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Oral history interview with Franco Mondini-Ruiz

Interviewee:
Mondini-Ruiz, Franco, 1961-  Search this
Interviewer:
Cordova, Cary  Search this
Creator:
Recuerdos Orales: Interviews of the Latino Art Community in Texas  Search this
Names:
Recuerdos Orales: Interviews of the Latino Art Community in Texas  Search this
Amado, Jesse, 1951-  Search this
Briseño, Rolando, 1952-  Search this
Casey, Mike  Search this
Cisneros, Sandra  Search this
Diaz, Alejandro  Search this
Herzberg, Julia P.  Search this
Jaukkuri, Maaretta  Search this
Judd, Donald, 1928-1994  Search this
Lozano, Danny  Search this
Moffatt, Tracey  Search this
Romo, Ito, 1961-  Search this
Taylor, Frederieke  Search this
Tracy, Michael, 1943-  Search this
Extent:
93 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2004 July 7-8
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Franco Mondini-Ruiz conducted 2004 July 7-8, by Cary Cordova, for the Archives of American Art, in Alameda and San Antonio, Tex.
Mondini speaks of his parents' disparate backgrounds; his repressed childhood in Boerne, Tex.; his family's electronics store; discovering that his brother was actually his half-brother; attending undergrad and law school at St. Mary's in San Antonio, Tex.; his Catholic rearing; raising his Latino consciousness during and after law school; his life as a successful lawyer; his ingratiation into both rich white and Latino cultures; his partying and coming-out as a gay man; his making of art as a counterpoint to his office work; advice for young Latino artists; the importance of cheap art; exoticizing of Mexican culture by Anglos; quitting law and his experience living in Mexico City; and being diagnosed with HIV. Mondini-Ruiz also speaks of opening his Infinito Botanica and how he operated it; American drug culture; San Antonio's cityscape and his "utopic" hope for it; his "Blue Star on Houston" exhibition; drug use; his show at Bard College as his big break; living with Alejandro Diaz; homosexual and Mexican rococo aesthetics; his exhibit at the 2000 Whitney Biennial and moving to New York City; the importance of found art; the universality of class and race struggles; the problems with over-materialization of artwork; his "Ballroom" show in Marfa, Tex. and the issues confronting that city's arts patronage; his making of the "Spurs Installation"; his new anti-materialistic mindset; and the patterns within his career. Mondini-Ruiz also recalls Michael Tracy, Ito Romo, Rolando Briseno, Sandra Cisneros, Jesse Amado, Donald Judd, Frederieke Taylor, Julia Herzberg, Danny Lozano, Maaretta Jaukkuri, Tracey Moffat, Mike Casey, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Franco Mondini-Ruiz (1961- ) is an artist in New York. Legal name is Gino Francisco Mondini. Interviewer Cary Cordova (1970-) is an art historian from Austin, Tex.
General:
Originally recorded on 5 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 9 digital wav files. Duration is 5 hrs., 12 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:
Lawyers -- Texas -- Interviews  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Technique  Search this
Hispanic American artists  Search this
Gay artists  Search this
Artists (LGBTQ)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.mondin04
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw962984fb6-cb64-424b-ad5f-ab2402835ff4
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-mondin04
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Rolando Briseño, 2004 March 16-26

Interviewee:
Briseño, Rolando, 1952-  Search this
Briseño, Rolando, 1952-  Search this
Interviewer:
Cordova, Cary  Search this
Subject:
Orozco, Sylvia  Search this
Barraza, Santa  Search this
Amado, Jesse  Search this
Mondini-Ruiz, Franco  Search this
Ramirez, Chuck  Search this
Pace, Linda  Search this
Kanjo, Kathryn  Search this
Von Honts, Jackie  Search this
Del Viller, Melita  Search this
Mazuca, Roland  Search this
De Syzslo, Fernando  Search this
Recuerdos Orales: Interviews of the Latino Art Community in Texas  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Painters -- Texas -- San Antonio -- Interviews  Search this
Mexican American artists  Search this
Catholicism  Search this
Computer Art  Search this
Latino and Latin American artists  Search this
Gay artists  Search this
Artists (LGBTQ)  Search this
Theme:
Latino and Latin American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12193
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)247313
AAA_collcode_brisen04
Theme:
Latino and Latin American
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_247313
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Rolando Briseño

Interviewee:
Briseño, Rolando, 1952-  Search this
Interviewer:
Cordova, Cary  Search this
Creator:
Recuerdos Orales: Interviews of the Latino Art Community in Texas  Search this
Names:
Recuerdos Orales: Interviews of the Latino Art Community in Texas  Search this
Amado, Jesse, 1951-  Search this
Barraza, Santa  Search this
De Syzslo, Fernando  Search this
Del Viller, Melita  Search this
Kanjo, Kathryn  Search this
Mazuca, Roland  Search this
Mondini-Ruiz, Franco, 1961-  Search this
Orozco, Sylvia, 1954-  Search this
Pace, Linda  Search this
Ramirez, Chuck  Search this
Von Honts, Jackie  Search this
Extent:
73 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2004 March 16-26
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Rolando Briseño conducted 2004 March 16 and 26, by Cary Cordova, for the Archives of American Art, in San Antonio, Texas.
Briseño speaks of his family background; as a child going to Mexico during the summer; growing up in San Antonio; visiting the Witte Museum, taking art classes there; Jackie von Honts, a special tutor of Briseño; scholarship to Cooper Union in New York; Catholicism; Melita del Villar and realizing "Christian mythology"; exchange program with University of Texas, Austin and La Pontifica Universidad Católica del Peru, Lima, Peru; calling himself Chicano; passion for food; traveling around Europe; politics and its influence; coming to terms with his sexuality; graduate school at Columbia University; interest in boxing; involvement in Con Safo; working on a computer as opposed to painting; and the Historic and Design Review Commission of San Antonio. Briseño also recalls Roland Mazuca, Fernando de Syzslo, Santa Barraza, Sylvia Orozco, Kathryn Kanjo, Linda Pace, Jesse Amado, Chuck Ramirez, Franco Mondini-Ruiz, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Rolando Briseño (1952-) is an artist from San Antonio, Texas. Cary Cordova (1970-) is an art historian from Austin, Texas.
General:
Due to technical problems the interview was recorded on both compact disc and mini disc.
Originally recorded on 2 sound discs and 2 compact discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 6 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 26 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Topic:
Painters -- Texas -- San Antonio -- Interviews  Search this
Mexican American artists  Search this
Catholicism  Search this
Computer Art  Search this
Latino and Latin American artists  Search this
Gay artists  Search this
Artists (LGBTQ)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.brisen04
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw928221474-79d2-4b81-a945-2dba8a76ba6d
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-brisen04
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Angel Rodriguez-Diaz

Interviewee:
Rodriguez-Diaz, Angel, 1955-  Search this
Interviewer:
Cordova, Cary  Search this
Creator:
Recuerdos Orales: Interviews of the Latino Art Community in Texas  Search this
Names:
Recuerdos Orales: Interviews of the Latino Art Community in Texas  Search this
Alvarez, Candida, 1955-  Search this
Anthes, John  Search this
Briseño, Rolando, 1952-  Search this
Cisneros, Sandra  Search this
Min, Yong Soon, 1953-  Search this
Molina, Antonio J. (Antonio José), 1928-  Search this
Morris, Robert, 1931-2018  Search this
Pace, Linda  Search this
Ramos Otero, Manuel  Search this
Roche-Rabell, Arnaldo, 1955-  Search this
Sward, Robert, 1933-  Search this
Tofino, Nitsa  Search this
Extent:
7 Sound discs (Sound recording, master (7 hr., 45 min.), digital, 2 5/8 in.)
6 Cassettes (Sound recording, duplicate)
94 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound discs
Cassettes
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2004 April 23-May 7
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Angel Rodriguez-Diaz conducted 2004 Apr. 23-May 7, by Cary Cordova, for the Archives of American Art, in San Antonio, Tex.
Rodriguez-Diaz speaks of his mother's upbringing and her untimely death from cancer; his childhood and schooling in Santurce, Puerto Rico, particularly his art experiences; his parents' conversion to Pentecostalism; the importance of travel in Puerto Rican culture; attending the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras; discovering his sexuality during adolescence; living in New York City; the city's gay scene on Christopher Street; exploring his identity as a Puerto Rican American; his jobs at mannequin factories; and his gradual ingratiation into the New York art world, mostly through Robert Morris. Rodriguez-Diaz also mentions his relationship with Rolando Briseño; the motifs in his paintings, such as mirrors and masks; witnessing the Tompkins Square Park riots of 1988; organizing a strike at his mannequin factory; contracting the HIV virus from a partner; Mexican art cinema; the cultural and historical similarities of Mexico and Puerto Rico; moving to San Antonio; choosing the models for his "Goddess" series; Anglo/Latino conflict within the San Antonio art scene; the commodification of Mexican culture in San Antonio; the spiritual importance of portraiture; the history of Puerto Rican artwork and culture, particularly native cultures; and the Smithsonian's acquisition of his painting, "The Protagonist of an Endless Story." Rodriguez-Diaz also recalls Antonio Molina, Sandra Cisneros, Arnoldo Roche-Rabell, John Anthes, Manuel Ramos Otero, Nitsa Tofino, Candida Alvarez, Soon Yong Ming, Robert Sward, Linda Pace, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Angel Rodriguez-Diaz (1955- ) is an artist from San Antonio, Tex. Cary Cordova (1970- ) is an art historian from Austin, Tex.
General:
Originally recorded on 7 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 12 digital wav files. Duration is 7 hr., 46 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Topic:
Painters -- Texas -- San Antonio -- Interviews  Search this
Artists -- Puerto Rico -- Interviews  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching -- Puerto Rico  Search this
Latino and Latin American artists  Search this
Artists (LGBTQ)  Search this
Gay artists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.rodriga04
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9287733dd-f9ce-4f12-80aa-7db5facce5ce
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-rodriga04
Online Media:

Rolando Briseño / texts by Giovanni Carandente, Edoardo Di Maura

Author:
Briseño, Rolando 1952-  Search this
Carandente, Giovanni  Search this
Di Mauro, Edoardo  Search this
Subject:
Briseño, Rolando 1952-  Search this
Physical description:
[16] p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1987
Call number:
ND237.B867 A4 1987
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_692675

Moctezuma's table : Rolando Briseño's Mexican and Chicano tablescapes / edited by Norma E. Cantú

Author:
Briseño, Rolando 1952-  Search this
Cantú, Norma Elia 1947-  Search this
Subject:
Briseño, Rolando 1952- Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Briseño, Rolando 1952-  Search this
Montezuma II Emperor of Mexico approximately 1480-1520 Influence  Search this
Physical description:
174 p. : col. ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Place:
Mexico
Date:
2010
C2010
Topic:
Food in art  Search this
Food--Symbolic aspects  Search this
Food--Social aspects  Search this
Power (Social sciences) in art  Search this
Mexicans--Food  Search this
Mexican Americans--Food  Search this
Cooking, Mexican--History  Search this
Cooking--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_985830

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