports for 1981 and 1982.
Box 2, Folder 13

Liberty Hill Foundation, 1982-1983

Box 3, Folder 1

Paid Receipts, 1982

 

Publicity files, 1981-1983

Box 3, Folder 2

Alliance for Survival publications, 1981-1983

box 11, reel 1-2

Art of Survival audio reels, 1982

Scope and Content Note

2 audiotape reels of 2 : analog ; 7 in., 1/4 in. tape.
On box: Art of Survival 8/4 mtg preview / Target L.A. 1982. Original housing in box 6, folder 1.
Audiovisual material unavailable until reformatted.
Box 3, Folder 3

Calendar listings, 1982

Box 3, Folder 4

Ephemera, 1982

Scope and Content Note

Contains fliers, postcards, programs, brochures, and other material generated to promote Target L.A. events.
Box 3, Folder 5

KROQ sponsorship, 1982

 

Photographic documentation, undated

box 9

Black-and-white contact sheets

Scope and Content Note

Additional contact sheets can be found in Box 7.
box 7

Black-and-white negatives, undated

box 7

Black-and-white photographs, undated

Scope and Content Note

Also contains several black-and-white contact sheets; additional contact sheets can be found in Box 9.
Box 3, Folder 6-8

Press clippings, 1981-1983

Box 3, Folder 9

Press releases, 1982

Box 4, Folder 1

Public relations notes, 1982

box 6, folder 1

Original housing for audio reel, 1982

Scope and Content Note

Only one original box was recieved with the collection.
box 12

Commemorative brick, 1982

Scope and Content Note

Standard construction brick stamped with the following inscription: "Witness the annihilation of living room as 10 tons of bricks crash down from 5 stories (sic) above. Sunday 6/16/82. 3rd Street & Alameda. -- Lee Waisler"
 

Series II. 1983 event, 1981-1984

Physical Description: 3 Linear Feet (6 boxes)

Scope and Content Note

Target L.A. 2 took place from 20 to 25 September, 1983, in the former Pasadena Community Arts Center in Brookside Park. The second festival evolved in time, space and theme from two days in 1982 to a full week in 1983, and matured from the downtown parking structure to four buildings with courtyard gardens. The anti-nuclear theme was expanded to examine the causes of nuclear threat as well as the effects of the arms race at home. The 1983 event was designed as a temporary museum featuring games, art exhibitions, a souvenir shop, and entertainment including live music, video, and stand-up comedy, as well as film screenings, performance art, and children's activities.
The festival kicked off with a press gala and event preview; the next three days' programming presented issues surrounding nuclear war, nuclear disarmament and the arms race through both global views and individual perspectives. Beyond reflecting on the devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the 1983 event addressed more specific themes, such as the deployment of cruise and Pershing missiles in Western Europe, weapons testing in the South Pacific, the connection between Central America and United States preparedness for nuclear war, "the war at home," and the effects of nuclear industrialization on the daily lives of Americans. In addition to the experience at the festival site was a concurrent carnival of related local weekend events, exhibits and attractions.
As with Series I, Series II documents various operational, financial, and promotional activities leading up to the festival, as well as photographic documentation of the event itself. Administrative and production files comprise working notes, correspondence, committee files, and other practical documentation; financial files contain bank statements, reports, receipts, and related material; publicity files predominantly include ephemera, photographic documentation, clippings, and press material.

Arrangement

The series is arranged topically into three groupings: administrative and production files; financial files; and publicity files. Materials in these groupings are arranged alphabetically.
 

Administrative and production files, 1981-1983

Box 4, Folder 2

Brookside Park, 1983

Scope and Content Note

One black-and-white photographs was moved to Box 7.
Box 4, folder 3

Contacts, 1983

Box 4, Folder 4

Correspondence, 1983

Box 4, folder 5

Dennis Brutus Defense Committee, 1983, undated

Box 4, Folder 8

Fact sheets, 1983

Box 4, Folder 10

Government guides, 1983

Box 4, folder 11

History and organizational structure, 1982

Box 4, Folder 12

Installations, 1982-1983

Box 4, folder 13

Logistics, 1983

Box 4, Folder 14

Mailing list, 1982

Box 4, folder 15

Media - film and video, 1982-1983

Box 4, Folder 16

Membership and meeting notes, 1982-1983

Box 4, Folder 17

Miscellaneous notes, 1983, undated

box 5, Folder 1

Music, 1981-1983

Scope and Content Note

Four black-and-white photographs were moved to Box 7.
box 5, Folder 2

Seneca Falls Women's Peace Camp, 1983

box 5, Folder 3

Target L.A. maze, 1981-1983

box 5, Folder 4

Timeline and budget, 1982-1983

 

Financial files, 1983-1984

box 5, folder 5

Agape Finances, 1983

box 5, Folder 6

Bank statements, 1983-1984

box 6, folder 2

Canceled checks, 1983-1984

Scope and Content Note

Checks represent expenses paid by L.A Artists for Survival/Alliance for Survival as part of the 1983 event.
box 5, Folder 7

Deposits, 1983-1984

box 5, Folder 8

Financial reports, 1983

box 5, Folder 9

Paid receipts, 1983

 

Publicity files, 1982-1984, undated

box 5, Folder 10

Ad sheets, 1983

Box 4, folder 6-7

Ephemera, 1982-1983, undated

Scope and Content Note

Contains fliers, postcards, programs, brochures, and other material generated to promote Target L.A. events.
 

Fallout Fashion, 1983

Box 4, Folder 9

Ephemera

box 5, folder 11

Press clippings

box 13

L.A. Artists for Survival jump suit, undated

Flatfile 1**

"Tourist Guide to Target L.A." poster, 1983

box 6

No Nukes badges, undated

Scope and Content Note

1" and 2-1/4" metal pinback badges featuring two "No Nukes" designs.
 

Photographic documentation, undated

box 9

Black-and-white contact sheets,

Scope and Content Note

Additional contact sheets are present in Box 7.
box 7

Black-and-white negatives

box 7

Black-and-white photographs and proofs,

box 8

Color photographs

box 8

Color slides

box 5, Folder 12

Press clippings, 1983

box 5, Folder 13

Press kits, 1983

box 5, Folder 14

Press releases, 1982-1984

box 5, Folder 15

Public relations, 1983

box 10

"A View from Three-Mile Island" calendar, 1984

Scope and Content Note

Photographed and produced by Lisa Lewenz.