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MSS 0707  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Restrictions
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Historical Background
  • Acquisition Information
  • Preferred Citation
  • Publication Rights
  • Digital Content

  • Descriptive Summary

    Languages: English
    Contributing Institution: Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego
    9500 Gilman Drive
    La Jolla 92093-0175
    Title: inSite Archive
    Identifier/Call Number: MSS 0707
    Physical Description: 84.4 Linear feet (205 binder boxes, 106 archives boxes, and 1 flat box)
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1992-2006
    Abstract: The archive of inSite, an organization that produced collaborative contemporary public art projects in the San Diego-Tijuana region. The materials range in date from 1992 to 2006, and include publications, administrative files, audio and video materials, and digital materials which document the numerous projects created by inSite artists, as well as the daily functions of the organization.


    Master copies of media located in Series 3) PROJECT MEDIA, Series 4) ADMINISTRATIVE FILES, and Series 5) IMAGE FILES are not available for use. In most cases, copies of the masters, produced by inSite and located in Series 3, Subseries A) Viewer Copies, are available. In some cases, user versions will need to be produced upon the researcher's request.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The inSite Archive contains materials documenting the inSite organization and the projects of its artists. The collection contains 205 binder boxes, produced by inSite staff, which document project installations from the five inSite versions: inSITE92, inSITE94, inSITE97, inSITE2000, and inSite_05. The collection also includes photographs, slides, transparencies, working files, audio and video material, and a variety of digital files.
    The inSite Archive is arranged in five series: 1) PROJECT BOXES, 2) WORKING FILES, 3) PROJECT MEDIA, 4) ADMINISTRATIVE FILES and 5) IMAGE FILES.

    Historical Background

    In 1980, Installation Gallery was opened in San Diego with a goal to present local and regional artists. In 1992, inSite was formed, replacing Installation Gallery. Created as a network of contemporary art programs and commissioned projects among non-profit and public institutions, inSite explored public or contextual art practice in the specific context of the San Diego-Tijuana border region.
    For more than thirteen years inSite focused on the San Diego-Tijuana corridor as a background of unexpected political and cultural development. During that time, inSite had five major versions: inSITE92, inSITE94, inSITE97, inSITE2000, and inSite_05. The projects were made up of a wide variety of manifestations, ranging from the written word to performance art. Artists who contributed to inSite include: Joyce Cutler-Shaw, Roman de Salvo, Diego Gutiérrez, Louis Hock, Allan Kaprow, Jean Lowe, Ulf Rollof, Marcos Ramírez ERRE, and Lorna Simpson.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired 2009.

    Preferred Citation

    inSite Archive. MSS 707. Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego.

    Publication Rights

    Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.

    Digital Content

    A selection of images and videos from digital media in the collection have been reformatted and may be viewed on the Library's Digital Collections website.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Community arts projects -- Mexico -- Tijuana (Baja California) -- Exhibitions
    Community arts projects -- California -- San Diego -- Exhibitions
    InSite (Organization) -- Archives