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Chairperson's Letter - Spring 2006

  

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Doug SheerFROM THE CHAIRMAN

This semester's array of panels and dialogs reflects the clever ideas and hard work of Ann Lydecker and her committee of dedicated programming organizers. See our calendar and choose a few that interest you most. Obviously, we remain thankful to SVA for their generosity and foresight in continuing to invite us to camp on their territory. 31 years of this has been interesting and remains, despite all the hassles, mostly fun.

Saving the Archive
Other than the obvious chores required to keep the series going, our main thrust this year will be to preserve the ever growing ATOA archive of audio-visual programs. Since 1975, when we first began to audiotape the panels and the early 1990s when we added regular videotaping of them, Artists Talk On Art has assembled what is arguably the contemporary art world's largest collection of oral histories. In all, over 875 programs have been recorded, covering more than 6,500 artists and virtually every theme imaginable. Alas, those recordings have been almost exclusively analog and on tape. They now need to be re-recorded from those analog recordings to digital media and multiple sets preserved in multiple locations. That will mean porting all of those recordings from their original tapes to CD-ROM for the audiotapes and DVDs for the videotapes. Today, we routinely record on digital media, but we have over 30 years of material that was recorded on analog tape. That preservation project will cost $40,000 dollars, or more. That is a huge amount of money for us, so we will be scrounging and scrimping -- and grovelling -- to get the funds to accomplish this vital project. We are applying for every grant that we can find that is appropriate and keeping our fingers crossed that there is someone out there who thinks hearing and seeing artists -- some of whom are not around anymore -- is of merit. Can you help us in this important endeavor? We need a pro bono, experienced, grant writer. We need a few angel donations and we need a few volunteers to help with the archiving, the research and the restoration preparatory steps. Get in touch with me at dougsheer@aol.com to share what you know or could help with.

Raising Funds Through an Auction
To that end, we are at work planning our next art auction event. We will need volunteers and of course, art. Much has already been pledged, but we would love to hear from you regarding this key fund raising step.

Curator's Choice 2006
Once again, we are holding the popular ATOA Curator's Choice contest. See the details on this site or call us at (212) 779-9250 or send a SASE for the prospectus/application form. But act soon, the cut off is March 26th, 2006.

Doug Sheer




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