Scope and Contents
The majority of these records document the rich exhibition history of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, via the curatorial department and registrar's department files, as well as photographs and catalogs. Administrative records such as Board of Trustees minutes and the Director's correspondence show the mission and vision of the museum over time. Other formats include education department records, special event materials, organizational bylaws and charter, correspondence, policies, photographs, publications, newsclippings.
Conditions Governing Access
This material is open for research, with the exception of Board of Trustees / Admin records, legal actions and formal lawsuits, and financial and capital campaigns, from the last 20 years. These records require permission from CAMH.
Conditions Governing Access
Stored off-site at the Library Service Center and requires 24-hour notice for retrieval. Please contact the Woodson Research Center at 713-348-2586 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
CAMH audio and visual items with digital id#s are currently stored on external drives and can be accessed by contacting Woodson staff.
Conditions Governing Use
Permission to publish from this material must be facilitated through the Woodson Research Center. Please contact staff at email@example.com or 713-348-2586.
The CAMH retains full ownership of any and all copyrights CAMH currently controls in the CAMH archives, but grants Rice University a nonexclusive right to authorize all uses of these materials for non-commercial research, scholarly, or other educational purposes pursuant to a Creative Commons Attribution, Non-Commercial License.
In many cases, CAMH either created the materials or acquired the copyrights for them. Some images and works do not have the photographer's credit information and the photographer may have retained rights to the image. Co-organized exhibition materials may be subject to a shared copyright. Filmed performances were created by and for CAMH and as such as are owned by CAMH, but the content of the performances is owned solely by the artist.
Any publication of CAMH materials requires written permission through the Woodson Research Center (see http://library.rice.edu/guides/publishing-wrc-materials) and written notice given to CAMH, with citations crediting the artist, date and the CAMH archive at Rice University.
Biographical / Historical
The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH) was founded in 1948, and began exhibiting shows at various locations in the city, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. In 1949, CAMH moved into its own triangular steel framework building designed by Architects MacKie and Kamrath located at 302 Dallas. The one-room gallery design included no walls, only floor and roof forming a 30-60 degree triangle. Early exhibitions included the work of Vincent van Gogh, Joan Miró, Alexander Calder, Max Ernst, John Biggers, Mark Rothko, and Robert Rauschenberg.
In 1972, CAMH moved into a new building designed by Gunnar Birkerts, at the corner of Bissonet and Montrose. Through the 1970s and 1980s, many regional and national artists' work was shown, including John Chamberlain, Ida Applebroog, Robert Morris, Pat Steir, Bill Viola, Frank Stella, James Surls, John Alexander, and Luis Jiménez.
In the early 1980s, Director Linda Cathcart started the Perspectives series in the lower galleries, with medium sized shows by both emerging and well-known artists. This series carried on for nearly forty years.
The 1990s brought exhibitions of artists such as William Wegman, Nic Nicosia, Tony Cragg, James Turrell, and Robert Rauschenberg. In 1997, the building closed for a major renovation and re-opened the same year, with the exhibit "Finders Keepers".
Thematic shows, digital media, and international curatorial work have marked the early 2000s.
The mission of the CAMH is "the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston is a leading destination to experience innovative art. CAMH actively encourages public engagement with its exhibitions through its educational programs, publications, and online presence. ALWAYS FRESH, ALWAYS FREE"
Excerpted from https://camh.org/about/history-mission/, accessed on June 1, 2018.
340 Linear Feet (333 boxes (No box #300) and 2 map drawers)
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