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Oral history interview with Lewis W. and Erica Beckh Rubenstein, 1993 February 23

Interviewee:
Rubenstein, Lewis W. (Lewis William), 1908-2003  Search this
Interviewer:
Polcari, Stephen  Search this
Subject:
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
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
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
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12718
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)215330
AAA_collcode_rubens93
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_215330
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Oral history interview with Lewis W. and Erica Beckh Rubenstein

Interviewee:
Rubenstein, Lewis W. (Lewis William), 1908-2003  Search this
Rubenstein, Erica Beckh, 1914-2014  Search this
Interviewer:
Polcari, Stephen  Search this
Names:
Vassar College -- Faculty -- Interviews  Search this
Lebrun, Rico, 1900-1964  Search this
Orozco, José Clemente, 1883-1949  Search this
Rubenstein, Erica Beckh, 1914-2014  Search this
Extent:
2 Items (sound cassettes (1 hr. 45 min.), analog.)
50 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1993 February 23
Scope and Contents:
An interview with Lewis and Erica Rubenstein conducted 1993 February 23, by Stephen Polcari, for the Archives of American Art.
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.
Biographical / Historical:
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.
General:
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.
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 audio recording is restricted. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Art historians -- New York (State) -- Poughkeepsie -- Interviews  Search this
Topic:
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
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.rubens93
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9ddbd1de0-8343-4628-80fa-01097bca15fd
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-rubens93
Online Media:

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