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Joan Semmel papers, 1949-2013, bulk bulk 1960-2013

Joan Semmel papers, 1949-2013, bulk bulk 1960-2013
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Semmel, Joan, 1923-0
Hardy, John
Markson, David
Grossman, Nancy
Hammond, Harmony
Edelson, Mary Beth
Golden, Eunice
Sleigh, Sylvia
Bernstein, Judy
Stevens, May
Schapiro, Miriam
Nieto, José Antonio
Video recordings
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Place of publication, production, or execution
United States
Physical Description
5.9 Linear feet
The collection is arranged in 8 seres: Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1949-2013 (Box 1; 0.6 linear feet) Series 2: Correspondence, 1973-2013 (Boxes 1-2; 1.2 linear feet) Series 3: Interviews, circa 1970s-1986 (Box 2; 0.2 linear feet) Series 4: Writings, 1970s-2009 (Box 3; 0.7 linear feet) Series 5: Project Files, 1972-2000 (Box 3; 3 folders) Series 6: Teaching Files, 1970s-2000 (Box 3; 0.4 linear feet) Series 7: Printed Material, circa 1960s-2013 (Boxes 4-6, OV 8; 2.2 linear feet) Series 8: Photographic Materials, circa 1965-2013 (Boxes 6-7; 0.6 linear feet)
Access Note / Rights
Use of original material requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
The papers of painter Joan Semmel measure 5.9 linear feet and span the dates of 1949-2013 with the bulk of the material dated circa 1960s-2013. The papers reflect her career and activities as a painter, writer, feminist and educator through biographical materials, correspondence, interviews, writings, project files, teaching files, printed material, and photographic materials.
Among the biographical materials are awards, educational records,and audiovisual recordings about Joan Semmel and her work.
Professional correspondence concerns exhibitions, publication permissions, panel discussions, symposia, and visiting artist and summer school appointments. Also included are letters of recommendation for colleagues and students. A scattering of personal letters are from novelist David Markson and José Antonio, both of whom had personal relationships with Semmel. There are also a few letters from friends of a purely social nature and a few letters concerning routine personal affairs.
There are two interviews with Joan Semmel on video recordings, one was conducted for a television broadcast and the other is unidentified.
Writings by Semmel include the manuscript, illustrations, research material, and letters relating to her unpublished book about women's erotic art. Also found are articles, artist's statements, and notes for talks about her work. The writings about Semmel consist of several student papers.
Project files relate to two exhibitions curated by Semmel, Contemporary Women: Consciousness and Content (1977) at The Brooklyn Museum of Art School and Private Worlds (2000). One file is related to a project in which Semmel was involved to document the role and status of women in the arts.
Scattered teaching files concern a course about contemporary women artists developed and taught by Semmel for the women's studies program at Rutgers University, circa 1978. Also documented are summer programs at Skowhegan and Sommerakademie in Austria where Semmel served as an instructor.
Binders (now unbound) of printed materials were compiled by Semmel consisting of exhibition catalogs and announcements for solo and group shows, reviews, posters, and miscellaneous printed matter.
Photographs of people include Joan Semmel, friends and colleagues. Among the individuals pictured are: writer David Markson, painter John Hardy, José Antonio Nieto; and feminist artists: Judy Bernstein, Mary Beth Edelson, Eunice Golden, Nancy Grossman, Harmony Hammond, Miriam Schapiro, Sylvia Sleigh, and May Stevens. There are slides, photographs, color photocopies and digital images of Semmel's paintings. Of particular interest are photographs, photocopies of photographs, and digital images that served as source material for paintings, including portrait commissions.
Joan Semmel papers, 1949-2013, bulk bulk 1960-2013. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Use Note
The Joan Semmel papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws
Biography Note
Joan Semmel (1932- ) is an abstract painter working in New York City and Easthampton, N. Y. Semmel's work explores erotic themes and the female body. She taught painting at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University from 1978-2000.
Language Note
The majority of the collection is in English; some correspondence and printed material is in Spanish. English; Spanish
Donated by Joan Semmel in 2014.
Location Note
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Data Source
Archives of American Art