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Oral history interview with Ruth and Richard Shack, 1996 December 7-1997 February 8

Interviewee:
Shack, Ruth, 1931-  Search this
Interviewer:
Shack, Richard, 1926-  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- Florida -- Miami -- Interviews  Search this
Latin American art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Hispanic American art  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13557
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216207
AAA_collcode_shack96
Theme:
Latino and Latin American
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_216207
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Tom Patti, 2010 January 18-19

Interviewee:
Patti, Tom, 1943-  Search this
Interviewer:
Warmus, William, 1953-  Search this
Subject:
Arnheim, Rudolf  Search this
Borowsky, Irvin J.  Search this
Buechner, Thomas S.  Search this
Fuller, R. Buckminster (Richard Buckminster)  Search this
Gund, Ann  Search this
Gund, Graham  Search this
Heller, Doug  Search this
Hunter-Stiebel, Penelope  Search this
Kostellow, Rowena Reed  Search this
Moholy-Nagy, Sibyl  Search this
Parriott, Joseph  Search this
Pelli, Cesar  Search this
Rockwell, Norman  Search this
Rogers, Malcolm J. (Malcolm Jennings)  Search this
Safdie, Moshe  Search this
Wagman, Laurie  Search this
Wood, Art  Search this
Corning Museum of Glass.  Search this
General Electric Company  Search this
George Walter Vincent Smith Museum  Search this
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Norman Rockwell Museum at Stockbridge  Search this
Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corporation  Search this
Penland School of Crafts  Search this
Pratt Institute  Search this
Sienna Gallery  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Place:
Colombia -- description and travel
Europe -- description and travel
Israel -- description and travel
Topic:
Design, Industrial -- Study and teaching  Search this
Designers -- Massachusetts -- Interviews  Search this
Glass art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Glass artists -- Massachusetts -- Interviews  Search this
Glass blowing and working -- Study and teaching  Search this
Sculptors -- Massachusetts -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15780
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)287761
AAA_collcode_patti10
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_287761
Online Media:

Oral history interview with José Maria Mijares, 1998 Jan. 17

Interviewee:
Mijares Fernández, José María, 1921-2004  Search this
Interviewer:
Martínez, Juan A  Search this
Subject:
Peláez, Amelia  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Topic:
Cuban American art  Search this
Artists -- Florida -- Miami -- Interviews  Search this
Expatriate artists -- Florida -- Miami -- Interviews  Search this
Artists -- Cuba -- Interviews  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Florida -- Miami  Search this
Cuban American artists -- Interviews  Search this
Hispanic American artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13560
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216453
AAA_collcode_mijare98
Theme:
Latino and Latin American
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_216453
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Enrique Guy Garcia, 1998 Mar. 18

Interviewee:
Garcia, Enrique Guy, 1928-  Search this
Interviewer:
Martínez, Juan A  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Hispanic American artists -- Interviews  Search this
Artists -- Florida -- Miami -- Interviews  Search this
Painters -- Florida -- Miami -- Interviews  Search this
Sculptors -- Florida -- Miami -- Interviews  Search this
Expatriate artists -- Florida -- Miami -- Interviews  Search this
Artists -- Cuba -- Interviews  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Florida -- Miami  Search this
Cuban American art  Search this
Cuban American artists -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13567
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216454
AAA_collcode_garcia98
Theme:
Latino and Latin American
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_216454
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Cundo Bermúdez, 1997 December 13

Interviewee:
BermÔudez, Cundo, 1914-2008  Search this
Interviewer:
Martínez, Juan A  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
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
Hispanic American artists -- Interviews  Search this
Cuban American artists -- Interviews  Search this
Cuban American art -- Florida -- Miami  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Florida -- Miami  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)5420
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216451
AAA_collcode_bermud97
Theme:
Latino and Latin American
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_216451
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Demi, 1997 November 20

Interviewee:
Demi, 1955-  Search this
Interviewer:
Martínez, Juan A  Search this
Subject:
Rodríguez, Arturo  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Artists -- Florida -- Miami -- Interviews  Search this
Expatriate artists -- Florida -- Miami -- Interviews  Search this
Artists -- Cuba -- Interviews  Search this
Hispanic American artists -- Florida -- Miami -- Interviews  Search this
Hispanic American women artists -- Florida -- Miami -- Interviews  Search this
Cuban American artists -- Interviews  Search this
Cuban American art  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Florida -- Miami  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13571
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216455
AAA_collcode_demi97
Theme:
Latino and Latin American
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_216455
Online Media:

Oral history interview with José Bedia, 1998 February 13

Interviewee:
Bedia, José, 1959-  Search this
Interviewer:
Martínez, Juan A  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Artists -- Florida -- Miami -- Interviews  Search this
Expatriate artists -- Florida -- Miami -- Interviews  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Florida -- Miami  Search this
Hispanic American artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)5419
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216459
AAA_collcode_bedia98
Theme:
Latino and Latin American
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_216459
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Ralph Coburn, 1995 May 25-June 23

Interviewee:
Coburn, Ralph, 1923-  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F  Search this
Subject:
Kelly, Ellsworth  Search this
Nelson, Carl Gustaf  Search this
Netsch, Walter  Search this
Plaut, James S. (James Sachs)  Search this
Polonsky, Arthur  Search this
Saltonstall, Nathaniel  Search this
Swetzoff, Hyman Wulf  Search this
Wilson, John  Search this
Zerbe, Karl  Search this
Boris Mirski Gallery  Search this
Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, Mass.)  Search this
Massachusetts Institute of Technology  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Topic:
Architecture -- Study and teaching  Search this
Designers -- Massachusetts -- Gloucester -- Interviews  Search this
Painters -- Massachusetts -- Gloucester -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13209
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216509
AAA_collcode_coburn95
Theme:
Architecture & Design
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_216509
Online Media:

Photograph of Chingo Bling on the set of Pitbull's "Toma" video shoot

Photograph by:
Julia Beverly, American, born 1981  Search this
Subject of:
Chingo Bling, Mexican American, born 1979  Search this
Pitbull, American, born 1981  Search this
Printed by:
Unidentified  Search this
Medium:
dye and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
Dimensions:
H x W (Sheet): 10 15/16 × 14 1/16 in. (27.8 × 35.7 cm)
H x W (Image): 8 15/16 × 13 7/16 in. (22.7 × 34.2 cm)
Type:
chromogenic color prints
portraits
Place captured:
Miami Beach, Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States, North and Central America
Date:
February 19, 2005; printed later
Topic:
African American  Search this
Fashion  Search this
Gesture  Search this
Hip hop (Music)  Search this
Latin hip hop (Music)  Search this
Musicians  Search this
Photography  Search this
Rappers (Musicians)  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2015.132.137
Restrictions & Rights:
© Julia Beverly/Ozone Magazine
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title:
Eyejammie Hip Hop Photography Collection
Classification:
Media Arts-Photography
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd57e82f3a4-e595-4c05-af03-8c83f7f7808c
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2015.132.137
Online Media:

Photograph of Lil Jon with video models on the set of the "Toma" video shoot

Photograph by:
Julia Beverly, American, born 1981  Search this
Subject of:
Lil Jon, American, born 1971  Search this
Unidentified Woman or Women  Search this
Pitbull, American, born 1981  Search this
Printed by:
Unidentified  Search this
Medium:
dye and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
Dimensions:
H x W (Sheet): 14 1/16 × 11 in. (35.7 × 27.9 cm)
H x W (Image): 13 1/2 × 9 in. (34.3 × 22.8 cm)
Type:
chromogenic color prints
portraits
Place captured:
Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States, North and Central America
Date:
February 19, 2005; printed later
Topic:
African American  Search this
Hip hop (Music)  Search this
Latin hip hop (Music)  Search this
Musicians  Search this
Photography  Search this
Rappers (Musicians)  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2015.132.145
Restrictions & Rights:
© Julia Beverly/Ozone Magazine
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title:
Eyejammie Hip Hop Photography Collection
Classification:
Media Arts-Photography
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5c4d93bdc-0aeb-490c-a432-cda3eb7558b6
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2015.132.145
Online Media:

Photograph of Pitbull on the Venetian Bridge, downtown Miami

Photograph by:
Julia Beverly, American, born 1981  Search this
Subject of:
Pitbull, American, born 1981  Search this
Medium:
dye and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
Dimensions:
H x W (Sheet): 14 1/16 × 11 in. (35.7 × 27.9 cm)
H x W (Image): 13 7/16 × 9 1/16 in. (34.1 × 23 cm)
Type:
chromogenic color prints
portraits
digital prints
Place captured:
Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States, North and Central America
Date:
2004
Topic:
African American  Search this
Architecture  Search this
Hip hop (Music)  Search this
Latin hip hop (Music)  Search this
Musicians  Search this
Photography  Search this
Rappers (Musicians)  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2015.132.147
Restrictions & Rights:
© Julia Beverly/Ozone Magazine
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title:
Eyejammie Hip Hop Photography Collection
Classification:
Media Arts-Photography
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd59a7d3c86-a9ab-4b3e-90b8-60ed10445b8c
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2015.132.147
Online Media:

Photograph of 2 Live Crew fans in Miami, Florida

Photograph by:
Al Pereira, American, born 1963  Search this
Subject of:
2 Live Crew, American, 1985 - 2014  Search this
Printed by:
Bill Adler, American, born 1951  Search this
Medium:
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
Dimensions:
H x W (Sheet): 10 15/16 × 13 15/16 in. (27.8 × 35.4 cm)
H x W (Image): 8 11/16 × 13 1/16 in. (22.1 × 33.2 cm)
Type:
gelatin silver prints
Place captured:
Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States, North and Central America
Date:
1994; printed 2003
Topic:
African American  Search this
Gesture  Search this
Hip hop (Music)  Search this
Photography  Search this
Rappers (Musicians)  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2015.132.264
Restrictions & Rights:
© Al Pereira
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title:
Eyejammie Hip Hop Photography Collection
Classification:
Media Arts-Photography
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd50fc4f748-9f86-421d-923b-ece441cc3285
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2015.132.264
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Ruben Torres-Llorca

Interviewee:
Torres Llorca, Rubén, 1957-  Search this
Interviewer:
Martínez, Juan A.  Search this
Names:
Instituto Superior de Arte (Cuba)  Search this
Bedia, José, 1959-  Search this
Rodríguez Brey, Ricardo, 1955-  Search this
Extent:
133 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Date:
1998 January 31
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Ruben Torres-Llorca conducted 1998 January 31, by Juan A. Martínez, in Torres Llora's home/studio, Miami, Florida, for the Archives of American Art.
Torres Llora discusses his early interest in art; his father, whom he never met, who was a talented commercial artist; studying art at San Alejandro Academy of Art, Havana and fellow students Jose Bedia and Ricardo Rodriguez Brey; graduate studies at Havana's Instituto Superior del Arte; participating in the "Volumen I" exhibition in 1981; travels to Mexico, where he began sculpture and installations; returning to Cuba and curating exhibitions of younger artists; moving to Buenos Aires, Mexico City, and since 1993, Miami; artistic influences, including literature, anthropology, sociololgy, film, and other disciplines on him; his mixed media figurative objects of the 1990s which tell a narrative, are socially oriented, and at best, provide a shared experience for the viewer.
Biographical / Historical:
Ruben Torres-Llorca (1957-) is a painter and sculptor in Miami, Florida.
General:
Originally recorded on 2 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 3 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 6 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 this interview provided by Smithsonian Institution's Latino Pool Fund.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Occupation:
Artists -- Cuba  Search this
Topic:
Artists -- Florida -- Miami -- Interviews  Search this
Hispanic American artists -- Florida -- Miami -- Interviews  Search this
Expatriate artists -- Florida -- Miami -- Interviews  Search this
Art, Cuban  Search this
Cuban American art  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Florida -- Miami  Search this
Cuban American artists -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.torres98
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-torres98

Oral history interview with Ramón Cernuda

Interviewee:
Cernuda, Ramón  Search this
Interviewer:
Martínez, Juan A.  Search this
Names:
Cuban Museum of Arts and Culture (Miami, Fla.)  Search this
Extent:
38 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1998 March 28
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Ramón Cernuda conducted 1998 March 28, by Juan A. Martínez, in Cernuda's office, Miami, Florida, for the Archives of American Art.
Biographical / Historical:
Ramón Cernuda (1947-) is an art collector in Miami, Florida.
General:
Originally recorded on 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. Funding for this interview provided by the Smithsonian Institution's Latino Pool Fund.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Occupation:
Artists -- Cuba  Search this
Topic:
Art, Cuban -- Collectors and collecting -- Florida -- Miami  Search this
Cuban American art -- Collectors and collecting -- Florida -- Miami  Search this
Cuban American artists  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Florida -- Miami  Search this
Hispanic American art  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.cernud98
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-cernud98

Oral history interview with Ralph Coburn

Interviewee:
Coburn, Ralph, 1923-  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F.  Search this
Names:
Boris Mirski Gallery (Boston, Mass.)  Search this
Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, Mass.)  Search this
Massachusetts Institute of Technology -- Students  Search this
Kelly, Ellsworth, 1923-  Search this
Nelson, Carl Gustaf, 1898-1988  Search this
Netsch, Walter  Search this
Plaut, James S. (James Sachs), 1912-1996  Search this
Polonsky, Arthur  Search this
Saltonstall, Nathaniel, 1903-1968  Search this
Swetzoff, Hyman Wulf, 1920-1968  Search this
Wilson, John, 1922-2015  Search this
Zerbe, Karl, 1903-1972  Search this
Extent:
48 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Date:
1995 May 25-June 23
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Ralph Coburn conducted 1995 May 25 and 1995 June 23, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art, in Coburn's home, Gloucester, Massachusetts.
Coburn talks about his parents and his childhood in Miami Beach, Florida; his early schooling; and entering Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in 1941, in its 5-year architecture program. He recalls Walter Netsch, a classmate at MIT, who later became a partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, who introduced Coburn to modern design and to avant-garde music. He also recalls the painter and head of painting at the Museum of Fine Arts School, Karl Zerbe, his teacher in the course of his work for advanced MIT architecture students. He talks about his return to Florida as a draftsman for an aircraft equipment company in Miami, outfitting planes for the African campaign, and his foreman, a son of Al Capone; then returning to Massachusetts to work with an electrical company making secret military components.
Coburn discusses returning to and dropping out of MIT; working at the Institute of Modern Art in Boston through Hyman Swetzoff; following Swetzoff to the Boris Mirski Gallery; studying at Mirski's art school with Esther Geller and John Wilson and friends made at the school, including Ellsworth Kelly, Arthur Polonsky, and Reed Kaye. He recalls Carl Nelson, one of his teachers. He talks about the change in atmosphere at the Institute with the replacement of Thomas Metcalf by James Plaut and Nathaniel Saltonstall who changed the Institute's name to Institute of Contemporary Art and the protest surrounding the name change.
Biographical / Historical:
Ralph Coburn (1923- ) is an architect, painter, and designer currently living in Gloucester, Massahusetts.
General:
Originally recorded on 2 sound cassettes as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 36 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
Occupation:
Architects -- Massachusetts  Search this
Topic:
Architecture -- Study and teaching  Search this
Designers -- Massachusetts -- Gloucester -- Interviews  Search this
Painters -- Massachusetts -- Gloucester -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.coburn95
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-coburn95

Oral history interview with Arturo Rodríguez

Interviewee:
Rodríguez, Arturo, 1956-  Search this
Interviewer:
Gillespie, Benjamin, 1988-  Search this
Names:
Pandemic Oral History Project  Search this
Extent:
1 Item ((23 min.), digital, mp4)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Interviews
Video recordings
Date:
2020 August 26
Scope and Contents:
An interview with Arturo Rodríguez conducted 2020 August 26, by Benjamin Gillespie, for the Archives of American Art's Pandemic Oral History Project at Rodríguez's home and studio in Miami, Florida.
Biographical / Historical:
Arturo Rodríguez (1956- ) is a painter in Miami, Florida.
Related Materials:
The Archives of American Art also holds the papers of Demi and Arturo Rodríguez.
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 interview is open for research.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its Oral History Program interviews available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. Quotation, reproduction and publication of the audio is governed by restrictions. If an interview has been transcribed, researchers must quote from the transcript. If an interview has not been transcribed, researchers must quote from the audio recording. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Occupation:
Painters -- Florida -- Miami  Search this
Topic:
Pandemics  Search this
COVID-19 (Disease)  Search this
Latino and Latin American artists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Video recordings
Identifier:
AAA.rodrig20
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-rodrig20
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Demi

Interviewee:
Demi, 1955-  Search this
Interviewer:
Franco, Josh T., 1985-  Search this
Names:
Pandemic Oral History Project  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (video files (21 min.) Video, digital, mp4)
6 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Video recordings
Date:
2020 September 2
Scope and Contents:
An interview with Demi conducted 2020 September 2, by Josh Franco, for the Archives of American Art's Pandemic Oral History Project at Demi's home in Miami, Florida.
Biographical / Historical:
Demi (1955-) is a painter in Miami, Florida. Demi (who uses only her first name) is a self-taught artist born in Cuba. Her husband is the painter Arturo Rodriguez.
Related Materials:
The Archives of American Art also holds an interview of Demi conducted 1997 November 20, by Juan A. Martínez and the Demi and Arturo Rodríguez papers.
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 interview is open for research. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its Oral History Program interviews available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. Quotation, reproduction and publication of the audio is governed by restrictions. If an interview has been transcribed, researchers must quote from the transcript. If an interview has not been transcribed, researchers must quote from the audio recording. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Occupation:
Painters -- Florida -- Miami  Search this
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
Cuban American artists  Search this
Latino and Latin American artists  Search this
Pandemics  Search this
COVID-19 (Disease)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Video recordings
Identifier:
AAA.demi20
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-demi20
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Douglas S. Cramer

Interviewee:
Cramer, Douglas S.  Search this
Interviewer:
Berman, Avis  Search this
Extent:
82 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2013 October 23-December 13
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Douglas S. Cramer conducted 2013 October 23-December 13, by Avis Berman, for the Archives of American Art, at Cramer's homes in Miami Beach, Florida and New York, New York.
Cramer speaks of growing up in Kentucky and Cincinnati; his mother's career as a writer and interior designer; his interest in collecting objects as a young boy; growing up under his parents and his family history; racism and prejudices in society and Hollywood; the impact of the Depression on his family; his early interest in theater and art; his involvement with Hollywood and production work; his early art and real estate purchases; his friendship since high school with Jim Dine; reactions from dealers and artists when selling artwork; his belief in the importance of artists' drawings; his college career and his desire to go to Princeton; his desire to live in New York City; working for Proctor & Gamble; his early foray into collecting; his first collection of 20th century works on paper; meeting Leo Castelli and Jasper Johns; guidance of Dan Melnick in collecting; living and collecting in California; his desire to own a Joseph Cornell box; his divorce from Joyce Haber and their California collection; buying from Leo Castelli; getting to know and collecting Julian Schnabel; getting a protrait painted by Schnabel; donating works of art to museums; art dealers and customer service; working on the Love Boat (series); Andy Warhol's involvement with the Love Boat; his involvement with the MOCA board; the creation of the Douglas Cramer Foundation; Batman (series) and Roy Lichtenstein; meeting, collecting, and friendship with Roy Lichtenstein; meeting, collecting, and friendship with Ellsworth Kelly; Andy Warhol's persona. Cramer also recalls Larry Gagosian, Jeffrey Deitch, Eli Broad, David Hockney, Jasper Johns, Margo Leavin, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Mark Rothko, Charles and Doris Saatchi, Paul Schimmel, Richard Serra, Marcia and Fred Weisman, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Douglas S. Cramer (1931- ) is an American television producer and contemporary art collector in New York, New York. Avis Berman (1949- ) is an art historian and author in New York, New York.
General:
Originally recorded as 4 sound files. Duration is 5 hr., 8 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
Restrictions:
For information on how to access this interview contact Reference Services.
Rights:
Authorization to quote or reproduce for purposes of publication requires written permission from Douglas S. Cramer.
Topic:
Producers and directors  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.cramer13
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-cramer13

Oral history interview with Tom Patti

Interviewee:
Patti, Tom  Search this
Interviewer:
Warmus, William, 1953-  Search this
Creator:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Names:
Corning Museum of Glass.  Search this
General Electric Company  Search this
George Walter Vincent Smith Museum  Search this
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts -- Students  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Norman Rockwell Museum at Stockbridge  Search this
Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corporation  Search this
Penland School of Crafts -- Students  Search this
Pratt Institute -- Students  Search this
Sienna Gallery  Search this
Arnheim, Rudolf  Search this
Borowsky, Irvin J.  Search this
Buechner, Thomas S.  Search this
Fuller, R. Buckminster (Richard Buckminster), 1895-1983  Search this
Gund, Ann  Search this
Gund, Graham  Search this
Heller, Doug, 1946-  Search this
Hunter-Stiebel, Penelope, 1946-  Search this
Kostellow, Rowena Reed  Search this
Moholy-Nagy, Sibyl, 1905-  Search this
Parriott, Joseph  Search this
Pelli, Cesar  Search this
Rockwell, Norman, 1894-1978  Search this
Rogers, Malcolm J. (Malcolm Jennings), 1890-1960  Search this
Safdie, Moshe, 1938-  Search this
Wagman, Laurie  Search this
Wood, Art  Search this
Extent:
77 Pages (Transcript)
6 Items (Sound recording: 6 sound files (4 hr., 47 min.), digital, wav)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Place:
Colombia -- Description and Travel
Europe -- description and travel
Israel -- Description and Travel
Date:
2010 January 18-19
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Tom Patti conducted 2010 January 18 and 19, by William Warmus, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, at Patti's residence, in Miami Beach, Florida.
Patti talks about growing up in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, in a working-class neighborhood, and playing in and around the General Electric Corp. landfill, the major employer in the area; losing vision in one eye after a childhood accident; he recalls running with a tough crowd during high school and making homemade tattoos for his friends; his probation officer during high school, who encouraged his interest in art; meeting Norman Rockwell, who encouraged him to attend Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York; majoring in industrial design at Pratt, where he worked with Rowena Reed Kostellow; the idealism and social consciousness of the 1960s; exposure to the ideas of visionary architects such as Moshe Safdie and Buckminster Fuller; the New York art/social scene in the 1960s, including Max's Kansas City; meeting Marilyn Holtz, whom he later married; a trip to Colombia to discuss shelter development, and exposure to severe poverty; a resulting focus on people-centered shelter ideas; graduate work at Pratt, and the value of his studies in an academic environment; working with inflatable shelters, experimenting with different materials, including using glass; returning to the Berkshires in Massachusetts, working odd jobs, running a small glass school for children; becoming aware of the studio glass movement and attending a glassblowing workshop at Penland School of Crafts in Penland, North Carolina, in 1971; continued work with glass, including Vitrolite and other scavenged materials; growing public recognition in the 1970s; an internship at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Manie, where he met Steve Feren, with whom he worked for several years; acquisition of work by the Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York, in 1976; first one-man gallery show in 1977; purchase of work by the Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York; series Solar Riser and the importance of a meditative/spiritual component of his work; setting up a studio in Plainfield, Massachusetts; first museum exhibition at the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum in Springfield, Massachusetts; speaking at the World Crafts Council conference in Vienna in the late 1970s; continued travel and recognition in Europe in the 1980s; "Genic Doran Divider-Sentinel," (1982-84), commissioned sculpture for General Electric in Pittsfield, which led to his focus on laminated materials; early 1990s studio expansion to work on a larger scale; commission work with Cesar Pelli for Owens Corning Fiberglas in 1993; one-person show at Serge Lechazynski's gallery in Biot, France; travels in Europe and Israel; serving on the board of the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts; consulting work with the glass and materials industry; "Spectral-Luma Ellipse" (2000); "Spatial Boundary" (2001), commissioned by Ann and Graham Gund; continued smaller-scale work; designing the window for Sienna Gallery in Lenox, Massachusetts, owned by his daughter; recent commissions including "Morton Square" in 2004, the Roosevelt Avenue Intermodal Station (2004), both in New York City, and "Miami Rain" (2009), Miami, Florida; and the importance of transparency, opacity, and translucency in his work. He also recalls Joseph Parriott, Sybil Moholy-Nagy, Rudolf Arnheim, Art Wood, Thomas Buechner, Doug Heller, Penelope Hunter-Stiebel, Laurie Wagman and Irvin Borowsky, and Malcolm Rogers.
Biographical / Historical:
Tom Patti (1943- ) is a glass artist, sculptor, and designer in Pittsfield, Massachusetts and Miami Beach, Florida.
General:
Originally recorded on 6 memory cards. Duration is 4 hr., 47 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:
Design, Industrial -- Study and teaching  Search this
Designers -- Massachusetts -- Interviews  Search this
Glass art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Glass artists -- Massachusetts -- Interviews  Search this
Glass blowing and working -- Study and teaching  Search this
Sculptors -- Massachusetts -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.patti10
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-patti10

Oral history interview with William Douglas Carlson

Interviewee:
Carlson, William, 1950-  Search this
Creator:
Riedel, Mija, 1958-  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Names:
Alfred University -- Students  Search this
Art Students League (New York, N.Y.) -- Students  Search this
Cleveland Institute of Art -- Students  Search this
Lowe Art Museum  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Pilchuck Glass Center (Stanwood, Wash.)  Search this
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign -- Faculty  Search this
University of Miami -- Faculty  Search this
Billeci, Andre  Search this
Carpenter, James, 1949-  Search this
Chihuly, Dale, 1941-  Search this
Dailey, Dan, 1947-  Search this
Daley, William, 1925-  Search this
Fereighi, Christine  Search this
Heizer, Michael, 1944-  Search this
Heller, Doug, 1946-  Search this
Hilton, Eric  Search this
Marquis, Richard, 1945-  Search this
Marx, Bonnie  Search this
Matta-Clark, Gordon, 1943-1978  Search this
Serra, Richard, 1938-  Search this
Smith, Terry, 1960 June 15-  Search this
Stella, Frank  Search this
Young, Brent  Search this
Extent:
7 Items (Sound recording: 7 sound files (4 hr., 6 min.), digital, wav)
89 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Date:
2009 June 24-25
Scope and Contents:
An interview of William Douglas Carlson conducted 2009 June 24-25, by Mija Riedel, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, at Carlson's home, in Miami, Florida.
Carlson discusses his move to the University of Miami in 2003 after 27 years at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign; his recent site-specific installation Procellous Wall at the Lowe Art Museum in Coral Gables, Florida; the change in his work since his move to Miami, finishing a series of pieces that began in 2000 dealing with language, and his sense of being in a transitional period with his work; growing up in a small town in Ohio, and his early use of adhesives, the field his father worked in, as the spur for his later work in laminating glass; classes at the Art Students League in New York City and Woodstock, New York; attending the Cleveland Institute of Art; spending the summer of 1971 in Stanwood, Washington, helping set up the Pilchuck Glass School, then returning to set up a glass program at the Cleveland Institute of Art with Christine Federighi; the lure of glass, and the danger that its beauty can overshadow artistic substance, which led in part to his decision to mix it with other materials; the influence of minimalism and of Russian constructivism, architecture and modern design; graduate studies at Alfred University, Alfred, New York; accepting a teaching job at the University of Illinois in 1976; work with lamination and expanding scale in his work; use of Vitrolite; large-scale installation work, beginning in the early 1980s, including Optional Refractions and Allele; reflection on the deliberate, design-focused nature of his work; his language series beginning in 2000; the series Pragnanz; philosophy of teaching; the value of intensive learning environments such as craft schools compared with the cross pollination of ideas available at a larger university; the imperative for craft to integrate new materials, technology, and ideas while retaining the importance of the hand; the role of galleries and collectors, and involvement in larger art and craft venues, including the May Show and SOFA; his stint as a judge in a barbecued rib cook-off; the effect of seminal exhibitions such as like "Objects: USA," [1969] and "Poetry of the Physical" (1986) in setting a standard of professionalism for and providing visibility to makers; impact of his international travel; a turn away from pure design and towards a more poetic ambiance in the language series; the use of projected light and his use of cast prismatic shadows in his installation The Nature of Things in Jacksonville, Florida; the issue of scale in his work; artists whose work he admires, including Frank Stella, Richard Serra, Michael Heizer, Tony Smith, Gordon Matta-Clark, William Daley; studio glass as an international movement; involvement with various craft organizations, and wrestling with the definition of a craft artist; preparations to move to Massachusetts and spend some contemplative time thinking about and working on new directions. He recalls Brent Young, Dale Chihuly, Jamie Carpenter, Christine Federighi, Richard Marquis, Eric Hilton, Andre Billeci, Dan Dailey, Doug Heller and Bonnie Marx.
Biographical / Historical:
William Douglas Carlson (1950- ) is a glass artist and educator in Miami, Florida. Carlson was educated at Alfred University.
General:
Originally recorded on 2 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 7 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hr., 6 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.
Topic:
Constructivism (Art)  Search this
Glass art -- Technique  Search this
Glass art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Glass artists -- Florida -- Interviews  Search this
Minimal art  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.carlso09
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-carlso09

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