Oral history interview with Joseph A. Danysh, 1964 December 3
Danysh, Joseph A., 1906-1982
Adams, Ansel Easton
Zakheim, Bernard Baruch
Federal Art Project (Calif.)
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project
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Transcript: 33 pages
Originally recorded on 2 sound tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 43 min.
An interview of Joseph A. Danysh conducted by Lewis Ferbraché on 1964 December 3 for the Archives of American Art.
Danysh speaks of his background and education at Columbia University; moving to California; starting a gallery in a store in San Francisco; critics' reaction to the art in the gallery; the beginning of the f64 photography group; opening a short lived gallery with Ansel Adams; writing an art column; starting out with the Federal Art Project, directing the project in Northern California; how the project was administered; particular projects he was involved in; his feelings about government support for the arts. He recalls Beniamino Bufano, Holger Cahill, William Gaskin, Stanton Macdonald-Wright, Bernard Zakheim.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Joseph A. Danysh, 1964 December 3. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Transcript: microfilm reel 3418 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Joseph A. Danysh (1906-1982) was an art administrator from Monterey, 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