Oral history interview with Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1976 Dec. 16
Hirshhorn, Joseph H., 1899-1981
Cummings, Paul, 1933-
De Kooning, Willem
Eilshemius, Louis M. (Louis Michel)
Place of publication, production, or execution:
New York (State)
Sound recording: 2 sound tape reels ; 5 in.
Transcript: 48 p.
Access Note / Rights:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
An interview of Joseph H. Hirshhorn conducted 1976 Dec. 16, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art.
Hirshhorn discusses his childhood; working as a stockbroker; his first art acquisition of two Durer engravings; buying Barbizon paintings; his relationship with the A.C.A. Gallery, Milton Avery, David Burliuk, the Collectors Club, Willem de Kooning, Louis M. Eilshemius, Lloyd Goodrich, Edith Gregor Halpert, Abram Lerner, Louise Nevelson, and others. Hirshhorn also describes the alternative plans he considered before giving his collection to the Smithsonian Institution.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1976 Dec. 16. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Transcript available on line.
Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.
Joseph H. Hirshhorn (1889-1981) was an art collector from New York, N.Y. Hirshhorn agreed to donate his collection of modern and contemporary art to the Smithsonian in 1966. The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden opened in 1974.
This interview is part of the Archives' Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001