Oral history interview with Hananiah Harari, 1992 Sept. 24-Oct. 15
Harari, Hananiah, 1912-2000
Stavitsky, Gail, 1954-
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Sound recordings: 2 sound cassettes (3 hours)
Transcript: 76 p.
Sound quality is poor in parts of the interview.
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Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
An interview of Hananiah Harari conducted 1992 Sept. 24-Oct. 15, by Gail Stavitsky, for the Archives of American Art. Harari discusses his work as he shows examples to the interviewer; mural sketches he completed for the WPA (1936-1941); his background; the N.Y. art scene in the 1930s; his political cartoons; writing a monthly column in the magazine THE NEW MASSES entitled "On Safari with Harari"; his commercial artwork; being blacklisted as a commercial artist during the McCarthy Era; how his views on Communism have changed; his early training; studying in Paris and traveling around Europe for several years in the early 1930s; his teaching career at The School of Visual Arts, N.Y. (1974-1991) and at the Art Students League. He recalls Stuart Davis and Herzl Emanuel.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Hananiah Harari, 1992 Sept. 24-Oct. 15. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Transcript available on line
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.
Hananiah Harari (1912-2000) was a painter, cartoonist, muralist, commercial artist, and educator from New York. Born in Rochester, NY. Taught at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan from 1974-1990 and at the Art Students League from 1984-1999. Died July 19, 2000.
These interviews are 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. Funding for this interview was provided by the Horace Goldsmith Foundation.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001