Collaborative Projects Inc., or Colab, was an influential artists’ collective formed in New York City in 1977, known for provocative political exhibitions and performances. Assembled by Colab member, visual artist, dancer, and video maker Julie Harrison, this collection is twofold. It contains posters, flyers, artwork, and ephemera that document Colab's many projects from the late 1970s to the early 1980s, as well as a compact archival section that provides further context for Harrison's participation in this collective project.
Wide-ranging in scope, Colab artists represented in the collection include Jenny Holzer, Kiki Smith, Tom Otterness, Alan Moore, Christy Rupp, Jane Sherry, Ilona Granet, Jane Dickson, John Fekner, Keiko Bonk, and many others. Ephemera documents spaces including Fun Gallery, Wednesdays at A's, Women's Interart Center, Fashion Moda, and ABC No Rio, to name a few. The archival materials contain a selection of manuscripts, photographs, and clippings related to Harrison's dance and performance practices and depicts how artists, engaged in dance and performance-based work at the end of the twentieth century, interacted with video to preserve and expand the scope of a traditionally live and ephemeral medium.
The collection is on hold. The illustrated prospectus is available here.