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DiverseWorks Records

Identifier: 2015-016

This collection documents the history of DiverseWorks and the events, projects, performances, and exhibitions they have showed and participated in. The collection includes documentation of exhibits, installations, and performances in the form video, audio, and photographs. Further documentation includes artist’s files, and exhibition and performance files. Furthermore, there is documentation concerning the business of running a gallery space, such as meeting outlines, summaries, and agendas, financial documents, program calendars, membership/donor forms, residency files and agreements, marketing plans, and board of directors lists.

Digital surrogates of several VHS cassette tapes, including "Ad Mortem," "Mississippi Freedom," "Mississippi Freedom 504," "No Mo Bluse," "Vientos Rojos," "White," "Zhang Huan," and "Zhang Huan - May 2, 2003" are available to view on the Special Collections Reading Room computer.

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  • 1982-2010


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Conditions Governing Use

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232 linear feet

Historical Information

DiverseWorks is an alternative art space dedicated to free expression. DiverseWorks is dedicated to experimental creativity, showing the work and performances of artists who might not otherwise get shown by more traditional galleries. DiverseWorks remains a significant cultural influence in Houston.

Acquisition Information

Initial acquisition August 25, 2015, with an accrual in 2016. Additional materials were donated by Loris Bradley in 2019.

Guide to the DiverseWorks Records
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Houston Libraries Special Collections Repository

University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
MD Anderson Library
4333 University Drive
Houston TX 77204-2000 USA