Oral history interview with Edward Biberman, 1964 April 15
Biberman, Edward, 1904-1986
McGlynn, Betty Lochrie Hoag, 1914-2002
Orozco, José Clemente
Federal Art Project (Calif.)
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project
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Transcript: 48 pages
Originally recorded 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 1 digital wav file. Duration is 1 hr., 53 min. Interviews of Stanton Macdonald-Wright, and Charles Rogers are also on this tape.
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Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
An interview of Edward Biberman conducted 1964 April 15, by Betty Hoag, for the Archives of American Art New Deal and the Arts Project.
Biberman speaks of his background and education; his early painting career; the influence of the Mexican muralists, especially Jose Clemente Orozco, upon him; coming to California; teaching at the Art Center School; murals he painted for the Los Angeles Post Office; serving on the jury to select a mural design for the Social Security Administration Building in Washington; his work methods, and how he researched the subject matter for his murals; the Federal Art Project's contribution to art in California and art in general; his opinions about government support for the arts. He recalls Diego Rivera.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Edward Biberman, 1964 April 15. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Edward Biberman (1904-1986) was a painter, printmaker, and mural painter from Los Angeles, California.
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.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001