Friday July 31, 2015
As one of the first alternative spaces in New York dedicated to presenting innovative, provocative work at the intersection of art and architecture, Storefront has accumulated an archive documenting its diverse and influential program of over 280 exhibitions and events dating from its founding in 1982. Featuring the work of 1,500+ architects, artists and designers, this material includes a collection of original artwork and over 115 cubic feet of proposals, correspondence, photographs, audio-visual media and publications that together constitute a unique and underrepresented collection of narratives in contemporary American design.
The goal of Storefront’s Archive Project is to significantly improve stewardship of and public access to Storefront’s collections. By establishing this material as a public design resource, the project will position the archive as a platform for research and for ongoing programming and collaborative partnerships with other resonant collections and organizations.
This project was made possible in part by a grant from the Documentary Heritage Program of the New York State Archives, a program of the State Education Department, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Council on Library & Information Resources (CLIR), National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), and the generous support of Storefront’s Board member, Mr. Robert M. Rubin.
Storefront Archive is consist of three collections:
Collection: Program Files (1982-2010)
Physical Description: 75 cubic feet (139 Beseler Binders + 54 Boxes + 2 Oversize Box)
Content and Scope: The collection consists of records documenting all aspects of the prgramming process, from conception, to execution, to reception, including administrative files, artist profiles and research, ephemera, financial documents, promotional and press materials, correspondence, photographic elements, project proposals, audiovisual, data storage, and video components.
Arrangement: The material is arranged into eight series:
The Exhibition Series documents all aspects of researching, curating and installing 173 exhibitions between 1982 and 2010. Folders are organized chronologically by exhibition. Exhibition documentation includes research, correspondence, press releases, project/curatorial statements, financial documents, artist information, photographic images, plans, posters and in-house publications
The Events Series documents performances, lectures, publication launches, symposia and other public events organized by Storefront at its gallery and at various other venues and locations from 1983-2008. The majority of this material focuses on three events: ECO-TEC, an international ecology and sustainability forum that convened seven times between 1993 and 1999; Poldergeist, a 1997 conference on Dutch architecture and urbanism; and the 1997 Kwangju Biennale, which Kyong Park helped curate. This series also includes documentation of over two dozen additional events, nearly all of which remains unpublished.
The Publication Series contains pamphlets and books that Storefront produced for its exhibitions and events from 1983-2011. Documentation includes correspondence, notes, essays, and drafts and research and production files. The core of this series focuses on three serial publications produced by Storefront from the late 1980s through the 1990s: Front (1987-90), Report (1990-92), and Storefront Books (1994-99).
Series IV: Media (currently unavailable until duplication occurs)
The series contains audiovisual, data storage components of the collection and some submissions. Record format include VHS, Betacam, CDs, DVDs, MiniDVs, and floppy discs. The series is organized by exhibition and event dates, or artists’ names.
This series includes press clippings and magazine articles covering Storefront’s programming, activities, organizational profiles and directors interviews.
The series contains large-format, newsprint newsletters designed and produced by Storefront staff for nearly every exhibition since 1982. In 2009, all existing newsletters were digitized for Storefront Newsprints: 1982-2009, a large-format book produced by the organization’s staff.
The series collects unsolicited exhibition and event proposals from artists, architects, and curators. This material includes CVs, portfolios, work samples, photographs, slides, and media files. It has been arranged alphabetically by author.
Series VIII: Additional Material (currently unavailable)
Collection: Institutional Records (1982-2009)
Physical Description: 9.75 cubic feet (9 Boxes + 1 Oversize Folder)
Content and Scope: The collection documents the operational activities of the organization, primarily in the first two decades, including correspondence, notes, articles, newspaper clippings, research materials, grant applications financial documents and administrative records. It also includes the founder, Kyong Park’s independent works which documented Park’s parallel professional focus while directing Storefront. The material is arranged into four series: Kyong Park Papers, Administrative Files, Development Files, and Annual Benefit.
Arrangement: The material is arranged into four series:
The independent work of Kyong Park, Storefront’s co-founder, from 1979-1999. Documentation includes correspondence, project files, research clippings, writings, photos, sketch books and portfolios.
Administrative material including general correspondence, organizational profiles, photos, gallery and façade maintenance records, general operation files, realia and files for Storefront’s co-director Shirin Neshat (1987-1997) and Storefront’s following director Sarah Herda (1998-2006).
Fiscal records in the form of correspondence, financial statements, budgets, grant applications, proposal materials and associated research.
Series IV: Annual Benefit (currently unavailable)
Records for Storefront’s annual fundraising benefit in 1992 and 2004. More recent benefit records will be accessioned into this series in mid-2017.
Collection: Original Artwork (1982-2006)
Physical Description: Approximately 30 cubic ft. (10 35” x 44” lateral file drawers, 6 tubes, 5 oversize boxes)
Content and Scope: The collection contains works produced in-house and by program participants for exhibitions and events, including oversize drawings, prints, posters, flyers, ephemera, three-dimensional objects, and exhibition display copies.
Arrangement:The material is arranged into three series:
Original artwork produced by artists, architects and designers for exhibitions. This material, which includes drawings, sketches, posters, postcards and some 3D objects, has been arranged chronologically by exhibition.
This series contains works of art donated by artists, architects and designers to Storefront’s annual benefit auction.
Seres III: Newsletter Films
This series contains large-format, line-negative film sheets used for printing Storefront’s newsletters, which often feature poster-sized graphic elements, including reproduced photographs and artwork.
About the Finding Aids / Processing Information
Storefront’s archival collections were processed by Chialin Chou, Storefront Archivist, 2014-, with the assistance of Anthony Graham, Ryan J. Simons, and Arielle Davidoff, Archive Assistants.
Using the Collection
Storefront’s archival collections are available (excluded the material noted otherwise) for use by qualified readers by appointment at the Archive Office in Brooklyn, NY. For further information or to make an appointment, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
When making an appointment, please let us know specifically which material you wish to access. When arriving for your appointment, please provide a government issued ID and be prepared to sign a terms and use agreement. Storefront also requests that researchers complete an archive access survey, which will allow staff to review and improve archive policies.
Patrons may bring pencils (no pens) and notepaper. Researchers may bring a laptop and a digital or film camera, but flashes and tripods are not permitted. Wifi is available in the reading area.
Rights & Permissions
Storefront is providing access to the materials in the Archives solely for noncommercial, educational, and research purposes. The unauthorized use of archive material is strictly prohibited. In addition to permission from Storefront, permission of the copyright owner (if not Storefront) and/or any holder of other rights (such as publicity and/or privacy rights) may also be required for reproduction, publication, distributions, and other uses. Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of any item and securing any necessary permissions rests with the persons desiring to publish the item. Storefront makes no warranties as to the accuracy of the materials or their fitness for a particular purpose.
All inquiries regarding the use of material, for noncommercial educational and research purposes and for commercial publications, should be submitted to Storefront for review.
For institutional lending requests, please submit a formal request to Eva Franch i Gilabert, Storefront’s executive director.