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Oral history interview with Robert Longo, 2009 January 30-31

Interviewee:
Longo, Robert, 1953-  Search this
Interviewer:
Richards, Judith Olch, 1947-  Search this
Subject:
Acconci, Vito  Search this
Alexander, Brooke  Search this
Bender, Gretchen  Search this
Brauntuch, Troy  Search this
Clough, Charles  Search this
Fink, Leonara  Search this
Fischer, Konrad  Search this
Gibson, William  Search this
Goldstein, Jack  Search this
Heiss, Alanna  Search this
Irwin, Robert  Search this
König, Kasper  Search this
Krims, Leslie  Search this
LeWitt, Sol  Search this
Malkin, Phil  Search this
Mazzoli, Emilio  Search this
McMann, Paul  Search this
Mullican, Matt  Search this
Ranieri, Dominic  Search this
Reeves, Keanu  Search this
Reiring, Janelle  Search this
Salle, David  Search this
Shea, Diane  Search this
Sherman, Cindy  Search this
Sukowa, Barbara  Search this
Winer, Helene  Search this
Zwack, Michael  Search this
Hallwalls (Museum)  Search this
Los Angeles County Museum of Art  Search this
Metro Pictures (Gallery)  Search this
Nassau Community College  Search this
State University of New York at Buffalo  Search this
University of North Texas  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Place:
France -- Paris -- description and travel
Italy -- description and travel
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Robert Longo, 2009 January 30-31. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Dyslexia  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Sculptors -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15649
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)282217
AAA_collcode_longo09
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_282217

$19.84 William Wegman

Title:
Nineteen dollars and eighty-four cents
Nineteen eighty-four
William Wegman $19.84
Author:
Wegman, William  Search this
Author:
Albright-Knox Art Gallery  Search this
Center for the Exploratory and Perceptual Arts (Buffalo, N.Y.)  Search this
Hallwalls (Museum)  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries Artists' Books DSI  Search this
Physical description:
[22] pages chiefly illustrations (some color) 23 cm
Type:
Books
Artists' books
Artists' books (books).)
Place:
United States
Date:
1984
Topic:
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Art et photographie  Search this
Artists' books  Search this
Call number:
N6537.W345 A4 1984
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_652175

Oral history interview with Robert Longo

Interviewee:
Longo, Robert  Search this
Interviewer:
Richards, Judith Olch  Search this
Names:
Hallwalls (Museum)  Search this
Los Angeles County Museum of Art  Search this
Metro Pictures (Gallery)  Search this
Nassau Community College -- Students  Search this
State University of New York at Buffalo -- Students  Search this
University of North Texas -- Students  Search this
Acconci, Vito, 1940-  Search this
Alexander, Brooke  Search this
Bender, Gretchen, 1951-2004  Search this
Brauntuch, Troy, 1954-  Search this
Clough, Charles, 1951-  Search this
Fink, Leonara  Search this
Fischer, Konrad  Search this
Gibson, William  Search this
Goldstein, Jack, 1945-2003  Search this
Heiss, Alanna  Search this
Irwin, Robert, 1928-  Search this
Krims, Leslie  Search this
König, Kasper  Search this
LeWitt, Sol, 1928-2007  Search this
Malkin, Phil  Search this
Mazzoli, Emilio  Search this
McMann, Paul  Search this
Mullican, Matt, 1951-  Search this
Ranieri, Dominic  Search this
Reeves, Keanu  Search this
Reiring, Janelle  Search this
Salle, David, 1952-  Search this
Shea, Diane  Search this
Sherman, Cindy  Search this
Sukowa, Barbara, 1950-  Search this
Winer, Helene, 1946-  Search this
Zwack, Michael, 1949-  Search this
Extent:
4 Items (sound discs (4 hr., 54 min.) Sound recording, digital)
91 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Place:
France -- Paris -- Description and Travel
Italy -- description and travel
Date:
2009 January 30-31
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Robert Longo conducted 2009 January 30-31, by Judith Olch Richards, for the Archives of American Art, at Longo's studio, in New York.
Longo speaks of his Italian heritage, his family and growing up in Long Island, New York; the role magazines, television, and movies played in artistic inspiration; his dyslexia; his interest in sports and music in high school; moving to Denton, Texas to attend the University of North Texas before being expelled; moving back to New York and enrolling in Nassau Community College; traveling to Italy to study art history, where he discovered his desire to become an artist; attending Buffalo State University where he met Charlie Clough, Michael Zwack, and Cindy Sherman, with whom he created Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center; Robert Irwin, Sol LeWitt and Vito Acconci's involvement with Hallwalls; moving to New York City with Cindy Sherman to begin their careers as artists; working at The Kitchen and his performance pieces of the period; the child-like, punk, and corporate influences and the process of creating his "archetypical" Men in the Cities series; his relationship with Gretchen Bender; the formations of Metro Pictures gallery by Helene Winer and Janelle Reiring; the Combines, sculptures, music videos, and short films created in the 1980's and their mixed reception and mixed success in the difficult art market; his works cast in aluminum and metal; his first retrospective held at the LA County Museum of Art in 1989 and feeling lost in his own work; creating "bad art" in the process of attempting sobriety; black flag imagery and his success in Europe, which served as inspiration to move to Paris for several years; meeting his wife, Barbara Sukowa, a German actress; how having children changed his perspective and how they act as antennae to the world; his directorial role of the 1992 film, "Johnny Mnemonic"; and the slow progression, and continuity, of imagery in different bodies of work from the mid-1990's through the present, including the Magellan series (drawings of 366 different images), Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud's offices, and series of waves, bombs, roses, planets, sleeping babies, and sharks. Longo also recalls Leonora Fink, Phil Malkin, Rick Zucker, Les Krims, Troy Brauntuch, Jack Goldstein, Paul McMann, David Salle, Matt Mullican, Diane Shea, Alanna Heiss, Kasper Konig, Konrad Fischer, Brooke Alexander, Dominic Ranieri, William Gibson, Keanu Reeves, Emilio Mazzoli and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Robert Longo (1953- ) is a painter and sculptor in New York, New York. Judith Olch Richards (1947- ) is former executive director of iCI in New York, New York.
General:
Originally recorded on 4 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 5 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hr., 54 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.
Topic:
Dyslexia  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Sculptors -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.longo09
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw96c3fe266-4ea3-4239-a20a-a69833c1f2a2
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-longo09
Online Media:

Bay Area conceptualism : two generations / curated by Nayland Blake

Author:
Blake, Nayland 1960-  Search this
Hallwalls (Museum)  Search this
Physical description:
39 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
California
San Francisco Bay Area
Date:
1992
C1992
20th century
Topic:
Conceptual art  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Call number:
N6530.C22 B3 1992
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_523323

The Library of Babel / Nayland Blake ... [et als.] ; curated by Todd Alden

Author:
Blake, Nayland 1960-  Search this
Alden, Todd  Search this
Hallwalls (Museum)  Search this
Physical description:
2, 28, 24, 1 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Date:
1991
©1991
Topic:
Books in art  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_773954

Admit one : Laurel Farrin

Title:
Laurel Farrin
Artist:
Farrin, Laurel  Search this
Writer of supplementary textual content:
Massier, John  Search this
Haskell, John 1958-  Search this
Publisher:
Hallwalls (Museum)  Search this
Subject:
Farrin, Laurel  Search this
Physical description:
15 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
2006
Call number:
ND237.F255 A4 2006
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1078941

Suzy Lake

Author:
Lake, Suzy 1947-  Search this
Hallwalls (Museum)  Search this
Physical description:
[20] p. : ill. (some col.) ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2006
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_807040

Cecilia Vicuña : cloud-net / translated by Rosa Alcalá ; essays by Surpik Angelini, Laura Hoptman, David Levi Strauss

Title:
Cloud-net
Author:
Vicuña, Cecilia  Search this
Alcalá, Rosa  Search this
Angelini, Surpik  Search this
Hoptman, Laura J. 1962-  Search this
Strauss, David Levi  Search this
Art in General, Inc  Search this
Hallwalls (Museum)  Search this
Subject:
Vicuña, Cecilia  Search this
Physical description:
108 p. : ill., ports. ; 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1999
C1999
Topic:
Installations (Art)  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_820168

The Pink : Joan Linder : April 21-June 1, 2007, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center

Author:
Linder, Joan  Search this
Hallwalls (Museum)  Search this
Subject:
Linder, Joan  Search this
Physical description:
[18] p. (2 folded) : ill. (some col.) ; 21 x 21 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2007
[2007]
Topic:
Bars (Drinking establishments) in art  Search this
Call number:
NC139.L55 A4 2007
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_829409

Cindy Sherman : a play of selves / [edited by Metro Pictures, New York, Sprüth Magers, Cologne ; German translation: Stefan Barman]

Title:
Play of selves
Author:
Sherman, Cindy  Search this
Metro Pictures (Gallery)  Search this
Monika Sprüth Philomene Magers Galerie  Search this
Hallwalls (Museum)  Search this
Subject:
Sherman, Cindy  Search this
Physical description:
127 p. : chiefly ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2007
Topic:
Staged photography  Search this
Call number:
TR647 .S468 2007
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_836800

Gaia, mon amour : a performance / by Rachel Rosenthal

Author:
Rosenthal, Rachel 1926-  Search this
Hallwalls (Museum)  Search this
Subject:
Rosenthal, Rachel 1926-  Search this
Physical description:
23 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1983
C1983
Topic:
Performance art  Search this
Call number:
NX512.R67 A4 1983
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_840052

Esprit de l'escalier / Barbara Bloom

Author:
Bloom, Barbara 1951-  Search this
Hallwalls (Museum)  Search this
Subject:
Bloom, Barbara 1951-  Search this
Physical description:
36 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
1988
C1988
Topic:
Artists' books  Search this
Call number:
N7433.4.B56 E76 1988
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_700928

Lynn Cazabon : story of M

Title:
Story of M
Author:
Cazabon, Lynn  Search this
Massier, John  Search this
Hallwalls (Museum)  Search this
Subject:
Cazabon, Lynn  Search this
Physical description:
[12] p. (incl. covers) : mostly col. ill. ; 15 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
2003
Call number:
N6537.C375 A4 2003
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_702828

Cynthia Carlson : the Monument Series : [Nov. 15, 1985-Jan. 5, 1986]

Title:
Monument series
Author:
Carlson, Cynthia 1942-  Search this
Albright-Knox Art Gallery  Search this
Hallwalls (Museum)  Search this
Subject:
Carlson, Cynthia 1942-  Search this
Physical description:
1 folded sheet ([8] p.) : ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1985
Call number:
NC139.C33 A4 1985
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_794471

1990s art from Cuba : a national residency and exhibition program / codirectors, Holly Block and Betti-Sue Hertz

Author:
Block, Holly  Search this
Hertz, Betti-Sue  Search this
Art in General, Inc  Search this
Hallwalls (Museum)  Search this
Physical description:
55 p. : ill., ports. ; 23 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1997
C1997
20th century
Topic:
Art, Cuban  Search this
Call number:
N6603 .N56 1997
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_637779

Poetic resemblance / catalogue & text by Barbara Broughel

Author:
Broughel, Barbara  Search this
Hallwalls (Museum)  Search this
Physical description:
[24] p. : ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1986
20th century
Topic:
Art, Modern  Search this
Call number:
N6512 .P64 1986
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_644922

Alan Saret : installation, Had heaven, phase III, January 28-March 20, 1983, Albright-Knox Art Gallery : drawings, February 4-February 28, 1983, Hallwalls

Author:
Saret, Alan 1944-  Search this
Albright-Knox Art Gallery  Search this
Hallwalls (Museum)  Search this
CEPA Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Saret, Alan 1944-  Search this
Physical description:
15, [1] p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1983
C1983
Call number:
N6537.S319 A4 1983
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_652484

Object choice : [exhibition] Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, November 7 to December 12, 1992 / curated by Ken Gonzales Day and Andrew Perchuk

Author:
Gonzales-Day, Ken  Search this
Perchuk, Andrew  Search this
Hallwalls (Museum)  Search this
Physical description:
[20] p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1992
[1992]
Topic:
Sex in art  Search this
Erotic art  Search this
Call number:
NX650.H6 O2 1992
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_654283

Motives : installation, nature and NATO, Joseph Nechvatal, Christy Rupp, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, February 28-April 1, 1984 ; exhibit, Doug Ashford ... [et al.], Hallwalls and CEPA, March 2-29, 1984 / curated by Claudia Gould ; essay by Edit deAk with Duncan Smith

Author:
DeAk, Edit  Search this
Smith, Duncan 1953-  Search this
Albright-Knox Art Gallery  Search this
CEPA Gallery  Search this
Hallwalls (Museum)  Search this
Physical description:
24 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
New York (State)
New York
Date:
1984
1984]
20th century
Topic:
Politics in art--Exhibitions  Search this
Art and society--Exhibitions  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Call number:
N8236.P5 M6 1984
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_654515

Consider the alternatives : 20 years of contemporary art at Hallwalls / edited by Ronald Ehmke, with Elizabeth Licata

Author:
Ehmke, Ronald  Search this
Licata, Elizabeth  Search this
Hallwalls (Museum)  Search this
Subject:
Hallwalls (Museum)  Search this
Physical description:
276 p. : ill., ports. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
New York (State)
Buffalo
Date:
1996
C1996
20th century
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Call number:
N525.2 .A82
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_654606

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