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Oral history interview with Carolyn Mazloomi, 2002 September 17-30

Interviewee:
Mazloomi, Carolyn, 1948-  Search this
Interviewer:
Cubbs, Joanne  Search this
Subject:
Adkins, Minnie  Search this
Benberry, Cuesta  Search this
Cargo, Robert T.  Search this
Connell, Martha Stamm  Search this
Freeman, Roland L.  Search this
Hill, Lauryn  Search this
Johnson, Nkosi  Search this
Miller, Edjohnetta  Search this
Sisto, Penny  Search this
Wilson, Marie  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Women of Colour Quilters Network  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Carolyn Mazloomi, 2002 September 17-30. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Decorative arts  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Baltimore album quilts  Search this
African American artists  Search this
African American quiltmakers  Search this
African American art -- African influences  Search this
Women textile designers  Search this
Quilting  Search this
Theme:
African American  Search this
Craft  Search this
Women  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11504
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)240143
AAA_collcode_mazloo02
Theme:
African American
Craft
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_240143
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Carolyn Mazloomi

Interviewee:
Mazloomi, Carolyn  Search this
Interviewer:
Cubbs, Joanne  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
Women of Colour Quilters Network  Search this
Adkins, Minnie, 1934-  Search this
Benberry, Cuesta  Search this
Cargo, Robert T.  Search this
Connell, Martha Stamm  Search this
Freeman, Roland L., 1936-  Search this
Hill, Lauryn  Search this
Johnson, Nkosi, 1989-2001  Search this
Miller, Edjohnetta  Search this
Sisto, Penny  Search this
Wilson, Marie  Search this
Extent:
16 Items (Sound recording: 16 sound files (4 hr., 33 min.), digital, wav)
56 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2002 September 17-30
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Carolyn Mazloomi conducted 2002 September 17 and 30, by Joanne Cubbs, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, in West Chester, Ohio. Mazloomi speaks of growing up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with a family of self-taught artists; the positive influence of her aunt and teacher Dr. Carter; the generation of African American quilt-makers who followed a gap in quilt-making post-slavery; she describes her previous career as an aeronautical engineer and her transition to quilt-making; how she identifies herself as a craftsperson, not an artist; her experience with Baltimore album and Appalachian quilts; learning to quilt; the Women of Color Quilter's Network and its economic and social development programs; her book, "Spirits of the Cloth"; the positive and negative aspects of travel; the false generalizations of African American quilts in academic circles; the importance of gender, race, and ethnicity in her work; her connection to "praise songs"; she discusses functional vs. nonfunctional quilts; the market for "hand-crafted" quilts; agents and galleries; she describes her working environment; adopting the use of a sewing machine in her work; the importance of community; her technique; her accomplishment of placing African-American quilts in the Renwick Gallery; the influence of magazines, including "Raw Vision;" her aversion to commissions; expanding her use of materials and technology; her exhibitions; her role as an advocate and dealer; finding inspiration in black and white linocuts and her use of color in quilts; and making a connection with her audience. Mazloomi also recalls Marie Wilson, Cuesta Benberry, Edjohnetta Miller, Roland Freeman, Robert Cargo, Martha Connell, Penny Sisto, Minnie Adkins, Nkosi Johnson, and Lauryn Hill.
Biographical / Historical:
Carolyn Mazloomi (1948- ) is a quilt maker from West Chester, Ohio.
General:
Originally recorded on 4 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 16 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hrs., 33 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:
Quiltmakers -- Ohio  Search this
Topic:
Decorative arts  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Baltimore album quilts  Search this
African American artists  Search this
African American quiltmakers  Search this
African American art -- African influences  Search this
Women textile designers  Search this
Quilting  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.mazloo02
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9d9a5becc-43a8-46ff-8692-ae6babf46aac
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-mazloo02
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South Capitol Street at M Street. Washington, D.C., February 1972, from the series Southern Roads/City Pavements

Artist:
Roland L. Freeman, born Baltimore, MD 1936  Search this
Medium:
gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
sheet: 11 x 14 in. (28.0 x 35.4 cm.)
Type:
Photography-Photoprint
Date:
1972, printed 1982
Topic:
Architecture\vehicle\automobile  Search this
Architecture\vehicle\automobile  Search this
Architecture\domestic\apartment  Search this
Occupation\domestic\laundry  Search this
Cityscape\District of Columbia\Washington  Search this
Cityscape\street\M Street  Search this
Cityscape\street\South Capitol Street  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of George H. Dalsheimer
Copyright:
© 1972, Roland L. Freeman
Object number:
1991.80.1
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk70464b523-f7da-46f7-9826-b982410812d7
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1991.80.1

Paul "Hots" Watkins, Stable Manager for Many Years of Diteman's Stable, 1612 Aliceanna Street, East Baltimore, Maryland, December 1979, from the series Southern Roads/City Pavements

Artist:
Roland L. Freeman, born Baltimore, MD 1936  Search this
Sitter:
Paul "Hots" Watkins  Search this
Medium:
gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
sheet: 14 x 11 in. (35.4 x 28.0 cm.)
Type:
Photography-Photoprint
Date:
1979, printed 1982
Topic:
African American  Search this
Recreation\leisure\smoking  Search this
Cityscape\Maryland\Baltimore  Search this
Portrait male  Search this
Cityscape\street\Aliceanna Street  Search this
Occupation\farm\groom  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of George H. Dalsheimer
Copyright:
© 1979, Roland L. Freeman
Object number:
1991.80.2
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk7cc283588-d8b6-40dc-8b45-5d070f454cd6
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1991.80.2

Dancing at Jazz Alley. Chicago, Illinois, June 1974, from the series Southern Roads/City Pavements

Artist:
Roland L. Freeman, born Baltimore, MD 1936  Search this
Medium:
gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
sheet: 11 x 14 in. (28.0 x 35.4 cm.)
Type:
Photography-Photoprint
Date:
1974, printed 1982
Topic:
Figure group  Search this
African American  Search this
Recreation\dancing  Search this
Cityscape\Illinois\Chicago  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of George H. Dalsheimer
Copyright:
© 1974, Roland L. Freeman
Object number:
1991.80.3
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk7177b9ff7-20d3-47a9-8b98-ad9900f263b4
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1991.80.3

Bernice and Vernice Briddel. Snow Hill, Maryland, August 1979, from the series Southern Roads/City Pavements

Artist:
Roland L. Freeman, born Baltimore, MD 1936  Search this
Sitter:
Bernice Briddel  Search this
Vernice Briddel  Search this
Medium:
gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
sheet: 11 1/8 x 13 7/8 in. (28.2 x 35.2 cm.)
Type:
Photography-Photoprint
Date:
1979, printed 1982
Topic:
African American  Search this
Landscape\wharf  Search this
Portrait female\child  Search this
Portrait female\child  Search this
Landscape\Maryland\Snow Hill  Search this
Portrait group\family\siblings  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of George H. Dalsheimer
Copyright:
© 1979, Roland L. Freeman
Object number:
1991.80.4
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk7a5a9dbdd-81eb-4821-811d-12cba6828b18
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1991.80.4

Horse-drawn Cultivator. Mississippi, 1974, from the series Southern Roads/City Pavements

Artist:
Roland L. Freeman, born Baltimore, MD 1936  Search this
Medium:
gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
sheet: 11 1/8 x 14 in. (28.1 x 35.4 cm)
Type:
Photography-Photoprint
Date:
1974, printed 1982
Topic:
Landscape\farm  Search this
Landscape\Mississippi  Search this
Architecture\machine\farm machine  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of George H. Dalsheimer
Copyright:
© 1974, Roland L. Freeman
Object number:
1991.80.5
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk752e95f66-adf6-4e95-af7b-822193b5e010
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1991.80.5

Bikers Take a Break. Sunday Afternoon in Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, Maryland, September 1973, from the series Southern Roads/City Pavements

Artist:
Roland L. Freeman, born Baltimore, MD 1936  Search this
Medium:
gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
sheet: 11 x 13 7/8 in. (28.1 x 35.2 cm.)
Type:
Photography-Photoprint
Date:
1973, printed 1982
Topic:
Figure group\male  Search this
African American  Search this
Cityscape\Maryland\Baltimore  Search this
Architecture\vehicle\motorcycle  Search this
Landscape\park\Druid Hill Park  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of George H. Dalsheimer
Copyright:
© 1973, Roland L. Freeman
Object number:
1991.80.6
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk7496e55de-324b-49ec-b917-4151ee964732
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1991.80.6

400 Block of East Lorraine Avenue. East Baltimore, Maryland, September 1972, from the series Southern Roads/City Pavements

Artist:
Roland L. Freeman, born Baltimore, MD 1936  Search this
Medium:
gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
sheet: 14 x 11 in. (35.4 x 28.0 cm.)
Type:
Photography-Photoprint
Date:
1972, printed 1982
Topic:
African American  Search this
Recreation\leisure\smoking  Search this
Figure female\waist length  Search this
Cityscape\Maryland\Baltimore  Search this
Cityscape\street\East Lorraine Avenue  Search this
Architecture Exterior\detail\window  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of George H. Dalsheimer
Copyright:
© 1972, Roland L. Freeman
Object number:
1991.80.7
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk741b87087-0f3b-4280-924f-8526f55ab968
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1991.80.7

Resting on the Goalpost. Washington, D.C., June 1969, from the series Southern Roads/City Pavements

Artist:
Roland L. Freeman, born Baltimore, MD 1936  Search this
Medium:
gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
sheet: 11 x 14 in. (28.0 x 35.6 cm.)
Type:
Photography-Photoprint
Date:
1969, printed 1982
Topic:
Figure group\male  Search this
African American  Search this
Landscape\District of Columbia\Washington  Search this
Architecture\other\playground  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of George H. Dalsheimer
Copyright:
© 1969, Roland L. Freeman
Object number:
1991.80.8
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk7a1322c84-340b-4b87-bd73-16221047ca5c
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1991.80.8

Burrell Children. Mississippi, August 1976, from the series Southern Roads/City Pavements

Artist:
Roland L. Freeman, born Baltimore, MD 1936  Search this
Medium:
gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
sheet: 11 x 14 in. (28.0 x 35.4 cm.)
Type:
Photography-Photoprint
Date:
1976, printed 1982
Topic:
Children  Search this
African American  Search this
Landscape\Mississippi  Search this
Architecture\farm\barn  Search this
Landscape\season\summer  Search this
Portrait group\family\siblings  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of George H. Dalsheimer
Copyright:
© 1976, Roland L. Freeman
Object number:
1991.80.9
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk7c16d7fa6-55e5-45ad-b6e9-7b31d3dfff1f
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1991.80.9

Roland L. Freeman, Photographer, Washington DC

Photograph by:
Roland L. Freeman, American, born 1936  Search this
Subject of:
Roland L. Freeman, American, born 1936  Search this
Medium:
colored ink on photographic paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 11 3/4 × 10 in. (29.8 × 25.4 cm)
Type:
portraits
inkjet prints
Place made:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
Date:
2007
Topic:
African American  Search this
Local and regional  Search this
Photography  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Roland L. Freeman
Object number:
2016.127
Restrictions & Rights:
© Roland L. Freeman
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Media Arts-Photography
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5c1f0716c-e613-4d41-85bd-61a123d18190
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2016.127
Online Media:

Roland L. Freeman, 1936- [Folder]

Contents:
Folder(s) may include exhibition announcements, newspaper and/or magazine clippings, press releases, brochures, reviews, invitations, illustrations, resumes, artist's statements, exhibition catalogs.
Topic:
Artists  Search this
Location:
Art & Artist files at the Smithsonian American Art Museum/ National Portrait Gallery Library
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILAF_25110

Portrait of Alma Thomas

Photographer:
Freeman, Roland L., 1936-  Search this
Subject:
Thomas, Alma  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1975
Citation:
Roland L. Freeman. Portrait of Alma Thomas, 1975. Alma Thomas papers, circa 1894-2001. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
African American women artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)5754
See more items in:
Alma Thomas papers, circa 1894-2001
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_5754
Online Media:

Photograph of Alma Thomas with John Powell, Jr., Major General Frederick E. Davison, and Dr. James H. M. Henderson

Photographer:
Freeman, Roland L., 1936-  Search this
Subject:
Thomas, Alma  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1975
Citation:
Roland L. Freeman. Photograph of Alma Thomas with John Powell, Jr., Major General Frederick E. Davison, and Dr. James H. M. Henderson, 1975. Alma Thomas papers, circa 1894-2001. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
African American women artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)5762
See more items in:
Alma Thomas papers, circa 1894-2001
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_5762

Alma Thomas with unidentified man

Photographer:
Freeman, Roland L., 1936-  Search this
Subject:
Thomas, Alma  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1975
Citation:
Roland L. Freeman. Alma Thomas with unidentified man, 1975. Alma Thomas papers, circa 1894-2001. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
African American artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)5763
See more items in:
Alma Thomas papers, circa 1894-2001
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_5763

Quilter Annie Mason's bedroom. Mississisppi, August 1976, from the series Southern Roads/City Pavements

Artist:
Roland L. Freeman, born Baltimore, MD 1936  Search this
Medium:
gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
sheet: 11 x 14 in. (28.0 x 35.5 cm.)
Type:
Photography-Photoprint
Date:
1976, printed 1982
Topic:
Landscape\Mississippi  Search this
Architecture\detail\window  Search this
Architecture\domestic\bedroom  Search this
Architecture\domestic\Mason  Search this
Object\furniture\chair  Search this
Object\furniture\bed  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of George H. Dalsheimer
Copyright:
© 1976, Roland L. Freeman
Object number:
1991.80.10
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk748faef23-1f74-4f16-95fb-6944ed30f732
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1991.80.10

Stand by me : African American expressive culture in Philadelphia / exhibit curator: Roland Freeman ; folklorists: Glenn Hinson, and Jerrilyn McGregory ; [editors, Richard Kurin, Arlene Liebenau, Peter Seitel]

Title:
African American expressive culture in Philadelphia
Author:
Freeman, Roland L. 1936-  Search this
Physical description:
32 p. : ill. ; 22 x 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Date:
1989
C1989
Topic:
African Americans--Social life and customs  Search this
African Americans--Family relationships  Search this
Call number:
E185.93.P41 S83 1989
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_747372

Drawing our worlds together : an overview of the Young Person's Cultural Exchange Program and a gallery of artwork from the exhibits / by Joel Plotkin ; with extensive collaboration from David B. Levine, Judith H. Katz and Roland L. Freeman

Title:
Young Person's Cultural Exchange Program
Author:
Plotkin, Joel 1943-  Search this
Levine, David B. 1943-  Search this
Katz, Judith H  Search this
Freeman, Roland L  Search this
Group for Cultural Documentation  Search this
Subject:
Young Person's Cultural Exchange Project  Search this
Physical description:
96 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Cross-cultural studies
Exhibitions
Date:
1998
C1998
Topic:
Child development  Search this
Children's art  Search this
Children's drawings  Search this
Call number:
HQ767.9 .P56 1998
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_746770

Roland L. Freeman, a Baltimore portfolio, 1968-1979 : a Black photographer looks at his hometown / introd. by David C. Driskell ; commentary by Tom Beck

Author:
Freeman, Roland L. 1936-  Search this
Driskell, David C  Search this
Beck, Tom 1947-  Search this
University of Maryland, Baltimore County Library  Search this
Subject:
Freeman, Roland L. 1936-  Search this
Physical description:
[24] p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Pictorial works
Place:
Maryland
Baltimore
Baltimore (Md.)
Date:
1979
C1979
Topic:
Photography, Artistic  Search this
African Americans  Search this
Call number:
TR647.F8385 U5 1979
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_477000

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