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Oral history interview with Alanna Heiss

Interviewee:
Heiss, Alanna  Search this
Interviewer:
McElhinney, James Lancel, 1952-  Search this
Creator:
Elizabeth Murray Oral History of Women in the Visual Arts Project  Search this
Names:
Biennale di Venezia  Search this
Clocktower Gallery  Search this
Elizabeth Murray Oral History of Women in the Visual Arts Project  Search this
Institute for Art and Urban Resources  Search this
Lawrence University  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
New Museum (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center  Search this
University of Chicago -- Students  Search this
Callahan, Harry M.  Search this
Finkelpearl, Tom  Search this
Gill, Brendan, 1914-1997  Search this
Highstein, Jene, 1942-2013  Search this
Matta-Clark, Gordon, 1943-1978  Search this
Nonas, Richard, 1936-  Search this
Extent:
80 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Date:
2010 June 15-October 28
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Alanna Heiss conducted 2010 June 15 and October 28, by James McElhinney, for the Archives of American Art's Elizabeth Murray Oral History of Women in the Visual Arts project, at Art International Radio, on Leonard Street, in New York, New York.
Heiss speaks of the Clocktower Gallery and the AIR offices; New York galleries and museums and the economic depression of the 1970s; art shows in Germany, France, Switzerland, and England and the role of foreign and West Coast curators in New York shows during the 1960s; founding the Institute for Art and Urban Resources with Brendan Gill; her lack of interest in collecting and the problems she feels it poses for organizations showing art; her attitudes about displaying art in the 1970s; growing up in a small town in Southern Illinois; spending summers as a child in South Dakota; her musical training; art in relation to Midwestern cultural values; her work on the exhibition "Stalin's Choice: Soviet Socialist Realism, 1932-1956" in 1993; her degree in music and the philosophy of aesthetics from Lawrence University; taking classes at the University of Chicago; moving to New York and deciding to focus on visual arts; her time in Europe and the various jobs she took while abroad including teaching, inspecting monuments for the Society for Ancient Buildings and Monuments, writing about animals, selling and transporting used cars, and serving as an artist liaison; and the exhibitions she saw during her travels.
Heiss also discusses trips she made across the United States after returning from Europe; working as a band road crew manger; her work in 1993 on the John Cage tribute show for the Venice Biennale called "Il Suono Rapido delle Cose" and the album produced in conjunction with the show called Caged/Uncaged - A Rock/Experimental Homage To John Cage; her marriage to the artist Jene Highstein and their friendships with the artists Richard Nonas and Gordon Matta-Clark; her return to New York from Europe around 1970 and her use of old or abandoned real estate as locations for contemporary art exhibitions; her first show, "Under the Brooklyn Bridge" in 1971; founding PS1; her work as a parole officer and her exposure to the culture of Harlem; the various shows held at PS1; urban art spaces in New York including the New Museum and the Coney Island Sculpture Museum; her exhibition space on Bleecker Street in New York; her disenchantment with the idea of community art; her work with Tom Finkelpearl; the way she publicized exhibitions; the underground culture of the 1970s; and the relationship between the Museum of Modern Art and PS1 and their eventual merger.
Biographical / Historical:
Alanna Heiss (1943-) is director of Art International Radio in New York, New York. James McElhinney (1952-) is an artist and educator in New York, New York.
General:
Originally recorded on 1 sound disc. Reformatted in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 39 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.
Occupation:
Gallery directors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Arts administrators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Curators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Women arts administrators  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.heiss10
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw99e6f2c82-e682-4784-9927-1a9582dc615e
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-heiss10
Online Media:

Greater New York editors, Ruba Katrib and Jody Graf

Title:
Greater New York 2021
Editor:
Katrib, Ruba  Search this
Graf, Josephine  Search this
Writer of supplementary textual content:
Moses, Serubiri  Search this
Fowle, Kate  Search this
Katzenstein, Inés  Search this
Host institution:
P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center  Search this
Physical description:
270 pages illustrations (chiefly color) 31 x 23 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Expositions
Exhibition catalogs
Date:
2022
21st century
21e siècle
Topic:
Art, Modern  Search this
Art  Search this
Call number:
N6535.N5 G756 2021
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1155878

Deana Lawson edited by Peter Eleey and Eva Respini ; with contributions by Kimberly Juanita Brown, Tina M. Campt, Peter Eleey, Alexander Nemerov, Eva Respini, and Greg Tate, and a conversation between Deana Lawson and Deborah Willis

Interviewee:
Lawson, Deana 1979-  Search this
Contributor:
Eleey, Peter  Search this
Respini, Eva  Search this
Brown, Kimberly Juanita 1972-  Search this
Campt, Tina 1964-  Search this
Nemerov, Alexander  Search this
Tate, Greg  Search this
Interviewer:
Willis, Deborah 1948-  Search this
Host institution:
Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, Mass.),.)  Search this
P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center  Search this
High Museum of Art  Search this
Subject:
Lawson, Deana 1979-  Search this
Lawson, Deana 1979-  Search this
Physical description:
144 pages illustrations (chiefly color), portraits 30 cm
Type:
Portraits
Exhibitions
Interviews
Expositions
Exhibition catalogs
Date:
2021
Topic:
Black people  Search this
Portrait photography  Search this
African Americans  Search this
Africans  Search this
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Portraits (Photographie)  Search this
Personnes noires  Search this
Noirs américains  Search this
Africains  Search this
Photographie artistique  Search this
art photography  Search this
Call number:
TR681.B52 L38 2021
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1155535

Oral history interview with Alanna Heiss, 2010 June 15-October 28

Interviewee:
Heiss, Alanna, 1943-  Search this
Interviewer:
McElhinney, James, 1952-  Search this
Subject:
Callahan, Harry M.  Search this
Finkelpearl, Tom  Search this
Gill, Brendan  Search this
Highstein, Jene  Search this
Matta-Clark, Gordon  Search this
Nonas, Richard  Search this
Clocktower Gallery  Search this
Institute for Art and Urban Resources  Search this
Lawrence University  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
New Museum (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center  Search this
University of Chicago  Search this
Elizabeth Murray Oral History of Women in the Visual Arts Project  Search this
Biennale di Venezia  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Alanna Heiss, 2010 June 15-October 28. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Women arts administrators  Search this
Theme:
Women  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15902
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)296450
AAA_collcode_heiss10
Theme:
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_296450
Online Media:

Untitled

Artist:
David Hammons, American, b. Springfield, Illinois, 1943  Search this
Medium:
Glass and silicone adhesive
Dimensions:
37 1/4 x 37 1/2 x 7 3/4 in. (94.6 x 95.1 x 19.5 cm)
Type:
Sculpture
Date:
(1989)
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Joseph H. Hirshhorn Purchase Fund, 1990
Accession Number:
90.23
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection
School:
African-American Contemporary
Data Source:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/py2022e9b03-ef80-4b6f-bb91-a1f8b79f378e
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:hmsg_90.23

Marking time art in the age of mass incarceration Nicole R. Fleetwood

Author:
Fleetwood, Nicole R.,  Search this
Host institution:
P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center  Search this
Physical description:
xxvi, 323 pages illustrations (some color), portraits 22 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
États-Unis
Date:
2020
Topic:
Prisoners as artists  Search this
Arts in prisons  Search this
Art, American--Political aspects  Search this
Imprisonment--Social aspects  Search this
Artistes prisonniers  Search this
Arts dans les prisons  Search this
Art américain--Aspect politique  Search this
Emprisonnement--Aspect social  Search this
20.10 art and society: general  Search this
ART  Search this
ART / American / General  Search this
ART / Art & Politics  Search this
ART / Folk Art  Search this
ART / General  Search this
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Penology  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Prisoners--Recreation  Search this
Gefängnis  Search this
Gefangener  Search this
Kunst  Search this
Strafgefangener  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1153583

P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center [Folder]

Additional name:
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.). P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center  Search this
MoMA PS1  Search this
Institute for Art and Urban Resources, Inc. P.S. 1  Search this
Project Studios One  Search this
P.S. 1 Museum  Search this
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:
Long Island (N.Y.)
Topic:
Art Organizations  Search this
Location:
Art & Artist files at the Smithsonian American Art Museum/ National Portrait Gallery Library
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILAF_100340

Lectures

Collection Creator:
Zarina  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 9
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
2001-2011
Scope and Contents:
Includes born digital material, see ER01
Collection 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.

Use of electronic records requires advance notice.
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:
Zarina Hashmi papers, 1950-2015. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Zarina Hashmi papers
Zarina Hashmi papers / Series 3: Writings
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw98477411c-86bb-4f81-ab5a-dc0caf5bbd82
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-zarina-ref16
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Clippings and Press

Collection Creator:
Zarina  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 17
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1970-1999
Collection 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.

Use of electronic records requires advance notice.
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:
Zarina Hashmi papers, 1950-2015. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Zarina Hashmi papers
Zarina Hashmi papers / Series 5: Printed Material
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9e927291f-99dd-404f-97bd-88056991af47
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-zarina-ref27
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Clippings and Press

Collection Creator:
Zarina  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 18
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
2000-2013
Collection 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.

Use of electronic records requires advance notice.
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:
Zarina Hashmi papers, 1950-2015. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Zarina Hashmi papers
Zarina Hashmi papers / Series 5: Printed Material
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw978b0cc5d-5e1f-4dae-9dda-d2d53a501bf7
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-zarina-ref549
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Roth time : a Dieter Roth retrospective / edited by Theodora Vischer and Bernadette Walter ; text by Dirk Dobke and Bernadette Walter

Author:
Dobke, Dirk  Search this
Roth, Dieter 1930-1998  Search this
Vischer, Theodora  Search this
Walter, Bernadette  Search this
Garrels, Gary  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center  Search this
Subject:
Roth, Dieter 1930-1998  Search this
Physical description:
303 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
2003
C2003
Call number:
N7153.R67 A4 2003c
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_725762

Paul Graham : American night

Title:
American night
Author:
Graham, Paul 1956-  Search this
P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center  Search this
Power House (Memphis, Tenn.)  Search this
Subject:
Graham, Paul 1956-  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (unpaged) : chiefly ill. ; 29 x 38 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2003
Topic:
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Call number:
TR647 .G713 2003
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_746822

Above the pavement-- the farm! : architecture & agriculture at PF1 / Amale Andraos and Dan Wood, editors

Title:
Architecture & agriculture at PF1
Architecture and agriculture at PF1
Book designer:
Michaels, Adam 1978-,-  Search this
Author:
Andraos, Amale 1973-  Search this
Wood, Dan 1967-  Search this
P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center  Search this
Subject:
Work Architecture Company  Search this
Physical description:
206 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 18 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
New York (State)
New York
Date:
2010
©2010
Topic:
Urban agriculture  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1052184

Adel Abdessemed : dead or alive / [editor Antoine Guerrero ; curator Neville Wakefield]

Title:
Dead or alive
Author:
Abdessemed, Adel  Search this
Guerrero, Antoine  Search this
Wakefield, Neville 1963-  Search this
Lévy, Dominique Astrid  Search this
P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center  Search this
Marc Blondeau Fine Arts Service  Search this
Subject:
Abdessemed, Adel  Search this
Physical description:
48 p. : col. ill. ; 32 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
2007
C2007
Call number:
N6853.A22 A4 2007b
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_925003

Manny Farber : about face / foreword by Hugh M. Davies ; essays by Jonathan Crary ... [et al.]

Author:
Farber, Manny  Search this
Crary, Jonathan  Search this
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego  Search this
Austin Museum of Art  Search this
P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center  Search this
Subject:
Farber, Manny  Search this
Physical description:
163 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
2003
C2003
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_738828

The palace at 4 a.m. / Jon Kessler ; [text by Alanna Heiss ... [et al.] ; translations: Nicolas Grindell, Harald Falckenberg, Larissa Hilbig]

Title:
Palace at four a.m
Jon Kessler : the Palace at 4 a.m
Author:
Kessler, Jon 1957-  Search this
Heiss, Alanna  Search this
P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center  Search this
Sammlung Falckenberg  Search this
Galerie Hans Mayer  Search this
Subject:
Kessler, Jon 1957-  Search this
Physical description:
132, [12] p. : col. ill. ; 22 x 28 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
2007
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_895532

Peter Young : paintings, 1963-1980

Author:
Young, Peter 1940-  Search this
Kertess, Klaus  Search this
P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center  Search this
PARC Foundation (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Young, Peter 1940-  Search this
Physical description:
[138] p. : col. ill. ; 32 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
2007
C2007
Call number:
ND237.Y68 A4 2007
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_897006

NeoHooDoo : art for a forgotten faith / edited by Franklin Sirmans ; with contributions by Jen Budney ... [et al.]

Author:
Sirmans, Franklin  Search this
Budney, Jen  Search this
Menil Collection (Houston, Tex.)  Search this
P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center  Search this
Miami Art Museum  Search this
Physical description:
143 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2008
C2008
20th century
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Spirituality in art  Search this
Ritual in art  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_900142

Into me/out of me / [edited by Klaus Biesenbach ; texts by Georges Bataille ... [et al.]

Author:
Biesenbach, Klaus  Search this
Bataille, Georges 1897-1962  Search this
P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center  Search this
Kunst-Werke Berlin  Search this
Museo d'arte contemporanea Roma  Search this
Physical description:
580 p. : ill. (mostly col) ; 22 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2007
Topic:
Human beings in art  Search this
Erotic art  Search this
Sex in art  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_901131

Sam Samore : The suicidist, 1973 ; The suicidist (continued), 2003-

Title:
Suicidist, 1973 ; The suicidist (continued), 2003-
Author:
Samore, Sam 1953-  Search this
Nickas, Robert  Search this
P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center  Search this
Subject:
Samore, Sam 1953-  Search this
Physical description:
111 p. : ill ; 24 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2007
Topic:
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_917518

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