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Oral history interview with Lowery Stokes Sims

Interviewee:
Sims, Lowery Stokes  Search this
Interviewer:
Richards, Judith Olch  Search this
Creator:
Elizabeth Murray Oral History of Women in the Visual Arts Project  Search this
Names:
Elizabeth Murray Oral History of Women in the Visual Arts Project  Search this
Extent:
110 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2010 July 15-22
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Lowery Stokes Sims conducted 2010 July 15 and 22, by Judith Olch Richards, for the Archives of American Art's Elizabeth Murray Oral History of Women in the Visual Arts project, at Sims' home, in New York, N.Y.
Sims speaks of her family background; traveling to the south as a child; growing up in the Bronx and Queens, New York and being raised Catholic; the careers of her family members; her favorite subjects in elementary school; attending Queens College where she discovered art history; getting a sense of race and gender politics while earning her B.A. at Queens College; her participation in the "SEEK Program" which opened her up to African art and Black literature; her work at the Brooklyn Museum with Joy Sales teaching children about African art; the importance of her legacy and mentoring and working with other female African American art historians like Thelma Golden, Kellie Jones, and Leslie King-Hammond; her two-month trip to Europe following undergraduate school where she visited London, Greece, Turkey, Rome, and Amsterdam; her studies in Baltimore at Johns Hopkins University where she met David Boxer; completing her thesis on Africa architecture and her decision to leave the program upon receiving her Master's degree; the beginning of her career at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as an assistant museum educator and her work with Irvine MacManus and William Miller; her decision to become a curator at the Met; her interactions with Henry Geldzahler, Philippe de Montebello, and the Menil family; the racism and sexism she encountered in her experiences at the Met; her work on an American realist exhibition; conflicts between department heads at the Met; her work on the "Ellsworth Kelly: Recent Paintings and Sculptures" exhibition in 1979; Her work on a Robert Beverly Hale show; her difficulties in working on the 1979 Clyfford Still exhibition; attending Columbia University and teaching at Queens College; her decision to get her Ph.D. at the City University of New York, beginning in 1981 where she studied under Robert Pincus-Witten; her interest in Wifredo Lam beginning in 1982 and her introduction to his widow, Lou Laurin-Lam; her dissertation on Lam and her stay with Lou Laurin-Lam in the Bastille area of Paris in the spring of 1993; the completion of her Ph.D. in 1995; and the submission of her dissertation to the University of Texas Press and its publication in 2002. Sims also recalls her promotion to the position of associate curator at the Met in 1980 and her work to include more women and artists of color within the museum's collection; her work on a John Marin exhibition and "The '80s: A New Generation" exhibition of 1988; her collaboration with the American Federation of the Arts on a series of exhibitions in the 1980s; her work on Kaylynn Sullivan and Hannah Wilke for the "Art & Ideology," show in 1984; co-curating the show "Art as a Verb: The Evolving Continuum: Installations, Performances, and Videos by 13 African-American Artists" with Leslie King-Hammond at the Maryland Institute College of Art in 1988-89; her first major exhibition, "Stuart Davis: American Painter," in 1991 and her collaboration with William Agee and William Lieberman; her work on the "Richard Pousette-Dart, 1916-1992" show in 1997-98; and the "On the Roof" exhibitions at the Met and "Abakanowicz on the Roof" in 1999. Sims also discusses her decision to leave the Met and take a position as the executive director of the Studio Museum in Harlem in 2000; hiring Thelma Golden; the technological and financial progress made during her tenure; The Studio Museum's Artist-in Residence program; her work with the New York City Cultural Institutions Group; her work on the exhibitions "The Challenge of the Modern: African-American Artists 1925-1945" in 2003 and "Frederick J. Brown: Portraits in Jazz, Blues, and Other Icons" in 2002; her position as president of the Studio Museum; her part-time teaching work; the exhibitions "Second Lives: Remixing the Ordinary" in 2008-09, "Bigger, Better, More: The Art of Viola Frey" in 2010; "Dead or Alive" in 2010, and the "The Global Africa Project" from 2010-11; her work for the ArtTable organization; the changes she's seen in the art world since the beginning of her career; and her plans for future projects including a monograph on Robert Colescott.
Biographical / Historical:
Lowery Stokes Sims (1949- ) is a curator, art historian and art administator in New York, N.Y. Judith Olch Richards (1947- ) is former director of iCI in New York, N.Y.
General:
Originally recorded on 3 memory cards as 6 digital wav files. Duration is 5 hr., 40 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:
This transcript is open for research. Access to the entire recording is restricted. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Art historians -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art museum curators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
African American art museum curators  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.sims10
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9c01864b9-ef38-4c0c-a09e-111bd423fe21
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-sims10
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Oral history interview with Joel Shapiro and Ellen Phelan, 2009 March 3

Interviewee:
Shapiro, Joel, 1941-  Search this
Interviewer:
Richards, Judith Olch, 1947-  Search this
Subject:
Phelan, Ellen, 1943-  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15656
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)282386
AAA_collcode_shapir09
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_282386

Oral history interview with Joel Shapiro and Ellen Phelan

Interviewee:
Shapiro, Joel  Search this
Phelan, Ellen, 1943-  Search this
Interviewer:
Richards, Judith Olch  Search this
Extent:
55 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2009 March 3
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Joel Shapiro and Ellen Phelan conducted 2009 March 3, by Judith Olch Richards, for the Archives of American Art, at Shapiro's and Phelan's home, in New York, N.Y.
Biographical / Historical:
Joel Shapiro (1941- ) is a sculptor and Ellen Phelan (1943- ), Shapiro's wife, is a painter; they live and work in New York, N.Y. Judith Olch Richards (1947- ) is former executive director of iCI in New York, N.Y.
General:
Originally recorded on 2 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 9 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:
For information on how to access this interview contact Reference Services.
Occupation:
Sculptors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.shapir09
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9526efa0c-a456-4509-b8d3-894b7a934da7
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-shapir09
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Anne Rorimer

Interviewee:
Rorimer, Anne  Search this
Interviewer:
Richards, Judith Olch  Search this
Names:
Albright-Knox Art Gallery  Search this
Art Institute of Chicago -- Faculty  Search this
Bryn Mawr College -- Students  Search this
Elizabeth Murray Oral History of Women in the Visual Arts Project  Search this
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.) -- Employees  Search this
Victoria and Albert Museum  Search this
Acconci, Vito, 1940-  Search this
Asher, Michael  Search this
Broodthaers, Marcel  Search this
Buchloh, B. H. D.  Search this
Buren, Daniel  Search this
Castelli, Leo  Search this
D'Harnoncourt, Anne, 1943-2008  Search this
Geldzahler, Henry  Search this
Graham, Dan, 1942-  Search this
Hale, Robert Beverly, 1901-1985  Search this
Hesse, Eva, 1936-1970  Search this
Kuh, Katharine  Search this
LeWitt, Sol, 1928-2007  Search this
Lippard, Lucy R.  Search this
Lowry, Bates, 1923-  Search this
Maxon, John, 1916-  Search this
Morris, Robert, 1931-2018  Search this
Nauman, Bruce, 1941-  Search this
Newman, Muriel Kallis Steinberg  Search this
Rorimer, James J. (James Joseph), 1905-1966  Search this
Smith, Tony, 1912-1980  Search this
Speyer, A. James  Search this
Stamos, Theodoros, 1922-1997  Search this
Tucker, Marcia  Search this
Wegman, William  Search this
Weiner, Lawrence  Search this
Extent:
147 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2010 November 15-16
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Anne Rorimer conducted 2010 November 15-16, by Judith Olch Richards, for the Archives of American Art's Elizabeth Murray Oral History of Women in the Visual Arts project, at Rorimer's home, in Chicago, Illinois.
Rorimer speaks of her family background; her early life and education in New York City; her father, James Rorimer, and his influence as director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; college life at Bryn Mawr; how she became interested in modern art; her internship at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London after college; her master's degree thesis on Tony Smith; her job as a curator at the Albright-Knox Gallery and then at the Art Institute of Chicago; memorable exhibitions at the AIC throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, including the annual "American Exhibition," "Europe in the Seventies: Aspects of Recent Art," (1977), and "Idea and Image in Recent Art" (1974); her close relationship with Anne D'Harnoncourt; how she left the AIC in 1984 to write, "New Art in the '60s and 70s: Redefining Reality," (2001); her role in acquisitions of contemporary art at the AIC; her thoughts on art education; her work with collectors; the process of getting her book published and reactions to it; her curatorial projects in the 1980s and early 1990s that focused on conceptual art; her relationship with artists like Michael Asher and Daniel Buren; her extensive book collection; her thoughts on being a freelance curator and writer. She recalls Whitney Stoddard, Robert Beverly Hale, Theodoros Stamos, Leo Castelli, Henry Geldzahler, Anne D'Harnoncourt, Renee Marcuse, Bates Lowry, Tony Smith, Marcia Tucker, A. James Speyer, Bruce Nauman, Lawrence Weiner, Vito Acconci, William Wegman, Robert Morris, Lucy R. Lippard, Katharine Kuh, Sol Lewitt, John Maxon, Eva Hesse, Muriel Newman, Judith Kirschner, Dan Graham, Benjamin Buchloh, and Marcel Broodthaers.
Biographical / Historical:
Anne Rorimer (1944-) is a curator and art historian in Chicago, Illinois. Judith Olch Richards (1947-) is a former executive director of iCI in New York, New York.
General:
Originally recorded on 4 memory cards. Reformatted in 2010 as 6 digital wav files. Duration is 5 hr., 36 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 historians -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Interviews  Search this
Authors -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century  Search this
Conceptual art  Search this
Curators -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Interviews  Search this
Women art historians  Search this
Women authors  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.rorime10
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9377eddf5-b420-452e-8171-3b181c505e3d
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-rorime10
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Jack Whitten, 2009 December 1-3

Interviewee:
Whitten, Jack, 1939-2018  Search this
Interviewer:
Richards, Judith Olch, 1947-  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
African American artists  Search this
HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities)  Search this
Theme:
African American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15748
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)287093
AAA_collcode_whitte09
Theme:
African American
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_287093

Oral history interview with Pat Steir, 2008 March 1-2

Interviewee:
Steir, Pat, 1940-  Search this
Interviewer:
Richards, Judith Olch, 1947-  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Theme:
Women  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13682
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)274901
AAA_collcode_steir08
Theme:
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_274901
Online Media:

Oral history interview with William Wegman, 2008 March 8

Interviewee:
Wegman, William, 1943-  Search this
Interviewer:
Richards, Judith Olch, 1947-  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Photographers -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Theme:
Photography  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13690
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)276086
AAA_collcode_wegman08
Theme:
Photography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_276086

Oral history interview with Nancy Spero, 2008 February 6-July 24

Interviewee:
Spero, Nancy, 1926-2009  Search this
Interviewer:
Richards, Judith Olch, 1947-  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Theme:
Women  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13707
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)280320
AAA_collcode_spero08
Theme:
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_280320
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Ellen Phelan, 2008 Nov. 15-2009 Jan. 2

Interviewee:
Phelan, Ellen Denise, 1943-  Search this
Interviewer:
Richards, Judith Olch, 1947-  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Theme:
Women  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15651
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)282196
AAA_collcode_phelan08
Theme:
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_282196

Oral history interview with Robert Longo, 2009 January 30-31

Interviewee:
Longo, Robert, 1953-  Search this
Interviewer:
Richards, Judith Olch, 1947-  Search this
Subject:
Acconci, Vito  Search this
Alexander, Brooke  Search this
Bender, Gretchen  Search this
Brauntuch, Troy  Search this
Clough, Charles  Search this
Fink, Leonara  Search this
Fischer, Konrad  Search this
Gibson, William  Search this
Goldstein, Jack  Search this
Heiss, Alanna  Search this
Irwin, Robert  Search this
König, Kasper  Search this
Krims, Leslie  Search this
LeWitt, Sol  Search this
Malkin, Phil  Search this
Mazzoli, Emilio  Search this
McMann, Paul  Search this
Mullican, Matt  Search this
Ranieri, Dominic  Search this
Reeves, Keanu  Search this
Reiring, Janelle  Search this
Salle, David  Search this
Shea, Diane  Search this
Sherman, Cindy  Search this
Sukowa, Barbara  Search this
Winer, Helene  Search this
Zwack, Michael  Search this
Hallwalls (Museum)  Search this
Los Angeles County Museum of Art  Search this
Metro Pictures (Gallery)  Search this
Nassau Community College  Search this
State University of New York at Buffalo  Search this
University of North Texas  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Place:
France -- Paris -- description and travel
Italy -- description and travel
Topic:
Dyslexia  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Sculptors -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15649
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)282217
AAA_collcode_longo09
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_282217

Oral history interview with Carolee Schneemann, 2009 March 1

Interviewee:
Schneemann, Carolee, 1939-  Search this
Interviewer:
Richards, Judith Olch, 1947-  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Theme:
Women  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15672
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)282711
AAA_collcode_schnee09
Theme:
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_282711
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Dennis Oppenheim, 2009 June 23-24

Interviewee:
Oppenheim, Dennis, 1938-2011  Search this
Interviewer:
Richards, Judith Olch, 1947-  Search this
Subject:
Serra, Richard  Search this
Levai, Pierre  Search this
Aycock, Alice  Search this
Acconci, Vito  Search this
Lipski, Donald  Search this
Warhol, Andy  Search this
Sonnier, Keith  Search this
Nauman, Bruce  Search this
Irwin, Robert  Search this
Biennale di Venezia  Search this
Olympic Games (29th : 2008 : Beijing, China)  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Sculptors -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Abstract expressionism  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15693
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)283437
AAA_collcode_oppenh09
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_283437
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Beverly Pepper, 2009 Jul. 1-2

Interviewee:
Pepper, Beverly Stoll, 1922-2020  Search this
Interviewer:
Richards, Judith Olch, 1947-  Search this
Subject:
United States. General Services Administration. Design Excellence and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
Women sculptors  Search this
Theme:
Women  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15697
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)283468
AAA_collcode_pepper09
Theme:
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_283468
Online Media:

Oral history interview with May Stevens, 2009 August 10-11

Interviewee:
Stevens, May, 1924-  Search this
Interviewer:
Richards, Judith Olch, 1947-  Search this
Subject:
Baranik, Rudolf  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Feminism and art  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Theme:
Women  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15709
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)283568
AAA_collcode_steven09
Theme:
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_283568
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Peter Saul, 2009 Nov. 3-4

Interviewee:
Saul, Peter, 1934-  Search this
Interviewer:
Richards, Judith Olch, 1947-  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15737
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)286036
AAA_collcode_saul09
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_286036
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Judy Pfaff, 2010 Jan. 27-Feb. 4

Interviewee:
Pfaff, Judy, 1946-  Search this
Interviewer:
Richards, Judith Olch, 1947-  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Installations (Art)  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Theme:
Women  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15765
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)287545
AAA_collcode_pfaff10
Theme:
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_287545
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Joe Overstreet, 2010 Mar 17-18

Interviewee:
Overstreet, Joe, 1933-2019  Search this
Interviewer:
Richards, Judith Olch, 1947-  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
African American artists  Search this
African American painters  Search this
Civil rights  Search this
Theme:
African American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15786
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)288667
AAA_collcode_overst10
Theme:
African American
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_288667

Oral history interview with Joan Snyder, 2010 February 25-26

Interviewee:
Snyder, Joan, 1940-  Search this
Interviewer:
Richards, Judith Olch, 1947-  Search this
Subject:
Cammer, Maggie  Search this
Fink, Larry  Search this
Lippard, Lucy R.  Search this
Snyder-Fink, Molly  Search this
Wilke, Ulfert  Search this
Bykert Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Hirschl & Adler Galleries  Search this
Parsons School of Design  Search this
Rutgers University  Search this
School of Visual Arts (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Women Against War  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
AIDS (Disease) and the arts  Search this
Art, Abstract  Search this
Feminism  Search this
Feminism and art  Search this
Poverty  Search this
Social justice  Search this
Artists (LGBTQ)  Search this
Lesbian artists  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Theme:
Women  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15788
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)288669
AAA_collcode_snyder10
Theme:
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_288669
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Lorraine O'Grady, 2010 Apr. 12-15

Interviewee:
O'Grady, Lorraine, 1934-  Search this
Interviewer:
Richards, Judith Olch, 1947-  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
African American artists  Search this
Theme:
Women  Search this
African American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15793
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)288878
AAA_collcode_ogrady10
Theme:
Women
African American
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_288878

Oral history interview with Robert Moskowitz, 2010 Apr. 26-27

Interviewee:
Moskowitz, Robert, 1935-  Search this
Interviewer:
Richards, Judith Olch, 1947-  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15797
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)288892
AAA_collcode_moskow10
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_288892
Online Media:

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