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Oral history interview with Robert Blackburn

Interviewee:
Blackburn, Robert Hamilton, 1920-  Search this
Interviewer:
Cummings, Paul  Search this
Names:
Barnet, Will, 1911-2012  Search this
Francis, Sam, 1923-1994  Search this
Grosman, Tatyana, 1904-1982  Search this
Harrison, Wallace, 1900-  Search this
Hartigan, Grace  Search this
Lawrence, Jacob, 1917-2000  Search this
Rauschenberg, Robert, 1925-2008  Search this
Vytlacil, Vaclav, 1892-1984  Search this
Extent:
52 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1970 December 4
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Robert Blackburn conducted 1970 December 4, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art. Blackburn speaks of his early life in Jamaica and New York; the influences of his youth including school, gangs, religion, art, music, and culture; the Harlem Community Art Center; studying with Charles Alston; the difficulties suffered by Black artists trying to gain recognition in a white-dominated art world; attending the Art Students League and studying under Vaclav Vytlacil and Will Barnet; his work with children; his film work at the Harmon Foundation; financial problems; the Printmaking Workshop; attending New York University's School of Visual Arts and the Cooper Union School; blacks in the arts; and the influence of music on his paintings. He recalls Jacob Lawrence, Will Barnet, Vaclav Vytlacil, Wallace Harrison, Tatyana Grosman, Grace Hartigan, Sam Francis, and Robert Rauschenberg.
Biographical / Historical:
Robert Blackburn (1920-) was a printmaker from New York, New York.
General:
Originally recorded 2 sound tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 6 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 28 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.
Occupation:
Printmakers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Prints -- Technique  Search this
Art and race  Search this
African American artists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.blackb70
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw95587be3c-ce7a-47a4-ae63-91dec62e6a45
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-blackb70
Online Media:

Interview with Bob Blackburn

Creator:
Blackburn, Robert Hamilton, 1920-2003  Search this
Donaldson, Jeff, 1932-2004  Search this
Type:
Sound Recording
Date:
circa 1972
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)19784
See more items in:
Jeff Donaldson papers, 1918-2005, bulk 1960s-2005
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_19784

Oral history interview with Robert Blackburn, 1970 December 4

Interviewee:
Blackburn, Robert Hamilton, 1920-2003  Search this
Interviewer:
Cummings, Paul, 1933-1997  Search this
Subject:
Barnet, Will  Search this
Francis, Sam  Search this
Grosman, Tatyana  Search this
Harrison, Wallace  Search this
Hartigan, Grace  Search this
Lawrence, Jacob  Search this
Rauschenberg, Robert  Search this
Vytlacil, Vaclav  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Prints -- Technique  Search this
Art and race  Search this
African American artists  Search this
Theme:
African American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11446
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212074
AAA_collcode_blackb70
Theme:
African American
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212074

Oral history interview with Charles Henry Alston

Interviewee:
Alston, Charles Henry, 1907-1977  Search this
Interviewer:
Murray, Albert  Search this
Names:
Bearden, Romare, 1911-1988  Search this
Blackburn, Robert Hamilton, 1920-  Search this
Extent:
25 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1968 October 19
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Charles Henry Alston conducted 1968 October 19, by Al Murray, for the Archives of American Art.
Alston speaks of his family background, early interest in art, and education at Columbia University; the social and cultural scene in Harlem in the late 1920s, and the street life there; coming into contact with some of the most important figures of the Harlem Renaissance; the differing problems faced by black and white artists; teaching; commercial art; figurative and abstract art. He recalls Romare Bearden and Robert Blackburn.
Biographical / Historical:
Charles Henry Alston (1907-1977) was a painter and educator from New York, New York.
General:
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hrs., 7 minutes.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others. Funding for this interview provided by the New York State Council on the Arts.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Occupation:
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Educators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
African American artists  Search this
African American painters  Search this
African American art -- African influences  Search this
African American educators  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.alston68
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw97c2020fc-9c1e-46dc-a9eb-58bd833366d5
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-alston68
Online Media:

Regina Stewart papers

Creator:
Stewart, Regina Serniak, 1942-  Search this
Names:
New York Artists Equity Association  Search this
Blackburn, Robert Hamilton, 1920-  Search this
Candell, Victor, 1903-1977  Search this
Facci, Domenico, 1916-1994  Search this
Kennedy, Edward Moore, 1932-2009  Search this
Kuniyoshi, Sara Mazo  Search this
McMurtry, Larry  Search this
Stewart, Jack, 1926-2005  Search this
Extent:
0.8 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Sketches
Date:
1959-2010
Summary:
Three scrapbooks, 1959-2010, assembled by Regina Serniak Stewart document her career as a costume designer, painter, board member and Executive Director of the New York Artists Equity Association.
Scope and Content Note:
Three scrapbooks, 1959-2010, assembled by Regina Serniak Stewart (b. 1942) document her career as a costume designer, painter, board member and Executive Director of the New York Artists Equity Association.

The scrapbooks contain: letters from Robert Blackburn, Victor Candell, Domenico Facci, Edward M. Kennedy, Sara M. Kuniyoshi, Larry McMurtry, Jack Stewart, and letters from various museums and galleries; costume sketches, 1963-1974, for the Paterson, New Jersey Lyric Opera Theatre; curriculum vitae, awards and profiles of the artist; photographs of Stewart, her work, and events; and printed material including clippings, articles, programs, brochures, flyers, and exhibition catalogs. The collection also includes some loose printed materials consisting of collectors' guides to kitchen utensils and stoneware co-written by Stewart and an article and exhibition catalog about her painting.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 2 series:

Missing Title

Series 1: Scrapbooks, 1959-2010 (Boxes 1-2; 0.7 linear ft.)

Series 2: Printed Materials, circa 1977, 2003-2008 (Box 2; 0.1 linear ft.)
Biographical Note:
Regina Serniak Stewart (b. 1942), a painter, administrator, and writer in New York City is the Executive Director of the New York Artists Equity Association.

Stewart is a graduate of the Cooper Union School of Art and Achitecture whose paintings have been exhibited in New York and throughout the United States. In addition to painting, Ms. Stewart was a set and costume designer for the Paterson Lyric Opera Theatre, a jewelry designer, an art consultant, and an art instructor. She was elected to the board of the New York Artists Equity Association in 1989 and is now Executive Director.
Provenance:
Donated by Regina Stewart, July 27, 2010.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
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.
Occupation:
Arts administrators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Collagists -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Costume designers  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Women arts administrators  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Sketches
Citation:
The Regina Stewart papers. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.stewregi
See more items in:
Regina Stewart papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw991eabbd1-1fe9-4c8a-9f1b-ad60e1abb865
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-stewregi

Oral history interview with Robert Broner

Interviewee:
Broner, Robert, 1922-  Search this
Interviewer:
Barrie, Dennis  Search this
Names:
Blackburn, Robert Hamilton, 1920-  Search this
Davis, Stuart, 1892-1964  Search this
Hayter, Stanley William, 1901-1988  Search this
Sarkis, 1909-1977  Search this
Weddige, Emil, 1907-  Search this
Extent:
48 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1974 May 3-8
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Robert Broner conducted 1974 May 3-8, by Dennis Barrie, for the Archives of American Art. Broner speaks of growing up in Detroit; his early interest in art due to his brother's influence; attending Cass Technical High School and Wayne University; his U.S. Army service during World War II; getting his Masters' at UCLA; teaching and life at Auburn University; going to New York and working in Stanley William Hayter's studio; taking a course from Stuart Davis at the New School; Hayter and Davis as teachers; printmaking; Robert Blackburn's printing shop; his preference for printmaking over painting; returning to Detroit; the establishment of a printing press and printmaking at the Society of Arts and Crafts; becoming the art critic on the DETROIT TIMES; the development of his work; and printmaking in Michigan. He recalls Sarkis Sarkisian, Robert Blackburn, and Emil Weddige.
Biographical / Historical:
Robert Broner (1922-) is a painter and printmaker from Detroit, Michigan.
General:
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 51 min.
Provenance:
These interviews are part of the Archives' Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Occupation:
Painters -- Michigan -- Detroit -- Interviews  Search this
Topic:
Prints -- Technique  Search this
Art criticism -- Michigan -- Detroit  Search this
Printmakers -- Michigan -- Detroit -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.broner74
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9a7cd293a-1b16-4f15-93e8-8ae90475c1d1
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-broner74
Online Media:

Master printmaker : Bob Blackburn

Author:
Gaither, Edmund B  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Blackburn, Robert Hamilton 1920-  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
2003
Call number:
NX164.N4 B5X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_756259

Robert Blackburn

Author:
Gaither, Edmund B  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Blackburn, Robert Hamilton 1920-  Search this
Printmaking Workshop  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
New York (State)
New York
Date:
2000
Topic:
Print workshops  Search this
African American printmakers  Search this
Call number:
E185.5 .A512
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_681605

Robert Blackburn : revisioning graphics

Author:
Cullen, Deborah  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Blackburn, Robert Hamilton 1920-  Search this
Printmaking Workshop  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
New York (State)
New York
Date:
2000
Topic:
Print workshops  Search this
African American printmakers  Search this
Call number:
NX1 .N737
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_681630

Rainbow : prints from Bob Blackburn's Printmaking Workshop : a cultural presentation of the United States of America / exhibition director, Judy Collischan ; exhibition curator, Noah Jemisin = L'arc en ciel : gravures de l'atelier Blackburn : une présentation culturelle des Etats-Unis d'Amerique / directrice de l'exposition, Judy Collischan ; conservateur de l'exposition, Noah Jemisin

Title:
Arc en ciel : gravures de l'atelier Blackburn
Author:
Collischan, Judy  Search this
Jemisin, Noah 1943-  Search this
United States Information Agency Arts America Program  Search this
Subject:
Blackburn, Robert Hamilton 1920- Exhibitions  Search this
Printmaking Workshop Exhibitions  Search this
Physical description:
63 p. : col. ill. ; 21 x 21 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
1993
1993]
20th century
Topic:
Prints, American  Search this
Prints  Search this
Call number:
NE508 .R35 1993
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_557558

Bob Blackburn's printmaking workshop : artists of color / curator-essayist, Noah Jemison ; forward, Kay Walkingstick

Author:
Jemisin, Noah 1943-  Search this
Hillwood Art Museum  Search this
Subject:
Blackburn, Robert Hamilton 1920- Appreciation  Search this
Printmaking Workshop Exhibitions  Search this
Physical description:
62 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
1992
[1992?]
20th century
Topic:
African American printmakers  Search this
Prints  Search this
Call number:
NE539.3.A35 J4 1992X
NE539.3.A35J4 1992X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_423612

Robert Blackburn, a life's work

Author:
Blackburn, Robert Hamilton 1920-  Search this
Alternative Museum (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Blackburn, Robert Hamilton 1920- Exhibitions  Search this
Printmaking Workshop Exhibitions  Search this
Physical description:
24 p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1988
Topic:
African American printmakers  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.B6285 A4 1988
NE539.B563 A4 1988
N40.1.B6285A4 1988
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_424742

Will Barnet, Bob Blackburn : an artistic friendship in relief

Title:
Artistic friendship in relief
Author:
Barnet, Will 1911-2012  Search this
Blackburn, Robert Hamilton 1920-  Search this
Cochran Collection  Search this
Subject:
Barnet, Will 1911-2012  Search this
Blackburn, Robert Hamilton 1920-  Search this
Physical description:
56 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Place:
New York (State)
New York
Date:
1997
©1997
Topic:
Prints, American  Search this
African American artists  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1049631

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