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Oral history interviews with Sam Green

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Green, Samuel Adams  Search this
Tippett, Jane Marguerite  Search this
Rhode Island School of Design -- Students  Search this
Richard Green Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
University of Pennsylvania. Institute of Contemporary Art  Search this
Allen, Peter  Search this
Baekeland, Barbara Daly, 1922-1972  Search this
Beaton, Cecil Walter Hardy, Sir, 1904-  Search this
Berlin, Brigid  Search this
Darling, Candy, 1944-1974  Search this
Garbo, Greta, 1905-1990  Search this
Minnelli, Liza  Search this
Newman, Barnett, 1905-1970  Search this
Tremaine, Burton  Search this
Tremaine, Emily Hall, 1908-1987  Search this
Warhol, Andy, 1928-1987  Search this
0.2 Linear feet
17 Items (Sound recordings: 17 mini cassettes, analog)
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Easter Island -- statues
2007-2009, undated
Scope and Contents:
Two interviews of Sam Green conducted by Jane Tippett and an unknown male, possibly Hugo Vickers.
Green speaks of his childhood in Mass., his family's early New England and New York antecedents, and his education at the Rhode Island School of Design. He reminisces about his early employment at the Green Gallery, which led to his introduction to Burton and Emily Tremaine and his first encounter with Andy Warhol. He further discusses being appointed director of the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia in 1965, where he staged Warhol's first retrospective, and his later appointment as a cultural advisor to New York City by Mayor John V. Lindsay. Green discusses organizing "Sculpture and Environment" exhibition, sponsored by the city, specifically the display of Barnet Newman's, "Broken Obelisk," (1963). Green discusses the installation of a large Eastern Island Moai Head, which he displayed in hopes of raising awareness to the planned conversion of Easter Island into a jet-refueling station. He discusses his real estate investments, specifically his home in Cartagena, Columbia, and an Upper East Side apartment. The remainder of the interview details Green's notable social relations with celebrity figures including Peter Allen and Liza Minnelli, Barbara Baekeland, Brigid Berlin, Cecil Beaton, Candy Darling, Cyrinda Foxe, Greta Garbo, and the Lennon-Ono family. He elaborates specifically on his relationship with Garbo, and his first encounter with Garbo at Cecile de Rothschild's home in the south of France. He also summarizes his work establishing the Landmarks Foundations, designed to preserve "sacred sites" on a global scale.
Biographical / Historical:
Sam Green (1940-2011) was an art dealer who was an early champion of Pop art. Jane Tippett is a biographer writing a book on Green.
Donated 2010 by Jane Tippett.
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art