Fonds F0718 - Barbara Sternberg fonds

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Barbara Sternberg fonds

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ca. 2.339 m of textual records
ca. 621 photographs : b&w and col. slides ; 35 mm
ca. 434 photographs : b&w, col., and sepia ; 10 x 15 cm or smaller
ca. 262 photographs : b&w and col. negatives ; 35 mm
90 photographs : b&w prints of 35 mm film frames
12 posters : 60.1 cm x 2.6 m or smaller
7 filmstrip : b&w and col., [optical sound?] ; 16 mm
4 film frames : col. ; 16 mm
2 film frames : leader ; 8 mm
1 filmstrip : col. ; 35 mm
8 compact discs
8 DVDs
4 computer disks ; 9 x 9 cm
3 videocassettes : VHS
1 audio cassette
1 USB data stick
1 envelope of pressed leaves
1 box of cloth figures

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Barbara Sternberg (1945- ) is an independent experimental filmmaker, teacher, and writer. Born in Toronto, Sternberg moved to New Brunswick in 1976, where she created many of her first exhibited films as she raised her son in Sackville. While living in the Maritimes, Sternberg was an active member of the Community Art Centre and co-founded STRUTS Gallery in 1982. She is a founding member of Pleasure Dome, an artists' film and video exhibition group in Toronto, and helped to organize the International Experimental Film Congress (both 1989). Her work has been screened widely across Canada and internationally, most notably at the Museum of Modern Art, the Kino Arsenal theatre, and the Centre Georges Pompidou. Sternberg has lobbied vigorously on the status of film art in galleries and museums, serving as the Experimental Film Officer as the Filmmakers' Distribution Centre from 1985 to 1987, and in 2003 organized the Association for Film Art (AfFA) to promote support and awareness of experimental film. Sternberg is a graduate of the University of Toronto (1967), an alumna of Ryerson's Photographic Arts program (1973), and has taught Film and Visual Arts at York University (ca. 1979-2004). She is a recipient of the Governor General Award in Visual and Media Arts (2011).

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The fonds consists of records pertaining to Barbara Sternberg's activities as an artist, teacher, writer, and activist. In addition to subject files containing materials related to her films, the fonds includes posters, reviews, catalogues, programmes, research and drafts of unrealized projects, course, project, and grant proposals, as well as publications by and about Sternberg. It also includes conference and workshop materials, pedagogical documents, drafts of Sternberg's Cinema Canada column, materials related to screenings, exhibitions, and festivals, as well as correspondence with friends and colleagues, including contemporary Canadian experimental artist Michael Fernandes and former Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke. Records of a personal nature are predominantly limited to correspondence.

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Donated by Barbara Sternberg in 2018.


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  • English

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The fonds consists of the following accruals: 2018-003. Further accruals are expected.

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2018/12/13 M. Shields. Creation.
2020/03/26 KCP, N. Somerset. Added subject access points.

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  • English


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