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Oral history interview with Robert O. Preusser, 1991 January-October

Interviewee:
Preusser, Robert O. (Robert Ormerod), 1919-1992  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F  Search this
Subject:
Davidson, Ola McNeill  Search this
Kepes, Gyorgy  Search this
White, Minor  Search this
Art Center School (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Boris Mirski Gallery (Boston, Mass.)  Search this
Center for Advanced Visual Studies  Search this
Downtown Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, Mass.)  Search this
Institute of Design (Chicago, Ill.)  Search this
Joan Peterson Gallery  Search this
Massachusetts Institute of Technology  Search this
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. School  Search this
Newcomb College. School of Art  Search this
University of Houston  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Robert O. Preusser, 1991 January-October. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Art -- Study and teaching -- Massachusetts  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching -- Texas -- Houston  Search this
Camouflage (Military science)  Search this
Painters -- Massachusetts -- Interviews  Search this
Painters -- Texas -- Houston -- Interviews  Search this
Painting -- Study and teaching  Search this
Theme:
Chicago's Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13337
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)215616
AAA_collcode_preuss91
Theme:
Chicago's Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_215616
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Robert O. Preusser

Interviewee:
Preusser, Robert O. (Robert Ormerod), 1919-1992  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F.  Search this
Names:
Art Center School (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Boris Mirski Gallery (Boston, Mass.)  Search this
Center for Advanced Visual Studies  Search this
Downtown Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, Mass.)  Search this
Institute of Design (Chicago, Ill.)  Search this
Joan Peterson Gallery  Search this
Massachusetts Institute of Technology  Search this
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. School  Search this
Newcomb College. School of Art  Search this
University of Houston  Search this
Davidson, Ola McNeill  Search this
Kepes, Gyorgy, 1906-2001  Search this
White, Minor  Search this
Extent:
106 Pages (Transcipt)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1991 January-October
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Robert O. Preusser conducted 1991 January-October, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art.
Preusser discusses the establishment of an art department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his involvement with it first as a visiting lecturer and then as a professor of visual design. He speaks often of Gyorgy Kepes, whom he had known at the Institute of Design, Chicago, in the early 1940s, and who recruited him to M.I.T; he also discusses other faculty members, like Minor White, professor of photography. He gives attention to his courses at M.I.T., 1954-1985; early computer design projects by students; his writings on the importance of visual arts to technology; and his supervision of educational programs at M.I.T.'s Center for Advanced Visual Studies, 1974-85. An extensive part of the interview is held in an exhibition of Preusser's work at the M.I.T. Museum (April 4, 1991), discussing in particular his incorporation of various plastic and metallic materials in his works from the 1960s and 1970s. He speaks as well of the importance of his inclusion in group exhibitions at the Downtown Gallery, New York, ("Newcomers," 1951, and "Recent Arrivals, 1952) and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston ("Collectors Exhibition," 1954), and of his exhibitions at the Boris Mirski Gallery and the Joan Peterson Gallery, Boston, during the 1950s and 1960s, and at various galleries in Houston during the 1980s. Other topics of discussion are his early art instruction in his native Houston, Texas, by the painter Ola McNeill Davidson, 1930-39; further training in painting and design at the Institute of Design, Chicago, 1930-39, 1941-42; Newcomb School of Art at Tulane University, 1940-41; service with a camouflage unit in the U.S. Army, 1942-45; classes at the Art Center School, Los Angeles, 1946-47; his teaching at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1947-54, and at the University of Houston, 1951-54, and his role as co-director of the Houston Contemporary Arts Association, 1948-50.
Biographical / Historical:
Robert Preusser (1919-1992) was a painter and art instructor from Houston, Texas and Cambridge, Massachusetts.
General:
Poor sound quality. The first 35 minutes of the interview have been lost.
Originally recorded on 1 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 7 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hr., 18 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:
Art -- Study and teaching -- Massachusetts  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching -- Texas -- Houston  Search this
Camouflage (Military science)  Search this
Painters -- Massachusetts -- Interviews  Search this
Painters -- Texas -- Houston -- Interviews  Search this
Painting -- Study and teaching  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.preuss91
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9d0f751ba-baf0-462a-afe1-d515af6a5df4
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-preuss91
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Alvin S. Romansky, 1979 September 17

Interviewee:
Romansky, Alvin S., 1907-1994  Search this
Interviewer:
Levy, Sandra Curtis  Search this
Subject:
Blaffer family  Search this
Calder, Alexander  Search this
Cullinan, Nina J.  Search this
Hayter, Stanley William  Search this
Menil, Dominique de  Search this
Menil, John de  Search this
Schiwetz, Edward Muegge  Search this
Contemporary Arts Association (Houston, Tex.)  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Alvin S. Romansky, 1979 September 17. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Art, American -- Texas -- Houston  Search this
Ceramicists -- Texas -- Houston -- Interviews  Search this
Collectors -- Texas -- Houston -- Interviews  Search this
Painters -- Texas -- Houston -- Interviews  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Theme:
Craft  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11762
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213234
AAA_collcode_romans79
Theme:
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_213234

Oral history interview with Ruth Pershing Uhler, 1965 May 11

Interviewee:
Uhler, Ruth Pershing, 1898-1969  Search this
Interviewer:
Loomis, Sylvia Glidden  Search this
Subject:
Index of American Design  Search this
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston  Search this
Public Works of Art Project (Tex.)  Search this
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Ruth Pershing Uhler, 1965 May 11. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Mural painting and decoration -- Texas  Search this
Arts administrators -- Texas -- Houston -- Interviews  Search this
Muralists -- Texas -- Houston -- Interviews  Search this
Painters -- Texas -- Houston -- Interviews  Search this
Women artists  Search this
African American women artists  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Theme:
New Deal  Search this
Women  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13087
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213736
AAA_collcode_uhler65
Theme:
New Deal
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_213736

Oral history interview with Ruth Pershing Uhler

Interviewee:
Uhler, Ruth Pershing, 1898-1969  Search this
Interviewer:
Loomis, Sylvia Glidden  Search this
Creator:
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Names:
Index of American Design  Search this
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston  Search this
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Public Works of Art Project (Tex.)  Search this
Extent:
11 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Date:
1965 May 11
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Ruth Pershing Uhler conducted 1965 May 11, by Sylvia Loomis, for the Archives of American Art.
Uhler speaks of her background and education; becoming involved with the Public Works of Art Project working on a mural project for the public library in Houston; going to work for the Museum of Fine Arts; the history of the Museum; the growth of its collection; the Index of American Design; the importance of the Museum of Fine Arts to the community.
Biographical / Historical:
Ruth Pershing Uhler (1898-1969) was a painter, mural painter, and art administrator from Houston, Texas.
General:
Interview of Victor Alessandro is also on this tape.
Provenance:
This interview conducted as part of the Archives of American Art's New Deal and the Arts project, which includes over 400 interviews of artists, administrators, historians, and others involved with the federal government's art programs and the activities of the Farm Security Administration in the 1930s and early 1940s.
Restrictions:
Use requires an appointment.
Topic:
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Mural painting and decoration -- Texas  Search this
Arts administrators -- Texas -- Houston -- Interviews  Search this
Muralists -- Texas -- Houston -- Interviews  Search this
Painters -- Texas -- Houston -- Interviews  Search this
Women artists  Search this
African American women artists  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.uhler65
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw90019d285-1503-45bc-9cea-4cfe445d4933
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-uhler65
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Alvin S. Romansky

Interviewee:
Romansky, Alvin S., 1907-1994  Search this
Interviewer:
Levy, Sandra Curtis  Search this
Names:
Contemporary Arts Association (Houston, Tex.)  Search this
Blaffer family  Search this
Calder, Alexander, 1898-1976  Search this
Cullinan, Nina J., 1896 or 9-1983  Search this
Hayter, Stanley William, 1901-1988  Search this
Menil, Dominique de  Search this
Menil, John de  Search this
Schiwetz, Edward Muegge, 1898-  Search this
Extent:
234 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1979 September 17
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Alvin S. Romansky conducted 1979 September 17, by Sandra Curtis Levy, for the Archives of American Art.
Romansky speaks of his history as a painter, ceramist, and collector; the art scene in Houston as he knew it; his political and law activities; artists and collectors who were his friends and associates; the Contemporary Arts Association; his European experiences; his personal philosophies; and the future of museums. He recalls the Blaffer family, Alexander Calder, Nina Cullinan, and John and Dominique de Menil; William Hayter and Buck Schiwetz.
Biographical / Historical:
Alvin S. Romansky (1907-1994) was a painter, ceramist, and collector of Houston, Tex.
General:
Originally recorded on 6 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 11 digital wav files. Duration is 6 hr., 43 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.
Microfilmed as part of the Archives of American Art's Texas project.
Restrictions:
Patrons must use transcript.
Topic:
Art, American -- Texas -- Houston  Search this
Ceramicists -- Texas -- Houston -- Interviews  Search this
Collectors -- Texas -- Houston -- Interviews  Search this
Painters -- Texas -- Houston -- Interviews  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.romans79
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9da0fee8e-39a4-4e30-b995-76efadd773ea
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-romans79
Online Media:

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