Inside the Center for Advanced Visual Studies Special Collection.
Cambridge's Fifth Annual Open Archives Tour, June 2013. Photo by Laura Anca Chichisan.
cavs special collection
The Center for Advanced Visual Studies Special Collection (CAVSSC) is the repository of a nearly 45 year history of collaborative and time-based productions generated by or related to the tenure of over 200 internationally recognized artist-fellows. The collection includes photos, books, posters, documents, portfolios, films, videos and audio tapes of great historical significance.
The materials include hundreds of moving images in various time based media, over 200 posters and artists’ prints, 1000+ photographs, and over 130 feet of documents including artists’ notes, sketches, and correspondence. Materials concern the processes and productions of notable artists such as György Kepes, Aldo Tambellini, Stan van der Beek, Charlotte Moorman, Antoni Muntadas, Nam June Paik, Otto Piene, Yvonne Rainer, Maryanne Amacher, Alan Sonfist, Takis, Jack Burnham, and more recently Krzysztof Wodiczko, Judith Barry, Damon Rich, John Malpede, Michael Smith, Fritz Haeg, Vito Acconci, Mel Chin, The Lost Highway Expedition and many more.
The Program in Art, Culture, and Technology (ACT) is custodian of the CAVS Special Collection. In this capacity, ACT is responsible for the preservation, cataloging, and digitization of the materials in the collection. In addition, ACT would like to make the materials more accessible to scholars and artists, creating a “living archive” that can continue to actively engage in documenting contemporary art.
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