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Oral history interview with Mary Frank, 2010 Jan. 10- Feb. 3

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Frank, Mary, 1933-  Search this
Richards, Judith Olch  Search this
Cadmus, Paul  Search this
De Kooning, Willem  Search this
Kaprow, Allan  Search this
Nakian, Reuben  Search this
Snyder, Joan  Search this
Martha Graham Dance Company  Search this
New School for Social Research (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Queens College (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Zabriskie Gallery  Search this
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Place of publication, production, or execution:
New York (State)
Physical Description:
8 Items, Sound recording: 8 memory cards (6 hr., 43 min.), secure digital, 1.25 in.; 135 Pages, Transcript
An interview interview with Mary Frank conducted 2010 Jan. 10, 11, and Feb. 3, by Judith Olch Richards, for the Archives of American Art, at Frank's home and studio, in New York, N.Y.
Ms. Frank speaks of her childhood in England and her evacuation to Brooklyn during WWII; her initial intention of becoming a professional dancer and studying with the Martha Graham Dance Company; her marriage and travels with photographer Robert Frank; the difficulties of women teaching art; teaching methods; her time at The New School and Queens College; western and non-Western influences; mushroom hunting; solar cookers; her works in clay, sculpture, painting, drawing, monoprint, and triptych installations; her relationships with the galleries Zabriskie, Midtown Payton and DC Moore; Frank also recalls Willem de Kooning, Ruben Nakian, Allan Kaprow, Marjorie Ponce Israel, Joe Chaikin, Paul Cadmus, Henrietta Mantooth Bagley, Joan Snyder, Elanor Munro, Jean-Louise Bourgeois, and others.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Mary Frank, 2010 Jan. 10- Feb. 3. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Funding for this interview was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.
Biography Note:
Interviewee Mary Frank (1933- ) is a figurative sculptor and painter in New York, N.Y. She is married to musicologist Leo Treitler. Interviewer Judith Olch Richards (1947- ) is former Executive director of iCI in New York, N.Y.
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
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Women ceramicists  Search this
Women sculptors  Search this
Women  Search this
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Archives of American Art