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Oral history interview with Richard Ayer, 1964 September 26

view Oral history interview with Richard Ayer, 1964 September 26 digital asset number 1
Interviewee:
Ayer, Richard Gentry, 1909-1967
Interviewer:
McChesney, Mary Fuller, 1922-
Subject:
Arnautoff, Victor Mikhail
Hiler, Hilaire
Volz, Herman
Federal Art Project (Calif.)
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project
Place of publication, production, or execution:
California
Physical Description:
Transcript: 20 pages
General Note:
Originally recorded on 1 sound cassettes. Reformated in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 52 min.
Access Note / Rights:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Summary:
An interview of Richard Ayer conducted 1964 September 26, by Mary McChesney, for the Archives of American Art New Deal and the Arts Project.
Ayer speaks of his "haphazard" education, including study with Hilaire Hiler; his work assisting Victor Mikhail Arnautoff on frescos in the Presidio Chapel; the WPA easel painting project in San Francisco; and the Aquatic Park Building mural program, 1934. He recalls some of the artists associated with the Aquatic Park project. He also discusses the Ostwald and Hiler color theories and Herman Volz's mural for the Treasure Island Federal Building.
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Richard Ayer, 1964 September 26. 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:
Richard Ayer (1909-1967) was a mural painter from San Francisco, California.
Provenance:
This interview conducted as part of the Archives of American Art's New Deal and the Arts project, which includes over 400 interviews of artists, administrators, historians, and others involved with the federal government's art programs and the activities of the Farm Security Administration in the 1930s and early 1940s.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Federal aid to the arts
Interviews
Mural painting and decoration
Muralists
Sound recordings
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11989
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213236
AAA_collcode_ayer64
Theme:
New Deal
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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