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John DeWitt papers

Creator:
DeWitt, John, 1910-1984  Search this
Names:
America 1976 (1976-1978: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
American artist and water reclamation (1973: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Hereward Lester Cooke Foundation  Search this
United States. Bureau of Reclamation  Search this
Celmins, Vija, 1938-  Search this
Dodd, Lamar  Search this
Magafan, Ethel, 1915 or 6-1993  Search this
McCoy, Ann Wyeth  Search this
Raffael, Joseph, 1933-  Search this
Extent:
1.4 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Interviews
Sound recordings
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Date:
1962-1979
Summary:
The scattered papers of federal arts administrator John DeWitt date from 1962-1979, and measure 1.4 linear feet. The collection primarily documents 1970s arts programs sponsored by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, an agency of the Department of the Interior. Found within the papers are correspondence concerning the department's art projects and exhibition files for The American Artist and Water Reclamation, 1972, and America 1976.
Scope and Content Note:
The scattered papers of federal arts administrator John DeWitt date from 1962-1979, and measure 1.4 linear feet. The collection primarily documents 1970s arts programs organized by DeWitt while working for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, an agency of the Department of the Interior. Found within the papers are scattered correspondence concerning the department's art projects, including the Preservation of Endangered Species Art Program and activities of the Hereward Lester Cooke Foundation. There are letters from artists Vija Celmins, Lamar Dodd, and Ethel Magafan.

Files for the two exhibitions organized by DeWitt for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, The American Artist and Water Reclamation and America 1976, include a wide variety of materials. There are correspondence, lists of artwork, printed materials, a scrapbook, financial materials, audio recordings of interviews with DeWitt, audio recordings of a symposium on America 1976, and numerous photographs of exhibited artwork and participating artists. There are also additional photographs of DeWitt and his colleagues and artists Joseph Raffael and Ann Wyeth McCoy.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 3 series; each series is arranged chronologically.

Series 1: Correspondence, 1965-1979 (Box 1; 10 folders)

Series 2: Exhibition Files, 1962-1978 (Box 1, 2; 1.3 linear feet)

Series 3: Photographs, 1970-1974 (Box 2; 1 folder)
Biographical Note:
John DeWitt was born in 1910 and was a wood sculptor and federal arts administrator in Washingon, D.C.

DeWitt began his career as a professional writer and was a wood sculptor connected with the Veerhoff Gallery in Washington, D.C. His wife, Miriam Hapgood DeWitt, was a painter. In the late 1960s, DeWitt was the Director of Art Programs for the Bureau of Reclamation, an agency of the Department of Interior responsible for water conservation in arid regions of the United States. At this time, the Bureau initiated a program to present its accomplishments to the public through arts commissions and exhibitions. Under the direction of DeWitt and Lloyd Goodrich of the Whitney Museum of American Art, some 40 artists including Ralston Crawford, Peter Hurd, and Norman Rockwell, were invited to depict the scope of reclamation projects in the American West. The artists were given a free hand to depict any scene in any medium as long as the subject matter pertained to the Bureau of Reclamation's program. The resulting artwork was displayed in an exhibition, The American Artist and Water Reclamation, that opened at the National Gallery of Art in April 1972, and then toured the country in a traveling exhibition sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution.

As the Director of the Visual Arts Program for the Department of the Interior, DeWitt celebrated the Bicentennial by organizing the exhibition America 1976, for which he hired over forty realist painters including Vija Celmins, Ralston Crawford, Alex Katz, Philip Pearlstein, and Wayne Thiebaud, to depict a diverse range of Americana. DeWitt was employed by the Department of the Interior until 1977.

John DeWitt died in 1984.
Provenance:
The John DeWitt papers were donated in 1987 by DeWitt's widow, Miriam Hapgood DeWitt.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Rights:
The John DeWitt papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Occupation:
Arts administrators -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Citation:
John DeWitt papers, 1962-1979. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.dewijohn
See more items in:
John DeWitt papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-dewijohn

[Photographs of artists taken by Mimi Jacobs, photographer]

Photographer:
Jacobs, Mimi  Search this
Names:
Adams, Ansel, 1902-1984 -- Photographs  Search this
Adams, Mark, 1925-2006 -- Photographs  Search this
Allan, William George, 1936- -- Photographs  Search this
Anderson, Jeremy, 1921-1982 -- Photographs  Search this
Armer, Ruth, 1896-1977 -- Photographs  Search this
Arneson, Robert, 1930-1992  Search this
Arnoldi, Charles, 1946- -- Photographs  Search this
Asawa, Ruth -- Photographs  Search this
Beall, Dennis Ray, 1929- -- Photographs  Search this
Beasley, Bruce, 1939- -- Photographs  Search this
Bechtle, Robert Alan, 1932- -- Photographs  Search this
Bengston, Billy Al -- Photographs  Search this
Benton, Fletcher, 1931- -- Photographs  Search this
Berlant, Anthony -- Photographs  Search this
Bischoff, Elmer, 1916-1991 -- Photographs  Search this
Blunk, J. B., 1926- -- Photographs  Search this
Brice, William, 1921-2008 -- Photographs  Search this
Brown, Joan, 1938-1990  Search this
Celmins, Vija, 1938- -- Photographs  Search this
Chicago, Judy, 1939- -- Photographs  Search this
Conner, Bruce -- Photographs  Search this
Cunningham, Imogen, 1883-1976 -- Photographs  Search this
De Forest, Roy, 1930-2007 -- Photographs  Search this
DeFeo, Jay, 1929-1989 -- Photographs  Search this
DeLap, Tony, 1927- -- Photographs  Search this
Dickinson, Eleanor, 1931- -- Photographs  Search this
Diebenkorn, Richard, 1922-1993 -- Photographs  Search this
Dill, Guy, 1946- -- Photographs  Search this
Falkenstein, Claire, 1908-1997 -- Photographs  Search this
Francis, Sam, 1923- -- Photographs  Search this
Gilhooly, David -- Photographs  Search this
Goldyne, Joseph R.  Search this
Gooch, Gerald -- Photographs  Search this
Gordon, Russell Talbert, 1936- -- Photographs  Search this
Graham, Robert, 1938- -- Photographs  Search this
Hedrick, Wally, 1928-2003 -- Photographs  Search this
Holland, Tom, 1936- -- Photographs  Search this
Hopkins, Henry, 1928-2009  Search this
Howard, Robert Boardman, 1896-1983 -- Photographs  Search this
Hudson, Robert, 1938- -- Photographs  Search this
Ihle, John Livingston, 1925- -- Photographs  Search this
Irwin, Robert, 1928- -- Photographs  Search this
Johnson, Robert E. (Robert Emory), 1932- -- Photographs  Search this
Kauffman, Craig, 1932-2010  Search this
Light, Alvin, 1931- -- Photographs  Search this
Lobdell, Frank, 1921- -- Photographs  Search this
Martin, Bill, 1943- -- Photographs  Search this
McLean, Richard Thorpe, 1934- -- Photographs  Search this
Mullican, Lee, 1919-1998 -- Photographs  Search this
Nauman, Bruce, 1941- -- Photographs  Search this
Neri, Manuel, 1930- -- Photographs  Search this
Noguchi, Isamu, 1904-1988 -- Photographs  Search this
Oliveira, Nathan, 1928-2010 -- Photographs  Search this
Paris, Harold, 1925- -- Photographs  Search this
Raffael, Joseph, 1933- -- Photographs  Search this
Ramos, Mel, 1935-2018 -- Photographs  Search this
Reichman, Fred, 1925- -- Photographs  Search this
Richardson, Sam, 1934- -- Photographs  Search this
Ruscha, Edward -- Photographs  Search this
Saar, Betye -- Photographs  Search this
Saunders, Raymond, 1934- -- Photographs  Search this
Shaw, Richard, 1941 Sept. 12- -- Photographs  Search this
Siegriest, Louis B., 1899- -- Photographs  Search this
Sinton, Nell, 1910-1997 -- Photographs  Search this
Thiebaud, Wayne -- Photographs  Search this
Todd, Mike, 1935- -- Photographs  Search this
Valledor, Leo -- Photographs  Search this
Villa, Carlos -- Photographs  Search this
Voulkos, Peter, 1924-2002 -- Photographs  Search this
Wasserstein, Julius -- Photographs  Search this
Wiley, William T., 1937-  Search this
Woelffer, Emerson, 1914- -- Photographs  Search this
Wonner, Paul, 1920-2008 -- Photographs  Search this
Zammitt, Norman, 1931- -- Photographs  Search this
Extent:
140 Items (photographic prints, b&w)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1971-1981
Scope and Contents:
Photographs of artists, many from the San Francisco Bay Area, taken by Mimi Jacobs.
Artists photographed: Ansel Adams, Robert Arneson, Ruth Asawa, Billy Al Bengston, Fletcher Benton, Robert Bechtle, J. B. Blunk, William Brice, Joan Brown, Imogen Cunningham, Jay De Feo, Eleanor Dickinson, Richard Diebenkorn, Laddie John Dill, Archeliat Esherick, Sam Francis, David Gilhooly, Joseph Goldyne, Robert Graham, Henry Hopkins, Robert B. Howard, John Ihle, Robert Irwin, Allen Jones, Alvin Light, Lee Mullican, Isamu Noguchi, Howard Paris, Joseph Raffael, Fred Reichman, Ed Ruscha, Betye Saar, Raymond Saunders, Richard Shaw, Louis Siegriest, Nell Sinton, Wayne Thiebaud, DeWain Valentine, Leo Valledor, Carlos Villa, Peter Voulkos, William T. Wiley, Emerson Woelffer.
Photographs of Mark Adams, William Allan, Jeremy Anderson, Ruth Armer, Charles Arnoldi, Dennis Beall, Bruce Beasley, Tony Berlant, Elmer Bischoff, Vija Celmins, Judy Chicago, Bruce Conner, Roy de Forest, Tony DeLap, Guy Dill, Claire Falkenstein, Gerald Gooch, Russell Gordon, Wally Hedrick, Tom Holland, Robert Hudson, Robert Emory Johnson, Frank Lobdell, Robert Craig Kaufman, Richard McLean, Bill Martin, Manuel Neri, Bruce Nauman, Nathan Oliveira, Mel Ramos, Sam Richardson, Michael Todd, Julius Wasserstein, Paul Wonner and Norman Zammitt.
In 1999, additional photographs were donated including many duplicates of the previous donations. These include 50 mounted photographs of West Coast artists, twenty-four of which were exhibited in 1980 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and published in 50 West Coast Artists: A Critical Selection of Painters and Sculptors (1981, Chronicle Books). Photographs are of Ansel Adams, Robert Arneson, Billy Al Bengston, Robert Bechtle, Fletcher Benton, J. B. Blunk, William Brice, Joan Brown, Imogen Cunningham, Jay De Feo, Eleanor Dickinson, Richard Diebenkorn, Laddie John Dill, Archeliat Esherick, Sam Francis, David Gilhooly, Joseph Goldyne, Robert Graham, Henry Hopkins, Robert Howard, John Ihle, Robert Irwin, Allen Jones, Alvin Light, Lee Mullican, Isamu Noguchi, Howard Paris, Joseph Raffael, Fred Reichman, Ed Ruscha, Betye Saar, Richard Shaw, Louis Siegrist, Nell Sinton, Wayne Thiebaud, De Wain Valentine, Leo Valledor, Carlos Villa, Peter Voulkos, William Wiley, and Emerson Woeffer.
Biographical / Historical:
Photographer; Kentfield, Calif.; b. 1911; d. April 1, 1999. Known in the San Francisco Bay Area for her portraits of prominent local figures, many of whom were artists. She eventually expanded her scope beyond Northern California to included artists in the Los Angeles region as well. These images were widely reproduced in books and in exhibitions and in many cases became the portraits by which the individuals were best known. Among her subjects were Ed Ruscha, Robert Graham, Peter Voulkos, Joan Brown, Isamu Noguchi, Jay DeFeo, Wayne Thiebaud, Imogen Cunningham, and Richard Diebenkorn. Several exhibitions were devoted to the photographs as independent works of art, an acknowledgement of their pictorial qualities as well as their value as documents.
Provenance:
Donated 1976-1992 by Mimi Jacobs. Additional photos, many of them duplicates of previous donations, were donated in 1999 by Leslie Fleming, Jacobs' daughter, for the Estate.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Photographers -- California  Search this
Topic:
Artists -- California -- Portraits  Search this
Artists -- California -- Photographs  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.jacomimi
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-jacomimi

Oral history interview with Alexis Smith

Creator:
Smith, Alexis, 1949-  Search this
Interviewer:
Drohojowska-Philp, Hunter  Search this
Names:
Holly Solomon Gallery  Search this
Honor Fraser Gallery  Search this
Margo Leavin Gallery  Search this
Mizuno Gallery  Search this
Nicholas Wilder Gallery  Search this
University of California, Irvine -- Students  Search this
University of California, Los Angeles -- Faculty  Search this
Bell, Larry, 1939-  Search this
Burden, Barbara  Search this
Burden, Chris, 1946-  Search this
Celmins, Vija, 1938-  Search this
Chicago, Judy, 1939-  Search this
Coplans, John  Search this
Gehry, Frank O., 1929-  Search this
Grieger, Scott  Search this
Howard, Coy  Search this
Irwin, Robert, 1928-  Search this
Krull, Craig  Search this
Moses, Avilda  Search this
Ruppersberg, Allen, 1944-  Search this
Sedivy, Richard  Search this
Solomon, Jerry  Search this
Extent:
5 Items (Sound recording: 5 sound files (3 hr., 11 min.), digital, wav)
84 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Place:
France -- description and travel
Date:
2014 January 24-April 14
Scope and Contents:
An interview with Alexis Smith conducted 2014 January 24 and April 14, by Hunter Drohojowska-Philp, for the Archives of American Art at Smith's studio, in Venice, California.
Ms. Smith discusses growing up in Southern California and her early years living with her parents on the grounds of Metropolitan State Hospital, a mental institution in Norwalk, California; her mother's death when Ms. Smith was 11; the family's time in Whittier and Palm Springs and being raised as an only child by her father; her early interest in French studies and travel to France as a student; her interest in studying art beginning with a John Coplans class at UC Irvine; her time at at UC Irvine in the early days of the university and her growing attraction to the life of an artist; the origin of her name Alexis Smith; and the encouragement of her fellow artists to continue pursuing her cut-up collages from literature, photos, magazines, and Hollywood ephemera. Ms. Smith also describes her time with her artist women's group in the 70s; her husband Scott Grieger; working for Frank Gehry; her showing with the Nicholas Wilder Gallery; her relationship with Chris Burden and her time with him during his period of performance pieces in the 70s; the Riko Mizuno Gallery; her work with terrazzo and its use for installations at the LA Convention Center, Ohio State University, and other installations; the appropriation of text and the assistance of Jerry Solomon utilizing custom frames in her artwork; the impact of women from history, media and literature on her art; her relationship with Coy Howard; the Holly Solomon Gallery; her Jane series; her On the Road series; her installation Snake Path at UC San Diego; her piece for SITE Santa Fe Red Carpet; teaching at UCLA; her installation of the piece Scarlet Letter at Las Vegas Central Library and its subsequent removal; her associations with Margo Leavin Gallery and Honor Fraser gallery; and the loss of her long-time studio space and the challenges of storing her artwork. Ms. Smith also recalls Judy Chicago, Robert Irwin, Vija Celmins, Larry Bell, Barbara Burden, Richard Sedivy, Avilda Moses, Craig Krull, and Allen Ruppersberg among others.
Biographical / Historical:
Alexis Smith (1949- ) is a collage, multimedia, and installation artist in Los Angeles, California. Hunter Drohojowska-Philp is an art critic and writer from Beverly Hills, California.
General:
Originally recorded as 5 sound files. Duration is 3 hr., 11 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:
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Collagists -- California -- Interviews  Search this
Installations (Art)  Search this
Multimedia (Art)  Search this
Multimedia installations (Art)  Search this
Women artists -- California -- Los Angeles -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.smith14
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-smith14

Oral history interview with Ted Muehling

Interviewee:
Muehling, Ted  Search this
Interviewer:
Milosch, Jane  Search this
Creator:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Names:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Pratt Institute -- Students  Search this
Buxbaum, Gerda, 1949-  Search this
Celmins, Vija, 1938-  Search this
Czeresko, Deborah  Search this
Drutt, Helen Williams  Search this
Grcic, Konstantin, 1965-  Search this
Gulotta, Gerry  Search this
Harding, Ingrid  Search this
Hobson, Jade  Search this
Kiss, Gabriella  Search this
Mauer, Ingo  Search this
Morris, Robert Lee, 1947-  Search this
Smith, Kiki, 1954-  Search this
Sullivan, Louis H., 1856-1924  Search this
Zeisel, Eva, 1906-2011  Search this
Extent:
109 Pages (Transcript)
5 Items (Sound recording: 5 sound files (4 hr., 38 min.), digital, wav)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Place:
New York (N.Y.) -- Description and Travel
Date:
2007 November 17-18
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Ted Muehling conducted 2007 November 17-18, by Jane Milosch, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, at Muehling's studio, in New York, New York.
Muehling speaks of visiting New York City as a child; attending Pratt for industrial design; working with molds; working in Germany; winning the Coty fashion award for his jewelry; learning to blow glass; working at Corning; visiting museums as a child and projects in his father's basement workshop; drawing inspiration out of his materials; the rich art history of Europe; working with plastic and wood; working with assistants; the impact of travel on his work; various gallery exhibitions; working with well-known designers; creating functional and inspiring pieces; the American craft market; drawing inspiration from dreams; the humor in his art; the strengths and limitations of various mediums. Muehling also recalls Gerry Gulotta, Eva Zeisel, Ingrid Harding, Kiki Smith, Deborah Czeresko, Gabriella Kiss, Gerda Buxbaum, Jade Hobson, Ingo Mauer, Vija Celmins, Louis Sullivan, Konstantin Grcic, Robert Lee Morris, Helen Drutt, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Ted Muehling (1953- ) is a designer of jewelry and decorative objects in New York, New York. Jane Milosch (1964- ) is a curator from Silver Spring, Maryland.
General:
Originally recorded as 5 digital sound files. Duration is 4 hr., 38 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:
ACCESS RESTRICTED: Use requires written permission.
Topic:
Design, Industrial -- Study and teaching  Search this
Glass blowing and working -- Study and teaching  Search this
Jewelers -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Jewelry -- Design  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.muehli07
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-muehli07

Robin Tewes papers

Creator:
Tewes, Robin  Search this
Names:
Belag, Andrea  Search this
Celmins, Vija, 1938-  Search this
Coyne, Petah  Search this
Donofrio, Beverly  Search this
Innerst, Mark, 1957-  Search this
Kozloff, Joyce  Search this
Marten, Ruth  Search this
Tansey, Mark, 1949-  Search this
Tucker, Marcia  Search this
Wilson, Martha, 1947-  Search this
Yankowitz, Nina  Search this
Extent:
8.4 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sketchbooks
Date:
1950-2016
Summary:
The papers of painter and educator Robin Tewes measure 8.4 linear feet and date from 1950-2016. The collection documents the life of a veteran New York artist, active in artist run galleries, such as Fifth Street Gallery, and in artists' organizations. Among the papers are biographical material, correspondence, nine notebooks, project files, teaching files, personal business records, printed material, photographic material, artwork, nine sketchbooks, and a few artifacts.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of painter and educator Robin Tewes measure 8.4 linear feet and date from 1950-2016. The collection documents the life of a veteran New York artist, active in artist run galleries, such as Fifth Street Gallery, and in artists' organizations. Among the papers are biographical material, correspondence, nine notebooks, project files, teaching files, personal business records, printed material, photographic material, artwork, nine sketchbooks, and a few artifacts.

Notable correspondents include Tewes' longtime friend and writer Beverly Donofrio, as well as Andrea Belag, Vija Celmins, Petah Coyne, Ilona Granet, Mark Innerst, Joyce Kozloff, Ruth Marten, Mark Tansey, Marcia Tucker, Martha Wilson, and Nina Yankowitz.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 11 series.

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1950-2012 (0.3 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 2: Correspondence, circa 1970-2016 (0.9 linear feet; Box 1-2)

Series 3: Notebooks, 2007-2015 (0.4 linear feet; Box 2)

Series 4: Project Files, circa 1975-2015 (1.6 linear feet; Box 2-3, OV 10-11)

Series 5: Teaching Files, 1997-2015 (0.4 linear feet; Box 3-4)

Series 6: Personal Business Records, circa 1975-2010 (0.2 linear feet; Box 4)

Series 7: Printed Material, circa 1970-2015 (2.5 linear feet; Box 4-6, OV 12)

Series 8: Photographic Material, circa 1958-2015 (0.6 linear feet; Box 7, OV 13; 332 Megabytes; ER01)

Series 9: Artwork, circa 1950-2015 (0.7 linear feet; Box 7, OV 14-15)

Series 10: Sketchbooks, circa 1984-2010 (0.6 linear feet; Box 8-9)

Series 11: Artifacts, circa 2000, circa 2009 (0.2 linear feet; Box 9)
Biographical / Historical:
Robin Tewes (1950- ) is a New York painter and educator. Born and raised in Queens, New York, Tewes graduated from the High School of Art and Design in 1968 and received her BFA from Hunter College in 1978. Tewes was an original member of P.S. 122 Painting Association and founded the Fifth Street Gallery which operated on the Lower East Side in the late 1970s. Tewes has taught at several colleges and universities around New York City including Bard College, Hunter College, Pace University, Parsons the New School for Design, and the School of Visual Arts. She has been included in numerous exhibitions, both domestically and internationally.
Provenance:
Donated to the Archives of American Art in 2016 by Robin Tewes.
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.
Rights:
The Robin Tewes papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Educators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Photographs  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sketchbooks
Citation:
Robin Tewes papers, 1950-2016. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.tewerobi
See more items in:
Robin Tewes papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-tewerobi

Oral history interview with Vija Celmins

Interviewee:
Celmins, Vija, 1938-  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Julia K., 1951-  Search this
Extent:
45 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2009 February 11-October 15
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Vija Celmins conducted 2009 February 11-October 15, by Julia Brown, for the Archives of American Art, at the Celmins' home and studio, in New York, New York.
Celmins speaks of her family's Latvian roots; experiencing World War II as a child; surviving and overcoming the trauma of World War II; the difficulties of being a refugee and moving to the United States; the influence of books on her imagination and art; expressing herself through drawing after moving to Indiana; learning English; studying art at the John Herron School of Art; attending summer school at Yale University; moving to California to obtain her MFA at UCLA; using art to grapple with and understand both her past and her emotions; experimenting with various mediums; discovering the pencil as an art material; the difficulties of printmaking; experimenting with abstraction and Pop art; deciding to drop painting and collage work; finding her own artistic philosophy and practices; her love of nature and its impact on her work; not conforming to the male-dominated, L.A. art scene; her decision to leave L.A. for NYC. Celmins also speaks about Tony Berlant, Chas Garabedian, Ed Ruscha, David Stuart, Philip Guston, Chuck Close, Willem de Kooning, Brice Marden, Joan Mitchell, Robert Irwin, and Jasper Johns.
Biographical / Historical:
Vija Celmins (1938- ) is a multimedia artist in New York, New York. Julia Brown (1951- ) is an independent scholar in San Antonio, Texas.
General:
Originally recorded on 2 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 5 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 33 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:
Multimedia (Art)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.celmin09
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-celmin09

Oral history interview with Vija Celmins, 2009 February 11-October 15

Interviewee:
Celmins, Vija, 1938-  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Julia K., 1951-  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Multimedia (Art)  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15807
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)289310
AAA_collcode_celmin09
Theme:
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_289310
Online Media:

Vija Celmins : to fix the image in memory / Gary Garrels ; with contributions from Russell Ferguson, Frances Jacobus-Parker, Suzanne Hudson, Ian Alteveer, Briony Fer, Meredith A. Brown, Nancy Lim

Title:
To fix the image in memory
Author:
Garrels, Gary  Search this
Contributor:
Ferguson, Russell  Search this
Jacobus-Parker, Frances  Search this
Hudson, Suzanne Perling 1977-  Search this
Alteveer, Ian  Search this
Fer, Briony  Search this
Brown, Meredith A.  Search this
Lim, Nancy (Curatorial assistant)  Search this
Interviewee:
Celmins, Vija 1938-  Search this
Host institution:
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art  Search this
Art Gallery of Ontario  Search this
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Publisher:
Yale University Press  Search this
Subject:
Celmins, Vija 1938-  Search this
Celmins, Vija 1938- Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Celmins, Vija 1938- Themes, motives  Search this
Celmins, Vija 1938-  Search this
Physical description:
271 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), portraits ; 31 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Interviews
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Exhibition catalogs
Essays
Illustrated works
Place:
United States
New York (State)
Date:
2018
20th century
21st century
Topic:
Drawing, American  Search this
Photo-realism  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Latvian American artists  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1103073

Interview with Vija Celmins

Creator:
Celmins, Vija, 1938-  Search this
Butterfield, Jan, 1937-2000  Search this
Type:
Sound Recording
Date:
1980 February 10
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)18558
See more items in:
Jan Butterfield papers, 1950-1997
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_18558

Regarding Warhol : sixty artists, fifty years / Mark Rosenthal, Marla Prather, Ian Alteveer, Rebecca Lowery

Author:
Rosenthal, Mark (Mark Lawrence)  Search this
Prather, Marla  Search this
Alteveer, Ian  Search this
Lowery, Rebecca  Search this
Author:
Apfelbaum, Polly 1955-  Search this
Baldessari, John 1931-  Search this
Celmins, Vija 1938-  Search this
Close, Chuck 1940-  Search this
Gober, Robert 1954-  Search this
Haacke, Hans 1936-  Search this
Jaar, Alfredo  Search this
Kass, Deborah 1952-  Search this
Katz, Alex 1927-  Search this
Koons, Jeff 1955-  Search this
Schnabel, Julian 1951-  Search this
Trecartin, Ryan 1981-  Search this
Tuymans, Luc 1958-  Search this
Sponsoring body:
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Andy Warhol Museum  Search this
Subject:
Warhol, Andy 1928-1987  Search this
Warhol, Andy 1928-1987 Influence  Search this
Warhol, Andy 1928-1987  Search this
Physical description:
304 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Interviews
Date:
2012
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1000677

The stars / Vija Celmins ; Eliot Weinberger

Author:
Celmins, Vija 1938-  Search this
Weinberger, Eliot  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Celmins, Vija 1938-  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (unpaged) : ill. ; 27 cm
Type:
Folklore
Poetry
Specimens
Artists' books (books)
Smithsonian Libraries artists' books
Date:
2005
C2005
Topic:
Stars--Mythology  Search this
Stars  Search this
Artists' books  Search this
Call number:
N7433.4.C415 S73 2005
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_797168

Vija Celmins / essay by Bob Nickas

Artist:
Celmins, Vija 1938-  Search this
Author:
Nickas, Robert  Search this
Publisher:
Matthew Marks Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Celmins, Vija 1938-  Search this
Matthew Marks Gallery  Search this
Physical description:
138 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Date:
2017
Topic:
Sea in art  Search this
Skies in art  Search this
Nature in art  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1092299

Vija Celmins

Author:
Celmins, Vija 1938-  Search this
Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Subject:
Celmins, Vija 1938-  Search this
Physical description:
1 folded sheet ([2] pages) : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1993
[1993?]
Call number:
N6537.C4 A4 1993
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1026383

Vija Celmins : dessins = drawings

Author:
Celmins, Vija 1938-  Search this
Centre Georges Pompidou  Search this
Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center  Search this
Subject:
Celmins, Vija 1939- Themes, motives  Search this
Physical description:
168 p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
2006
C2006
Call number:
NC139.C45 A4 2006
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_809900

The prints of Vija Celmins / Samantha Rippner

Author:
Rippner, Samantha  Search this
Celmins, Vija 1938-  Search this
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Celmins, Vija 1939-  Search this
Physical description:
56 p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
2002
C2002
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_705344

Vija Celmins : 10 May-22 June 2001 / essay by Bill Berkson

Author:
Celmins, Vija 1938-  Search this
Berkson, Bill  Search this
David McKee Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Celmins, Vija 1939-  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (unpaged) : ill. (some col.), port. ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
2001
[2001]
Call number:
N6537.C4 A4 2001
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_711871

Vija Celmins, drawings

Author:
Celmins, Vija 1938-  Search this
Solomon, Elke  Search this
Whitney Museum of American Art  Search this
Subject:
Celmins, Vija 1939-  Search this
Physical description:
1 folded sheet ([4] p.) : ill. ; 18 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1973
Call number:
NC139.C45 A4 1973
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_712544

Vija Celmins / Lane Relyea, Robert Gober, Briony Fer

Author:
Relyea, Lane 1960-  Search this
Celmins, Vija 1938-  Search this
Gober, Robert 1954-  Search this
Fer, Briony  Search this
Subject:
Celmins, Vija 1939- Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Physical description:
160 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2004
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_750231

Giorgio Morandi / Donna De Salvo and Matthew Gale ; with contributions by Vija Celmins ... [et at.]

Author:
Morandi, Giorgio 1890-1964  Search this
De Salvo, Donna M  Search this
Gale, Matthew  Search this
Celmins, Vija 1938-  Search this
Tate Modern (Gallery)  Search this
Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris  Search this
Subject:
Morandi, Giorgio 1890-1964  Search this
Physical description:
127 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2001
Topic:
Still-life painting, Italian  Search this
Call number:
ND623.M687 A4 2001
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_628246

Vija Celmins / [prefacio: Esperanza Aguirre Gil de Biedma]

Author:
Celmins, Vija 1938-  Search this
Physical description:
111 p. : col. ill. ; 31 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1996
C1996
Topic:
Celmins, Vija  Search this
Call number:
N6537.C4 L56 1996
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_642091

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