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Oral history interview with Alanna Heiss

Interviewee:
Heiss, Alanna  Search this
Interviewer:
McElhinney, James Lancel, 1952-  Search this
Creator:
Elizabeth Murray Oral History of Women in the Visual Arts Project  Search this
Names:
Biennale di Venezia  Search this
Clocktower Gallery  Search this
Elizabeth Murray Oral History of Women in the Visual Arts Project  Search this
Institute for Art and Urban Resources  Search this
Lawrence University  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
New Museum (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center  Search this
University of Chicago -- Students  Search this
Callahan, Harry M.  Search this
Finkelpearl, Tom  Search this
Gill, Brendan, 1914-1997  Search this
Highstein, Jene, 1942-2013  Search this
Matta-Clark, Gordon, 1943-1978  Search this
Nonas, Richard, 1936-  Search this
Extent:
80 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Date:
2010 June 15-October 28
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Alanna Heiss conducted 2010 June 15 and October 28, by James McElhinney, for the Archives of American Art's Elizabeth Murray Oral History of Women in the Visual Arts project, at Art International Radio, on Leonard Street, in New York, New York.
Heiss speaks of the Clocktower Gallery and the AIR offices; New York galleries and museums and the economic depression of the 1970s; art shows in Germany, France, Switzerland, and England and the role of foreign and West Coast curators in New York shows during the 1960s; founding the Institute for Art and Urban Resources with Brendan Gill; her lack of interest in collecting and the problems she feels it poses for organizations showing art; her attitudes about displaying art in the 1970s; growing up in a small town in Southern Illinois; spending summers as a child in South Dakota; her musical training; art in relation to Midwestern cultural values; her work on the exhibition "Stalin's Choice: Soviet Socialist Realism, 1932-1956" in 1993; her degree in music and the philosophy of aesthetics from Lawrence University; taking classes at the University of Chicago; moving to New York and deciding to focus on visual arts; her time in Europe and the various jobs she took while abroad including teaching, inspecting monuments for the Society for Ancient Buildings and Monuments, writing about animals, selling and transporting used cars, and serving as an artist liaison; and the exhibitions she saw during her travels.
Heiss also discusses trips she made across the United States after returning from Europe; working as a band road crew manger; her work in 1993 on the John Cage tribute show for the Venice Biennale called "Il Suono Rapido delle Cose" and the album produced in conjunction with the show called Caged/Uncaged - A Rock/Experimental Homage To John Cage; her marriage to the artist Jene Highstein and their friendships with the artists Richard Nonas and Gordon Matta-Clark; her return to New York from Europe around 1970 and her use of old or abandoned real estate as locations for contemporary art exhibitions; her first show, "Under the Brooklyn Bridge" in 1971; founding PS1; her work as a parole officer and her exposure to the culture of Harlem; the various shows held at PS1; urban art spaces in New York including the New Museum and the Coney Island Sculpture Museum; her exhibition space on Bleecker Street in New York; her disenchantment with the idea of community art; her work with Tom Finkelpearl; the way she publicized exhibitions; the underground culture of the 1970s; and the relationship between the Museum of Modern Art and PS1 and their eventual merger.
Biographical / Historical:
Alanna Heiss (1943-) is director of Art International Radio in New York, New York. James McElhinney (1952-) is an artist and educator in New York, New York.
General:
Originally recorded on 1 sound disc. Reformatted in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 39 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.
Occupation:
Gallery directors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Arts administrators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Curators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Women arts administrators  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.heiss10
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw99e6f2c82-e682-4784-9927-1a9582dc615e
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-heiss10
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Artists Talk on Art records

Creator:
Artists Talk on Art  Search this
Names:
Barnet, Will, 1911-2012  Search this
Bourgeois, Louise, 1911-2010  Search this
Christo, 1935-  Search this
De Niro, Robert, Sr., 1922-1993  Search this
Denes, Agnes  Search this
Goldberg, Michael, 1924-2007  Search this
Jeanne-Claude, 1935-2009  Search this
Longo, Robert  Search this
Mendieta, Ana, 1948-1985  Search this
Morris, Robert, 1931-2018  Search this
Murray, Elizabeth, 1940-  Search this
Neel, Alice, 1900-1984  Search this
Pavia, Philip, 1915-2005  Search this
Sleigh, Sylvia  Search this
Wilke, Hannah  Search this
Wojnarowicz, David  Search this
Extent:
64.4 Linear feet
317.43 Gigabytes
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Gigabytes
Photographs
Sound recordings
Scrapbooks
Transcripts
Video recordings
Date:
circa 1974-2018
Summary:
The records of Artists Talk on Art (ATOA) measure 64.4 linear feet and 317.43 gigabytes and date from circa 1974-2018. The bulk of the records consist of extensive video and sound recordings of events organized by the group featuring artists, critics, historians, dealers, curators and writers discussing contemporary issues in the American art world in hundreds of panel discussions, open screenings, and dialogues held in New York City. Events began in 1975 and continue to the present; recordings in the collection date from 1977 and 2016. A smaller group of records include administrative files, panel flyers, three scrapbooks, as well as photographs, slides, and negatives of panel discussions and participants.
Scope and Contents:
The records of Artists Talk on Art (ATOA) measure 64.4 linear feet and 317.43 gigabytes and date from circa 1974-2018. The bulk of the records consist of extensive video and sound recordings of events organized by the group featuring artists, critics, historians, dealers, curators and writers discussing contemporary issues in the American art world in hundreds of panel discussions, open screenings, and dialogues held in New York City. Events began in 1975 and continue to the present; recordings in the collection date from 1977 and 2016. A smaller group of records include administrative files, panel flyers, three scrapbooks, as well as photographs, slides, and negatives of panel discussions and participants.

ATOA's recordings chronicle the American art world, covering critical discussions and significant art world issues over five decades. Thousands of artists such as Will Barnet, Louise Bourgeois, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Robert De Niro, Agnes Denes, Michael Goldberg, Robert Longo, Ana Mendieta, Robert Morris, Elizabeth Murray, Alice Neel, Philip Pavia, Howardena Pindell, Larry Rivers, Sylvia Sleigh, Kahinde Wiley, Hannah Wilke, David Wojnarowicz, and others speak about their work. The original recordings exist in a variety of formats, including U-Matic and VHS videotape, MiniDVs, sound cassettes and sound tape reels. ATOA digitized most of the video and sound recordings prior to donating the collection.

The collection also includes printed histories, board and program committee meeting minutes, financial statements, general correspondence files of the president and chair, attendance statistics, grant files, panel participant release forms, sixteen panel transcripts, a complete set of panel flyers (many are annotated) and other printed materials, three dismantled scrapbooks, as well as photographs, slides, and negatives of panels and panel participants.
Arrangement:
The records are arranged into nine series.

Series 1: Adminstrative Files, 1974-2013 (0.4 linear feet, Box 1)

Series 2: Director's and Chairman's Correspondence, 1977-2006 (0.4 linear feet, Box 1)

Series 3: Grant Files, 1977-2009 (1 linear foot, Boxes 1-2)

Series 4: Panel Release Forms, 1978-2012 (1 linear foot, Boxes 2-3)

Series 5: Panel Transcripts, 1981, 1986, 1988, 2017-2018 (1 folder, Box 3; 0.002 GB, ER01)

Series 6: Printed Materials, 1975-2015 (0.8 linear feet, Boxes 3-4; 0.434 GB, ER02)

Series 7: Scrapbooks, 1975-1989 (0.2 linear feet, Box 4)

Series 8: Photographic Materials, circa 1975-circa 2000 (1 linear foot, Boxes 4-5)

Series 9: Video and Sound Recordings of Events, 1977-2016 (59 linear feet, Boxes 6-65; 317.43 GB, ER03-ER04)
Biographical / Historical:
Established in 1974 and still active in New York, Artists Talk on Art is the art world's longest running and most prolific aesthetic panel discussion series organized by artists for artists. Founded by Lori Antonacci, Douglas I. Sheer, and Robert Wiegand, the forum has presented 6,000 artists in nearly 1,000 documented panels or dialogues. ATOA held its first panel, "Whatever Happened to Public Art," on January 10, 1975 and it drew a "crowd" of 77 people. In the decades that followed, ATOA presented dozens of panels or dialogues a year, tackling such diverse topics as "What is Happening with Conceptual Art," with Louise Lawler and Lawrence Weiner; "Painting and Photography: Defining the Difference," with Sarah Charlesworth, Jack Goldstein, Joseph Kosuth, Barbara Kruger, and Robert Mapplethorpe; "Organizing Arts Activism," with Lucy Lippard; "The Artist and the Epidemic—an information panel about AIDS"; "Cross-generational Views of Feminism"; and hundreds more.
Provenance:
The Artists Talk on Art (ATOA) records, including digital files of the video and sound recordings, were donated to the Archives in 2016 by Douglas Sheer, Chairman of ATOA.
Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Researchers interested in accessing born-digital records or audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies. Contact References Services for more information.
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  Search this
Art dealers  Search this
Art historians  Search this
Artists  Search this
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Historians  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Sound recordings
Scrapbooks
Transcripts
Video recordings
Citation:
Artists Talk on Art records, circa 1974-2018. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.artitalk
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Artists Talk on Art records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9c4de66ef-397b-4e6e-9fde-d6deca12fa3a
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-artitalk
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Oral history interview with Alanna Heiss, 2010 June 15-October 28

Interviewee:
Heiss, Alanna, 1943-  Search this
Interviewer:
McElhinney, James, 1952-  Search this
Subject:
Callahan, Harry M.  Search this
Finkelpearl, Tom  Search this
Gill, Brendan  Search this
Highstein, Jene  Search this
Matta-Clark, Gordon  Search this
Nonas, Richard  Search this
Clocktower Gallery  Search this
Institute for Art and Urban Resources  Search this
Lawrence University  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
New Museum (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center  Search this
University of Chicago  Search this
Elizabeth Murray Oral History of Women in the Visual Arts Project  Search this
Biennale di Venezia  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Alanna Heiss, 2010 June 15-October 28. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Women arts administrators  Search this
Theme:
Women  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15902
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)296450
AAA_collcode_heiss10
Theme:
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_296450
Online Media:

Insites / Rod Rhodes ; Tom Finkelpearl, curator

Author:
Rhodes, Rod 1944-  Search this
Finkelpearl, Tom  Search this
Benforado, Susan  Search this
Phillips, Patricia C. 1952-  Search this
Institute for Contemporary Art (Long Island City, New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Clocktower Gallery  Search this
Coburn Gallery  Search this
Center for Contemporary Arts of Santa Fe  Search this
Subject:
Rhodes, Rod 1944-  Search this
Physical description:
64 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Date:
1989
©1989
20th century
Topic:
Sculpture, American  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.R476 F3 1989
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_431472

Finkelpearl, Tom

Collection Creator:
Carroll, Eugene A.  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 8
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1985
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Eugene Carroll papers, 1955-2015. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Eugene Carroll papers
Eugene Carroll papers / Series 1: Artists Files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9e39c33a1-7d0e-46fa-b34f-9ebdab66aa68
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-carreuge-ref9

Habitat 7 / Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao

Title:
Habitat seven
Author:
Liao, Jeff Chien-Hsing 1977-  Search this
Tucker, Anne  Search this
Finkelpearl, Tom  Search this
Subject:
Liao, Jeff Chien-Hsing 1977-  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (unpaged) : chiefly col. ill. ; 31 x 61 cm
Type:
Books
Pictorial works
Place:
Queens (New York, N.Y.)
Date:
2007
C2007
Topic:
Photography, Panoramic  Search this
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_833392

What we made : conversations on art and social cooperation / Tom Finkelpearl

Author:
Finkelpearl, Tom  Search this
Physical description:
x, 388 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2013
Topic:
Arts and society  Search this
Group work in art  Search this
Community arts projects  Search this
Cooperation  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1000034

Figures : form and fiction : Magdalena Abakanowicz, Sydney Blum, Jonathan Ellis ... [et al.] / organized by Dominique Nahas ; and co-curated by Tom Finkelpearl and Claudia Gould

Author:
Nahas, Dominique  Search this
Finkelpearl, Tom  Search this
Gould, Claudia  Search this
Everson Museum of Art  Search this
Physical description:
57 p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Interviews
Place:
United States
Date:
1988
C1988
20th century
Topic:
Sculpture, American--Themes, motives  Search this
Human beings in art  Search this
Artists  Search this
Call number:
NB.212.F55.1988
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_648830

The Drowned world : waterworks : [exhibition] the Institute for Contemporary Art, P.S. 1 Museum, April 23-June 11, 1989 / Tom Finkelpearl, curator ; essays by Charles Brannon Tomlins, Tom Finkelpearl, and Patricia Phillips

Author:
Finkelpearl, Tom  Search this
P.S. 1 Museum  Search this
Physical description:
56 p. : ill. ; 15 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
New York (State)
Long Island City
Date:
1989
C1989
20th century
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Waterworks in art  Search this
Fountains in art  Search this
Call number:
N8261.W27.D76
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_642323

Engaging objects : the participatory art of mirrors, mechanisms, and shelters / Tom Finkelpearl, curator

Author:
Finkelpearl, Tom  Search this
Clocktower Gallery  Search this
Institute for Art and Urban Resources  Search this
David Bermant Foundation: Color, Light, Motion  Search this
Physical description:
29 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1986
1986?]
20th century
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Call number:
N6512.5.I56 E5 1986
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_638705

Dialogues in public art : interviews / with Vito Acconci ... [et al.] ; [by] Tom Finkelpearl

Author:
Finkelpearl, Tom  Search this
Acconci, Vito 1940-  Search this
Physical description:
xiii, 453 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Interviews
Place:
United States
Date:
2000
C2000
20th century
Topic:
Public art  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Art--Commissioning  Search this
Community arts projects  Search this
Artists  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_595919

Generation 1.5 / Tom Finkelpearl and Valerie Smith ; [edited by Jennifer Liese]

Author:
Finkelpearl, Tom  Search this
Smith, Valerie  Search this
Liese, Jennifer  Search this
Queens Museum of Art  Search this
Physical description:
176 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
2009
21st century
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Artists  Search this
Immigrants  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_937706

Uncommon sense / essays by Tom Finkelpearl, Julie Lazar Marita Sturken ; with photographs by Lyle Ashton Harris

Author:
Finkelpearl, Tom  Search this
Lazar, Julie  Search this
Sturken, Marita 1957-  Search this
Harris, Lyle Ashton 1965-  Search this
Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Physical description:
170 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
California
Los Angeles
Date:
1997
C1997
20th century
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Call number:
N6512 .U5383 1997
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_524521

Mierle Laderman Ukeles : maintenance art / Patricia C. Phillips ; with contributions by Tom Finkelpearl, Larissa Harris, and Lucy R. Lippard

Author:
Phillips, Patricia C. 1952-  Search this
Finkelpearl, Tom  Search this
Harris, Larissa  Search this
Lippard, Lucy R.  Search this
Host institution:
Queens Museum of Art  Search this
Subject:
Ukeles, Mierle  Search this
Physical description:
255 pages : illustrations ; 31 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Date:
2016
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1092244

Mierle Laderman Ukeles : seven work ballets / Editor, Kari Conte

Title:
Seven work ballets
Artist:
Ukeles, Mierle  Search this
Editor:
Conte, Kari  Search this
Interviewer:
Finkelpearl, Tom  Search this
Jackson, Shannon 1967-  Search this
Subject:
Ukeles, Mierle  Search this
Ukeles, Mierle  Search this
Physical description:
230 pages : illustrations (some color), facsimiles ; 28 cm
Type:
Texts
Interviews
Bildband
Place:
New York (State)
New York
Date:
2015
Topic:
Environment (Aesthetics)  Search this
Environment (Art)  Search this
Performance art  Search this
Refuse and refuse disposal in art  Search this
Site-specific art  Search this
Sanitation workers  Search this
Art, Municipal  Search this
Public art  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1092245

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