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Oral history interview with Allan Sekula, 2011 August 20-2012 February 14

Interviewee:
Sekula, Allan, 1951-2013  Search this
Interviewer:
Panzer, Mary, 1955-  Search this
Subject:
Altoon, John  Search this
Antin, David  Search this
Antin, Eleanor  Search this
Ascott, Roy  Search this
Braderman, Joan  Search this
Baldessari, John  Search this
Barthes, Roland  Search this
Becker, Howard  Search this
Bercovitch, Sacvan  Search this
Beveridge, Karl  Search this
Diddley, Bo  Search this
Brach, Paul  Search this
Burch, Noël  Search this
Burn, Ian  Search this
Captain Beefheart  Search this
Charlesworth, Sarah  Search this
Chayefsky, Paddy  Search this
Conde, Carol  Search this
Connell, Brian  Search this
Evans, Walker  Search this
Farber, Manny  Search this
Feldman, Ronald  Search this
Folks, Homer  Search this
Fox, Terry  Search this
Fried, Howard  Search this
Ginsberg, Allen  Search this
Graham, Dan  Search this
Graves, Michael  Search this
Halleck, DeeDee  Search this
Hanhardt, John G.  Search this
Hassan, Ihab  Search this
Hayes, Woody  Search this
Heinecken, Robert  Search this
Higgins, Dick  Search this
Hine, Lewis Wickes  Search this
Kienholz, Edward  Search this
Kirschenbaum, Baruch David  Search this
Knowles, Alison  Search this
König, Kasper  Search this
Kosuth, Joseph.  Search this
Kozloff, Max  Search this
Kramer, Hilton  Search this
Krauss, Rosalind E.  Search this
Liebling, Jerome  Search this
Lifson, Ben  Search this
Little Richard  Search this
Lonidier, Fred  Search this
Lord, Catherine  Search this
Lunn, Harry  Search this
Mac Low, Jackson  Search this
Mandel, Mike  Search this
Matta  Search this
Mayer, Grace M.  Search this
Michelson, Annette  Search this
O'Doherty, Brian  Search this
Pommer, Richard  Search this
Ramsden, Mel  Search this
Raskin, Jef  Search this
Reagan, Ronald  Search this
Rosler, Martha  Search this
Ross, David A.  Search this
Ruby, Jay  Search this
Ruscha, Edward  Search this
Salle, David  Search this
Salvesen, Britt  Search this
Schimmel, Paul  Search this
Segalove, Ilene  Search this
Stein, Sally  Search this
Steinmetz, Philip  Search this
Sultan, Larry  Search this
Van Riper, Peter  Search this
Wakoski, Diane  Search this
Wall, Jeff  Search this
Artforum  Search this
California Institute of the Arts  Search this
Ohio State University  Search this
Rhode Island School of Design  Search this
Students for a Democratic Society (U.S.)  Search this
University of California, San Diego  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Topic:
Activism  Search this
Antisemitism  Search this
Architecture  Search this
Art -- Exhibitions -- Economic aspects  Search this
Art -- History  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Conceptual art  Search this
Documentary photography  Search this
Korean War, 1950-1953  Search this
Music -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Photographers -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Photography  Search this
Realism  Search this
World War, 1914-1918  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)16239
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)370420
AAA_collcode_sekula11
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_370420
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Oral history interview with Allan Sekula

Interviewee:
Sekula, Allan  Search this
Interviewer:
Panzer, Mary  Search this
Names:
Artforum  Search this
California Institute of the Arts  Search this
Ohio State University -- Faculty  Search this
Rhode Island School of Design  Search this
Students for a Democratic Society (U.S.)  Search this
University of California, San Diego. Department of Anthropology  Search this
Altoon, John, 1925-  Search this
Antin, David  Search this
Antin, Eleanor  Search this
Ascott, Roy  Search this
Baldessari, John, 1931-  Search this
Barthes, Roland  Search this
Becker, Howard  Search this
Bercovitch, Sacvan  Search this
Beveridge, Karl  Search this
Brach, Paul, 1924-  Search this
Braderman, Joan  Search this
Burch, Noël, 1932-  Search this
Burn, Ian, 1939-1993  Search this
Captain Beefheart  Search this
Charlesworth, Sarah, 1947-2013  Search this
Chayefsky, Paddy, 1923-1981  Search this
Conde, Carol  Search this
Connell, Brian  Search this
Diddley, Bo, 1928-2008  Search this
Evans, Walker, 1903-1975  Search this
Farber, Manny  Search this
Feldman, Ronald, 1938-  Search this
Folks, Homer, 1867-1963  Search this
Fox, Terry, 1943-  Search this
Fried, Howard, 1946-  Search this
Ginsberg, Allen, 1926-1997  Search this
Graham, Dan, 1942-  Search this
Graves, Michael, 1934-2015  Search this
Halleck, DeeDee  Search this
Hanhardt, John G.  Search this
Hassan, Ihab, 1925-2015  Search this
Hayes, Woody, 1913-1987  Search this
Heinecken, Robert, 1931-  Search this
Higgins, Dick, 1938-1998  Search this
Hine, Lewis Wickes, 1874-1940  Search this
Kienholz, Edward, 1927-  Search this
Kirschenbaum, Baruch David, 1931-  Search this
Knowles, Alison, 1933-  Search this
Kosuth, Joseph.  Search this
Kozloff, Max  Search this
Kramer, Hilton  Search this
Krauss, Rosalind E.  Search this
König, Kasper  Search this
Liebling, Jerome  Search this
Lifson, Ben  Search this
Little Richard, 1932-  Search this
Lonidier, Fred  Search this
Lord, Catherine, 1949-  Search this
Lunn, Harry, 1933-1998  Search this
Mac Low, Jackson  Search this
Mandel, Mike  Search this
Matta, 1912-2002  Search this
Mayer, Grace M.  Search this
Michelson, Annette  Search this
O'Doherty, Brian  Search this
Pommer, Richard  Search this
Ramsden, Mel  Search this
Raskin, Jef  Search this
Reagan, Ronald  Search this
Rosler, Martha  Search this
Ross, David A., 1949-  Search this
Ruby, Jay  Search this
Ruscha, Edward  Search this
Salle, David, 1952-  Search this
Salvesen, Britt  Search this
Schimmel, Paul  Search this
Segalove, Ilene, 1950-  Search this
Stein, Sally  Search this
Steinmetz, Philip  Search this
Sultan, Larry  Search this
Van Riper, Peter  Search this
Wakoski, Diane  Search this
Wall, Jeff, 1946-  Search this
Extent:
12 Items (Sound recording: 12 sound files (6 hr.,14 min.), digital, wav)
143 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Date:
2011 August 20-2012 February 14
Scope and Contents:
An interview with Allan Sekula conducted 2011 August 20-2012 February 14, by Mary Panzer, for the Archives of American Art at Sekula's studio and home in Los Angeles, California and at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, New York.
Sekula speaks of his career and some of the mediums he works in; language and contemporary art; Roland Barthes; his relation to contemporary art; west coast conceptualism; genre switches; realism; documentary photography; Belgium and the industrial revolution; Meunier; minor figures; art history and marginalism; Roberto Matta; World War I; Homer Folks; Fish Story; historic cinema; economic factors of art shows and publication; galleries and the art world; growing up and his family; his father and moving; Ohio; his brothers and sisters; San Pedro; demographics of students at school; sports at school; Vietnam; protests; cross country and swimming; California; fishing; college; U.C. system; declaring a major; John Altoon; Ed Kienholz; exposure to art; visiting museums; Marcuse's classes; Baldessari's classes; course work and student life; student demonstrations; working in a library and exposure to books; father losing his job; science and working as a chemical technician; politics; his uncle committing suicide; moving away from his father; the draft; John Birch; Students for a Democratic Society; his mother; politics of his parents; Aerospace Folk Tales, autodidacts and scholarship; San Diego and Mexico; obtaining a camera and starting to use it; art school; CalArts; UCSD; Meditations on a Triptych; David Salle; Fred Lonidier; Phel Steinmetz; MFA and art training; poets; story of Allen Ginsberg and one of Sekula's sculptures; production and the audience; A Photograph is Worth a Thousand Questions, photography and the burden of tradition; pictorialism; moving to New York; Artforum; October; New York music scene; Captain Beefheart; Bo Diddley; Little Richard; Steichen and aerial photography; origins of October; New Criterion; Art Critic's Grant; teaching at Ohio State; television; technological historians; New York subway and getting a ticket for using French money; RISD lectures; Long Beach; photography; collages; Metro Pictures; New Topographics; School as a Factory; moral choice and the viewer; work method and the audience; Social Criticism and Art Practice; east and west coasts; Ed Ruscha; documentary; film, Los Angeles; cinema and social history; Ohio State Department of Photography and Cinema; Los Angeles Plays Itself; Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador; Ohio State campus, anti-Semitism; Ronald Reagan and protest; influences and colleagues; intellectual genealogy; Michael Graves and Ohio State architecture; Bad Ohio; tenure; University Exposed; AIDS issue of October; The Body and the Archive; making film; Korean War; collectors and images. Sekula also recalls Eleanor Antin, Jeff Wall, Terry Fox, Lewis Hine, Walker Evans, Paul Saltman, Marcuse, Baldessari, Sacvan Bercovitch, Stanley Miller, Jef Raskin, Paul Brach, David Antin, Howard Fried, Peter Van Riper, Alison Knowles, Dick Higgins, Manny Farber, Ihab Hassan, Diane Wakoski, Jackson Mac Low, Martha Rosler, Lenny Neufeld, Joshua Neufeld, David Wing, Brian Connell, Max Kozloff, Ian Burn, Mel Ramsden, Carole Conde, Karl Beveridge, Barry Rosens, Tom Crow, John Copeland, Harry Lunn, Hilton Kramer, Grace Mayer, Carol Duncan, Eva Cockroft, Richard Pommer, Rosalind Krauss, Sally Stein, Paddy Chayefsky, John Hanhardt, Mel Ramsden, Sarah Charlesworth, Jospeh Kosuth, Baruch Kirschenbaum, Robert Heinecken, Brian O'Doherty, Howard Becker, Jay Ruby, Jerry Liebling, Anna Wilkie, Ronald Feldman, John Gibson, David Ross, Britt Salvesen, Larry Sultan, Mike Mandel, Roy Ascott, Ilene Segalove, Paul Schimmel, DeeDee Halleck, Noel Burch, Joan Braderman, Woody Hayes, Thom Andersen, John Quigley, Ron Green, Kasper Koenig, Dan Graham, Jonathan Green, Christa Wolf, Catherine Lord, Ben Lifson, and Annette Michelson.
Biographical / Historical:
Allan Sekula (1951-2013) was a photographer, filmmaker, and writer, based at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California. Mary Panzer (1955- ) is a historian from New York, New York.
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:
Sculptors  Search this
Topic:
Activism  Search this
Antisemitism  Search this
Architecture  Search this
Art -- Exhibitions -- Economic aspects  Search this
Art -- History  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Conceptual art  Search this
Documentary photography  Search this
Korean War, 1950-1953  Search this
Music -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Photographers -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Photography  Search this
Realism  Search this
World War, 1914-1918  Search this
Function:
Art galleries, Commercial
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.sekula11
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-sekula11

R/B : Roland Barthes / sous la direction de Marianne Alphant & Nathalie Léger

Title:
Roland Barthes
Author:
Alphant, Marianne  Search this
Léger, Nathalie  Search this
Centre Georges Pompidou  Search this
Institut Mémoires de l'édition contemporaine  Search this
Subject:
Barthes, Roland Miscellanea  Search this
Physical description:
255 p. : ill., ports., facsims. ; 27 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
France
Date:
2002
C2002
20th century
Topic:
Critics--Biography  Search this
Art, French  Search this
Call number:
PN75.B29 R64 2002
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_701569

Cy Twombly : fifty years of works on paper / curated by Julie Sylvester ; with essays by Simon Schama and Roland Barthes

Author:
Schama, Simon  Search this
Twombly, Cy 1928-2011  Search this
Twombly, Cy 1928-2011 Cy Twombly at the Hermitage  Search this
Sylvester, Julie 1954-  Search this
Barthes, Roland  Search this
Whitney Museum of American Art  Search this
Subject:
Twombly, Cy 1928-2011  Search this
Physical description:
159 p. : col. ill. ; 35 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
2004
C2004
Topic:
Drawing, Abstract  Search this
Call number:
N6537.T96 A4 2004
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_772203

Mythologies. Selected and translated from the French by Annette Lavers

Author:
Barthes, Roland  Search this
Physical description:
158 p. ; 20 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
France
Date:
1972
[1972]
Topic:
Judgment (Logic)  Search this
Semantics  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_612319

James Lee Byars : the monument to language, the diamond floor

Title:
Monument to language, the diamond floor
Author:
Byars, James Lee  Search this
Ribettes, Jean Michel  Search this
Heil, Heinrich  Search this
Barthes, Roland  Search this
Subject:
Byars, James Lee  Search this
Physical description:
97 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1995
Topic:
Conceptual art  Search this
Call number:
N6537.B9 A4 1995
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_639930

PopArt : evoluzione di una generazione / a cura di Attilio Codognato ; contributi di Roland Barthes ... [et al.]

Author:
Codognato, Attilio  Search this
Barthes, Roland  Search this
Physical description:
194 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1980
[1980]
20th century
Topic:
Pop art  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Call number:
N6494.P6 P66
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_650996

Taormina / Wilhelm von Gloeden ; [introduction by Roland Barthes]

Author:
Gloeden, Wilhelm von Baron 1856-1931  Search this
Barthes, Roland  Search this
Woody, Jack  Search this
Subject:
Gloeden, Wilhelm von Baron 1856-1931  Search this
Physical description:
[95] p. : chiefly ill. ; 33 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1990
1990, c1986
Topic:
Photography of the nude  Search this
Photography of men  Search this
Call number:
TR647.G558 W66 1990
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_509640

The fashion system / Roland Barthes ; translated by Matthew Ward and Richard Howard

Author:
Barthes, Roland  Search this
Physical description:
xii, 303 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1983
Topic:
Clothing and dress--Terminology  Search this
Fashion--Social aspects  Search this
Semiotics  Search this
Clothing and dress--Psychological aspects  Search this
Call number:
GT521.B313 1983X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_387941

Camera lucida : reflections on photography / Roland Barthes ; translated by Richard Howard

Author:
Barthes, Roland  Search this
Physical description:
119 p., [1] leaf of plates : ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1981
Topic:
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Photography--Philosophy  Search this
Call number:
TR642 .B3713 1981X
TR642.B3713 1981X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_140139

Elements of semiology. Translated from the French by Annette Lavers and Colin Smith

Author:
Barthes, Roland  Search this
Physical description:
111 p. illus. 20 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1968
[1968]
Topic:
Semantics  Search this
Call number:
P123 .B3813 1968X
P123.B3813 1968X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_22450

Black and blue : the bruising passion of Camera lucida, la Jetée, Sans soleil, and Hiroshima mon amour / Carol Mavor

Author:
Mavor, Carol 1957-  Search this
Subject:
Barthes, Roland Chambre claire  Search this
Physical description:
193 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2012
Topic:
Black  Search this
Blue  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1015843

A colonial hauntology : Vincent Meessen's Vita nova / T. J. Demos

Author:
Demos, T. J  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Meessen, Vincent 1971- Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Barthes, Roland In motion pictures  Search this
France Armée Troupes coloniales In motion pictures  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
France
Africa
Burkina Faso
Date:
2013
Topic:
Colonies  Search this
In motion pictures  Search this
Call number:
NX180.O67 D46 2013
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1038883

The fashion system / Roland Barthes ; translated by Matthew Ward and Richard Howard

Author:
Barthes, Roland  Search this
Physical description:
xii, 303 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Terminology
Date:
1990
1983
Topic:
Clothing and dress--Terminology  Search this
Fashion--Social aspects  Search this
Semiotics  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1075370

Photography degree zero : reflections on Roland Barthes's Camera lucida / edited by Geoffrey Batchen

Author:
Batchen, Geoffrey  Search this
Subject:
Barthes, Roland Chambre claire  Search this
Physical description:
x, 287 p. : ill ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2009
C2009
Topic:
Photography--Philosophy  Search this
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Photographic criticism  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_951488

What photography is / James Elkins

Author:
Elkins, James 1955-  Search this
Subject:
Barthes, Roland Chambre claire  Search this
Physical description:
xiii, 222 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2011
Topic:
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Photography--Philosophy  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_986244

Emmanuel Pereire : peintures 1963-1965 / préface de Roland Barthes

Title:
Peintures 1963-1965
Author:
Pereire, Emmanuel 1930-1992  Search this
Barthes, Roland  Search this
M. Knoedler & Co  Search this
Subject:
Pereire, Emmanuel 1930-1992  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1965
[1965]
Call number:
ND553.P42 A4 1965
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_990196

Touching photographs / Margaret Olin

Author:
Olin, Margaret Rose 1948-  Search this
Subject:
Barthes, Roland Chambre claire  Search this
Evans, Walker 1903-1975  Search this
Van Der Zee, James 1886-1983  Search this
Physical description:
xii, 273 p. : ill. (some col.), map ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2012
Topic:
Photographs--Psychological aspects  Search this
Photography--Social aspects  Search this
Photography in literature  Search this
September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_991946

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