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Oral history interview with Bruce Metcalf, 2009 June 10

Interviewee:
Metcalf, Bruce, 1949-  Search this
Interviewer:
Cooke, Edward S., 1954-  Search this
Subject:
Adamson, Glenn  Search this
Arneson, Robert  Search this
Bauer, Fred  Search this
Bennett, Jamie  Search this
Burns, Mark  Search this
Church, Sharon  Search this
Clark, Garth  Search this
Craig, Gabriel  Search this
Cummins, Susan  Search this
Daley, William  Search this
Ebendorf, Robert  Search this
Eidelberg, Martin P.  Search this
Flynn, Pat  Search this
Getty, Nilda  Search this
Gill, John  Search this
Griffin, Gary  Search this
Halem, Henry  Search this
Hammer, Wayne  Search this
Hash, Arthur  Search this
Jerry, Michael John  Search this
Long, Randy  Search this
Kington, L. Brent (Louis Brent)  Search this
Koplos, Janet  Search this
Koss, Gene  Search this
Kumata, Carol  Search this
La Plantz, David  Search this
Lechtzin, Stanley  Search this
Matzdorf, Kurt  Search this
Mawdsley, Richard  Search this
Moran, Lois  Search this
Morris, William  Search this
Pritchard, Marian  Search this
Rogers, Harriet  Search this
Rogers, Steve  Search this
Ruskin, John  Search this
Schaechter, Judith  Search this
Shaw, Richard  Search this
Slivka, Rose  Search this
Slosberg, Jill  Search this
Wilson, Anne  Search this
Woell, J. Fred  Search this
Colorado State University  Search this
Kent State University  Search this
Montana State University (Bozeman, Mont.)  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Society of North American Goldsmiths  Search this
State University of New York at New Paltz  Search this
Syracuse University  Search this
Tyler School of Art  Search this
University of the Arts (Philadelphia, Pa.)  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Place:
California -- description and travel
Seoul (Korea) -- Description and travel
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Bruce Metcalf, 2009 June 10. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Ceramics  Search this
Communism  Search this
Deconstructivism (Architecture)  Search this
Conceptual art  Search this
Formalism (Art)  Search this
Jewelers -- Pennsylvania -- Interviews  Search this
Metal-work  Search this
Jewelry making  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)16051
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)310185
AAA_collcode_metcal09
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_310185
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Oral history interview with Bruce Metcalf

Interviewee:
Metcalf, Bruce, 1949-  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:
Colorado State University -- Faculty  Search this
Kent State University -- Faculty  Search this
Montana State University (Bozeman, Mont.)  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Society of North American Goldsmiths  Search this
State University of New York at New Paltz -- Students  Search this
Syracuse University -- Students  Search this
Tyler School of Art -- Students  Search this
University of the Arts (Philadelphia, Pa.) -- Faculty  Search this
Adamson, Glenn  Search this
Arneson, Robert, 1930-1992  Search this
Bauer, Fred  Search this
Bennett, Jamie, 1948-  Search this
Burns, Mark, 1950-  Search this
Church, Sharon, 1948-  Search this
Clark, Garth, 1947-  Search this
Craig, Gabriel  Search this
Cummins, Susan  Search this
Daley, William, 1925-2002  Search this
Ebendorf, Robert, 1938-  Search this
Eidelberg, Martin P.  Search this
Flynn, Pat, 1954-  Search this
Getty, Nilda  Search this
Gill, John, 1949-  Search this
Griffin, Gary, 1945-  Search this
Halem, Henry  Search this
Hammer, Wayne  Search this
Hash, Arthur, 1976-  Search this
Jerry, Michael John, 1937-  Search this
Kington, L. Brent (Louis Brent), 1934-2013  Search this
Koplos, Janet  Search this
Koss, Gene  Search this
Kumata, Carol  Search this
La Plantz, David  Search this
Lechtzin, Stanley, 1936-  Search this
Long, Randy  Search this
Matzdorf, Kurt  Search this
Mawdsley, Richard, 1945-  Search this
Moran, Lois  Search this
Morris, William, 1834-1896  Search this
Pritchard, Marian  Search this
Rogers, Harriet  Search this
Rogers, Steve  Search this
Ruskin, John, 1819-1900  Search this
Schaechter, Judith, 1961-  Search this
Shaw, Richard, 1941 Sept. 12-  Search this
Slivka, Rose  Search this
Slosberg, Jill  Search this
Wilson, Anne, 1949-  Search this
Woell, J. Fred, 1934-  Search this
Extent:
96 Pages (Transcript)
5 Items (Sound recording: 5 sound files (4 hr., 10 min.), digital, wav)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Place:
California -- description and travel
Seoul (Korea) -- Description and Travel
Date:
2009 June 10
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Bruce Metcalf conducted 2009 June 10, by Edward S. Cooke, Jr., for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, at Metcalf's home, in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania. Mr. Metcalf discusses his early years in Amherst, Massachusetts; beginnings as a maker with modeling clay and plastic airplane models; undergraduate years at Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York in the late 1960s; early interest in architecture; early disenchantment with modernist discourse and theory; introduction to Marxist theory and idealism of the 1960s; summer trip to California in 1970; return to the East Coast upon the death of his father; return to college, transferring into jewelry in his senior year; influence of his teacher Michael Jerry; seeing the work in "Objects: USA" exhibition (1969) and influence of the work of J. Fred Woell, Richard Mawdsley, L. Brent Kington; rejection of current trends in art, including conceptual art and formalism; his affinity for the medium of metal, and hammersmithing; influence of funk ceramics, including work by Fred Bauer and Richard Shaw; brief stint at Montana State University, Bozeman; working in cardboard and wood; graduate school at the State University of New York, New Paltz; working with Robert Ebendorf and Kurt Matzdorf at New Paltz; work as a production artist/craftsperson; attending Rhinebeck, New York, craft fair in the mid-1970s; the influence of writings by William Morris and John Ruskin and the notion of "dignified labor"; graduate school at Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; formulating his aesthetic of narrative symbolism; publication of his first article in 1977 as a response to review of the exhibition "Forms in Metal: 275 Years of Metalsmithing in America" (1975); yearlong teaching position at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado; taking a teaching position at Kent State University, Kent, Ohio (1986-1991); publication of his article "Crafts: Second-Class Citizens?" in the first issue of Metalsmith, 1980; growing involvement with the Society of North American Goldsmiths; development of his notion of "social utility" and the role and function of crafts and making; expansion of his writing on craft; rejection of the deconstructivist school of thought in the 1980s; abandonment of sculptural objects for jewelry in the early 1990s; return to Philadelphia in 1991; early teaching of history of craft, first at Kent, then on a Fulbright scholarship in Seoul, South Korea (1990), later at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, in the early 1990s; influence of Martin Eidelberg; development of his vision for a history of craft course; collaboration with Janet Koplos on "Makers: A History of American Studio Craft"; use of his medium and craft to explore issues of nurturing and anxiety; the psychological/social effect and aesthetic importance of wearing jewelry (for the wearer and the artist); the pros and cons of craft collectors; the problematics of installation work by craft artists; recent trends in craft, including Anne Wilson's notion of "sloppy craft" and an "anti-craft" attitude; recent artists, including Arthur Hash and Gabriel Craig; lack of exhibition opportunities for younger/emerging artists; influential recent texts, including "Shards," by Garth Clark. He also recalls Robert Arneson, Randy Long, Carol Kumata, Jamie Bennett, Steve and Harriet Rogers, Wayne Hammer, Stanley Lechtzin, Gene Koss, Henry Halem, Mark Burns, Rose Slivka, Nilda Getty, Jill Slosberg, Sharon Church, John Gill, David La Plantz, Lois Moran; Gary Griffin; William Daley, Marian Pritchard, Glenn Adamson, Pat Flynn, Susan Cummins, and Judith Schaechter.
The following oral history transcript is the result of a recorded interview with Bruce Metcalf on June 10, 2009. The interview took place in Bala Cynwyd, Penn., and was conducted by Edward S. Cooke, Jr. for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. This interview is part of the Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America. Bruce Metcalf has reviewed the transcript. His corrections and emendations appear below in brackets with initials. This transcript has been lightly edited for readability by the Archives of American Art. The reader should bear in mind that they are reading a transcript of spoken, rather than written, prose.
Biographical / Historical:
Bruce Metcalf (1949- ) is a jeweler and writer in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania.
General:
Originally recorded as 5 sound files. Duration is 4 hr., 10 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.
Topic:
Ceramics  Search this
Communism  Search this
Deconstructivism (Architecture)  Search this
Conceptual art  Search this
Formalism (Art)  Search this
Jewelers -- Pennsylvania -- Interviews  Search this
Metal-work  Search this
Jewelry making  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.metcal09
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw974054f15-9dfd-4aea-98f7-707fd609918e
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-metcal09
Online Media:

University of the Arts (Philadelphia, Pa.) [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.
Place:
Philadelphia (Pa.)
Topic:
Art Organizations  Search this
Location:
Art & Artist files at the Smithsonian American Art Museum/ National Portrait Gallery Library
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILAF_103882

The Library of the Pennsylvania Museum's School of Industrial Art : catalogue 1931

Title:
Catalogue 1931
Author:
University of the Arts (Philadelphia, Pa.) Library  Search this
Subject:
University of the Arts (Philadelphia, Pa.) Library Catalogs  Search this
Physical description:
133 p. ; 23 cm
Type:
Bibliography
Catalogs
Date:
1931
1931]
Topic:
Decorative arts--Bibliography  Search this
Industrial arts  Search this
Lantern slides  Search this
Call number:
Z5939 .P54 1931X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_484989

Barbara Blondeau, 1938-1974. Edited by David Lebe, Joan S. Redmond, Ron Walker

Author:
Blondeau, Barbara 1938-1974  Search this
Lebe, David  Search this
Redmond, Joan S  Search this
Walker, Ron  Search this
Visual Studies Workshop  Search this
University of the Arts (Philadelphia, Pa.)  Search this
Subject:
Blondeau, Barbara 1938-1974 Exhibitions  Search this
Physical description:
30 p. illus. (1 col.) 28 x 36 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1976
C1976
Call number:
TR647 .B56 1976
TR647.B575 V8 1976
TR647.B575V8 1976
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_450036

Stuart Netsky : imitation of life

Title:
Imitation of life
Author:
Sachs, Sid  Search this
Marincola, Paula  Search this
Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery (Philadelphia, Pa.)  Search this
Locks Gallery  Search this
University of the Arts (Philadelphia, Pa.)  Search this
Subject:
Netsky, Stuart 1955-  Search this
Physical description:
36 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), ports. ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
2006
21st century
Topic:
Art, Modern  Search this
Painting, Abstract  Search this
Call number:
N6537.N475 A4 2006
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_800664

The Right Way to Create Public Programming: Is the Current American Model Appropriate for Everyone?

Author:
Cohen, Leslie  Search this
Bedno, Jane Director, Graduate Program of Museum Exhibition Planning and Design, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA  Search this
Volkert, Jim  Search this
Hsu, Christine  Search this
Type:
Citations
Date:
May 6-10, 2001
Topic:
Museum techniques--exhibitions  Search this
Exhibition planning  Search this
cultural differences  Search this
Training  Search this
Publisher:
Elkridge, MD Chesapeake Audio/Visual Communications, Inc
Data Source:
Museum Studies Bibliography
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_bib_16013

Arnold Roth--free lance : a fifty year retrospective / [editor: Lucy Shelton Caswell]

Author:
Roth, Arnold 1929-  Search this
Caswell, Lucy Shelton  Search this
Ohio State University  Search this
University of the Arts (Philadelphia, Pa.)  Search this
Subject:
Roth, Arnold 1929-  Search this
Physical description:
124 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 31 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
2001
C2001
Topic:
Caricatures and cartoons  Search this
American wit and humor, Pictorial  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.R8245x C37 2001
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_679685

Philadelphia images : Philadelphia people, places, and pastimes / by artists from the University of the Arts

Author:
University of the Arts (Philadelphia, Pa.)  Search this
Physical description:
184 p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 34 cm
Type:
Books
Pictorial works
Place:
Philadelphia (Pa.)
Date:
1990
C1990
Topic:
Philadelphia (Pa.) in art  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_665809

New Land Marks : public art, community, and the meaning of place / Fairmount Park Art Association ; edited by Penny Balkin Bach

Title:
New Landmarks
Author:
Bach, Penny Balkin  Search this
New Land Marks  Search this
Fairmount Park Art Association  Search this
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts  Search this
Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative  Search this
University of the Arts (Philadelphia, Pa.)  Search this
William Penn Foundation  Search this
Subject:
New Land Marks  Search this
Physical description:
160 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 21 x 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Date:
2001
C2001
Topic:
Public art  Search this
Call number:
N8836.P4 N49 2001
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_630070

Roberta Eisenberg : a retrospective / essays by Betty Ann Brown ... [et al.] ; book edited by Jay Belloli ; curated by Sid Sachs

Author:
Eisenberg, Roberta 1940-2006  Search this
Brown, Betty Ann 1949-  Search this
Belloli, Jay  Search this
Sachs, Sid  Search this
Emerson String Quartet  Search this
University of the Arts (Philadelphia, Pa.)  Search this
Subject:
Eisenberg, Roberta 1940-2006  Search this
Physical description:
226 p. : col. ill. ; 28 x 31 cm. + 1 computer optical disc (4 3/4 in.)
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
2011
C2011
Call number:
ND237.E465 A4 2011
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_974420

Helen C. Frederick : CAUTION: Appearance(Dis)appearance : a conversation with Cynthia Wayne

Title:
CAUTION: Appearance(Dis)appearance
Author:
Frederick, Helen C  Search this
Wayne, Cynthia  Search this
McLean Project for the Arts  Search this
University of the Arts (Philadelphia, Pa.) Laurie Wagman Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Frederick, Helen C  Search this
Physical description:
[16] p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Virginia
McLean
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Date:
1995
Topic:
Installations (Art)  Search this
Call number:
N6537.F76 A4 1995
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_969188

Entangled Maria G. Pisano

Author:
Pisano, Maria G  Search this
Author:
Spencer, Lori  Search this
Memory Press  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries Artists' Books DSI  Search this
Physical description:
[10] pages color illustrations 16 X 31 cm
Type:
Specimens
Accordion fold format (Binding)
Artists' books (books).)
Artists' books
Toy and movable books
Place:
New Jersey
Plainsboro
Date:
1994
2003
Topic:
Toy and movable books  Search this
Tunnel books  Search this
Artists' books  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.P667 E58 1994
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_677754

The impulse to abstract : recent work by Ritzi Jacobi / organized by the Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, Philadelphia College of Art and Design ; [Warren Seelig, guest curator]

Title:
Recent work by Ritzi Jacobi
Author:
Jacobi, Ritzi 1941-  Search this
Seelig, Warren 1946-  Search this
Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery (Philadelphia, Pa.)  Search this
Texas Woman's University Fine Arts Gallery  Search this
University of North Texas Art Gallery  Search this
Reinberger Galleries  Search this
Subject:
Jacobi, Ritzi 1941- Exhibitions  Search this
Physical description:
40 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1994
Call number:
N7233.J33 A4 1994
N40.1.J167 R6 1994
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_563593

Richard H. Reinhardt : full circle, a legacy of metalwork : [exhibition] May 20-May 8, 1998, Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania / Leah Douglas, curator

Author:
Reinhardt, Richard H. 1921-  Search this
Douglas, Leah  Search this
Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery (Philadelphia, Pa.)  Search this
University of the Arts (Philadelphia, Pa.)  Search this
Subject:
Reinhardt, Richard H. 1921- Exhibitions  Search this
Reinhardt, Richard H. 1921- Interviews  Search this
Physical description:
48 p : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
1998
C1998
20th century
Topic:
Silver jewelry--History--Exhibitions  Search this
Silverwork--History  Search this
Call number:
NK7198.R426 D6 1998
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_544383

George Bunker landscapes, 1949-1989

Title:
Landscapes, 1949-1989
Author:
Bunker, George 1923-1991  Search this
University of the Arts (Philadelphia, Pa.)  Search this
Print Center for Prints and Photographs (Philadelphia, Pa.)  Search this
Sara Campball Blaffer Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Bunker, George 1923-1991  Search this
Physical description:
84 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1993
[1993]
Topic:
Landscapes in art  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.B93673 U5 1993
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_524512

New Thoughts from Old Museums: Learning What the 19th Century Museum Had to Teach. sound recording

Author:
Bedno, Jane Director, Graduate Program of Museum Exhibition Planning and Design, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA  Search this
Amsler, Cory Curator of Collections, Mercer Museum, Doylestown, PA  Search this
Glassman, Susan Director, Wagner Free Institute of Science, Philadelphia, PA  Search this
Worden, Gretchen Director, Multer Museum, Philadelphia, PA  Search this
Type:
Citations
Place:
Washington
Date:
1995
1995-1995
Topic:
Museum education  Search this
Museum curators  Search this
Museum techniques--exhibitions  Search this
Interpretation  Search this
Collections  Search this
Collections care  Search this
Publisher:
Elkridge, Maryland Chesapeake Audio/Video Communications, Inc
Data Source:
Museum Studies Bibliography
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_bib_8726

Lenore Tawney : wholly unlooked for / [introduction by Kathleen Nugent Mangan ; essays by Sid Sachs, Warren Seelig and T'ai Smith]

Title:
Wholly unlooked for
Author:
Tawney, Lenore  Search this
Mangan, Kathleen Nugent  Search this
Sachs, Sid  Search this
Seelig, Warren 1946-  Search this
Smith, T'ai Lin 1975-  Search this
Maryland Institute, College of Art  Search this
University of the Arts (Philadelphia, Pa.)  Search this
Subject:
Tawney, Lenore  Search this
Physical description:
35 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Date:
2013
[2013]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1082645

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