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Oral history interview with Dana Chandler

Interviewee:
Chandler, Dana, 1941-  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F.  Search this
Names:
African-American Master Artists in Residence Program  Search this
Massachusetts College of Art -- Students  Search this
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston  Search this
Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.) -- Faculty  Search this
Simmons College. Art and Music Dept. -- Faculty  Search this
Andrews, Benny, 1930-2006  Search this
Bearden, Romare, 1911-1988  Search this
Catlett, Elizabeth, 1915-2012  Search this
Mazur, Michael, 1935-2009  Search this
Tovish, Harold, 1921-2008  Search this
Extent:
89 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1993 March 11-May 5
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Dana Chandler conducted 1993 March 11-May 5, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art.
Chandler remembers his childhood in the Black community of Roxbury, Massachussets, with numerous siblings, pugnacious, hard-drinking longshoreman father, and mother who was the linchpin of the family; precocity as a reader and child artist; attendance at Saturday morning children's art classes at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and at Boston Educational High School where needed discipline was instilled in him by its all-white faculty; and as an assistant at school after graduation (1959-61).
Chandler talks about his awareness of budding civil rights movement; his attendance (1962-67) at Massachusetts College of Art while supporting his new, young family and working for the Jamaica Plain Area Planning Action Council which was funded by the federal Model Cities program; his first exhibitions (1967), in a liberal local church and a black businessmen's club; the exhibition (1969) "Twelve Black Artists from Boston," at the Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University; and his involvement, along with Harold Tovish and Michael Mazur, in the group, Artists Against the War.
He recalls his initiation of the exhibition, "Afro-American Artists/New York and Boston," at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1970, for which he was given no credit; his position as an unpaid cultural commentator for a Black newspaper and radio station; his politically-charged paintings and prints from the late 1960s onward; his meetings with senior Black artists, such as Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett Mora, and Benny Andrews; and his steady espousal of confrontation.
Chandler discusses teaching at Simmons College, Boston, 1971 to present; his creation in 1974 of the African-American Master Artists-in-Residence Program (AMARP), Northeastern University, Boston, and his direction of it until 1993, when he was relieved of the position by the University.
Chandler discusses his exhibition at Northeastern University in 1976, "If the Shoe Fits, Hear It!" under the name Akin Duro, and its evidence of the respect in which he was held; the loss of much of his work in a studio fire; and his current large-scale graphic work.
Biographical / Historical:
Dana Chandler (1941- ) is an African American painter, printmaker, and educator from Boston, Massachussets.
General:
Originally recorded on 4 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 8 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hr., 51 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. Funding for the transcription of this interview provided by the Newland Foundation.
Occupation:
Painters -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Educators -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Printmakers -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Topic:
African American artists  Search this
African American painters  Search this
African American educators  Search this
African American printmakers  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.chandl93
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw96808788d-bda2-48a7-a3c2-5372ecb30aed
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-chandl93
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Oral history interview with Vaino Kola

Interviewee:
Kola, Vaino, 1937-  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F.  Search this
Names:
Massachusetts College of Art -- Students  Search this
Yale University. School of Art and Architecture -- Students  Search this
Extent:
2 Items (wav files (1 hr., 35 min.), digital)
31 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1991 Sept. 12
Scope and Contents:
An interview with Vaino Kola conducted 1991 Sept. 12, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art, in Kola's home, Norton, Mass.
Kola discusses his childhood in Finland during the war with the Soviet Union, in which his father was an important commander, and during World War II; and the necessity to leave following the war because of the pressure from the Soviet Union. He recalls growing up in Worcester, Mass; learning English; his attendance at the High School of Commerce; excelling in swimming; attending the Massachusettes College of Art (BFA, 1959) and the influence upon him of teachers Beverly Hallam, David Berger, Calvin Burnett, and Lawrence Kupferman; and his years at the Yale School of Art and Architecture (MFA, 1962) and recollections of Josef Albers and his teaching methods.
Biographical / Historical:
Vaino Kola (1937- ) is a painter, printmaker, and instructor in Deer Isle, ME.
General:
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 35 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:
Painters -- Massachusetts -- Interviews  Search this
Designers -- Massachusettes -- Interviews  Search this
Printmakers -- Massachusetts -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.kola91
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw97df2bfae-b462-4114-917f-f94f9f33b280
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-kola91
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Jackie Winsor

Interviewee:
Winsor, Jackie, 1941-  Search this
Interviewer:
Kachur, Lewis  Search this
Names:
Massachusetts College of Art -- Students  Search this
Rutgers University -- Students  Search this
Extent:
255 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Place:
India -- description and travel
New Brunswick
Newfoundland
SoHo (New York, N.Y.)
Date:
1990-1992
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Jackie Winsor conducted 1990-1992, by Lewis Kachur, for the Archives of American Art. Winsor describes her childhood in Newfoundland and New Brunswick, Canada; her art education at Massachusetts College of Art and Rutgers University; moving to New York City and the art scene there, especially SoHo; the development of her artwork; and a trip to India.
Biographical / Historical:
Jackie Winsor (1941- ) is a sculptor from New York, N.Y.
General:
Originally recorded on 10 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 20 digital wav files. Duration is 14 hr., 17 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. Funding for these interviews provided by the Lannan Foundation.
Occupation:
Sculptors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Women sculptors -- Interviews  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Women sculptors  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.winsor90
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw912f1914c-e625-4dc4-8e69-75de2d87ab70
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-winsor90
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Arcangelo Cascieri

Interviewee:
Cascieri, Arcangelo, 1902-1997  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F.  Search this
Names:
Boston Architectural Center -- Students  Search this
Massachusetts College of Art -- Students  Search this
Gropius, Walter, 1883-1969  Search this
Extent:
51 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1972 November 21-1974 January 24
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Arcangelo Cascieri conducted 1972 November 21-1974 January 24, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art.
Cascieri speaks of his childhood in Italy; his art education, beginning with his apprenticeship to a wood sculptor; his early sculpture for churches; attending Massachusetts College of Art; early commissions; definitions and standards of beauty; studying at the Boston Architectural Center (BAC); meeting and becoming acquainted with Walter Gropius; becoming the administrator of the BAC; teaching experiences; changes in the BAC over the years; and his artistic philosophy.
Biographical / Historical:
Arcangelo Cascieri (1902-1997) was a sculptor, educator, and administrator at the Boston Architectural Center (BAC) of Boston, Massachusetts.
General:
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hrs., 15 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:
Arts administrators -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Interviews  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Philosophy  Search this
Church decoration and ornament  Search this
Sculpture, Modern -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Sculptors -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.cascie72
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw98ca85140-586e-4c27-a02d-0478ce8fa5f3
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-cascie72
Online Media:

Oral history interview with George Condo

Interviewee:
Condo, George  Search this
Interviewer:
Lyon, Christopher  Search this
Names:
Devo (Musical group)  Search this
Massachusetts College of Art -- Students  Search this
Basquiat, Jean-Michel, 1960-1988  Search this
Bishofberger, Bruno  Search this
Clements, Dawn  Search this
Dagley, Mark  Search this
Dahn, Walter, 1954-  Search this
Haring, Keith  Search this
Herman, Roger  Search this
Hughes, Frederick W., 1943-2001  Search this
Kantor, Ulrike  Search this
Kelly, Gene, 1912-1996  Search this
Sharp, Willoughby  Search this
Smith, Rupert Jasen  Search this
Tyrrell, Susan  Search this
Warhol, Andy, 1928-1987  Search this
Extent:
5 Items (sound files (3 hr., 19 min.) Audio, digital, wav)
88 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Place:
Europe -- description and travel
Date:
2017 May 5-June 20
Scope and Contents:
An interview with George Condo conducted 2017 May 5 and June 20, by Christopher Lyon, for the Archives of American Art, at Condo's studio in New York, New York.
Condo speaks of his childhood and adolescence in New England; his Italian grandparents and heritage; his early obsession with drawing; the mathematical dimension of his mind; his Catholic upbringing and its influence on his art; exposure to literature, art, and music through his family; his decision to pursue visual art rather than music; the influence of jazz on his approach to making art; his understanding of tradition and originality; the influence of a wide range of literature on his approach to making art; dropping out of Mass College of Art; playing in a Boston punk rock band called The Girls in the late 1970s; moving to New York in 1981; working on Andy Warhol's silk-screening assembly line; moving to Los Angeles in 1982; being shown in Ulrike Kantor's gallery with Roger Herman's help; formative trips to Europe in the 1980s; important romantic relationships; changes in the New York art world in the 1990s; developing the concept of Artificial Realism; and his appreciation for the old masters of painting. Condo also recalls Dawn Clements, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Devo, Mark Dagley, Rupert Smith, Fred Hughes, Susan Tyrrell, Gene Kelly, Willoughby Sharp, Walter Dahn, Bruno Bischofberger, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
George Condo (1957- ) is a contemporary visual artist working in New York, New York. Christopher Lyon (1949- ) is a publisher and writer in Brooklyn, New York.
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:
Art -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Jazz  Search this
Music  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Photo-realism  Search this
Printmakers -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Punk rock music  Search this
Sculptors -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.condo17
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9c2fc582c-0e52-4a03-9166-815594b66f8e
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-condo17
Online Media:

Massachusetts College of Arts (student teachers)

Collection Creator:
Ostroff, Elaine  Search this
Container:
Box 9, Folder 11
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1977
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.

Reference copies for audio and moving images materials do not exist. Use of these materials requires special arrangement. Gloves must be worn when handling unprotected photographs and negatives.

Social Security numbers and other personally identifiable information has been rendered unreadable and redacted. Researchers may use the photocopies in the collection. The remainder of the collection has no restrictions.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Elaine Ostroff Universal Design Papers, 1965-2009, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Elaine Ostroff Universal Design Papers
Elaine Ostroff Universal Design Papers / Series 2: Subject Files
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8de895689-938b-4773-82b0-1d1665d9f762
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1356-ref236

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