Robert I. Smithson, Partially Buried Woodshed, Papers and Photographs,
Prepared for the Web by Cara Gilgenbach, 17 January, 2002; last updated December 2010
1 record storage box; 1 oversized document case; 1.5 cubic feet, 11th floor
Robert I. Smithson (1938-1973) created the Partially Buried Woodshed
on the Kent State campus in 1970. Much controversy surrounded the work throughout
its existence. In 1975 a portion of the work was set on fire and half of the
structure was burned. In January 1984 the remains of the Woodshed were
removed from the University.
For more information on this work and its history at Kent State, please refer
to the exhibition catalog Robert
Smithson's Partially Buried Woodshed (Essay by Dorothy Shinn) located
in Special Collections. Additional books by and about Robert Smithson are also
held in Special Collections and are cataloged in KentLINK.
Scope and Content
This collection contains several photographs of Smithson's Partially Buried
Woodshed, clippings on the work and Smithson, and other miscellaneous items.
Also included are audiotapes and videotapes of a 1990 conference on Robert Smithson
held at KSU in conjunction with an exhibition in the School of Art Gallery.
A significant part of the collection contains art periodicals including articles
and illustrations by or about Smithson.
NOTE TO STAFF: Negatives for University photographs related
to the Woodshed may be found in the University Photographs Collection
at 701/22-7; 753/31-1,2; 831/20-3; 834/25-1.
Folder -- Contents
Apseloff, Glen. 2 photographs (color) of Partially Buried Woodshed,
Herlin, Jean-Noel. "Appraisal of Robert Smithson's Archives and Library
Donated by Nancy Holt to the Archives of American Art," 1986
Smithson, Robert. Handwritten bequeathment of Partially Buried Woodshed
to Kent State University, January 22, 1970 [photocopy].
Clippings on Partially Buried Woodshed and Robert Smithson,1970-95
Shinn, Dorothy. Manuscript of Shinn's essay Robert Smithson's Partially
Drawings of Partially Buried Woodshed [photocopies] from Wexner Center
for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio
Kent State University School of Art. Documents from Partially Buried
Woodshed exhibit, April-May 1990
Kent State University School of Art. Exhibition catalog, flyers, and other
documents related to Structures of Experience: an exhibition in response
to Robert Smithson at Kent State University and Acquiring its own
History: a symposium on Smithson's Partially Buried Woodshed after 35 Years,
March 28th - April 15, 2005.
Charred fragment of wood removed from Partially Buried Woodshed following
the 1975 fire that destroyed half of the work
Audiotapes, videotapes, and DVD
Tape # -- Contents
Audiotape (cassette): Robert Smithson Conference, [tape 1 of 3], 
Audiotape (cassette): Robert Smithson Conference, [tape 2 of 3], 
Audiotape (cassette): Robert Smithson Conference, [tape 3 of 3], 
Videotape (VHS): Robert Smithson Conference, [tape 1 of 3], 1990
Videotape (VHS): Robert Smithson Conference, [tape 1 of 3], 1990 [copy 2]
Videotape (VHS): Robert Smithson Conference, [tape 2 of 3], 1990
Videotape (VHS): Robert Smithson Conference, [tape 2 of 3], 1990 [copy 2]
Videotape (VHS): Robert Smithson Conference, [tape 3 of 3], 1990
Videotape (VHS): Robert Smithson Conference, [tape 3 of 3], 1990 [copy 2]
DVD: Sheds, 2004 [DVD produced in conjuntion with a retrospective
exhibition at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art by Persistent Pictures.
Running time: 22 minutes.] For viewing only.
Periodical articles by and about Smithson
Alloway, Lawrence. "Robert Smithson's development." Artforum,
v. 11., no. 3 (November 1972), p. 52-61
Bierman, William. "Burn the woodshed! Spare the woodshed!: a widow's
plea, arson, and the old question: what is art?" Beacon [Akron
Beacon Journal magazine], July 20, 1975 [illustrations by Chuck Ayers]
Coplans, John. "Robert Smithson: the 'Amarillo Ramp'." Artforum,
v. 12, no. 8 (April 1974), p. 36-45
Gildzen, Alex. "Partially buried woodshed" : A Robert Smithson Log." Arts magazine. v. 52, no. 9 (May 1978), p. 118-120. Part of an Arts Magazine Special Issue: Robert Smithson.
Robbin, Anthony. "Smithson's non-site sights."ARTnews,
v. 67, no. 10 (February 1969), p. 50-53
"Robert Smithson: Sculpture"photocopy of magazine article
about Smithson's work
Smithson, Robert. "The artist does not have to will a response to the
'deepening political crisis in America'." Artforum, v. 9, no.
1 (September 1970), p. 39
Smithson, Robert. "A cinematic atopia."Artforum,
v. 10, no. 1 (September 1971), p. 53-55
Smithson, Robert. "Cultural confinement." Artforum, v.
11, no. 2 (October 1972), p. 39
Smithson, Robert. ". . . The earth, subject to cataclysms, is a cruel
master." Arts magazine, v. 46, no. 2 (November 1971), p. 36-41
Smithson, Robert. "Entropy and the new monuments." Artforum,
v. 4, no. 10 (June 1966), p. 26-31
Smithson, Robert. "Frederick Law Olmsted and the dialectical landscape."
Artforum, v. 11, no. 6 (February 1973), p. 62-68
Smithson, Robert. "Incidents of mirror-travel in the Yucatan."
Artforum, v. 8, no. 1 (September 1969), p. 28-33
Smithson, Robert. "The monuments of Passaic: has Passaic replaced Rome
as the eternal city?"Artforum, v. 6, no. 4 (December
1967), p. 48-51
Smithson, Robert. "Quasi-infinities and the waning of space."
Arts magazine, v. 41, no. 1 (November 1966), p. 28-31
Smithson, Robert. "Some void thoughts on museums."Arts
magazine, v. 41, no. 4 (February 1967), p. 41
Smithson, Robert. "The sedimentation of the mind." Artforum,
v. 7, no. 1 (September 1968), p. 44-50
Smithson, Robert. "Towards the development of an air terminal site"Artforum, v. 5, no. 10 (Summer 1967), p. 36-40
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