Oral history interview with George Tsutakawa, 1983 September 8-19
Tsutakawa, George, 1910-1997
Kingsbury, Martha, 1941-
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Transcript: 119 pages
Originally recorded on 7 sound cassettes. Reformated in 2010 as 14 digital wav files. Duration is 6 hr., 43 min.
Access Note / Rights:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
An interview of George Tsutakawa conducted 1983 September 8-19, by Martha Kingsbury, for the Archives of American Art's Northwest Oral History Project, in Seattle, Washington.
Tsutakawa speaks of his youth in Japan and Seattle, and the importance of a bicultural family and education on his development; the influence of European art magazines and American movies in Japan; family members who were influential; his early sculpture; Alexander Archipenko; the Asian art community in Seattle; teaching at the University of Washington School of Architecture; Bauhaus philosophy; the Seattle Public Library fountain; his World War II experiences; art and World's Fairs; fountains he has sculpted and his feelings about them; and permanency in art.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with George Tsutakawa, 1983 September 8-19. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Transcript available on line.
Location of Originals:
Transcript also available at the University of Washington, Manuscripts Collection, and at the Oregon Historical Society.
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.
George Tsutakawa (1910-1997) was a sculptor from Seattle, Washington.
This interview is part of the Archives' Northwest Oral History Project, begun in 1982 to document the Northwest artistic community through interviews with painters, sculptors, craftsmen, educators, curators, and others, in Oregon, Washington and Montana.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001