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Oral history interview with Tommy Simpson, 2004 May 6-July 2

Interviewee:
Simpson, Tommy, 1939-  Search this
Interviewer:
Cooke, Edward S., 1954-  Search this
Subject:
Castle, Wendell  Search this
Maloof, Sam  Search this
Maruyama, Wendy  Search this
McKie, Judy Kensley  Search this
Newman, Richard, (Artist)  Search this
Sepeshy, Zoltan  Search this
Smith, Paul J.  Search this
Zucca, Edward  Search this
Boston University. Program in Artisanry  Search this
Cranbrook Academy of Art  Search this
Museum of Arts and Design (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Northern Illinois University  Search this
University of Hartford  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Place:
China -- description and travel
Europe -- description and travel
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Tommy Simpson, 2004 May 6-July 2. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Decorative arts  Search this
Furniture making -- Study and teaching  Search this
Painting -- Study and teaching  Search this
Theme:
Craft  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11632
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)248743
AAA_collcode_simpso04
Theme:
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_248743
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Tommy Simpson

Interviewee:
Simpson, Tommy  Search this
Interviewer:
Cooke, Edward S., 1954-  Search this
Creator:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Names:
Boston University. Program in Artisanry -- Faculty  Search this
Cranbrook Academy of Art -- Students  Search this
Museum of Arts and Design (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Northern Illinois University -- Students  Search this
University of Hartford -- Faculty  Search this
Castle, Wendell, 1932-2018  Search this
Maloof, Sam  Search this
Maruyama, Wendy, 1952-  Search this
McKie, Judy Kensley, 1944-  Search this
Newman, Richard, (Artist)  Search this
Sepeshy, Zoltan, 1898-1974  Search this
Smith, Paul J., 1931-  Search this
Zucca, Edward  Search this
Extent:
6 Items (Sound recording: 6 sound files (3 hr., 54 min.), digital, wav)
89 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Place:
China -- Description and Travel
Europe -- description and travel
Date:
2004 May 6-July 2
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Tommy Simpson conducted 2004 May 6-July 2, by Edward S. Cooke, Jr., for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America.
Simpson speaks of growing up in rural Illinois; making things as a child; discovering his interest in art at Northern Illinois University; getting an MFA in painting at Cranbrook Academy of Art; using the wood shop at Cranbrook; exhibiting at various galleries in New York City and moving to Connecticut; showing work in the "Fantasy Furniture" exhibit at the Museum of Arts & Design; visiting Europe; the New York studio furniture market in the 1960s; writing the book, "Fantasy Furniture"; exhibiting in "Objects USA;" working as artist in residence at the Fairtree Gallery; teaching at the University of Hartford; his work ethic and productivity; living and working in Greenwich, Connecticut; the constraints of being classified as a furniture maker; teaching briefly at the Program In Artisanry and other schools; the increased public interest in fine woodworking in the 1980s; changes in the craft market; writing the book, "Two Looks to Home"; the influence of events on his work; his current interest in making whole interiors; working on commission; the current public interest in craft; expressing themes in his work; his working process in his studio; the future of fine woodworking; the difficulties of working with galleries; designing rugs; and visiting China. Simpson also recalls Zoltan Sepeshy, Wendell Castle, Paul Smith, Sam Maloof, Edward Zucca, Wendy Maruyama, Richard Newman, Judy McKie, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Tommy Simpson (1939- ) is a furniture maker and sculptor from Washington Depot, Connecticut. Edward S. Cooke, Jr. is a professor from Newtonville, Massachusetts.
General:
Originally recorded on 4 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 6 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 54 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:
Cabinetmakers  Search this
Sculptors -- Connecticut  Search this
Topic:
Decorative arts  Search this
Furniture making -- Study and teaching  Search this
Painting -- Study and teaching  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.simpso04
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw95d21c644-be78-4a66-83ff-e67f648199b8
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-simpso04
Online Media:

Indian Lullaby

Artist:
Tommy Simpson, American, b. Elgin, Illinois, 1939  Search this
Medium:
Opaque watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
image: 8 1/16 × 9 9/16 in. (20.5 × 24.3 cm) sheet: 12 1/8 × 9 9/16 in. (30.8 × 24.3 cm)
Type:
Drawing
Date:
1974
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, The Joseph H. Hirshhorn Bequest, 1981
Accession Number:
86.4394
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection
Data Source:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/py23f16b088-4919-47d2-b767-fe47d7785cef
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:hmsg_86.4394

G.W. Cabinet

Artist:
Tommy Simpson, born Elgin, IL 1939  Search this
Medium:
hand-built and painted poplar, basswood, metal, and gold foil with oil-based glaze
Dimensions:
74 x 33 x 19 in. (188.0 x 83.8 x 48.3 cm)
Type:
Decorative Arts-Furniture
Crafts
Date:
1994
Topic:
Landscape\tree  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the James Renwick Alliance
Copyright:
© 1994, Tommy Simpson
Object number:
1995.13
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Renwick Gallery
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk7fbb41667-25cf-4c17-8a91-6c19503404a4
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1995.13

Kiss the Cook

Artist:
Tommy Simpson, born Elgin, IL 1939  Search this
Medium:
constructed spalted maple, English oak, figured soft maple, lacewood, cherry, walnut, mahogany, and bone
Dimensions:
67 x 28 x 21 in. (170.2 x 71.1 x 53.3 cm)
Type:
Decorative Arts
Crafts
Date:
1992-1993
Topic:
Object\written matter  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Daphne Farago
Copyright:
© 1993, Tommy Simpson
Object number:
2000.94
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Renwick Gallery
On View:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 55A
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk73856f712-b7f4-49ba-b734-8a8192155bf0
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_2000.94

Tommy Simpson

Title:
Tommys
Author:
Simpson, Tommy  Search this
Subject:
Simpson, Tommy Catalogs  Search this
Physical description:
22 p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Date:
1994
C1994
Topic:
Wood-carving  Search this
Call number:
NK9798.S61 A4 1994
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_486438

Slurring at bottom a printer's book of errors Robin Price [and] Emily K. Larned

Title:
Printer's book of errors
Author:
Price, Robin (Glenna Robin)  Search this
Author:
Allan, Mary  Search this
Balderston, Diane  Search this
Barringer, Mary  Search this
Benish, Barbara 1958-  Search this
Dudek, Derek  Search this
Kelm, Daniel E  Search this
Larned, Emily K  Search this
Lee, Jim  Search this
Pitts, James Ware  Search this
Simpson, Tommy  Search this
Nichols Woodworking  Search this
Robin Price (Publisher)  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries Artists' Books DSI  Search this
Physical description:
[80] pages color illustrations 18 cm
Type:
Books
Artists' books
Artists' books (books).)
Place:
Connecticut
Middletown
Date:
2001
Topic:
Errata  Search this
Printing--Technique  Search this
Artists' books  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.P9547 P75 2001
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_674213

Simpson, Tommy

Collection Creator:
Henri Gallery (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Container:
Box 42, Folder 20
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1972
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
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:
Henri Gallery records, circa early 1900s, 1940-1996, bulk 1957-1995. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Henri Gallery records
Henri Gallery records / Series 2: Alphabetical Files / 2.1: Name Files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw923084f69-fbd0-4a89-b662-a8a45a459910
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-henrgall-ref960

Hand and home : the homes of American craftsmen / text by Tommy Simpson, with Lisa Hammel ; photographs by William Bennett Seitz ; foreword by Lisa Hammel

Author:
Simpson, Tommy  Search this
Hammel, Lisa  Search this
Physical description:
151 p. : col. ill. ; 27 x 27 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1994
C1994
20th century
Topic:
Artisans--Homes and haunts  Search this
Interior decoration--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_481430

Two looks to home : the art of Tommy Simpson / text by Tommy Simpson ; introduction by Pam Koob

Author:
Simpson, Tommy  Search this
Subject:
Simpson, Tommy  Search this
Physical description:
165 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
Illinois
Dundee
Date:
1999
C1999
Topic:
Artists  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_951732

Milestone, 1964-2004 : forty years celebration exhibition

Title:
Further adventures of Tommy Simpson
Author:
Simpson, Tommy  Search this
Leo Kaplan Modern (Gallery)  Search this
Subject:
Simpson, Tommy  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Catalogs
Date:
2005
[2005?]
Call number:
N6537.S5564 A4 2005
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_952342

Tommy Simpson

Author:
Simpson, Tommy  Search this
Leo Kaplan Modern (Gallery)  Search this
Subject:
Simpson, Tommy  Search this
Physical description:
22 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Date:
1996
C1996
Topic:
Wood-carving  Search this
Call number:
NK9798.S61 A4 1996
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_951526

Figure and fantasy

Artist:
Clifton, Michelle 1944-  Search this
Danziger, Joan 1934-  Search this
Laliberté, Norman  Search this
Ray, Christopher T. 1937-  Search this
Simpson, Tommy  Search this
Stewart, Bill 1941-  Search this
Publisher:
Renwick Gallery  Search this
Physical description:
1 folded sheet : illustrations ; 61 x 46 cm folded to 31 x 23 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1974
20th century
Topic:
Art, American--Themes, motives  Search this
Fantasy in art  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1079877

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