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Oral history interview of Lewis W. and Erica Beckh Rubenstein, 1993 February 23

view Oral history interview of Lewis W. and Erica Beckh Rubenstein, 1993 February 23 digital asset number 1
Interviewee:
Rubenstein, Lewis W. (Lewis William), 1908-2003
Interviewer:
Polcari, Stephen
Subject:
Lebrun, Rico
Orozco, José Clemente
Vassar College
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
2 sound cassettes (1 hr. 45 min.) : analog.
General Note:
Originally recorded on 2 sound cassettes. Reformated in 2010 as 3 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 56 min. Side B of Tape 1 is blank.
Access Note / Rights:
Use requires an appointment.
Summary:
An interview of Lewis and Erica Rubenstein conducted 1993 February 23, by Stephen Polcari, for the Archives of American Art. Lewis Rubenstein discusses his early career as a fresco painter, including his training in Italy and friendship with Rico Lebrun. He talks specifically about commissioned murals at the Fogg Art Museum, the Busch-Reisinger Museum, and assisting Jose Clemente Orozco on "portable murals" for the Museum of Modern Art. He talks of his move away from realism and the themes that interested him in the 1950s and 1960s. He remembers spending summers in Provincetown and taking classes with Hans Hofmann, his work teaching studio art at Vassar College, and briefly about the visiting artists program he ran there. Erica Rubenstein talks about the significance of 1930s mural paintings, the WPA movement, and government support of the arts in general.
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview of Lewis W. and Erica Beckh Rubenstein, 1993 February 23. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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:
Lewis W. Rubentstein (1908-2003) is a painter, printmaker, and teacher of Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Lewis Rubenstein is a painter, printmaker, and teacher at Vassar College. His wife Erica is an art historian, whose Ph.D. thesis at Harvard, "Taxpayers Murals," related to New Deal murals.
Provenance:
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.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Art and state
Art historians
Educators
Interviews
Mural painting and decoration, American
Painters
Sound recordings
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12718
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)215330
AAA_collcode_rubens93
Data Source:
Archives of American Art

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