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Interview Transcripts

Collection Creator:
Smithson, Robert  Search this
Extent:
11 Folders (Box 2)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1966-1973
Scope and Contents note:
This series includes nine interview transcripts with Robert Smithson. Topics include his general philosophy on art; contemporary art in relation to its historical context; non-sites, earthworks, entropy, space, and structures; the relationship between artists and dealers, museums, and collectors; and his most influential works, including Spiral Jetty, Broken Circle, and Spiral Hill.

The Alan Kaprow and Rodger Katan transcript (1966) focuses on the relationship between museums and contemporary art. The transcript with Dennis Wheeler (1969-1970) consists of 4 taped, informal sessions discussing Smithson's general philosophy on art, non-sites, and specific projects. In the Paul Toner transcript (1970), Smithson discusses earthworks, mirror displacements, non-sites, and art's historical context. The Gregorie Muller transcript [1971] focuses on the background and construction of Broken Circle and Spiral Hill. The Art Institute of Chicago transcript (1971) records Smithson's question and answer session with the audience after a showing of his films Swamp and Spiral Jetty. In the Bruce Kurtz transcript (1972), Smithson informally discusses artists' relationships with dealers, museums, and collectors; gallery art's general separation from nature; capitalism's influence and intersection with art; and his 1966 airport projects.

The Stella Russell (1973) transcript focuses on Spiral Jetty, Broken Circle, and Spiral Hill. In the Alison Sky transcript (1973), Smithson discusses his thoughts on entropy, the act of building, and its intersection with the architectural and engineering mechanics of structure. In Smithson's transcript with two unidentified students (1973), he discusses modernism and the branching off of developing contemporary art; public sculpture; historical context, theory, linguistics, and humanism; and thoughts on his own writings. The transcript with Moira Roth (1973) focuses on Duchamp and conceptual art.

There is also a full transcript of the Andrew Dickson White Museum's Earth Art Symposium (1969) with the following participating artists: Mike Hiezer, Dennis Oppenheim, Robert Smithson, Neil Jenney, Gunther Uecker, Jan Dibbets, Richard Long, and Hans Haacke.
Arrangement note:
This series is arranged in chronological order by year of the interview.
Collection Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Researchers interested in accessing audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies. Periodicals, and phonographs from Robert Smithson's personal library are currently stored offsite. Contact References Services for more information.
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.
The donor has retained all intellectual property rights, including copyright, that they may own in the following material: two holiday cards found in box 11, folders 23-24.
Collection Citation:
Robert Smithson and Nancy Holt papers, 1905-1987, bulk 1952-1987. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.smitrobe, Series 3
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Robert Smithson and Nancy Holt papers
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Archives of American Art
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Minute Man National Historic Park

Designer:
Paul Rand, American, 1914–1996  Search this
Client:
National Park Service  Search this
Medium:
Offset lithograph on white wove paper
Dimensions:
106.7 x 71.1 cm (42 x 28 in. )
Type:
graphic design
Poster
Object Name:
Poster
Date:
1974
Credit Line:
Gift of Ken Friedman
Accession Number:
1997-19-244
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq49e74ebf0-17db-4004-811b-5406d07e7d23
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1997-19-244

Minute Man National Historic Park

Designer:
Paul Rand, American, 1914–1996  Search this
Medium:
Offset lithograph on white wove paper
Dimensions:
106.8 x 71.1 cm (42 1/16 x 28 in.)
Type:
graphic design
Poster
Object Name:
Poster
Made in:
Washington, D.C., USA
Date:
ca. 1974
Credit Line:
Gift of Paul Rand
Accession Number:
1991-69-63
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq4b8f5a671-baf2-4f51-9115-0b6f77377ca5
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1991-69-63
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Samson Feldman greeting card to George Sugarman

Creator:
Feldman, Samson  Search this
Sugarman, George, 1912-1999  Search this
Feldman, Samson  Search this
Subject:
Sugarman, George  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Place:
Baltimore, Md.
Date:
ca. 1978
Topic:
Public sculpture  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)10410
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George Sugarman papers, 1912-2001
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Archives of American Art
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Katharine Weems being introduced at the unveiling ceremony for her rhino sculptures at Harvard

Creator:
Harvard Film Service  Search this
Harvard Film Service  Search this
Subject:
Weems, Katharine Ward Lane  Search this
Harvard University  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1937 May 12
Topic:
Public sculpture  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)10959
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Katharine Lane Weems papers, 1865-1989
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Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_10959
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Scale drawing of rhinoceros sculpture

Creator:
Weems, Katharine Ward Lane, 1899-1989  Search this
Weems, Katharine Ward Lane, 1899-1989  Search this
Type:
Artworks
Date:
circa 1935
Topic:
Animals  Search this
Public sculpture  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)11258
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Katharine Lane Weems papers, 1865-1989
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Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_11258

"Baltimore Federal," a sculpture by George Sugarman

Creator:
Mikolas, Mark, 1945-  Search this
Mikolas, Mark, 1945-  Search this
Subject:
Sugarman, George  Search this
Type:
Videorecording
Date:
1977
Topic:
Public sculpture  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)11666
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George Sugarman papers, 1912-2001
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Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_11666

"Politics of memory" panel discussion

Creator:
Washington Project for the Arts (D.C.)  Search this
Washington Project for the Arts (D.C.)  Search this
Subject:
Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975  Search this
Type:
Sound Recording
Date:
1987 November 5
Topic:
Public sculpture  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)12059
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Washington Project for the Arts records, [ca. 1975-1990.]
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Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_12059

Fountain of the Centaurs (Eastern side), Jefferson City, Missouri

Creator:
De Witt Ward studio  Search this
De Witt Ward studio  Search this
Subject:
Bitter, Karl Theodore Francis  Search this
Weinman, Adolph A. (Adolph Alexander)  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Place:
Jefferson City, Missouri
Date:
ca. 1926
Topic:
Public sculpture  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)8822
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Adolph A. Weinman papers, 1890-1959
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_8822

Fountain of the Centaurs (Western side), Jefferson City, Missouri

Creator:
De Witt Ward studio  Search this
De Witt Ward studio  Search this
Subject:
Bitter, Karl Theodore Francis  Search this
Weinman, Adolph A. (Adolph Alexander)  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Place:
Jefferson City, Missouri
Date:
between 1923 and 1930
Topic:
Public sculpture  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)8824
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Adolph A. Weinman papers, 1890-1959
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_8824

Interview with John Rhoden

Creator:
Rhoden, John (John W.), 1918-2001  Search this
Rolick, Esther G., 1922-2008  Search this
Rhoden, John (John W.), 1918-2001  Search this
Subject:
Rhoden, John (John W.)  Search this
Type:
Sound Recording
Date:
1970
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)11745
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Esther G. Rolick papers, 1940-1985
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_11745

Robert Indiana photograph sent to Louise Nevelson

Subject:
Indiana, Robert  Search this
Nevelson, Louise  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Place:
Boston, Mass.
Date:
1971
Topic:
Public sculpture  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)15565
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Louise Nevelson papers, circa 1903-1982
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_15565
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Hildreth Meière footage of murals and friezes at the 1939 New York World's Fair

Creator:
Meiere, M. Hildreth (Marie Hildreth), 1892-1961  Search this
Meiere, M. Hildreth (Marie Hildreth), 1892-1961  Search this
Subject:
New York World's Fair (1939-1940 : New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Type:
Motion Picture Film
Date:
1939
Topic:
Murals  Search this
Public sculpture  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)16800
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Hildreth Meière papers, 1901-2011, bulk 1911-1960
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_16800

A group of students admiring a sculpture by John Chamberlain

Photographer:
Waldinger, Conrad  Search this
Waldinger, Conrad  Search this
Subject:
Chamberlain, John Angus  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
ca. 1967
Topic:
Public sculpture  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)13338
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Leo Castelli Gallery records, circa 1880-2000, bulk 1957-1999
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_13338
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Edward Beatty Rowan, Washington, D.C. letter to Chaim Gross, New York, N.Y.

Creator:
Rowan, Edward Beatty, 1898-1946  Search this
Gross, Chaim, 1904-1991  Search this
Rowan, Edward Beatty, 1898-1946  Search this
Subject:
United States. Dept. of the Treasury. Section of Painting and Sculpture  Search this
Great Depression  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Place:
Washington, D.C.
Date:
1935 May 31
Topic:
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
New Deal, 1933-1939  Search this
Public sculpture  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)11037
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Chaim Gross papers, 1920-2004
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_11037
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Monument dedicated to Rough Rider Buckey O'Neill, by Solon Borglum in Prescott, Arizona

Subject:
O'Neill, William Owen  Search this
United States. Army. Volunteer Cavalry, 1st  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Place:
Prescott, Ariz.
Date:
ca. 1906
Topic:
Monuments  Search this
Public sculpture  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)11668
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Solon H. Borglum and Borglum family papers, 1864-2002
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Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_11668
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A step toward civilization by Solon Borglum

Subject:
Louisiana Purchase Exposition  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
not before 1904
Topic:
American Indians in art  Search this
Public sculpture  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)11670
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Solon H. Borglum and Borglum family papers, 1864-2002
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Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_11670
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The American Pioneer, A Reverie by Solon Borglum

Subject:
Panama-Pacific International Exposition (1915 : San Francisco, Calif.)  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
ca. 1915
Topic:
Public sculpture  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)11671
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Solon H. Borglum and Borglum family papers, 1864-2002
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Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_11671
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Interview with Oliver Andrews, episode 14 of the Dialogues in art television series

Creator:
Andrews, Oliver, 1925-1978  Search this
Biberman, Edward, 1904-1986  Search this
Andrews, Oliver, 1925-1978  Search this
Subject:
Andrews, Oliver  Search this
Type:
Sound Recording
Date:
1967 or 1968
Topic:
Public sculpture  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)15277
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Edward Biberman papers, 1939-1985
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_15277

Detail of Jose de Creeft's sculpture Alice in Wonderland in Central Park

Subject:
De Creeft, José  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Place:
Central Park (New York, N.Y.)
Date:
1959?
Topic:
Public sculpture  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)15703
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José de Creeft papers, 1871-2004, bulk 1910-1990
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_15703
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