Contemporary Art (Franklin Furnace Archives)

Franklin Furnace

Lorraine O'Grady, Fly By Night, 2/10/1983. This image was provided by the Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc.

Artstor is collaborating with Franklin Furnace to share an approximately 11,000 images and documentation of events presented and produced by the renowned venue, with the goal of embedding the value of ephemeral practice into art and cultural history. The collection consists of documentation of artists' books, performance art, site-specific works, and other time-based ephemeral arts. The images in the Artstor Digital Library cover Franklin Furnace's first two decades, 1976-1995.

Since its founding as an "alternative space" in 1976, Franklin Furnace has presented what has come to be known as "variable media" art — works that take on new dimensions in each iteration, varying in the meanings they take on contextually, as well as in their physical deployment. As such, Franklin Furnace's institutional archives offer a rare and valuable resource that captures the moment, the concept of the artist, and the historical context in which the work was created. Artists represented in the archive include Guillaume Bijl, Willie Cole, Karen Finley, Teh-Ching Hsieh, Liza Lou, Robbie McCauley, Ana Mendieta, and Shirin Neshat.