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Oral history interview with Caroline Durieux

Interviewee:
Durieux, Caroline, 1896-1989  Search this
Interviewer:
Barrie, Dennis  Search this
Symmes, Marilyn F.  Search this
Extent:
57 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1978 June 1-2
Scope and Contents:
Interview of Caroline Durieux conducted 1978 June 1-2, by Dennis Barrie and Marilyn Symmes, for the Archives of American Art.
Biographical / Historical:
Caroline Durieux (1896-1989) was a printmaker from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
General:
Originally recorded on 2 sound tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav file. Duration is 2 hr., 5 min.
Provenance:
These interviews are 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 others.
Topic:
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Louisiana  Search this
Printmakers -- Louisiana -- Baton Rouge -- Interviews  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.durieu78
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-durieu78
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Oral history interview with Francis W. Dolloff

Interviewee:
Dolloff, Francis W.  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F.  Search this
Names:
Rossiter, Henry P. (Henry Preston), b. 1885  Search this
Extent:
2 Items (sound cassettes. Sound recording)
51 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1986 September 19-November 13
Scope and Contents:
An interview with Francis W. Dolloff conducted 1986 September 19-1986 November 13, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art.
Dolloff speaks of his childhood and education in the Boston area; of his work as a young helper, from 1924 on, in various capacities at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; working in the late 1920s as a self-taught prints and drawings restorer under Henry P. Rossiter at the Museum of Fine Arts; modern apprenticeship plus specialized training for restorers.
Biographical / Historical:
Francis W. Dolloff (1908-2006) was a restorer of prints and drawings at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
General:
Originally recorded on 2 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 3 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 6 min.
Provenance:
These interviews are 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 others.
Topic:
Prints -- Conservation and restoration -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Restorers -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.dollof86
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-dollof86
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Oral history interview with Demi

Interviewee:
Demi, 1955-  Search this
Interviewer:
Martínez, Juan A.  Search this
Names:
Rodríguez, Arturo, 1956-  Search this
Extent:
22 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1997 November 20
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Demi conducted 1997 November 20, by Juan A. Martínez, in Demi's home/studio, Miami, Florida, for the Archives of American Art.
Demi speaks of her birthplace, Camaguey, Cuba; the death of her father in 1960, and being sent to Puerto Rico in 1971; her move to New York, and arrival in Miami in 1978; her theater studies at Miami Dade Community College. She recalls an opening at the Meeting Point Gallery in Coral Gables in 1980, where she met her husband, painter Arturo Rodriguez. She talks about her first painting in 1984, the role Arturo plays in her life, her first exhibition at the Cuban Museum of Arts and Culture in 1987, and the importance of touching the human spirit.
Biographical / Historical:
Demi (1955- ) is a painter from Miami, Florida. Demi (who uses only her first name) is a self-taught artist born in Cuba. Her husband is the painter Arturo Rodriguez.
General:
Originally recorded on 1 sound cassette. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav file. Duration is 1 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.
Topic:
Artists -- Florida -- Miami -- Interviews  Search this
Expatriate artists -- Florida -- Miami -- Interviews  Search this
Artists -- Cuba -- Interviews  Search this
Latino and Latin American artists  Search this
Cuban American artists  Search this
Cuban American art  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Florida -- Miami  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.demi97
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-demi97
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Oral history interview with Christo

Interviewee:
Christo, 1935-  Search this
Interviewer:
Cummings, Paul  Search this
Names:
Castelli, Leo  Search this
Christo, 1935-  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound tape reel (5 in.)
24 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound tape reels
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1973 August 28-30
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Christo conducted 1973 August 28-30, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art. Christo speaks of his childhood in Bulgaria; his studies at the Fine Arts Academy in Sofia, and the Vienna Fine Arts Academy in Austria; his interest in the theater and films; working as a portrait painter; Leo Castelli's legal assistance; his "Valley Curtain" and wrapped works; his expenses and documentation for projects; French vs. American artists.
Biographical / Historical:
Christo (1935-) is an environmental sculptor and conceptual artist. Full name Christo Java[t]cheff.
General:
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 4 min.
Provenance:
These interviews are 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 others.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Topic:
Sculptors -- Interviews  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century  Search this
Installations (Art)  Search this
Environment (Art)  Search this
Conceptual art  Search this
Art -- Technique  Search this
Art -- Economic aspects  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.christ73
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-christ73
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Oral history interview with Paul Carey

Interviewee:
Carey, Paul, 1904-2001  Search this
Interviewer:
Karlstrom, Paul J.  Search this
Names:
Bohemian Club (San Francisco, Calif.)  Search this
Extent:
70 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1993 December 3 and 28
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Paul Carey conducted 1993 December 3 and 28, by Paul Karlstrom, for the Archives of Amerian Art.
Carey discusses the San Francisco Bay Area art scene from the 1920s to 1990s; the Bohemian Club and its members; and his work as an illustrator. Accompanying material consists of a 10 page statement by Carey written in preparation for the interview, and an exhibition brochure for Maurice Logan which includes a short biography written by Carey, 1975; Carey was associated with Logan as an illustrator.
Biographical / Historical:
Paul Carey (1904-2001) was an illustrator and painter from Piedmont, California. Carey attended California School of Fine Arts, 1924-1925.
General:
Originally recorded on 3 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 12 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 7 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. Funding for transcription provided by the Gerald and Bente Buck Collection as part of the Artists and Models series
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Topic:
Painters -- California -- Interviews  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- California -- San Francisco Bay Area  Search this
Illustrators -- California -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.carey93
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-carey93
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Oral history interview with Adele S. Brown and William H. Calfee

Interviewee:
Brown, Adele Smith, 1910-  Search this
Calfee, William H. (William Howard), 1909-1995  Search this
Interviewer:
Kirwin, Liza  Search this
Names:
Phillips Studio House  Search this
Acheson, Alice  Search this
Breeskin, Adelyn Dohme, 1896-1986  Search this
Crosby, Caresse, 1892-  Search this
Cross, Bernice  Search this
Gates, Robert Franklin, 1906-1982  Search this
Groves, George  Search this
Knaths, Karl, 1891-1971  Search this
Marin, John, 1870-1953  Search this
Noland, Kenneth, 1924-2010  Search this
Phillips, Duncan, 1886-1966  Search this
Phillips, Marjorie, 1895-1985  Search this
Taylor, Prentiss, 1907-1991  Search this
Tworkov, Jack  Search this
Watkins, Law Bradley  Search this
West, Hal, 1902-1968  Search this
Extent:
33 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1995 January 11
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Adele S. Brown and William H. Calfee conducted 1995 January 11, by Liza Kirwin, at Calfee's home in Chevy Chase, Maryland, for the Archives of American Art.
Brown and Calfee speak of their roles in Phillips Studio House. They recall Law Watkins, Karl Knaths, Duncan Phillips, Bernice Cross, Bob Gates, Marjorie Phillips, Alice Acheson, John Marin, George Groves, Harold West, Adelyn Breeskin, Kenneth Noland, Jack Tworkov, Caresse Crosby, Prentiss Taylor, and many others.
Biographical / Historical:
Brown, an art administrator in Washington, D.C., managed the sales gallery of the Phillips Studio House from 1933-1937. Calfee, a painter and sculptor, taught at the art school affiliated with Studio House from 1933 until it closed in 1945. Phillips Studio House, founded by C. Law Watkins, Associate Director of the Phillips Memorial Gallery, was both an art school and commercial gallery. It opened in November 1933, and closed in 1945 upon Watkins' death. In 1946 Calfee and a group of artists affiliated with the school were asked to form the first art department faculty at American University for which he served as its department head until 1954.
General:
Originally recorded on 1 sound cassette. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 33 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:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Occupation:
Arts administrators -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Educators -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Painters -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Sculptors -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Topic:
Women arts administrators  Search this
Women educators  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Function:
Art Schools -- Washington (D.C.)
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.brown95
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-brown95
Online Media:

Oral history interview with María Brito

Interviewee:
Brito, Maria, 1947-  Search this
Interviewer:
Martínez, Juan A.  Search this
Extent:
115 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Date:
1997 October 25
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Cuban born sculptor María Brito conducted 1997 October 25, by Juan A. Martínez, in Brito's home/studio, Miami, Florida, for the Archives of American Art.
Brito speaks of her birthplace, Havana, Cuba, and her early art education at the Edison School; her travels to Miami as part of the Peter Pan Project in 1961; her art studies at the Miami-Dade Community College and the University of Miami. She also comments on the Museum of Contemporary Hispanic Art (MOCHA) in New York, The Decade Show, her first exhibition in Miami at Gallery 24 in 1980, and other exhibitions.
Biographical / Historical:
María Brito (1947-) is a sculptor from Miami, Florida. Born in Havana, Cuba.
General:
Originally recorded on 2 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 3 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 2 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:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Occupation:
Sculptors -- Florida -- Miami  Search this
Installation artists -- Florida -- Miami  Search this
Topic:
Latino and Latin American artists  Search this
Cuban American art  Search this
Cuban American artists  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Women sculptors  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.brito97
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-brito97
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Cundo Bermúdez

Interviewee:
Bermúdez, Cundo, 1914-2008  Search this
Interviewer:
Martínez, Juan A.  Search this
Extent:
2 Items (sound cassettes, analog.)
33 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1997 December 13
Scope and Contents:
An interview with Cundo Bermúdez conducted 1997 December 13, by Juan A. Martínez, in Bermudez's home/studio, Miami, Florida, for the Archives of American Art.
Biographical / Historical:
Cundo Bermúdez (1914-2008) was a Cuban American painter. Born in Havana, 1914.
General:
Originally recorded 2 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 3 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 45 min.
Poor sound quality.
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.
Topic:
Painters -- Florida -- Miami -- Interviews  Search this
Artists -- Florida -- Miami -- Interviews  Search this
Expatriate artists -- Florida -- Miami -- Interviews  Search this
Artists -- Cuba -- Interviews  Search this
Latino and Latin American artists  Search this
Cuban American art  Search this
Cuban American artists  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Florida -- Miami  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.bermud97
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-bermud97
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Billy Al Bengston

Interviewee:
Bengston, Billy Al  Search this
Interviewer:
Morgan, Susan Ford  Search this
Names:
Ferus Gallery (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Ruscha, Edward  Search this
Westermann, H. C. (Horace Clifford), 1922-  Search this
Extent:
33 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2002 August 7-October 2
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Billy Al Bengston conducted 2002 August 7 and 2002 October 2, by Susan Ford Morgan, for the Archives of American Art, in subject's studio/home, in Venice, California.
Biographical / Historical:
Billy Al Bengston (1934- ) is a painter from Venice, California.
General:
Originally recorded on 2 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 4 digital wav file. Duration is 2 hrs., 6 min.
Sound Quality is poor. Session 2 inaudible. Interviewer did not check taping quality before taping interview.
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:
Use requires an appointment.
Topic:
Art, Modern -- 20th century  Search this
Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- California  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.bengst02
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-bengst02
Online Media:

Oral history interview with José Bedia

Interviewee:
Bedia, José, 1959-  Search this
Interviewer:
Martínez, Juan A.  Search this
Extent:
159 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1998 February 13
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Cuban born painter José Bedia conducted 1998 February 13, by Juan A. Martínez, in Bedia's studio/home, Miami, Florida, for the Archives of American Art.
Bedia discusses his early inclination toward drawing and interest in cartooning; receiving rigorous academic training at San Alejandro Art Academy in Havana and being introduced also to non-western art; attending graduate school at the Instituto Superior del Arte, 1976-1981; participating upon graduation in the Volumen I exhibition which was a turning point for Cuban artists; travel outside of Cuba to Budapest via Berlin, to New York, to an Indian reservation in the Southwest where he became acquainted with North American native art and artists, and to Angola with the Cuban military, where he came into contact with African roots of Cuban culture; moving to Mexico City and then to Miami; his art and inspirations; religion; his collection of African and American Indian art; and exhibitions in which he has participated.
Biographical / Historical:
José Bedia (1959-) is a Cuban born painter from Miami, Florida.
General:
Originally recorded on 2 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 3 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 15 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:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Occupation:
Artists -- Cuba  Search this
Topic:
Artists -- Florida -- Miami -- Interviews  Search this
Expatriate artists -- Florida -- Miami -- Interviews  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Florida -- Miami  Search this
Latino and Latin American artists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.bedia98
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-bedia98
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Oral history interview with Mansfield Bascom and Ruth Esherick Bascom about Wharton Esherick

Interviewee:
Bascom, Mansfield  Search this
Creator:
Bascom, Ruth Esherick  Search this
Interviewer:
Polsky, Richard  Search this
Names:
Esherick, Wharton  Search this
Extent:
78 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1990 July 13
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Ruth and Mansfield Bascom concerning artist Wharton Esherick, conducted 1990 July 13, by Richard Polsky, for the Archives of American Art Philadelphia Project.
Wharton Esherick was the father of Ruth Bascom. The Bascoms discuss Esherick's childhood sketching; studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; professional life including painting, printmaking, frame carving, sculpture and furniture making; stylistic development, working methods, clients, materials, and exhibitions; his stays in Fairhope, Alabama; his "organic" life style; and the establishment of the Wharton Esherick Museum.
Biographical / Historical:
Mansfield Bascom married Ruth Esherick and is the son-in-law of Wharton Esherick (1887-1970), who was a sculptor, painter, printmaker, wood-carver and furniture maker from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
General:
Originally recorded on 2 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 3 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 15 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 of artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
Restrictions:
Transcript: Patrons must use microfilm copy.
Occupation:
Cabinetmakers -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- Interviews  Search this
Wood-carvers -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- Interviews  Search this
Topic:
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia  Search this
Painters -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- Interviews  Search this
Printmakers -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- Interviews  Search this
Sculptors -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.bascom90
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-bascom90
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Ruth Esherick and Mansfield Bascom on Wharton Esherick

Interviewee:
Bascom, Ruth Esherick  Search this
Interviewer:
Pacini, Marina  Search this
Creator:
Bascom, Mansfield  Search this
Names:
Esherick, Wharton  Search this
Extent:
105 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1991 March 26
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Ruth Esherick Bascom and Mansfield Bascom regarding Wharton Esherick, conducted 1991 March 26, by Marina Pacini, for the Archives of American Art Philadelphia Project.
Ruth Esherick Bascom and Mansfield Bascom speak about Wharton Esherick's family, his education, his "organic" life in Paoli, Pennsylvania, and his efforts to support himself through the sale of his paintings, furniture and sculpture. They discuss Esherick's work, its stylistic development, and changes in his prints and furniture, materials; clients such as the Hedgrow Theater, The Fischer family, Marjorie Content, Curtis Bok; Esherick's studio and his workshop; Esherick's relationship with Miriam Phillips and some of the clients she brought him; and contacts in New York City.
Biographical / Historical:
Ruth Esherick Bascom from Paoli, Pennsylvania, is the daughter of Wharton Esherick (1887-1970), who was a sculptor, painter, printmaker, and furniture maker from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Bascom is married to Mansfield Bascom.
General:
Originally recorded on 2 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 40 min.
Provenance:
These interviews are 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 anda others.
Restrictions:
Transcript: Patrons must use microfilm copy.
Occupation:
Painters -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia  Search this
Cabinetmakers -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia  Search this
Printmakers -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia  Search this
Sculptors -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia  Search this
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Women printmakers  Search this
Women sculptors  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.bascom91
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-bascom91
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Margaret Scolari Barr relating to Alfred H. Barr

Interviewee:
Barr, Margaret Scolari, 1901-1987  Search this
Interviewer:
Cummings, Paul  Search this
Names:
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Barr, Alfred H., Jr., 1902-1981  Search this
Clark, Stephen C. (Stephen Carlton), b. 1882  Search this
D'Harnoncourt, Rene, 1901-1968  Search this
Hitchcock, Henry-Russell, 1903-1987  Search this
Johnson, Philip, 1906-2005  Search this
Rockefeller, Nelson A. (Nelson Aldrich), 1908-1979  Search this
Extent:
69 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1974 February 22-May 13
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Margaret Scolari Barr conducted 1974 February 22-1974 May 13, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art.
The interview primarily concerns her husband, Alfred Hamilton Barr, Jr., the director of the Museum of Modern Art, but also touches upon her childhood in Italy, her educational background, and teaching at Vassar. She discusses her husband's career with the Museum of Modern Art, including his travel and entertaining for the museum, borrowing works of art, installing exhibitions, his work methods and published writings, the Rescue Committee for European Artists in World War II, and the 1958 fire at the Museum of Modern Art. She describes Alfred Barr's firing from the Museum of Modern Art in 1943. She recalls Steven Clark, Rene D'Harnoncourt, Henry Russell Hitchcock, Philip Cortelyou Johnson, Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Margaret Scolari Barr (1901-1987) was married to Alfred Barr, the director of the Museum of Modern Art and lived in New York. Mrs. Barr taught at Vassar (Italian) and the Spence School (art history), wrote several books, and translated others. She worked closely with her husband, on numerous of his projects.
General:
Originally recorded on 2 sound tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 3 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 46 min.
Provenance:
These interviews are part of the Archives' 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 others.
Occupation:
Art historians -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Educators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art museum directors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Women art historians  Search this
Women educators  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.barr74
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-barr74
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Will Barnet

Interviewee:
Barnet, Will, 1911-2012  Search this
Interviewer:
Cummings, Paul  Search this
Names:
American Abstract Artists  Search this
Art Students League (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Cooper Union Museum for the Arts of Decoration  Search this
Extent:
78 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1968 January 15
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Will Barnet conducted 1968 January 15, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art.
Barnet speaks of his youth and early interest in art, studying at the Boston Museum School and the Art Students League of New York, where he later taught, artists who influenced him early in his career, moving to New York City, and building his reputation as a graphic artist. He comments on American politics in the 1930s and 1940s and their effect on art, changes in the art scene in the 1940s and the influence of the Surrealists, teaching at the Cooper Union School, dealers and galleries he has been affiliated with and his involvement with the American Abstract Artists group. He discusses the influence of pre-Columbian art on his work, his exhibitions, and his philosophies of teaching and painting.
Biographical / Historical:
Will Barnet (1911-) is a painter and graphic artist in New York, New York.
General:
Originally recorded 3 sound tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 12 digital wav files. Duration is 6 hr., 26 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 others.
Restrictions:
Transcript: Patrons must use microfilm copy.
Occupation:
Art teachers -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Topic:
Abstract expressionism  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Politics in art -- United States  Search this
Surrealism  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Printmakers -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.barnet68
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-barnet68
Online Media:

The coming of modernism to Chicago, 1910-1940

Creator:
Archives of American Art  Search this
Kruty, Paul Samuel  Search this
Morgan, Ann Lee  Search this
Moser, Charlotte, 1947-  Search this
Platt, Susan Noyes, 1945-  Search this
Prince, Sue Ann  Search this
Weininger, Susan  Search this
Weller, Allen S. (Allen Stuart), 1907-1997  Search this
Brettell, Richard R.  Search this
Engelbrecht, Lloyd C.  Search this
Germer, Stefan  Search this
Harris, Neil, 1938-  Search this
Berman, Avis  Search this
Coming of modernism to Chicago (1988 : Chicago, Ill.)  Search this
Collection Creator:
Archives of American Art  Search this
Extent:
6 Items (sound cassettes)
Container:
Item IM100RC.105
Item IM100RC.105
Item IM100RC.105
Item IM100RC.105
Item IM100RC.105
Item IM100RC.105
Type:
Archival materials
Audio [31027000062212]
Audio [31027000062220]
Audio [31027000062238]
Audio [31027000062188]
Audio [31027000062196]
Audio [31027000062204]
Sound recordings
Date:
1988 March
Scope and Contents:
Recordings of a symposium on modernism in Chicago, sponsored by the Archives of American Art. Participants include Neil Harris, Charlotte Moser, Allen Weller, Stefan Germer, Ann Lee Morgan, Susan Platt, Susan Weininger, Paul Kruty, Lloyd Engelbrecht, Avis Berman, Sue Ann Kendall and Richard (Rick) Brettell.
The end of Susan Weininger's talk and the beginning of Paul Kruty's talk are missing due to technical difficulties at the time of recording.
General:
Originally recorded on 6 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 10 digital wav files. Duration is 6 hrs., 54 min.
Funding note:
Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.
Provenance:
These sound recordings are part of the Archives' 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 others.
Collection Restrictions:
Use requires an appointment.
Occupation:
Art historians  Search this
Topic:
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Modernism (Art)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.archiv57, Item AAA
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-archiv57-ref7

Oral history interview with Robert Taylor

Interviewee:
Taylor, Robert, 1925-2009  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F.  Search this
Extent:
75 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Date:
1980 March 13-1990 June 7
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Robert Taylor conducted 1980 March 13-1990 June 7, by Robert Brown, for the Archives of American Art, in Marblehead, Massachusetts.
Biographical / Historical:
Robert Taylor (1925-2009) was an art, literary and music critic, author, educator, and lecturer from Boston, Massachusetts. Wrote for the Boston Herald, 1952-1967, Boston Globe, 1968-1989. Columns for New Boston Review, later appearing in "Atlantic Monthly," were written under pseudonym Count Bibesco.
General:
Originally recorded on 2 sound tape reels and 1 sound cassette. Reformatted in 2010 as 3 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 46 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:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Occupation:
Art critics -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Interviews  Search this
Topic:
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Art criticism  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.taylor80
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-taylor80
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Oral history interview with John Spencer

Interviewee:
Spencer, John, 1911-1996  Search this
Interviewer:
Karlstrom, Paul J.  Search this
Names:
Cornwell, Dean, 1892-1960  Search this
Extent:
2 Items (sound cassettes (1 hr., 23 min.), analog.)
41 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Place:
Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Buildings, structures, etc
Date:
1994 September 1
Scope and Contents:
An interview with John Spencer conducted 1994 September 1, by Paul J. Karlstrom, for the Archives of American Art.
Spencer discusses his work assisting Dean Cornwell on the Los Angeles Central Library murals between 1927-1933; his subsequent relationship with Cornwell; and his experience as a young artist in Southern California in the 1930s.
Biographical / Historical:
John Spencer was a painter from Pasadena, California.
General:
Originally recorded 2 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 3 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 23 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 audio recording is restricted. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Topic:
Art, American -- California, Southern  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- California, Southern  Search this
Muralists -- California -- Interviews  Search this
Mural painting and decoration, American  Search this
Mural painting and decoration -- 20th century -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.spence94
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-spence94
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Joel Shapiro

Interviewee:
Shapiro, Joel  Search this
Interviewer:
Kachur, Lewis  Search this
Names:
New York University -- Students  Search this
Paula Cooper Gallery  Search this
Extent:
96 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1988 July 15-December 14
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Joel Shapiro conducted 1988 July 15-December 14, by Lewis Kachur, at the artist's home/studio in Westport, N.Y., for the Archives of American Art.
Shapiro recalls his childhood in Queens, early plans for medical school, and a Peace Corps stint in India. He describes the New York art scene in the 1960s, including his own study at New York University. Shapiro relates the development of his work and showing at the Paula Cooper Gallery.
Biographical / Historical:
Joel Shapiro (1941-) is a sculptor from New York, N.Y.
General:
A portion of this interview was not transcribed.
Audio quality in the last portion of this interview is very poor.
Originally recorded on 6 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 5 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hr., 13 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.
Topic:
Sculptors -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.shapir88
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-shapir88
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Bernarda Bryson Shahn

Topic:
Art front
Interviewee:
Bryson, Bernarda  Search this
Interviewer:
Kirwin, Liza  Search this
Names:
Artists' Union (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
John Reed Club  Search this
Shahn, Ben, 1898-1969  Search this
Extent:
37 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1983 April 29
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Bernarda Bryson conducted 1983 April 29, by Liza Kirwin, for the Archives of American Art.
Bryson speaks of her family background and education; writing for the Ohio State Journal; teaching etching and lithography; meeting Diego Rivera and Ben Shahn; the formation of the Unemployed Artists Group and her role as secretary, 1933; the Gibson Committee, the John Reed Club, and the Artists' Union in New York City; founding Art Front magazine; pressure from the Communist Party; demonstrating at the Whitney Museum of American Art, 1934; lithography under Adrian Dornbush; assisting Ben Shahn; her work as an illustrator; and her painting since 1971.
Biographical / Historical:
Bernarda Bryson (1903-2004) was a printmaker and painter from Roosevelt, New Jersey. She is the widow of artist Ben Shahn.
General:
Originally recorded on 1 sound cassette. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 26 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 others.
Occupation:
Painters -- New Jersey -- Interviews  Search this
Topic:
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- United States -- Political aspects  Search this
Printmakers -- New Jersey -- Interviews  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.shahn83
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-shahn83
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Peter Howard Selz

Interviewee:
Selz, Peter Howard, 1919-2019  Search this
Interviewer:
Karlstrom, Paul J.  Search this
Extent:
25 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1999 November 3
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Peter Selz conducted 1999 November 3, by Paul J. Karlstrom, for the Archives of American Art, in Selz's home, Berkeley, California.
This interview was conducted at Selz's request to provide a narrative conversation for a catalogue to accompany "Cross-Currents in Modern Art: A Tribute to Peter Selz," an exhibition at Achim Moeller Gallery in New York City, February 2 to March 3, 2000.
The interview focused on Selz's career as an art historian, and on the subject of modernism, with particular attention to Selz's writings and the many exhibitions in which less familiar artists (German Expressionists, Klimt, Schiele, Californians, Leon Golub, other figurative painters) and even movements (Art Nouveau, Futurism, Exhibition Momentum, Funk) were introduced. Selz discussed teaching at Moholy-Nagy's New Bauhaus in Chicago; his divergent ideas from more typical mainstream thinking about modernism primarily in formalist terms; his views on and understanding of modern art through his teaching and as a museum curator (Museum of Modern Art, NYC) and director (University Art Museum, Berkeley).
Biographical / Historical:
Peter Howard Selz (1919-2019 ) was a curator and art historian from Berkeley, California.
General:
Originally recorded 1 sound cassette. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 1 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:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Occupation:
Art historians -- California -- Berkeley -- Interviews  Search this
Topic:
Art, Modern -- 20th century  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.selz99
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-selz99
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