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February 21, 2013: Sites and Sins of Omission: The Perils of Research in Personal Archives – A Roundtable Discussion

Thursday, February 21, 2013
4:00 p.m. 125 Nolte Center

A Roundtable discussion with Eric Colleary, Theatre Arts and Dance, Tracey Deutsch, History, Brian Horrigan, Minnesota Historical Society, and Tulley Long, History of Science and Technology.  Regina Kunzel, Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies, moderator

2013 archive imageWhat are the research ethical issues where materials have been deliberately, subjectively archived?  Panelists will address their challenges and solutions as navigators through unknown or known acts of selection along this spectrum of the subjectivity of an archive.

Julia Child and Charles Lindbergh were intentionally involved in the framing of their legacies.  See some of Horrigan’s work on Lindberg including his May 3, 2012 IAS talk, The Spirit of St. Louis, his 2002 article, “My Own Mind and Pen” Charles Lindbergh, Autobiography, and Memory and visit his blog.  See the Bat of Minerva interview from August, 2011 of Tracey Deutsch in part about her work with the archives of Julia Child.  See the December 6, 2012 talk by Tulley Long on Hans Selye and John W. Mason,  The Fight over the Concept of Stress in Postwar America.  Eric Colleary has done extensive work in the Tretter archive at the University of Minnesota.  He will discuss the collection of the queer performance artist and filmmaker Jack Smith. As the predecessor to folks like Andy Warhol and John Waters, Smith was known in the 1960s for his edgy, highly sexualized works that challenged traditional storytelling forms. Much of his work dealt with questions of consumerism and identity, and he often salvaged garbage from the dumpsters and alleys in New York to create props, set pieces and works of art. When Smith died from complications to AIDS in the late 1980s, his possessions were saved by a group of his friends against his explicit wishes that the materials be burned after his death. These possessions included films, journals, sketchbooks, paintings, posters, scripts, letters, and – of course – garbage.  The collection eventually made it’s way to the Gladstone Gallery in New York.

Part of the University of Minnesota symposium on Site & Incitement.
Videos of our presentations are available here.

This talk is also available as an audio download (.mp3 – 83.4 MB) or as a video podcast (.m4v – 431.3 MB).

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