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Interviewee:
Casas, Mel, 1929-2014  Search this
Interviewer:
Karlstrom, Paul J  Search this
Subject:
Almaraz, Carlos  Search this
Garza, Carmen Lomas  Search this
San Antonio College  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Place of publication, production, or execution:
Texas
Physical Description:
66 Pages, Transcript
General Note:
Originally recorded on 4 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 6 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 5 min.
Access Note / Rights:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Summary:
An interview of Mel Casas conducted 1996 August 14-16, by Paul Karlstrom, for the Archives of American Art.<br /> Casas discusses his current work - dipped acrylic paintings in which technique and material become the subject; his involvement with Chicano art political issues and his own experience as a Mexican-American; a discussion of his family background; art education; early Abstract Expressionist painting; a shift to figuration; thirty years teaching at San Antonio College; the Chicano "movimiento"; and Chicano art and key figures, including Carlos Almaraz and Carmen Lomas Garza.
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Mel Casas, 1996 August 14 and 16. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Funding:
The digital preservation of this interview received Federal support from the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center.
Biography Note:
Mel Casas (1929-) is a painter from San Antonio, Texas.
Language Note:
English .
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:
Painters -- Texas -- San Antonio -- Interviews  Search this
Mexican American artists  Search this
Mexican American art  Search this
Hispanic American artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)5449
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216023
AAA_collcode_casas96
Theme:
Latino and Latin American
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_216023