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Title: Duston Spear Collection, 1993-2007Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1993-1996

ID: 04/Mss131

Primary Creator: Spear, Duston

Extent: 8.0 Linear Feet. More info below.

Subjects: Dissenters, Artistic, Europe, Central - Women - Social conditions - 20th century, Performance art, Rape as a weapon of war, Spear, Duston, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Women - Crimes against - Art, Women artists - United States - 20th century, Zene u crnom (Organization : Serbia, Yugoslavia)

Languages: English

Abstract

Duston Spear is an artist and activist who lives and works in New York City. Her 3 Women in Black project was designed to show solidarity with the Women in Black of Belgrade, Serbia, who were protesting the rape of women during the conflicts in central Europe. The Duston Spear Collection dates from 1993 to 1996 and includes a notebook, journal, project description and photograph, and three costumes.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Duston Spears Collection dates from 1993 to 1996 and includes a notebook, journal, description of the 3 Women in Black project, mounted three-part photograph of the project's installation at UNCG, printed material relating to the artist and the project, the three Women in Black dresses, one pair of leather gloves, two mismatched knit gloves, a ski mask, and two veiled headpieces.

The 3 Women in Black project in the United States was designed to show solidarity with the Women in Black of Belgrade, Serbia, who were protesting the rape of women during the conflicts in central Europe. Spear's three black dresses were created for protest performances in opposition to "war, rape as a tool of war, ethnic cleansing, and human rights abuses all over the world," according to art critic Barbara Goldman.

Spear sent the dresses to different groups of women around the world to wear. When the project first began, participants who wore the dresses signed and dated them.These women stood in the rain and the snow, therefore the names are somewhat faded. In 1994 the labels were used for a fundraising drive wherein the donor's name was written in ink on canvas strips which were then sewn into the dresses. According to Spear, when the women in Serbia were shown these signatures they were moved to see other people were concerned about their well-being. In turn, the Serbian women signed the large panel that Spear had sewn into the "Graduation" gown.

Women in Black, sponsored by the Women's Action Coalition, was presented at the Weatherspoon Art Gallery at UNCG on January 31, 1996, under the title Battledress: Three Women in Black.

Collection Historical Note

Duston Spear, a native of Virginia, is an artist and activist who lives and works in New York City. She served as a Falk Visiting Artist/Lecturer in the Department of Art at UNCG in the spring of 1996. Spear's work has been shown in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Brooklyn Museum, and the High Museum of Art.

Subject/Index Terms

Dissenters, Artistic
Europe, Central - Women - Social conditions - 20th century
Performance art
Rape as a weapon of war
Spear, Duston
Weatherspoon Art Gallery
Women - Crimes against - Art
Women artists - United States - 20th century
Zene u crnom (Organization : Serbia, Yugoslavia)

Administrative Information

Repository: Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives

Alternate Extent Statement: 4 boxes

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.

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Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information. Please see our Sensitive Materials Statement.

Acquisition Method: Gifts of the artist, November 1996, September 2002, and October 2008.

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], Duston Spear Collection, Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC, USA.

Processing Information: Processed by Archives staff.


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Folder 1: Description of the project mounted in copy of Pierre LapinAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Letter, resume and essay entitled "Seducing the Spectator"Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Mounted 3 part photograph of 3 Women in BlackAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Postcard from Nancy SperoAdd to your cart.
Folder 5-7: Exhibition announcements and other materials, 2003-2007Add to your cart.
Item 1: Notebook "Battledress: 3 Women in Black"Add to your cart.
Item 2-3: Journals/scrapbooks of the projectAdd to your cart.
Item 4: DVD entitled "Read"Add to your cart.
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Item 1: "Mother Hubbard" dressAdd to your cart.
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Item 1: "Scarlett O'Hara" dressAdd to your cart.
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