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Oral history interview with Robert O. Preusser

Interviewee:
Preusser, Robert O. (Robert Ormerod), 1919-1992  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F.  Search this
Names:
Art Center School (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Boris Mirski Gallery (Boston, Mass.)  Search this
Center for Advanced Visual Studies  Search this
Downtown Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, Mass.)  Search this
Institute of Design (Chicago, Ill.)  Search this
Joan Peterson Gallery  Search this
Massachusetts Institute of Technology  Search this
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. School  Search this
Newcomb College. School of Art  Search this
University of Houston  Search this
Davidson, Ola McNeill  Search this
Kepes, Gyorgy, 1906-2001  Search this
White, Minor  Search this
Extent:
106 Pages (Transcipt)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1991 January-October
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Robert O. Preusser conducted 1991 January-October, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art.
Preusser discusses the establishment of an art department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his involvement with it first as a visiting lecturer and then as a professor of visual design. He speaks often of Gyorgy Kepes, whom he had known at the Institute of Design, Chicago, in the early 1940s, and who recruited him to M.I.T; he also discusses other faculty members, like Minor White, professor of photography. He gives attention to his courses at M.I.T., 1954-1985; early computer design projects by students; his writings on the importance of visual arts to technology; and his supervision of educational programs at M.I.T.'s Center for Advanced Visual Studies, 1974-85. An extensive part of the interview is held in an exhibition of Preusser's work at the M.I.T. Museum (April 4, 1991), discussing in particular his incorporation of various plastic and metallic materials in his works from the 1960s and 1970s. He speaks as well of the importance of his inclusion in group exhibitions at the Downtown Gallery, New York, ("Newcomers," 1951, and "Recent Arrivals, 1952) and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston ("Collectors Exhibition," 1954), and of his exhibitions at the Boris Mirski Gallery and the Joan Peterson Gallery, Boston, during the 1950s and 1960s, and at various galleries in Houston during the 1980s. Other topics of discussion are his early art instruction in his native Houston, Texas, by the painter Ola McNeill Davidson, 1930-39; further training in painting and design at the Institute of Design, Chicago, 1930-39, 1941-42; Newcomb School of Art at Tulane University, 1940-41; service with a camouflage unit in the U.S. Army, 1942-45; classes at the Art Center School, Los Angeles, 1946-47; his teaching at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1947-54, and at the University of Houston, 1951-54, and his role as co-director of the Houston Contemporary Arts Association, 1948-50.
Biographical / Historical:
Robert Preusser (1919-1992) was a painter and art instructor from Houston, Texas and Cambridge, Massachusetts.
General:
Poor sound quality. The first 35 minutes of the interview have been lost.
Originally recorded on 1 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 7 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hr., 18 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:
Art -- Study and teaching -- Massachusetts  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching -- Texas -- Houston  Search this
Camouflage (Military science)  Search this
Painters -- Massachusetts -- Interviews  Search this
Painters -- Texas -- Houston -- Interviews  Search this
Painting -- Study and teaching  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.preuss91
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-preuss91

Michael M. Engel papers

Creator:
Engel, Michael M., 1896-1969  Search this
Names:
Audubon Artists (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Federal Art Project. National Art Week  Search this
M. Grumbacher Inc  Search this
Adams, Wayman, 1883-1959  Search this
Ballin, Hugo, 1879-1956  Search this
Diller, Mary Black, 1899-  Search this
Extent:
3 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Scrapbooks
Date:
1937-1969
Scope and Contents:
Correspondence, writings, clippings, photographs, scrapbooks, and miscellany.
ADDITION: Biographical material; writings, including notes, drafts, and finished copy for Engel's columns, "Do You Know That?" and "The Bright Palette," manuscripts of articles about collecting autographs, and "Miscellaneous Art Notes-- Michael M. Engel" (1 vol.); art research files; letters from Engel's collection of artists' autographs, many of which are illustrated; and artists' files, containing mainly clippings, exhibition announcements, photographs, and a small amount of correspondence, except for the Hugo Ballin file, which contains a large number of letters with illustrated envelopes.
Also, printed matter, including M. Grumbacher & Co. publicity, promotions, and biographical information on artists featured in their advertisements, articles about Engel and his palette collection, annual exhibition catalogs and other printed matter of Audubon Artists and other art organizations and galleries; photographs and slides of Engel, artists who represented M. Grumbacher & Co., palettes, paintings produced in Grumbacher demonstrations and other works of art, and one album of photographs of paintings by various artists with notes on palettes; files on camouflage, containing printed matter, notes, and photographs; and scrapbooks, including 3 on National Art Week, a WPA-Federal Art Project event, compiled by his wife, Mary Black Diller, an artist active in promoting it, and 3 compiled by Engel containing publicity material on Artists for Victory "Four Freedoms," Florida International Art Exhibition at Grand Central Galleries, and "Wayman Adams Film Painting a Portrait."
Biographical / Historical:
Painter, collector, lecturer, writer; New York, N.Y. Engel worked as public relations director for M. Grumbacher & Co., an artists' supplies firm. He contributed to Art Digest and other magazines, and founded Audubon Artists in 1940.
Provenance:
Donated 1975 by Mary Black Diller, widow of Michael M. Engel, and in 1994-1995, by their son, Michael M. Engel.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Artists -- United States  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Autographs -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Autographs -- Collections  Search this
Camouflage (Military science)  Search this
palettes  Search this
Federal aid to the arts -- United States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Scrapbooks
Identifier:
AAA.engemich
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-engemich

Oral history interview with Robert O. Preusser, 1991 January-October

Interviewee:
Preusser, Robert O. (Robert Ormerod), 1919-1992  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F  Search this
Subject:
Davidson, Ola McNeill  Search this
Kepes, Gyorgy  Search this
White, Minor  Search this
Art Center School (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Boris Mirski Gallery  Search this
Center for Advanced Visual Studies  Search this
Downtown Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, Mass.)  Search this
Institute of Design  Search this
Joan Peterson Gallery  Search this
Massachusetts Institute of Technology  Search this
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston  Search this
Newcomb College  Search this
University of Houston  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Art -- Study and teaching -- Massachusetts  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching -- Texas -- Houston  Search this
Camouflage (Military science)  Search this
Painters -- Massachusetts -- Interviews  Search this
Painters -- Texas -- Houston -- Interviews  Search this
Painting -- Study and teaching  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13337
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)215616
AAA_collcode_preuss91
Theme:
Chicago's Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_215616
Online Media:

Michael M. Engel papers, 1937-1969

Creator:
Engel, Michael M., 1896-1969  Search this
Subject:
Adams, Wayman  Search this
Ballin, Hugo  Search this
Diller, Mary Black  Search this
M. Grumbacher Inc  Search this
Audubon Artists (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Federal Art Project  Search this
Type:
Scrapbooks
Topic:
Autographs -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Autographs -- Collections  Search this
Camouflage (Military science)  Search this
palettes  Search this
Federal aid to the arts -- United States  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7013
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209146
AAA_collcode_engemich
Theme:
Art Materials, Techniques, and Studio Art Education
New Deal
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209146

Camouflage : proceedings of the International Congress on Uniforms organized by the Royal Museum of Armed Forces and of Military History in co-operations with ICOMAM (Brussels, 13-15 October 2010) / ed. by Ilse Bogaerts & Werner Palinckx = Le camouflage : actes du congrès international sur les uniformes organisé par le Musée royal de l'Armée et d'Histoire militaire en collaboration avec l'ICOMAM (Bruxelles, 13-15 octobre 2010) / ed. par Ilse Bogaerts & Werner Palinckx = De camouflage : akten van het internationale congres over uniformen georganiseerd door het Koninklijk Museum van het Leger en de Krijgeschiedenis in samenwerkig met ICOMAM (Brussel, 13-15 oktober 2010) / uitg. door Ilse Bogaerts & Werner Palinckx

Title:
Proceedings of the International Symposium "Camouflage takes centre stage," Brussels, October 13-15, 2010
Camouflage takes centre stage
Camouflage : actes du congrès international sur les uniformes organisé par le Musée royal de l'Armée et d'Histoire militaire en collaboration avec l'ICOMAM (Bruxelles, 13-15 octobre 2010)
Camouflage : akten van het internationale congres over uniformen georganiseerd door het Koninklijk Museum van het Leger en de Krijgeschiedenis in samenwerkig met ICOMAM (Brussel, 13-15 oktober 2010)
Author:
International Symposium "Camouflage takes centre stage" (2010 : Brussels, Belgium)  Search this
Bogaerts, Ilse  Search this
Palinckx, Werner  Search this
Physical description:
223 pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm
Type:
Congresses
Conference papers and proceedings
Date:
2014
Topic:
Camouflage (Military science)  Search this
Art and camouflage  Search this
Uniforms  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1040048

Failures of modernity and Islamic reform : dress and deception in Northern Nigeria in the twenty-first century / Elisha P. Renne

Author:
Renne, Elisha P  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Boko Haram  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
Nigeria, Northern
Date:
2018
21st century
Topic:
Muslim women--Clothing  Search this
Islamic clothing and dress  Search this
Military uniforms  Search this
Camouflage (Military science(  Search this
Violence  Search this
Terrorists  Search this
Women suicide bombers  Search this
Call number:
GT1589.N6 R46 2018
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1113009

Camouflage training manual for the Air Service Command. Prepared by the Engineer Section

Author:
United States Army Air Forces Air Service Command  Search this
Physical description:
xvii, 250 p. illus. (part col.) 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1943
Topic:
Camouflage (Military science)  Search this
Call number:
UG449 .U51 1943
UG449.U51 1943
Restrictions & Rights:
"Restricted."
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_160631

Tiger patterns : a guide to the Vietnam War's tigerstripe combat fatigue patterns and uniforms / Richard Denis Johnson

Author:
Johnson, Richard Denis  Search this
Physical description:
260 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1999
C1999
Topic:
Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Equipment and supplies  Search this
Camouflage (Military science)  Search this
Armed Forces  Search this
Uniforms  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_814673

Camouflage / Tim Newark ; introduction by Jonathan Miller

Author:
Newark, Timothy  Search this
Physical description:
192 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), ports. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2007
Topic:
Costume design--History  Search this
Clothing and dress--History  Search this
Camouflage (Military science)  Search this
Camouflage (Biology)  Search this
Call number:
UG449 .N43 2007
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_828893

DPM : disruptive pattern material / [compiled and edited by Hardy Blechman and Alex Newman]

Title:
Disruptive pattern material
Author:
Blechman, Hardy 1968-  Search this
Newman, Alex  Search this
Physical description:
2 v. : ill. (chiefly col.), col. ports. ; 30 cm. + 6 sheets + 1 viewer
Type:
Books
Date:
2004
Topic:
Camouflage (Biology)  Search this
Camouflage (Military science)  Search this
Clothing and dress--History  Search this
Art and camouflage  Search this
Fashion--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_794842

Camouflage for troops of the line / edited by the Army War College

Author:
Army War College (U.S.)  Search this
Subject:
United States Army  Search this
Physical description:
24 p. ; 25 cm
Type:
Handbooks, manuals, etc
Date:
1920
Topic:
Camouflage (Military science)  Search this
Call number:
UG449 .C36 1920
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_544061

The Principles and practice of camouflage

Author:
Great Britain War Office General Staff  Search this
Physical description:
29 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Great Britain
Date:
1918
Topic:
Camouflage (Military science)  Search this
Military art and science  Search this
Call number:
UG449 .P75 1918
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_544898

To fool a glass eye : camouflage versus photoreconnaissance in World War II / Roy M. Stanley II

Title:
Camouflage versus photoreconnaissance in World War II
Author:
Stanley, Roy M  Search this
Physical description:
192 p. : ill. ; 31 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1998
Topic:
World War, 1939-1945--Camouflage  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Camouflage (Military science)  Search this
Photographic reconnaissance systems  Search this
Aerial reconnaissance  Search this
Call number:
D810.C2 S73 1998
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_545170

Camouflage, concealment, and decoys / Headquarters, Dept. of the Army

Author:
United States Department of the Army  Search this
Subject:
United States Army  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (loose-leaf) : ill., charts ; 28 cm
Type:
Handbooks, manuals, etc
Place:
United States
Date:
1999
1999]
Topic:
Camouflage (Military science)  Search this
Call number:
UG449 .U55 1999
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_593192

The art of camouflage, by Lieut.-Colonel C. H. R. Chesney... With four chapters written by J. Huddlestone

Author:
Chesney, Clement Hope Rawdon 1883-  Search this
Huddlestone, J  Search this
Physical description:
252 p. front., illus. (maps) XI pl. 20 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1941
[1941]
Topic:
Camouflage (Military science)  Search this
Call number:
UG449.C45X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_300964

Using cut foliage for camouflage

Author:
Harvard Camouflage Committee  Search this
Physical description:
17 l. plates. 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1943
Topic:
Camouflage (Military science)  Search this
Call number:
QK46.5.C18H33 1943
QK46.5.C18H33 1943
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_238004

US armour camouflage and markings 1917-45 / text and colour plates by Steven J. Zaloga

Author:
Zaloga, Steve  Search this
Subject:
United States Army History  Search this
Physical description:
[40] p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1984
Topic:
Camouflage (Military science)  Search this
Armored vehicles, Military  Search this
Call number:
UG446.5 .Z22 1984
UG446.5.Z22 1984
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_265499

Aircraft camouflage and markings, 1907-1954 / written and compiled by Bruce Robertson ; paintings by William F. Hepworth ; produced by D. A. Russell

Author:
Robertson, Bruce  Search this
Physical description:
232 p. : ill., part col. ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1966
Topic:
Airplanes, Military  Search this
Airplanes--Markings  Search this
Camouflage (Military science)  Search this
Call number:
TL685.3.R6 1966X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_271063

Masquerade : the amazing camouflage deceptions of World War II / Seymour Reit

Author:
Reit, Seymour  Search this
Physical description:
x, 255 p., [11] leaves of plates : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1978
C1978
Topic:
Camouflage (Military science)  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
World War, 1939-1945--Camouflage  Search this
Call number:
D810.C2R44 1978X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_271718

U.S. Navy markings: W.W. II, Pacific Theater. By Thomas E. Doll. Drawings by M.J. Kishpaugh

Author:
Doll, Thomas E  Search this
Subject:
United States Navy Aviation  Search this
Physical description:
48 p. illus. 27 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1967
Topic:
Airplanes--Markings  Search this
Camouflage (Military science)  Search this
Call number:
TL603 .D66
TL603.D66
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_137055

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