Oral history interview with Leta Ramos, 2000 June 23
Karlstrom, Paul J., 1941-
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Transcript: 32 p.
Originally recorded on 1 sound cassette. Reformated in 2010 as 2 digital wav file. Duration is 1 hr., 3 min.
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Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
An interview of Leta Ramos conducted 2000 June 23, by Paul Karlstrom, for the Archives of American Art, in Ramos' home, Oakland, Calif.
Ramos discusses her views and experiences as an artists' model.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Leta Ramos, 2000 June 23. 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.
Leta Ramos is an artist's model and artist from Oakland, Calif. Ramos is married to figurative painter Mel Ramos, she began posing for her husband in 1959, becoming his primary model for many of his earlier works, including the well-known Pop images of female superheroes and women with animals, such as "Gorilla," 1967.
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. Funding for the transcription of this interview is provided by Bente and Gerald E. Buck Collection.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001