Oral history interview with Monty Lewis, 1964 June 25
Lewis, Monty, 1907-1997
McGlynn, Betty Lochrie Hoag, 1914-2002
Coronado School of Fine Arts
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project
New York World's Fair
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Sound recordings: 1 sound tape reel ; 5 in.
Transcript: 15 p.
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformated in 2010 as 1 digital wav files. Duration is 49 min.
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Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
An interview of Monty Lewis conducted 1964 June 25, by Betty Hoag, for the Archives of American Art.
Interview conducted at Coronado School of Fine Arts in San Diego, Calif. Lewis discusses his art training at the Art Students' League in N.Y., his study of mural and easel painting in Europe, and his freelance mural work before his involvement with the Public Works of Art Project. He describes the developing presence of mural art in New York with Diego Rivera's mural at Rockefeller Center and the 1939 New York World's Fair. Lewis tells of the Artists, Painters, and Sculptors Collaborators, a collaborative group interested in developing community art projects, and discusses the use of murals in the 1939 New York World's Fair and the different techniques used for those and other public projects.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Monty Lewis, 1964 June 25. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Transcript available on line at http://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/oralhistories/transcripts/lewis64.htm
Monty Lewis (1907-1997) was a painter, designer, muralist in New York and California.
Conducted as part of the Archives of American Art's New Deal and the Arts project, which includes over 400 interviews of artists, administrators, historians, and others involved with the federal government's art programs and the activities of the Farm Security Administration in the 1930s and early 1940s.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001