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Oral history interview with Mary Frank, 2010 Jan. 10- Feb. 3

view Oral history interview with Mary Frank, 2010 Jan. 10- Feb. 3 digital asset number 1
Interviewee:
Frank, Mary, 1933-
Interviewer:
Richards, Judith Olch, 1947-
Subject:
Cadmus, Paul
De Kooning, Willem
Kaprow, Allan
Nakian, Reuben
Snyder, Joan
Martha Graham Dance Company
New School for Social Research (New York, N.Y.)
Queens College (New York, N.Y.)
Zabriskie Gallery
Place of publication, production, or execution:
New York (State)
Physical Description:
Sound recording: 8 memory cards (6 hr., 43 min.) secure digital; 1.25 in.
Transcript 135 p.
Summary:
An interview interview with Mary Frank conducted 2010 Jan. 10, 11, and Feb. 3, by Judith Olch Richards, for the Archives of American Art, at Frank's home and studio, in New York, N.Y.
Ms. Frank speaks of her childhood in England and her evacuation to Brooklyn during WWII; her initial intention of becoming a professional dancer and studying with the Martha Graham Dance Company; her marriage and travels with photographer Robert Frank; the difficulties of women teaching art; teaching methods; her time at The New School and Queens College; western and non-Western influences; mushroom hunting; solar cookers; her works in clay, sculpture, painting, drawing, monoprint, and triptych installations; her relationships with the galleries Zabriskie, Midtown Payton and DC Moore; Frank also recalls Willem de Kooning, Ruben Nakian, Allan Kaprow, Marjorie Ponce Israel, Joe Chaikin, Paul Cadmus, Henrietta Mantooth Bagley, Joan Snyder, Elanor Munro, Jean-Louise Bourgeois, and others.
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Mary Frank, 2010 Jan. 10- Feb. 3. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Funding:
Funding for this interview was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.
Biography Note:
Interviewee Mary Frank (1933- ) is a figurative sculptor and painter in New York, N.Y. She is married to musicologist Leo Treitler. Interviewer Judith Olch Richards (1947- ) is former Executive director of iCI in New York, N.Y.
Provenance:
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.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Art
Interviews
Painters
Sculptors
Sound recordings
Women art teachers
Women artists
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15766
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)287546
AAA_collcode_frank10
Theme:
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art

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