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Oral history interview with Douglas Crimp

Interviewee:
Crimp, Douglas  Search this
Interviewer:
Fialho, Alex, 1989-  Search this
Names:
ACT UP (Organization)  Search this
Century 21 Exposition (1962 : Seattle, Wash.)  Search this
Gay Activists Alliance  Search this
Rutgers University. Institute of Jazz Studies -- Faculty  Search this
Tulane University -- Students  Search this
University of Rochester -- Faculty  Search this
Visual Arts and the AIDS Epidemic: An Oral History Project  Search this
Baker, Elizabeth C., 1934-  Search this
Belaygue, Christian  Search this
Bordowitz, Gregg  Search this
Cooke, Lynne  Search this
Copjec, Joan  Search this
Duchamp, Marcel, 1887-1968  Search this
Elovich, Richard  Search this
Jonas, Joan, 1936-  Search this
Kohlmeyer, Ida, 1912-1997  Search this
Krauss, Rosalind E.  Search this
Lemann, Bernard, 1905-  Search this
Leonard, Zoe  Search this
Michelson, Annette  Search this
Olander, William  Search this
Owens, Craig  Search this
Robinson, Marilynne  Search this
Santos, RenĂ©, 1954-1986  Search this
Torm, Fernando  Search this
Waldman, Diane  Search this
Warhol, Andy, 1928-1987  Search this
Wodiczko, Krzysztof  Search this
Wolfe, Daniel, 1960-  Search this
Extent:
5 Items (Sound recording: 5 sound files (6 hr., 2 min.), digital, wav)
69 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Place:
Germany -- description and travel
New York (N.Y.) -- Description and Travel
Date:
2017 January 3-4
Scope and Contents:
An interview with Douglas Crimp, conducted 2017 January 3-4, by Alex Fialho, for the Archives of American Art's Visual Arts and the AIDS Epidemic: An Oral History Project, at Crimp's home in New York, New York.
Crimp speaks of growing up in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; his athleticism in water skiing and ice skating; sibling rivalry as a child; seeing art for the first time at the Seattle World Fair; being closeted and conflicted as a young gay man in 1950s Idaho; attending Tulane University in New Orleans and the culture shock he experienced there; his first year in Tulane's rigorous architecture program and ultimately changing his major to art history; the pageantry of Mardi Gras parades and the gay society he explored; writing an undergraduate paper analyzing Marcel Duchamp's "The Large Glass"; deciding to go to New York City; finding his voice as an art critic while beginning his career at Art News and Art International; his extensive analysis of Joan Jonas; attending Firehouse dances sponsored by Gay Activist Alliance and coming into his sexuality; being a patient of esteemed doctor Dr. Dan William; first learning of the AIDS crisis and epidemic through a New York Times article in 1981 describing a gay cancer; receiving an NEA art critic grant and spending a year in Germany from 1985-86; returning to find friends and acquaintances sick with HIV/AIDS or having died from it; the Dia Conversations; his role as editor of October and bringing queerness and AIDS to the forefront; joining ACT UP; the genesis of October's AIDS double issue in 1987-1988 and its success; how the journal issue changed the course of his career and steered him to teach gay studies and further his work with AIDS activism; the inner workings of ACT UP meetings; the sense of community ACT UP provided and the empowerment everyone felt; noting a sense of personal and professional urgency during the crisis; the timeline of his AIDS writings; his reaction to seeing the AIDS quilt for the first time at the March on Washington; writing to a wide, non-academic audience; his 1988 course at Rutgers University on AIDS video; his complex relationships with Rosalind Krauss and Annette Michelson; the poor coverage of the AIDS epidemic in the media and how it informed his writing; the understanding of the need for safe sex practices and writing "How to Have Promiscuity in an Epidemic;" teaching courses on AIDS at the University of Rochester and how his teaching interest evolved into queer theory and studies; evaluating Warhol's work with a queer lens; writing about his experience with queer life in New York City in the 1970s to counter the condescending conservative narrative; his current writing projects and interests; experience in demonstrations held by ACT UP; and the tremendous communal support he felt during his seroconversion. Crimp also recalls Marilynne Summers (Robinson), Bernard Lemann, Marimar Benetiz, Ida Kohlmeyer, Lynn Emory, Diane Waldman, Betsy Baker, Lucinda Hawkins, Christian Belaygue, Krzysztof Wodiczko, Rosalind Krauss, Joan Copjec, Gregg Bordowitz, Terri Cafaro, Rene Santos, Craig Owens, Fernando Torm, Bill Olander, Richard Elovich, Daniel Wolfe, Hector Caicedo, Lynne Cooke, and Zoe Leonard.
Biographical / Historical:
Douglas Crimp (1944- 2019) was a professor and art critic in New York, New York. Alex Fialho (1989- ) is a curator and arts writer who is the 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:
Educators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
AIDS activists  Search this
AIDS (Disease) -- Study and teaching  Search this
Art critics -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Art -- History -- Study and teaching  Search this
Gay activists  Search this
Gay and lesbian studies  Search this
HIV and AIDS  Search this
Mardi Gras  Search this
NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt  Search this
Queer theory  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.crimp17
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-crimp17

Impressions [of] the United States Science Exhibit, Seattle World's Fair 1962. Foreword by Athelstan Spilhaus

Author:
Century 21 Exposition (1962 : Seattle, Wash.)  Search this
Subject:
Century 21 Exposition (1962 : Seattle, Wash.)  Search this
Physical description:
4 unnumbered pages, 19 color plates (issued in box) 33 cm
Type:
Pictorial works
Place:
Washington (State)
Seattle
Date:
1962
[1962]
Topic:
Exhibitions  Search this
Science  Search this
Call number:
T890.2 1962 L1 1962
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1069403

Century 21; the story of the Seattle World's Fair, 1962. With special photography by Steven C. Wilson

Author:
Morgan, Murray 1916-2000-  Search this
Wilson, Steven C  Search this
Century 21 Exposition (1962 : Seattle, Wash.)  Search this
Subject:
Century 21 Exposition (1962 : Seattle, Wash.)  Search this
Physical description:
159 p. illus. 29 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1963
1963]
Call number:
T890.2 1962.B1 M67 1963
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_800153

Official guide book, Seattle World's Fair 1962 : Century 21 Exposition

Title:
Seattle World's Fair 1962
Seattle World's Fair
Subject:
Century 21 Exposition (1962 : Seattle, Wash.)  Search this
Physical description:
191 p. : ill., maps ; 18 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Washington (State)
Seattle
Date:
1962
C1962]
Topic:
Exhibitions  Search this
Call number:
T890.2 1962 .A1o 1962
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_813327

Century 21 Exposition / designed by Ken Parkhurst

Title:
Century Twenty-one Exposition
United States world exposition at Seattle
Author:
Century 21 Exposition (1962 : Seattle, Wash.)  Search this
Parkhurst, Ken  Search this
Subject:
Century 21 Exposition (1962 : Seattle, Wash.)  Search this
Physical description:
39 p. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 23 x 23 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Seattle (Wash.)
Date:
1962
[1962?]
Topic:
Trade shows  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_827209

Northwest art today : [selected by Millard B. Rogers] Adventures in art [selected by Gervais Reed] Seattle World's Fair, 1962 /

Author:
Century 21 Exposition (1962 : Seattle, Wash.)  Search this
Physical description:
105 p. : illus
Type:
Books
Date:
1962
1962]
Call number:
N4888 1962 .A61 1962
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_639528

Art since 1950, American and international. [Exhibition] April 21-October 21, 1962. [Foreword by Norman Davis. American section by Sam Hunter. International section by William Sandberg

Author:
Century 21 Exposition (1962 : Seattle, Wash.)  Search this
Hunter, Sam 1923-2014-  Search this
Sandberg, Willem Jacob Henri Berend 1897-1984  Search this
Physical description:
160 p. illus. (part col.) 23 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1962
1962]
20th century
Topic:
Art, Modern  Search this
Call number:
N4888 1962 A611 1962
N6490 .S441
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_642969

Seattle World's Fair 1962 : Century 21 exposition

Title:
Century 21 exposition
Official souvenir program
Author:
Century 21 Exposition (1962 : Seattle, Wash.)  Search this
Former owner:
Rosenfeld, Bernard 1927- DSI  Search this
Subject:
Century 21 Exposition (1962 : Seattle, Wash.)  Search this
Physical description:
96 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Washington (State)
Seattle
Seattle (Wash.)
Date:
1962
C1962
Topic:
Exhibitions  Search this
Call number:
T890.2 1962 .A1 1962
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_533711

Century 21; the story of the Seattle World's Fair, 1962. With special photography by Steven C. Wilson

Author:
Morgan, Murray 1916-2000  Search this
Wilson, Steven C  Search this
Century 21 Exposition (1962 : Seattle, Wash.)  Search this
Subject:
Century 21 Exposition (1962 : Seattle, Wash.)  Search this
Physical description:
159 p. illus. 29 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1963
1963]
Call number:
T890.2 1962.B1 M67 1963
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_536810

Space Needle U.S.A. / story by Harold Mansfield ; photography by George Gulacsik

Author:
Mansfield, Harold  Search this
Subject:
Century 21 Exposition (1962 : Seattle, Wash.)  Search this
Physical description:
72 p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Washington (State)
Seattle
Date:
1962
C1962
Topic:
Space Needle (Seattle, Wash.)  Search this
Towers  Search this
Call number:
TH2180 .M36 1962
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_537749

Official guide book, Seattle World's Fair 1962 : Century 21 Exposition

Title:
Seattle World's Fair 1962
Seattle World's Fair
Subject:
Century 21 Exposition (1962 : Seattle, Wash.)  Search this
Physical description:
191 p. : ill., maps ; 18 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Washington (State)
Seattle
Date:
1962
C1962]
Topic:
Exhibitions  Search this
Call number:
T890.2 1962 .A1o 1962
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_540268

Official guide to Pacific Northwest and Century 21 Exposition / by the editorial staffs of Sunset Books and Sunset Magazine

Title:
Guide to Pacific Northwest and Century 21 Exposition
Author:
Sunset Magazine (Firm)  Search this
Subject:
Century 21 Exposition (1962 : Seattle, Wash.) Guidebooks  Search this
Physical description:
173 p. illus. 28 cm
Type:
Books
Guidebooks
Place:
Alberta
Northwest, Pacific
Date:
1961
[1961]
Topic:
National parks and reserves  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_540746

Official souvenir program ; Century 21 exposition : Seattle World's Fair, 1962

Title:
Seattle World's Fair, 1962
Author:
Century 21 Exposition (1962 : Seattle, Wash.)  Search this
Subject:
Century 21 Exposition (1962 : Seattle, Wash.)  Search this
Physical description:
96 p. ill. (some col.), 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1962
[1962]
Call number:
T890.2 1962 .A1 1962
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_484109

A summary of fairs, pavilions, exhibits, and their audiences / by Robert S. Weiss, Serge Boutourline, Jr

Title:
Fairs, exhibits, pavilions, and their audiences : summary report
Author:
Weiss, Robert Stuart 1925-  Search this
Boutourline, Serge Jr  Search this
Subject:
Century 21 Exposition (1962 : Seattle, Wash.)  Search this
Physical description:
22 l. ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1962
C1962
Topic:
Fairs  Search this
Exhibitions  Search this
Human behavior  Search this
Call number:
T396 .W43 1962
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_487648

Northwest art today: adventure in art

Author:
Century 21 Exposition (1962 : Seattle, Wash.)  Search this
Physical description:
105 p. illus. 23 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Northwest, Pacific
Northwest, Pacific-Art
Date:
1962
Topic:
Art  Search this
Call number:
N4888 1962 .A56n
N4888 1962.A56n
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_355836

American art since 1950; a loan exhibition sponsored by the Poses Institute of Fine Arts, Brandeis University and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, November 21-December 23, 1962

Author:
Poses Institute of Fine Arts  Search this
Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, Mass.)  Search this
Subject:
Century 21 Exposition (1962 : Seattle, Wash.)  Search this
Physical description:
83 p. illus. 23 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1962
1962]
20th century
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Call number:
N6512 .P853
N6512.P853
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_201910

Fine arts exhibition. Seattle World's Fair, April 21-Oct. 21, 1962

Author:
Century 21 Exposition (1962 : Seattle, Wash.)  Search this
Davis, Norman 1907-  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. illus. 23 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Washington (State)
Seattle
Date:
1962
1962]
Topic:
Art  Search this
Call number:
N4888 1962.A56
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_103505

Science on display; a study of the United States Science Exhibit, Seattle World's Fair, 1962, byJames B. Taylor, with Lynn Blackwell [and others]

Author:
Taylor, James B. - (James Bentley) 1930-  Search this
Subject:
Century 21 Exposition (1962 : Seattle, Wash.)  Search this
Physical description:
iii, 185 l. 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Washington (State)
Seattle
Date:
1963
Topic:
Science--Exhibitions  Search this
Call number:
Q105 .T3X
Q105.T3X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_113756

Masterpieces of art, Fine Arts Pavilion, April 21 to September 4, 1962; catalogue. Seattle World's Fair, April 2l to October 21, 1962

Author:
Century 21 Exposition (1962 : Seattle, Wash.)  Search this
Physical description:
164 p. illus. 23 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Topic:
Art  Search this
Call number:
N4888 1962 .A6X
N4888 1962.A6X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_45492

Northwest Coast Indian art, by Erna Gunther

Author:
Century 21 Exposition (1962 : Seattle, Wash.)  Search this
Gunther, Erna 1896-1982  Search this
Physical description:
101 p. illus. (part col.) maps. 23 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
North America
Northwest Coast of North America
Date:
1962
1962?]
Topic:
Indian art  Search this
Call number:
E78.N78 S4 1962
E78.N78 S4 1962
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_92473

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