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Oral history interviews with Sam Green, 2007-2009

Catalog Data

Green, Samuel Adams  Search this
Tippett, Jane Marguerite  Search this
Tremaine, Emily Hall  Search this
Tremaine, Burton  Search this
Newman, Barnett  Search this
Warhol, Andy  Search this
Beaton, Cecil Walter Hardy, Sir  Search this
Baekeland, Barbara Daly  Search this
Minnelli, Liza  Search this
Garbo, Greta  Search this
Berlin, Brigid  Search this
Darling, Candy  Search this
Allen, Peter  Search this
Rhode Island School of Design  Search this
Richard Green Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
University of Pennsylvania. Institute of Contemporary Art  Search this
Easter Island -- statues
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
0.2 Linear feet; 17 Items, Sound recordings: 17 mini cassettes, analog
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
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.
Oral history interviews with Sam Green, 2007-2009. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Biography Note:
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.
Language Note:
English .
Donated 2010 by Jane Tippett.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Research and writing about art  Search this
Record number:
Research and writing about art
Data Source:
Archives of American Art