Michael Schnorr Collection of Border Art Workshop/Tallér de Arte Fronterízo Records, 1978-2011 (MSS 760)

Restrictions: Original audiovisual recordings are restricted. Viewing/listening copies may be available for researchers. Digital media are restricted while assessment and processing are performed; please inquire for additional information regarding digital files.

Extent: 30.3 Linear feet (47 archives boxes, 5 cartons, 10 shoe boxes, 5 card file boxes, 4 flat boxes, 9 map case folders, 1 tube, and digital files)

The collection contains records, photographs, and audiovisual media from the artists collective Border Art Workshop/Tallér de Arte Fronterízo (BAW/TAF), as gathered and maintained by Michael Schnorr, one of the founding members of the group.

The Border Art Workshop/Tallér de Arte Fronterízo was organized by David Avalos under the sponsorship of the Centro Cultural de la Raza in San Diego, California between June and October 1984 as a multicultural, interdisciplinary group of artists and cultural activists. The group's seven founding members were (in alphabetical order): Isaac Artenstein, David Avalos, Sara Jo Berman, Jude Eberhardt, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Victor Ochoa and Michael Schnorr. Their goal was to collaboratively examine and deconstruct the concept of the border zone--promoting discussion, representation, and exploration--through the visual arts and performance installations. Over the following two decades, as some of the founding members left the group and new artists joined, BAW/TAF continued to actively participate in multi-disciplinary exhibitions and performances throughout Southern California, the United States, and internationally, at the Venice and Sydney Biennales. A PDF guide to BAW/TAF exhibitions and installations is available here.

In 1994, BAW/TAF drafted a group statement that emphasized their continuing efforts within binational and cross-cultural communities with the goal of expanding regional understanding. The group was committed to creating art and conditions for the viewing of art that overcame cultural barriers, despite inevitable tensions and changes over time within the collaborative itself. Michael Schnorr, as a founding member of BAW/TAF and a primary organizing force in the group's fundraising efforts, maintained much of the group's documentary record.

Schnorr's archive of BAW/TAF records, which included materials relating to his own projects and artistic career, was acquired by the UC San Diego Library following his death in 2012.

The collection contains the records of the artists collective Border Art Workshop/Tallér de Arte Fronterízo (BAW/TAF), as gathered and maintained by Michael Schnorr, one of the founding members of the group. It includes documentation of BAW/TAF's administrative history, funding efforts, correspondence, publicity, performance and project design and execution, and voluminous photographic and audiovisual documentation of performances and installations. The collection includes some material related to the group's original organizational sponsor, the Centro Cultural de la Raza in San Diego, as well as the Poblado Maclovio Rojas, a community outside of Tijuana where BAW/TAF and Schnorr conducted extensive activities related to the arts and social justice causes. A PDF guide to BAW/TAF exhibitions and installations is available here. The papers also include additional material relating to the independent artistic career of Michael Schnorr, who was an artist, social activist, and arts professor at Southwestern College in San Diego.

Digital media are currently being organized and inventoried; please contact Special Collections & Archives for access to those materials.


Container List


Scope and Content of Series

Series 1) ADMINISTRATION: Materials related to the founding, funding, and organization of BAW/TAF. Arranged chronologically within two subseries: A) History and General Administration, and B) Grants.

History and General Administration

Box 1 Folder 1
Artist resumes, 1988
Box 1 Folder 2
Biographies and resumes, 1989
Box 1 Folder 3
Patricio Chavez files, 1989-1995

Archives notes, records, and lists; press releases and related articles; expenses; and memoranda.

Box 1 Folder 4-5
Conference schedules, programs and notes, 1989-1999

Includes NEH Summer Institute, California State Conference, Governor's Conference of the Arts and others.

Box 1 Folder 6
Bibliography of articles regarding BAW/TAF, 1989-1999
Box 1 Folder 7
Fictitious business name statement, 1990
Box 1 Folder 8
Artist agreements, 1991
Box 1 Folder 9
Errata Historica, 1991

Rejection of claims made by Guillermo Gomez-Peña regarding formation of Border Art Workshop.

Box 1 Folder 10
Member chronology and lists, 1991-1995
Box 1 Folder 11
Tax status and other labor and financial forms, with inventory, 1991-2001
Box 1 Folder 12
Lists of grants received, 1992-1998
Box 1 Folder 13
Mission statements and project list, 1992-1999
Box 1 Folder 14
La Llaga BAW/TAF biography, 1993
Box 1 Folder 15
Lists of workshops and projects, 1993-1997
Box 1 Folder 16
Centro Cultural de la Raza Visual Arts Advisory Committee meeting agendas and notes discussing BAW/TAF status, 1995
Box 2 Folder 1
Centro Cultural de la Raza exhibition schedule and Visual Arts Board report, 1993-1996
Box 2 Folder 2
Interview with Bernice Badillo, Fred Lonidier, Leticia Jiminez, and Michael Schnorr, 1996

Topics include Chicano Park and Maclovio Rojas.

Box 2 Folder 3
Essays and list of articles about Maclovio Rojas, 1996-1998
Box 2 Folder 4
Meeting agenda, 1997 October 17
Box 2 Folder 5
Jo-Anne Berelowitz BAW/TAF history and letter regarding defamation of Michael Schnorr, 1997
Box 2 Folder 6
Centro Cultural de la Raza Visual Arts Advisory Committee meeting agendas and notes, 1997-1998
Box 2 Folder 7
Michael Schnorr resumes and support documents, 1998-2003
Box 2 Folder 8
BAW/TAF history (from website), 2001
Box 2 Folder 9
BAW/TAF logo, undated
Box 2 Folder 10
BAW/TAF "foot" stamp, undated
Oversize FB-425 Folder 7
BAW/TAF t-shirt with logo, undated
Box 2 Folder 11
Memorandum on BAW/TAF membership by Narciso Arguelles and Edgardo Reynoso, and Susan Yamagata's response, undated

Letter from Chicano members of group expressing inequalities in leadership.

Box 2 Folder 12
Press contacts, undated


Box 2 Folder 13
Hidden Leaves Proposal, circa 1984-1986

Includes group history, notes, and photographs.

Box 2 Folder 14
Califas - Film Fund proposal, 1985
Box 2 Folder 15
Combined Arts and Education Council of San Diego County, 1986
Box 2 Folder 16
Backyard to Backyard, Erasing the Line, 1987
Box 2 Folder 17
Public Arts Advisory Council, 1987
Box 2 Folder 18
La Frontera: Another Country, 1989
Box 2 Folder 19
Rockefeller Foundation letter re: NEA funding controversies, 1990
Box 2 Folder 20
Award letter for Negotiations project, 1990 September 19
Box 2 Folder 21
California Arts Council proposed budget, 1990
Box 2 Folder 22
Border Watch II, 1990
Box 2 Folder 23
Destination L.A. (LACE proposal), 1990
Box 3 Folder 1
Key to books and project abbreviations for 1991-1995
Box 3 Folder 2
The Biennale of Sydney, circa 1991
Box 3 Folder 3-4
Historias Portatiles, 1991-1993

Includes project expenses and budgets for NEA reports.

Box 3 Folder 5
Things Are Often Not What They Seem, 1992
Box 3 Folder 6
dis-Course: Neighborhood Arts Program, 1992-1993
Box 3 Folder 7
Check register with project codes, 1992-1993
Box 3 Folder 8
U.S.-Mexico Fund for Culture: "A Museological Exchange Program on the Challenges Facing Community-Based Museums", 1993
Box 3 Folder 9
Banff project proposal "From Yucatan to the Yukon", 1993
Box 3 Folder 10
California Arts Council Multicultural Grant contract and report, 1993-1994
Box 3 Folder 11
California Arts Council, 1994
Box 3 Folder 12
ESL: tonguetied/lenguatrabada, 1994
Box 3 Folder 13
Border Archives Project, 1994-1995, 2004
Box 4 Folder 1
USA $moke: San Diego Unified School District grant, 1994
Box 4 Folder 2
Vietnam Exchange Project, 1994
Box 4 Folder 3
National Endowment for the Arts, 1995
Box 4 Folder 42830
The Past and Present History of the Gay Movement in Tijuana, 1995
Box 4 Folder 6
Border Realities IX: Where's Mom?, 1995-1997
Box 4 Folder 7
Traditional Folk Arts Grant Program, 1996
Box 4 Folder 8
Western States Arts Federation/National Endowment for the Arts Regional Fellowships for Visual Artists, 1996
Box 4 Folder 9
Collective Memory: Afghan War Rugs, 1996-1997

Related to Border Realities X: Forms of Resistance.

Box 4 Folder 10
Neighborhood Arts Program, 1997
Box 4 Folder 11
There Are Two Sides to the Tortilla, 1997
Box 5 Folder 1-2
Inroads, 1997-1998
Box 5 Folder 3-4
Binational Collaboration with Poblado Maclovio Rojas, 1997-1999
Box 5 Folder 5
Arco de Guadalupe, 2000
Box 5 Folder 6
Maclovio Rojas - National Endowment for the Arts, 2000
Box 5 Folder 7
National Endowment for the Arts, 2000
Box 5 Folder 8-10
Obstacles to Binational Collaboration/Tiendita TV, 2000-2001
Box 5 Folder 11
Treasure or Target, 2000
Box 6 Folder 1-2
From Baja to Buffalo (South = North = South), 2001
Box 6 Folder 3
San Diego Foundation for Change, 2001
Box 6 Folder 4
The Artist as a Vehicle for Community Action - Maclovio Rojas 3-phase community enhancement proposal, 2001
Box 6 Folder 5
From Baja to Buffalo (South = North = South), 2002
Box 6 Folder 6
Next Generation Grant (California Arts Council), 2002
Box 6 Folder 7
Cultural Contact, 2003
Box 6 Folder 8
Maclovio Rojas exhibition report, 2003
Box 6 Folder 9
Maclovio Rojas Project: International Community Foundation, 2003
Box 6 Folder 10
A House Under Construction proposal, 2007


Scope and Content of Series

Series 2) PROJECTS AND EXHIBITS: Materials documenting the planning, design, installation, and publicity for BAW/TAF projects. Images and audiovisual media relating to the projects are in separate series and must be searched separately. A PDF guide to BAW/TAF exhibitions and installations is available here.

Files are arranged chronologically within five subseries: A) Catalogs, B) Border Realities, C) Cross Project, D) Maclovio Rojas, and E) Other Projects.


Box 6 Folder 11-12
BAW/TAF 1984-1988 catalog drafts
Box 7 Folder 1
BAW/TAF 1984-1989 catalog draft, 1989
Box 7 Folder 2
BAW/TAF 1984-1989 catalog and handwritten notes about project history, 1989
Oversize FB-423 Folder 4
BAW/TAF 1984-1989 catalog layout
Oversize FB-423 Folder 5
BAW/TAF 1984-1989 catalog mock-up
Box 7 Folder 3
Updated catalog 1984-1991 with corrected index
Oversize MC-008-01
BAW/TAF catalog galleys (1 of 4), circa 1991
Oversize MC-008-02
BAW/TAF catalog galleys (2 of 4), circa 1991
Oversize MC-008-03
BAW/TAF catalog galleys (3 of 4), circa 1991
Oversize MC-008-04
BAW/TAF catalog galleys (4 of 4), circa 1991

Border Realities

Box 7 Folder 4
Miscellaneous notes, circa 1985-1998
Oversize FB-425 Folder 1
Border Realities I-III, V, and XIII posters, 1985-2002
Box 7 Folder 5
Border Realities I, 1984-1985
Box 7 Folder 6
Border Realities II and III, 1986-1987
Box 7 Folder 7-8
Border Realities IV: Casa de Cambio, circa 1988

Exhibit materials, graphics, polaroids of money exchanges, notes and sketches. Some of the notes may refer to other exhibitions.

Box 7 Folder 9-11
Border Realities VIII: Broken Promises (Cultural Value is Non-Negotiable) - Notes, correspondence, and exhibit visitors' artwork, 1993-1996
Box 65
Border Realities VIII: Broken Promises (Cultural Value is Non-Negotiable) - Audience participation cards, circa 1995
Box 8 Folder 1-4
Border Realities VIII: Broken Promises (Cultural Value is Non-Negotiable) - Exhibit notes, resources, text mock-ups and readings, 1994
Box 8 Folder 5
Border Realities VIII: Broken Promises (Cultural Value is Non-Negotiable) - Notes, press releases and resources, 1994-1995

Includes work and resources created as part of Australia residency.

Box 8 Folder 6-7
Border Realities IX: Where's Mom? - Research, subject files and notes, 1994-1995

Includes project fliers and press releases.

Box 9 Folder 1
Border Realities IX: Where's Mom? - Research, notes and correspondence with Tim Carroll, 1994-1995
Box 9 Folder 2-3
Border Realities IX: Where's Mom? - Exhibit copy and signs, circa 1995
Box 9 Folder 4
Border Realities IX: Where's Mom? - Exhibit text by Jane Tassi, circa 1995
Oversize MC-010-08
Border Realities IX: Where's Mom? - Exhibit layout (Kids and Violence), circa 1995
Box 47
Border Realities IX: Where's Mom? - "Motherhood" cereal box mock-up, ca. 1995
Box 9 Folder 5
Border Realities X: Forms of Resistance, Corridors of Power and Kids and Violence, 1996-1998

Includes exhibit-related fliers, correspondence and notes.

Box 9 Folder 6-7
Border Realities X: Forms of Resistance, Corridors of Power working files, 1997

Includes project plans, designs, proposal, and correspondence.

Oversize MC-010-08
To-do list and notes on water on long sheet of brown paper, undated
Oversize MC-010-08
Rough sketch of exhibit layout and two-page oversize list for Border Realities X: Forms of Resistance, Corridors of Power, circa 1997
Oversize FB-422 Folder 7-8
Border Realities X: Forms of Resistance, Corridors of Power - Exhibit copy placards, circa 1997
Box 9 Folder 8
Border Realities XI: Corridors of Power, within/out of limbo, 1998

Fliers and two student responses to viewing the exhibit.

Box 9 Folder 9
Border Realities XIII: Art Defends, 2002

Exhibit flyers and designs.

Oversize MC-010-08
Border Realities XIII: Art Defends - Gallery layout sketches, 2002

Cross Project

Box 10 Folder 1
Cross Project skull stencils, 1996
Box 10 Folder 2
Names of deceased, correspondence and press, 1996-2008
Box 10 Folder 3
A Kilometer of Crosses - Postcards, fliers and notes, 1998
Box 10 Folder 4
Images and graphics
Box 10 Folder 5
Migrant billboard design and notes, 1998
Box 10 Folder 6
Names of deceased, 1998
Box 10 Folder 7
Cross and banner plans, notes and budget, 1998-1999
Box 10 Folder 8
Names of deceased, notes and resources, 1998-2001
Box 10 Folder 9
Federal Building Protest notes, 1999
Box 10 Folder 10
Global Exchange and Cinco de Mayo plans and designs, 1999
Box 10 Folder 11
Cross Project press book and clippings, 1999-2001
Box 10 Folder 12
Alto a Guardian (Stop Operation Gatekeeper) design and notes, 2000
Box 10 Folder 13
Border fence paintings, plans and correspondence, 2000-2004

Includes list of migrant dead, Mexico City, CECUT, and Illago works.

Box 10 Folder 14
Shoes with tags, plans and flyers, 2001
Box 10 Folder 15
Migrant death placards, 2002
Box 10 Folder 16
Migrant death graphs and notes, circa 2002
Oversize FB-424 Folder 3
Migrant deaths recorded on map, 1999-2000
Box 10 Folder 17
Marigold altar designs, 2004
Box 10 Folder 18
Names of deceased with note from Susan Yamagata, undated
Box 10 Folder 19
Partial index to mini-DVC recordings of Cross Project

Includes descriptions of footage labelled "Alto A Guardian en Playas" and "Cross Project DF," possibly Mexico City. It is unclear which recordings in the VIDEO AND FILMS series this corresponds to.

Maclovio Rojas

Box 11 Folder 1
Service agreement, correspondence, and notes, 1995-2000

Includes a letter signed by several members of BAW/TAF regarding Victor Ochoa's participation in the project.

Oversize FB-424 Folder 6
Centro Comunitario Aguascalientes designs and sketches, ca. 1995
Box 11 Folder 2
Coalition for Justice in the Maquiladoras flyers, 1996
Box 11 Folder 3
Proposal, 1996
Box 11 Folder 4
Project file, 1996-2002
Box 11 Folder 5
Project chronology and background, 1997-1999

Includes an interview with Schnorr by El Campo RUSE.

Box 11 Folder 6-7
Press and clippings, 1996-2002
Box 11 Folder 8
Aguascalientes designs and plans, 1997
Box 11 Folder 9
Advertising for community events (supported by INsite97), 1997
Box 11 Folder 10
American Friends Service Committee Mexico Service Project, 1997
Box 11 Folder 11
Art in the context of collaborative empowerment, 1997

Description of BAW/TAF involvement with Maclovio Rojas.

Box 11 Folder 12
Auto billboard designs, 1997
Box 11 Folder 13
Maclovio Rojas and BAW/TAF notes, 1998

Includes drafts of histories of the collaboration and mission of BAW/TAF and Maclovio Rojas; and a map of MR sites.

Box 11 Folder 14
Geocities website on Maclovio Rojas history and BAW/TAF collaboration, 1999
Box 11 Folder 15
Interview transcript with Michael Schnorr about the cultural center, 1999
Box 11 Folder 16
Assorted notes, reports, statements and correspondence, 2001-2004

Includes a draft of an IFC progress report on the project, describing how monies were spent, and a short essay by Schnorr about the Parque Memorial.

Box 11 Folder 17
Aguascalientes mural notes, 2004
Oversize FB-423 Folder 2
Aguascalientes mural plans and sketches, 2004
Box 11 Folder 18
Parque Memorial /Panteón plans and illustrations, undated

Hand-drawn grading and elevation plans.

Oversize FB-424 Folder 8-9
Parque Memorial /Panteón - Panoramas, plans and drawings, ca. 2001-2004
Oversize FB-425 Folder 3
Cemetery chapel sketch and Park Memorial watercolor, ca. 2004

Other Projects

Box 11 Folder 19
Assorted project concept notes and resources, ca. 1984-1995

Includes many sketches and original drawings by Michael Schnorr.

Box 12 Folder 1-7
Assorted project concept notes and resources, ca. 1985-2005

Includes many sketches and original drawings by Michael Schnorr.

Box 12 Folder 8
BAW/TAF newsletter, 1985 May 10
Box 12 Folder 9
The Broken Line/La Línea Quebrada, 1985-1989

Includes project publications.

Oversize MC-010-09
Artwork advertising The Broken Line 3 (La Linea Quebrada 3) traveling exhibition, 1988
Box 12 Folder 10
End of the Line, 1986
Box 12 Folder 11
Café Urgente, 1986
Box 12 Folder 12
Tri-cultural street event, 1986

Held in conjunction with the Sushi Gallery Streetworks exhibition. Includes negatives of artwork.

Oversize FB-424 Folder 3
Tri-cultural street event - Original mock-up of poster, 1986
Box 12 Folder 13
Is the Border in Your Mind, on the Ground or in the Media?, 1987
Box 12 Folder 14
Backyard to Backyard: Erasing the Line, 1987

Includes photographs of the border.

Box 12 Folder 15
911-A House Gone Wrong, 1987 April-June

Includes a copy of "Mi Casa es su Casa," a borders ballet by Sara-Jo Berman performed in conjunction with BAW/TAF's 911-A House Gone Wrong installation.

Oversize FB-422 Folder 3
Gatekeeper/Guardian project fliers, 1987
Box 13 Folder 1-2
US-Mexico Border Project with Pomegranate Foundation, 1987-1990

Includes project plans, press releases, correspondence, and notes.

Box 13 Folder 3
Vidas Perdidas/Lost Lives notes and press, 1988-1989
Oversize FB-425 Folder 6
Vidas Perdidas exhibit plan and design in pen and watercolor, 1988-1989
Box 13 Folder 4
Capp Street Project (Border Axes), 1989
Box 13 Folder 5
Super Barrio, 1989
Oversize MC-010-09
Super Barrio poster, 1989
Oversize FB-422 Folder 1
Border Brujo mask, undated
Box 13 Folder 6
Dos Ciudades/Two Cities proposal and notes, 1989-1991

Includes letter responding to a meeting from the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art.

Box 13 Folder 7
Lite Up the Border response notes, 1990
Box 13 Folder 8
The New Museum exhibit notes and correspondence, 1990

Includes a letter from a curator reflecting on the "complicated social, political, and even historical issues" in presenting BAW/TAF at the museum.

Box 13 Folder 9
Workbooks for investigations into racism, etc., circa 1990
Box 13 Folder 10
Border Sutures, circa 1990
Box 13 Folder 11
Border Watch II - Proposal and related materials, 1990-1991
Box 13 Folder 12
Border Watch II - Exhibit copy and promotion, 1990
Box 13 Folder 13-15
Notebooks - Schnorr's exhibit concepts, meeting notes etc., 1990-2001
Box 14 Folder 1
Venice Biennale, 1990

Brochure includes images from BAW/TAF performances and an index of projects. Folder also includes a poem by Carlos Toth, and press clippings.

Box 14 Folder 2
South=North=South (Hallwalls) project notes and resources, 1991
Oversize FB-425 Folder 5
South=North=South (Hallwalls) poster, 1991
Box 14 Folder 3
Whitewash(ed) - Press release, statements and related articles, 1991

Includes materials relating to local controversy over the content of the installation.

Box 14 Folder 4
Whitewash(ed) - Exhibit notes, 1991
Oversize FB-424 Folder 3
Whitewash(ed) poster, 1991
Box 14 Folder 5
Destination L.A. (LACE), 1991-1992
Oversize FB-424 Folder 3
Destination L.A. poster, 1992
Oversize MC-010-08
Destination L.A. exhibit layout (red on white paper), 1992
Box 14 Folder 6
Barrier to Bridge/Linea a Puente proposal letter, 1992
Box 14 Folder 7
East Timor/Warta Kutju proposals and related materials, 1992-1995
Box 14 Folder 8-9
inSITE92, inSITE94 and Abandoned (Abandonado) II, 1992-1994
Box 14 Folder 10
Historias Portatiles/Portable Stories - Story cards, 1992
Box 14 Folder 11
Historias Portatiles/Portable Stories - Audience participation, 1992
Box 15 Folder 1-3
Historias Portatiles/Portable Stories - Project materials, press, and book, 1992
Oversize FB-423 Folder 7
Historias Portatiles/Portable Stories - Catalog galleys and layout, circa 1992
Box 15 Folder 4
Australia projects list, statement and fliers, 1992-1993

Includes press clippings.

Box 15 Folder 5
Sydney Biennale - Project planning correspondence, budget and notes, 1992-1993
Box 15 Folder 6-8
Sidney Biennale - Grant correspondence and notes, 1992-1994

Includes memoranda and project descriptions.

Box 16 Folder 1-2
Sydney Biennale - Project correspondence and notes, 1992-1994
Box 16 Folder 3
Australia projects - Lie of the Land, circa 1993
Box 16 Folder 4
Australia projects - Notes, drawings and correspondence, 1993-1994
Box 16 Folder 5
Discoveries - Project correspondence, 1993-1994
Box 16 Folder 6-7
Discoveries - Cabramatta shop project, 1992-1994
Oversize FB-425 Folder 2
Discoveries posters, ca. 1993
Box 16 Folder 8
Correspondence from Perth, Australia, 1995-1996
Box 16 Folder 9
La Frontera/The Border exhibition, 1993

Boicot/Boycott San Diego

Box 16 Folder 10
Book, ephemera and press releases, 1993
Box 16 Folder 11
Correspondence and notes, 1993-1994

Includes letter and ephemera from American Spring organization, and response from Brian Bilbray.

Box 17 Folder 1-2
Book layout with original articles, 1993
Box 17 Folder 3-5
Book master with photographs, 1993-1994
Box 18 Folder 1
Notebooks, 1993

ESL: tonguetied/lenguatrabada

Box 18 Folder 2
Visitor participation sheets, 1993

The ESL installation was part of inSITE94.

Box 18 Folder 3
Catalog mockup, 1994
Box 18 Folder 4
Notes and participant agreements, 1994
Box 18 Folder 5-6
Project books and catalog, 1994
Box 18 Folder 7
Notes, correspondence and exhibit materials, circa 1994
Box 18 Folder 8
"Red Ink - Recollections of ESL - in Australia", undated
Box 19 Folder 1
Audience participation book, 1993
Oversize FB-424 Folder 2
La llaga/The sore poster, ca. 1995
Box 19 Folder 2-3
Africus - Johannesburg Biennale (South Africa), 1994-1995

Correspondence, project plans and notes.

Box 19 Folder 4
Africus - Proposal, notes, and submission materials, 1997
Box 19 Folder 5
MACLA - Artists Respond to Proposition 187, 1995
Box 19 Folder 6
Boicot/Boycott San Diego - No Human Being is Illegal campaign, 1996

Balloons and ephemera featuring the campaign graphic.

Oversize FB-425 Folder 7
Boicot/Boycott San Diego - No Human Being is Illegal t-shirt, 1996
Box 20 Folder 1-2
USA $moke project plans, budget and reference materials, 1996
Box 20 Folder 3
USA $moke exhibit description, 1996
Oversize FB-424 Folder 2
La frontère et les enfants posters, 1995
Oversize FB-423 Folder 8
Children Look at the Border - Large drawings, ca. 1995
Oversize FB-422 Folder 6
Children Look at the Border - Small drawings, ca. 1995
Box 20 Folder 4
The border as seen by its children/Las fronteras vistas por los niños (Habitat II) - Proposal and materials, 1996
Box 20 Folder 5
Drawings and concepts by Michael Schnorr, circa 1997

Includes photographs of Michael Schnorr at fence.

Box 20 Folder 6
"Border Vignets" notes, circa 2000
Box 20 Folder 7
Kids Croatia notes, 2001 August
Box 20 Folder 8
Tijuana Globe Project notes, 2001
Oversize FB-424 Folder 5
Individual Artist Residency - CECUT project proposal and sketches, 2001-2002
Box 20 Folder 9
Project notebook, circa 2003
Box 20 Folder 10
Strange New World: Art and Design from Tijuana, 2006

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.

Box 20 Folder 11
Mexican Cultural Heritage Gardens Project proposal, undated
Box 20 Folder 12
Nationalism is Nasty, undated
Box 20 Folder 13
Schnorr notepad on Triumph of the Will, ca. 1993
Oversize FB-423 Folder 1
Sketches of the border, undated
Oversize MC-010-09
BAW/TAF vs. La Migra poster, undated
Oversize FB-425 Folder 5
Gerardo Navarro poster on newsprint, undated


Scope and Content of Series

Series 3) CHICANO PARK MURALS: Papers and images relating to the design, painting and restoration of murals in San Diego's Chicano Park by Michael Schnorr, such as Coatlicue, Voz Libre, Farm Worker (also known as Death of a Farm Worker), and Undocumented Worker. It also includes general reference materials, including Schnorr's notes and some newsletters and correspondence, about the murals in Chicano Park and the mural movement more generally in Southern California. The series includes material on the seismic retrofit of the access ramps to the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge in the late nineties, and files relating to Schnorr's use of a product called Vandl-Guard from Frazee Paint, which he intended to use as a graffiti and pollution-resistant coating over his murals. The product was applied to Coatlicue, Farm Workers, and others, and he alleged that it caused rapid deterioration (chipping and flaking) on the surface of the murals. Schnorr and Susan Yamagata sued the manufacturer for damages.

Arranged in two subseries: A) Documents, and B) Photographs and Slides.


Box 20 Folder 14
Miscellaneous notes and resources on murals and BAW/TAF projects, 1984

Includes notes on the beginnings of BAW/TAF, and a statement by Victor Ochoa on the Public Arts Advisory Board.

Box 21 Folder 1
Clippings on Chicano Park murals, 1978-1985
Box 21 Folder 2
Chicano Park Steering Committee newsletter "El Chingazo", 1979 August
Oversize FB-425 Folder 2
Poster - Nuestra Tierra Sagrada Parque Chicano Aztlan, undated

Vand-L-Shield/Vandl Guard lawsuit

Box 21 Folder 3
Trial correspondence, 1978-1990
Box 21 Folder 4
Complaint of Michael Schnorr re: damage to Coatlicue, 1982 June 25
Box 21 Folder 5
Trial requests and responses, 1983-1986
Box 21 Folder 6-7
Deposition of Schnorr, 1985
Box 21 Folder 8
Plaintiff's trial brief, 1987 August 3
Box 21 Folder 9-10
Trial notes and research on the Chicano Park murals, circa 1985
Box 21 Folder 11
Interview transcript on Chicano murals with Barbara Carrasco, Victor Ochoa, Tim Drescher and Michael Schnorr, circa 1985
Box 21 Folder 12
List of 1977-78 Los Angeles city-wide mural project works

Voz Libre (Pedro J. Gonzalez mural)

Box 21 Folder 13
Flier advertising the unveiling of the Voz Libre mural in Chicano Park, and related articles, 1984 December 16
Oversize TS-87
Original Voz Libre design drawing, ca. 1984
Oversize MC-006-06
Original Voz Libre sketches, ca. 1984

CALTRANS seismic retrofit of San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge and Chicano Park mural restoration

Box 21 Folder 14
Historic Resource Evaluation Report, 1996 August
Box 21 Folder 15
CALTRANS State Route 75 San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge approach ramps seismic retrofit plan (draft), 1998 March
Box 21 Folder 16
CALTRANS Historical Resources Compliance Report, and photographs, 1998 November
Box 22 Folder 1
Restoration of Death of a Farmworker project folder, 1998-2004

Includes correspondence, legal papers, budgets, project notes and description.

Box 22 Folder 2
"Sunday in the Park" tour arrangements, with a statement by Michael Schnorr, 2000
Box 22 Folder 3
Undocumented Worker restoration - Mural sealant correspondence, notes and specifications, 2011

Photographs and Slides

Box 22 Folder 4
Coatlicue (Susan Yamagata and Michael Schnorr), 1978-1980
Box 22 Folder 5
Huelga Eagle (Raul Espinoza and Michael Schnorr), 1978-1979
Box 22 Folder 6-8
Death of a Farm Worker (Michael Schnorr and Susan Yamagata) - Slides, 1979
Box 22 Folder 9
Death of a Farm Worker (Michael Schnorr and Susan Yamagata) - Prints
Box 23 Folder 1
Undocumented Worker (Michael Schnorr and team), 1979-1980
Box 23 Folder 2
Miscellaneous images, ca. 1978-1980

Many of these images show the original scaffolding and painting of the murals.

Oversize MC-010-07
Enlarged black and white print of Susan Yamagata, ca. 1979

Location presumed to be Chicano Park.

Box 23 Folder 3-4
Before and after white paint damage on Undocumented Worker, Farmworker, Coatlicue - Slides and prints, 1980-1981
Box 23 Folder 5
Before and after white paint damage on Undocumented Worker, Farmworker, Coatlicue - Negatives, 1980-1981, 1996
Box 23 Folder 6-8
Voz Libre: P.H. González (Michael Schnorr and team), 1983-1985
Oversize FB-424 Folder 4
Voz Libre mural documentation, undated

Snapshots of close-ups of mural details, a ruler, etc. mounted on paper.

Box 23 Folder 9
Portraits of Michael Schnorr in Chicano Park, 1985 August, 1990
Box 23 Folder 10
Damaged / vandalized mural artwork - Negatives, 2002 April 29
Box 23 Folder 11
Installation at Chicano Park - Berenice Badillo Straubinger, undated


Scope and Content of Series

Series 4) Correspondence: Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Box 24 Folder 1
Arguelles, Narciso, 1993-1997

Includes correspondence about exhibitions and membership in BAW/TAF.

Box 24 Folder 2
Ayres, Ed (Worldwatch Institute), 2003
Box 24 Folder 3
Biennale of Sydney, 1992

Correspondence regarding invitation for BAW/TAF artists to attend forum on issues pertaining to post-colonialism and political action in Australia.

Box 24 Folder 4
El Museo del Barrio, 2008 January 29

Loan agreements.

Box 24 Folder 5
Gómez-Peña, Guillermo, 1990 February 25
Box 24 Folder 6
Indigenous People Projects of Jalisco, 1994
Box 24 Folder 7
inSITE, 1996-2000

Invitation to participate in residency and correspondence about exhibitions. Includes a strong critical response statement from Victor Ochoa.

Box 24 Folder 8
Kurtycz, Marcos, 1989
Oversize FB-422 Folder 4
Kurtycz, Marcos - "Southwestern Fires", 1986
Box 24 Folder 9
La Raza Galeria Posada, 1993
Box 24 Folder 10
Letters of support on behalf of the Border Art project, 1992-2000

For and by Michael Schnorr and BAW/TAF.

Box 24 Folder 11
Macdonald, Lucy (Artzone Pacific), 193-1994
Box 24 Folder 12
Miscellaneous, 1989-1999

Miscellaneous letters to and from BAW/TAF members, arranged chronologically. Letters primarily concern grants and projects.

Box 24 Folder 13
The New Museum, 1990-1995

Includes a letter from a curator reflecting on BAW/TAF and Border Sutures.

Box 24 Folder 14
Sadowski-Smith, Claudia (re: permission to use Schnorr's Maclovio Rojas images), 1998-2002
Box 24 Folder 15-19
Schnorr, Michael, 1980-2012

Letter to and from Schnorr, arranged chronologically. Includes materials regarding Australia residency and Cabramatta project.

Box 24 Folder 20
Stamp Out Crime Council Immigration Seminar, 1991

Includes correspondence and articles re: Garrett Hardin.

Box 24 Folder 21
The Tamarind Institute, 1993
Box 24 Folder 22-23
Yamagata, Susan

Letters to and from Susan Yamagata, arranged chronologically. Includes letters about projects, exhibitions, image reproductions, group membership and archives.


Scope and Content of Series

Series 5) RELATED RESOURCES. Artwork, fliers, articles, and other materials found in the collection that relate to BAW/TAF's working themes, or its artists.

Box 25 Folder 1
Gómez-Peña, Guillermo - Sketches (reproductions), ca. 1979-1987
Box 25 Folder 2
Gómez-Peña, Guillermo - Press and BAW/TAF, 1990-1991

Correspondence, clippings, and memoranda on Gómez-Peña and his relationship to and within BAW/TAF. Includes article, "Death on the Border: A Eulogy to Border Art."

Oversize FB-422 Folder 2
Untitled original artwork by Benjamin Serrano, 1985
Box 25 Folder 3
Calaveras (año 1, numero I, epoca I), 1985
Box 25 Folder 4
Mural by Hung Liu - Interview and images, ca. 1986

Mural was designed in the north stairwell or the Media Center and Communication Building, Third College, UC San Diego.

Box 25 Folder 5
Memorandum completed by Schnorr on the mission and philosophy of the Arts and Humanities Division at Southwestern College, 1987
Oversize FB-423 Folder 6
Border+ing Manual, 1988

An oversize softcover hand-illustrated booklet on borders.

Box 25 Folder 6
Excerpt from "Fractured Reality: Representation, Text and Canon in the Work of Guillermo Gómez-Peña," a thesis by Doug Keiller, 1991

Excerpt focuses the formation and culture of BAW/TAF.

Box 25 Folder 7
Art Rebate letter to the editor, 1993
Box 25 Folder 8
California Coalition for Immigration Reform, circa 1995

Anti-immigration flyers and press.

Box 25 Folder 9
Writings by Manuel Mancillas-Zopilote, 1996 and undated

Interview entitled "How is collaboration emerging?" and an essay on the San Diego/Tijuana Chicano art scene, "The Battle of the Macs."

Box 25 Folder 10
American Friends Service Committee U.S./Mexico Border Program badges and mailing list, 1996
Box 25 Folder 11
inSITE 97 illustration by Francisco Merino, 1997
Box 25 Folder 12
"A wag dogging a tale." Essay by David Avalos, undated
Box 25 Folder 13
U.S. Border Patrol Museum ephemera, undated

Includes a drug-themed children's coloring book, a catalog from the museum, and a postcard.

Box 25 Folder 14-15
Assorted press releases and announcements, 1989-2005

Includes material promoting BAW/TAF projects (especially Border Realities and the Cross project), as well as related or collaborative events, such as protests against Operation Gatekeeper.

Oversize FB-423 Folder 3
Placemats by Sergio de la Torre, undated
Box 25 Folder 16
Miscellaneous flyers

Flyers from border-related events not involving BAW/TAF.

Oversize FB-425 Folder 4
Activist and event posters, ca. 1984-1995

Includes posters for End Police/Migra Terror!; Tijuana "Spring Carnival"; Le Venganza de Moctezuma; and David Avalos's Café Mestizo, among others.


Scope and Content of Series

Series 6) PHOTOGRAPHS AND IMAGES: Extensive photographic documentation of many of BAW/TAF and Schnorr's artworks and performance installations. Formats include photographic prints, slides, negatives and ink-jet prints. Materials are arranged into three major projects comprising the first three subseries, then in approximate chronological order.

Arranged in four subseries: A) Border Realities, B) Cross Project: A Kilometer of Crosses, C) Maclovio Rojas, D) Miscellaneous.

Border Realities

Box 25 Folder 17
Border Realities I, 1985
Box 25 Folder 18
Border Realities II, 1986

May include images from other early BAW/TAF projects, such as Border Tableau. Includes images of Border Patrol agent in a gas mask, helicopter (Jacumba site installation), etc. which were utilized in other projects.

Box 26 Folder 1-2
Border Realities III and IV, Casa de Cambio - Slides, 1987-1988
Box 26 Folder 3
Border Realities IV - Prints, 1988
Box 26 Folder 4
Border Realities VIII: Broken Promises (Cultural Value is Non-Negotiable) - Negatives and color prints, 1993
Box 26 Folder 5
Border Realities VIII: Broken Promises, 1994-1995

Includes slides, contact sheets and prints.

Box 26 Folder 6-7
Border Realities VIII, Box Show (Australia) - Batchen/Bugbee slides, 1994- 1995
Box 26 Folder 8
Border Realities IX: Where's Mom? (Sydney, Australia), circa 1995

Includes images and some documentation from SMEAR, which explored issues of child sexual assault.

Box 27 Folder 1
Border Realities X: Forms of Resistance, Corridors of Power, 1997

Contact sheets, prints and slides. Includes prints of Afghanistan war imagery weavings and rugs.

Box 27 Folder 2-3
Border Realities XI: Corridors of Power, within/out of limbo, 1998

Includes images from Maclovio Rojas and the artwork of Félix Pérez.

Box 27 Folder 4
Border Realities XIII: Art Defends - Prints and transparencies, 2002

Cross Project: A Kilometer of Crosses

Box 27 Folder 5
Miscellaneous slides, 1993-2003

Miscellaneous color slide images from all related exhibitions for A Kilometer of Crosses. May include duplicates from other folders in this series.

Box 27 Folder 6
Maclovio Rojas kids with crosses - Negatives, prints and contact sheets, 1998 October 26
Box 27 Folder 7
A Kilometer of Crosses - Fence without crosses/shadows - Slides, 1998 November
Box 27 Folder 8
Pre-installation, including Schnorr's truck and coffin - Prints and slides, 1998
Box 27 Folder 9
A Kilometer of Crosses - Daytime, color prints, 1998
Box 27 Folder 10
A Kilometer of Crosses - Nighttime, 4x5 color transparencies, 1998
Box 27 Folder 11
A Kilometer of Crosses - Nighttime, b/w prints, 1998 November 2
Box 27 Folder 12
A Kilometer of Crosses - Nighttime, color prints and negatives, 1998
Box 27 Folder 13
Billboard in Tijuana - Prints, 1998
Box 27 Folder 14-15
Crosses at Southwest College - Prints and negatives, 1998
Box 28 Folder 1-2
Ghosts installation - Color prints and negatives, 1999
Box 28 Folder 3-6
Mexico City (Distrito Federal) crosses and border paintings - Prints, negatives and slides, 1999-2000
Oversize FB-424 Folder 7
Mexico City (Distrito Federal) installation - Panoramas, ca. 1999
Box 28 Folder 7-8
Border paintings at Convention Center NCLR - Prints and slides, 2000
Box 28 Folder 9
Border paintings at CECUT, Tijuana - Prints and negatives, 2000
Box 28 Folder 10
Border paintings at Democratic Convention, Los Angeles - Prints and negatives, 2000 August
Box 29 Folder 1
Border paintings at Federal Building, San Diego - Prints, 2000 September 29
Box 29 Folder 2-3
Border paintings at I.B. Heliport - Prints, negatives and slides, 2000-2001
Box 29 Folder 4
Alto Guardian - Color prints taped into panorama, and slides, circa 2000

Includes prints and negatives documenting creation at Southwest College.

Box 29 Folder 5
Alto Guardian, Airport Road - Prints and negatives, undated
Box 29 Folder 6-7
Border fence paintings - Prints and negatives, circa 2000
Box 29 Folder 8
No identificados (water bottles) - Print and negatives, circa 2000
Box 29 Folder 9
Vigil and Chicano Park - Prints and negatives, circa 2000
Box 30 Folder 1-2
Jesus Migrante - Prints, negatives and slides, 2001
Box 30 Folder 3
Susan Yamagata banner designs for Claudia Smith, 2003 November