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Oral history interview with Marek Cecula, 2009 May 19-20

Interviewee:
Cecula, Marek, 1944-  Search this
Cecula, Marek, 1944-  Search this
Interviewer:
Riedel, Mija, 1958-  Search this
Subject:
Cecula, Lanie  Search this
De Waal, Edmund  Search this
Earl, Jack  Search this
Koplos, Janet  Search this
Kottler, Howard  Search this
Mayer, Jean  Search this
Nagle, Ron  Search this
Ogen, Gdula  Search this
Price, Kenneth  Search this
Shire, Peter  Search this
Spurey, Gerda  Search this
Spurey, Kurt  Search this
Veiteberg, Jorunn  Search this
Barneys New York  Search this
Garth Clark Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
George R. Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art  Search this
Kunst- og designhögskolen i Bergen  Search this
Memphis (Group)  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Parsons School of Design  Search this
Tiffany and Company  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Place:
Brazil -- description and travel
Israel -- description and travel
Poland -- description and travel
SoHo (New York, N.Y.) -- Description and travel
Topic:
Ceramicists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Ceramics -- Japan  Search this
Ceramics -- Study and teaching  Search this
Ceramics -- Technique  Search this
Designers -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Kibbutzim  Search this
World War, 1939-1945 -- Poland  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15681
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)282772
AAA_collcode_cecula09
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_282772
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Oral history interview with Marek Cecula

Interviewee:
Cecula, Marek, 1944-  Search this
Interviewer:
Riedel, Mija, 1958-  Search this
Creator:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Names:
Barneys New York  Search this
Garth Clark Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
George R. Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art  Search this
Kunst- og designhögskolen i Bergen  Search this
Memphis (Group)  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Parsons School of Design -- Faculty  Search this
Tiffany and Company  Search this
Cecula, Lanie  Search this
De Waal, Edmund  Search this
Earl, Jack  Search this
Koplos, Janet  Search this
Kottler, Howard, 1930-1989  Search this
Mayer, Jean  Search this
Nagle, Ron  Search this
Ogen, Gdula, 1929-  Search this
Price, Kenneth, 1935-2012  Search this
Shire, Peter  Search this
Spurey, Gerda  Search this
Spurey, Kurt, 1941-  Search this
Veiteberg, Jorunn, 1955-  Search this
Extent:
104 Pages (Transcript)
10 Items (Sound recording: 10 sound files (4 hr., 55 min.), digital, wav)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Place:
Brazil -- Description and Travel
Israel -- Description and Travel
Poland -- description and travel
SoHo (New York, N.Y.) -- Description and Travel
Date:
2009 May 19-20
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Marek Cecula conducted 2009 May 19-20, by Mija Riedel, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, at Cecula's studio, in New York, New York.
Marek Cecula speaks of his childhood in Kielce, Poland, during World War II; his move to Israel at age 16; studies with ceramists Gdula Ogen and Jean Mayer; the influence of Japanese ceramics on his early studies; life on the kibbutz HaSolelim in the late 1960s and early 1970s; the influence of Kurt and Gerda Spurey and their use of porcelain and slip-casting; his work in both functional and sculptural ceramics; his move to Tel Aviv in early 1970s, then to a commune in Binyamina in 1971; his move to Curitiba, Brazil, and subsequent work with Schmidt porcelain factory; "Art Project 79" exhibition, La Jola, Curitiba, Brazil, 1979; his move to Washington, D.C., with girlfriend (later wife) Lanie in 1976; Klepisko (2008); the cyclical nature in his work; move to New York City in late 1970s; the Soho arts scene in the 1970s and '80s; his work blending design and sculpture; establishing Contemporary Porcelain gallery, 1978; interest in work by Memphis Group, Peter Shire, Jack Earl, Ken Price, and Ron Nagle; head of ceramics department, at Parsons School of Design, New York City (1985-2004); continued design and production work, including for Tiffany & Co. and Barneys New York; establishment of Modus Design firm; continued exploration of industrial processes and use of decals in his work; influence of Howard Kottler; his quest to balance digital and handmade processes, and the continued importance of the tactile; "Scatology" exhibition; series Hygiene, his first purely sculptural series; Porcelain Carpet; representation at Garth Clark Gallery (New York City, Los Angeles, and Kansas City, Missouri); series Violations; series Mutants; series Industrial Interference; "Interface" exhibition (2002), in response to terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001; Look Into My Mind; The Stand For the Heroes, 2001; series Beauty of Imperfection; move to Poland in early 2000s; a teaching/artistic position at Bergen National Academy of Arts, Norway; establishment of Design Centrum Kielce in late 2000s; Menorah, 2007, Kielce (site-specific); Six Stations, 2007, Porsgrunn, Norway (site-specific); future projects for the city of Kielce; work with the Łódź Design Festival, Poland, and design center in Cieszyn, Poland; "kilo of earth" product; Last Supper; Mandala; Islam; limitations and advantages of ceramics as a medium; his globalized, multicultural experiences and outlook; the European vanguard in ceramics; periodicals and publications of interest; writers of interest: Edmund de Waal, Jorunn Veiteberg, Janet Koplos; the "desire society"; curating Third Biennale for Israeli Ceramics, 2004; fusion art, craft, and design; "Object Factory: The Art of Industrial Ceramics," Gardiner Museum, Toronto, 2008; redefinition of the concept of the object.
Biographical / Historical:
Marek Cecula (1944- ) is a ceramist and designer, who lives and works in New York and Poland.
General:
Originally recorded on 3 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 10 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hr., 55 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:
For information on how to access this interview contact Reference Services.
Occupation:
Ceramicists  Search this
Topic:
Ceramicists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Ceramics -- Japan  Search this
Ceramics -- Study and teaching  Search this
Ceramics -- Technique  Search this
Designers -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Kibbutzim  Search this
World War, 1939-1945 -- Poland  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.cecula09
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-cecula09

Curatorial Records

Creator::
National Museum of American History. Division of Social History  Search this
Extent:
0.25 cu. ft. (1 half document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Clippings
Color photographs
Date:
1965-1975, 1992-1997
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of records documenting curatorial activities in the Division of Social History and, prior to 1994, in the Division of Ceramics and Glass at the National Museum of American History (NMAH), and when the museum was known as the National Museum of History and Technology and the Museum of History and Technology, respectively. The records mostly pertain to the Hans Syz Collection of Meissen porcelain and the transfer of objects in that collection to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the George R. Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, and to Sotheby's for auction; as well as the potential transfer of objects to the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Emily B. Syz loan of objects to NMAH. Also documented, but unrelated to the Hans Syz Collection, are the activities of porcelain collector Ralph Henry Wark. Staff represented in these records include curators Paul Vickers Gardner, Susan H. Myers, and J. Jefferson Miller; and collections manager Sheila M. Alexander.

Materials include correspondence, memoranda, and notes; agreements; loan information; object lists; photographs; and newspaper clippings.
Topic:
Museums -- Collection management  Search this
Museum curators  Search this
Museum loans  Search this
Ceramics  Search this
Glass  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Clippings
Color photographs
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 17-237, National Museum of American History. Division of Social History, Curatorial Records
Identifier:
Accession 17-237
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Curatorial Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa17-237

Treasures of the George R. Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art / J.P. Palmer and Meredith Chilton

Author:
Palmer, J. P. 1937-  Search this
Chilton, Meredith 1953-  Search this
George R. Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art  Search this
Subject:
George R. Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art  Search this
Physical description:
72 p. : col. ill. ; 27 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Catalogs
Place:
Ontario
Toronto
Date:
1984
Topic:
Pottery  Search this
Porcelain  Search this
Call number:
N3735.C2 T68 1984
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_227449

30 objects 30 insights : Gardiner Museum

Title:
Thirty objects thirty insights
Author:
George R. Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art  Search this
Subject:
George R. Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art  Search this
Physical description:
207 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Catalogs
Exhibition catalogs
Place:
Ontario
Toronto
Date:
2014
Topic:
Pottery  Search this
Porcelain  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1088041

Dragons, tigers and bamboo : Japanese porcelain and its impact in Europe / Oliver Impey, Christiaan J.A. Jörg, Charles Mason

Author:
George R. Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art Macdonald Collection  Search this
Impey, O. R (Oliver R.)  Search this
Jörg, C. J. A  Search this
Mason, Charles Q  Search this
Subject:
George R. Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art Macdonald Collection  Search this
Physical description:
200 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 29 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Place:
Europe
Date:
2009
©2009
Topic:
Porcelain, Japanese  Search this
Porcelain, Japanese--Influence  Search this
Call number:
NK4567 .G46 2009
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1084490

Cobalt treasures : the Robert Murray Bell and Ann Walker Bell collection of Chinese blue and white Porcelain / Patricia F. Ferguson

Title:
Robert Murray Bell and Ann Walker Bell collection of Chinese blue and white porcelain
Author:
Ferguson, Patricia F  Search this
George R. Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art  Search this
Subject:
Bell, Robert Murray 1913-1998 Art collections  Search this
Bell, Ann Walker Art collections  Search this
Robert Murray Bell and Ann Walker Bell Collection of Chinese Blue and White Porcelain  Search this
George R. Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art  Search this
Physical description:
78 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Place:
China
Ontario
Toronto
Date:
2003
C2003
Ming-Qing dynasties, 1368-1912
Topic:
Blue and white ware  Search this
Porcelain, Chinese  Search this
Call number:
NK4399.B58 C63 2003
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_854696

Harlequin unmasked : the commedia dell'arte and porcelain sculpture / Meredith Chilton ; with an essay by Domenico Pietropaolo

Author:
Chilton, Meredith 1953-  Search this
Subject:
George R. Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art  Search this
Physical description:
xv, 368 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 32 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Place:
Ontario
Toronto
Date:
2001
18th century
Topic:
Porcelain figures  Search this
Porcelain  Search this
Commedia dell'arte in art  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_672731

The bedroom from the Renaissance to art deco / compiled and edited by Meredith Chilton

Author:
Decorative Arts Institute on the Bedroom from the Renaissance to Art Deco (1993 : Toronto, Ont.)  Search this
Chilton, Meredith 1953-  Search this
University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies  Search this
George R. Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art  Search this
Royal Ontario Museum  Search this
Physical description:
vi, 207 p., [26] p. of plates : ill. 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1995
C1995
Topic:
Bedrooms--History--Congresses  Search this
Interior decoration--History--Congresses  Search this
Call number:
NK2117.B4 D29 1993
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_481042

A taste of elegance : eighteenth century English porcelain from private collections in Ontario / Meredith Chilton and J. P. Palmer

Author:
Chilton, Meredith 1953-  Search this
Palmer, J. P. 1937-  Search this
George R. Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art  Search this
Physical description:
64 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Ontario
Date:
1986
[1986]
18th century
Topic:
Porcelain, English--Private collections--Exhibitions  Search this
Porcelain, English--History--Exhibitions  Search this
Call number:
NK4485 .C53 1986
NK4485.C53 1986
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_322003

Kathy Venter : life

Title:
Life
Sculptor:
Venter, Kathy 1951-  Search this
Curator:
Grande, John K.  Search this
Issuing body:
George R. Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art  Search this
Sponsoring body:
Raphael Yu Center of Canadian Ceramics  Search this
Subject:
Venter, Kathy 1951-  Search this
Physical description:
79 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm + 1 videodisc (12:10 minutes : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.)
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2013
Topic:
Women in art  Search this
Ceramic sculpture  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1009522

Bigger, better, more : the art of Viola Frey / Davira S. Taragin and Patterson Sims with Susan Jefferies

Author:
Taragin, Davira Spiro  Search this
Frey, Viola 1933-2004  Search this
Sims, Patterson  Search this
Racine Art Museum  Search this
George R. Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art  Search this
Subject:
Frey, Viola 1933-2004  Search this
Physical description:
133 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
2009
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_948643

Object factory : the art of industrial ceramics : May 15th-September 7th 2008 / curated by Marek Cecula with Dagmara Kopala

Title:
Art of industrial ceramics
Author:
Cecula, Marek 1944-  Search this
Kopala, Dagmara  Search this
George R. Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art  Search this
Physical description:
119 p. : col. ill. ; 20 x 24 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2008
[2008]
20th century
21st century
Topic:
Pottery--History  Search this
Industrial arts--History  Search this
Call number:
NK3930 .C43 2008
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_997824

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