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Tardos (Anne) Papers
MSS 0770  
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Description
Papers of Anne Tardos (1943-), a multilingual poet, composer, and artist. The collection documents Tardos's highly collaborative creative process, especially her decades-long partnership with poet Jackson Mac Low. Her papers include personal documents; correspondence with friends, family, and colleagues; manuscripts of poetry, essays and talks; writings of others, especially Jackson Mac Low; materials gathered and created for conferences, exhibitions, concerts, interviews and other events; ephemera; and extensive audiovisual and digital media.
Background
Poet, composer, and visual and performance artist Anne Tardos was born in Cannes, France in 1943. She grew up in Paris, Budapest, and Vienna, developing fluency in French, Hungarian, German, and English before moving to New York in 1966. Her parents were both artistic: her father a writer of fiction and her mother a radio producer and speaker which, Tardos says, is a kind of performance art. Both parents were fervent communists and then, disillusioned, just as fervently anticommunist. This lack of philosophical continuity during her formative years is a reason, Tardos believes, that she isn't inclined toward political commitment or to trust any belief system that offers certainty, a stance that was greatly reinforced by the destruction on September 11, 2001 of the World Trade Centers, located a few blocks south of her Tribeca home on North Moore Street.
Extent
45 Linear feet (66 archives boxes, 16 records cartons, 1 flat box, 1 map case folder, 4 films)
Restrictions
Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.
Availability
Original films, sound recordings and digital media are restricted. Researchers may request user copies be produced in advance.