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Oral history interview with Neda Al-Hilali

Interviewee:
Al-Hilali, Neda, 1938-  Search this
Interviewer:
Riedel, Mija, 1958-  Search this
Creator:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Names:
California State University, Los Angeles -- Faculty  Search this
Claremont Graduate University -- Faculty  Search this
Hunsaker/Schlesinger Gallery  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Scripps College -- Faculty  Search this
Taliban  Search this
University of California, Los Angeles -- Faculty  Search this
University of California, Los Angeles -- Students  Search this
Bassler, James W., 1933-  Search this
Hunsaker, Joyce Badgley  Search this
Jacobs, Ferne K. (Ferne Kent), 1942-  Search this
Kester, Bernard  Search this
Simsar, Alice  Search this
Extent:
116 Pages (Transcript)
22 Items (Sound recording: 22 sound files (7 hr., 46 min.), digital, wav)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Date:
2006 July 18-19
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Neda Al-Hilali conducted 2006 July 18-19, by Mija Riedel, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, at the artist's home, in Los Angeles, California.
Al-Hilali speaks of her childhood in Czechoslovakia and Bavaria; studying language in London; her experience living in Baghdad, Iraq with her first husband; moving to California and completing her undergraduate and graduate degrees at UCLA; teaching experiences at Scripps College, Claremont Graduate University, California State University Los Angeles, and UCLA; the installation processes of Beach Occurrence with Tongues, Black Passage, the Cassiopeia series, and others; frustrations she encountered with commission work; the rich history of the fiber tradition; travels to Afghanistan, Japan, and Oaxaca, Mexico; achieving gestural and painterly qualities with fiber; the importance of color in textile work in the Middle East; experiences with galleries, including the Hunsaker/Schlesinger Gallery in Santa Monica, California; utilizing a Ouija board for reflection and creative guidance; issues such as global warming and over-development; the status of women in Afghanistan under Taliban rule; the gratitude she feels at being a part of the fiber tradition; and plans for the future. Al-Hilali also recalls Bernard Kester, Jim Bassler, Fern Jacobs, Joyce Hunsaker, Alice Simsar, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Neda Al-Hilali (1938- ) is a fiber artist and weaver in Los Angeles, California. Mija Riedel (1958- ) is a curator and writer in San Francisco, California.
General:
Originally recorded on 4 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 22 digital wav files. Duration is 7 hr., 46 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.
Occupation:
Fiber artists -- California  Search this
Educators -- California  Search this
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
Women textile artists  Search this
Women educators  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Climatic changes  Search this
Function:
Art commissions
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.alhila06
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw90c8786e8-2836-4115-ab8b-deb8cd8afa38
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-alhila06
Online Media:

Roland Reiss papers

Creator:
Reiss, Roland, 1929-  Search this
Names:
Claremont Graduate University School of Arts and Humanities -- Faculty  Search this
Idyllwild School and Museum for the Arts  Search this
University of Colorado -- Faculty  Search this
Extent:
7.1 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Interviews
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Date:
circa 1960-2012
Scope and Contents:
Biographical material, teaching files, administrative files, correspondence, exhibition files, photographs, printed material, audio visual material, born digital media, and works of art regarding the career of painter, sculptor, and educator, Roland Reiss.
Biographical material includes interview transcripts with Reiss. Teaching files regard the University of Colorado and Claremont Graduate University and include lectures, notes, and files about students. Administrative files relate to Idyllwild, juries and other committees Reiss was involved in. Correspondence is both personal and professional. Exhibition files regard Reiss' exhibitions. Photographs and slides are of openings and works of art. Printed material includes exhibition catalogs about Reiss and others (some annotated), announcements and newspaper clippings. Audio visual material includes a VHS tape and three audio cassettes of lectures by Reiss. Born digital media consists of approximately 50 DVDs and CDs and one flash drive of lectures and interviews by Reiss and images of works of art. Works of art include sketches by Reiss.
Biographical / Historical:
Roland Reiss (1929- ) is a painter, sculptor, and educator from Los Angeles, California. Reiss is best known for his "miniatures." He taught painting at the University of Colorado and was chair of the art department at Claremont Graduate University (1971-2000). He also served as the director of the Center for the Arts and of "Painting's Edge" at Idyllwild Arts, Idyllwild, California.
Provenance:
Donated 2017 by Roland Reiss.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Occupation:
Educators -- California  Search this
Painters -- California  Search this
Sculptors -- California  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Identifier:
AAA.reisrola
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-reisrola

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