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Oral history interview with Dorothy C. Miller, 1981 May 14

view Oral history interview with Dorothy C. Miller, 1981 May 14 digital asset number 1
Interviewee:
Miller, Dorothy Canning, 1904-2003
Interviewer:
Berman, Avis, 1949-
Subject:
Barr, Alfred H.
Cahill, Holger
De Kooning, Willem
Motherwell, Robert Burns
Newman, Barnett
Panicali, Carla
Putzel, Howard
Rothko, Mark
Still, Clyfford E.
Mark Rothko and His Times Oral History Project
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)
Place of publication, production, or execution:
New York (State)
Physical Description:
Transcript: 30 p.
General Note:
Originally recorded on 3 sound cassettes. Reformated in 2010 as 5 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hrs., 24 min.
Access Note / Rights:
Transcript is available on the Archives of American Art's website.
Summary:
An interview of Dorothy Canning Miller conducted 1981 May 14, by Avis Berman, for the Archives of American Art's Mark Rothko and His Times oral history project.
Miller talks about the first time she, with Alfred Barr, saw Mark Rothko's work in Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors exhibitions. She remembers her first visit to Rothko's studio and frequent conversations at an Italian restaurant near the studio. Miller recounts incidents involving Rothko and Clyfford Still while she was organizing the show "15 Americans" and others at the Museum of Modern Art. She recalls the relationship between Rothko and Still, their split, her own split with Still, and the psychological changes she noted in Rothko. She recalls Holger Cahill, Alfred Barr, Barnett Newma, Robert Motherwell, Clyfford Still, Howard Putzel, Carla Panicali, de Kooning, and others.
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Dorothy C. Miller, 1981 May 14. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
Transcript available online.
Funding:
Funding for the interview was provided by the Mark Rothko Foundation. 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:
Dorothy Miller (1904-2003) was an art museum curator and art consultant from New York, N.Y.
Provenance:
This interview was conducted as part of the Archives of American Art's Mark Rothko and his Times oral history project, with funding provided by the Mark Rothko Foundation. Others interviewed on the project (by various interviewers) include: Sonia Allen, Sally Avery, Ben-Zion, Bernard Braddon, Ernest Briggs, Rhys Caparn, Elaine de Kooning, Herbert Ferber, Esther Gottlieb, Juliette Hays, Sidney Janis, Buffie Johnson, Jacob Kainen, Louis Kaufman, Jack Kufeld, Katharine Kuh, Stanley Kunitz, Joseph Liss, Betty Parsons, Wallace Putnam, Rebecca Reis, Maurice Roth, Sidney Schectman, Aaron Siskind, Joseph Solman, Hedda Sterne, Jack Tworkov, Esteban Vicente and Ed Weinstein. Each has been cataloged separately.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Abstract expressionism
Art museum curators
Interviews
Sound recordings
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12250
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)215641
AAA_collcode_miller81
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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