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Survey: William Rabinovitch

Posted August 05, 2010 by Anonymous
Organization: 
Part 1.
Year Founded: 
1987
1b. Primary activity[ies] of the organization.: 
Creation of a world class video archive of New York City art world most notable openings, exhibitions, and related events from 1993 through 2005 composed of more than 2000 hours
1c. Organization's annual budget.: 
$0 - $50,000
1b. Primary activity[ies] of the organization.: 
Other
Part 2.
2a. Mission Statement: 
Rabinovitch has developed a unique, conceptual framework for culling this content down to its essence and convening the best of it into a series of interactive DVD’s for future study and enjoyment. A further outgrowth would be a unique sort of series for PBS, thereby formalizing this treasure trove for posterity and making it available for global dissemination. This brief description that follows hopefully explains why this archive will have art historical importance and why this project will satisfy certain museum and library needs for content. This archive has been Bill’s totally self initiated effort during the past fifteen years. It is unequaled in terms of size, consistency, and breadth of scope.
Website Link to Mission Statement: 
www.pollacksquared.com (see new directors page)
2b. Organization History / Organizational Overview. Index of important events in organization's history.: 
Begun in 1987 initially as my photographic record of the ongoing avant-garde art scene in SOHO; in 1993 I switched to video as a more powerful and encompassing form which I felt would far better document the continuing evolution and intimacy of the NYC art world. Things gradually expanded to cover other areas of NYc such as uptown and Chelsea. Besides the galleries I also covered many of NYC’s major museum press openings, also alternative spaces, art symposiums and many related special events.
Website Link to Organization's History / Organization Overview: 
www.pollacksquared.com
2c. Exhibition / Programming / Publishing History.: 
See my narrative on page 23
Part 3.
3a. Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals:: 
William Rabinovitch rabinart@aol.com
3b. Could any of these individuals assist in providing an oral history of your organization?: 
Yes
Part 4.
4a. Is organization currently active?: 
Yes
4b. Year activity suspended if no longer active.: 
Organization Still Active
Part 5.
5a. Type of organization at its founding.: 
Collective / Unincorporated Association
5b. Type of organization currently, or at the termination of activities.: 
Collective / Unincorporated Association
Part 6.
6a. Does the organization have an archive?: 
Yes
6b. Are there any short or long-term threats to the organization?: 
Fiscal endangerment of organization
6c. Other threats to the organization:: 
Besides the very real financial threats to my ongoing existence as a non well to do NYC artist and all that’s attendant with that - I would say there is a deinite ongoing threat in terms of its physical vulnereability and my not having any resources to edit and make its conversion to multiple DVDs. The same reasons make it impossible to do a full catalogue of the thousands of tapes. Totally inadequate storage and no copies of the master tapes also make this a nerve wracking affair. There has been no outside support for any of my efforts from the beginning.
Part 7.
7a. How important is to the organization to preserve the organization’s historical material. From 1 – Very Important to 5 – Not Important.: 
1. Very Important
7c. Does the organization know how and where to seek expertise and assistance?: 
No
7d. Does the organization have specific concerns regarding starting an archive working with its historic materials?: 
Space Concerns
Part 8.
8a. Is the organization's archives in the collection of another institution or promised to one?: 
No
8a. Location: 
MOMA was quite interested but negociations in 2001 through 2003 totally failed.
8b. Archival materials are also located at:: 
No
Where are these locations?: 
Where are these locations? [I.E. Home / Office of Private Individual(s) (i.e. Former Board, Staff, Funders, etc)]
Part 9.
9. Does the organization maintain archives for any other organization.: 
No
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IF YES to 9: 10a. Please describe:
Part 10a.
10a. Is the archive accessible to scholars, curators or researchers?: 
No
Part 10d.
10d. Would you allow access in the future?: 
Yes
Part 10e.
10e. Under what circumstances would access to archives be allowed.: 
If I receive funding things could change
Part 11.
11b. Artwork and Documentation: 
Oral History, Recordings and / or Transcripts
Other Digital Materials
Photographs
Videotapes
Other:: 
But Primarily video tapes
Other:: 
Other Press or Promotional Materials:
Other:: 
Other Printed Publications
Other:: 
Other
Part 12.
12. What years does the materials cover?: 
1980-1989
1990-1999
Part 13.
13a. How is the material stored?: 
Other Boxes
13b. Are some or all of these storage units “archival”?: 
I don’t know
Part 14.
14a. Estimated Number of Boxes or Milk-Crate Sized Storage Units: 
----
14b. Estimated Number of Archive Drawers: 
----
14c. Estimated Number of Archive Notebooks: 
----
14d. Estimated the total Linear Feet. ["Linear Feet" is standard measure of the quantity of archival materials on the basis of shelf space occupied or the length of drawers in vertical files or the thickness of horizontally filed materials. For example, a: 
----
or: 
Not applicable
Other Archive Storage Units - Please describe below.: 
many boxes
Part 15.
15. Is the historical materials - or archives - inventoried or catalogued in any way, either formally or otherwise?: 
Yes
Part 16.
16a. Is there a key, index or finding aid to the materials inventoried?: 
No
16c. Electronic Based:: 
Other
Other: 
I have an electronic program but have not put it into effect
Part 16 / Electronic Files & Archival Management
16f. Does the organization have a back-up program, or back-up schedule, for its electronic records and perform monitoring of its removable media (i.e. floppies, ZIP disks, CD-ROMs, DVDs, portable hard drives, etc.)?: 
No
16g. Who is responsible for working with the archival material?: 
Other - Please describe below.
Please describe: 
myself
Part 17.
17. How are new materials processed?: 
No System
Part 18.
18. What, if any, conservation methods are in place for both physical materials and electronic data?: 
None or Limited
Part 19.
19. What type of climate-controls are present in the area[s] in which the archives are stored?: 
No or minimal climate controls [i.e. in an attic, basement, unheated / uncooled storage area, etc.]
Part 20.
20a. What are the goals for the historical materials for the next year?: 
Everything depends on funding
20b. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these short-term goals?: 
Everything depends on funding
20c. What goals are in place for the historical materials for the next three to five years?: 
Find a professional home for the archive and fully develop them
20d. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these long term goals?: 
Funding
20e. Are there any additional goals for the organizations historic materials?: 
many
Part 21.
21. Estimated cost to achieve these archival goals for the next year.: 
$35,001 - $40,000
Part 22.
22. Estimated cost to achieve these archival goals for the next five years.: 
$250,001 +
Part 23.
23d. Other - Please describe below.: 
Find funding for archives so they are not lost
Part 24.
24. What archival issues could / should visual arts organizations address collectively in the next three to five years? Ranked from 1 (highest priority) to 5 (lowest priority).24a. Shared standards / protocols for digitization: 
Promote professional standards / protocols for digitization
Part 25.
25a. Is the organization a member of, or in contact with, any organizations concerned with archival issues?: 
No
Part 26.
26. Additional information, comments, observations, and questions.: 
Videographer / artist Bill Rabinovitch has developed the largest video archive of unique NYC art world material in existence. The archive includes over two thousand of hours of coverage of both high end gallery and museum openings as well as the alternative NYC art scene that he’s continuously documented over the past ten years. While there is always prime focus on the art, this decade long dialogue also represents a lively, rich and colorful discourse between artists, critics, curators, dealers and spectators presented in an accessible and entertaining way. Included are a multitude of museum press events, art symposiums and other events attracting wider media attention that will prove fascinating for future viewers. There is striking anecdotal commentary by artists, top curators, museum directors, major art critics and historians about every facet of the art world. Coverage includes Leo Castelli’s artists openings during the 90’s as well as coverage of some 100 other galleries. The flash of recognition of seeing the art as it is first presented to the public in these exhibitions suggests added drama. This dialogue is often lively as Mr. Rabinovitch actively records interviews not only with the artists, but exchanges between the artists and others to gain further insights into the art. In his documentation, the art itself is always the main focus but Mr. Rabinovitch also records with an eye toward making striking films. The Museum of Modern Art awarded Rainovitch a solo evening of selected segments from his archive which was shown on the big screen in the MOMA Cineprobe series in the Titus Theater in the spring of 2001. Rabinovitch has since developed a unique conceptual framework for culling this content down to its essence and convening the best of it into a series of interactive DVD’s for future study and enjoyment. A further outgrowth would be a unique sort of series for PBS, thereby formalizing this treasure trove for posterity and making it available for global dissemination. This brief description hopefully explains why this archive will have art historical importance and why this project will satisfy certain museum and library needs for content. This archive has been Bill’s totally self initiated effort during the past decade. It is unequaled in terms of size, consistency, and breadth of scope.
Finish
survey_field_150: 
William A. Rabinovitch
Who executed this survey.: 
William A. Rabinovitch
Is this survey complete and all appropriate questions answered?: 
Yes