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Oral history interview with Martha Mayer Erlebacher, 1990 December 7-1991 January 12

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Interviewee:
Erlebacher, Martha Mayer, 1937-
Interviewer:
Hunter, Anne S.
Subject:
Erlebacher, Walter
Paglia, Camille
Schoelkopf, Robert
Pratt Institute
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
Transcript 155 pages
General Note:
Originally recorded on 3 sound tape cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 5 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 41 min.
Access Note / Rights:
Transcript: Patrons must use microfilm copy.
Summary:
An interview of Martha Mayer Erlebacher conducted 1990 December 7-1991 January 12, by Anne Schuster Hunter, for the Archives of American Art Philadelphia Project.
Erlebacher discusses her family background and education including her studies at Pratt Institute in Industrial Design, meeting future husband Walter Erlebacher; working for the design firm Arthur Wagner Associates; receiving her advanced degree from Pratt; her early optical paintings and the gradual introduction of the figure; studying and teaching herself anatomy along with Walter Erlebacher in the mid 1960s; a 1966 Yaddo fellowship; moving to Philadelphia and her first one person show there in 1966; showing with Robert Schoelkopf; the development of themes and use of mythology in her art; interest in Renaissance painters; Camille Paglia's "Sexual Personae"; and portrait commissions and models.
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Martha Mayer Erlebacher, 1990 December 7-1991 January 12. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
Transcript: microfilm reel 4777 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
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:
Martha Mayer Erlebacher (1937- ) is a painter from Philadelphia, Pensylvania. Wife of sculptor Walter Erlebacher.
Provenance:
This interview is 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:
Figurative painting
Interviews
Painters
Painting, Modern
Sound recordings
Women painters
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12061
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)214557
AAA_collcode_erleba90
Theme:
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art

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