Bring copies of your own ephemera, published works, and artwork documentation to be added to the Chicago Artist Files at the Harold Washington Library, and The Pamphlet Files at the Ryerson Library in the Art Institute of Chicago!
As a closing to the “Anarchival Impulse” exhibition, the GET ARCHIVED workshop will bring an action-based culmination to the dialogues present within the exhibition’s individual works wherein artists build their own archives to establish a new kind of historical record.
Sixty Inches from Center Director of Operations + Archiving, Jennifer Patiño Cervantes, will begin with a presentation on how to archive your own work, and the urgency of such actions in our digital present, especially for emerging artists, curators, and community organizers of color and along a spectrum of race, nationality, ethnicity, gender, ability, and discipline.
After the presentation, volunteers will be available throughout ACRE’s open hours to assist anyone who would like to contribute to two of Chicago’s most important libraries. Artists, curators, and organizers should bring 3 copies of each item for your file: 1 copy for the Chicago Artist Files at the Harold Washington Library; 1 copy for The Pamphlet Files at the Ryerson Library in the Art Institute of Chicago; and 1 copy to maintain your own personal file at home.
WHAT CAN YOUR FILE INCLUDE?
•Exhibition statements, essays, or documentation
•Copies of published print/online articles and works
•Replications of sketches, photographs of yourself and your work
•Installation shots of exhibitions or events
•Photos of studio or work spaces
•Ephemera posters and postcards from exhibitions or events
Organized by independent curator Lindsay Hutchens, and “Anarchival Impulse” curator Stephanie Koch.
Sixty Inches from Center works with the Chicago Artist Files to help it get more contemporary artists cataloged, particularly artists of color and along a spectrum of race, nationality, ethnicity, gender, ability, and discipline. In an effort to help preserve the legacy of the art that our organization supports, have a hand in shaping the art history of Chicago and help address the changing landscape of the art world, we will regularly contribute the content of our website to the archive, creating files for each artist and art space we profile. These files will be openly on view at the Harold Washington Library. Currently, we are also sending the duplicates we get to The Pamphlet Files at Ryerson Library at the Art Institute of Chicago, which we encourage all local artists and galleries to consider adding them to their mailing list for postcards, press releases, and other promotional materials.
The Chicago Artist Files is a Chicago Public Library-maintained open archive of over 11,000 Chicago artists who have exhibited work in at least two exhibitions nationally or internationally. While the archive has created a place in history for established mid to late twentieth century artists, capturing twenty-first century artists, new practices, new media, and new technology has proved challenging.
Jennifer Patiño Cervantes grew up on the Southwest Side of Chicago with roots in Mexico. She is an arts writer, poet, and Director of Operations + Archives for Sixty Inches From Center. She graduated from Columbia College with a degree in Art History and double minors in Poetry and Latino/Hispanic Studies. She is currently pursuing her MLIS at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.