Howard Davis-Artifacts Artist Group collection, 1979-2008

By Steve Hersh

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Collection Overview

Title: Howard Davis-Artifacts Artist Group collection, 1979-2008

ID: ASM0221

Creator: Artifacts Artist Group

Extent: 19.0 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement:

The collection is organized into two series. The Howard Davis-Artifacts Artist Group papers document the work of Howard Davis and the group he founded and directed, the Artifacts Artist Group, a collective of local artists in the South Florida region.

The Juan Valdez papers document the nightclub, LGBT and drag subcultures prominent in Miami Beach during the 1980s-2000s.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

A collection of papers, photographs, scrapbooks, ephemera and other objects that document various cultural scenes in Miami from the 1980s to the present, with an emphasis on the art, nightclub and drag subcultures.

Biographical Note

Artifacts Artist Group was founded by Howard Davis in June, 1984. According to Davis, "Artifacts was conceived with four goals in mind:

1. To provide a showcase for emerging as well as more established artists in Miami/South Florida

2. To provide a framework for artistic collaboration

3. To engage the various cultural communities in South Florida

4. To promote the 'demystification of art, i.e. presenting multimedia art happenings and installations in unconventioanl settings and venues, e.g. nightclubs, etc.'"

To that end, Artifacts would set up art salons and events in galleries and nightclubs throughout Miami, in neighborhoods such as the Design District and Miami Beach, places that were just then beginning to experience the renaissance that would eventually bring them to the forefront of the global arts community with contemporary events such as Art Basel.

Administrative Information

Alternate Extent Statement: 21 boxes

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research

Preferred Citation: Howard Davis-Artifacts Artist Group collection, Special Collections, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida.

Processing Information: Arranged and processed by Steve Hersh, 2014-2015.

Finding Aid Revision History: Audiovisual descriptions revised by David Rodriguez, May 2016


Box and Folder Listing


Series 1: Howard Davis - Artifacts Artist Group papersAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Artifacts Flyers, Posters, Ephemera, Invites, Business Cards, Photocopied Photos, Documentation, 1984-1990Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Artifacts Questionnaire, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Artist Biographies for "Get Fresh" Show, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Artwork: "Boozehounds & Pickled Pussys", n.d.Add to your cart.
Drawings by Joey Seeman & Tomatâ du Plenty. Includes a flyer for an art opening at the Knotty Pine Bar & Gallery in Miami Beach.
Folder 5: Artwork: Jernigan, Candy, 1986Add to your cart.
Includes two pieces: "Ten Things About Two Cities" ; "Art Is All".
Folder 6: Artwork: "Make Your Own Micro Art!!!!!!", n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Binder: Flyers, Press, Ephemera, 1985-1986Add to your cart.
Various materials related to Artifacts.
Folder 8: Consignment Sheets for Artifacts Group Show #3, 1984Add to your cart.
Show held at Moosart Gallery in Miami.
Folder 9: Correspondence: Halloween Card, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Correspondence: M. Krumb, 1985Add to your cart.
Drawings enclosed.
Folder 11: Ephemera: 1990s Night Club FlyersAdd to your cart.
Most flyers are for clubs in the South Beach neighborhood of Miami Beach.
Folder 12: Ephemera: ALT Miami Info Art, 1983-1994Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Ephemera: Cartoons for Artifacts/Fire and Ice, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Ephemera: Miami Night Club Scene, 1980sAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Ephemera: Orlando Club Flyers, 1994-1995Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Miami Art History Timeline, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Miscellaneous Ephemera and Photographs, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Paper Art, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Photographs: "Fotos Pt. 1", n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Photographs: "Fotos Pt. 1", n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Photographs: "Fotos Pt. 1", n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Photographs: "Fotos Pt. 1", n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Photographs: "Fotos Pt. 1", n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Photographs: "Fotos Pt. 1", n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Photographs: "Fotos Pt. 1", n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Posters: Artifacts' 1st Exhibition, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Promotional Materials: The Love Company, 1993, 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Scrapbook: The Torch-Turnstall, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Transparencies for "Fat Black Pussy Cat", 1998Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: AIDS Quilt Information, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Exhibition Catalog: André Kertész, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Howard Davis Personal Documents and Letters, 1983-1987, 1996, 2008Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Howard Davis Personal Documents and Letters, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Material for Slides, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Miscellaneous Art and Ephemera, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Newspaper Clippings: AIDS Quilt Press, 1989-1990Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Publication: "The 1985 Anthology of the Open Mike at ABC No Rio During the Summer of Love"Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Publication: "La Bête", 1991Add to your cart.
Spring 1991 issue. Described as "a magazine of contemporary art, poetry, fiction and critical writing about culture and the arts by established and emerging Miami artists and writers."
Folder 10: Publication: "Between C and D", 1985Add to your cart.
Volume 2, Issue 2. Subtitled, "Post-Literary Lower East Side Fiction Magazine." Includes "protest" cocktail napkins, documenting human rights issues in El Salvador.
Folder 11: Publication: "Brave", 1985Add to your cart.
Number 1. Features interview with Debbie O'Hanian, a Miami fashion designer.
Folder 12: Publication: "Burning Bridges", 1984Add to your cart.
Poetry by Brian Douglas Clemons.
Folder 13: Publication: "Collusion", 1982Add to your cart.
Issue 2.
Folder 14: Publication: "Dreamworks", 1984Add to your cart.
Volume 4, Number 1.
Folder 15: Publication: "The Face", 1983Add to your cart.
Number 34. Note: University of Miami Special Collections owns a complete run of this publication: http://catalog.library.miami.edu/record=b4641610~S6
Folder 16: Publication: "Graffiti", 1987Add to your cart.
Volume 3, Number 10. Includes an article on Miami, featuring Howard Davis and Artifacts.
Folder 17: Publication: "ICA Video Library Guide", 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Publication: "The Iconography of the Prehispanic SNuff Trays from San Pedro de Atacama, Northern Chile", 1987Add to your cart.
From the journal, "Andean Past."
Folder 19: Publication: "Latte Fresco", n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Publication: "Madriz", 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Publication: "Maximum Rocknroll", 1986Add to your cart.
Number 41
Folder 22: Publication: "The Miami Metropolis", 1986Add to your cart.
Volume 1, Numbers 1-4, 7. Issues feature content on Artifacts.
Folder 23: Publication: "My Life As A Poem", n.d.Add to your cart.
Children's poems from students in Miami-Dade County Schools.
Folder 24: Publication: "Mythos 2000: A Space Odyssey...", 1999Add to your cart.
A comic that doubles as promotional material for a New Years Eve Party in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Folder 25: Publication: "New-Arts Newsletter", 1984-1985Add to your cart.
Volume 1, Number 10 ; Volume 2, Numbers 4-5. Published by the art department at Broward Community College. Features content on Artifacts.
Folder 26: Publication: "The Other Kills", 1985Add to your cart.
Poetry by Brian Douglas Clemons.
Folder 27: Publication: "Rummy In The Deck", n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Publication: "Slick", 1984Add to your cart.
Number 5. Subtitled, "Miami Beach Edition."
Folder 29: Publication: "South Beach", 1993Add to your cart.
Volume 1, Number 5.
Folder 30: Publication: "Stop! Magazine", 1982Add to your cart.
Number 3.
Folder 31: Publication: "Symbol Magazine", n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Publication: "Tales of the Weevil", 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Publication: "Tropical Depression", 1984Add to your cart.
Issue 1. A punk rock fanzine from Fort Lauderdale.
Folder 34: Publication: "WhiteWalls", 1987Add to your cart.
Number 16. Front cover is stamped as belonging to "Joy Moos Gallery" in Miami.
Folder 35: Publication: "Wire", 1993-1996; 1999-2000Add to your cart.
Folder features only photocopies of covers of this Miami Beach publication.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Item 1: Publication: "Interview", 1986Add to your cart.
This box holds an article from the September 1986 issue of Andy Warhol's publication, "Interview." The article is a profile of Howard Davis and Artifacts, and each page has been cut out from the magazine and pasted onto a piece of cardboard.
Box 4Add to your cart.
This box holds publications including the September 1986 issue of "Interview", with an article featuring Howard Davis and Artifacts. Other items include issues of "The East Village Eye", "The Montreal Mirror", and "The New York Rocker."
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Architectural Plans: Artifacts Haunted House, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Ephemera: ALT Global Info, 1984-1988, 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Ephemera: Flyers, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Ephemera: Miscellaneous, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Mercury Calendar, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Photograph: "Fotos Pt. 1", n.d.Add to your cart.
Oversized photograph originally kept with those in Series 1, Box 1, Folders 19-25.
Folder 7: Photograph: Gypsy Soul, 1992Add to your cart.
Laminated page from the April 1992 issue of Vogue, highlighting the "gypsy" influenced style of fashion popular at the time.
Folder 8: Publication: "The Harrowing Plunge", 1990Add to your cart.
Article about living with HIV/AIDS from the New York Times Magazine.
Folder 9: Publication: "Wire", 1993, 2000Add to your cart.
Two issues of the newspaper billed as "The Longest Running Weekly on South Beach": September 23, 1993 ; June 15, 2000.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Item 1: Artwork: "Ten Sites-Two Views", 1985Add to your cart.

A collection of boards with photographs attached. Each board features two photographs of different "views" of the same location. The ten locations featured are:

- Biltmore Hotel

- Castle Park

- Dadeland Mall

- Fontainebleau Hotel

- Little Haiti

- Metrorail

- Miami International Airport

- Miami River

- Opa-Locka

- South Beach

Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Photographic Negatives, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Photographs, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Photographs, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Photographs: Howdy Club, n.d.Add to your cart.
Photographs of an Artifacts-designed bar and club.
Folder 5: Slides: Artifacts, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Slides: Artifacts Group Show, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Slides: Artifacts/Wet Paint, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Slides: Fire and Ice, n.d.Add to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Collage Material, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Newspaper Clippings, 1983-1991Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Newspaper Clippings, 1984-1993Add to your cart.
Box 9Add to your cart.
Item 1: Audiocassette: "Tellus", 1984Add to your cart.
Issues 5/6 of the audio cassette magazine.
Item 2: VHS: "Channel 6/Channel 17 - Get Fresh", n.d.Add to your cart.
Item 3: VHS: "Flicker Promo", n.d.Add to your cart.
Item 4: VHS: "Nil Lara Performance at the Colony Theatre", December 23, 1994Add to your cart.
Item 5: Vinyl Record: "Red Spot", 1982Add to your cart.
45rpm. Songs by Peter Pryor. A side - Red Spot, B side - When the Bomb Drops
Box 10: T-ShirtsAdd to your cart.
Box 11: T-ShirtsAdd to your cart.
This box also contains a large cloth banner.
Box 12Add to your cart.
Item 1: Artifacts Photo Album #1, 1980sAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Artifacts Photo Album #2, 1980sAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Artifacts Photo Album #3, 1980sAdd to your cart.
Item 4: Artifacts Photo Album #3-1, 1980sAdd to your cart.
Box 13Add to your cart.
Item 1: Artifacts Photo Album #4, 1980sAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Artifacts Photo Album #5, 1980sAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Artifacts Photo Album #6, 1980sAdd to your cart.
Box 14Add to your cart.
Item 1: Artifacts Photo Album #7, 1980sAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Artifacts Photo Album (Unnumbered), 1980sAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Artifacts Photo Album (Unnumbered), 1980sAdd to your cart.
Item 4: Artifacts Photo Album (Unnumbered), 1980sAdd to your cart.
Features photographs in Chile.
Case 7Add to your cart.
Drawer 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1Add to your cart.
Item 1: Poster: "Bad Taste In Outer Space" Event, 1984Add to your cart.
Poster for event held in Tampa.
Item 2: Publication: "Interview", 1986Add to your cart.
Oversized printings of article featured in Andy Warhol's publication, "Interview." The article is a profile of Howard Davis and Artifacts
Sub-Series 1: Oversized materialsAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Artifacts Suitcase, n.d.Add to your cart.
Item 2: Collection of Murals, n.d.Add to your cart.
Series 2: Juan Valdez papersAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Nightclub Flyers: Miami Beach, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Nightclub Flyers: Miami Beach, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Nightclub Flyers: Miami Beach, 1991-1994; 1997-1999Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Nightclub Flyers: Miami Beach, 2000-2001Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Nightclub Flyers: Miami Beach, 2002Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Nightclub Flyers: Miami Beach, 2003Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Nightclub Flyers: Miami Beach, 2004-2005Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Nightclub Flyers: Miami Beach, 2006-2008Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Nightclub Flyers: South Florida, 2000-2008Add to your cart.
Includes flyers for clubs in cities throughout the Miami-Dade/Broward/Palm Beach County region.
Folder 10: Nightclub Flyers: Non-South Florida, 2001-2003Add to your cart.
Includes flyers for clubs in cities outside of South Florida such as Tampa, New York, and Los Angeles.
Folder 11: Photographs, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Photographs, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Photographs, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Photographs, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Photographs, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Photographs, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Photographs, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Photographs, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Photographs, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Photographs, n.d.Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Nightclub Flyers: Amnesia Nightclub, 1990sAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Nightclub Flyers: Amnesia Nightclub, 1990sAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Photographs: Amnesia Nightclub, 1990sAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Photographs: Amnesia Nightclub, 1990sAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Photographs: Amnesia Nightclub, 1990sAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Photographs: Amnesia Nightclub, 1990sAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Photographs: Amnesia Nightclub, 1990sAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Photographs: Amnesia Nightclub, 1990sAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Photographs: Amnesia Nightclub, 1990sAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Photographs: Amnesia Nightclub, 1990sAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Photographs: Amnesia Nightclub, 1990sAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Photographs, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Photographs, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Photographs, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Photographs, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Photographs, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Photographs, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Photographs, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Photographs, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Photographs, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Photographs, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Photographs, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Photographs, n.d.Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Certificate of Baptism and Confirmation, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence: "Cartas de Mi Hermana", 1993-1996Add to your cart.
This correspondence was originally kept in one folder. The translation of the title is "Letters from My Sister."
Folder 3: Correspondence: "Cartas de Mi Hermana", 1997-1998Add to your cart.
This correspondence was originally kept in one folder. The translation of the title is "Letters from My Sister."
Folder 4: Correspondence: "Cartas de Mi Hermana", 2002-2007Add to your cart.
This correspondence was originally kept in one folder. The translation of the title is "Letters from My Sister."
Folder 5: Correspondence: Greeting Cards, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence: Letters from Decorative Box, n.d.Add to your cart.
These letters were all kept in a decorative box that has been retained but boxed separately, in Series 2 - Box 6.
Folder 7: Correspondence: Letters from Decorative Box, 1984, 1986Add to your cart.
These letters were all kept in a decorative box that has been retained but boxed separately, in Series 2 - Box 6.
Folder 8: Correspondence: Letters from Decorative Box, 1987Add to your cart.
These letters were all kept in a decorative box that has been retained but boxed separately, in Series 2 - Box 6.
Folder 9: Correspondence: Letters from Decorative Box, 1988Add to your cart.
These letters were all kept in a decorative box that has been retained but boxed separately, in Series 2 - Box 6.
Folder 10: Correspondence: Letters from Decorative Box, 1989Add to your cart.
These letters were all kept in a decorative box that has been retained but boxed separately, in Series 2 - Box 6.
Folder 11: Correspondence: Letters from Decorative Box, 1990Add to your cart.
These letters were all kept in a decorative box that has been retained but boxed separately, in Series 2 - Box 6.
Folder 12: Correspondence: Letters from Decorative Box, 1991Add to your cart.
These letters were all kept in a decorative box that has been retained but boxed separately, in Series 2 - Box 6.
Folder 13: Correspondence: Letters from Decorative Box, 1992Add to your cart.
These letters were all kept in a decorative box that has been retained but boxed separately, in Series 2 - Box 6.
Folder 14: Correspondence: Letters from Decorative Box, 1993-1994Add to your cart.
These letters were all kept in a decorative box that has been retained but boxed separately, in Series 2 - Box 6.
Folder 15: Correspondence: Photograph from "Suzy", 1990Add to your cart.
The return name on the envelope is listed only as "Suzy". The envelope is from the television show Saturday Night Live.
Folder 16: Correspondence: Photographs from David Shore, 1991Add to your cart.
All of these photographs were in one envelope, sent by David Shore.
Folder 17: Correspondence: Photographs from David Shore, 1991Add to your cart.
All of these photographs were in one envelope, sent by David Shore.
Folder 18: Correspondence: Photographs from David Shore, 1991Add to your cart.
All of these photographs were in one envelope, sent by David Shore.
Folder 19: Correspondence: Photographs from David Shore, 1991Add to your cart.
All of these photographs were in one envelope, sent by David Shore.
Folder 20: Correspondence: Photographs from David Shore, 1991Add to your cart.
All of these photographs were in one envelope, sent by David Shore.
Folder 21: Correspondence: Postcards, 1989-1993; 1999-2001Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Correspondence: Tosi, John, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 23: DVD-R (Unlabeled), n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Ephemera: Miami Vice Envelope, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Ephemera/Miscellaneous DocumentsAdd to your cart.
Folder 26: Ephemera: Travel, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Ephemera: Travel, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Employer Reference, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 29: HiVal Inc. Stock Certificate, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Miscellaneous Artwork, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Newspaper Clippings, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Publication: "City and County Clublife", 1987Add to your cart.
April/May 1987 issue.
Folder 33: Shelly Novak Awards Nominees, 2004Add to your cart.
Ballots for the Shelly Novak Awards, an annual celebration of the best in Miami Beach drag culture.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Artwork, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Calendar: Men of Cuba, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Magazine Clippings, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Magazine Clippings, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Magazine and Newspaper Clippings, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Photographs, n.d.Add to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Item 1: Photograph Album, n.d.Add to your cart.
Item 2: Scrapbook, n.d.Add to your cart.
Item 3: Scrapbook, n.d.Add to your cart.
Item 4: Scrapbook, n.d.Add to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Item 1: Scrapbook, n.d.Add to your cart.
Box 7: ObjectsAdd to your cart.