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The Museum of Contemporary Art Interviews measure 8 linear feet and contain video interviews with 35 artists, curators, and an art collector, conducted by the staff of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago between 1979 and 1986, on 107 U-Matic videocassettes.
The first set of interviews are with contemporary artists who had solo exhibitions at the museum between 1979 and 1985, including Chuck Close, Roger Brown, Eric Fischl, Peter and Ritzi Jacobi, Steve Keister, Sol Le Witt, and collector Dennis Adrian, whose Chicago art collection was exhibited in 1982. The remainder of the series contains four sets of interviews and other footage relating to exhibitions and programming, including the 1979 exhibition, "Wall Painting - Ryman, Hafif, Pozzi, Jackson, Yasuda;" the 1981 exhibition, "Kick out the jams: Detroit's Cass Corridor 1963-1977;" and the 1983 exhibition and educational program, "Eleven Chicago Artists," created with Chicago's N.A.M.E. gallery, which traveled to area high schools featuring short video documentaries about each artist that were created from the footage on the tapes in this collection. The last set includes interviews with architects Dirk Lohan and George Danforth and historian Franz Schulze, created for the 1986 program "Mies van der Rohe Remembered," celebrating the centennial of the architect's birth.
Museum of Contemporary Art interviews, 1979-1986. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Some of the video recordings in this collection have been copied for research access and digital copies are available in the Archives of American Art officices.
Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, administered through the Council on Library and Information Resources' Hidden Collections grant program.
Tapes are for study purposes only. Editing or duplication of these tapes requires prior written permission from: Museum of Contemporary Art, 237 East Ontario Street, Chicago, Ill. 60611.
The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago was founded in 1967 with Jan van der Marck as its first Director.
Donated 1986 by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001