Oral history interview with Dong Kingman, 1996 Jul. 3-4
Kingman, Dong, 1911-2000
Andersen, Irene Poon
Works Progress Administration
San Diego Museum of Art
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Sound recording: 1 sound cassette (60 min.); 2 x 1-1/4 in.
Transcript: 18 p., supplementary material
Supplementary material includes a photograph (12x15 in.) of Kingman; a photocopy of a review of a one-man show of his watercolors from the San Francisco News, 1936; a photocopy of an article in Life Magazine, 1955 that is a portion of the report he painted for the State Dept. of his around-the-world lecture tour; and a copy of "With New Eyes: Toward an Asian American Art History in the West", the exhibition catalog for which Irene Poon Andersen was a curator.
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An interview conducted by Stan and Irene Poon Andersen on July 3-4, 1996, New York City, with Dong Kingman. Accompanying the interview are a few newspaper and magazine articles, and a photograph of Kingman, taken by Irene Poon Andersen, 1996. The material was compiled following the 1995 exhibition "With New Eyes: Toward An Asian American Art History in the West," for which Poon Andersen was a curator and exhibitor.
Kingman discusses his early years and education in Oakland, Calif. and Hong Kong; teaching at Mills College, Oakland, University of Wyoming, Laramie and the San Diego Museum; working on the WPA art project; military service with the US Army OSS art department; leaving the Bay Area when he was drafted, moving first to Washington, D.C. and later to New York City where has remained; and work on movies including "Flower Drum Song," "55 Days to Peking," and "Virgin Soldier."
Oral history interview with Dong Kingman, 1996 Jul. 3-4. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Dong Kingman (1911-2000) was a painter and illustrator from the San Francisco Bay Area and New York City. Worked for the Works Progress Administration.
Donated 1997 by Stan Andersen and Irene Poon Andersen.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001