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Oral history interview with Adele S. Brown and William H. Calfee, 1995 January 11

Interviewee:
Brown, Adele Smith, 1910-2001  Search this
Interviewer:
Calfee, William H. (William Howard), 1909-1995  Search this
Subject:
Knaths, Karl  Search this
Phillips, Duncan  Search this
Watkins, Law Bradley  Search this
Acheson, Alice  Search this
Cross, Bernice  Search this
Groves, George  Search this
Phillips, Marjorie  Search this
West, Hal  Search this
Marin, John  Search this
Gates, Robert Franklin  Search this
Breeskin, Adelyn Dohme  Search this
Crosby, Caresse  Search this
Tworkov, Jack  Search this
Taylor, Prentiss  Search this
Noland, Kenneth  Search this
Studio House (Phillips Memorial Gallery)  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Arts administrators -- Washington (D.C.) -- Interviews  Search this
Art teachers -- Washington (D.C.) -- Interviews  Search this
Painters -- Washington (D.C.) -- Interviews  Search this
Sculptors -- Washington (D.C.) -- Interviews  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13083
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216198
AAA_collcode_brown95
Theme:
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_216198
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Adele S. Brown and William H. Calfee

Interviewee:
Brown, Adele Smith, 1910-  Search this
Calfee, William H. (William Howard), 1909-1995  Search this
Interviewer:
Kirwin, Liza  Search this
Names:
Studio House (Phillips Memorial Gallery)  Search this
Acheson, Alice  Search this
Breeskin, Adelyn Dohme, 1896-1986  Search this
Crosby, Caresse, 1892-  Search this
Cross, Bernice  Search this
Gates, Robert Franklin, 1906-1982  Search this
Groves, George  Search this
Knaths, Karl, 1891-1971  Search this
Marin, John, 1870-1953  Search this
Noland, Kenneth, 1924-2010  Search this
Phillips, Duncan, 1886-1966  Search this
Phillips, Marjorie, 1895-1985  Search this
Taylor, Prentiss, 1907-1991  Search this
Tworkov, Jack  Search this
Watkins, Law Bradley  Search this
West, Hal, 1902-1968  Search this
Extent:
33 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1995 January 11
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Adele S. Brown and William H. Calfee conducted 1995 January 11, by Liza Kirwin, at Calfee's home in Chevy Chase, Maryland, for the Archives of American Art.
Brown and Calfee speak of their roles in Phillips Studio House. They recall Law Watkins, Karl Knaths, Duncan Phillips, Bernice Cross, Bob Gates, Marjorie Phillips, Alice Acheson, John Marin, George Groves, Harold West, Adelyn Breeskin, Kenneth Noland, Jack Tworkov, Caresse Crosby, Prentiss Taylor, and many others.
Biographical / Historical:
Brown, an art administrator in Washington, D.C., managed the sales gallery of the Phillips Studio House from 1933-1937. Calfee, a painter and sculptor, taught at the art school affiliated with Studio House from 1933 until it closed in 1945. Phillips Studio House, founded by C. Law Watkins, Associate Director of the Phillips Memorial Gallery, was both an art school and commercial gallery. It opened in November 1933, and closed in 1945 upon Watkins' death. In 1946 Calfee and a group of artists affiliated with the school were asked to form the first art department faculty at American University for which he served as its department head until 1954.
General:
Originally recorded on 1 sound cassette. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 1 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.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Topic:
Arts administrators -- Washington (D.C.) -- Interviews  Search this
Art teachers -- Washington (D.C.) -- Interviews  Search this
Painters -- Washington (D.C.) -- Interviews  Search this
Sculptors -- Washington (D.C.) -- Interviews  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Function:
Art Schools -- Washington (D.C.)
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.brown95
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-brown95

Circus People Resting

Artist:
Bernice Cross, born Iowa City, IA 1912-died Washington, DC 1996  Search this
Medium:
oil on canvas
Dimensions:
24 x 17 7/8 in. (61.0 x 45.5 cm.)
Type:
Painting
Date:
ca. 1933-1943
Topic:
Performing arts\circus  Search this
State of being\mood\weariness  Search this
New Deal\Public Works of Art Project\Washington, D.C.  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from National Zoological Park, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
1961.1.1
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Painting and Sculpture
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk78408679f-fdf7-441d-9194-825edc5fb58b
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1961.1.1

Side Show Ticket-Taker

Artist:
Bernice Cross, born Iowa City, IA 1912-died Washington, DC 1996  Search this
Medium:
oil on canvas
Dimensions:
24 x 20 1/8 in. (61.1 x 51.0 cm.)
Type:
Painting
Date:
ca. 1933-1934
Topic:
Figure group  Search this
Ethnic\African-American  Search this
Performing arts\circus  Search this
Recreation\carnival  Search this
Occupation\vendor\ticket taker  Search this
New Deal\Public Works of Art Project\Washington, D.C.  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from National Zoological Park, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
1961.1.2
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Painting and Sculpture
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk7ce06b8ca-4315-4207-8abb-52f807dbd8f6
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1961.1.2

Melon Vendor

Artist:
Bernice Cross, born Iowa City, IA 1912-died Washington, DC 1996  Search this
Medium:
oil on canvas
Dimensions:
24 1/8 x 18 1/8 in. (61.3 x 46.0 cm.)
Type:
Painting
Date:
ca. 1934
Topic:
Figure group  Search this
Cityscape\street  Search this
Architecture\domestic  Search this
Ethnic\African-American  Search this
Occupation\vendor\fruit seller  Search this
New Deal\Public Works of Art Project\Washington, D.C.  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the U.S. Department of Labor
Object number:
1964.1.136
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Painting and Sculpture
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk775e7bad0-5037-490d-b139-a5f2c600386a
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1964.1.136

Georgetown Corner in the Rain

Artist:
Bernice Cross, born Iowa City, IA 1912-died Washington, DC 1996  Search this
Medium:
oil on canvas
Dimensions:
24 x 20 1/8 in. (61.0 x 51.1 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
ca. 1934
Topic:
Ethnic\African-American  Search this
Cityscape\District of Columbia\Washington  Search this
Cityscape\weather\rain  Search this
Figure female\knee length  Search this
Cityscape\District of Columbia\Georgetown  Search this
New Deal\Public Works of Art Project\Washington, D.C.  Search this
Architecture Exterior\domestic\house  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the U.S. Department of Labor
Object number:
1964.1.76
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Painting and Sculpture
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk7fa1d78e9-f5b1-42af-9002-3e710cb0d06d
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1964.1.76

Cross, Bernice, 1996

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian American Art Museum. Curatorial Office  Search this
Container:
Box 4 of 12
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Rights:
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2033. Records may contain personally identifiable information (PII) that is permanently restricted. Transferring office; 3/22/2019 memorandum, Johnstone to Laura Augustin; Contact reference staff for details.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 19-136, Smithsonian American Art Museum. Curatorial Office, Acquisition Records (Declined)
See more items in:
Acquisition Records (Declined)
Acquisition Records (Declined) / Box 4
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa19-136-refidd1e4325

Bernice Cross, 1912-1996 [Folder]

Additional name:
Cross, Bernice Francene  Search this
Contents:
Folder(s) may include exhibition announcements, newspaper and/or magazine clippings, press releases, brochures, reviews, invitations, illustrations, resumes, artist's statements, exhibition catalogs.
Topic:
Artists  Search this
Location:
Art & Artist files at the Smithsonian American Art Museum/ National Portrait Gallery Library
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILAF_68970

Cross, Bernice (DC), 1988

Collection Creator::
Archives of American Art  Search this
Container:
Box 27 of 55
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Rights:
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2019; Transferring office; 3/2/1988 memorandum, Massa to Fleckner; Contact reference staff for details.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 06-089, Archives of American Art, Departmental Records
See more items in:
Departmental Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa06-089-refidd1e8573

Bernice Cross: artist file, [photographs]

Artist:
Cross, Bernice 1912-1996  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Artist files
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Image number:
VFM VF000720
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_138001

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