Oral history interview with Joel Shapiro, 1988 July 15-December 14
Shapiro, Joel, 1941-
New York University
Paula Cooper Gallery
Place of publication, production, or execution:
New York (State)
Transcript: 96 pages.
A portion of this interview was not transcribed. Audio quality in the last portion of this interview is very poor. Originally recorded on 6 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 5 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hr., 13 min.
An interview of Joel Shapiro conducted 1988 July 15-December 14, by Lewis Kachur, at the artist's home/studio in Westport, N.Y., for the Archives of American Art.
Shapiro recalls his childhood in Queens, early plans for medical school, and a Peace Corps stint in India. He describes the New York art scene in the 1960s, including his own study at New York University. Shapiro relates the development of his work and showing at the Paula Cooper Gallery.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Joel Shapiro, 1988 July 15-December 14. 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.
Joel Shapiro (1941-) is a sculptor from New York, N.Y.
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