Smithsonian Institution

Search Results

Collections Search Center
1 documents - page 1 of 1

Oral history interview with Henry Tyler Hopkins, 1980 Oct. 24-Dec. 17

view Oral history interview with Henry Tyler Hopkins, 1980 Oct. 24-Dec. 17 digital asset number 1
Interviewee:
Hopkins, Henry T. (Henry Tyler), 1928-2009
Interviewer:
Chamberlin, Wesley
Subject:
Bell, Larry
Bengston, Billy Al
Bereal, Edmund
Blum, Shirley Neilsen
Copley, William Nelson
Cornell, Joseph
Goode, Joe
Hopps, Walter
Irwin, Robert
Kline, Franz
Miyashiro, Ron
Pollock, Jackson
Price, Kenneth Martin
Ruscha, Edward
Art Institute of Chicago
Fort Worth Art Museum
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Place of publication, production, or execution:
California
Physical Description:
Sound recording: 7 sound cassettes
Transcript: 90 p.
Access Note / Rights:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Summary:
An interview of Henry Tyler Hopkins conducted 1980 Oct. 24-1980 Dec. 17, by Wesley Chamberlin, for the Archives of American Art.
Hopkins speaks of his childhood and family background in Idaho; his education in Idaho and at the Art Institute of Chicago; his U.S. Army service as a photographer; the influence upon him of the early abstract expressionists; moving to California and getting involved in the museum community; working as a curator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and developing its collection of modern works; becoming the director of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the value of art appreciation over art entertainment; problems with corporate and federal support; the psychological aspects of Jackson Pollack's work; pop art; the Bay area art scene; and the role of art museums. He recalls Shirley and Walter Hopps, Ed Ruscha, Joe Goode, Larry Bell, Ed Bereal, Ron Miyashiro, Jackson Pollack, Joseph Cornell, Billy Al Bengston, Kenny Price, Robert Irwin, William Copley, Franz Kline, and many others.
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Henry Tyler Hopkins, 1980 Oct. 24-Dec. 17. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
Transcript available on line.
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:
Henry Hopkins (1928-2009) was a director of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Provenance:
These interviews are 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.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Abstract expressionism
Art
Art museums
Interviews
Museum directors
Pop art
Sound recordings
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12844
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213228
AAA_collcode_hopkin80
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
Additional Online Media:

Modify Your Search






or


Narrow By
  • Sound recordings
  • Transcripts
  • Archival materials
  • Collection descriptions
  • Archival materials
  • Collection descriptions
  • Art
  • Art muesums
  • Expressionism (Art)
  • Interviews
  • Museums
  • Pop art
  • Sound recordings
  • Art
  • Art muesums
  • Expressionism (Art)
  • Interviews
  • Museums
  • Pop art
  • Sound recordings
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • Bell, Larry
  • Bengston, Billy Al
  • Bereal, Edmund
  • Blum, Shirley Neilsen
  • Chamberlin, Wesley
  • Copley, William Nelson
  • Cornell, Joseph
  • Fort Worth Art Museum
  • Goode, Joe
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • Bell, Larry
  • Bengston, Billy Al
  • Bereal, Edmund
  • Blum, Shirley Neilsen
  • Chamberlin, Wesley
  • Copley, William Nelson
  • Cornell, Joseph
  • Fort Worth Art Museum
  • Goode, Joe
  • Archives of American Art