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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 (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
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Robert O. Preusser, 1991 January-October. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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
Theme:
Chicago's Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource  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:

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
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9d0f751ba-baf0-462a-afe1-d515af6a5df4
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-preuss91
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  Search this
Federal Art Project. National Art Week  Search this
Type:
Scrapbooks
Citation:
Michael M. Engel papers, 1937-1969. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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
Theme:
Art Materials, Techniques, and Studio Art Education  Search this
New Deal  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

Michael M. Engel papers

Creator:
Engel, Michael M., 1896-1969  Search this
Names:
Audubon Artists  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
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9136f2381-0308-48b9-9e45-1eada85a5df3
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-engemich

Abbott Handerson Thayer : a beautiful law of nature / [edited by] Ari Post

Title:
Beautiful law of nature
Author:
Post, Ari  Search this
Behrens, Roy R. 1946-  Search this
Kloss, William  Search this
Stevens, Martin 1982-  Search this
Adair, William  Search this
Plunket, John  Search this
Subject:
Thayer, Abbott Handerson 1849-1921  Search this
Physical description:
69 pages : illustrations (some colored), portraits ; 26 cm
Type:
Pictorial works
Date:
2014
C2014
Topic:
Camouflage (Military science)  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1050398

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

United States camouflage, WW II

Author:
Dial, Jay Frank  Search this
Physical description:
[37] p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1964
[1964?]
Topic:
Camouflage (Military science)  Search this
Airplanes--Markings  Search this
Call number:
UG449 .D53
UG449.D53
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_76938

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 of 1939/42- aircraft, by Owen G. Thetford. With illustrations in full colours, by C. Rupert Moore

Author:
Thetford, Owen Gordon  Search this
Physical description:
v. illus., col. plates. 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1946
1946-
Topic:
Airplanes, Military  Search this
Airplanes--Markings  Search this
Camouflage (Military science)  Search this
Call number:
TL685.3 .T47X
TL685.3.T47X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_80438

Abbott Handerson Thayer : a beautiful law of nature / edited by Ari Post

Title:
A beautiful law of nature
Author:
Thayer, Abbott Handerson 1849-1921  Search this
Post, Ari  Search this
Behrens, Roy R. 1946-  Search this
Kloss, William  Search this
Stevens, Martin 1982-  Search this
Subject:
Thayer, Abbott Handerson 1849-1921  Search this
Physical description:
56 p. : ill. (some col.), ports. ; 25 cm
Type:
Pictorial works
Date:
2013
C2013
Topic:
Animals--Color  Search this
Camouflage (Military science)  Search this
Call number:
QL767 .T63 2013
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1022734

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'ICOM...

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

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

Camouflage : a history of concealment and deception in war / Guy Hartcup

Author:
Hartcup, Guy  Search this
Physical description:
156 p. : ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1980
C1980
Topic:
Camouflage (Military science)--History  Search this
Call number:
UG449.H37X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_195903

Camouflage simplified. by Eric Sloane..

Author:
Sloane, Eric  Search this
Physical description:
3 p. l., 9-60 p., 2 1. illus. 24 x 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1942
Topic:
Camouflage (Military science)  Search this
Call number:
UG449 .S57X
UG449.S57X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_68014

Aircraft camouflage and markings, 1907-1954. Edited by D.A. Russell

Author:
Robertson, Bruce  Search this
Physical description:
212 p. illus. (part col.) 29 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1956
C1956
Topic:
Airplanes, Military  Search this
Airplanes--Markings  Search this
Camouflage (Military science)  Search this
Call number:
TL685.3 .R64a
TL685.3.R64a
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_65582

Notes on camouflage; for use of officers who attend the course

Author:
Great Britain War Office  Search this
Physical description:
8 p
Type:
Books
Date:
1859
Topic:
Camouflage (Military science)  Search this
Call number:
UG449 .G78 1859
UG449.G78 1859
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_160630

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

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

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

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