Audiovisual Recordings collection
Scope and Content Note
This collection includes audio and video recordings on various types of magnetic tape and optical media formats such as audio cassette, U-matic, VHS, Betacam, DV, MiniDV, CD and DVD. There are no materials on film in this collection. Select items were digitized in 2016.
The largest of the six series is Exhibitions, which contains recordings of curatorial overviews, installation footage and press events. This collection does not include any derivatives of video artwork.
For more information about related materials, please contact the Library & Archives staff.
- 1960-2014 (bulk 1980-2014)
Language of Materials
The collection is primarily in English except where noted. Items in Series 5. Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation Affiliates and Partners include materials in other languages such as Spanish and German.
The collection is partially restricted. Some originals may not be available for playback due to fragility and digital transfer may be required for access. Please contact the Library & Archives for further information.
Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the Library & Archives.
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation was founded in 1937 and is dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of the art of our time though the network of its museums, programs, and initiatives. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, opened to the public in 1959. The Peggy Guggenheim Collection was open to the public seasonally since 1951, then year-round since 1979. The Guggenheim Foundation retains ownership of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, while providing curatorial direction and management services to Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.
In 1988, Thomas Krens succeeded Thomas M. Messer as director. Under Krens, the Guggenheim increased the number of exhibitions it organized as well as the breadth of its operations. In 1992 the Guggenheim Museum SoHo opened in downtown Manhattan, and in 1996 it began to focus its programming on art and technology. The Guggenheim Museum SoHo closed in 2001, the same year in which the Guggenheim Foundation expanded its international presence with the opening of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, in partnership with the Basque Government, and the Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin, in partnership with Deutsche Bank. Also in 2001, the now defunct Guggenheim Hermitage Museum, operated in conjunction with the State Hermitage Museum, opened in Las Vegas.
136.8 cubic feet
The Audiovisual Recordings collection consists of audio and video materials which document various activities of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the global affiliates and partners of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. The recordings are on various types of magnetic tape and optical media such as audio cassette, U-matic, VHS, Betacam, DV, MiniDV, CD and DVD.
Scope and Content Abstract
The recordings in this collection document various activities of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and its affiliates and partners around the world. The collection is divided into five series: Series 1. Exhibitions, Series 2. Departments, Series 3. Projects, Series 4. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and Series 5. Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation Affiliates and Partners.
All five series are divided into subseries by content and arranged in chronological order. See series description for more details.
Most of the recordings in this collection were acquired from the Curatorial Department, Director’s Office, Education Department, Photography Department, Public Affairs Department, and Theater Department.
- Audiovisual Recordings collection
- Finding aid prepared by archives staff in 2016.
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Code for undetermined script
- Language of description note
- Processing and select digitization of this collection was generously funded by grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).
Part of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Archives Repository
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