Creating a Living Legacy (CALL) is an initiative of the Joan Mitchell Foundation designed to provide a broad spectrum of support to visual artists in organizing, inventorying, archiving and creating a comprehensive documentation of their artworks and careers.
In 2007, the Foundation selected four of their past Joan Mitchell Painters & Sculptors Grant Recipients for the pilot phase of the CALL program. These artists, Mildred Howard, Elemore Morgan Jr., Jaune Quick-to-See Smith and Freddy Rodriguez, were given financial and resource support with which to approach the process of organizing their records, artwork and archives.
Annual convenings allowed opportunities for the artists to share what they were learning throughout the process, from their challenges to their successes. The four artists provided the Foundation with a clear sense of what this process entails, especially for mature artists with decades of studio work.
The experiences and input of these four artists have been essential in developing the current CALL programs, and most importantly, in affirming the Foundation's commitment to working with artists throughout their lifetimes and to the importance of artist organized archives.
This exhibition showcases the work of the first four CALL artists and provides insight into the Foundation's CALL initiative.