Lisa Darms, Archivist and Art Appraiser
Lisa Darms is a New York–based archivist and appraiser of art, photography and archives. As Senior Archivist at NYU's Fales Library & Special Collections from 2009 to 2016, she managed the renowned Downtown Collection of artists' and art organizations' archives, and was curator of the Fales Riot Grrrl Collection. Lisa has an MFA in Photography and an MA in History and Archival Management, and has worked in the photography industry as a custom printer, artist and teacher. She has taught university courses on photography, the history of print, video, and contemporary art. Lisa has a Certificate in Appraisal Studies in Fine and Decorative Arts from NYU, is USPAP certified, and is an Associate, Appraisers Association of America. She has presented and written widely on contemporary art and archives. Her book The Riot Grrrl Collection was published by the Feminist Press in 2013, and Weight of the Earth: The Tape Journals of David Wojnarowicz, was published by Semiotext(e) in 2018.
Lisa's appraisal specialties include postwar and contemporary art, with special expertise in experimental art, artistic avant-gardes, and New York artists from the abstract-expressionists to the Pictures Generation; photography of all eras, including fine art, documentary, and vernacular photographs; print ephemera, especially late 20th century artists books and zines; and archives and collections, including the personal papers of artists, writers and performers, LGBT and queer collections, and assembled collections of manuscripts and memorabilia.
As an archivist, Lisa works with individuals to evaluate, arrange, and catalog archives of any size, and advises on the placement of archives. She also works with galleries and art nonprofits on projects from creating inventories, to assessing current archival programs and making recommendations for improved workflows, preservation and access.