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Performance and Video Art
Series · ca. 1950-2017, predominate 1974-2000
Part of Margaret Dragu fonds

Series consists of materials pertaining to Dragu’s performance art and video art, including her work as a dancer, choreographer, and actor. Records in this series include correspondence, photographs, performance programs, articles and reviews, press releases, ephemera, and other supporting documents related to the Dragu’s many exhibitions and performances. This series also consists of copies of Dragu’s video art and performance recordings. Video recordings of performances are available; a full media inventory is available on site.

Margaret Dragu fonds
Fonds · 1953-2017, predominant 1975-2000

Fonds consists of materials related to the life and career of Margaret Dragu, spanning her years as an artist in Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver. These materials include audio-visual recordings of her many performances, photographs related to both her art and her personal life, and textual records ranging from correspondence and financial statements to creative writing drafts and chapbooks. There is also a substantial amount of newspaper clippings, programs, promotional materials, and general ephemera. Records in this fonds also document her collaborations with artists and organizations such as Tom Dean, Susan Macpherson, Randy Gledhill, The Western Front, and Breakthrough Films.

Types of materials in this fonds include: printed documents and publications, photographs (printed and digital), photographic negatives and slides (35mm), moving image recordings (MiniDV, DVD, VHS, Betacam SP, 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic, 16mm film, 8mm film), and audio recordings (audio cassette tapes).

Margaret Dragu
Deconstructed Dollhouse
File · 1996-2017
Part of Margaret Dragu fonds

File contains a range of materials including an Open Space studio program guide from 2017, for Performance Art Aktions where Dragu revisited “A Deconstructed Dollhouse”. There are also materials related to the show’s original 1996 performance including a script, theatre essays, photographs/contact sheets, photocopies of posters, and advertisements. File also contains a photograph by Eric Metcalfe depicting Dragu holding fruit/veg in the front of her skirt.

Series · 1978-2012
Part of Margaret Dragu fonds

Series consists of photographs pertaining to the life and work of the creator. They depict the Dragu, her friends and family, performances, and everyday aspects of her life. These are photographs not already part of an existing series or subseries. They are a mix of colour and black-and-white.

File · 2012
Part of Margaret Dragu fonds

File contains two CD-ROMs: (1) “2012 GGAVMA Event Photos”, (2) Canada Council - The Canadian Press images. There are also a range of items including photographs, newspaper clippings, correspondence, and Dragu’s acceptance speech.

[Pamphlets and programs]
File · 1986-2012
Part of Margaret Dragu fonds

File contains programs, pamphlets, and promotional materials from a number of Dragu performances and shows including: Marginalia: Getting Out of the House; Slits (group show); Cleaning and Loving (It); Richmond Art Gallery: 25 Years; Studio XX (women-centered technology society); Walking Woman - Passport (Richmond Art Gallery show); Douglas College arts event calendar; M:ST 4; 7a*11d (arts collective performing arts festival); The New Work Show (1986); Biking Woman: (No) Refuge From Metaphor (show); RecipcroCity (show); Western Front 1989 calendar; and Walking Woman (show posters). File also includes newspaper clipping about 2012 GG awards.

Series · 1975-2012
Part of Margaret Dragu fonds

Series consists of materials related to the promotion or evaluation of Dragu's work. This includes event posters, pamphlets, program guides, press releases, and newspaper clippings.

Personal Records
Series · 1950-2012, predominate 1978-2012
Part of Margaret Dragu fonds

Series consists of personal materials pertaining to the life and work of the creator. Contents include birth, marriage, and school records from Dragu’s childhood; contracts and “business” records related to some shows; certificates and other papers linked to Dragu’s work as a fitness trainer; awards-related records (including records pertaining to the Governor General’s Award); and personal correspondence. Series also includes several home videos. This series also includes several home movies by Dragu; these items are listed in a full media inventory that is available on site.

Art Biz
File · 2005-2012
Part of Margaret Dragu fonds

File contains Richmond Art Gallery event bill (”Biking Woman: (No) Refuge From Metaphor”); FOMD Laboratory program guide; and blank release forms and contracts.

Lady J (Mock U)
File · 2009
Part of Margaret Dragu fonds

File contains release and contract forms. Also contains materials related to the Rose Community Event — Dec 6, 2009 remembrance ceremony.

Recent Publicity
File · 2000-2009
Part of Margaret Dragu fonds

File contains newspaper clippings, artist profiles, performance bills and programs. There are also press clippings related to the Governor General’s award, the Ethel Tibbits Awards, and the Richmond Arts Awards.

Series · ca. 1967-2006, predominate 1987-2001
Part of Margaret Dragu fonds

Series consists of materials pertaining to Dragu’s work as a writer of poetry, fiction, non-fiction (including personal essays), and chapbooks, as well as some of her drawings. These materials include writing drafts, reviews of her books, copies of pieces written for various publications, press releases and publicity related to her books, and a large number of chapbooks (which feature a mix of creative writing, drawings, and collage). There are also drawings, including comic strips, made by Dragu.

Sex/War Public.
File · 2006
Part of Margaret Dragu fonds

File contains materials related to “The Dirty Show” (later called “Sex in the Time of War”) including: a curatorial statement, correspondence, and application paperwork.

Reading & Writing
File · 1989-2006
Part of Margaret Dragu fonds

File contains a range of materials related to Dragu’s work as a writer, such as correspondence, personal essays, and creative writing. Some of the works included in this file are: “Stories I Tell My Lover - The Electric Storm Tale Number Eleven,” “Rainbow’s End,” “Kein Mensch ist Illegal Gala Benefit,” “Doctor at Five Fifteen,” and “Bakery Story Number Four: ‘Breadfellows’”.

File · 2002-2005
Part of Margaret Dragu fonds

File contains financial documents, insurance, invoices, receipts; photocopied sections from Canadian Art (magazine); articles about Dragu’s work; advertisements/posters, listings for screenings of her work (2002); paperwork, contracts, and correspondence related to film at South Arm Community Centre (2005).

Walking Woman
File · 2002
Part of Margaret Dragu fonds

File contains correspondence release forms, advertisements, financial documents, V-tape paperwork, reviews, and other records pertaining to “Walking Woman” (video/performance) and “The Art of Autobiography” (video).

File · 1987-2001
Part of Margaret Dragu fonds

File contains 15 little chapbooks which Dragu refers to as "Paste-Ups" containing collage art made with clippings from newspapers (images and articles), magazines, and stickers. The books also contain creative writing (especially poetry), recipes, and sometimes original artwork by Dragu and others. Some books say they were a product of Same Day Edit Press. These books are the originals.

Square Foot Real
File · 1992-2001
Part of Margaret Dragu fonds

File consists of play bills and other documents related to “Square Foot Real” (1992). Other contents include photographs (including photos of Dragu and Jim Munro), newspaper reviews, event posters, press releases, photographic negatives. Some materials in this file are related to the book "Revelations" and advertisements for “From Burlesque to Performance”

Cleaning and Loving It
File · 2000
Part of Margaret Dragu fonds

File contains photographs from Dragu’s “Cleaning and Love It” performance (2000) and also an article about the performance written up in the West End Review.

Bryce Canyon
File · 1985-2000
Part of Margaret Dragu fonds

File contains original newspaper clippings for show reviews and book reviews. Publications include: The Toronto Star, Richmond News, St. Catharines-Niagra Pulse, (Pulse Niagra), The Georgia Straight, BC Book World, Vancouver Sun, Metropolis, West End Review, Globe and Mail, Kinesis, NOW, The Review, and other unspecified publications.

Secret Kitchen
File · 1991-1997
Part of Margaret Dragu fonds

File contains articles about “Secret Kitchen” in publications such as Kinesis (1991), Kinesis (1995), and the Richmond News (1997). (This performance was also called “My Secret Kitchen” and “Welcome to the Secret Kitchen”.) Other materials in this file include: ‘Women in View Festival’ (January 1995) program guide; materials from Margaret Dragu's artist-in-residence at Artspace Market Hall in Peterborough; articles about “Momz’ Radio” (radio show) and Mothers Talk Back (book Dragu co-edited); Vancouver Performance Poets (1991 publication associated with the Fringe Festival); and photocopied photos from newspapers depicting parenthood.