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Oral history interview with Michele Russo, 1983 August 29

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Interviewee:
Russo, Michele, 1909-2004
Interviewer:
Van Cleve, Jane
Subject:
Works Progress Administration
Place of publication, production, or execution:
Oregon
Physical Description:
Transcript: 49 pages.
General Note:
Originally recorded on 3 sound cassettes. Reformated in 2010 as 5 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 42 min.
Summary:
An interview of Michele Russo conducted 1983 August 29, by Jane Van Cleve, at the artist's studio in Portland, Or., for the Archives of American Art's Northwest Oral History Project. Russo speaks of his youth and educational background; attending Yale University Art School; his participation in social activism; working on WPA projects; the development of his interest in painting; the lack of a gallery system on the West Coast; themes that recur in his work; the fire at the Fountain Gallery; the pressures on contemporary artists; and West Coast art styles.
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Michele Russo, 1983 August 29. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Location of Originals:
Transcript also available at the University of Washington, Manuscripts Collection, and at the Oregon Historical Society.
Funding:
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.
Biography Note:
Michele Russo (1909-2004) was a painter from Portland, Or.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives' Northwest Oral History Project, begun in 1982 to document the Northwest artistic community through interviews with painters, sculptors, craftsmen, educators, curators, and others, in Oregon, Washington and Montana.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Art, American
Art, Modern
Artists
Interviews
Painters
Sound recordings
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12555
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212457
AAA_collcode_russo83
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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