Oral history interview with Charles Henry Alston, 1968 October 19
Alston, Charles Henry, 1907-1977
Blackburn, Robert Hamilton
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Transcript: 25 pages
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hrs., 7 minutes.
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Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
An interview of Charles Henry Alston conducted 1968 October 19, by Al Murray, for the Archives of American Art.
Alston speaks of his family background, early interest in art, and education at Columbia University; the social and cultural scene in Harlem in the late 1920s, and the street life there; coming into contact with some of the most important figures of the Harlem Renaissance; the differing problems faced by black and white artists; teaching; commercial art; figurative and abstract art. He recalls Romare Bearden and Robert Blackburn.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Charles Henry Alston, 1968 October 19. 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.
Charles Henry Alston (1907-1977) was a painter and educator from New York, New York.
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art 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. Funding for this interview provided by the New York State Council on the Arts.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001