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Roberto Sifuentes papers

Creator:
Sifuentes, Roberto, 1967-  Search this
Extent:
4.3 Linear feet
0.054 Gigabytes
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Gigabytes
Interviews
Photographs
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Date:
circa 1988-2006
bulk 1993-2000
Summary:
The papers of performance artist and educator Roberto Sifuentes measure 4.3 linear feet and date from circa 1988 to 2006. The collection documents Sifuentes' work as a professional artist and educator through biographical material and interviews; correspondence including emails; project files including project descriptions, documentation of individual productions, audio and video recordings, and components of works for multimedia projects; conference files documenting symposia and conference participation; articles, versions of performance scripts, and other writings; printed material including press clippings, promotional press packets, and source material; as well as photographic material documenting performances and social events.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of performance artist and educator Roberto Sifuentes measure 4.3 linear feet and date from circa 1988 to 2006. The collection documents Sifuentes' work as a professional artist and educator through biographical material and interviews; correspondence including emails; project files including project descriptions, documentation of individual productions, audio and video recordings, and components of works for multimedia projects; conference files documenting symposia and conference participation; articles, versions of performance scripts, and other writings; printed material including press clippings, promotional press packets, and source material; as well as photographic material documenting performances and social events.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged in 7 series:

Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1990-2000 (0.2 linear feet; Box 1, 0.003 Gigabytes; ER01)

Series 2: Correspondence, circa 1990-2000 (0.2 linear feet; Box 1, 0.004 Gigabytes; ER02-ER05)

Series 3: Project Files, circa 1986-2000 (1.9 linear feet; Boxes 1-3, 0.051 Gigabytes; ER06-ER15, ER18-ER19)

Series 4: Conference Files, circa 1995-2006 (0.2 linear feet; Box 3)

Series 5: Writings, circa 1993-2000 (0.8 linear feet; Boxes 3-4, 0.002 Gigabytes, ER16-ER17)

Series 6: Printed Material, circa 1993-2000 (0.9 linear feet; Boxes 4-5)

Series 7: Photographic Material, circa 1990s (0.1 linear feet; Box 4)
Biographical / Historical:
Roberto Sifuentes, (born Los Angeles, 1967) is a Chicano performance artist and arts instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He completed his BA from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut in 1989 and in 1993 founded La Pocha Nostra Performance Group with his career-long collaborator, Guillermo Gómez-Peña. La Pocha Nostra in its manifesto describes itself as a "trans-disciplinary arts organization...created out of our necessity to survive as Chicano artists in a racist Art World." Around 1992 Roberto began contributing as a collaborator and performer for performance works created by Gómez-Peña in collaboration with Coco Fusco, Couple in the Cage and New World (B)order. Sifuentes has continued his partnership with Gómez-Peña in creating new performance works and publications, as well touring widely to perform their works and deliver outreach programs including lectures and workshops.

Consistent with his work with La Pocha Nostra, Sifuentes has taken an activist sensibility and approach in incorporating stereotypical ritualistic and religious cultural imagery in his installations and performances, while engaging with emerging technologies. This juxtaposition between the futuristic and the traditional stereotype was reflected in his widely applied artistic persona Cybervato. Key works incorporating this persona include Borderscape 2000, Temple of Confessions, and Mexterminator. He has performed his works and contributed to symposia and conferences throughout the world at venues including National Review of Live Art, Glasgow; Center for Performance Research, Wales; Hemispheric Institute, New York University; Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC; De Young Museum, San Francisco; and El Museo del Barrio in New York City.
Provenance:
The Roberto Sifuentes papers were donated by Roberto Sifuentes to the Archives of American Art in 2018.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and born-digital records with no duplicate copy requires advance notice.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Occupation:
Art teachers -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Performance artists--Illinois--Chicago  Search this
Topic:
Hispanic American artists  Search this
Latino and Latin American artists  Search this
Chicano artists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Photographs
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Citation:
Roberto Sifuentes papers, circa 1988-2006, bulk 1993-2000. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.sifurobe
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-sifurobe

Vera Berdich papers

Creator:
Berdich, Vera, 1915-2003  Search this
Names:
Art Institute of Chicago  Search this
Art Institute of Chicago. School  Search this
Aubin, Barbara, 1928-2014  Search this
Blackshear, Kathleen, 1897-1988  Search this
Halstead, Whitney  Search this
Kucera, Kathryn  Search this
Spears, Ethel, 1903-1974  Search this
Webster, Lynn  Search this
Extent:
3 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sketchbooks
Date:
1947-1989
Scope and Contents:
Biographical material; letters received, many from people associated with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; writings; sketchbooks; printed material; and a photograph album.
Included are biographical writings and resumes; letters (some illustrated) from friends, colleagues, and family, including Barbara Aubin, Kathleen Blackshear, Whitney Halstead, Thomas Kapsalis, Kathryn Kucera, Denis Loy, Ethel Spears, Lynn Webster and Berdich's sisters and cousins; letters from galleries and museums including the George Binet Gallery (N.Y.C.), the Yamada Gallery (Japan), the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Illinois Arts Council; subject files on the Art Institute of Chicago and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; writings regarding printmaking techniques, an index of Berdich's art works; notes kept during Berdich's sabbatical in San Francisco; 4 sketchbooks; clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs; and photographs, slides and photo albums of Berdich, her friends, family and works of art.
Biographical / Historical:
Printmaker, educator; Chicago, Illinois.
Provenance:
Donated 1992 by Vera Berdich.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Art teachers -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Printmakers -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Topic:
Women artists -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sketchbooks
Identifier:
AAA.berdvera
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-berdvera

Oral history interview with Ellen Lanyon

Interviewee:
Lanyon, Ellen  Search this
Interviewer:
Crawford, James, 1944-  Search this
Names:
Ox-Bow Summer School of Painting  Search this
Abercrombie, Gertrude, 1909-1977  Search this
Berdich, Vera, 1915-2003  Search this
Blackshear, Kathleen, 1897-1988  Search this
Buehr, George Frederick, 1905-1983  Search this
Carleback, Julius  Search this
Ginzel, Roland, 1921-  Search this
Grooms, Red  Search this
Hirsch, Joseph, 1910-1981  Search this
Hoff, Margo  Search this
Lasansky, Mauricio, 1914-  Search this
Rupprecht, Edgar A.  Search this
Schniewind, Carl Oscar, 1900-1957  Search this
Watson, Dudley Crafts, 1885-  Search this
Extent:
5 Sound tapes (5 in.)
214 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound tapes
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1975 Dec. 5
Scope and Contents:
Interview of Ellen Lanyon conducted by James Crawford for the Archives of American Art.
Lanyon speaks of family background; interests in art and music and collecting objects and antiques; her early art education; remembrances of 1933 Chicago World's Fair; Art Institute; Oxbow Summer School of Painting; her work and techniques; exhibitions; Institute of Design; marriage and move to University of Iowa; Iowa art department, Iowa print group; Fulbright to England; travel in France and Italy; return to Chicago; founding of graphic workshop; Hairy Who group; The Imagists; Seven and Up exhibitions; Red Grooms in Chicago; and commissions. She recalls George Buehr, Margo Hoff, Dudley Crafts Watson, Vera Berdich, Joseph Hirsch, Carl Schneiwind, Kathleen Blackshear, Mauricio Lasansky, Gertrude Abercrombie, Julius Carleback, Roland Ginzel, and Edgar Rupprecht.
Biographical / Historical:
Ellen Lanyon (1926- ) is a painter and printmaker in New York and Chicago, Ill.
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.
Occupation:
Painters -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Interviews  Search this
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Women artists -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Interviews  Search this
Printmakers -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.lanyon75
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-lanyon75

Oral history interview with Evelyn Statsinger

Interviewee:
Statsinger, Evelyn, 1927-2016  Search this
Interviewer:
Silverman, Lanny  Search this
Names:
Chicago Art and Artists: Oral History Project  Search this
Chicago's Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource  Search this
Extent:
3 Items (Sound recording, master: 3 sound files (3 hr., 31 min.), digital, wav)
106 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2015 May 11-13
Scope and Contents:
An interview with Evelyn Statsinger, conducted 2015 May 11-13, by Lanny Silverman, for the Archives of American Art's Chicago Art and Artists: Oral History Project, at Statsinger's studio in Chicago, Illinois.
Statsinger speaks of studying at the High School of Museum and Arts in New York, the Art Students League, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; showing at Chicago galleries, including Frumkin, Artemisia, Kovler, and Jan Cicero; how her work fits in with contemporary Chicago artists, including Monster Roster and Imagists; the use of ambiguity in her work; how her travels in Japan and Mexico influenced her style; Japanese theater; and contemporary art and popular culture. Statsinger also recalls Ossip Zadkine, Katherine Kuh, Carl Schniewind, Mies van der Rohe, Leon Golub, Kathleen Blackshear, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Interviewee Evelyn Statsinger (1927-2016) was a painter in Chicago, Illinois. Interviewer Lanny Silverman (1947- ) is a curator at the Chicago Cultural Center in Chicago, Illinois.
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.
Restrictions:
This transcript is open for research. Access to the entire recording is restricted. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Painters -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Interviews  Search this
Topic:
Women artists -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.statsi15
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-statsi15

Gerda Meyer Bernstein papers

Creator:
Meyer-Bernstein, Gerda  Search this
Extent:
1 Linear foot
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1982-2006
Scope and Contents:
Biographical material, correspondence, writings, exhibition and loan files, artists' files, photographs, printed material, and audio visual material relating to the career of installation artist, Gerda Meyer-Bernstein.
Biographical / Historical:
Gerda Meyer-Bernstein (1924-) is an installation artist in Chicago, Illinois.
Provenance:
Donated 2015 by Gerda Meyer-Bernstein.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Topic:
Installations (Art)  Search this
Women artists -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.meyegerd
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-meyegerd

Clara MacGowan papers

Creator:
MacGowan, Clara, 1895-1983  Search this
Names:
Illinois Historical Art Project  Search this
MacGowan, Clara, 1895-1983  Search this
Extent:
0.3 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1929-1978
Scope and Contents:
Biographical data; photographs of MacGowan; and a scrapbook containing letters, newspaper clippings and other printed material, 1929-1932, documenting her work. Also included is an album of photographs of seventy-four paintings by MacGowan compiled in 1977, to facilitate the distribution of her estate.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter, educator; Chicago, Ill. MacGowan was Assistant and later Associate Professor of Art at Northwestern University from 1927-1947, and a frequent lecturer at local women's clubs and exhibitor at the Arts Club of Chicago and the Chicago Society of Artists.
Provenance:
Donated 1996 by the Illinois Historical Art Project through Joel Dryer.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Painters -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Topic:
Women art teachers -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Women artists -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.macgclar
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-macgclar

Oral history interview with Suellen Rocca

Interviewee:
Rocca, Suellen, 1943-2020  Search this
Interviewer:
Silverman, Lanny  Search this
Names:
Chicago Art and Artists: Oral History Project  Search this
Chicago's Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource  Search this
Extent:
121 Pages (Transcript)
4 Items (sound files (3 hrs., 22 min.), digital, wav)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2015 November 5-6
Scope and Contents:
An interview with Suellen Rocca conducted 2015 November 5-6, by Lanny Silverman, for the Archives of American Art's Chicago Art and Artists: Oral History Project, at Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois.
Biographical / Historical:
Suellen Rocca (1943-2020) was an artist, curator, and educator in Romeoville, Illinois. Interviewee Lanny Silverman (1947- ) is a curator at the Chicago Cultural Center in Chicago, Illinois.
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.
Occupation:
Painters -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Interviews  Search this
Educators -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Topic:
Sculptors -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Interviews  Search this
Women artists -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Interviews  Search this
Curators -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Interviews  Search this
Art, American -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.rocca15
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-rocca15

Helen Weinrich Knaths photograph album

Creator:
Knaths, Helen Weinrich, 1876 or 7-1978  Search this
Names:
Art Institute of Chicago. School  Search this
Knaths, Helen Weinrich, 1876 or 7-1978 -- Photographs  Search this
Knaths, Karl, 1891-1971 -- Photographs  Search this
Weinrich, Agnes, 1873-1946 -- Photographs  Search this
Extent:
1 Volume ((63 items on 1 microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Volumes
Date:
1879-1976
Scope and Contents:
Included in the album are 61 photographs, a slide, and a clipping. Pictured are Helen; her older sister, Agnes Weinrich, including one of her in class at the Art Institute of Chicago, ca. 1906, one with Helen and others in Berlin, Germany, ca. 1899, and one of her tombstone (designed by Knaths); Helen's husband, Karl Knaths, including one of them on their wedding day, 1922, a few of him camping in New Hampshire, his studio in Provincetown, and with Helen and others; family friends and pets; the family farm in Iowa; and other locales.
Biographical / Historical:
Helen Weinrich Knaths (1876 or 7-1978) was the wife of artist and teacher Karl Knaths. She was born 1877 as Lena (Lee) Weinrich on a farm in Des Moines County, Iowa. Her sister, Agnes Weinrich, studied painting at the Art Institute of Chicago, in Paris during 1913, and beginning in 1914, in Provincetown, where she and Helen met Karl Knaths. Karl and Helen were married in 1922, and continued to live, with Agnes, in Provincetown during the summer, and in New York during the winter. Agnes died April 17, 1946, Karl Knaths died in 1971, and Helen died at age 102 in 1979.
Provenance:
Lent for microfilming 1996 by Jane Jennings, grandniece of Helen and Knaths.
Restrictions:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Topic:
Women artists -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Women artists -- Massachusetts -- Provincetown  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.knathele
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-knathele

Oral history interview with Vera Klement

Interviewee:
Klement, Vera, 1929-  Search this
Interviewer:
Silverman, Lanny  Search this
Names:
Artemisia Gallery  Search this
Chicago Art and Artists: Oral History Project  Search this
Chicago's Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource  Search this
University of Chicago -- Faculty  Search this
Adrian, Dennis, 1937-  Search this
Ashton, Dore  Search this
Deson, Marianne  Search this
Ippolito, Angelo  Search this
Ito, Miyoko, 1918-1983  Search this
Kind, Phyllis, 1933-2018  Search this
Rosenberg, Harold, 1906-1978  Search this
Shapey, Ralph, 1921-2002  Search this
Stamos, Theodoros, 1922-1997  Search this
Extent:
3 Items (Sound recording: 3 sound files (3 hr., 24 min.), digital, wav)
140 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Date:
2015 June 12 and 14
Scope and Contents:
An interview with Vera Klement conducted 2015 June 12 and 14, by Lanny Silverman, for the Archives of American Art's Chicago Art and Artists: Oral History Project, at Klement's home and studio in Chicago, Illinois.
Klement speaks of her early childhood in Danzig (now, Gdansk, Poland) on the eve of World War II; her family's immigration to New York; her early experiences with music and art; her decision to become a painter; her interactions within New York's art community of the 1950s; the change in New York's art scene after the emergence of Pop art; her move to Chicago and subsequent difficulties in showing her work; her involvement within the Chicago art community; the founding of the women's artist cooperative, Artemisia; her involvement with the women's movement in the 1970s; teaching at the University of Chicago; her conception of her artwork as representational and apolitical; her literary influences; and her distaste for the contemporary art world. Klement also recalls Dennis Adrian, Dore Ashton, Marianne Deson, Angelo Ippolito, Miyoko Ito, Phyllis Kind, Harold Rosenberg, Ralph Shapey, Theodoros Stamos, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Vera Klement (1929- ) is a painter in Chicago, Illinois. Lanny Silverman (1947- ) is a curator at the Chicago Cultural Center in Chicago, Illinois.
General:
Originally recorded as 3 sound files. Duration is 3 hr., 24 min.
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.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Occupation:
Painters -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Topic:
Art, American -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art, American -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Pop art  Search this
Women artists -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Women's rights  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.klemen15
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-klemen15

Jacob Zavel Jacobson papers

Creator:
Jacobson, J. Z. (Jacob Zavel), 1900-  Search this
Names:
Armin, Emil, 1883-  Search this
Biesel, Charles, 1865-1945  Search this
Extent:
0.4 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1925-1983
Scope and Contents:
Various manuscripts and essays on art, biographies on artists and architects, Judaism, unpublished and published manuscripts, and a pocket notebook; correspondence from Forbes Watson, Julia Thecla, Todd Kempf, Samuel Putnam, Emil Armin, John Doctoroff, Ivar Rose, Oscar Leonard, John Sloan, and others; biographical and personal information, writings, photographs, printed material and art work, including a pen drawing by Emil Armin and a sketch/guest book from the studio of Charles Biesel, given to Jacobson after Biesel's death as a memento of their friendship.
Biographical / Historical:
Writer, editor, critic; Chicago, Ill. Edited Art of today, Chicago, 1933, and was associated with the 57th St. Art colony. Died 1970.
Provenance:
Donated 1985 by Helen M. Jacobson, widow of Jacobson.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Artists -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Art critics -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Authors -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Editors -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Topic:
Art criticism  Search this
Modernism (Art)  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.jacojz
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-jacojz

Oral history interview with Frances Higgins

Interviewee:
Higgins, Frances Stewart, 1912-2004  Search this
Interviewer:
Adamson, Glenn  Search this
Creator:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Names:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Extent:
43 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2003 November 8
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Frances Higgins conducted 2003 November 8, by Glenn Adamson, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, in Riverside Illinois.
Higgins speaks of her education at the Georgia College for Women and the Chicago Institute of Design; her marriage to fellow artist Michael Higgins; and the development of her glass techniques such as fused glass and the slumped method. She discusses her work for the Dearborn Glass Company, Heager Potteries, and General Electric; and the significance of several of these designs and patterns, including the popularity of Rondelays. She also comments on the Midwest Designer-Craftsmen; the glass blowing movement; the studio in Riverside; and the book, "Higgins: Adventures in Glass." Higgins also recalls Harvey Littleton, Maurice Heaton, Earl McCutcheon, Charles and Ray Eames, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Frances Stewart Higgins (1912-2004) was a glass artist of Riverside, Illinois. Glenn Adamson is an art historian.
General:
Originally recorded on 1 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 21 min.
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.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Occupation:
Glass artists -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Topic:
Glass blowing and working -- Technique  Search this
Glass blowing and working -- Study and teaching  Search this
Women artists -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Interviews  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.higgin03
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-higgin03

Oral history interview with Ted Halkin

Interviewee:
Halkin, Theodore, 1924-  Search this
Interviewer:
Silverman, Lanny  Search this
Names:
Chicago Art and Artists: Oral History Project  Search this
Chicago's Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource  Search this
Extent:
3 Items (sound files (3 hr., 36 min.), digital, wav)
114 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2015 July 29- August 17
Scope and Contents:
An interview with Ted Halkin conducted 2015 July 29- August 17, by Lanny Silverman, for the Archives of American Art's Chicago Art and Artists: Oral History Project, at Halkin's home in Evanston, Illinois.
Halkin speaks of growing up during the Depression; his family members' emigration from Russia to Canada and Argentina, and eventually the U.S.; his childhood interests in art-making; serving in World War II, including at Iwo Jima; being dyslexic; attending the Art Institute of Chicago on the GI Bill; working at the Field Museum; Halkin's attitude towards cultural appropriation; early exhibitions, including in the Chicago show; painting on the Chicago Midway with George Cohen and Leon Golub; influences on his work, including Cubism, Romanesque cathedrals, and certain Renaissance art; teaching art history at the Art Institute; the impact of the internet on art and the art business; visiting the cave paintings of Lascaux; the use of the grotesque in his work; incorporating sculptural elements into his art; and the impact of the death of his wife on his painting style. Halkin also recalls Edith Altman, Leon Golub, Ray Yoshida, Cosmo Campoli, Franz Schulze, Jim Nutt, Whitney Halstead, Evelyn Statsinger, George Cohen, Phyllis Kind, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Interviewee Ted Halkin (1924- ) is a multimedia artist working in Evanston, Illinois. Interviewer Lanny Silverman (1947- ) is a curator at the Chicago Cultural Center in Chicago, Illinois.
General:
Originally recorded as 3 sound files. Duration is 3 hr., 36 min.
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.
Restrictions:
This transcript is open for research. Access to the entire recording is restricted. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Topic:
Artists -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Interviews  Search this
Mixed media (Art)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.halkin15
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-halkin15

Oral history interview with William Dawson

Interviewee:
Dawson, William, 1901-1990  Search this
Interviewer:
Blum, Betty  Search this
Names:
Brown, Roger, 1941-1997  Search this
Kind, Phyllis, 1933-2018  Search this
Extent:
173 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1990 April 11-23
Scope and Contents:
An interview of William Dawson conducted 1990 April 11-23, by Betty Blum, for the Archives of American Art.
Dawson speaks of his childhood in Alabama; coming to Chicago in 1923; working as a porter and janitor; the beginnings of his art career after retiring in 1965; making carvings from found objects; the process of discovering and creating forms; his first exhibition at the Lincoln Park Public Library; his first sales to collectors, including Phyllis Kind and Roger Brown; gaining exposure through collectors and eventually getting discovered; the beginning of his work in painting; his exhibition at the Corcoran in 1982; work methods; and inspirations and ideas.
Biographical / Historical:
William Dawson (1901-1990) was a self-taught painter and sculptor from Chicago, Illinois. Dawson was born in 1901 in Huntsville, Alabama, came to Chicago in 1923, and after retiring from a career as a janitor and porter, he began sculpting and painting. He died July 1, 1990.
General:
Originally recorded on 3 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 6 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 58 min.
Provenance:
These interviews are part of the Archives' 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 others.
Occupation:
Painters -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Interviews  Search this
Folk artists -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Interviews  Search this
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
African American artists  Search this
Sculptors -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Interviews  Search this
Self-taught artists -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.dawson90
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-dawson90

Chicago Latino/a Artists Studies Project (CLASP) files relating to Latino artists

Creator:
Zimmerman, Marc, 1939-  Search this
Names:
LACASA CHICAGO  Search this
Extent:
37 Gigabytes (Digital files)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Gigabytes
Date:
2004-2017
Scope and Contents:
Thirty-nine interviews conducted by Marc Zimmerman and members of the Chicago Latino/a Artists Studies Project (CLASP) with Latino artists in the Chicago, Illinois area for the Latin American Cultural Activities and Studies Arena (LACASA) in Chicago, Illinois and supporting interviews and supporting documentation and images. Other CLASP members involved in the project include Marta Ayala, Rene Arceo, Len Dominguez, Jeff Huebner, Nicole Marroquin, Diana Solis, Victor Sorell, and John Pitman Weber. The entire collection is born digital.
Biographical / Historical:
Marc Zimmerman is a scholar in Chicago, Illinois and Puerto Rico. Zimmerman was a professor at the University of Illinois, Chicago and founder and director of LACASA Chicago.
Provenance:
Donated 2017 by Marc Zimmerman.
Restrictions:
Use of original files requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of born digital material with no copy requires advance notice.
Topic:
Artists -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Interviews  Search this
Hispanic American artists  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.zimmmarc
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Eleanor Coen and Max Kahn papers

Creator:
Coen, Eleanor, 1916-  Search this
Kahn, Max, 1903-2005  Search this
Extent:
322 Items
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1942-1975
Scope and Contents:
Biographical material; 167 letters received by Coen and Kahn, 1942-1969; exhibition catalogs and announcements, 1943-1975; photographs of prints by both Coen and Kahn; and a few clippings.
Biographical / Historical:
Printmakers; Chicago, Illinois; husband and wife. Max Kahn is also a graphic artist, sculptor, painter, lithographer, and teacher.
Provenance:
Lent for microfilming 1975 by Eleanor Coen and Max Kahn.
Restrictions:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Occupation:
Printmakers  Search this
Graphic artists -- Illinois  Search this
Lithographers -- Chicago  Search this
Painters -- Illinois  Search this
Sculptors -- Illinois  Search this
Topic:
Women artists -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.coenelea
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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[Roger Brown, Richard Hunt, John Hegarty] [videorecording] / Archives of American Art, produced by American Film House ; exec. producer, Dennis Barrie ; producers, Linda Abramsky and Ralph Graham ; director, cinematographer, Charles Cirgenski

Creator:
Archives of American Art  Search this
Names:
American Film House  Search this
Archives of American Art  Search this
Abramsky, Linda  Search this
Barrie, Dennis  Search this
Brown, Roger, 1941-1997  Search this
Cirgenski, Charles F.  Search this
Graham, Ralph  Search this
Hegarty, John, 1938-  Search this
Hunt, Richard, 1935-  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (videocassette (45 min.), sd., col., 3/4 in.)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1983
Scope and Contents:
Dennis Barrie, Midwest director of the Archives of American Art, narrates three separate documentaries about Chicago artists, including painter Roger Brown, sculptor Richard Hunt, and realist painter John Hegarty. Version combines three separate 15 min. video productions on one cassette.
Publication, Distribution, Etc. (Imprint):
Birmingham, Mich. : American Film House, 1983.
Provenance:
A film by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Artists -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Interviews  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.archamea2
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
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Barbara Aubin papers

Creator:
Aubin, Barbara, 1928-2014  Search this
Extent:
8.3 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Scrapbooks
Video recordings
Date:
circa 1950-2006
Scope and Contents:
Personal and professional correspondence; writings; personal business records; photographs of Aubin, her works of art and family; scrapbooks; two VHS videos and printed material relating to painter, teacher, and curator Barbara Aubin.
Also included is a miniature portrait of a man "Joshua" (presumably a relative of Aubin's) painted on ivory in a medallion, possibly dated 1867.
Biographical / Historical:
Barbara Aubin (1928-2014) was a painter, teacher, and curator in Chicago, Illinois.
Provenance:
Donated 2016 by the Barbara Aubin estate via Amie Hyman, executor.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Occupation:
Art teachers -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Painters -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Topic:
Curators -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Women artists -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Genre/Form:
Scrapbooks
Video recordings
Identifier:
AAA.aubibarb
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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C. J. (Clarence Joseph) Bulliet papers

Creator:
Bulliet, C.J. (Clarence Joseph), 1883-1952  Search this
Names:
Bulliet, Katherine Adams  Search this
Chapin, James, 1887-1975  Search this
Mantell, Robert B. (Robert Bruce), 1854-1928  Search this
Sheets, Millard, 1907-1989  Search this
Extent:
34.6 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Prints
Sketchbooks
Photographs
Drawings
Place:
United States -- Social life and customs
Date:
circa 1888-1959
Summary:
The C. J. (Clarence Joseph) Bulliet papers measure 34.6 linear feet and are dated circa 1888-1959. Biographical materials, correspondence, writings, subject and artist files, printed material, photographs, and artwork document the career of the influential Chicago art critic and writer. The records contain extensive information about art and artists in Chicago and the Midwest from the early to mid-twentieth century.
Scope and Content Note:
The C. J. Bulliet papers measure 34.6 linear feet and are dated circa 1888-1959. Biographical materials, correspondence, writings, subject and artist files, printed material, photographs, and artwork document the career of the influential Chicago art critic and writer. The records contain extensive information about art and artists in Chicago and the Midwest from the early to mid-twentieth century.

Biographical materials, circa 1888-1952, about C. J. Bulliet and his artist wife, Katherine Adams Bulliet, include Adams family genealogy, biographical notes, inventory and notes about Bulliet's art collection, miscellaneous items, and photographs. Photographs include portraits of C. J. Bulliet as a young child, and photographs around the time of his graduation from Indiana University. Other photographs are group shots of Bulliet with Mrs. Bulliet, Millard Sheets, Mr. and Mrs. Peyton Boswell, Jr., James Chapin, the Chicago Daily News staff, and other Chicago art critics.

Correspondence, 1901-1942, documents Bulliet's professional and personal life. Professional correspondence provides a good overview of the art scene, activities, and attitudes in Chicago during the 1930s and 1940s. Many letters from newspaper readers contain both positive and negative reactions to his columns. Personal correspondence consists mainly of letters Bulliet wrote to his wife while on the road with Robert Mantell and his Shakespeare company. Other personal correspondence is with friends and relatives, and includes some letters addressed to Katherine Adams Bulliet.

Writings, 1929-1951, consist of notes, drafts, and final manuscripts of published and unpublished articles and essays, books, fiction and poems, lectures, and reviews by C. J. Bulliet. A small number of manuscripts are by other authors.

Artist files, 1919-1952, document a wide variety of artists from the Renaissance through the mid-twentieth century. Artists represented are American, European, and Asian; of particular interest are files relating to Chicago area artists, both well known and obscure. They consist largely of photographs of works of art and a small number of photographs of artists. A small percentage includes correspondence, notes and drafts of texts by Bulliet, printed material, and a few original prints.

Subject files, 1909-1952, concern topics that interested Bulliet. They consist mainly of photographs and printed material, with a small amount of correspondence.

Printed material, 1909-1959, by Bulliet consists of newspaper articles and columns, books, and reviews of art, books, and music. Items produced by others include books, clippings, museum and art school publications, periodicals, and press releases. Exhibition related items, consisting of announcements, invitations, catalogs, checklists, and prospectuses, are categorized by venues - Chicago and elsewhere.

Art work, 1916-1948, mainly by Chicago area artists, consists of prints, drawings, and a sketchbook, most likely given to Bulliet by the artists themselves.
Arrangement:
Series 2: Correspondence, Series 4: Artist Files, Series 5: Subject Files, and Series 7: Artwork are arranged alphabetically. Other series, organized by record type, are arranged chronologically within each category, as noted in the series descriptions/container listing below.

The collection is arranged into 7 series:

Series 1: Biographical Materials, circa 1888-1952 (Box 1; 6 folders)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1901-1952 (Boxes 1-2; 2 linear ft.)

Series 3: Writings, 1929-1951 (Boxes 3-4; 2 linear ft.)

Series 4: Artist Files, 1919-1952 (Boxes 5-24; 20 linear ft.)

Series 5: Subject Files, 1909-1952 (Boxes 25-27, 37; 2.3 linear ft.)

Series 6: Printed Material, 1909-1959 (Boxes 27-34, 36-37; 7.7 linear ft.)

Series 7: Artwork, 1916-1948 (Boxes 35, 38, OV 39; 0.6 linear ft.)
Biographical Note:
Known for his support of modernism, C. J. Bulliet spent the majority of his long newspaper career in Chicago. Born Clarence Joseph Bulleit in Corydon, Indiana, he studied English, astronomy, and mathematics at Indiana University. After graduating in 1905, he became a member of the Indiana University Total Eclipse Expedition to Spain in its search for a planet within Mercury's orbit. During World War I the spelling to Bulliet was changed to avoid any connection with Germany.

Upon returning to the United States, Bulliet began his newspaper career as a reporter for the Louisville Herald, soon moved to the Indianapolis Star as a police reporter, and eventually was named its drama critic. Between 1912 and 1921, he traveled extensively throughout the country as a press agent for Shakespearean actor Robert B. Mantell. During this period, he published his first book, a biography titled Robert Mantell's Romance. World War I interrupted Mantell's tour for two years, during which time Bulliet was press representative for D. W. Griffith's Birth of a Nation. He returned to the Louisville Herald for two years before moving to Chicago.

In 1923, the Chicago Evening Post established "The Art World Magazine," a weekly tabloid section reporting local, national, and international art news. C.J. Bulliet became the magazine's first (and only) editor. In addition, he served as the paper's drama critic. When the Chicago Evening Post was sold in 1932, becoming the Chicago Daily News, Bulliet was appointed its art critic. Although Bulliet was an experienced reporter, writer, and editor with a broad general knowledge of theater and drama, he had virtually no background in art or art history. An avid reader, he was determined to learn as much as he could, and managed to make himself an expert in a relatively short time. From 1924 until his death in 1952, C. J. Bulliet was the most important art critic in Chicago. His strong support of modernism and the gossipy, entertaining style of his columns made him a popular and controversial figure with great local influence on public opinion, exhibitions, and patronage. In addition to his work on the Chicago newspapers, C. J. Bulliet contributed articles to Art Digest, the New York Times, and other national publications.

Once established as an art editor and critic, C. J. Bulliet began writing extensively on art, and published many books on the subject for general readers. The first, Apples and Madonnas: Emotional Expression in Modern Art (1927), was extremely well-received and remained in print through many editions. Other titles include: Tour of the Exhibition of the Works of Alexander Archipenko (1927), The Courtezan Olympia: An Intimate Survey of Artists and their Mistress-Models (1930), Art Masterpieces: In a Century of Progress Fine Art Exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago (1933), Paintings, An Introduction to Art (1934); The Significant Moderns and Their Pictures (1936), Masterpieces of Italian Art (1939), French Art from David to Matisse: As Set Forth in 20 Masterpieces of the French Exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago (1941), Art Treasures from Vienna (1949), and The Story of Lent in Art (1951). He published books on other subjects, as well. In addition to his 1918 biography of Robert B. Mantell, they are: Venus Castina: Famous Female Impersonators, Celestial and Human (1933) and How Grand Opera Came to Chicago (1940-1941).
Provenance:
The papers were donated to the Archives in 1984 by C. J. Bulliet's son, Lender J. Bulliet. Additional records were given by Rockford College, Rockford, Illinois, in 1987.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Occupation:
Art critics -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Topic:
Artists -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Modernism (Art)  Search this
Art criticism -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Genre/Form:
Prints
Sketchbooks
Photographs
Drawings
Citation:
The C. J. Bulliet papers, circa 1888-1959. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.bullclar
See more items in:
C. J. (Clarence Joseph) Bulliet papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Mary A. Wright letters

Creator:
Wright, Mary A.  Search this
Names:
Bohemian Art Club (Chicago, Ill.)  Search this
Holmes, Ellen A.  Search this
Shaw, Annie Cornelia, 1852-1887  Search this
Extent:
2 Items ((on partial microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1882
Scope and Contents:
A letter to Wright from Annie Cornelia Shaw, December 17, 1882, telling her that Ellen Holmes has opened a studio in Wright's building and requesting she "call on her - anything you can do to make her first studio experience pleasant will be appreciated." Also included is a catalog THE SECOND ANNUAL EXHIBITION OF THE BOHEMIAN ART CLUB at the Chicago Art Institute, 1882, in which Holmes, Shaw and Wright exhibited.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter; Chicago, Illinois.
Provenance:
Donated July 1961 by Paul Vanderbilt, State Historical Society of Wisconsin.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Women artists -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.wrigmary
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Arts records

Topic:
Cowbell
Palette & chisel
Creator:
Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Arts (Chicago, Ill.)  Search this
Palette & Chisel Club (Chicago, Ill.)  Search this
Extent:
0.2 Linear feet ((on 1 microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1896-1974
Scope and Contents:
Seven issues of "The Cowbell," 1921-1924; 1 bound volume of the "The Cowbell," 1915-1916; 84 issues of "The Palette & Chisel," 1924-1932; 6 newsletters, 1948-1950; 2 letters by Alfred R. Muenzenthaler concerning honorary memberships, undated and 1974; 3 handbooks of by-laws, undated, 1896-1897, and 1901-1902; and 2 announcements for a bidding sale and a thumb-box and sketch exhibition.
Biographical / Historical:
Founded in 1895 as Palette & Chisel Club. Oldest existing art club in Chicago. In 1933, the club changed its name to the Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Arts.
Provenance:
1 bound volume of Cowbell, 1915-1916 lent for microfilming 1985; remainder donated 1985 by Alfred Muenzenthaler.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Artists -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Societies, etc. -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.palechis
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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