Fonds F0030 - York University Art Gallery fonds

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York University Art Gallery fonds

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7.6 m of textual records and photographs : slides and print

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The collection of art at York University was established in 1959 when a decision was made to allocate.5% of all building budgets to the purchase of works of art for public display in the new buildings. An art selection committee headed by Mrs. J.D. Eaton was responsible for selection of works. The committee, formalized as the Art Advisory Committee in 1963, enjoyed a close relationship with the Faculty of Fine Arts. In 1968 Michael Greenwood was hired as Curator of the university collection. He remained in that position until 1984 when he was succeeded by Loretta Yarlow. Plans were made in the early 1970s to establish an art gallery at the university and it opened in the 1972/73 academic year. At the same time the University Art Committee was established as a successor to the Advisory Committee. In 1981 renovations doubled the size of the gallery.
The gallery serves both an educational and exhibit purpose to the university and wider community. Its exhibitions (both curated and travelling) have included shows of works by Norval Morriseau, Claude Breeze, Ted Godwin, George Grosz, Max Ernst, contemporary American art, African art, German Expressionism, photography, sculpture and installation art. Its permanent collection includes Canadian, European and non-Western art, and is displayed throughout the university campus.

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The fonds consists of correspondence and financial records of the York University Art Gallery. The first series consists of correspondence with artists concerning shows, with other galleries in Canada and the United States, with publications, art schools, artists' organizations, and with other university departments, organized alphabetically or chronologically. The second series consists of financial records, (including budgets, invoices, records of purchases); guest books and attendance records and surveys; exhibition flyers, catalogues and schedules; minutes of the University Arts Committee (1973-1979) and the Art Advisory Committee (1968-1972) and documentation concerning exhibitions, including 'Re: Union: selected York MFA alumni, 1976-1985'.

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Some access restrictions apply. Consult the University Archives for details. Material of public nature is open. All other files are closed for 10 years after the last date in the file. File containing personnel, personal, or personally sensitive material are closed for 40 years. Files containing personal information of York University students are closed for 100 years. Written permission to view closed files must be obtained from the Art Gallery, and be directed to the Archivist, York University.

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In addition to archival records, Archives and Special Collections has gathered other material from the Art Gallery of York University which is housed in the Ephemera collection. This material consists of printed material and ephemera, including announcements of gallery openings and exhibition catalogues.


The fonds includes material from the following accruals: 1986-012, 1988-015, 1989-001, 2013-040.

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2020/01/12 KCP. Migrated from MARC record and WordPerfect. Uploaded legacy file inventories for 1986-012, 1988-012, 1989-001.

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