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Oral History Interview with John N. Robinson, Jr. and Rita Robinson

Creator:
Anacostia Community Museum  Search this
Names:
Anacostia Community Museum  Search this
Collection Creator:
Anacostia Community Museum  Search this
Extent:
1 Video recording (MiniDV)
Culture:
African American  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Video recordings
Interviews
Place:
Anacostia (Washington, D.C.)
Barry Farms (Washington, D.C.)
Washington (D.C.)
United States
Date:
2007
Scope and Contents:
John N. Robinson, Jr. and Rita Robinson talked about where they grew up in Washington, D.C.; the schools they attended; and the recreation in which they participated as children/youth. They discussed how they met. Rita talked about the role of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in the community; growing up poor using the outhouse and water pump in Washington, D.C.; and how the atmosphere and community changed when people from southwest moved into southeast Washington, D.C., and when people moved into Barry Farms. John explained when and why they left the neighborhood; Rita explained why she did not want to leave Washington, D.C. John talked about how the riots in 1968 affected the Parklands area. The Robinsons talked about the changes in the community and how they feel about the change in southeast Washington, D.C. Rita talked about her family's house which used to be on the property where the Anacostia Community Museum is now located; John talked about his father, the artist John N. Robinson.
Interview created in conjunction with the Anacostia Community Museum's 40th Anniversary Oral History Project and the exhibition, 'East of the River: Continuity and Change.' Dated 20070504
General:
Title created by ACM staff based on project/exhibition name and interviewee's name.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Topic:
African Americans  Search this
Communities  Search this
African American neighborhoods  Search this
Neighborhoods  Search this
Community development, Urban  Search this
Migration, Internal  Search this
Genre/Form:
Video recordings
Interviews
Citation:
East of the River: Interview with John N. Robinson, Jr. and Rita Robinson, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
ACMA.03-052, Item ACMA AV005181
See more items in:
East of the River: Continuity and Change Exhibition Records
East of the River: Continuity and Change Exhibition Records / Series 3: Interviews
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/qa7de8fc12d-0d59-4ade-9551-a6a326d1f47b
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-acma-03-052-ref530

Here, Look at Mine: Walk Thru Tour with John Robinson

Creator:
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum  Search this
Names:
Anacostia Community Museum  Search this
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum  Search this
Lebby, Larry  Search this
Robinson, John N.  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Anacostia Community Museum  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound recording (audio cassette)
Culture:
African American  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Place:
Anacostia (Washington, D.C.)
Washington (D.C.)
United States
Date:
1982
Scope and Contents:
Walk thru tour of the exhibition - 'Here, Look at Mine!' Selected Works of John N. Robinson and Larry Francis Lebby - led by artist John Robinson.
Exhibition tour. Audio only. Poor audio quality. Related to exhibition 'Here, Look at Mine!' Selected Works of John N. Robinson and Larry Francis Lebby. Dated 19821112.
Biographical / Historical:
Here, Look at Mine!' Selected Works of John N. Robinson and Larry Francis Lebby displayed selected works of two African American artists, John N. Robinson and Larry Francis Lebby. The title of the exhibition was taken from the title of a John Robinson painting that depicts his grandchildren, sitting at his dining room table, proudly showing their art and seeking his approval of their work. Both men use their families as subjects; and both are realists in expressing and visualizing their feelings about the world. Robinson's major interest was watercolor painting, and Lebby's was stone lithography. In this exhibition, the artists invite you to 'Here, Look at Mine!' and to enjoy their finished and most representative pieces. The exhibition was held at the Anacostia Neighborhood Museum from November 14, 1982 - February 27, 1983.
Local Numbers:
ACMA AV001374_B
Collection Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist.
Occupation:
Artists  Search this
Topic:
African Americans  Search this
African American artists  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Citation:
Here, Look at Mine: Walk Thru Tour with John Robinson, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
ACMA.03-054, Item ACMA AV001374_A
See more items in:
Here, Look at Mine! Exhibition Records
Here, Look at Mine! Exhibition Records / Audiovisual Materials
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/qa78c949fd9-f799-406a-8182-edc10ddba656
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-acma-03-054-ref522

John N. Robinson, painter, discussing his love of painting, 1983

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Archives  Search this
Type:
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2014-09-09T14:31:23.000Z
YouTube Category:
Education  Search this
Topic:
Museum administration  Search this
See more by:
SIArchives
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
YouTube Channel:
SIArchives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:yt_46ytuALjuKg

John N. Robinson, painter, discussing his involvement in commercial and fine art, 1983

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Archives  Search this
Type:
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2014-09-09T14:31:01.000Z
YouTube Category:
Education  Search this
Topic:
Museum administration  Search this
See more by:
SIArchives
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
YouTube Channel:
SIArchives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:yt_sJwplkt40HU

"Anacostia"

Artist:
John N. Robinson  Search this
Medium:
water-based paint on paper
Dimensions:
Mat Opening: 17 5/16 × 13 3/8 in. (44 × 34 cm)
Frame: 24 3/4 × 20 × 1 1/4 in. (62.8 × 50.8 × 3.2 cm)
Type:
watercolor
Date:
mid 20th-late 20th Century
Accession Number:
2011.1014.0001
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Anacostia Community Museum Collection
Data Source:
Anacostia Community Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dl8a7b4a352-69ed-4788-a36f-b3b8a283a8ca
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:acm_2011.1014.0001

In The Studio

Alternate Title:
John N. Robinson Self-Portrait
Artist:
John N. Robinson, 1912 - 1994  Search this
Sitter:
John N. Robinson, 1912 - 1994  Search this
Medium:
Pencil and watercolor on cream paper
Dimensions:
55.9cm x 71.1cm (22" x 28"), Sight
Type:
Drawing
Date:
1945
Topic:
Home Furnishings\Furniture  Search this
Interior\Studio  Search this
Artist's Effects\Paintbrush  Search this
Artist's Effects\Canvas  Search this
Artist's Effects\Easel  Search this
Self-portrait  Search this
John N. Robinson: Visual Arts\Artist  Search this
John N. Robinson: Male  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: National Gallery of Art
Object number:
2015.19.2601
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm47d102716-c3e9-4038-a81f-1f24949a530c
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_2015.19.2601

First Gallery

Alternate Title:
Alonzo J. Aden
Artist:
John N. Robinson, 1912 - 1994  Search this
Sitter:
Alonzo J. Aden, 1906 - 1963  Search this
Unidentified Man  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvasboard
Dimensions:
Board: 45.7 x 61cm (18 x 24")
Frame: 55.6 x 70.5 x 1.9cm (21 7/8 x 27 3/4 x 3/4")
Type:
Painting
Date:
1947
Topic:
Home Furnishings\Furniture  Search this
Artwork\Painting  Search this
Artwork\Sculpture  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Desk  Search this
Architecture\Fireplace  Search this
Interior\Art gallery  Search this
Unidentified Man: Male  Search this
Alonzo J. Aden: Male  Search this
Alonzo J. Aden: Visual Arts\Administrator\Art Gallery\Director  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Private collection
Object number:
1989.079
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm41b070576-137d-410a-9598-0435fa3d9338
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_1989.079

Self-Portrait as a Young Man with a Mirror

Alternate Title:
John N. Robinson
Artist:
John N. Robinson, 1912 - 1994  Search this
Sitter:
John N. Robinson, 1912 - 1994  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Stretcher: 56.2 x 51.1cm (22 1/8 x 20 1/8")
Frame: 65.4 x 60.6 x 4.1cm (25 3/4 x 23 7/8 x 1 5/8")
Type:
Painting
Date:
c. 1940
Topic:
Artwork\Painting  Search this
Interior\Studio  Search this
Artist's Effects\Palette  Search this
Imaginary  Search this
Artist's Effects\Easel  Search this
Self-portrait  Search this
John N. Robinson: Visual Arts\Artist  Search this
John N. Robinson: Male  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Private collection
Object number:
1989.081
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4d038e11d-e624-495d-bcba-779e248efa1e
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_1989.081

The Oxford handbook of the social science of poverty / edited by David Brady and Linda M. Burton

Title:
Handbook of the social science of poverty
Social science of poverty
Editor:
Brady, David 1972-  Search this
Burton, Linda 1954-  Search this
Physical description:
1 online resource (xiv, 915 pages) ; illustrations
Type:
Electronic resources
Electronic books
Date:
2016
Topic:
Poverty  Search this
Poverty--Social aspects  Search this
Social justice  Search this
Soziale Gerechtigkeit  Search this
Armut  Search this
Soziale Ungleichheit  Search this
Call number:
HC79.P6.O946 2016
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1152478

Here, Look at Mine! Exhibition Records

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Anacostia Community Museum  Search this
Names:
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum  Search this
Lebby, Larry  Search this
Robinson, John N.  Search this
Extent:
0.9 Linear feet (2 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Exhibit scripts
Correspondence
Photographic prints
Transparencies
Exhibition records
Place:
Washington (D.C.)
Date:
1982-11-14 - 1983-02-27
Summary:
An exhibition on selected works by John N. Robinson and Larry Lebby. The exhibition, held at the Anacostia Neighborhood Museum, ran from November 14, 1982 --February 27, 1983. These records document the planning, organizing, execution, and promotion of the exhibition. Materials include correspondence, research files, exhibit scripts, administrative records, brochures, education packets, floor plans, and catalogues.
Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist.
Topic:
African American artists  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
African American art -- Exhibitions  Search this
Genre/Form:
Exhibit scripts
Correspondence
Photographic prints
Transparencies
Exhibition records -- 1967-1989
Citation:
Here, Look at Mine! exhibition records, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
ACMA.03-054
See more items in:
Here, Look at Mine! Exhibition Records
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/qa76204f575-b3e9-4149-8e6c-0db53510063c
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-acma-03-054
Online Media:

John N. Robinson, 1912- 1994 [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.
Place:
(D.C.)
Topic:
Artists  Search this
Location:
Art & Artist files at the Smithsonian American Art Museum/ National Portrait Gallery Library
Art & Artist files at the Anacostia Community Museum
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILAF_93806

Raynolds Place

Artist:
John N. Robinson  Search this
Medium:
watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
18 3/4 × 23 3/4 in. (47.6 × 60.3 cm)
Type:
watercolor
Date:
1970
Accession Number:
2018.1.3
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Anacostia Community Museum Collection
Data Source:
Anacostia Community Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dl870453df6-c065-4684-bb8e-d9580a3c91bf
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:acm_2018.1.3
Online Media:

Pete

Artist:
John N. Robinson  Search this
Medium:
Photomechanical print
Dimensions:
24 1/2 × 19 5/8 in. (62.3 × 49.8 cm)
Type:
print
Accession Number:
1991.0068.0002
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Anacostia Community Museum Collection
Data Source:
Anacostia Community Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dl86cb2715e-1a49-42be-8a62-3c3b34d1e5df
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:acm_1991.0068.0002

John Robinson's Paintbrushes

Medium:
bristles, wood, metal, paint
Dimensions:
smallest: 1 5/8 × 1/4 in. (4.2 × 0.7 cm)
largest: 11 3/8 × 7/16 in. (28.9 × 1.1 cm)
Type:
paint brush
Date:
20th Century
Cite As:
Gift of John N. Robinson
Accession Number:
1992.0017.0001
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
See more items in:
Anacostia Community Museum Collection
Data Source:
Anacostia Community Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dl85926e76f-4d41-4fcc-8be8-2f3ccf8306cf
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:acm_1992.0017.0001

Reading the Bible (Portrait of Maude Jones)

Artist:
John N. Robinson  Search this
Medium:
oil on canvas board
Dimensions:
Frame: 27 3/16 × 23 1/4 × 1 11/16 in. (69 × 59 × 4.3 cm)
Type:
painting
Date:
1940
Accession Number:
2004.0005.0001
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Anacostia Community Museum Collection
Data Source:
Anacostia Community Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dl8801ca4d9-1e48-4ce3-acd9-9fb096e2758d
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:acm_2004.0005.0001

Here, Look at Mine (Some of My Grandchildren)

Artist:
John N. Robinson  Search this
Medium:
acrylic on canvas
Dimensions:
Frame: 26 9/16 × 37 5/8 × 1 9/16 in. (67.4 × 95.5 × 4 cm)
Type:
painting
Date:
1979-1980
Cite As:
Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution
Accession Number:
2014.0020.0001
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Anacostia Community Museum Collection
Data Source:
Anacostia Community Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dl84090b589-a7ae-46ce-8692-6527e16a0209
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:acm_2014.0020.0001
Online Media:

Outdoor Art Fair Lafayette Park

Artist:
John N. Robinson  Search this
Medium:
oil on canvas
Dimensions:
35 7/8 × 39 13/16 in. (91.2 × 101.2 cm)
Other (Frame): 42 1/2 × 46 5/8 × 1 7/8 in. (108 × 118.4 × 4.8 cm)
Type:
painting
Date:
1946
Cite As:
Gift of Graham Holdings Company
Accession Number:
2017.15.1
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Anacostia Community Museum Collection
Data Source:
Anacostia Community Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dl8a3b036aa-5747-4f27-827a-5dc7d93973a4
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:acm_2017.15.1
Online Media:

John Robinson art reproductions

Names:
Robinson, John N.  Search this
Extent:
2 Items (reproductions , 28 x 21inches)
Culture:
African American artists  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Place:
Washington (D.C.)
Date:
circa 1970s
Scope and Contents:
Two signed reproductions of John Robinson's original artwork "Pete" and "Winter Scene." Inscriptions read: "To friend Mr. John Kinard."
Biographical / Historical:
First and foremost, John N. Robinson considered himself an artist. Born on February 18, 1912 in Georgetown, Robinson was raised by his grandparents in northwest Washington, D.C. after his mother passed away when he was eight years old and his father disappeared, Robinson quit school to help support his family; he worked as a golf caddy at country clubs and dusted cars at a parking garage. A chauffeur at the garage noticed Robinson's drawings on scraps of paper and brought the drawings to the attention of James V. Herring, the head of Howard University's art department. Herring offered Robinson an opportunity to study under James A. Porter. The classes at Howard transformed his interest in art into a passion. Robinson's short time at Howard was the extent of his formal artistic training. When Robinson and his grandparents moved to Anacostia in southeast Washington, D.C. in 1929, he began to paint in earnest. Robinson's paintings reflect everyday life - his home, his family, and his neighborhood. In addition to intimate scenes of family and community life, he completed large scale works including a church mural, Christ at Gethsemane, at Emmanuel Baptist Church. During the 1940s, Robinson exhibited his work and created minute sketches of people at Lafayette and Franklin Parks. He also met artists Pietro Lazzari, Jack Perlmutter, and Jacob Kainen, who got his work into shows at the Corcoran Gallery of Art long before African Americans were welcomed there.
Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist at acmarchives@si.edu.
Topic:
Copy art  Search this
Citation:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
ACMA.2005.7014
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/qa7d53dc539-c152-4c3e-8da1-69c4435598db
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-acma-2005-7014

John Robinson : a retrospective, June 18 through July 30, 1976 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art

Author:
Corcoran Gallery of Art  Search this
Robinson, John N. 1912-  Search this
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum  Search this
Subject:
Robinson, John N. 1912-  Search this
Physical description:
48 p. : ill. (some col.), port. ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1976
Call number:
ND237.R63 A4 1976
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_515854

John N. Robinson, His Life and Work

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Archives  Search this
Type:
Blog posts
Smithsonian staff publications
Blog posts
Published Date:
Tue, 09 Sep 2014 11:00:00 +0000
Topic:
Archive  Search this
See more posts:
The Bigger Picture | Smithsonian Institution Archives
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:posts_c69e93e65a60693e5fd20f26afb3e1d8

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