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Oral history interview with Sidney Gordin

Interviewee:
Gordin, Sidney, 1918-1996  Search this
Interviewer:
Seckler, Dorothy Gees, 1910-1994  Search this
Names:
Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art -- Students  Search this
Pratt Institute -- Faculty  Search this
Harrison, Wallace, 1900-  Search this
Hofmann, Hans, 1880-1966  Search this
Jewell, Edward Alden, 1888-1947  Search this
Kantor, Morris, 1896-1974  Search this
Picasso, Pablo, 1881-1973  Search this
Pollock, Jackson, 1912-1956  Search this
Rosenborg, Ralph M., 1913-1992  Search this
Thomas, Byron, 1902-1978  Search this
Extent:
23 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1965 Sept. 2
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Sidney Gordin conducted 1965 Sept. 2, by Dorothy Seckler, for the Archives of American Art.
Gordin speaks of immigrating to the United States from Shanghai, China in 1922; being the class artist in grade school; attending Brooklyn Technical High School; studying at the WPA art school at the Brooklyn Museum for a summer; attending the Cooper Union School of Art; encountering Cubism; working as a commercial artist and making cartoons; teaching at the Pratt Institute; and alternating, as inspiration strikes, between painting and sculpture; and Constructivist philosophy. Gordin also mentions Ralph Rosenborg, Tom Eldred, Carol and Wallace Harrison, Edward Alden Jewell, Pablo Picasso, Byron Thomas, Morris Kantor, Hans Hofmann, Paul Clay, Jackson Pollock, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Sidney Gordin (1918-1996) was a sculptor and educator from Berkeley, Calif.
General:
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 1 min.
Provenance:
These interviews are 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 others.
Occupation:
Art teachers -- California -- Berkeley -- Interviews  Search this
Painters -- California -- Berkeley  Search this
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Sculptors -- California -- Berkeley -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.gordin65
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9aa58f1bb-73cd-4791-a140-3dab28df15d5
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-gordin65
Online Media:

Sidney Gordin papers

Creator:
Gordin, Sidney, 1918-1996  Search this
Extent:
1 Linear foot
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
[ca. 1925]-1995
Scope and Contents:
Correspondence, 1960-1995; photographs, ca. 1925-1960, files on artists, containing photographs of work, clippings, and exhibition announcements; and original art work by Cooper Union Classmates Jean Wong, Marty Bloom, Rosamund Tirana, Bill King, and Stanley Fisher. Among the correspondents are Edward Albee, Elmer Bischoff, Joan Brown, Herman Cherry, Herschell Chipp, Norman Kantor, George Lloyd, and Erle Loran.
Biographical / Historical:
Artist, sculptor, educator; Berkeley, Calif. Gordin was born in Russia. He emigrated to the U.S. and studied art at the Cooper Union of Art and Architecture in New York. He taught at Pratt Institute, Sarah Lawrence College, Brooklyn College, and the New School for Social Research before accepting a position at the University of California, Berkeley in 1958. He was the head of the art department from 1958-1986.
Provenance:
Donated 1997 by Eliot Nemzer, Gordin's nephew and executor of his estate.
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.
Identifier:
AAA.gordsidn
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw96c182bb3-dbde-4579-b257-2129938f3c10
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-gordsidn

Untitled, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Gordin, Sidney 1918-1996  Search this
Medium:
Sculpture: Welded steel; Base: wood
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Oakland Museum 1000 Oak Street Oakland California 94607 Accession Number: 71.84
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAS 75000983
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_3418

Construction #7, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Gordin, Sidney 1918-1996  Search this
Medium:
Painted steel on wood base
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Conner-Rosenkranz New York New York 10021
Date:
1955
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAS 67390014
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_385322

Trilogy, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Gordin, Sidney 1918-1996  Search this
Medium:
Sculpture: metal
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by Helmsley-Spear 60 East 42nd Street New York New York 10007
Located Envoy Towers 300 East 46th Street & 5th Avenue Facade New York New York
Date:
1960
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAS 87870240
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_307106

Construction, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Gordin, Sidney 1918-1996  Search this
Medium:
Metal and wire
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Vassar College Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center 124 Raymond Avenue, Box 703 Poughkeepsie New York 12604-0703 Accession Number: 58.5.8
Date:
1951
Topic:
Undetermined  Search this
Control number:
IAS 76004180
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_8130

# 35-61, (sculpture)

Title:
Number 35-61, (sculpture)
Number thirty-five-sixty-one, (sculpture)
Sculptor:
Gordin, Sidney 1918-1996  Search this
Medium:
Welded steel
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Arizona State University University Art Museum Tempe Arizona 85287
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAS 75000259
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_576

Construction #7, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Gordin, Sidney 1918-1996  Search this
Medium:
Steel, painted black
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Conner-Rosenkranz New York New York 10021
Date:
1954
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAS 67390096
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_440629

Construction #5, 1951, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Gordin, Sidney 1918-1996  Search this
Medium:
Painted steel
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Newark Museum 49 Washington Street Newark New Jersey 07101 Accession Number: 56.3
Date:
1951
Topic:
Abstract--Geometric  Search this
Control number:
IAS 31820082
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_295990

April 1953, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Gordin, Sidney 1918-1996  Search this
Medium:
Painted steel
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Whitney Museum of American Art 945 Madison Avenue New York New York 10021 Accession Number: 84.71.2
Date:
1953
Topic:
Allegory--Time  Search this
Control number:
IAS 60010022
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_298143

58--61, (sculpture)

Title:
Fifty-eight--Sixty-one, (sculpture)
Sculptor:
Gordin, Sidney 1918-1996  Search this
Medium:
Bronze
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Syracuse University University Art Collection Sims Hall Syracuse New York 13244 Accession Number: 65.299
Topic:
Undetermined  Search this
Control number:
IAS 76004394
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_8852

Untitled, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Gordin, Sidney 1918-1996  Search this
Medium:
Sculpture: bronze; Base: concrete
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by City and County of San Francisco San Francisco Arts Commission 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 240 San Francisco California 94102
Located Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall Corner of Van Ness Avenue & Hayes San Francisco California
Date:
1969
Topic:
Abstract--Geometric  Search this
Control number:
IAS CA001779
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_341918

Construction, Number 10, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Gordin, Sidney 1918-1996  Search this
Medium:
Painted steel
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Whitney Museum of American Art 945 Madison Avenue New York New York 10021 Accession Number: 56.10
Date:
1955
Topic:
Undetermined  Search this
Control number:
IAS 76003792
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_6963

Construction, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Gordin, Sidney 1918-1996  Search this
Medium:
Sculpture: brass; Base: wood
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Conner-Rosenkranz New York New York 10021
Date:
1953
Topic:
Abstract--Geometric  Search this
Control number:
IAS 67390112
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_447093

75.61, (sculpture)

Title:
Seventy-five and sixty-one/one-hundreths, (sculpture)
Sculptor:
Gordin, Sidney 1918-1996  Search this
Medium:
Steel
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art 151 Third Street San Francisco California 94103 Accession Number: 72.43
Date:
1961
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAS 04280143
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_303750

19--59, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Gordin, Sidney 1918-1996  Search this
Medium:
Welded steel
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Whitney Museum of American Art 945 Madison Avenue New York New York 10021 Accession Number: 6-0.62
Date:
1959
Topic:
Undetermined  Search this
Control number:
IAS 76003793
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_6964

Crete #2, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Gordin, Sidney 1918-1996  Search this
Medium:
Wood
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Oakland Museum 1000 Oak Street Oakland California 94607 Accession Number: 71.6
Date:
1971
Topic:
Allegory--Place--Crete  Search this
Control number:
IAS 75000974
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_3409

Number 17, (sculpture)

Title:
No. 17, (sculpture)
Sculptor:
Gordin, Sidney 1918-1996  Search this
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
St. Lawrence University Richard F. Brush Art Gallery Romoda Drive Canton New York 13617
Topic:
Undetermined  Search this
Control number:
IAS 76002149
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_2122

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