Collection C011 - Margaret Griffin and Clara Gutsche collection

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Margaret Griffin and Clara Gutsche collection

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  • Multiple media

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  • Source of title proper: Title based on the provenance of the collection.

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C011

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  • 1972-2014, predominant 1972-1974 (Creation)
    Creator
    Griffin, Margaret
  • 1972-2014, predominant 1972-1974 (Creation)
    Creator
    Gutsche, Clara

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Physical description

4 cm of textual records
26 slides
2 negatives
5 objects
2 drawings
1 painting

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Biographical history

Margaret Griffin, artist and photographer, was born in the United States, and lives and works in Montreal. Griffin was a founding member of Powerhouse Gallery (now La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse) and participated in the gallery’s first exhibition, Windows: From the inside out: Painting, photography, ceramic and sculpture (1973). She was also involved in the activities of The Flaming Apron craft store, where she participated in consciousness-raising groups.

Name of creator

(1949-)

Biographical history

Clara Gutsche, a photographer, educator, and critic, was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on April 20, 1949, and has lived and worked in Montreal since 1970. Gutsche studied visual arts at Concordia University and obtained her Masters of Arts in photography. Gutsche is a part-time faculty member teaching photography in the Studio Arts Department at Concordia University. Gutsche was a founding member of Powerhouse Gallery and participated in the gallery’s first exhibition, Windows: From the inside out: Painting, photography, ceramic and sculpture (1973). She was also involved in the activities of The Flaming Apron craft store.

Custodial history

Documents were collected by Margaret Griffin and Clara Gutsche and donated to Concordia University Libraries in 2014.

Scope and content

Collection consists of materials accumulated by Margaret Griffin and Clara Gutsche, mostly relating to the founding and first exhibition of Powerhouse Gallery, now La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse. Items also document The Flaming Apron craft store, and various exhibitions held at La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse. This collection contains items created by Margaret Griffin, Leslie Busch, Billie-Joe Mericle, and Stansje Plantenga, founding members of Powerhouse Gallery. Materials in this collection are primarily dated 1972-1974, with select documents dated 2001 and 2004. Some documents were annotated by Margaret Griffin and Clara Gutsche in 2014.

Materials documenting the establishment and history of Powerhouse Gallery include: correspondence, newspaper clippings, proposals, descriptions, timelines, publications, posters, slides, negatives, a leaflet, a drawing, a paintings, and clothing. These materials primarily concern the Gallery’s first exhibition, Windows: From the Inside Out: Painting, Photography, Ceramic and Sculpture (1973), presented at 1210 Greene Avenue in Westmount, Quebec. Items also document various exhibitions held at Powerhouse Gallery and La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse, including: Codpieces: Phallic Paraphernalia (1974), The Past to the Present (2001), and Powerhouse: Where are we now? (2001). Materials concerning the activities of The Flaming Apron, a craft store in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, include: clothing, ceramics, and a newsletter. This collection also contains La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse publications, including Women’s Bookworks (1979) and Les Centrelles (2004), as well as items related to art and artist run centers in Canada.

Collection is divided into 3 series:
C011/A. Powerhouse Gallery/La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse
C011/B. The Flaming Apron
C011/C. Art in Canada

Notes area

Physical condition

Good

Immediate source of acquisition

Margaret Griffin and Clara Gutsche

Arrangement

Unless otherwise indicated, material has been arranged in the order of receipt.

Language of material

  • English

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Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Reproduction for scholarly purposes is permitted.
Use of material in a publication may only be done with permission of the copyright owner.

Finding aids

Box listings available.

Associated materials

Records relating to La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse can be found in the La Centrale fonds (P128) and those relating to Corridart dans la rue Sherbrooke can be found in the Corridart collection (P119), at the Records Management & Archives Department at Concordia University.

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Further accruals may be expected.

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Copyright held by the creator(s).

Conservation

Documents were placed in acid-free file folders and archival quality boxes. Oversized materials were flattened and placed in large-size archival folders.

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Draft

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Full

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  • English

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