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Oral history interview with Jason Berger, 1979 January 12-1980 February 1

Interviewee:
Berger, Jason, 1924-2010  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F  Search this
Subject:
Benda, Clemens E. (Clemens Ernst)  Search this
Bengtz, Ture  Search this
Bloom, Hyman  Search this
Fiedler, Leslie A.  Search this
Levine, Jack  Search this
Powers, Marilyn  Search this
Swetzoff, Hyman Wulf  Search this
Zadkine, Ossip  Search this
Zerbe, Karl  Search this
Art Institute of Boston  Search this
Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, Mass.)  Search this
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. School  Search this
State University of New York at Buffalo  Search this
United States. Army  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Place:
France -- description and travel
Topic:
Painting, Modern -- 20th century  Search this
Printmakers -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Interviews  Search this
Sculpture -- Study and teaching  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11976
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212523
AAA_collcode_berger79
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212523
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Oral history interview with Jason Berger

Interviewee:
Berger, Jason, 1924-2010  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F.  Search this
Names:
Art Institute of Boston -- Faculty  Search this
Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, Mass.)  Search this
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. School  Search this
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. School -- Faculty  Search this
State University of New York at Buffalo -- Faculty  Search this
United States. Army  Search this
Benda, Clemens E. (Clemens Ernst), 1898-  Search this
Bengtz, Ture, 1907-1973  Search this
Bloom, Hyman, 1913-  Search this
Fiedler, Leslie A.  Search this
Levine, Jack, 1915-2010  Search this
Powers, Marilyn, 1925-1976  Search this
Swetzoff, Hyman Wulf, 1920-1968  Search this
Zadkine, Ossip  Search this
Zerbe, Karl, 1903-1972  Search this
Extent:
2 Items (Sound recording: 2 sound files (2 hr., 5 min.), digital, wav file)
47 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Place:
France -- description and travel
Date:
1979 January 12-1980 February 1
Scope and Contents:
Interview of Jason Berger, conducted 1979 January 12 and 1980 February 1, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, in Brookline, Massachusetts.
Berger speaks of growing up in Massachusetts; serving in the Army during World War II; studying and teaching at the Museum School in Boston; marrying his wife, Marilyn Powers; studying sculpture in France; exhibiting at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston and other galleries; the art collective Direct Vision; being fired from the Museum School; and teaching at SUNY Buffalo and the Art Institute of Boston. Berger also recalls Karl Zerbe, Ture Bengtz, Hyman Bloom, Hyman Swetzoff, Jack Levine, Leslie Fiedler, Clemens Benda, Ossip Zadkine, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Jason Berger (1924-2010) is a painter and printmaker from Brookline, Massachusetts.
General:
Originally recorded on 1 tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 5 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:
Painters -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Interviews  Search this
Topic:
Painting, Modern -- 20th century  Search this
Printmakers -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Interviews  Search this
Sculpture -- Study and teaching  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.berger79
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9652d0b09-4b9e-4cbe-a848-52ae40aea227
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-berger79
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Oral history interview with Lawrence Kupferman

Interviewee:
Kupferman, Lawrence Edward, 1909-1982  Search this
Interviewer:
Swift, Geoffrey  Search this
Creator:
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Names:
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Extent:
32 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1965 Nov. 12
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Lawrence Kupferman conducted 1965 Nov. 12, by Geoffrey Swift, for the Archives of American Art.
Biographical / Historical:
Lawrence Kupferman (1909-1982) was a painter and printmaker from Newton Centre, Mass. Born in Boston. Studied at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School.
General:
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 1 min.
Provenance:
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.
Occupation:
Painters -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Interviews  Search this
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- History -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Printmakers -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.kupfer65
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9ddd2d26d-0fe1-4576-bde0-e1e69f20cadd
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-kupfer65
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Oral history interview with Otis Philbrick, 1971 June 30

Interviewee:
Philbrick, Otis, 1888-1973  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Educators -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Interviews  Search this
Printmakers -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12245
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213007
AAA_collcode_philbr71
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_213007

Oral history interview with Lawrence Kupferman, 1965 Nov. 12

Interviewee:
Kupferman, Lawrence Edward, 1909-1982  Search this
Interviewer:
Swift, Geoffrey  Search this
Subject:
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- History -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Printmakers -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Interviews  Search this
Theme:
New Deal  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12332
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212863
AAA_collcode_kupfer65
Theme:
New Deal
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212863

Oral history interview with Lawrence Kupferman, 1971 June 10

Interviewee:
Kupferman, Lawrence Edward, 1909-1982  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F  Search this
Subject:
Tyler, Joyce  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- History -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Printmakers -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12450
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212864
AAA_collcode_kupfer71
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212864

Sears Gallagher papers

Creator:
Gallagher, Sears, 1869-1955  Search this
Extent:
1.1 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Drawings
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Sketchbooks
Date:
circa 1882-2010
Summary:
The papers of draftsman, printmaker, and illustrator, Sears Gallagher measure 1.1 linear feet and date from circa 1882-2010. The collection consists of biographical information including awards and a scholarly biography; correspondence, primarily professional in nature, documenting the placement of works; professional files that document the management of studio practices including the printmaking process and the distribution and sale of prints; scrapbooks chronicling Gallagher's professional and family history in the form of clippings, photographs, and correspondence; printed material including clippings and commercial prints of watercolors; photographs including those of the artist and his studio; and artwork including numerous drawings on paper and sketchbooks documenting key moments of travel and artistic production.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of draftsman, printmaker, and illustrator, Sears Gallagher measure 1.1 linear feet and date from circa 1882-2010. The collection consists of biographical information including awards and a scholarly biography; correspondence, primarily professional in nature, documenting the placement of works; professional files that document the management of studio practices including the printmaking process and the distribution and sale of prints; scrapbooks chronicling Gallagher's professional and family history in the form of clippings, photographs, and correspondence; printed material including clippings and commercial prints of watercolors; photographs including those of the artist and his studio; and artwork including numerous drawings on paper and sketchbooks documenting key moments of travel and artistic production.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged in seven series:

Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1915-2010 (0.2 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 2: Correspondence, circa 1907-1929 (0.1 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 3: Personal Business Records, circa 1910-1939 (0.1 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 4: Scrapbooks, circa 1894-1938 (0.2 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 5: Printed Material, circa 1910-1940s (0.1 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 6: Photographic Material, circa 1900-2000 (0.1 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 7: Artwork, circa 1880-1939 (0.3 linear feet; Box 1, OV2)
Biographical / Historical:
Sears Gallagher (1869-1955) was a draftsman, printmaker, and illustrator born in Boston. After displaying considerable artistic talent in drawing as a child, Gallagher went on to study with the Italian-born Boston-based painter Tommaso Juglaris (1844–1925) from 1887 to 1889. Shortly after marrying Charlotte Dodge in 1895 the couple embarked for Paris where Gallagher pursued further artistic training at the Academie Julian. Gallagher's style evolved with an influence of the French Impressionists, and two of his watercolors were featured in the 1896 Paris Salon. Sears Gallagher achieved considerable popular success thanks to the sales and publishing of his prints, and he exhibited regularly in Boston with occasional shows in New York City until the 1940s. Gallagher was a founder of the Monhegan art colony in Maine, which is the setting of many of his popular works.
Provenance:
The Sears Gallagher papers were donated to the Archives of American Art in 2018 by Anne Burr Czepiel, granddaughter of Sears Gallagher.
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.
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.
Occupation:
Draftsmen (artists) -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Illustrators--Massachusetts--Boston  Search this
Printmakers--Massachusetts--Boston  Search this
Topic:
Artists' studios--Photographs  Search this
Genre/Form:
Drawings
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Sketchbooks
Citation:
Sears Gallagher Papers, circa 1882-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.gallsear
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Sears Gallagher papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9c7321d10-1fee-4414-a353-610aa2f131ff
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-gallsear

Allan Rohan Crite papers

Creator:
Crite, Allan Rohan, 1910-2007  Search this
Extent:
2 Microfilm reels
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Microfilm reels
Date:
1930-1982
Scope and Contents:
This microfilm of the papers of African American painter Allan Rohan Crite consists of correspondence; biographical material; writings, including lecture transcripts; photocopies of print series with explanatory matter; clippings; photographs; and All Glory, a publication by Crite.
Biographical / Historical:
Allan Rohan Crite (1910-2007) was an African American painter and printmaker in Boston, Massachusetts. He studied at Boston University, the Massachusetts School of Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School, and Harvard University. Crite is best known for his religious illustrations, but also chronicled African American life in Boston in the 1930s-1940s. During the Depression, Crite developed a series of "neighborhood paintings" insprired by Boston's African American community.
Provenance:
Lent for microfilming, 1986, by the Afro-American Cultural Museum, Philadelpia, Pa, which received the papers from Crite.
Restrictions:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Occupation:
Painters -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Printmakers -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Topic:
Genre painting -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Christian art and symbolism  Search this
African American artists  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.critalla
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9a8e48d22-d345-414d-b3a6-e9d4ac2d9e77
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-critalla

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
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Elizabeth Saltonstall

Interviewee:
Saltonstall, Elizabeth, 1900-1990  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F.  Search this
Names:
Boston Society of Independent Artists  Search this
Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, Mass.)  Search this
Institute of Modern Art (Boston, Mass.)  Search this
Milton Academy (Milton, Mass.) -- Faculty  Search this
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. School  Search this
Windsor School (Boston, Mass.) -- Faculty  Search this
Windsor School (Boston, Mass.) -- Students  Search this
Benson, Frank Weston, 1862-1951  Search this
Bosley, Frederick A., 1881-1942  Search this
Chase, Frank Swift, 1886-1958  Search this
Clark, Henry Hunt  Search this
Cross, Anson K., 1862-1944  Search this
Hale, Philip Leslie, 1865-1931  Search this
James, Alexander, 1890-1946  Search this
Miller, George Charles, b. 1894  Search this
Presser, Josef, 1909-1967  Search this
Saltonstall, Nathaniel, 1903-1968  Search this
Thompson, Leslie P.  Search this
Wengenroth, Stow, 1906-1978  Search this
Extent:
34 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Date:
1981 November 18
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Elizabeth Saltonstall conducted 1981 November 18, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art.
Saltonstall discusses her experiences with art as a child in Boston (mentioning Frank Weston Benson as an influence) and her subsequent art education at the Winsor School, the art school of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and independent study in Paris. She remembers the various teaching styles of the Museum School faculty (Frederick A. Bosley, Henry Hunt Clark, Anson K. Cross, Philip Leslie Hale, Alexander James, and Leslie P. Thompson), especially as they contrasted with French teaching methods. She also speaks of her teachers in France and on Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket (including Frank Swift Chase), and recalls some of her co-students (including Josef Presser). Particular mention is made of a lithography workshop taught by Stow Wengenroth, and of George C. Miller, who printed her lithography stones. Her cousin, Nathaniel Saltonstall, is discussed as a patron of the arts, especially his contributions to the establishment of the Institute of Modern Art [Institute of Contemporary Art] in Boston. She touches also on her own teaching career at Winsor School and Milton Academy, and her involvement with the Boston Society of Independent Artists and the Grace Horn Gallery.
Biographical / Historical:
Elizabeth Saltonstall (1900-1990) was a painter, printmaker, and instructor of Chestnut Hill, Mass.
General:
Originally recorded on 1 sound cassette. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 25 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:
Art teachers -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Printmakers--Massachusetts--Boston  Search this
Painters -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Art patrons -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Study and teaching -- France -- Paris  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching -- Massachusetts  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Women printmakers  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.salton81
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9599f68e3-0aba-4b7f-91d7-e84662b73f90
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-salton81
Online Media:

Oral history interview with John Wilson

Interviewee:
Wilson, John, 1922-2015  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F.  Search this
Names:
Boston University. School of Fine and Applied Arts  Search this
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. School  Search this
Aronson, David, 1923-2015  Search this
Bengtz, Ture, 1907-1973  Search this
Gaither, Edmund B.  Search this
Hurwitz, Sidney, 1932-  Search this
Kay, Reed  Search this
Kramer, Jack  Search this
Lewis, Elma  Search this
Léger, Fernand, 1881-1955  Search this
Rivera, Diego, 1886-1957  Search this
Siqueiros, David Alfaro  Search this
Zerbe, Karl, 1903-1972  Search this
Extent:
497 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1993 March 11-1994 August 16
Scope and Contents:
An interview of John Woodrow Wilson conducted 1993 March-1994 August, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art.
Wilson discusses his childhood as a member of a family of middle class blacks from British Guiana (now Guyana); his father's grave disappointments in the face of racial discrimination; his parents' push for their children to succeed; early urge to read and draw; encouragement by School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston students who taught at the Roxbury Boys Club; his secondary education; and friends.
He talks about his education at the MFA School, Boston, and comments on such teachers as Ture Bengtz and Karl Zerbe and compares their exacting methods with those of Fernand Leger, his teacher in Paris.
His work of the 1940s prior to going to Paris; the importance of early awards and sales received while still a student at the MFA School; the excitement of sharing a studio with fellow students, Francesco Carbone and Leo Prince; and encouragement to stay in school during WW II with the promise of a European study fellowship after the war.
The great impact of his years in Paris (1948-49); the lack of racial prejudice; the liberating effect of Leger's teaching; his awe of the work of Masaccio and Piero della Francesca during a trip to Italy; and the deep impression made on him by seeing tribal art in the Musee de l'Homme, Paris.
Continued discussion of Leger; his teaching methods; and influences on his work.
His first teaching position at the MFA School; his involvement in civil rights in Boston; his gregariousness and the use of his studio as a meeting place for artists and political activists; his involvement with socialism in Boston and New York; and working in a socialist children's camp. He remembers meeting Paul Robeson, Charles White, Elizabeth Catlett, and Bob Blackburn, who was then setting up his printmaking atelier in New York; marriage to a fellow socialist (June 1950); move to Mexico on a fellowship to study with Jose Orozco on the advice of Leger, only to find that Orozco had died; terrors of travel as an interracial couple through the U.S.; and different racial attitudes in Mexico and the U.S.
Living in Mexico (1950-56) and anecdotes of David Alfaro Siqueiros and Diego Rivera; his wife's meeting with Frieda Kahlo and seeing her collection of folk art; their free and cosmopolitan, if impoverished, life in Mexico; his work in a printmaking atelier and on the production of frescoes, and a lengthy aside about his brilliant brother, Freddie, who because he was black was not allowed to pursue his first love, geology, for many years.
Continued discussion of his experiences in Mexico; the dreary year (1957) he spent doing commercial art for a meatpackers' union in Chicago, a city he disliked; his move to New York in 1958, taking on commercial work to support his family, and teaching anatomy at the Pratt Institute.
Teaching art at a junior high school in the Bronx, and his gaining respect of students through special projects; teaching drawing at Boston University (1965-86), his approach to teaching including his demanding standards, the seriousness of the students, his opposing rigid attendance and grading rules, and colleagues, such as David Aronson who had created the School, Reed Kay, Jack Kramer, Sidney Hurwitz, and the University president, John Silber.
Working with the black arts entrepreneur, Elma Lewis, in setting up a visual arts program for the Boston black community (late 1960s-1970s), including the selection of a curator, Edmund Barry Gaither, a young art historian, who eventually established a museum of African-American art; his participation in various black art exhibitions, despite his belief that art should be seen regardless of the ethnic origins of artists; his move toward sculpture, beginning in the early 1960s, as a medium most expressive of black persons, culminating in the 1980s in a series of colossal heads and a statue of Martin Luther King, Jr. for the U.S. Capitol (1985-86); and why he makes art and will so long as he is able.
Biographical / Historical:
John Wilson (1922- ) is an African American painter, sculptor, illustrator, printmaker, and educator from Boston, Massachusetts. Full name John Woodrow Wilson.
General:
Originally recorded on 11 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 22 digital wav files. Duration is 16 hr., 2 min.
Uneven transcription reflects Wilson's unusual speech pattern.
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 and microfilming of the interview provided by the Newland Foundation.
Occupation:
Painters -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Educators -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Printmakers -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Sculptors -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Topic:
African American artists  Search this
African American educators  Search this
African American painters  Search this
African American printmakers  Search this
African American sculptors  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.wilson93
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9f3601751-82e4-488d-b246-deda68bea613
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-wilson93
Online Media:

Ruth E. Winn research material on Carl Nelson

Creator:
Winn, Ruth E.  Search this
Names:
Nelson, Carl Gustaf, 1898-1988  Search this
Extent:
0.2 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1944-1996
Scope and Contents:
Correspondence, newspaper clippings; biographical material concerning Carl Nelson; and Winn's unpublished manuscript, "Carl G. Nelson: A Portrait."
Biographical / Historical:
Nelson was a painter, printmaker, and instructor; Boston, Mass. and Cranberry Isles, Me. He was born in Horby, Skane, Sweden, Jan. 5, 1898; he died Aug. 6, 1988 in Elmhurst, Ill.
Provenance:
Donated 1998 by Ruth E. Winn.
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.
Rights:
Manuscript: "Carl G. Nelson: A Portrait": Authorization to publish, quote or reproduce requires written permission from Ruth E. Winn. Contact Reference Services for more information.
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.
Occupation:
Painters -- Maine  Search this
Painters -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Printmakers -- Maine  Search this
Printmakers -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.winnruth
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw93d9297a3-3e54-409f-8994-69c191c07dc9
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-winnruth

Oral history interview with Otis Philbrick

Creator:
Philbrick, Otis, 1888-1973  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F.  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound tape reel (Sound recording: (39 p. transcript), 5 in.)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound tape reels
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1971 June 30
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Otis Philbrick conducted 1971 June 30, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art.
Biographical / Historical:
Otis Philbrick (1888-1973) was a painter, printmaker, educator from Boston, Mass.
General:
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 1 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 38 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives' 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:
Painters -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Interviews  Search this
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Educators -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Interviews  Search this
Printmakers -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.philbr71
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9babe7b78-9a01-4fb4-b34b-c333727120ca
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-philbr71
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Lawrence Kupferman

Interviewee:
Kupferman, Lawrence Edward, 1909-1982  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F.  Search this
Tyler, Joyce  Search this
Extent:
47 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1971 June 10
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Lawrence Kupferman conducted 1971 June 10, by Robert Brown and Joyce Tyler, for the Archives of American Art. Kupferman discusses his studies, his work, printmaking, cinema paintings, teaching, the Institute of Contemporary Art, the art scene in Boston, the painter and the public, his family, and other artists.
Biographical / Historical:
Lawrence Kupferman (1909-1982) was a painter and printmaker from Newton Centre, Mass. He was born in Boston and studied at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School.
General:
Originally recorded on 2 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hrs., 7 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives' 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:
Painters -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Interviews  Search this
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- History -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Printmakers -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.kupfer71
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw94b0c9abe-c7ff-440b-913d-801929784599
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-kupfer71
Online Media:

Samuel Thal papers

Creator:
Thal, Samuel, 1903-1964  Search this
Extent:
1 Reel (ca. 150 items (on partial microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Reels
Date:
1942-1976
Scope and Contents:
Biographical information; correspondence; sketchbooks; a file on the [Jacques] Maroger medium, including instructions for preparation, receipts for materials, and clippings; Thal's notes on his paintings and prints; press releases; loan receipts; and an exhibition catalog.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter, etcher, sculptor; Boston, Mass. Thal was a follower of Maroger's medium, which is a painting technique based on that of the Old Masters and "rediscovered" by Parisian artist Jacques Maroger. It involves the use of a special resin and oil emulsion in colloidal solution with pigment.
Provenance:
Lent 1982 by Anna Thal, Thal's daughter.
Restrictions:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Occupation:
Educators -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Painters -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Printmakers -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Sculptors -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Topic:
Engraving -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Painting -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.thalsamu
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9a157d1e7-29a6-4869-926d-7e8f55a73800
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-thalsamu

Bernard Rost papers relating to Letterio Calapai

Creator:
Rost, Bernard  Search this
Names:
Calapai, Letterio, 1902-1993  Search this
Extent:
0.2 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1950-1992
Scope and Contents:
Letters, notes, a subject file, photographs, and printed material collected by Bernard Rost regarding realist painter and printmaker Letterio Calapai. Letters are to Rost from Calapai and his wife Jean. Writings include Rost's notes from a visit with Calapai on June 13, 1989. A subject file consists of material concerning The Workshop Gallery of Letterio Calapai. Slides and photographs are of Calapai, his family, and works of art. Printed material includes catalogs and newspaper clippings about Calapai.
Biographical / Historical:
Bernard Rost was a collector of Letterio Calapai's works of art.
Provenance:
Donated 2016 by the Bernard Post Estate via Keith Bringe, executor.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Occupation:
Painters -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Printmakers -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.rostbern
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9c70606a0-207d-4487-8831-afce40e9fd3c
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-rostbern

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