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Oral history interview with Franco Mondini-Ruiz, 2004 July 7-8

Interviewee:
Mondini-Ruiz, Franco, 1961-  Search this
Mondini-Ruiz, Franco, 1961-  Search this
Interviewer:
Cordova, Cary  Search this
Subject:
Briseño, Rolando  Search this
Amado, Jesse  Search this
Romo, Ito  Search this
Herzberg, Julia P.  Search this
Jaukkuri, Maaretta  Search this
Moffatt, Tracey  Search this
Tracy, Michael  Search this
Judd, Donald  Search this
Cisneros, Sandra  Search this
Diaz, Alejandro  Search this
Taylor, Frederieke  Search this
Lozano, Danny  Search this
Casey, Mike  Search this
Recuerdos Orales: Interviews of the Latino Art Community in Texas  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Art -- Technique  Search this
Hispanic American artists  Search this
Gay artists  Search this
Artists (LGBTQ)  Search this
Theme:
Latino and Latin American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12062
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)249039
AAA_collcode_mondin04
Theme:
Latino and Latin American
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_249039
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Oral history interview with Graciela Sanchez, 2004 June 25-July 2

Interviewee:
Sanchez, Graciela I., 1960-  Search this
Sanchez, Graciela I., 1960-  Search this
Interviewer:
Cordova, Cary  Search this
Subject:
Wilson, Liliana  Search this
Mondini-Ruiz, Franco  Search this
Anzaldúa, Gloria  Search this
Lorde, Audre.  Search this
Calvo, Luz María  Search this
Moraga, Cherríe  Search this
Guerra, Susan  Search this
Kasterly, Amy  Search this
Diaz, Eduardo  Search this
Perez, Cynthia  Search this
Vaughn, Genevieve  Search this
Esperanza Peace & Justice Center  Search this
Recuerdos Orales: Interviews of the Latino Art Community in Texas  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Mexican American artists  Search this
Latino and Latin American artists  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Artists (LGBTQ)  Search this
Lesbian artists  Search this
Theme:
Latino and Latin American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12971
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)249047
AAA_collcode_sanche04
Theme:
Latino and Latin American
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_249047
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Oral history interview with Rolando Briseño, 2004 March 16-26

Interviewee:
Briseño, Rolando, 1952-  Search this
Briseño, Rolando, 1952-  Search this
Interviewer:
Cordova, Cary  Search this
Subject:
Orozco, Sylvia  Search this
Barraza, Santa  Search this
Amado, Jesse  Search this
Mondini-Ruiz, Franco  Search this
Ramirez, Chuck  Search this
Pace, Linda  Search this
Kanjo, Kathryn  Search this
Von Honts, Jackie  Search this
Del Viller, Melita  Search this
Mazuca, Roland  Search this
De Syzslo, Fernando  Search this
Recuerdos Orales: Interviews of the Latino Art Community in Texas  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Painters -- Texas -- San Antonio -- Interviews  Search this
Mexican American artists  Search this
Catholicism  Search this
Computer Art  Search this
Latino and Latin American artists  Search this
Gay artists  Search this
Artists (LGBTQ)  Search this
Theme:
Latino and Latin American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12193
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)247313
AAA_collcode_brisen04
Theme:
Latino and Latin American
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_247313
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Oral history interview with Jesse Amado, 2004 May 31-June 7

Interviewee:
Amado, Jesse, 1951-  Search this
Amado, Jesse, 1951-  Search this
Interviewer:
Cordova, Cary  Search this
Subject:
Ford, O'Neil  Search this
Mondini-Ruiz, Franco  Search this
Hickey, Dave  Search this
Davis, Barbara  Search this
Casas, Mel  Search this
Reynolds, Steve  Search this
Ramirez, Chuck  Search this
Holland, Rebecca  Search this
Finesilver Gallery  Search this
Contemporary Art for San Antonio (Organization)  Search this
ArtPace (Foundation : San Antonio, Tex.)  Search this
Recuerdos Orales: Interviews of the Latino Art Community in Texas  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Latino and Latin American artists  Search this
Art -- Technique  Search this
Religion in art  Search this
Theme:
Latino and Latin American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12876
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)248017
AAA_collcode_amado04
Theme:
Latino and Latin American
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_248017
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Crystal City

Artist:
Franco Mondini-Ruiz, born San Antonio, TX 1961  Search this
Medium:
mixed media installation, including glass, crystal, silver, plastic, and ceramic objects
Dimensions:
dimensions variable
Type:
Sculpture
Date:
2009
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Henry R. Muñoz III in honor of Debra Guerrero
Copyright:
© 2009, Franco Mondini-Ruiz
Object number:
2013.48.1
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Department:
Painting and Sculpture
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk7bdee0746-28aa-4174-9a59-5193a5dd359d
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_2013.48.1

Oral history interview with Graciela Sanchez

Interviewee:
Sanchez, Graciela I.  Search this
Interviewer:
Cordova, Cary  Search this
Creator:
Recuerdos Orales: Interviews of the Latino Art Community in Texas  Search this
Names:
Esperanza Peace & Justice Center  Search this
Recuerdos Orales: Interviews of the Latino Art Community in Texas  Search this
Anzaldúa, Gloria  Search this
Calvo, Luz María  Search this
Diaz, Eduardo  Search this
Guerra, Susan  Search this
Kasterly, Amy  Search this
Lorde, Audre.  Search this
Mondini-Ruiz, Franco, 1961-  Search this
Moraga, Cherríe  Search this
Perez, Cynthia  Search this
Vaughn, Genevieve  Search this
Wilson, Liliana, 1953-  Search this
Extent:
91 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2004 June 25-July 2
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Graciela Sanchez conducted 2004 June 25-July 2, by Cary Cordova, for the Archives of American Art, in San Antonio, Tex.
Sánchez speaks of her family background, her family's move to Chicago, return to San Antonio, and cultural traditions; San Antonio's Chili Queens; activism in the community; high school, attending Yale University; MEChA; Gloria Anzaldúa and This Bridge Called My Back; working for the Southwest Voter Registration Project; MALDEF, Mexican American Legal Defense; the foundation of Esperanza Peace and Justice Center with Susan Guerra and others; going to Cuba to study film; the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center; the values of being "buena gente," "good people"; Ellas, a Latina lesbian organization; working with Amy Kastely, lawyer; Mujer Artes; her film "No Porque lo Diga Fidel Castro"; working for AIDS prevention/education; the newsletter "The Interchange" which became "La Voz de Esperanza"; Stonehaven Ranch, a retreat location; the film screenings "Other America"; the complete de-funding of Esperanza in 1997 and the four year litigation with the city of San Antonio; trying to save the building La Gloria and other endeavors taken on by the Esperanza; the Cuentos Project and recent events sponsored by the Esperanza. Sánchez also recalls Audre Lorde, Luz Calvo, Eduardo Diaz, Liliana Wilson Grez, Cherríe Moraga, Cynthia Perez, Genevieve Vaughn, Franco Mondini-Ruiz, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Graciela Sanchez (1960- ) is an arts activist and the executive director of the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center in San Antonio, Tex. Cary Cordova (1970- ) is an art historian from Austin, Tex.
General:
Originally recorded on 5 sound discs. Duration is 5 hr., 30 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:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Occupation:
Arts administrators -- Texas -- San Antonio -- Interviews  Search this
Topic:
Mexican American artists  Search this
Latino and Latin American artists  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Artists (LGBTQ)  Search this
Lesbian artists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.sanche04
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-sanche04
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Franco Mondini-Ruiz

Interviewee:
Mondini-Ruiz, Franco, 1961-  Search this
Interviewer:
Cordova, Cary  Search this
Creator:
Recuerdos Orales: Interviews of the Latino Art Community in Texas  Search this
Names:
Recuerdos Orales: Interviews of the Latino Art Community in Texas  Search this
Amado, Jesse, 1951-  Search this
Briseño, Rolando, 1952-  Search this
Casey, Mike  Search this
Cisneros, Sandra  Search this
Diaz, Alejandro  Search this
Herzberg, Julia P.  Search this
Jaukkuri, Maaretta  Search this
Judd, Donald, 1928-1994  Search this
Lozano, Danny  Search this
Moffatt, Tracey  Search this
Romo, Ito, 1961-  Search this
Taylor, Frederieke  Search this
Tracy, Michael, 1943-  Search this
Extent:
93 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2004 July 7-8
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Franco Mondini-Ruiz conducted 2004 July 7-8, by Cary Cordova, for the Archives of American Art, in Alameda and San Antonio, Tex.
Mondini speaks of his parents' disparate backgrounds; his repressed childhood in Boerne, Tex.; his family's electronics store; discovering that his brother was actually his half-brother; attending undergrad and law school at St. Mary's in San Antonio, Tex.; his Catholic rearing; raising his Latino consciousness during and after law school; his life as a successful lawyer; his ingratiation into both rich white and Latino cultures; his partying and coming-out as a gay man; his making of art as a counterpoint to his office work; advice for young Latino artists; the importance of cheap art; exoticizing of Mexican culture by Anglos; quitting law and his experience living in Mexico City; and being diagnosed with HIV. Mondini-Ruiz also speaks of opening his Infinito Botanica and how he operated it; American drug culture; San Antonio's cityscape and his "utopic" hope for it; his "Blue Star on Houston" exhibition; drug use; his show at Bard College as his big break; living with Alejandro Diaz; homosexual and Mexican rococo aesthetics; his exhibit at the 2000 Whitney Biennial and moving to New York City; the importance of found art; the universality of class and race struggles; the problems with over-materialization of artwork; his "Ballroom" show in Marfa, Tex. and the issues confronting that city's arts patronage; his making of the "Spurs Installation"; his new anti-materialistic mindset; and the patterns within his career. Mondini-Ruiz also recalls Michael Tracy, Ito Romo, Rolando Briseno, Sandra Cisneros, Jesse Amado, Donald Judd, Frederieke Taylor, Julia Herzberg, Danny Lozano, Maaretta Jaukkuri, Tracey Moffat, Mike Casey, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Franco Mondini-Ruiz (1961- ) is an artist in New York. Legal name is Gino Francisco Mondini. Interviewer Cary Cordova (1970-) is an art historian from Austin, Tex.
General:
Originally recorded on 5 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 9 digital wav files. Duration is 5 hrs., 12 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:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Occupation:
Lawyers -- Texas -- Interviews  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Technique  Search this
Hispanic American artists  Search this
Gay artists  Search this
Artists (LGBTQ)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.mondin04
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-mondin04
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Rolando Briseño

Interviewee:
Briseño, Rolando, 1952-  Search this
Interviewer:
Cordova, Cary  Search this
Creator:
Recuerdos Orales: Interviews of the Latino Art Community in Texas  Search this
Names:
Recuerdos Orales: Interviews of the Latino Art Community in Texas  Search this
Amado, Jesse, 1951-  Search this
Barraza, Santa  Search this
De Syzslo, Fernando  Search this
Del Viller, Melita  Search this
Kanjo, Kathryn  Search this
Mazuca, Roland  Search this
Mondini-Ruiz, Franco, 1961-  Search this
Orozco, Sylvia, 1954-  Search this
Pace, Linda  Search this
Ramirez, Chuck  Search this
Von Honts, Jackie  Search this
Extent:
73 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2004 March 16-26
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Rolando Briseño conducted 2004 March 16 and 26, by Cary Cordova, for the Archives of American Art, in San Antonio, Texas.
Briseño speaks of his family background; as a child going to Mexico during the summer; growing up in San Antonio; visiting the Witte Museum, taking art classes there; Jackie von Honts, a special tutor of Briseño; scholarship to Cooper Union in New York; Catholicism; Melita del Villar and realizing "Christian mythology"; exchange program with University of Texas, Austin and La Pontifica Universidad Católica del Peru, Lima, Peru; calling himself Chicano; passion for food; traveling around Europe; politics and its influence; coming to terms with his sexuality; graduate school at Columbia University; interest in boxing; involvement in Con Safo; working on a computer as opposed to painting; and the Historic and Design Review Commission of San Antonio. Briseño also recalls Roland Mazuca, Fernando de Syzslo, Santa Barraza, Sylvia Orozco, Kathryn Kanjo, Linda Pace, Jesse Amado, Chuck Ramirez, Franco Mondini-Ruiz, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Rolando Briseño (1952-) is an artist from San Antonio, Texas. Cary Cordova (1970-) is an art historian from Austin, Texas.
General:
Due to technical problems the interview was recorded on both compact disc and mini disc.
Originally recorded on 2 sound discs and 2 compact discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 6 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 26 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:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Topic:
Painters -- Texas -- San Antonio -- Interviews  Search this
Mexican American artists  Search this
Catholicism  Search this
Computer Art  Search this
Latino and Latin American artists  Search this
Gay artists  Search this
Artists (LGBTQ)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.brisen04
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-brisen04
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Jesse Amado

Interviewee:
Amado, Jesse, 1951-  Search this
Interviewer:
Cordova, Cary  Search this
Creator:
Recuerdos Orales: Interviews of the Latino Art Community in Texas  Search this
Names:
ArtPace (Foundation : San Antonio, Tex.)  Search this
Contemporary Art for San Antonio (Organization)  Search this
Finesilver Gallery  Search this
Recuerdos Orales: Interviews of the Latino Art Community in Texas  Search this
Casas, Mel, 1929-2014  Search this
Davis, Barbara  Search this
Ford, O'Neil, 1905-  Search this
Hickey, Dave, 1940-  Search this
Holland, Rebecca, 1962-  Search this
Mondini-Ruiz, Franco, 1961-  Search this
Ramirez, Chuck  Search this
Reynolds, Steve  Search this
Extent:
79 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2004 May 31-June 7
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Jesse Amado conducted 2004 May 31 and June 7, by Cary Cordova, for the Archives of American Art, at the artist's studio, in San Antonio, Texas.
Includes artist's family background, personalities, and relationship of artist's mother and father; parents' occupations and the effect on the family; brother Gilbert; early influences and experiences in drawing; role of religion during childhood; experiences in school including parochial school and losing interest in 12th grade; experiences working with architect O'Neil Ford in high school; decision to go into the Navy; experiences and travels in the Navy; first impressions of New York City; interest in literature and reading on works and life, including T.S. Eliot, "Tom Sawyer," "The Odyssey;" first experiences with foreign film, especially L'Avventura; bilingualism including learning to speak English and it's possible influences on art; work after the Navy on a tanker; travels in Europe; New York City and experiences working and living there; decision to return to San Antonio; starting at San Antonio College and experience of returning to school; first paintings; attempt at teaching; joining the fire department and influences of that job on his art; MFA study at University of Texas, San Antonio; influences of professors including Steve Reynolds, Mel Casas, and Dave Hickey; major influential discussion with Dave Hickey and art that resulted; BFA show exhibition; beginnings of ideas of fragility and mutability in early pieces; relationship to Minimalism or Conceptual Art in works; the growing art scene in San Antonio and it's galleries, including FineSilver, Blue Star and Art Pace; relationships with other San Antonio artists including Franco Mondini, Chuck Ramirez, Rebecca Holland; discussion of Bemis Foundation show; artist's feelings on being a Latino or Chicano artist; possible Latino influences on his art; discussion of Latino culture and iconography; change from stronger tendencies in painting towards sculpture and installation pieces; discussion of works in the "Taking Liberties" exhibition [1992]; the artist's creation process; discussion of Antonioni's L'Avventura and its use in artist's work; use of text as a visual form; importance of backstory and context to artist's work; use of music and lyrics in work, including James Brown and the Beatles; interest in taglines and its use in art; interest in fashion especially fashion magazines and its use in art; introduction and use of DYMO tape in art; relationship and interactions with galleries and museums, especially the Whitney, Blue Star, FineSilver; Barbara Davis; use of digital photography in work; discussion of the economics of the gallery; the future of artist's work and the importance of the process for the artist in the future; role of Catholicism in artist's work; the exhibition "Renascence" at the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston; influence of marriage and divorce on works.
Biographical / Historical:
Jesse Amadao (1951-) is an artist in San Antonio, Texas. Cary Cordoza (1970-) is an art historian.
General:
Originally recorded on 7 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 9 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hrs., 45 minutes.
Interview recorded on mini discs and compact discs.
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:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Occupation:
Sculptors -- Texas -- San Antonio  Search this
Painters -- Texas -- San Antonio  Search this
Topic:
Latino and Latin American artists  Search this
Art -- Technique  Search this
Religion in art  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.amado04
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-amado04
Online Media:

Mondini-Ruiz, Franco, Artist and Curator

Collection Creator:
Ybarra-Frausto, Tomás, 1938-  Search this
Container:
Box 19, Folder 25
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1995-2004
Scope and Contents note:
(exhibition announcements; invitation; clippings; ArtPace International Artist-In-Residence Program brochure, 1996; catalog; magazine, Voices of Art", Vol. 4, no. 4 Nov./Dec. 1996; letter to TYF and Dudley from Mondini-Ruiz, 05/30/2002)
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Use requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington, D.C. research facility.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Tomás Ybarra-Frausto research material, 1965-2004. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Tomás Ybarra-Frausto research material
Tomás Ybarra-Frausto research material / Series 1: Subject Files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-ybartoma-ref1149

Alejandro Díaz : it takes a village

Title:
It takes a village
Artist:
Díaz, Alejandro 1963-  Search this
Curator:
Kanjo, Kathryn  Search this
Writer of added commentary:
González, Rita  Search this
Mondini-Ruiz, Franco 1961-  Search this
Publisher:
Linda Pace Foundation  Search this
Subject:
Díaz, Alejandro 1963-  Search this
Physical description:
79 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2016
21st century
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1089103

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