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Oral history interview with Jacob Lawrence and Gwendolyn Knight

Interviewee:
Lawrence, Jacob, 1917-2000  Search this
Knight, Gwendolyn  Search this
Interviewer:
Karlstrom, Paul J.  Search this
Extent:
82 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1998 November 18
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Jacob Lawrence and Gwendolyn Knight conducted 1998 November 18, by Paul Karlstrom, for the Archives of American Art, in the artists' home in Seatle, Washington.
Biographical / Historical:
Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000) was a painter and educator in Seattle, Washington and New York, New York. Gwendolyn Knight (1914-2005) was the wife of Lawrence, as well as an artist, herself and lived in New York, New York and Seattle Washington.
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.
Occupation:
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Painters -- Washington (State) -- Seattle  Search this
Topic:
African American artists  Search this
African American painters  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.lawren98
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9c4cfd632-d284-4160-826b-182cd12bfc23
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-lawren98

Oral history interview with Frank E. Cummings, III

Interviewee:
Cummings, Frank E.  Search this
Interviewer:
Lauria, Jo  Search this
Creator:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Names:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Castle, Wendell, 1932-2018  Search this
Cooke, Edward S., 1954-  Search this
Prestini, James, 1908-  Search this
Extent:
74 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2006 December 28-2007 January 5
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Frank E. Cummings, III conducted 2006 December 28 and 2007 January 5, by Jo Lauria, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, in the artist's home, in Long Beach, California.
Cummings speaks of his childhood in Los Angeles and the challenges he faced in school; receiving a B.A. from California State University, Long Beach; working with troubled youth as a social worker with Neighborhood Youth Association; teaching at California State University, Long Beach while earning his M.F.A. at California State University, Fullerton through the Black Faculty Teaching Program; the invitation by Eudorah Moore to show in "California Design XI"; the importance of having his and his students' work published in Dona Meilach's book, "Creating Modern Furniture: Trends, Techniques, Appreciation"; the role of reflective surfaces in his work to capture the viewer's attention; using a diamond stylus to draw on glass; serving as the first M.F.A. graduate program coordinator at California State University, Long Beach; the development and creation of his famed clock, It's About Time, now in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; working as a gofer for Sam Maloof during a three day seminar at Yosemite National Park; receiving an invitation from Maloof to teach at Penland School of Crafts in Penland, North Carolina; his experiences at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine.; the consistent drive throughout his career to continue working, exhibiting, and publishing; his love of teaching; the honor of receiving the Outstanding Professor Award at California State University, Fullerton, in 1997; receiving a National Endowment of Arts grant in 1973 to spend two months in Ghana, Africa examining connections between the African American struggle for identity in the ghettoes of the United States and struggles faced in Africa; returning to various regions in Africa in 1981 at the request of the State Department to evaluate and help increase object making productivity in villages while exhibiting his art in museums throughout the continent; his deliberate selection of materials; the role race has played in his career; his reverence of nature; designing furniture for the set of the movie, "How Stella Got Her Groove Back;" the development and creative process of the Carousel series; finding inspiration in his wife, C.C.; and plans for the future. Cummings also recalls Raymond Hein, Thomas Ferreira, James Prestini, Wendell Castle, William Hunter, Edward Cooke, Gerald W.R. Ward, Kelly H. L'Ecuyer, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Frank E. Cummings III (1938- ) is a furniture maker and woodworker of Long Beach, California. Jo Lauria ( 1954- ) is a curator and art writer of Los Angeles, California.
General:
Originally recorded on 4 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hr., 28 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:
Woodworkers -- California  Search this
Topic:
Decorative arts  Search this
African American artists  Search this
African American art -- African influences  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.cummin06
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw92ea683fd-bb6d-4e10-be30-d8a847ad89d3
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-cummin06
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Benjamin, Tritobia Hayes, "What is More Far Reaching Than Beauty?: From Academic Representation to Poetic Abstraction in the Art of Alma Woodsey Thomas"

Collection Creator:
Thomas, Alma  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 34
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1998
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Alma Thomas papers, circa 1894-2001. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Alma Thomas papers
Alma Thomas papers / Series 3: Notes and Writings / 3.3: By Others
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw970259d33-d961-4051-a92e-46af8239db8b
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-thomalma-ref790
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Jim Colclough

Collection Creator:
Volkersz, Willem  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound cassette
Container:
Box 1, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Sound cassettes
Date:
1976 September 13
Scope and Contents:
This is primarily- a photo-taking session at the artist's home in Westport, California and at the Tuoloma Gallery in Fort Bragg. Colclough's technique is discussed in the context of individual pieces, whose subjects are suggested by personal events in the artist's life.
Collection Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Researchers interested in accessing audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies. Contact References Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Willem Volkersz interviews, 1975-1985. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institute.
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Willem Volkersz interviews
Willem Volkersz interviews / Series 1: Interviews
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9f1358105-843d-4f1b-9a29-2dee2b52aa2e
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-volkwill-ref6

Carlton Elonzo Garrett

Collection Creator:
Volkersz, Willem  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound cassette
Container:
Box 1, Folder 9
Type:
Archival materials
Sound cassettes
Date:
1984 March 9-10
Scope and Contents:
Volkersz, accompanied by Allan Winkler, toured the artist's home/studio, examining, discussing, and photographing works. During part of the interview, Garrett works on some figures while Volkersz and Winkler watch and ask questions about his work methods.
Collection Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Researchers interested in accessing audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies. Contact References Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Willem Volkersz interviews, 1975-1985. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institute.
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Willem Volkersz interviews
Willem Volkersz interviews / Series 1: Interviews
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9380b8014-c3f9-499f-9446-6e7294a3e8b0
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-volkwill-ref9

Oral history interview with Humbert Howard

Interviewee:
Howard, Humbert, 1905-1990  Search this
Interviewer:
Pacini, Marina  Search this
Names:
Pyramid Club (Philadelphia, Pa.)  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound cassette (Sound recording)
19 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound cassettes
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1988 Oct. 26
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Humbert Howard conducted 1988 Oct. 26, by Marina Pacini for the Archives of American Art, at the artist's home in Philadelphia, Pa.
Howard speaks of his education; his introduction to art; the importance of his studies at the Barnes Foundation; his work as the art director of the Pyramid Club, a Black social club in Philadelphia, where he was in charge of selecting the works for the annual exhibitions that featured the work of both New York and Philadelphia artists; and the exhibiting opportunities available to Black artists in Philadelphia. Howard's age at the time of the interview prevented him from recalling his career in much detail.
Biographical / Historical:
Humbert Howard (1915-1990) was a painter from Philadelphia, Pa.
Provenance:
This interview is 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:
Painters -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia  Search this
Topic:
African American artists  Search this
African American societies  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.howard88
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9e1328478-ea61-4293-94e8-1f40add3700e
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-howard88
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Ernest Knee photographs of John and Dolly Sloan, 1939

Creator:
Knee, Ernest, 1907-1982  Search this
Subject:
Sloan, John  Search this
Bakós, Józef  Search this
Bakos, Teresa  Search this
Shuster, Will  Search this
Sloan, Dolly  Search this
Bouche, Len  Search this
Citation:
Ernest Knee photographs of John and Dolly Sloan, 1939. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Artists' homes  Search this
Artists in groups  Search this
Theme:
Lives of artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15994
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)215318
AAA_collcode_kneeerne
Theme:
Lives of artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_215318

Richard Marquis papers, 1967-2004

Creator:
Marquis, Richard, 1945-  Search this
Subject:
Frantz, Susanne K.  Search this
Venini Diaz de Santillana, Anna  Search this
Mann, Audrey  Search this
Moore, Benjamin P.  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Type:
Drawings
Citation:
Richard Marquis papers, 1967-2004. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
American studio craft movement  Search this
Theme:
Craft  Search this
Lives of artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11164
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)248863
AAA_collcode_marqrich
Theme:
Craft
Lives of artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_248863
Online Media:

Harrison McIntosh papers, 1954-2003

Creator:
McIntosh, Harrison, 1914-  Search this
Subject:
McIntosh, Marguerite  Search this
Type:
Video recordings
Citation:
Harrison McIntosh papers, 1954-2003. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
American studio craft movement  Search this
Theme:
Craft  Search this
Lives of artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13375
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)255971
AAA_collcode_mcinharr
Theme:
Craft
Lives of artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_255971

Oral history interview with Irving Norman, 1988 Mar. 5

Interviewee:
Norman, Irving, 1906-1989  Search this
Interviewer:
Bell, Michael S., 1946-  Search this
Subject:
Bay Area Video Coalition (San Francisco, Calif.)  Search this
Type:
Video recordings
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Irving Norman, 1988 Mar. 5. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Painters -- California -- Interviews  Search this
Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12985
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216538
AAA_collcode_norman88
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_216538

Oral history interview with Neda Al-Hilali, 2006 July 18-19

Interviewee:
Al-Hilali, Neda, 1938-  Search this
Interviewer:
Riedel, Mija, 1958-  Search this
Subject:
Bassler, James W.  Search this
Hunsaker, Joyce Badgley  Search this
Jacobs, Ferne K. (Ferne Kent)  Search this
Kester, Bernard  Search this
Simsar, Alice  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
California State University, Los Angeles  Search this
Claremont Graduate University  Search this
Hunsaker/Schlesinger Gallery  Search this
Scripps College  Search this
Taliban  Search this
University of California, Los Angeles  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Neda Al-Hilali, 2006 July 18-19. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
Women textile artists  Search this
Women educators  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Climatic changes  Search this
Theme:
Craft  Search this
Women  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13545
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)261763
AAA_collcode_alhila06
Theme:
Craft
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_261763
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Mask

Collector:
Capt. Calvin L. Hooper  Search this
Donor Name:
U. S. Revenue-Marine  Search this
Length - Object:
30 cm
Culture:
Eskimo, Yupik, St. Lawrence Island  Search this
Object Type:
Mask
Place:
St. Lawrence Island, Bering Sea, Alaska, United States, North America
Accession Date:
21 Mar 1881
Collection Date:
25 Jun 1880 to 28 Jun 1880
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
010082
USNM Number:
E45721-0
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Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/3b28e7911-5ce6-41ff-8aa5-34ed8d713de1
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8464800

Masters of Traditional Arts: The National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellows

Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Introduction:
The Folk and Traditional Arts Program of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) joined with the Smithsonian to present the 1994 program on "Masters of Traditional Arts". The Festival program offered an opportunity for retrospection - a look at many of the artists and traditions recognized over the years through the National Heritage Fellowships, a grant program of the National Endowment for the Arts. At the same time, it was an occasion for introspection - a close-up, reflexive view of the National Heritage Fellowships, re-examining their purpose, listening to the insights of the Fellows themselves, and talking with those who conceive and plan such awards.

Each year a small number of artists - a dozen or so - are selected by the NEA to receive a fellowship (amounting to $10,000 in 1994) in recognition of their artistic excellence and their contributions to our nation's cultural life. The National Heritage Fellowships try to strike a balance between recognizing outstanding individuals and ensembles and celebrating the collective achievements of their traditions and cultural groups. These awards are announced each spring through a national press release that is disseminated widely, with particular attention given to the artists' home communities and cultural networks. In the fall, Fellows come to Washington for several days of celebratory and honoring events. They receive award certificates in a lively, congressionally-sponsored presentation on Capitol Hill. They perform at a free concert hosted by a national celebrity known for the breadth of his or her work with American cultures.

Joy and excitement run high during this time, but in more private and informal moments, these representatives of our nation's diverse cultural heritage inevitably turn their thoughts toward more serious matters. This is an all-too-rare occasion for the culturally and geographically distant tradition bearers to exchange views and encourage one another. Their eloquent, insightful, personal statements transcend cultural boundaries and map common cultural concerns. Some are striking tributes to the courage and individual determination it often takes to continue local traditions in a world increasingly driven by consumerism and pop culture. Others are testimonies to the vital role of traditional arts in cultural survival and self-determination. Together the National Heritage Fellows reveal the special beauty and deep meaning that the traditional arts hold for those who understand them, as well as the importance of multiculturalism to the nation.

The 1994 Festival program offered Festival visitors the opportunity to eavesdrop on - and participate in - such conversations, as Fellows from the program's first 13 years held a reunion on the National Mall. In workshops and discussion sessions, they spoke of their experiences maintaining their traditions within their communities, and the encouragement that was manifested in the Heritage Fellowship. And they demonstrated their crafts and performed their music and dance for the delight of Festival audiences.

Marjorie Hunt was Curator and Arlene Reiniger was Program Coordinator; Bess Lomax Hawes served as Consultant. Collaborators from the National Endowment for the Arts Folk & Traditional Arts Program were Daniel Sheehy (Director), Barry Bergey, Norma Cantú, Terry Liu, Pat Makell, Rose Morgan, Pat Sanders.

Masters of Traditional Arts was made possible with the collaboration of the National Endowment for the Arts Folk & Traditional Arts Program, with support from The Recording Industries Music Performance Trust Funds.
Presenters:
JoAllyn Archambault, Betty Belanus, Barry Bergey, Paddy Bowman, Norma Cantú, Anna Chairetakis, Walter Murray Chiesa, Amy Chin, Andrew Connors, Gladys-Marie Fry, Bess Lomax Hawes, Marjorie Hunt, Rita Moonsammy, Ann Rynearson, Howard Sacks, Daniel Sheehy, Amy Skillman, Nick Spitzer, Craig Stinson, Joe Wilson
Participants:
CRAFTS

Juan Alindato, 1925-, Puerto Rican mask maker, Ponce, Puerto Rico

Eppie Archuleta, 1922-, Hispanic weaver, Capulin, Colorado

Jerry Brown, southern potter, Hamilton, Alabama

Sandra Brown, southern potter, Hamilton, Alabama

Sonia Domsch, Czech American bobbin lace maker, Atwood, Kansas

Marie McDonald, Hawaiian lei maker, Kamuela, Hawai'i

Norma Medina, 1941-, Hispanic weaver, Medanales, New Mexico

Seth Mopope Morgan, Kiowa Indian regalia maker, Anadarko, Oklahoma

Vanessa Paukeigope Morgan, 1952-, Kiowa Indian regalia maker, Anadarko, Oklahoma

Cliff Roller, Pueblo Indian potter, Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico

Toni Roller, Pueblo Indian potter, Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico

Keoudone Saenphimmachak, Lao American weaver, St. Louis, Missouri

Mone Saenphimmachak, Lao American weaver, St. Louis, Missouri

Vanxay Saenphimmachak, Lao American loom maker, St. Louis, Missouri

Duff Severe, 1925-, saddlemaker, rawhide worker, Pendleton, Oregon

Randy Severe, saddlemaker, rawhide worker, Pendleton, Oregon

Harry V. Shourds, decoy carver, Seaville, New Jersey

Margaret Tafoya, 1904-2001, Pueblo Indian potter, Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico

Newton Washburn, 1915-, split ash basket maker, Bethlehem, New Hampshire

Arbie Williams, 1916-2003, African American quilter, Oakland, California

MUSIC

Appalachian String Music

Scott Andersen, upright bass, Washington, D.C.

Clyde Davenport, 1921-, fiddle, Jamestown, Tennessee

Dan Gammon, guitar, Knoxville, Tennessee

Natividad Cano y Los Camperos, -- Mexican American mariachi music -- Natividad Cano y Los Camperos, Mexican American mariachi musicJose Arellano, guitarron, Los Angeles, CaliforniaNatividad Cano, 1933-, director, guitar, vihuela (five-string guitar), Los Angeles, CaliforniaLuis Fuentes Damian, vihuela, Pica Rivera, CaliforniaJesus Guzman, trumpet, Los Angeles, CaliforniaIsmael Hernandez, violin, Los Angeles, CaliforniaSalvador Hernandez, trumpet, Los Angeles, CaliforniaJuan Morales, harp, Phoenix, ArizonaJuan Rodriguez, violin, Los Angeles, California

Chinese Music

Liang-xing Tang, 1948-, pipa (lute), Bayside, New York

Jennifer Tang, pipa (lute), Bayside, New York

Jessica Tang, pipa (lute) Bayside, New York

Jack Coen & Friends, -- Irish traditional music -- Jack Coen & Friends, Irish traditional musicCharles Coen, 1934-, concertina, Red Hook, New YorkJack Coen, flute, Bronx, New YorkJames Coen, guitar, Bronx, New YorkWillie Kelly, fiddle, Parsippany, New JerseyRegan Wick, step dancer, Washington, D.C.Jesse Winch, bodhran (Irish drum), Silver Spring, Maryland

Joe Cormier & Friends, -- Cape Breton music -- Joe Cormier & Friends, Cape Breton musicEdmund Boudreau, guitar, mandolin, Waltham, MassachusettsJoseph Cormier, fiddle, Waltham, MassachusettsChristine Morrison, step dancer, Tewksbury, MassachusettsMargaret Morrison, piano, Tewksbury, Massachusetts

The DeFranco Family with Frank Cofone, -- Southern Italian music & dance -- The DeFranco Family with Frank Cofone, Southern Italian music & danceFrank Cofone, tambourine, vocals, Belleville, New JerseyFaust DeFranco, triccaballacca (clappers), Belleville, New JerseyGiuseppe DeFranco, 1933-, organetto (button accordion), ciaramella (wood oboe), zampogna (bagpipes), Belleville, New JerseyRaffaela DeFranco, 1935-, vocals, dance, Belleville, New Jersey

Fairfield Four, -- a cappella gospel music -- Fairfield Four, a cappella gospel musicIsaac Freeman, Nashville, TennesseeRobert Hamlett, Nashville, TennesseeJames Hill, 1915-2000, Nashville, TennesseeWalter Settles, 1928-1999, Nashville, TennesseeWilson Waters, 1931-2005, Nashville, Tennessee

Richard Hagopian & Ensemble, -- Armenian music -- Richard Hagopian & Ensemble, Armenian musicHarold Hagopian, kanun (zither), Brooklyn, New YorkRichard Avedis Hagopian, 1937-, oud (lute), Visalia, CaliforniaHagop Jack Zarzatian, Jr., dumbeg (Armenian drum), Hudson, New Hampshire

Halau 'O Kekuhi, -- Hawaiian hula dance -- Halau 'O Kekuhi, Hawaiian hula danceHokulani Kaikaina, dancer, Hilo, Hawai'iKekuhi Kanahele, 1966-, dancer, Hilo, Hawai'iPualani Kanaka'ole Kanahele, 1937-, kumu hula, chanter, Hilo, Hawai'iNalani Kanaka'ole, kumu hula, chanter, Hilo, Hawai'iMalie Rea, dancer, Hilo, Hawai'i

Valerio Longoria y su Conjunto, -- Mexican-American conjunto music -- Valerio Longoria y su Conjunto, Mexican-American conjunto musicKent Bearry, drums, San Antonio, TexasFlavio Guillen, bass guitar, San Antonio, TexasValerio Longoria, 1924-, accordion, San Antonio, TexasValerio Longoria, III, guitar, San Antonio, Texas

Piedmont blues

John Cephas, guitar, vocals, Woodford, Virginia

Phil Wiggins, harmonica, Washington, D.C.

James Jackson, guitar, Fairfax Station, Virginia

John Jackson, 1924-2002-, guitar, vocals, Fairfax Station, Virginia

Savoy Cajun Band -- Savoy Cajun BandAnn Savoy, 1952-, guitar, triangle, Eunice, LouisianaJoel Savoy, fiddle, Eunice, LouisianaMarc Savoy, accordion, Eunice, LouisianaKen Smith, fiddle, Kinder, LouisianaGinny Snowe, upright bass, Hyattsville, Maryland
Collection Restrictions:
Access to the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections is by appointment only. Visit our website for more information on scheduling a visit or making a digitization request. Researchers interested in accessing born-digital records or audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies.
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections. Please visit our website to learn more about submitting a request. The Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections make no guarantees concerning copyright or other intellectual property restrictions. Other usage conditions may apply; please see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for more information.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1994 Festival of American Folklife, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.SFF.1994, Series 4
See more items in:
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1994 Festival of American Folklife
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk5ac091603-3705-4055-b10b-962c6ed0b024
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-sff-1994-ref34

Oral history interview with Ruth Adler Schnee, 2002 November 24-30

Interviewee:
Schnee, Ruth Adler, 1923-  Search this
Interviewer:
Schnee, Anita  Search this
Subject:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Ruth Adler Schnee, 2002 November 24-30. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Voyages and travels  Search this
Design -- Study and teaching  Search this
Art -- Economic aspects  Search this
Nazis -- Germany  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Women textile designers  Search this
Textile crafts  Search this
Theme:
Craft  Search this
Women  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12111
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)238676
AAA_collcode_schnee02
Theme:
Craft
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_238676
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Karen Karnes, 2005 August 9-10

Interviewee:
Karnes, Karen, 1925-2016  Search this
Interviewer:
Shapiro, Mark, 1955-  Search this
Subject:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Karen Karnes, 2005 August 9-10. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Decorative arts  Search this
Jewish artists  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Ceramics  Search this
Theme:
Craft  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12096
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)255518
AAA_collcode_karnes05
Theme:
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_255518
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Oral history interview with Michael Simon, 2005 September 27-28

Interviewee:
Simon, Michael, 1947-2021  Search this
Interviewer:
Shapiro, Mark, 1955-  Search this
Subject:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Michael Simon, 2005 September 27-28. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Ceramicists -- Georgia -- Interviews  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Ceramics  Search this
Theme:
Craft  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11797
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)255546
AAA_collcode_simon05
Theme:
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_255546
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Oral history interview with Karen Karnes

Interviewee:
Karnes, Karen, 1925-2016  Search this
Interviewer:
Shapiro, Mark, 1955-  Search this
Creator:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Names:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Extent:
65 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2005 August 9-10
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Karen Karnes conducted 2005 Augest 9-10, by Mark Shapiro, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, at the artist's home and studio, in Morgan, Vermont.
Karnes discusses her childhood in Brooklyn and the Bronx as the daughter of Russian and Polish immigrants working in the garment industry; living in a cooperative housing project built especially for garment workers and their families; attending the High School of Music and Art, New York City; going on to Brooklyn College, and fortuitously landing in the class of Serge Chermayoff, who taught primarily in the Bauhaus style; meeting her first husband, David Weinrib, with whom she eventually moved to Pennsylvania; David bringing home a slab of clay for her to work with, her first experience with the material; traveling to Italy and working in a ceramics factory there; attending a summer session at Black Mountain College in North Carolina and taking a class with Josef Albers; moving to Stony Point, in Rockland County, New York, to start Gatehill Community; her first gallery relationship, with Bonniers, New York City; the birth of her son Abel in 1956; the first time she used a salt kiln, while at the Penland School of Arts and Crafts, Penland, North Carolina, in 1967, and its effect on the character of her work; her relationship with the Hadler-Rodriguez Galleries, New York City; the pottery show in Demarest, New Jersey; her teaching philosophy and methods, including the "Continuum"; meeting her life partner, Ann Stannard, in 1970; Ann's home in Wales, and living there before settling in Vermont; the fire that destroyed their home and studio in 1998; the issues of privacy and isolation in an artist's life; her expectations about her career, especially as a Jewish woman; and her feelings on the work of contemporary potters.
Karnes also recalls John Cage, Soetsu Yanagi, Bernard Leach, Shoji Hamada, Charles Olsen, Marguerite Wildenhain, Paul and Vera B. Williams, Mary Caroline Richards, Goren Holmquist, Paul J. Smith, Mikhail Zakin, Jack Lenor Larsen, Isamu Noguchi, D. Hayne Bayless, Zeb Schactel, Warren Mackenzie, Garth Clark, Joy Brown, Robbie Lobell, Paulus Berensohn, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Karen Karnes (1925- ) is a potter from Morgan, Vermont. Mark Shapiro is a potter from Worthington, Massachusetts.
General:
Originally recorded on 3 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 6 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 35 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:
Ceramicists -- Vermont  Search this
Topic:
Decorative arts  Search this
Jewish artists  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Ceramics  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.karnes05
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw943edc253-ca8c-433b-a411-e702f30b1f09
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-karnes05
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Oral history interview with Michael Simon

Interviewee:
Simon, Michael, 1947-  Search this
Interviewer:
Shapiro, Mark, 1955-  Search this
Creator:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Names:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Extent:
52 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2005 September 27-28
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Michael Simon conducted 2005 September 27-28, by Mark Shapiro, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, at the artist's home, in Colbert, Georgia.
Simon discusses studying at University of Minnesota with Warren MacKenzie; the counterculture and chaotic atmosphere at the university in the late 1960s; moving to Athens, Georgia, after college to open a studio on Jerry Chappelle's farm; his first pottery sales; obtaining conscientious objector status and working at a hospital in Athens; the influence of Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada on his work; developing shapes and expanding his repertoire; being inspired by Korean folk potters and by other Asian pottery; teaching at the Penland School of Arts and Crafts and being influenced by fellow potters there; art fairs in Atlanta, Florida, and elsewhere; using various materials for his pots, including Georgia kaolin and grolleg; applying for a fellowship at the University of Georgia, where he completed his Master's of Fine Arts; seeing Mark Pharis's pots in the summer of 1980, which compelled him to build his own salt kiln, which changed subsequent work dramatically; his marriage to Susan Roberts in 1992; experimenting with images on his pots, including fish and bamboo; getting a large commission for dinner plates from the Nakato Restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia, one of the city's oldest sushi restaurants; visiting the Freer Sackler Galleries and being inspired by Chinese Yangshao pottery from the Neolithic period; the influence of Persian jars on his work; the success of his pottery sales with Ron Myers; going to Cortona, Italy, to teach pottery for the University of Georgia; teaching at a school in Santiago, Chile, exploring the countryside, and learning Chilean pottery techniques; the writing of Michael Cardew and its influence on his work and career; what constitutes a typical work day and what motivates him; and the community of American potters and the support he has received over the years. Simon also recalls Angel Lillo, Laurie Samuelson, Gib Krohn, Mark Pharis, Wayne Branum, Sandra Simon (née Lindstrom), Earl McCutcheon, Shoji Hamada, Cynthia Bringle, Ron Myers, Andy Nasisse, Robert Briscoe, Michael Cardew, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Michael Simon (1947-2021) was a functional ceramist from Athens, Georgia. Mark Shapiro (1955- ) is a ceramist from Worthington, Massachusetts.
General:
Originally recorded on 3 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 8 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 30 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:
Ceramicists -- Georgia -- Interviews  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Ceramics  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.simon05
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw969ba1c32-e486-4229-acc3-b94141752291
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-simon05
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Ruth Adler Schnee

Interviewee:
Schnee, Ruth Adler, 1923-  Search this
Interviewer:
Schnee, Anita  Search this
Creator:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Names:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Extent:
159 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2002 November 24-30
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Ruth Adler Schnee conducted 2002 November 24-30, by Anita Schnee, at the artist's home in Southfield, Michigan, for the Archives of American Art as part of the Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America.
Schnee talks about her early childhood in Germany, living in Nazi Germany and her family's emigration to the U.S. in 1939; her family's beginnings in the U.S. and her education; working in the display department at Winkleman's Department store; her scholarship to Rhode Island School of Design; experiencing New York City at the close of WWII; attending Cranbrook Academy of Art; her friendship with Eliel and Loja Saarinen; meeting and marrying Edward Charles Schnee; their first silk screening studio in Detroit; early designs; a fire that destroyed the first Adler Schnee shop in 1955; the new Adler Schnee store on Livernois; buying trips to Norway, Sweden, and Finland; difficulties and strategies for selling fabric designs; teaching herself the silk-screening process; designing for the airline industry; her love of color; and the labor intensive process of making the perfect design.
Schnee also discusses her sources of inspiration and how they have changed over the years; good design as "problem solving"; participating in tradeshows and finding clients; the shop paper, "The Bugle;" the Detroit Artists Market; significant commissions including Braniff Airlines, Ford Rotunda Auditorium, the Feld-Weisberg Clinic, and the Jewish Home for the Aged; and a research trip to Williamsburg, Virginia, to learn early American design techniques. Schnee comments on her travels to Mexico, Germany, South America, Israel, and in the U.S. She concludes the sessions by reviewing the recording and providing additional information. Schnee recalls Paul Klee, Albert Kahn, Minoru Yamasaki, Maija Grotell, Richard Savage, Al Taubman, Louis Redstone, Hans Knoll, Victor Gruen, Edward Wormley, Edgar Kaufman, Susanne Dotson, Harley Melzian, Selma Fraiberg, Hedie and Helmut Goedeckemeyer, Roberto Lago, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Ruth Adler Schnee (1923- ) is a textile artist from Southfield, Michigan.
The interviewer, Anita Schnee, is her daughter and is from Fayetteville, Arkansas.
General:
Originally recorded on 9 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 70 digital wav files. Duration is 11 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.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Occupation:
Textile designers -- Michigan -- Detroit  Search this
Topic:
Voyages and travels  Search this
Design -- Study and teaching  Search this
Art -- Economic aspects  Search this
Nazis -- Germany  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Women textile designers  Search this
Textile crafts  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.schnee02
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9546373b9-6153-47d7-8199-84435aa591ab
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-schnee02
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Oral history interview with Katherine Schmidt

Interviewee:
Schmidt, Katherine, 1898-1978  Search this
Interviewer:
Cummings, Paul  Search this
Names:
Bacon, Peggy, 1895-1987  Search this
Bellows, George, 1882-1925  Search this
Burroughs, Bryson, 1869-1934  Search this
Goodrich, Lloyd, 1897-1987  Search this
Halpert, Edith Gregor, 1900-1970  Search this
Kuniyoshi, Yasuo, 1889-1953  Search this
Lachaise, Gaston, 1882-1935  Search this
Marsh, Reginald, 1898-1954  Search this
Miller, Kenneth Hayes, 1876-1952  Search this
Pascin, Jules, 1885-1930  Search this
Sloan, John, 1871-1951  Search this
Extent:
60 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1969 December 8-15
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Katherine Schmidt conducted 1969 December 8 and December 15, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art, at the artist's home, in New York, N.Y.
Biographical / Historical:
Katherine Schmidt (1898-1978) was a still life painter from New York, N.Y.
General:
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hr., 13 min.
Provenance:
This interview is 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.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Occupation:
Still-life painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.schmid69
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw94c389562-f885-4a3a-a555-901d94b5949e
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-schmid69
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