Oral history interview with Hubert Leckie and Alexander Giampietro, 1992 Feb. 13
Leckie, Hubert, 1913-1993
Kirwin, Liza, 1957-
Institute of Contemporary Arts (Washington, D.C.)
Institute of Design (Chicago, Ill.)
New Bauhaus (Chicago, Ill.)
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Originally recorded on 1 sound cassettes. Reformated in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 34 min.
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An interview of Hubert Leckie and Alexander Giampietro conducted 1992 Feb. 13, by Liza Kirwin, for the Archives of American Art. Leckie and Giampietro recall their student days at the New Bauhaus in Chicago (fall 1937- summer 1938) and the teaching methods of Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Alexander Archipenko, Hin Bredendieck, Gyorgy Kepes, David Dushkin, and others there; the New Bauhaus approach to design; the closing of the school in 1938 and its reincarnation in the Institute of Design; Leckie's application of New Bauhaus principles in his teaching at American University and the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in Washington, D.C.; ICA exhibitions and programs; both teaching at the ICA from 1948 to 1951; their impressions of ICA director Robert Richman; the impact of the ICA on the Washington, D.C. art scene; and the exchange between the ICA, American University, the Washington Workshop Center for the Arts, Catholic University, and other schools. Leckie also discusses his role as the designer of the Archives of American Art Journal.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Hubert Leckie and Alexander Giampietro, 1992 Feb. 13. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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.
Hubert Leckie (1913-1993) was an art instructor and designer in Washington, D.C. Leckie is a former art instructor and is currently the designer of the Archives of American Art Journal. Giampietro is a professor of art at Catholic University.
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art 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 administrators.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001