Collection ASM0221 - Howard Davis-Artifacts Artist Group collection

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ASM0221

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Howard Davis-Artifacts Artist Group collection

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  • 1979-2008 (Creation)

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19 Linear Feet

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Artifacts Artist Group was founded by Howard Davis in June, 1984. According to Davis, "Artifacts was conceived with four goals in mind:

1. To provide a showcase for emerging as well as more established artists in Miami/South Florida

2. To provide a framework for artistic collaboration

3. To engage the various cultural communities in South Florida

4. To promote the 'demystification of art, i.e. presenting multimedia art happenings and installations in unconventioanl settings and venues, e.g. nightclubs, etc.'"

To that end, Artifacts would set up art salons and events in galleries and nightclubs throughout Miami, in neighborhoods such as the Design District and Miami Beach, places that were just then beginning to experience the renaissance that would eventually bring them to the forefront of the global arts community with contemporary events such as Art Basel.

Artifacts Artist Group was founded by Howard Davis in June, 1984. According to Davis, "Artifacts was conceived with four goals in mind:

1. To provide a showcase for emerging as well as more established artists in Miami/South Florida

2. To provide a framework for artistic collaboration

3. To engage the various cultural communities in South Florida

4. To promote the 'demystification of art, i.e. presenting multimedia art happenings and installations in unconventional settings and venues, e.g. nightclubs, etc.'"

To that end, Artifacts would set up art salons and events in galleries and nightclubs throughout Miami, in neighborhoods such as the Design District and Miami Beach, places that were just then beginning to experience the renaissance that would eventually bring them to the forefront of the global arts community with contemporary events such as Art Basel.

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A collection of papers, photographs, scrapbooks, ephemera and other objects that document various cultural scenes in Miami from the 1980s to the present, with an emphasis on the art, nightclub and drag subcultures.

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The collection is organized into two series. The Howard Davis-Artifacts Artist Group papers document the work of Howard Davis and the group he founded and directed, the Artifacts Artist Group, a collective of local artists in the South Florida region.

The Juan Valdez papers document the nightclub, LGBT and drag subcultures prominent in Miami Beach during the 1980s-2000s.

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This collection is open for research

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