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Oral history interview with Alison Knowles

Interviewee:
Knowles, Alison, 1933-  Search this
Interviewer:
Richards, Judith Olch  Search this
Creator:
Elizabeth Murray Oral History of Women in the Visual Arts Project  Search this
Names:
California Institute of the Arts -- Faculty  Search this
Elizabeth Murray Oral History of Women in the Visual Arts Project  Search this
Middlebury College -- Students  Search this
Pratt Institute. Art School -- Students  Search this
Albers, Josef  Search this
Brecht, George  Search this
Callahan, Harry M.  Search this
Chicago, Judy, 1939-  Search this
De Kooning, Willem, 1904-1997  Search this
Duchamp, Marcel, 1887-1968  Search this
Gordon, Coco, 1938-  Search this
Gottlieb, Adolph, 1903-1974  Search this
Hamilton, Richard, 1922-  Search this
Hendricks, Jon  Search this
Higgins, Dick, 1938-1998  Search this
Johnson, Ray, 1927-1995  Search this
Jones, Joe, 1909-1963  Search this
Kaprow, Allan  Search this
Kuehn, Kathy  Search this
Lauf, Cornelia  Search this
Lindner, Richard, 1901-1978  Search this
Mac Low, Jackson  Search this
Maciunas, George, 1931-1978  Search this
Moorman, Charlotte  Search this
Ono, Yōko  Search this
Paik, Nam June, 1932-  Search this
Pollock, Jackson, 1912-1956  Search this
Rauschenberg, Robert, 1925-2008  Search this
Saito, Takako, 1929-  Search this
Schapiro, Miriam, 1923-2015  Search this
Schneemann, Carolee, 1939-  Search this
Schöning, Klaus  Search this
Shiomi, Mieko, 1909-1948  Search this
Silverman, Gilbert  Search this
Spoerri, Daniel, 1930-  Search this
Teitelbaum, Richard  Search this
Tenney, James  Search this
Waśko, Ryszard  Search this
Extent:
86 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2010 June 1-2
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Alison Knowles conducted 2010 June 1-2, by Judith Olch Richards, for the Archives of American Art's Elizabeth Murray Oral History of Women in the Visual Arts Project, at Knowles' home and studio, in New York, N.Y.
Knowles speaks of her family background; her father's (an English professor) influence on her education; her love of nature and isolation as a young girl; her French studies at Middlebury College; her transfer to Pratt Institute to study art; the social and academic environment at Pratt; her inclinations towards abstraction; her first marriage to Jim Ericson; her first studio at 423 Broadway; her early jobs as a commercial artist; her first gallery show at Nonagon, in 1958, and how she subsequently burned the paintings in that show; her second marriage to Dick Higgins in 1960; her Judson Gallery Show in 1962 and how she subsequently discarded those works; her involvement in the Fluxus group; her involvement with the "Cage class," and its early performances; her collaboration with John Cage on the book, "Notations" (1968); her collaboration with Marcel Duchamp on a print (1967); the circumstances surrounding her performance piece, "Make a Salad" (1962), her travels through Europe with Higgins; the birth of her twins; her computerized poetic piece and installation, "House of Dust" (1967) and how it was later vandalized; her move to Los Angeles to teach at CalArts; the rebuilding of "House of Dust" at CalArts; her move back to New York; the processes leading up to several projects and collaborations including "Loose Pages," "Big Book," "Bread and Water," and more; where she finds her inspiration; her thoughts on performance art; her studio environment in Barrytown, N.Y.; the influence and support of Germany on her work and Fluxus in general; her recent work, including "Identical Lunch"; and current challenges she faces as an artist.
She recalls Richard Lindner, Adolph Gottlieb, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, Judy Chicago, Josef Albers, Dorothy Podber, Ray Johnson, Dick Higgins, Robert Rauschenberg, John Cage, Klaus Schöning, Jon Hendricks, Gilbert Silverman, George Maciunas, George Brecht, Jack Mac Low, Yoko Ono, Mieko Shiomi, Takako Saito, Joe Jones, Marcel Duchamp, Daniel Spoerri, Richard Hamilton, Nam June Paik, Charlotte Moorman, Helmut Becker, Coco Gordon, Jim Tenney, Cornelia Lauf, Rirkrit Tirvanija, Allan Kaprow, Simone Forte, Carolee Schneemann, Richard Teitelbaum, Miriam Schapiro, Miguel Abrau, James Fuentes, Cyrilla Wozenter, Kathy Kuehn, Ryszard Wasko.
Biographical / Historical:
Alison Knowles (1933- ) is an artist and a founding member of Fluxus in New York, N.Y. Judith Olch Richards (1947- ) is a former director of iCI in New York, N.Y.
General:
Originally recorded on 5 mini discs. Duration is 5 hr., 45 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:
Conceptual artists -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Fluxus (Group of artists)  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Women performance artists  Search this
Performance art  Search this
Function:
Artists' studios
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.knowle10
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw98f89c1d9-b4ed-49cb-8fac-4f5e5dedfa4e
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-knowle10
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Oral history interview with Alison Knowles, 2010 June 1-2

Interviewee:
Knowles, Alison, 1933-  Search this
Interviewer:
Richards, Judith Olch, 1947-  Search this
Subject:
Albers, Josef  Search this
Brecht, George  Search this
Callahan, Harry M.  Search this
Chicago, Judy  Search this
De Kooning, Willem  Search this
Duchamp, Marcel  Search this
Gordon, Coco  Search this
Gottlieb, Adolph  Search this
Hamilton, Richard  Search this
Hendricks, Jon  Search this
Higgins, Dick  Search this
Johnson, Ray  Search this
Jones, Joe  Search this
Kaprow, Allan  Search this
Kuehn, Kathy  Search this
Lauf, Cornelia  Search this
Lindner, Richard  Search this
Maciunas, George  Search this
Mac Low, Jackson  Search this
Moorman, Charlotte  Search this
Ono, Yōko  Search this
Paik, Nam June  Search this
Pollock, Jackson  Search this
Rauschenberg, Robert  Search this
Saito, Takako  Search this
Schapiro, Miriam  Search this
Schneemann, Carolee  Search this
Schöning, Klaus  Search this
Silverman, Gilbert  Search this
Shiomi, Mieko  Search this
Spoerri, Daniel  Search this
Tenney, James  Search this
Teitelbaum, Richard  Search this
Waśko, Ryszard  Search this
California Institute of the Arts  Search this
Middlebury College  Search this
Pratt Institute. Art School  Search this
Elizabeth Murray Oral History of Women in the Visual Arts Project  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Alison Knowles, 2010 June 1-2. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Fluxus (Group of artists)  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Women performance artists  Search this
Performance art  Search this
Theme:
Women  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15822
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)290220
AAA_collcode_knowle10
Theme:
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_290220

Spoerri, Daniel

Collection Creator:
Seitz, William C. (William Chapin)  Search this
Container:
Box 16, Folder 29
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1961
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
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:
William C. Seitz papers, circa 1930-1995. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
William C. Seitz papers
William C. Seitz papers / Series 4: Research and Writing Files / 4.2: People and Subject Files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw97b5f0333-b7b6-45fe-918f-ac6a735abe07
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-seitwill-ref461

Multiplied Edition MAT and the transformable work of art, 1959-1965 edited by Meredith Malone ; contributions by Sam Adams, Ágnes Berecz, Magdalena Holzhey, Marina Isgro, Alexander Kauffman, Meredith Malone, Molly Moog ; reprinted texts by Claus Bremer, Karl Gerstner, Wies Smals, Daniel Spoerri, Katerina Vatsella

Title:
Edition MAT and the transformable work of art, 1959-1965
MAT
Contributor:
Malone, Meredith  Search this
Spoerri, Daniel 1930-  Search this
Adams, Sam  Search this
Berecz, Agnes  Search this
Holzhey, Magdalena  Search this
Isgro, Marina  Search this
Kauffman, Alexander  Search this
Moog, Molly  Search this
Bremer, Claus  Search this
Gerstmer, Karl  Search this
Smals, Wies  Search this
Vatsella, Katerina  Search this
Author:
Edition MAT  Search this
Host institution:
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum  Search this
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art  Search this
Subject:
Edition MAT  Search this
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum  Search this
Physical description:
255 pages color illustrations 29 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Biography
Expositions
Biographies
Exhibition catalogs
Art criticism
Catalogues d'exposition
Critiques d'art
Place:
Europe
Date:
2020
20th century
20e siècle
Topic:
Multiple art  Search this
Kinetic art  Search this
Optical art  Search this
Nouveaux réalistes (Group of artists)  Search this
Fluxus (Group of artists)  Search this
Pop art  Search this
Zero (Group of artists)  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Artists  Search this
Multiples (Art)  Search this
Op art  Search this
Nouveau réalisme (Art)  Search this
Fluxus (Groupe d'artistes)  Search this
Pop'art  Search this
Groupe Zéro (Groupe d'artistes)  Search this
Art  Search this
Artistes  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1153461

Daniel Spoerri, 1930- [Folder]

Contents:
Folder(s) may include exhibition announcements, newspaper and/or magazine clippings, press releases, brochures, reviews, invitations, illustrations, resumes, artist's statements, exhibition catalogs.
Topic:
Artists  Search this
Location:
Art & Artist files at the Smithsonian American Art Museum/ National Portrait Gallery Library
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILAF_31909

Spoerri, Daniel

Collection Creator:
Van der Marck, Jan, 1929-2010  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 23
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1962-1994
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:
Jan Van der Marck papers, 1942-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Jan Van der Marck papers
Jan Van der Marck papers / Series 2: Files on Artists and Art Historians
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw908cc1e20-abec-47a4-a217-f88de62c74ad
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-vandjan-ref92

Daniel Spoerri : Meliora latent / a cura di Mauro Civai e Jade Vlietstra

Title:
Meliora latent
Author:
Spoerri, Daniel 1930-  Search this
Civai, Mauro  Search this
Vlietstra, Jade  Search this
Subject:
Spoerri, Daniel 1930-  Search this
Physical description:
71 p. : ill. ; 32 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Place:
Siena (Italy)
Date:
1999
C1999
Topic:
In art  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_896020

Daniel Spoerri : la chambre no. 13, Hotel Carcassonne ; sowie Beispiele aus den Serien 1989-2001 / [Ingeborg Henze-Ketterer, Wolfgang Henze, Günther Ketterer]

Title:
Chambre no. 13 Hotel Carcassonne
Author:
Spoerri, Daniel 1930-  Search this
Galerie Henze & Ketterer  Search this
Subject:
Spoerri, Daniel 1930-  Search this
Physical description:
79 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), port. ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
2001
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_739932

Daniel Spoerri : restaurant Spoerri au Jeu de paume, Paris 2002 / mit Beiträgen von Daniel Spoerri und Wolfgang Henze

Title:
Restaurant Spoerri au Jeu de paume, Paris 2002
Author:
Spoerri, Daniel 1930-  Search this
Henze, Wolfgang 1944-  Search this
Galerie nationale du jeu de paume (France)  Search this
Galerie Henze & Ketterer  Search this
Subject:
Spoerri, Daniel 1930-  Search this
Physical description:
85 p. : col. ill. ; 27 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
France
Date:
2004
C2004
Topic:
Assemblage (Art)  Search this
Food in art  Search this
Call number:
N6853.S6 A4 2002
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_901434

Daniel Spoerri. [Ausstellung] Zürcher Kunstgesellschaft, Helmhaus, Zürich, 16. Apr. bis. 22. Mai 1972

Author:
Spoerri, Daniel 1930-  Search this
Subject:
Spoerri, Daniel 1930-  Search this
Zürcher Kunstgesellschaft  Search this
Physical description:
1v. (unpaged) illus. 21cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Zurich (Switzerland)
Date:
1972
[1972]
Call number:
N40.1.S76 Z9
N40.1.S76Z9
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_43384

Daniel Spoerri : coincidence as master = le hasard comme maître = der Zufall als Meister = il caso come maestro

Title:
Coincidence as master
Author:
Spoerri, Daniel 1930-  Search this
Subject:
Spoerri, Daniel 1930-  Search this
Physical description:
151 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
2003
C2003
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_771570

Heilrituale an bretonischen Quellen / Marie-Louise Plessen, Daniel Spoerri

Author:
Plessen, Marie-Louise von  Search this
Spoerri, Daniel 1930-  Search this
Physical description:
491 p. : ill. ; 22 cm. + 1 map
Type:
Folklore
Place:
France
Brittany
Date:
1977
1977?
Topic:
Springs  Search this
Springs--Religious aspects  Search this
Healing  Search this
Healing--Religious aspects  Search this
Call number:
GR690 .P54 1977
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_755115

Daniel Spoerri Karneval der Tiere : Menschliche Abbildungen verglichen mit solchen von Tieren ; Objektassemblagen auf Zeichnungen von Charles Le Brun, 1670

Author:
Spoerri, Daniel 1930-  Search this
Kasseler Kunstverein  Search this
Subject:
Spoerri, Daniel 1930-  Search this
Physical description:
[8] pages, [26] leaves of plates : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Date:
1998
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_759258

Anekdotomania : Daniel Spoerri über Daniel Spoerri

Author:
Spoerri, Daniel 1930-  Search this
Museum Jean Tinguely Basel  Search this
Subject:
Spoerri, Daniel 1930-  Search this
Physical description:
303 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
2001
Call number:
N6853.S6 A4 2001
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_702011

An anecdoted topography of chance (re-anecdoted version) [by] Daniel Spoerri. Done with the help of his very dear friend, Robert Filliou, and translated from the French, and further anecdoted at random by their very dear friend, Emmett Williams. With one hundred reflective illus. by Topor

Author:
Spoerri, Daniel 1930-  Search this
Filliou, Robert  Search this
Williams, Emmett  Search this
Physical description:
xviii, 214 p. illus. 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1966
Call number:
PQ2679.P6T63X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_178270

Daniel Spoerri : mostra personale, 16-30 marzo 1961 [alla] Galleria Schwarz / [testo di Alain Jouffroy]

Title:
Daniel Spoerri : 16-30 marzo 1961: mostra personale
Author:
Spoerri, Daniel 1930-  Search this
Jouffroy, Alain 1928-  Search this
Galleria Schwarz  Search this
Subject:
Spoerri, Daniel 1930-  Search this
Physical description:
[12] p. : ill., port. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1961
Call number:
N6853.S6 A4 1961
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_702612

Corps en morceaux / Daniel Spoerri

Author:
Spoerri, Daniel 1930-  Search this
Raab Galerie  Search this
Raab Gallery (London, England)  Search this
Subject:
Spoerri, Daniel 1930-  Search this
Physical description:
54 p. : col. ill. ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1991
Call number:
N6853.S6 A4 1991a
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_647342

Daniel Spoerri

Author:
Spoerri, Daniel 1930-  Search this
Centre national d'art contemporain (Paris, France)  Search this
Subject:
Spoerri, Daniel 1930-  Search this
Physical description:
95, [1] p. illus. 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1972
1972]
Call number:
N6853.S6 C44
N40.1.S76C3
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_648697

Daniel Spoerri : mostra personale dal 10 aprile al 3 maggio 1963 alla Galleria Schwarz di Milano / [testo di Pierre Restany]

Author:
Spoerri, Daniel 1930-  Search this
Restany, Pierre  Search this
Galleria Schwarz  Search this
Subject:
Spoerri, Daniel 1930-  Search this
Physical description:
[12] p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1963
Call number:
N6853.S6 A4 1963
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_702613

Hommage à Isaac Feinstein

Author:
Spoerri, Daniel 1930-  Search this
Feinstein, Issac 1930-  Search this
Amsterdam (Netherlands) Stedelijk Museum  Search this
Physical description:
48 p. illus., ports. 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1971
1971]
Call number:
N40.1.S76 A5
N40.1.S76A5
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_14810

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