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Rubenstein, Lewis W. (Lewis William), 1908-2003  Search this
Polcari, Stephen  Search this
Rubenstein, Erica Beckh, 1914-2014  Search this
Lebrun, Rico  Search this
Orozco, José Clemente  Search this
Rubenstein, Erica Beckh  Search this
Vassar College  Search this
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Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
2 sound cassettes (1 hr. 45 min.), analog.; 50 Pages, Transcript
General Note:
Originally recorded on 2 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 3 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 56 min. Side B of Tape 1 is blank.
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This transcript is open for research. Access to the entire audio recording is restricted. Contact Reference Services for more information.
An interview with Lewis and Erica Rubenstein conducted 1993 February 23, by Stephen Polcari, for the Archives of American Art.<br /> Lewis Rubenstein discusses his early career as a fresco painter, including his training in Italy and friendship with Rico Lebrun. He talks specifically about commissioned murals at the Fogg Art Museum, the Busch-Reisinger Museum, and assisting Jose Clemente Orozco on "portable murals" for the Museum of Modern Art. He talks of his move away from realism and the themes that interested him in the 1950s and 1960s. He remembers spending summers in Provincetown and taking classes with Hans Hofmann, his work teaching studio art at Vassar College, and briefly about the visiting artists program he ran there. Erica Rubenstein talks about the significance of 1930s mural paintings, the WPA movement, and government support of the arts in general.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Lewis W. and Erica Beckh Rubenstein, 1993 February 23. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Transcript is available on the Archives of American Art's website.
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.
Biography Note:
Lewis W. Rubentstein (1908-2003) was a painter, printmaker, and teacher and teacher at Vassar College. He lived in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Erica Beckh Rubenstein (1914-2014) was an art historian, whose Ph.D. thesis at Harvard, "Taxpayers Murals," related to New Deal murals.
Language Note:
English .
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
Mural painting and decoration, American  Search this
Art and state  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- Poughkeepsie -- Interviews  Search this
Educators -- New York (State) -- Poughkeepsie -- Interviews  Search this
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Archives of American Art