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Prepared for the Web by Cara Gilgenbach, January, 2002; Last Update: September 2020
Inclusive Dates: 1970-2015
Extent: 1.5 cubic feet (1 record storage box; 1 oversized document case)
Physical Location: 11th floor
Historical Note: Land artist Robert I. Smithson (1938-1973) created the Partially Buried Woodshed on the Kent State campus in 1970. Much controversy surrounded the work throughout its existence. In 1975 a portion of the work was set on fire and half of the structure was burned. In January 1984 the remains of the Woodshed were removed from the University.
Scope and Content: This collection contains several photographs of Smithson's Partially Buried Woodshed, clippings on the work and Smithson, and other miscellaneous items. Also included are audiotapes and videotapes of a 1990 conference on Robert Smithson held at Kent State University in conjunction with an exhibition in the School of Art Gallery. A significant part of the collection contains art periodicals including articles and illustrations by or about Smithson.
Related Materials: For more information on this work and its history at Kent State, please refer to the exhibition catalog Robert Smithson's Partially Buried Woodshed (Essay by Dorothy Shinn) located in Special Collections. Additional books by and about Robert Smithson are also held in Special Collections and are cataloged in KentLINK.
Restrictions on Use: Some of the materials in this collection are copyrighted and may not be used in publication or other venues without permission of relevant copyright holder(s).
Folder -- Contents
Audiotapes, videotapes, and DVD (in media box inside of box 1)
Tape # -- Contents
Please note that the visual and sound quality of the videos of the 1990 Smithson Conference is extremely poor.
Periodical articles by and about Smithson