Oral history interview with Thomas M. Messer, 1994 Oct.-1995 Jan
Messer, Thomas M., 1920-
Guggenheim, Harry Frank
American Federation of Arts
Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, Mass.)
Národní galerie v Praze
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Place of publication, production, or execution:
New York (State)
Transcript: 83 p.
Originally recorded on 7 sound cassettes. Reformated in 2010 as 12 digital wav files. Duration is 7 hrs., 23 min. End of interview session Jan. 24, 1995 (Tape 6, side B) not recorded due to equipment malfunction.
An interview of Thomas M. Messer conducted 1994 Oct.-1995 Jan., by Andrew Decker, for the Archives of American Art, at the Americas Society, New York, N.Y.
Messer speaks about his youth in pre-World War II Czechoslavakia, his directorship of the American Federation of Arts; the Roswell Museum in Roswell, N.M.; the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston; and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. He discusses his collecting interests in connection with the development of the Guggenheim, particularly Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky; his working relationship with Harry, Peter, and Peggy Guggenheim; numerous exhibitions; and the acquisitions of several major collections. Finally, he comments on post-retirement projects, particularly at the National Gallery of Prague.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Thomas M. Messer, 1994 Oct.-1995 Jan. 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.
Thomas M. Messer (1920- ) is a museum director in 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