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Oral history interview with Moira Roth, 2011 Apr. 22-24

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Interviewee:
Roth, Moira, 1933-
Interviewer:
Heinemann, Sue
Subject:
Antin, Eleanor
Baca, Judith Francisca
Bernardi, Claudia
Cage, John
Chadwick, Whitney
Chicago, Judy
Duchamp, Marcel
Kaprow, Allan
Kozloff, Joyce
Lacy, Suzanne
Lippard, Lucy R.
Nochlin, Linda
Ringgold, Faith
Schapiro, Miriam
Selz, Peter Howard
Stevens, May
Elizabeth Murray Oral History of Women in the Visual Arts Project
London School of Economics and Political Science
University of California, Berkeley
University of Vienna
Women's Caucus for Art
Place of publication, production, or execution:
California
Physical Description:
Sound recording, master: 5 memory cards (6 hr.,9 min.) secure digital 1.25 in
Transcript: 77 pages.
Access Note / Rights:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Summary:
An interview of Moira Roth conducted 2011 Apr. 22- 24, by Sue Heinemann, for the Archives of American Art's Elizabeth Murray Oral History Project, at Roth's home, in Berkeley, Calif.
Roth discusses her childhood and family background; her "unconventional" mother attending the London School of Economics; her "romantic childhood" growing up in Cornwall, England; her family's move to Letchworth for her to attend St. Christopher, a Montessori school; taking in evacuees from London during the Battle of Britain in 1940; childhood colored with European culture, Jewish culture, and music; at 17 moving from England to Washington, D.C., to live with her Irish father who was working for the International Monetary Fund; her early "passion for travelling"; moving to New York City in 1952; meeting John Cage; her autobiographical writings; travels in Europe; studies at the University of Vienna and the London School of Economics; deciding to be a psychiatric social worker; majoring in sociology with a minor in art history; attending graduate school in art history; her interest in Duchamp; doctoral studies at the University of California, Berkeley; interviewing artists; her marriage to Bill Roth; teaching; early publications; performances at the Woman's Building in the late 1970s; editing the book "The Amazing Decade: Women & Performance Art in America, 1970-1980" (1983); traveling with Faith Ringgold; friendships with Linda Nochlin, May Stevens, Lucy Lippard and others; experimental theater; her interest in Noh theater; the Women's Caucus for Art at CAA; The Poor Farm contemporary art space; living in the Bay Area; "rethinking feminism in terms of Asian-American Women"; globalism; the fictional character she created, Rachel Marker; and other topics. She recalls Joyce Kozloff, Miriam Schapiro, Judy Chicago, Judy Baca, Claudia Bernardi, Eleanor Antin, Margo Machida, Mary Jane Jacob, Annika Marie, Whitney Chadwick, Suzanne Lacy, Allan Kaprow, Peter Selz, and others.
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Moira Roth, 2011 Apr. 22-24. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
Transcript available online.
Funding:
This interview is part of the Elizabeth Murray Oral History of Women in the Visual Arts Project, funded by the A G Foundation.
Biography Note:
Moira Roth (1933- ) is an art historian and writer in Berkeley, Calif.
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
Art
Art historians
Asian American women
Experimental theater
Interviews
N?
Sound recordings
World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945
Feminism
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15938
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)300234
AAA_collcode_roth11
Theme:
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art

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