TABLE OF CONTENTS

Collection Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content

Organization of the Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Contact Information

Series Level Descriptions

1 - General Idea, 1986-2004

2 - Independent curatorial and research projects, 1977-1996, 1999-2000, 2002-2004 

3 - Chief Curator, Government of Ontario Art Collection, 1951-1953, 1966-1967, 1977-2005 

Sub-series Level Descriptions

1 - International Cultural Promotion Consultant, 1982-2000, 2003-2004

File Level Descriptions

Box List  

SERIES 1 - General Idea

SERIES 2 - Independent curatorial and research projects

SERIES 3 - Chief Curator, Government of Ontario Art Collection

SUB-SERIES 1 - International Cultural Promotion Consultant

Audio-visual, Oversize and Small storage boxes

National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives

Fern Bayer fonds:

Finding Aid



Collection Summary

Title:Fern Bayer fonds.
Dates:– 1951-1953, 1966-1967, 1977-2005.
Quantity: – 91.75 cm of textual records and other material.

Biographical Sketch

Fern Bayer served as the Chief Curator of the Government of Ontario Art Collection between 1977 and 1995, during which time she was responsible for the research and promotion of the collection, its exhibition, and the acquisition of new artworks. In this position she also served as International Cultural Promotion Consultant (1987-1995), responsible for the international promotion of Ontario artists, primarily in Japan. More recently, Bayer has worked as an independent curator and consultant, completing a number of curatorial and research projects, including the processing of the General Idea fonds. Bayer has also been a guest lecturer at Project (Dublin), the National College of Art & Design (Dublin), the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art (Dublin), and the Centre d'art contemporain de Basse-Normandie (Caen). Prior to her appointment with the Government of Ontario, Bayer completed a Masters of Arts at the Department of History of Art of the University of Toronto, Toronto (1975); a Diploma of Museum Science and Restoration of Works of Art at the Università Internationale dell' Arte, Florence (1972); and a Bachelor of Arts, in Anthropology and Art History, at McGill University, Montreal (1971). Bayer has received numerous awards, including the Independent Critics and Curators Grant from the Canada Council for the Arts (2004 and 2006) for the publication of General Idea Editions, 1967-1995; the 2004 Melva J. Dwyer Award for Excellence in Canadian Art Publishing from the Art Libraries Society of North America (2004); the National Gallery of Canada Research Fellowship (2003-2004); the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal for the publication of The Ontario Collection (2002); and the 1998 Best Historical Research & Writing Award from the Ontario Association of Art Galleries for texts in The Search for the Spirit: General Idea 1968-1975 (1998). Bayer currently sits on the Board of Directors of Art Metropole, a not-for profit artist-run centre in Toronto, which publishes and distributes artists' book works, audio and video works, and multiples. She is authoring a catalogue raisonné of the works of General Idea.

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Scope and Content

Fonds consists of various records documenting Bayer's role and responsibilities as the Chief Curator for the Government of Ontario Art Collection, her independent research and curatorial projects, her personal and professional relationship with the members of General Idea, and her broad involvement in the artistic community, both within Canada and abroad. Records consist of correspondence; exhibition announcements and information; project, installation and personal photographs; research material; clippings and news releases; artists' multiples and ephemera; video and audio recordings; and personal mementos.

Source of supplied title proper: Title based on contents of fonds.
Physical description: Other material includes 1030 photographs : b&w ; col., 606 negatives : col., 540 slides : b&w ; col., 14 transparencies, 13 objects, 6 sound recordings (ca. 2 hr. 18 min.), and 2 video recordings (ca. 7 min.).
Immediate source of acquisition: Donated to the National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives by Fern Bayer.
Terms governing use and reproduction: Permission to reproduce or publish material from the Fern Bayer fonds must be obtained from the National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives.
Finding aids: Series and file level descriptions and box list available.
Related groups of records: Other records related to General Idea can be found in the General Idea fonds. Related works and multiples, primarily by Felix Partz, are currently on loan to the National Gallery; a list of these is available. Monographs, periodicals and exhibition catalogues included in Bayer's donation have been transferred to the National Gallery of Canada Library.

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Organization of the Collection

This collection is organized into 3 series and 1 sub-series.
Series 1 - General Idea, 1986-2004.
Series 2 - Independent curatorial and research projects,1977-1996, 1999-2000, 2002-2004.
Series 3 - Chief Curator, Government of Ontario Art Collection, 1951-1953, 1966-1967, 1977-2005.
Sub-series 1 - International Cultural Promotion Consultant, 1982-2000, 2003-2004.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Use

At the request of the donor, access to records contained in the Fern Bayer fonds is subject to the Federal Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act.

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Index Terms

Names:
Bayer, Fern
Bronson, AA, 1946-
Partz, Felix, 1945-1994
Zontal, Jorge, 1944-1994
Subjects:
General Idea
Ontario Collection
Document Types:
Correspondence.
Multiples.
Negatives.
Objects.
Photographs.
Slides.
Sound recordings.

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Administrative Information

Custodial History

The records were in the custody of Fern Bayer until transferred to the National Gallery of Canada in March 2006.

Preferred Citation

[Title of item], Fern Bayer fonds, National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives.

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Contact Information

Cyndie Campbell
Head, Archives, Documentation and Visual Resources
Library and Archives
National Gallery of Canada
380 Sussex Drive
P.O. Box 427, Station A
Ottawa, Ontario
K1N 9N4
 
T 613-990-0597
F 613-990-9818
 
ccampbel@gallery.ca 


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Series Level Descriptions

General Idea. – 1986-2004. – 31.25 cm of textual records, 217 photographs, and 12 objects.

Series consists of records related to the artist collaborative General Idea and its individual members: AA Bronson, Felix Partz, and Jorge Zontal. Records include personal correspondence between Bayer, General Idea, and other related individuals; personal and exhibition photographs; press releases and clippings related to General Idea's work; awards and exhibition announcements; event memorabilia; and artists multiples and works, primarily from or created by Partz.
Source of supplied title proper: Title based on contents of series.
Physical description: Photographs include 151 photographs and 66 negatives.
Finding aids: Box list available.

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Independent curatorial and research projects. – 1977-1996, 1999-2000, 2002-2004. – 12.25 cm of textual records and 595 photographs.

Series consists of records related to projects undertaken by Bayer in her capacity as a freelance curator and researcher. Records include project and research files, correspondence, planning notes and sketches, images of artists' works and exhibitions, various reports, and exhibition ephemera.
Source of supplied title proper: Title based on contents of series.
Physical description: Photographs include 393 slides, 136 photographs, 52 negatives, and 14 transparencies.
Finding aids: Box list available.

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Chief Curator, Government of Ontario Art Collection. – 1951-1953, 1966-1967, 1977-2005. – 48.25 cm of textual records and other material.

Series consists of records related to Bayer's responsibilities as Chief Curator of the Government of Ontario Art Collection, including her research and documentation of the collection, its exhibition, and her publicizing of the works in the media. Records include press clippings and news references to the collection, photographs, correspondence, reports to the Government of Ontario, reference and research material, and several audio-visual records discussing the collection. Series also consists of records related to Bayer's authoring of The Ontario Collection, a history of the art works found in the collection and related to Ontario's political history. Series also consists of the following sub-series: International Cultural Promotion Consultant.
Source of supplied title proper: Title based on contents of series.
Physical description: Other material includes 850 photographs, 447 negatives, 20 slides, 6 sound recordings, 2 video recordings, and 1 object.
Finding aids: Box list available.

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Sub-series Level Descriptions

International Cultural Promotion Consultant. – 1982-2000, 2003-2004. – 1224 photographs, 20 cm of textual records, and 2 sound recordings.

Sub-series consists of records related to Bayer's role as International Cultural Promotion Consultant for the Government of Ontario, a position she held between 1987 and 1995 as part of her duties as Chief Curator of the Government of Ontario Art Collection. Sub-series consists of records primarily documenting her coordination of Ontario artists' exhibitions in Japan, which she conceptualized, developed, fundraised for and organized in a variety of artistic disciplines. Records consist of correspondence, project files, photographs, clippings and reference material, reports, exhibition announcements, invitations, brochures and related material.
Source of supplied title proper: Title based on contents of sub-series.
Physical description: Photographs include 757 photographs, 447 negatives, and 20 slides.
Finding aids: Box list available.

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File Level Descriptions

General Idea series

Box 1

File 1.
Invitations and Gallery Press Releases. — 1987-2003. — 2.5 cm of textual records.
File consists of various invitations to, and notices of, General Idea exhibitions, both within Canada and abroad. Records include exhibition posters and newsletters, as well as invitations designed by General Idea.

File 2.
Press. — 1989-1997, 2001. — 3 cm of textual records.
File consists of various press clippings related to General Idea, published both in Canada and abroad.

File 3.
Film on General Idea. — 1986-1987. — 1 cm of textual records.
File consists of correspondence, a funding proposal, and blank application forms from the Ontario Film Development Corporation, all related to the coordination of the film Misses and Messrs, which would document various General Idea projects including File Megazine and the various Miss General Idea projects. Film was to be produced by Gail Singer.

File 4.
General Idea. - Miscellaneous Photographs. — 1991-1993. — 14 photographs.
File consists of various photographs, including images of Felix Partz and AA Bronson in the Penthouse, Fern Bayer, and others. File includes photographs of Niagara Falls.

File 5.
Jorge's 50th Birthday Party - 29 January 1994. — 1994. — 32 photographs, 0.25 cm of textual records and 1 object.
File consists of various records related to Jorge Zontal's 50th Birthday Party. Records include faxed and photocopied images used to create Jorge's costume, invitations, and photographs of the event. File also includes a lace collar, worn by Jorge at the party.
Photographs include 17 negatives and 15 photographs.
Lace collar stored in Box 14.
Related records are located in the "Jorge's obituary, etc." file.

File 6.
Correspondence - General Idea. — 1990. — 0.25 cm of textual records.
File consists of correspondence received from General Idea, written as a group.

File 7.
Felix Partz (Ron Gabe) Family Photos. — 1992. — 7 photographs.
File consists of photographs of Partz and his family, taken at his brother's home in Winnipeg.

File 8.
Frederic Bonnet and General Idea related. — 1987, 1998. — 2 items of textual records.
File consists of two postcards, received from Bonnet.

File 9.
Correspondence - Louwrien Wijers (Amsterdam). — 1986, 1995. — 2 items of textual records.
File consists of correspondence received from Wijers, addressed to both General Idea and Bayer.

File 10.
Correspondence - Honey Novick (Miss General Idea 1970). — 1997, 2001. — 0.25 cm of textual records.
File consists of correspondence received from Novick, including information about UNESCO's "Let's Sing Together for Peace", and a Seder service program.

File 11.
Correspondence - Jorge Zontal. — 1987-1988, 1990, 1992. — 0.25 cm of textual records.
File consists of three postcards, a letter and a Christmas gift tag received from Zontal.

File 12.
Correspondence - Mimi Paige (Miss General Idea 1968). — [1994?]. — 0.25 cm of textual records.
File consists of correspondence received from Paige.

File 13.
Correspondence - AA Bronson. — [199-?]. — 0.25 cm of textual records.
File consists of correspondence, including a note, a gift tag, and a Christmas card addressed to Gloria, Bayer's mother.

File 14.
Correspondence - Miss Kitty Tims (AA Bronson's [Michael Tims] mother). — 1989, 1994, 1997. — 0.5 cm of textual records.
File consists of correspondence received from Tims, including Christmas cards, thank-you notes, and an Easter card.

File 15.
Correspondence - Roy and Carol Ann Gabe (Felix Partz's brother, sister-in-law, and nephew Michael). — 1994-2004. — 1 cm of textual records.
File consists of correspondence received from Carol Ann and Olive Gabe.

File 16.
Correspondence - Olive and Percy Gabe (Felix Partz's parents). — 1992, 1995-1997. — 1 cm of textual records.
File consists of correspondence received primarily from Olive Gabe, Partz's mother. Records also include correspondence from Carol Ann Gabe, and a photograph of her family dog.

File 17.
Koln Art Fair with Felix, 1991. — 1990-1991. — 0.25 cm of textual records.
File consists of a brochure of the Fair, an invitation to the "Art Against AIDS" exhibit, a badge, and a brief handwritten note.

File 18.
Felix Partz's first and second draft of ParmaÓopia text, 1992. — 1991-1992. — 0.75 cm of textual records, 2 photographs.
File consists of two photographs, of Partz and Bayer, and two drafts of Partz's Pharmacopia, including edits.

File 19.
Re: General Idea's Fin de Siècle Exhibition. — 1992. — 22 negatives, 21 photographs, 0.5 cm of textual records.
File consists of correspondence between AA Bronson and The Power Plant regarding the installation of the exhibition, as well as a breakdown of catalogue costs. File also contains 21 photographs of the exhibition opening in Stuttgart, and the corresponding negatives, as well as a draft of Jean Christophe Ammann's text for the Fin de Siècle catalogue.

BOX 2

File 1.
Money Talks, Art Walks (Art Metropole Auction). — 1997. — 0.5 cm of textual records, 2 objects.
File consists of records related to the "Money Talks, Art Walks" art auction, including four invitations to the event, 2 badges, and an award presented to Fern by Art Metropole for service to the artistic community.

File 2.
Fiction Exhibition, Mirabel Airport, Montreal 1989. — 1989. — 20 photographs and 0.25 cm of textual records.
File consists of records related to the "Fiction" exhibition, including a schematic of the layout, an exhibition card, and photographs of the exhibition. The corresponding film negatives are also included.
Photographs include 13 negatives and 7 photographs.

File 3.
Art Kite Exhibition - Shiga Museum, 1988 (includes General Idea's kite). — 1988. — 17 photographs, 0.5 cm of textual records.
File consists of fifteen photographs of the "Pictures for the Sky" exhibition at the Shiga Museum, including photographs of General Idea's kite. File also consists of various exhibition announcements, a list of exhibition locales, and two other photographs of the installation.
Exhibition title transcribed from translation on verso of exhibition announcement card.

File 4.
Villa Rossi (owned by Gregorio Magnani), Gataiola (near Lucca) Italy, where Jorge's ashes were scattered in 1995 by AA Bronson. — 1989. — 46 photographs.
File consists of photographs of the Villa and its surroundings, and various individuals, on holiday there in 1989. File also contains two photographs of Partz at Bayer's apartment.
File title has been directly transcribed from the original file; note, however, that the contents of the file are instead labeled "Holiday at Gregorio Magnani's Villa Rossi, Gataiola (near Lucca), Italy".
Photographs include 32 photographs : col., and 14 negatives.

File 5.
Barr Gilmore, General Idea Studio Assistant (ca. 1990-1996). — 1991, 1994. — 0.25 cm of textual records.
File consists of a print made by Barr Gilmore of an image of Jorge Zontal at the latter's 50th birthday party, as well news clippings and correspondence.

File 6
Jorge's obituary, etc. — 1994. — 1.5 cm of textual records.
File consists of various clippings related to Jorge Zontal's death, including clippings of his obituary and invitations to his memorial service. File also contains a photocopied article about Joan Jonas, and an invoice for the collar and cuffs that Zontal wore at his 50th birthday party.
Related records (the lace cuff noted on the invoice) are found in the "Jorge's 50th Birthday Party - 29 January 1994" file.

File 7.
Installing General Idea's "Canadian Shield" public art piece, Ottawa Courthouse, 1986 - Felix Partz and Jorge Zontal. — 1986. — 6 photographs.
File consists of six photographs of Partz and Zontal overseeing the installation of their work, "Canadian Shield".

File 8.
Felix's Obituary, etc. — 1994. — 3 cm of textual records, 1 photograph.
File consists of various clippings related to Partz's death, including memorial service cards, correspondence, and notes regarding the arrangement of the service. File also contains a photograph of Partz.

File 9.
Hawaii 5-0 - AA's 50th Birthday, June 26th 1996 (post General Idea). — 1996. — 1 cm of textual records, 1 photograph, 1 object.
File consists of a photograph of the party's guests, various clippings related to the event, a "Hawaii 5-0" badge worn by Bayer, a lei, and various correspondence.
Lei stored in Box 14.

File 10.
Awards - General Idea. — 1989, 1993-1994, 2002. — 3 cm of textual records.
File consists of various correspondence, clippings, and programs related to the awards won by General Idea. Awards include the Toronto Arts Awards (1989 and 1993), the Chalmers Award for Creativity and Excellence in the Arts (1994), the Gershon Iskowitz Prize (1989) and the Bell Canada Award, Video (2002).

File 11.
AA Bronson (post General Idea) from 1994/1995 (folder 1 of 2). — 1994-2000. — 6 cm of textual records.
File consists of correspondence, primarily between Bayer and Bronson, as well as clippings, exhibition announcements and invitations, and awards programs.
File includes printed email correspondence and faxed material.

File 11.
AA Bronson (post General Idea) from 1994/1995 (folder 1 of 2). — 1994-2000. — 6 cm of textual records.
File consists of correspondence, primarily between Bayer and Bronson, as well as clippings, exhibition announcements and invitations, and awards programs. File includes printed email correspondence and faxed material.

BOX 3

File 1.
AA Bronson (post General Idea) from 1994-1995 (folder 2 of 2).

File 2.
Billy (Nazi Milk) Sticker (also used on "Nazi Milk Glass" and appears in video "Test Tube"), 1980. — 1980. — 1 item of textual records.
File consists of a single sticker, with an image of "Billy (Nazi Milk)".

File 3.
Sun Flower from Felix. — [198-?]. — 1 item of textual records.
File consists of a single sticker of an orange and yellow sunflower, received by Bayer, with a small drawing and "xxx" written on verso.

File 4.
Felix's "Lolita" piece. — [1991?]. — 27 photographs, 1 textual record, 1 object.
File consists of a postcard of Andy Warhol, Edie Sedgwick and Chuck Wein, upon which two heart-shaped stickers have been placed over Warhol's eyes; the note on verso reads "Dear F., post NYC, love, Lolita, xxx". File also consists of a pair of neon pink heart-shaped sunglasses, and photographs of Partz, a street festival, and Bayer, wearing the sunglasses noted above.
Sunglasses have been removed for storage: see Box 12.

BOX 12: Oversize

File 1.
Wrapping paper and bags from Felix, and one from AA. — [after 198-?]. — 3 cm of textual records.
File consists of various wrapping paper and bags received by Bayer from Partz and Bronson. Wrappings include a silver plastic bag with sunflower sticker, two pink paper wrappings with snowflake and poodle stickers, folded tissue paper with heart stickers, a folded exhibition poster used as wrapping, a plastic draw-string bag with "F" printed on it, a folded paper bag featuring a General Idea sticker on each side, and a folded paper bag from Tactics.

File 2.
Catalogue of Special Show "Test Pattern: T.V. Dinner Plates from the Miss General Idea Pavillion" 1988, Tokyo, Japan - designed by General Idea. — 1988. — 0.25 cm of textual records.
File consists of the exhibition catalogue for "Test Pattern: T.V. Dinner Plates from the Miss General Idea Pavilion".

File 3.
Cardboard envelope for the Yen Scarf (?).— [198-?]. — 1 object.
File consists of a flattened cardboard box, featuring a yen symbol on one side, and to which a sticker and ribbon have been attached in the upper left-hand corner.

File 4.
Stuffed baby seal (artificial) - maquette for Fin de Siècle installation. — [198-?]. — 1 object.
File consists of an artificial stuffed baby seal, used as a maquette for General Idea's Fin de Siegrave;cle installation.

File 5.
Four sea urchins, a gift from Felix to Fern - regarding Fruits de Mer. — [after 198-?]. — 1 object.
File consists of four dried sea urchins, wrapped in red tissue, and placed in a gold-coloured box. File also consists of a small note which reads: "Sea Fern, Oceans of love, XXX, Felix", which is fitted into the lid of the box. The note's envelope is addressed "Fifi", Partz's nickname for Bayer.

File 6.
Felix's Sponge Piece Fruits de Mer. — [after 198-?]. — 1 object.
File consists of a grey cardboard box, which reads "Handy Pal / for the very busy one" and "All over the occasion of your life / it helps you a lot - holding a card, a memo / even a cigarette, as long as you need / it is a always there to help you with various signs"; the corresponding transparent lid holds a red-ink print of a woman with "Compliments of Miss General Idea". Inside, the box contains a folded square of bright pink fabric and a dried sea sponge, wrapped in plastic.

File 7.
Pencils in "AIDS" colours from Felix. — [198-?]. — 3 objects.
File consists of three pencils, in bright blue, pink and purple. The latter two objects are stuck together by a heart-shaped sticker.

Independent Curatorial and Research Projects series

BOX 3 continued

File 5.
Caravanserai: International Contemporary Art along Jordan's Ancient Incense Route - Project data (folder 1 of 4). — 1984, 1989-1996, 2004. — 7 cm of textual records, 107 photographs.
File consists of records related to a project for a large-scale site-specific international exhibition to be held in various outdoor locations along the historic Incense Route in Jordan, and Bayer's role in bringing together an honourary committee, which consisted of Queen Noor and Princess Wijdan of Jordan, and various ambassadors and business leaders in Jordan. Bayer was also responsible for bringing Japanese curator Fumio Nanjo into the project, and traveled with him to finalize sites, artists and budget matters. Despite preliminary funding from Japan, the project floundered due to the political situation in the Middle East at the time.
File consists of correspondence, clippings and business proposals related to the organization of the above exhibit, as well as a large number of photographs taken by Bayer on her travels with Nanjo through Jordan to select exhibition sites, and many photocopied articles and clippings related to possible artists.

File 6.
Caravanserai: International Contemporary Art along Jordan's Ancient Incense Route - Project data (folder 2 of 4).

File 7.
Caravanserai: International Contemporary Art along Jordan's Ancient Incense Route - Project data (folder 3 of 4).

BOX 4

File 1.
Caravanserai: International Contemporary Art along Jordan's Ancient Incense Route - Project data (folder 4 of 4).

File 2.
Caravanserai: International Contemporary Art along Jordan's Ancient Incense Route - Slides, possible project artists (mostly only of Canadian artists' visuals) (folder 1 of 3). — 1977-1995. — 423 slides, 0.25 cm of textual records.
File consists of many slides of artists' works, representing possible work to be presented in the Caravanserai exhibition.

File 3.
Caravanserai: International Contemporary Art along Jordan's Ancient Incense Route - Slides, possible project artists (mostly only of Canadian artists' visuals) (folder 2 of 3).

File 4.
Caravanserai: International Contemporary Art along Jordan's Ancient Incense Route - Slides, possible project artists (mostly only of Canadian artists' visuals) (folder 3 of 3).

File 5.
International Photography Exhibition - Baghdad. — 2000. — 0.5 cm of textual records.
File consists of records related to Bayer's invitation to attend the International Photography Exhibition in Baghdad between April 28th and May 3rd, 2000. File consists of correspondence, clippings, and information related to Roberto Perciballi. The event was cancelled due to economic sanctions on Iraq, post Gulf War.

File 6.
Cultural Capital of Europe 1997 - Thessaloniki. — 1996. — 0.5 cm of textual records.
File consists of records related to an exhibition proposal for an aquatic installation by Chrysanne Stathacos and Andrew Zealley. Records include drafts of the proposal, artist sketches, correspondence and clippings.
The bulk of records consist of faxed material.

BOX 5

File 1.
Ontario Heritage Foundation - Provincial Plaque Program, 2003/2004. — 2003-2004. — 2.5 cm of textual records.
File consists of records related to Bayer's research on Sir Edmund Walker (1848-1924), Canadian banker and board member at the Art Gallery of Ontario and the National Gallery of Canada, and artist John Wycliffe Lowes Forster (1850-1938), and her subsequent writing of plaques about them for the Ontario Heritage Foundation. Records include Bayer's research reports, photocopied archival records and clippings, and research notes. File also contains a proposal for a grant towards commissioning a feasibility study on the potential for the creation and programming of an exhibition space at the Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre Centre, Toronto.

File 2.
Artists Against the Occupation. — 2002. — 1 cm of textual records and 28 photographs.
File consists of records related to the organization of the 'Artist's Against the Occupation" exhibition, in which Bayer worked with Jamelie Hassan, Ron Benner, and Mizuko Yakuwa. The exhibit was held at the Forest City Gallery in London, Ontario, between August 7th and September 8th 2002, and at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, from September 23rd to 24th of the same year.
Photographs include 16 negatives and 12 photographs.

File 3.
Report for Canadian Embassy, Tokyo, on "Status of the General Visual Arts Program and the Gallery of the Embassy". — 1999. — 0.5 cm of textual records and 53 photographs.
File consists of records related to Bayer's preparation of a report to Bruce Barnett, Cultural Counselor and Consul at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo during a research visit to Japan. Records include the report itself, a list of individuals with whom Bayer met, a detailed daily journal, and photographs.
Photographs include 36 negatives and 17 photographs.

Chief Curator, Government of Ontario Art Collection Series

File 4.
Historical Furnishings Committee for the Honourable Pauline McGibbon. — 1979-1990. — 3.25 cm of textual records, 10 photographs.
File consists of records related to Bayer's initiation and management of the "Historical Furnishings Committee" for the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, working in collaboration with private art patrons. The project was modeled on those of the White House and the Department of State, Washington, D.C.; the New York State Capitol, Albany; and Rideau Hall, Ottawa, whose staff Bayer consulted. File consists of correspondence, clippings, catalogues, photographs of the Lieutenant Governor's suite and artwork, and reports outlining both the furnishings project and the history of government houses in Upper Canada and Ontario.
Oversize photograph of McGibbon stored in Box 13.

File 5.
House of Commons Collection - Proposal for situational assessment. — 1986. — 1 cm of textual records.
File consists of records related to Bayer's Situational Assessment and Plan of Approach for the House of Commons [Ottawa] Collection of Fine Art and Related Parliamentary Artifacts. Records include research records, copies of pertinent legislation, correspondence, clippings, a list of portraits located in Canadian Parliament buildings, and the report itself.

File 6.
Proposal for the Government of Ontario and State Furnishings Program (folder 1 of 2). — 1978-1980, 1983, 1986, 1988, predominant 1986. — 4.5 cm of textual records, 39 photographs.
File consists of records related to Bayer's proposal for a state furnishings program. Records include correspondence, acquisition and planning information regarding the White House and the United States Capitol Region, photographs of the Custis-Lee Mansion, Arlington, and the US State Departments, numerous clippings, articles and pamphlets, and Bayer's proposal to the Government of Ontario.

BOX 6

File 1. Proposal for the Government of Ontario and State Furnishings Program (folder 2 of 2).

File 2.
Eric Arthur. — 1978-1980, 1999, 2001. — 1 cm of textual records, 2 photographs.
File consists of records related to Professor Arthur's publication of From Front Street to Queen's Park, and related research undertaken by Bayer. Records include correspondence, clippings, photographs, exhibition catalogues and the Legislature of Ontario Debates Hansard for April 23rd, 1979.

File 3.
Letters and Invitations (folder 1 of 2). — 1978-1998. — 4.5 cm of textual records, 1 photograph.
File consists of numerous invitations to government events and correspondence related to Bayer's work as Chief Curator for the Government of Ontario.

File 4.
Letters and Invitations (folder 2 of 2).

File 5.
Newspaper References to Fern (folder 1 of 3). — 1978-1998. — 4.5 cm of textual records, 27 photographs.
File consists of numerous articles and clippings related to Bayer's role as Chief Curator for the Government of Ontario. Records also include clippings related to General Idea and various photographs of Bayer and her projects.

BOX 7

File 1.
Newspaper References to Fern (folder 2 of 3).

File 2.
Newspaper References to Fern (folder 3 of 3).

File 3.
The Ontario Collection [Book]. — 1984-1985. — 1.5 cm of textual records, 6 photographs.
File consists of records related to Bayer's publication of The Ontario Collection. Records include correspondence, photographs of Bayer and the book launch, and details of the launch event.

File 4.
The Ontario Collection [Book] - Reviews. — 1984-1986. — 0.5 cm of textual records.
File consists of reviews of Bayer's publication of The Ontario Collection.
Title based on Bayer's organization of the file.

File 5.
The Ontario Collection [Book] - Press References. — 1984-1985. — 0.5 cm of textual records.
File consists of press clippings related to Bayer's publication of The Ontario Collection.
Title based on Bayer's organization of the file.

File 6.
References to Fern in Government Publications (folder 1 of 2). — 1980-1992. — 2.5 cm of textual records.
File consists of various clippings and other references to Bayer and the Government of Ontario Art Collection in government publications.

File 7.
References to Fern in Government Publications (folder 2 of 2).

BOX 8

File 1.
Speaking Engagements. — 1985-1989. — 2.5 cm of textual records.
File consists of various clippings, correspondence and announcements regarding Bayer's participation at public events and speaking engagements.

File 2.
Past articles on Art Collection. — 1951-1953, 1966-1967, 1997. — 0.5 cm of textual records.
File consists of photocopied clippings related to the Government of Ontario's Art Collection, dating prior to Bayer's tenure as Chief Curator.

File 3.
Publications. — 1977, 1980-1981, 1986, 1999, 2005. — 0.5 cm of textual records.
File consists of copies of articles authored by Bayer, and related primarily to her work with the Government of Ontario Art Collection.
Title based on contents of the file.

File 4.
Contemporary Art Exhibitions - Premier David Peterson's Office, Queen's Park, 1986-1988. — 1985-1988, 1990. — 1.5 cm of textual records, 8 photographs, 1 object.
File consists of records related to Bayer's organization of contemporary art exhibitions for Premier Peterson's office. Records include photographs, correspondence, exhibition announcements, clippings, and a T-shirt from Peterson's 1985 Liberal campaign, created by an unknown designer.
T-shirt stored in Box 14.
Related project business records are located at the Archives of Ontario, Toronto (Ministry: Management Board Secretariat, Office: Government of Ontario Art Collection).
T-shirt removed for storage. See: Small box.

BOX 12: Audio-visual material

File 1.
Fern Bayer TV Interview on Collection, August 1990. — 1990. — 1 video recording (2 min.)
Recording consists of a news piece about the Government of Ontario Art Collection, broadcast on CFTO News. Reporter Sean Murray discusses the origin of the collection and Bayer's attempt to retrieve missing works. Bayer is briefly interviewed.
Reference copy available.
Some visual quality problems.

File 2.
Ontario Government Lost Art. — [1990?] — 1 video recording (5 min).
Recording consists of two news pieces about the Government of Ontario Art Collection, and the loss of several pieces over time. Sheila Manese, for CBC news, briefly interviews Bayer about her quest to locate missing works, and discusses the particular story of the Laura Secord portrait hanging at Queen's Park. John Darby, for Global news, reiterates Manese's story, and again interviews Bayer regarding the Government of Ontario's Art Collection.
Reference copy available.
Some tracking and visual quality problems.

File 3.
Ontario Government Lost Art. — [198-?] — 1 sound recording (30 seconds).
File consists of a brief news piece related to the Government of Ontario Art Collection, and the disappearance of many works.
Reference copy available.

File 4.
For your Information, Shelagh Rogers - Ontario Government Lost Art. — [1984]. — 1 sound recording (8 minutes).
File consists of a recording of Bayer's interview with Rogers for CBC radio, in which she discusses the loss of many works from the Government of Ontario Art Collection, and her efforts in their recovery. Includes a brief discussion on the history of the collection, and its dispersal to "normal schools" around Ontario.
Reference copy available.

File 5.
CBC Morningside with Patrick Martin, 29/11/84. — 1984. — 1 sound recording.

File 6.
CBC Radio: Later the same Day recording of Fern Bayer Interview 17 October 1989. — 1989. — 1 sound recording (10 minutes).
File consists of a recording of Bayer's interview on CBC's "Later the same Day" program, in which she discusses the approaching unveiling of a portrait of Premier Davis. Bayer also briefly discusses the Government of Ontario Art Collection, its history, and other Premiers' portraits hanging at Queen's Park.
Reference copy available.

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File 5.
Ontario House - Paris Art Program for Adrienne Clarkson. — 1982, 1983, 1987, 2004. — 0.25 cm of textual records, 1 photograph.
File consists of records related to Bayer's involvement in the Paris Art Program for Adrienne Clarkson, then the Agent General for Ontario in France. Records include a photograph of Bayer and Clarkson and correspondence.
Project business records are located at the Archives of Ontario, Toronto (Ministry: Management Board Secretariat, Office: Government of Ontario Art Collection).

File 6.
Report on Cultural Activities and their Economic Impact. — 1989. — 0.25 cm of textual records.
File consists of a memorandum, written by Bayer, and related correspondence concerning cultural activities in Tokyo and their economic impact.

File 7.
Productivity Savings Proposal #112 - Eliminate government art program. — 1994. — 0.25 of cm textual records.
File consists of the said report, prepared by Bayer, as requested by the Government of Ontario.

File 8.
Report on China and Japan Trip (folder 1 of 2). — 1992-1999. — 3.5 cm of textual records and 24 photographs.
File consists of records related to trips taken by Bayer to China and Japan in 1994; the former concerned the Twinning Accord of the province of Jiangsu and Ontario, and the latter related to committee member attendance at the opening of ARCUS, an international artists-in-residence program in the Ibaragi prefecture. Records include correspondence, memoranda and notes concerning the trip and possible future exhibitions, photographs, numerous clippings and articles related to specific artists and the Chinese art scene, brochures, and specific information related to Ron Benner and Millie Chen's work.
Photographs include 18 photographs and 6 slides

File 9.
Report on China and Japan Trip (folder 2 of 2).

File 10.
"Toronto: Le Nouveau Nouveau Monde". — 1987-1988. — 0.5 cm of textual records, 2 photographs.
File consists of records related to Bayer's overall coordination of the contemporary architectural exhibition, and selection of curatorial team, consisting of George Baird, Ruth Cawker and George Kapelos, for the "Toronto: Le Nouveau Nouveau Monde" exhibition. The exhibition traveled to Paris, Milan and Barcelona, and later toured Frankfurt, Lisbon, Amsterdam and Toronto between 1987 and 1989. Records include correspondence and photographs.
Partners and sponsors of the project include l'Ordre des architects francais, Paris; Toronto Society of Architects, Toronto; Generalitat de Catalunya, Barcelona; Regione de Lombardia, Milan; Government of the City of Frankfurt; Government of the City of Lisbon; Government of the City of Amsterdam; External Affairs Canada; Government of Ontario; Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto; Government of the City of Toronto; Relais & Chateau Hotels, Paris; Ward Air, Calgary.
Related project business records are located at the Archives of Ontario, Toronto (Ministry: Management Board Secretariat, Office: Government of Ontario Art Collection).

BOX 9

File 1.
Retrospective of the Films of Michael Snow and CCMC Concert Tour (folder 1 of 2). — 1987-1988. — 115 photographs and other material.
File consists of records related to Bayer's coordination of the above project for the Seibu Department Store, Tokyo, with screenings held in Tokyo, Osaka and Hamamatsu, in 1988. The project also included a Japanese tour of the CCMC ensemble, performing in collaboration with well-known Japanese experimental trumpet player Toshinori Kondo. Records include correspondence, exhibition catalogues, and numerous photographs of Snow, the CCMC Tour, and Toshinori Kondo, as well as location schematics, clippings and project notes. File also contains two audiocassettes of CCMC's music, totaling 120 minutes. One is a recording of a CCMC concert at Osaka's Seibu Yao Hall on February 20th, 1988, with Kondo; the other is a demo tape of CCMC music.
The recording of the CCMC concert has some poor sound quality, and the introductory comments are difficult to hear.
Reference copies are available for both cassettes.
The audiocassettes are stored with the other audio-visual material in the fonds.
Partners and sponsors of the project include the Seibu Department Stores, Ltd. of Japan; Seibu's Art Vivant, Tokyo; External Affairs Canada; Government of Ontario; Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre, Toronto; The Music Gallery, Toronto; Canadian Embassy, Tokyo; and Canadian Airlines International, Calgary/Toronto.
Related project business files are located at the Archives of Ontario, Toronto (Ministry: Management Board Secretariat, Office: Government of Ontario Art Collection).
File includes 115 photographs, 70 negatives, 1.5 cm of textual records and 2 sound recordings.
Sound recordings stored in Box 12.

File 2.
Retrospective of the Films of Michael Snow and CCMC Concert Tour (folder 2 of 2).

File 3.
Fastwürms' "Ground to Ground". — 1990. — 0.25 cm of textual records and 169 photographs.
File consists of records related to Bayer's organization of the outdoor, site-specific installation by the artist collaborative Fastwürms for the Ontario Pavilion at the International Garden and Greenery Exposition, Expo '90, Osaka, 1990. Records include correspondence, exhibition announcements, and photographs of Bayer's trips to Japan in May and June of 1990.
Photographs include 91 negatives and 78 photographs.
Partners and sponsors include the Government of the City of Osaka, Osaka; The Office, Kyoto; Government of Ontario; The Canada Council; External Affairs Canada; Canadian Airlines International, Calgary/Toronto.
Related project business files are located at the Archives of Ontario, Toronto (Ministry: Management Board Secretariat, Office: Government of Ontario Art Collection).

File 4.
Shelagh Keeley's site-specific wall drawing. — 1988, 1999. — 123 photographs and 1 cm of textual records.
File consists of records related to Bayer's coordination of Keeley's work for the Sagacho Exhibit Space, Tokyo. The project included collaboration with artist Yoji Matsumura, and Butoh dancer Goro Namerikawa. A second project with Keeley took the form of an artist-in-residence stay in Imadate, Japan, and a resulting exhibition at Sagacho in 1990. Records include correspondence from Miyako Takeshita, the curator at Sagacho, and others, as well as records and photographs related to Yoji Matsumura and Goro Namaikawa.
Photographs include 83 negatives and 40 photographs.
Partners and sponsors include the Sagacho Foundation, Tokyo; Government of the City of Imadate, Japan; Art Metropole, Toronto; External Affairs Canada; Government of Ontario; Canadian Embassy, Tokyo.
Related project business records are located at the Archives of Ontario, Toronto (Ministry: Management Board Secretariat, Office: Government of Ontario Art Collection).

File 5.
"Canadian Video Works". — 1987-1988. — 43 photographs.
File consists of records related to Bayer's organization, in tandem with curator Peggy Gale, of a series of video screenings at Image Forum and the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, in 1988. File consists of photographs documenting Bayer's trip to Utsunomiya in 1987 with Fujiko Nakaya, Alfred Birnbaum, and Kira and Bill Viola, and those documenting New Video.
Photographs include 25 negatives and 18 photographs.
Partners and sponsors include Image Forum, Tokyo; Arc-en-ciel Foundation, Tokyo; Art Metropole, Toronto; V Tape, Toronto; and the Government of Ontario.
Related project business records are located at the Archives of Ontario, Toronto (Ministry: Management Board Secretariat, Office: Government of Ontario Art Collection).

File 6.
Liona Boyd Concerts. — 1988. — 38 photographs.
File consists of records related to Bayer's organization of Boyd's concerts for Canada Week, in Seoul, Korea, Tokyo's American Club, and three concerts in Seoul and Soowan, Korea, for the 1988 Summer Olympics. Records include photographs of Boyd's concerts for Canada Week.
Photographs include 24 negatives and 14 photographs.
Partners and sponsors of the project include the 1988 Summer Olympic Organizing Committee; KBS (Korean Broadcast System), Seoul; and the Government of Ontario.
Related project business records are located at the Archives of Ontario, Toronto (Ministry: Management Board Secretariat, Office: Government of Ontario Art Collection).

File 7.
Michael Snow Retrospective. — 1988. — 0.5 cm of textual records.
File consists of records related to Bayer's organization, with Takeshi Kanazawa, of a Michael Snow Retrospective for the Hana Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, 1988. Records consist of correspondence.
Partners and sponsors of the project include the Arc-en-ciel Foundation, Tokyo; External Affairs Canada; Government of Ontario; Canadian Embassy, Tokyo; Art Metropole, Toronto; and Canadian Airlines International, Calgary/Tokyo.
Related project business records are located at the Archives of Ontario, Toronto (Ministry: Management Board Secretariat, Office: Government of Ontario Art Collection).

File 8.
"Northern Lights: An Exhibition of Canadian Video Art". — 1991. — 1 item of textual records.
File consists of records related to Bayer's coordination of "Northern Lights: an Exhibition of Canadian Video Art", organized by Peggy Gale of Toronto, Michael Goldberg (a Canadian Tokyo resident), and Kobe-based video curator/critic Akihiko Morishita. The exhibition was planned as the opening event for the new Canadian Embassy in Tokyo, 1991-1992. File consists of a single card.
Partners and sponsors of the project include V Tape, Toronto; The Japan Foundation, Tokyo; Hoso Bunka Foundation, Tokyo; Sony Corporation, Tokyo; External Affairs Canada; Government of Ontario; Government of Quebec; and the Canada Council.
Related project business records are located at the Archives of Ontario, Toronto (Ministry: Management Board Secretariat, Office: Government of Ontario Art Collection).

BOX 10

File 1.
Alan Belcher's "Complex '91". — 1991-1992. — 2 cm of textual records and 85 photographs.
File consists of records related to Bayer's organization of Belcher's installation for SPIRAL, Wacoal Art Centre, Tokyo, in 1991. The project also included a symposium with Japanese curator, Yuko Hasegawa, and Italian art critic Gregorio Magnani. Records include correspondence, planning documents, and photographs of Belcher's work and travels.
Partners and sponsors of the project include the Wacoal Corporation, Tokyo; Fuji Film Company, Tokyo; Yamamoto Hori Architects, Tokyo; External Affairs Canada; Government of Ontario; Canadian Embassy, Tokyo; and Art Metropole, Toronto.
Photographs include 61 photographs and 24 negatives.
Related project business records are located at the Archives of Ontario, Toronto (Ministry: Management Board Secretariat, Office: Government of Ontario Art Collection).

File 2.
Miho Sawada's "Thunder and Wind". — 1991, 2003. — 0.5 cm of textual records.
File consists of records related to Bayer's coordination of the "Thunder and Wind" project, which consisted of an outdoor installation by Canadian-based Japanese artist Miho Sawada, in partnership with performance artist Min Tanaka, for the Yamanashi Art Museum, Gifu, 1991. Records consist of correspondence.
Partners and sponsors of the project include the Government of the Yamanashi Prefecture, Gifu, Japan; Village Council of Doshimura, Japan; Nippon Steel Company, Tokyo; External Affairs Canada; Government of Ontario; Oakville Galleries, Oakville; and the Canadian Embassy, Tokyo.
Related project business records are located at the Archives of Ontario, Toronto (Ministry: Management Board Secretariat, Office: Government of Ontario Art Collection).

File 3.
"Traveling Theory: an Exhibition of Contemporary Canadian Art" - Research Visit. — 1987. — 59 photographs.
File consists of records related to Bayer's organization of "Traveling Theory: an Exhibition of Contemporary Canadian Art" with Canadian artist Jamelie Hassan, for the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, Amman, 1992. The project included a conference and an exchange exhibition of Jordanian art at the McIntosh Gallery, London, Canada. Records include photographs of Bayer's research visit to Jordan and Egypt, which she undertook with Ron Benner and Jamelie Hassan, and which was funded by a Research Grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, 1987.
Project partners and sponsors include the Royal Society of Fine Arts, Amman, Jordan; Ministry of Culture and Antiquities, Amman; Royal Jordanian Airlines, Amman; Near East Cultural and Educational Foundation of Canada, Toronto; University of Western Ontario, London, Canada; the Canada Council; and the Department of Communications, Ottawa.

File 4.
"Traveling Theory: an Exhibition of Contemporary Canadian Art" - Project file (folder 1 of 2). — 1992, 1994, 1999-2000. — 4 cm of textual records and 249 photographs.
File consists of records related to Bayer's organization of the exhibition with Canadian artist Jamilie Hassan, for the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, Amman, Jordan, in 1992. The project included a conference and an exchange exhibition of Jordanian art at the McIntosh Gallery, London, Canada. Partners and sponsors included the Royal Society of Fine Arts, Amman, Jordan; Ministry of Culture and Antiquities, Amman; Royal Jordanian Airlines, Amman; Near East Cultural and Educational Foundation of Canada, Toronto; University of Western Ontario, London, Canada; The Canada Council; and the Department of Communications, Ottawa.
Records consist of various items related to the exhibition, including paint samples, written records and pamphlets, and photographs of the installation, exhibition reception and travels through Jordan. File also contains various clippings and correspondence related to the exhibition, and correspondence received from Arlene Kennedy, of Western Washington University.
Photographs include 127 slides and 122 photographs.
Related project business files are located at the Archives of Ontario, Toronto (Ministry: Management Board Secretariat, Office: Government of Ontario Art Collection).

File 5.
"Traveling Theory: an Exhibition of Contemporary Canadian Art" - Project file (folder 2 of 2).

File 6.
Brian Boigon's "Speed Reading Tokyo". — 1989-1990. — 24 photographs, 0.25 cm of textual records.
File consists of records related to Bayer's coordination of Boigon's exhibition and artist-book publication for the P3 Alternative Museum, Tokyo, 1990. Records include photographs of Boigon's visit to Tokyo, correpondence, and publications related to Boigon's work.
Photographs include 18 negatives and 6 photographs.
Project partners and sponsors include the Tochiji Temple, Tokyo; Archimemoria, Toronto; External Affairs Canada; Government of Ontario; The Canada Council; and the Canadian Embassy, Tokyo.
Related project business records are located at the Archives of Ontario, Toronto (Ministry: Management Board Secretariat, Office: Government of Ontario Art Collection).

File 7.
Genevieve Cadieux: A Public Art Street Project. — 1992. — 1.5 cm of textual records, 24 photographs.
File consists of records related to Bayer's coordination of Cadieux's street installation in Roppongi, the nightclub area of Tokyo, and a billboard project for the roof of the Saitama Art Museum, Saitama, both in 1992. While this project was not part of the Ontario government plan, Bayer was asked to undertake it to assist the Canadian Embassy and the Government of Quebec office in Tokyo. Records include correspondence, photographs, and clippings related to Cadieux's work.
Photographs include 14 slides and 10 photographs.
Project partners and sponsors include the Government of Saitama-ken, Japan; Sagacho Exhibit Space, Tokyo; Jun Corporation, Tokyo, External Affairs Canada; Government of Quebec, Tokyo; and the Canadian Embassy, Tokyo.
Related project business records are located at the Archives of Ontario, Toronto (Ministry: Management Board Secretariat, Office: Government of Ontario Art Collection).

File 8.
"Kojiki of Architecture: The Physical and Metaphysical World of Kiko Mozuna". — 1992-1994. — 2.5 cm of textual records, 87 photographs.
File consists of records related to Bayer's coordination, with Canadian architect and curator Carol Kleinfeldt, of the exhibition of Japanese architect Mozuna's work, presented at the University of Toronto's School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, 1992. Records include correspondence, press releases and photographs of Mozuna's work.
Photographs include 49 photographs and 38 negatives.
Partners and sponsors of the project include the Toronto Society of Architects, Toronto; University of Toronto, Toronto; Virtu: Directions in Canadian Design, Toronto; Octagon, Tokyo; various Japanese private sponsors; Government of Ontario; Vineland Estates Winery, Vineland, Ontario; and Kleinfeldt and Mychajlowycz Architects, Toronto.
Related project business records are located at the Archives of Ontario, Toronto (Ministry: Management Board Secretariat, Office: Government of Ontario Art Collection).

BOX 11

File 1.
General Idea's "The Armoury of the 1984 Miss General Idea Pavillion". — 1987. — 98 photographs.
File consists of records related to Bayer's coordination of "The Armoury of the 1984 Miss General Idea Pavillion" exhibition at the Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo, in 1987.
Photographs include 74 negatives and 24 photogrpahs.
Partners and sponsors of the project include the Government of the Ward of Setagaya, Tokyo; Seibu's Art Vivant, Tokyo; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; Canada Packers Ltd., Toronto; Canadian Airlines International, Calgary; and the Canadian Embassy, Tokyo.

File 2.
General Idea at the "Japan 87 Video Television Festival". — 1987. — 5 photographs, 0.25 cm of textual records.
File consists of records related to Bayer's coordination of General Idea's participation in this international festival for SPIRAL, at the Wacoal Art Centre, Tokyo, 1987, where the group showed "Cornucopia" (a video installation) and "The Boutique of the 1984 Miss General Idea Pavillion".
Partners and sponsors of the event included the Wacoal Corporation, Tokyo; NHK, Tokyo; Matsushita Electronics, Tokyo; Seibu's Art Vivant, Tokyo; The Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa; Canada Packers Ltd., Toronto; Canadian Airlines International, Calgary/Toronto; and the Canadian Embassy, Tokyo.
File consists of General Idea's business cards for the Tokyo shows, in both 1987 and 1988; an example of the card make for each member is included, featuring a copyright logo designed by the group. File also includes an invitation to General Idea's exhibition opening, and photographs of the event.
Related project business records are located at the Archives of Ontario, Toronto (Ministry: Management Board Secretariat, Office: Government of Ontario Art Collection).

File 3.
General Idea's "Test Pattern: TV Dinner Plates from the Miss General Idea Pavilion". — 1988. — 22 photographs, 0.5 cm of textual records.
File consists of records related to Bayer's coordination of the exhibition for SPIRAL, at the Wacoal Art Centre, Tokyo, in October 1988. Partners and sponsors included the Wacoal Corporation, Tokyo; Japan Trading Company, Nagoya; Seibu's Art Vivant, Tokyo; Canadian Airlines International, Calgary/Tokyo; External Affairs Canada; Government of Ontario; Art Metropole, Toronto; and the Canadian Embassy, Tokyo.
File consists of correspondence from Tokyo and David Silcox, who had attended the opening reception, as well as photographs of the exhibition.
Related project business records are located at the Archives of Ontario, Toronto (Ministry: Management Board Secretariat, Office: Government of Ontario Art Collection).

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Box List

Series 1 - General Idea

BoxFolder
Box 1File 1Invitations and Gallery Press Releases (1987-2003)
File 2Press (1989-1997, 2001)
File 3Film on General Idea (1986-1987)
File 4General Idea - Miscellaneous Photographs (1991-1993)
File 5Jorge's 50th Birthday Party - 29 January 1994 (1994)
File 6Correspondence - General Idea (1990)
File 7Felix Partz (Ron Gabe) Family Photos (1992)
File 8Frederic Bonnet and General Idea related (1987, 1998)
File 9Correspondence - Louwrien Wijers (Amsterdam) (1986, 1995)
File 10Correspondence - Honey Novick (Miss General Idea 1970) (1997, 2001)
File 11Correspondence - Jorge Zontal (1987-1988, 1990, 1992)
File 12Correspondence - Mimi Paige (Miss General Idea 1968)([1994?])
File 13Correspondence - AA Bronson ([199-?])
File 14Correspondence - Miss Kitty Tims (AA Bronson's [Michael Tims] mother) (1989, 1994, 1997)
File 15Correspondence - Roy and Carol Ann Gabe (Felix Partz's brother, sister-in-law, and nephew Michael) (1994-2004)
File 16Correspondence - Olive and Percy Gabe (Felix Partz's parents) (1992, 1995-1997)
File 17Koln Art Fair with Felix, 1991 (1990-1991)
File 18Felix Partz's first and second draft of ParmaÓopia text, 1992 (1991-1992)
File 19Re: General Idea's Fin de Siècle Exhibition (1992)
BoxFolder
Box 2File 1Money Talks, Art Walks (Art Metropole Auction) (1997)
File 2Fiction Exhibition, Mirabel Airport, Montreal 1989 (1989)
File 3Art Kite Exhibition - Shiga Museum, 1988 (includes General Idea's kite) (1988)
File 4Villa Rossi (owned by Gregorio Magnani), Gataiola (near Lucca) Italy, where Jorge's ashes were scattered in 1995 by AA Bronson (1989)
File 5Barr Gilmore, General Idea Studio Assistant (ca. 1990-1996) (1991, 1994)
File 6Jorge's obituary, etc. (1994)
File 7Installing General Idea's "Canadian Shield" public art piece, Ottawa Courthouse, 1986 - Felix Partz and Jorge Zontal (1986)
File 8Felix's obituary, etc. (1994)
File 9Hawaii 5-0 - AA's 50th Birthday, June 26th 1996 (post General Idea) (1996)
File 10Awards - General Idea (1989, 1993-1994, 2002)
File 11AA Bronson (post General Idea) from 1994/1995 (folder 1 of 2) (1994-2000)
BoxFolder
Box 3File 1AA Bronson (post General Idea) from 1994-1995 (folder 2 of 2) (1994-2000)
File 2Billy (Nazi Milk) Sticker (also used on "Nazi Milk Glass" and appears in video "Test Tube"), 1980 (1980)
File 3Sun Flower from Felix ([198-?])
File 4Felix's "Lolita" piece ([1991?]).
Box 12File 1Wrapping paper and bags from Felix, and one from AA ([after 198-?])
File 2Catalogue of Special Show "Test Pattern: T.V. Dinner Plates from the Miss General Idea Pavillion" 1988, Tokyo, Japan - designed by General Idea (1988)
File 3Cardboard envelope for the Yen Scarf ([198-?])
File 4Four sea urchins, a gift from Felix to Fern - regarding Fruits de Mer ([after 198-?])
File 5Felix's Sponge Piece Fruits de Mer ([after 198-?])
File 6Pencils in "AIDS" colours from Felix ([198-?])
Box 13File 1Stuffed baby seal (artificial) - maquette for Fin de Siècle installation ([198-?])

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Series 2 - Independent curatorial and research files

BoxFolder
Box 3File 5Caravanserai: International Contemporary Art along Jordan's Ancient Incense Route - Project data (folder 1 of 4) (1984, 1989-1996, 2004)
File 6Caravanserai: International Contemporary Art along Jordan's Ancient Incense Route - Project data (folder 2 of 4) (1984, 1989-1996, 2004)
File 7Caravanserai: International Contemporary Art along Jordan's Ancient Incense Route - Project data (folder 3 of 4) (1984, 1989-1996, 2004)
BoxFolder
Box 4File 1Caravanserai: International Contemporary Art along Jordan's Ancient Incense Route - Project data (folder 4 of 4) (1984, 1989-1996, 2004)
File 2Caravanserai: International Contemporary Art along Jordan's Ancient Incense Route - Slides, possible project artists (mostly only of Canadian artists' visuals) (folder 1 of 3) (1977-1995)
File 3Caravanserai: International Contemporary Art along Jordan's Ancient Incense Route - Slides, possible project artists (mostly only of Canadian artists' visuals) (folder 2 of 3) (1977-1995)
File 4Caravanserai: International Contemporary Art along Jordan's Ancient Incense Route - Slides, possible project artists (mostly only of Canadian artists' visuals) (folder 1 of 3) (1977-1995)
File 5International Photography Exhibition - Baghdad (2000)
File 6Cultural Capital of Europe 1997 - Thessaloniki (1996)
BoxFolder
Box 5File 1Ontario Heritage Foundation - Provincial Plaque Program, 2003/2004 (2003-2004)
File 2Artists Against the Occupation (2002)
File 3Report for Canadian Embassy, Tokyo, on "Status of the General Visual Arts Program and the Gallery of the Embassy" (1999)

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Series 3 - Chief Curator, Government of Ontario Art Collection

BoxFolder
Box 5File 4Historical Furnishings Committee for the Honourable Pauline McGibbon (1979-1990)
File 5House of Commons Collection - Proposal for situational assessment (1986)
File 6Proposal for the Government of Ontario and State Furnishings Program (folder 1 of 2) (1978-1980, 1983, 1986, 1988, predominant 1986)
BoxFolder
Box 6File 1Proposal for the Government of Ontario and State Furnishings Program (folder 2 of 2) (1978-1980, 1983, 1986, 1988, predominant 1986)
File 2Eric Arthur 1978-1980, 1999, 2001
File 3Letters and Invitations (folder 1 of 2) (1978-1998)
File 4Letters and Invitations (folder 2 of 2) (1978-1998)
File 5Newspaper References to Fern (folder 1 of 3) (1978-1998)
BoxFolder
Box 7File 1Newspaper References to Fern (folder 2 of 3) (1978-1998)
File 2Newspaper References to Fern (folder 3 of 3) (1978-1998)
File 3The Ontario Collection [Book] (1984-1985)
File 4The Ontario Collection [Book] - Reviews (1984-1986)
File 5The Ontario Collection [Book] - Press References (1984-1985)
File 6References to Fern in Government Publications (folder 1 of 2) (1980-1992)
File 7Reference to Fern in Government Publications (folder 2 of 2) (1980-1992)
BoxFolder
Box 8File 1Speaking Engagements (1985-1989)
File 2Past articles on Art Collection (1951-1953, 1966-1967, 1997)
File 3Publications (1977, 1980-1981, 1986, 1999, 2005)
File 4Contemporary Art Exhibitions - Premier David Peterson's Office, Queen's Park, 1986-1988 (1985-1988, 1990)
Box 15File 1Fern Bayer TV Interview on Collection, August 1990 (1990)
File 2Ontario Government Lost Art ([1990?])
File 3Ontario Government Lost Art ([198-?])
File 4For your Information, Shelagh Rogers - Ontario Government Lost Art (1984)
File 5CBC Morningside with Patrick Martin, 29/11/84 (1984)
File 6CBC Radio: Later the same Day recording of Fern Bayer Interview 17 October 1989 (1989)

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Sub-series 1 - International Cultural Promotion Consultant

BoxFolder
Box 8File 5Ontario House - Paris Art Program for Adrienne Clarkson (1982, 1983, 1987, 2004)
File 6Report on Cultural Activities and their Economic Impact (1989)
File 7Productivity Savings Proposal #112 - Eliminate government art program (1994)
File 8Report on China and Japan Trip (folder 1 of 2) (1992-1999)
File 9Report on China and Japan Trip (folder 2 of 2) (1992-1999)
File 10"Toronto: Le Nouveau Nouveau Monde" (1987-1988)
BoxFolder
Box 9File 1Retrospective of the Films of Michael Snow and CCMC Concert Tour (folder 1 of 2) (1987-1988)
File 2Retrospective of the Films of Michael Snow and CCMC Concert Tour (folder 2 of 2) (1987-1988)
File 3Fastwürms' "Ground to Ground" (1990)
File 4Shelagh Keeley's site-specific wall drawing (1988, 1999)
File 5"Canadian Video Works" (1987-1988)
File 6Liona Boyd Concerts (1988)
File 7Michael Snow Retrospective (1988)
File 8"Northern Lights: An Exhibition of Canadian Video Art" (1991)
BoxFolder
Box 10File 1Alan Belcher's "Complex '91" (1991-1992)
File 2Miho Sawada's "Thunder and Wind" (1991, 2003)
File 3"Traveling Theory: an Exhibition of Contemporary Canadian Art" - Research Visit (1987)
File 4"Traveling Theory: an Exhibition of Contemporary Canadian Art" - Project file (folder 1 of 2) (1992, 1994, 1999-2000)
File 5"Traveling Theory: an Exhibition of Contemporary Canadian Art" - Project file (folder 2 of 2) (1992, 1994, 1999-2000)
File 6Brian Boigon's "Speed Reading Tokyo" (1989-1990)
File 7Genevieve Cadieux: A Public Art Street Project (1992)
File 8"Kojiki of Architecture: The Physical and Metaphysical World of Kiko Mozuna" (1992-1994)
BoxFolder
Box 11File 1General Idea's "The Armoury of the 1984 Miss General Idea Pavillion" (1987)
File 2General Idea at the "Japan 87 Video Television Festival" (1987)
File 3General Idea's "Test Pattern: TV Dinner Plates from the Miss General Idea Pavilion" (1988)

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Audio-visual, Oversize and Small storage boxes

BoxFolder
Box 12File 1Wrapping paper and bags from Felix, and one from AA ([after 198-?])
File 2Catalogue of Special Show "Test Pattern: T.V. Dinner Plates from the Miss General Idea Pavillion" 1988, Tokyo, Japan - designed by General Idea (1988)
File 3Cardboard envelope for the Yen Scarf ([198-?])
File 4Four sea urchins, a gift from Felix to Fern - regarding Fruits de Mer ([after 198-?])
File 5Felix's Sponge Piece Fruits de Mer ([after 198-?])
File 6Pencils in "AIDS" colours from Felix ([198-?])
N/ASunglasses (from General Idea series, Box 3, File 4)
N/AOversize photograph of Pauline McGibbon (from Chief Curator, Government of Ontario series, Box 5, File 4)
Box 13File 1Stuffed baby seal (artificial) - maquette for Fin de Siècle installation ([198-?])
Box 14N/ALace collar(From General Idea series, Box 1, File 5)
N/ALei (from General Idea series, Box 2, File 9)
N/AT-shirt (from Chief Curator, Government of Ontario series, Box 8, File 4)
Box 15File 1Fern Bayer TV Interview on Collection, August 1990 (1990) (2 min.)
File 2Ontario Government Lost Art ([1990?])
File 3Ontario Government Lost Art ([198-?])
File 4For your Information, Shelagh Rogers - Ontario Government Lost Art (1984)
File 5CBC Morningside with Patrick Martin, 29/11/84 (1984)
File 6CBC Radio: Later the same Day recording of Fern Bayer Interview 17 October 1989 (1989)
N/ACCMC Concert, Osaka, 1988 (from International Cultural Promotion Consultant sub-series, Box 9, File 1)
N/ACCMC demo tape, no date (from International Cultural Promotion Consultant sub-series, Box 9, File 1)

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