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Oral history interview with Lyle Ashton Harris, 2017 March 27-29

Interviewee:
Harris, Lyle Ashton, 1965-  Search this
Harris, Lyle Ashton, 1965-  Search this
Interviewer:
Fialho, Alex, 1989-  Search this
Subject:
Baker, Houston A., Jr.  Search this
Barton, Nancy, (Artist)  Search this
Basquiat, Jean-Michel  Search this
Butler, Cornelia H.  Search this
Carby, Hazel V.  Search this
Collier, Jim  Search this
Gates, Henry Louis, Jr.  Search this
Geer, Tommy  Search this
Goldin, Nan  Search this
Gonzalez-Torres, Felix  Search this
Gray, Todd  Search this
Grayson, John  Search this
Hemphill, Essex  Search this
Julien, Isaac  Search this
Lord, Catherine  Search this
Mapplethorpe, Robert  Search this
Mays, Vickie M.  Search this
O'Dench, Ellen  Search this
O'Meally, Jackie  Search this
O'Meally, Robert G.  Search this
Riggs, Marlon T.  Search this
Seeley, J.  Search this
Sekula, Allan  Search this
Tate, Greg  Search this
Tilton, Jack  Search this
Watson, Simon  Search this
Wilson, Millie  Search this
Woodman, Francesca  Search this
American Academy in Rome  Search this
California Institute of the Arts  Search this
Visual Arts and the AIDS Epidemic: An Oral History Project  Search this
Wesleyan University (Middletown, Conn.)  Search this
Whitney Museum of American Art  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Place:
England -- London -- Description and travel
Ghana -- Description and travel
Netherlands -- Amsterdam -- Description and travel
New York (N.Y.) -- Description and travel
Tanzania -- Description and travel
Topic:
AIDS activists  Search this
AIDS (Disease) and the arts  Search this
Racism  Search this
African American artists  Search this
Artists (LGBTQ)  Search this
Gay artists  Search this
African American art -- African influences  Search this
African American educators  Search this
African American photographers  Search this
Theme:
African American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)17456
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)387759
AAA_collcode_harris17
Theme:
African American
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_387759
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Lyle Ashton Harris

Interviewee:
Harris, Lyle Ashton, 1965-  Search this
Interviewer:
Fialho, Alex, 1989-  Search this
Names:
American Academy in Rome -- Students  Search this
California Institute of the Arts -- Students  Search this
Visual Arts and the AIDS Epidemic: An Oral History Project  Search this
Wesleyan University (Middletown, Conn.) -- Students  Search this
Whitney Museum of American Art  Search this
Baker, Houston A., Jr., 1943-  Search this
Barton, Nancy, (Artist)  Search this
Basquiat, Jean-Michel, 1960-1988  Search this
Butler, Cornelia H.  Search this
Carby, Hazel V.  Search this
Collier, Jim  Search this
Gates, Henry Louis, Jr.  Search this
Geer, Tommy  Search this
Goldin, Nan, 1953-  Search this
Gonzalez-Torres, Felix, 1957-1996  Search this
Gray, Todd, 1954-  Search this
Grayson, John, 1943-  Search this
Hemphill, Essex  Search this
Julien, Isaac  Search this
Lord, Catherine, 1949-  Search this
Mapplethorpe, Robert  Search this
Mays, Vickie M.  Search this
O'Dench, Ellen  Search this
O'Meally, Jackie  Search this
O'Meally, Robert G., 1948-  Search this
Riggs, Marlon T.  Search this
Seeley, J.  Search this
Sekula, Allan  Search this
Tate, Greg  Search this
Tilton, Jack  Search this
Watson, Simon  Search this
Wilson, Millie  Search this
Woodman, Francesca, 1958-1981  Search this
Extent:
6 Items (Sound recording: 6 sound files (8 hr., 6 min.), digital, wav)
95 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Place:
England -- London -- Description and Travel
Ghana -- Description and Travel
Netherlands -- Amsterdam -- Description and Travel
New York (N.Y.) -- Description and Travel
Tanzania -- Description and Travel
Date:
2017 March 27-29
Scope and Contents:
An interview with Lyle Ashton Harris, conducted 2017 March 27 and 29, by Alex Fialho, for the Archives of American Art's Visual Arts and the AIDS Epidemic: An Oral History Project, at Harris's studio and home in New York, New York.
Harris speaks of his childhood in the Bronx; his family's influence on his race-consciousness; living in Tanzania for two years as a child and the effects on his understanding of race and sexuality; his grandfather's extensive photographic archive; contact with the South African diaspora through his step-father; attending Wesleyan University; formative experiences in London, Amsterdam, and New York in the mid-1980s; his education and development as a photographer; attending CalArts and encountering West Coast AIDS activism; encountering systemic racism in Los Angeles; close friendships with Marlon Riggs and Essex Hemphill; exhibitions of his work in New York in the early 1990s; the production of his Ektachrome Archive and his impulse to photograph daily life; his work on the Black Community AIDS Research and Education (Black C.A.R.E.) project in Los Angeles; participating in the Whitney Museum's Independent Study Program; being diagnosed with HIV and remaining asymptomatic; attending the Dia Black Popular Culture Conference in 1992; photographing and mounting "The Good Life" in 1994 and "The Watering Hole" in 1996; issues of blackness and queerness in his photographic work; his residency at the American Academy in Rome in 2000; moving to Accra, Ghana for seven years in 2005; his pedagogy as an art professor; his thoughts on the lack of voices of color in the Visual Arts and the AIDS Epidemic Oral History Project and in the larger power structures of the art world; and his hope that his artistic legacy will be evaluated in its proper context. Harris also recalls Jackie and Robert O'Meally, Jay Seeley, Ellen O'Dench, Francesca Woodman, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jim Collier, Robert Mapplethorpe, Allan Sekula, Hazel Carby, Isaac Julien, Catherine Lord, Millie Wilson, Todd Gray, John Grayson, Tommy Gear, Marlon Riggs, Essex Hemphill, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Nancy Barton, Vickie Mays, Connie Butler, Greg Tate, Henry Louis Gates, Houston Baker, Nan Goldin, Jack Tilton, Simon Watson, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Lyle Ashton Harris (1965- ) is an artist who works in video, photography, and performance in New York, New York. Alex Fialho (1989- ) is a curator and arts writer and works as Programs Director for Visual AIDS in 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:
Performance artists -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Photographers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Video artists -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
AIDS activists  Search this
AIDS (Disease) and the arts  Search this
Racism  Search this
African American artists  Search this
Artists (LGBTQ)  Search this
Gay artists  Search this
African American art -- African influences  Search this
African American educators  Search this
African American photographers  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.harris17
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9559d7597-04b4-4644-b6ae-bca2bdb27f88
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-harris17
Online Media:

Elmgreen & Dragset Linda Yablonsky, Martin Herbert, Connie Butler, Jason Schmidt

Title:
Elmgreen and Dragset
Interviewee:
Yablonsky, Linda  Search this
Author:
Herbert, Martin 1973-  Search this
Butler, Cornelia H.,  Search this
Schmidt, Jason 1969-  Search this
Physical description:
158 pages chiefly illustrations (chiefly color) 30 cm
Type:
Texts
Interviews
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Date:
2019
21st century
Topic:
Art, Scandinavian  Search this
Installations (Art)  Search this
Installation  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1111596

Marisa Merz : the sky is a great space / edited by Connie Butler ; contributions by Ian Alteveer, Connie Butler, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Leslie Cozzi, Teresa Kittler, Cloé Perrone, Lucia Re, Tommaso Trini ; writings by Marisa Merz

Editor:
Butler, Cornelia H.  Search this
Author:
Merz, Marisa Works Selections  Search this
Host institution:
Hammer Museum  Search this
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Merz, Marisa  Search this
Physical description:
319 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Date:
2017
Topic:
Arte povera  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1099493

Adrian Piper : a synthesis of intuitions, 1965-2016 / organized by Christophe Cherix, Cornelia H. Butler, and David Platzker, with Tessa Ferreyoss ; foreward by Glenn D. Lowry, Ann Philbin, and Okwui Enwezor

Writer of added commentary:
Piper, Adrian 1948-  Search this
Cherix, Christophe  Search this
Butler, Cornelia H.  Search this
Platzker, David 1965-  Search this
Organizer:
Ferreyos, Tessa  Search this
Writer of foreword:
Lowry, Glenn D.  Search this
Philbin, Ann  Search this
Enwezor, Okwui  Search this
Sponsoring body:
Hyŏndae K'adŭ Chusik Hoesa  Search this
Host institution:
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Piper, Adrian 1948-  Search this
Piper, Adrian 1948- Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Physical description:
349 pages : color illustrations, 31 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Date:
2018
Topic:
Conceptual art  Search this
Self (Philosophy) in art  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1093347

Adrian Piper : a reader

Artist:
Piper, Adrian 1948-  Search this
Writer of added commentary:
Butler, Cornelia H.  Search this
Platzker, David 1965-  Search this
Subject:
Piper, Adrian 1948-  Search this
Piper, Adrian 1948- Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Physical description:
276 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Place:
United States
Date:
2018
Topic:
Conceptual art  Search this
Performance art  Search this
Interactive art  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1094662

WACK! : art and the feminist revolution / organized by Cornelia Butler ; essays by Cornelia Butler ... [et al.] ; edited by Lisa Gabrielle Mark

Author:
Butler, Cornelia H  Search this
Mark, Lisa Gabrielle  Search this
Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Physical description:
511 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2007
C2007
20th century
Topic:
Feminism and art  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_815762

Eric Wesley / organized by Cornelia Butler

Author:
Wesley, Eric  Search this
Butler, Cornelia H  Search this
Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Pacific Design Center (West Hollywood, Calif.)  Search this
Subject:
Wesley, Eric  Search this
Physical description:
64 p. : col. ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2006
C2006
21st century
Topic:
Art, Modern  Search this
Call number:
N6537.W365 A4 2006
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_815799

Inspired by nature / [exhibition organized by Lucinda H. Gedeon and Cornelia H. Butler]

Author:
Butler, Cornelia H  Search this
Gedeon, Lucinda H  Search this
Neuberger Museum of Art  Search this
Physical description:
15 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 16 x 23 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1994
C1994
20th century
Topic:
Nature in art  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Call number:
N7650 .I57 1994
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_836955

Fred Tomaselli : diurnal experiments and nocturnal investigation : January 18-February, 1990, Artists Space / [curated and essay by Cornelia Butler]

Title:
Diurnal experiments and nocturnal investigations
Author:
Tomaselli, Fred 1956-  Search this
Butler, Cornelia H  Search this
Artists Space (Gallery)  Search this
Subject:
Tomaselli, Fred 1956-  Search this
Physical description:
1 folded sheet ([8] p.) : ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
New York (State)
New York
Date:
1990
Topic:
Installations (Art)  Search this
Call number:
N6537.T64 A4 1990
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_707132

Beverly Semmes : April 19-May 19, 1990, Artists Space / [essay by Cornelia Butler]

Author:
Semmes, Beverly  Search this
Butler, Cornelia H  Search this
Artists Space (Gallery)  Search this
Subject:
Semmes, Beverly  Search this
Physical description:
1 folded sheet ([8] p.) ; ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1990
Call number:
NB237.S456 A4 1990
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_707218

Rodney Graham : a little thought / curated by Grant Arnold, Jessica Bradley, and Cornelia Butler ; additional texts by Lynne Cooke ... [et al.]

Author:
Graham, Rodney 1949-  Search this
Arnold, Grant  Search this
Bradley, Jessica  Search this
Butler, Cornelia H  Search this
Art Gallery of Ontario  Search this
Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Vancouver Art Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Graham, Rodney 1949-  Search this
Physical description:
207 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 31 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
2004
C2004
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_732505

Robert Smithson / organized by Eugenie Tsai with Cornelia Butler ; additional essay by Thomas Crow ; texts by Alexander Alberro ... [et al.] ; interview with Robert Smithson by Moira Roth

Author:
Smithson, Robert  Search this
Tsai, Eugenie  Search this
Butler, Cornelia H  Search this
Crow, Thomas E. 1948-  Search this
Alberro, Alexander  Search this
Roth, Moira  Search this
Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Dallas Museum of Art  Search this
Whitney Museum of American Art  Search this
Subject:
Smithson, Robert  Search this
Smithson, Robert Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Physical description:
280 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
2004
C2004
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_741508

Cotton puffs, Q-tips, smoke and mirrors : the drawings of Ed Ruscha / Margit Rowell ; with an essay by Cornelia Butler

Author:
Rowell, Margit  Search this
Butler, Cornelia H  Search this
Whitney Museum of American Art  Search this
Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
National Gallery of Art (U.S.)  Search this
Subject:
Ruscha, Edward  Search this
Physical description:
259 p. : chiefly ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
2004
C2004
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_747305

Andrea Zittel : critical space / edited by Paola Morsiani and Trevor Smith ; with contributions by Cornelia Butler ... [et al.]

Title:
Critical space
Author:
Zittel, Andrea 1965-  Search this
Morsiani, Paola  Search this
Smith, Trevor 1964-  Search this
Butler, Cornelia H  Search this
Contemporary Arts Museum  Search this
Subject:
Zittel, Andrea 1965-  Search this
Zittel, Andrea 1965-  Search this
Physical description:
245 p. : col. ill. ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Interviews
Date:
2005
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_785641

The social scene : the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation photography collection at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles / essays by Max Kozloff ; with contributions by Cornelia H Butler ... [et al.]

Author:
Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Kozloff, Max  Search this
Butler, Cornelia H  Search this
Ralph M. Parsons Foundation  Search this
Subject:
Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Physical description:
167 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 30 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2000
C2000
Topic:
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Portrait photography  Search this
Documentary photography  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_602021

Flight patterns / essays by Laurence Aberhart ... [et al.] ; Cornelia H. Butler, Lee Weng Choy, Francis Pound

Author:
Aberhart, Laurence 1949-  Search this
Butler, Cornelia H  Search this
Lee, Weng Choy  Search this
Pound, Francis 1948-  Search this
Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Physical description:
159 p. : ill. (mostly col.) ; 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
In art
Place:
Pacific Area
Date:
2000
C2000
Topic:
Multimedia (Art)  Search this
Landscapes in art  Search this
Call number:
N7399.7 .F58 2000X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_610173

Willem de Kooning : tracing the figure / organized by Cornelia H. Butler and Paul Schimmel ; essays by Cornelia H. Butler ... [et al.]

Author:
De Kooning, Willem 1904-1997  Search this
Butler, Cornelia H  Search this
Schimmel, Paul  Search this
Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art  Search this
National Gallery of Art (U.S.)  Search this
Subject:
De Kooning, Willem 1904-1997  Search this
Physical description:
199 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 35 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2002
Topic:
Women in art  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_674295

Lewis Baltz : the politics of bacteria, docile bodies, ronde de nuit / Cornelia H. Butler

Title:
Politics of bacteria, docile bodies, rone de nuit
Author:
Baltz, Lewis 1945-  Search this
Butler, Cornelia H  Search this
Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Subject:
Baltz, Lewis 1945-  Search this
Physical description:
59 p. : ill. (chiefly col.); 29 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1998
Topic:
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Call number:
TR647 .B34 1998
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_683039

Jessica Bronson / Cornelia H. Butler

Title:
Bronson
Author:
Bronson, Jessica  Search this
Butler, Cornelia H  Search this
Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Subject:
Bronson, Jessica  Search this
Physical description:
[24] p. : col. ill. ; 30 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1998
C1998
Topic:
Video art  Search this
Call number:
N6537.B746 A4 1998
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_690051

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