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    Excuse my dust [art original] / Sarah Seager
     
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    Creator: 
    Seager, Sarah, 1958-
    Title: 
    Excuse my dust [art original] / Sarah Seager
    Phy. Description: 
    64 p. + microfilm reel.
    Digital Reference: 
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    Produced: 
    1992-1993
    Bio / His Notes: 
    Conceptual artist; Pasadena, Calif.
    Summary: 
    Seager's conceptual work of art, "Excuse My Dust" consists of letters (43 p.) from 1937 to and from George Watson Cole, first librarian of the Huntington Library, San Marino, Calif; letters from Virginia Ledesma, who found the letters, to the Seager household and to Gretchen Seager, 1991-1992, and Sarah Seager's correspondence with Paul Karlstrom and Stephen Polcari, 1992 of the Archives of American Art, where she describes the art work as a "project [which] explores the question of historical value, the designation of such value, and the notion of personal history."Cole's correspondence relates primarily to the illness of his wife, Laura.
    Provenance: 
    Donated 1992-1993 by Sarah Seager, a conceptual artist. It was Virginia Ledesma who found the Cole correspondence while her husband was working on the home of Michael Eck, grandson of Ada and Moulton [Adams], Laura Cole's sister. She mailed the letters to the Cole's address in Pasadena should any of the descendents reside there; however the house was occupied by the Seager family. Gretchen Seager passed them to her daughter, Sarah, who appropriated them to create a piece of conceptual art which she titled "Excuse My Dust," which she donated to the Archives of American Art as her work/papers. The material was sent to Seager on a temporary basis in order for her to have them microfilmed, also as part of her piece.
    Restrictions: 
    Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
    Subject-Topical: 
    Conceptual art
    Conceptual artists
    Women artists
    Repository Loc: 
    Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 20560
    Local Number: 
    AAA seagsara
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    Co-Creator: 
    Cole, George Watson, 1850-1939
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