Oral history interview with Jo Harvey Allen, 1998 April 21
Allen, Jo Harvey, 1942-
Karlstrom, Paul J., 1941-
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Transcript: 25 pages
Originally recorded on 2 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hrs., 3 minutes.
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Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
An interview of Jo Harvey Allen conducted 1998 April 21, by Paul Karlstrom, for the Archives of American Art, at Allen's studio, in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Allen discusses her roles of writer, actress, and performance artist; her early career which included working at underground radio station KPPC as the first woman country music announcer; her views on feminism and the degradation of motherhood, describing her most creative act as the birth of her children; her childhood in Lubbock, Texas; life with husband Terry Allen, with whom she moved to Los Angeles where he attended Chouinard Art Institute; conducting interviews with waitresses as material for a photo book, which led to writing, producing, and acting in her own plays; her relationship with Terry Allen and working with him and the discovery of her artistic independence.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Jo Harvey Allen, 1998 April 21. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Transcript available on line
Funding for the transcription of this interview is provided by the Pasadena Art Alliance. 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.
Jo Harvey Allen (1942- ) is a performance artist, writer, and actress of Sante Fe, New Mexico.
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