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Oral history interview with Jackie Ferrara

Interviewee:
Ferrara, Jackie  Search this
Interviewer:
Berman, Avis  Search this
Creator:
United States. General Services Administration. Design Excellence and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Names:
Michigan State University -- Students  Search this
United States. General Services Administration. Design Excellence and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Wayne State University -- Students  Search this
Addams, Charles, 1912-1988  Search this
Andre, Carl, 1935-  Search this
Beauchamp, Robert, 1923-  Search this
Bellamy, Richard  Search this
DeLap, Tony, 1927-2019  Search this
Eisenhauer, Lette  Search this
Ferrara, Don  Search this
Forst, Miles, 1923-  Search this
Frank, Mary, 1933-  Search this
Frankenthaler, Helen, 1928-2011  Search this
Gallo, Frank, 1933-  Search this
Graves, Nancy Stevenson, 1940-1995  Search this
Gross, Sally  Search this
Hesse, Eva, 1936-1970  Search this
Hofmann, Hans, 1880-1966  Search this
Judd, Donald, 1928-1994  Search this
LeWitt, Sol, 1928-2007  Search this
Marcus, Marcia, 1928-  Search this
Motherwell, Robert  Search this
Oldenburg, Claes, 1929-  Search this
Protetch, Max  Search this
Rockburne, Dorothea  Search this
Rosenquist, James, 1933-  Search this
Samaras, Lucas, 1936-  Search this
Smithson, Robert  Search this
Extent:
3 Items (Sound recording: 3 sound files (5 hr., 12 min.), digital, WMA files)
115 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2009 January 16-February 13
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Jackie Ferrara conducted 2009 January 16-February 13, by Avis Berman, for the Archives of American Art's U.S. General Services Administration, Design Excellence and the Arts oral history project, at the Ferrara's home, in New York, New York.
Ferrara speaks of growing up in Detroit, Michigan; her early interest in mathematics and its ever present role in her work; attending Michigan State University for one year; taking fashion drawing classes at Wayne State University and her supposed lack of drawing skills; an early interest in pottery and leather making; moving to New York City in 1951 on a night train from Detroit; working at the Henry Street Playhouse and its influential role on her art; her relationship with Robert Beauchamp and her friendship with many artists in Provincetown, Massachusetts; early works, including the cotton batting works and the rope works, most of which were destroyed; her dislike of traveling and her use of imagination for inspiration; participating in the performances and happenings of Claes Oldenburg; her friendship with Robert Smithson and his influence on her later works; working with Max Protetch; never teaching art because she herself did not attend art school; her creation process of her wood and stone pieces, including their conception in early drawings; having a positive attitude towards her pieces being rebuilt because of decay; quickly moving into public art in the late 1970s, early 1980s; living and working in the same loft in New York for over 40 years; the helpful role the women's movement played in her successful career though she did not participate; receiving art grants to enable her to work for a year or two without having to find an odd job to support herself; various public art projects around the country, how they came to be, creating the works and their significance to her. Ferrara also recalls Charlotte Tokayer, Don Ferrara, Alvin Nikolai, Richard Bellamy, Mary and Paul Frank, Miles and Barbara Forst, Sally Gross, Hans Hofmann, Robert Motherwell, Helen Frankenthaler, Nat Halprin, Lucas Samara, Letty Lou Eisenhauer, James Rosenquist, Marcia Marcus, Charles Addams, Eva Hesse, Frank Gallo, Tony DeLap, Dorothea Rockburne, Time Doyle, Sol LeWitt, Donald Judd, Carl Andre, Nancy Graves, Marty Greenbaum, Abe Sachs, Mel Bochner, Jan Groover, Alice Aycock, Alice Adams, Jackie Windsor, Scott Burton, Siah Armajani, Michelle Stuart, Lucy Lippard, Zaha Hadid, Max Hutcinson, Andrea Blum, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Jackie Ferrara (1929- ) is a sculptor. Ferrara works with the built environment in her designs for courtyards and architectural structures.
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:
Audio: ACCESS RESTRICTED; Use requires written permission.
Occupation:
Sculptors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Draftsmen (artists) -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
Women sculptors  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.ferrar09
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9efd0b315-7933-452d-945c-e6f5dc917f90
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-ferrar09
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Tim and Elise Ott Casper papers, 1945-1969

Creator:
Casper, Tim F., 1943-1964  Search this
Casper, Elise Ott, 1918-1997  Search this
Citation:
Tim and Elise Ott Casper papers, 1945-1969. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Theme:
Lives of artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6122
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216337
AAA_collcode_casptim
Theme:
Lives of artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_216337

Charles Henry Alston papers, 1924-1980

Creator:
Alston, Charles Henry, 1907-1977  Search this
Subject:
Wright, Louis T. (Louis Tompkins)  Search this
Woodruff, Hale  Search this
Bearden, Romare  Search this
Bearden, Anna Alston  Search this
Browne, Byron  Search this
Logan, Myra  Search this
Lawrence, Jacob  Search this
Welty, Eudora  Search this
City University of New York. City College  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Citation:
Charles Henry Alston papers, 1924-1980. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Harlem Renaissance  Search this
African American artists  Search this
African American educators  Search this
African American painters  Search this
African American sculptors  Search this
Theme:
African American  Search this
Lives of artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)5643
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)208477
AAA_collcode_alstchar
Theme:
African American
Lives of artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_208477
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Maltby Sykes papers, 1936-1992

Creator:
Sykes, Maltby, 1911-1992  Search this
Subject:
Rivera, Diego  Search this
Christ-Janer, Albert  Search this
Eichenberg, Fritz  Search this
Miller, George Charles  Search this
Type:
Drawings
Scrapbooks
Citation:
Maltby Sykes papers, 1936-1992. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Mural painting and decoration -- Mexico -- Mexico City  Search this
Prints -- Technique  Search this
Lithography  Search this
Latino and Latin American artists  Search this
Theme:
Latino and Latin American  Search this
Lives of artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13473
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)208803
AAA_collcode_sykewill
Theme:
Latino and Latin American
Lives of artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_208803

Barbara Swan papers, 1927-1992

Creator:
Swan, Barbara, 1922-  Search this
Subject:
Kelly, Ellsworth  Search this
Tovish, Harold  Search this
Sexton, Anne  Search this
Miller, Edwin Haviland  Search this
Miller, Rosalind S.  Search this
Chaet, Bernard  Search this
Fink, Alan  Search this
Kumin, Maxine  Search this
Olsen, Tillie  Search this
Weinberg, Elbert  Search this
Chaet, Ninon  Search this
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. School  Search this
Citation:
Barbara Swan papers, 1927-1992. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Women illustrators  Search this
Theme:
Diaries  Search this
Women  Search this
Lives of artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8701
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210882
AAA_collcode_swanbarp
Theme:
Diaries
Women
Lives of artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210882

Eugenie Gershoy papers, 1914-1983

Creator:
Gershoy, Eugenie, 1901-1983 or 6  Search this
Subject:
Nakian, Reuben  Search this
Picken, George  Search this
Pollet, Joseph C.  Search this
Presser, Josef  Search this
Hart, Agnes  Search this
Knight, Frederic C.  Search this
Marantz, Irving  Search this
Millay, Edna St. Vincent  Search this
Thomson, Virgil  Search this
Varda, Jean  Search this
Refregier, Anton  Search this
Scaravaglione, Concetta  Search this
Soyer, Moses  Search this
Soyer, Raphael  Search this
Baker, Mildred  Search this
Blanch, Lucile  Search this
Blanch, Arnold  Search this
Force, Juliana  Search this
Gottlieb, Harry  Search this
Fruhauf, Aline  Search this
Calder, Alexander Stirling  Search this
Breeskin, Adelyn Dohme  Search this
Dehn, Virginia  Search this
Woodstock Artists Association (Woodstock, N.Y.)  Search this
Yaddo (Artist's colony)  Search this
Federal Art Project (N.Y.)  Search this
Art Students League (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Type:
Prints
Christmas cards
Sketchbooks
Sketches
Photographs
Place:
Woodstock (N.Y.)
Citation:
Eugenie Gershoy papers, 1914-1983. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
New Deal, 1933-1939  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Sculpture, Modern -- 20th century -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Women ceramicists  Search this
Women sculptors  Search this
Theme:
Sketches & Sketchbooks  Search this
Women  Search this
Lives of artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8967
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211154
AAA_collcode_gerseuge
Theme:
Sketches & Sketchbooks
Women
Lives of artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211154
Online Media:

Mauricio Lasansky interview, 1976 June 28 -July 6

Creator:
Lasansky, Mauricio, 1914-  Search this
Muhlert, Jan Keene, 1942-  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Citation:
Mauricio Lasansky interview, 1976 June 28 -July 6. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Prints -- Technique  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Printmakers -- Iowa -- Iowa City -- Interviews  Search this
Latino and Latin American artists  Search this
Theme:
Latino and Latin American  Search this
Lives of artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13526
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)214251
AAA_collcode_lasamaur
Theme:
Latino and Latin American
Lives of artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_214251

Barbara Swan letters to Rosalind and Edwin Miller, 1961-1991

Creator:
Swan, Barbara, 1922-  Search this
Subject:
Miller, Edwin Haviland  Search this
Miller, Rosalind S.  Search this
Chaet, Bernard  Search this
Fink, Aaron  Search this
Fink, Alan  Search this
Fink, Joanna Elizabeth  Search this
Gustin, Dan  Search this
Milton, Peter  Search this
Sexton, Anne  Search this
Stevovich, Andrew  Search this
Alpha Gallery (Boston, Mass.)  Search this
Citation:
Barbara Swan letters to Rosalind and Edwin Miller, 1961-1991. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
Theme:
Women  Search this
Lives of artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10853
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)214605
AAA_collcode_swanbarb
Theme:
Women
Lives of artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_214605

John Wilde papers, 1935-2011

Creator:
Wilde, John, 1919-2006  Search this
Subject:
Seefeldt, Michael  Search this
Whitney, J. D.  Search this
Karidis, Jerome  Search this
Laird, Mary Louise  Search this
Hamady, Walter  Search this
Glasier, Marshall  Search this
Ernst, Max  Search this
Minasian, Khatchik  Search this
Fein, Sylvia  Search this
Gardetto, Peter  Search this
Littleton, Harvey K.  Search this
Abercrombie, Gertrude  Search this
Gardetto, Helga  Search this
Bouras, Harry  Search this
Terkel, Studs  Search this
Colescott, Warrington  Search this
Wolff, Theodore F.  Search this
Cozzolino, Robert  Search this
Priebe, Karl J.  Search this
Economou, George  Search this
Huppler, Dudley  Search this
Lindbergh, Reeve  Search this
Tandem Press  Search this
Andrew Balkin Editions  Search this
Type:
Sketches
Sketchbooks
Diaries
Photographs
Collages
Drawings
Interviews
Illustrated letters
Scrapbooks
Citation:
John Wilde papers, 1935-2011. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Art -- Wisconsin  Search this
Surrealism  Search this
Magic realism (Art)  Search this
Theme:
Diaries  Search this
Lives of artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13425
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)215872
AAA_collcode_wildjohn
Theme:
Diaries
Lives of artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_215872
Online Media:

Benson Bond Moore papers, 1902-1995

Creator:
Moore, Benson Bond, 1882-1974  Search this
Subject:
Seaton, Charles  Search this
Bransom, Paul  Search this
Sayre, Francis Bowes  Search this
Rolle, A. H. O. (August H. O.)  Search this
Lyon, Rowland  Search this
Lowe, James Russell  Search this
Cornett, Robert G.  Search this
Clark, Herbert F.  Search this
Berryman, Clifford Kennedy  Search this
Society of Animal Artists  Search this
Washington Landscape Club  Search this
Type:
Etchings
Christmas cards
Paintings
Drawings
Travel sketches
Sketches
Poems
Awards
Photographs
Prints
Scrapbooks
Place:
New York (State)
Citation:
Benson Bond Moore papers, 1902-1995. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Landscape painting -- 20th century -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Relief (Sculpture)  Search this
Artists -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Etchers -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Landscape painters -- New York (State)  Search this
Printmakers -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Theme:
Lives of artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6095
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216268
AAA_collcode_moorbens
Theme:
Lives of artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_216268
Online Media:

Abril Lamarque papers, 1883-2001, bulk 1904-1999

Creator:
Lamarque, Abril, 1904-1999  Search this
Subject:
Lamarque, Milagros Abril  Search this
Kozlowski, Karol  Search this
García Cabral, Ernesto  Search this
Massaguer, Conrado Walter  Search this
Lamarque, Juan Abril  Search this
Portell-Vilá, Herminio  Search this
Riverón, Enrique  Search this
Hoffmaster, Paul  Search this
International Brotherhood of Magicians  Search this
National Press Club (U.S.)  Search this
University Club (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Dell Publishing Company  Search this
Oklahoma State University  Search this
Bacardí Corporation (Puerto Rico)  Search this
New York Times  Search this
Society of Illustrators (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Iowa State University  Search this
Society of American Magicians  Search this
Abril Lamarque Creations  Search this
Art Directors Club (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
New York Daily News (Firm)  Search this
United States. Department of State  Search this
Type:
Scrapbooks
Caricatures
Sketches
Illustrations
Illustrated letters
Drawings
Photographs
Citation:
Abril Lamarque papers, 1883-2001, bulk 1904-1999. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Caricatures and cartoons  Search this
Designers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Illustrators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Magicians -- United States  Search this
Latino and Latin American artists  Search this
Art directors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Graphic arts  Search this
Theme:
Latino and Latin American  Search this
Sketches & Sketchbooks  Search this
Lives of artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)5573
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)228078
AAA_collcode_lamaabri
Theme:
Latino and Latin American
Sketches & Sketchbooks
Lives of artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_228078
Online Media:

Letter: Robert Motherwell, Provincetown, Mass., to Clyde M. Reedy, 1972 Sept. 11

Creator:
Motherwell, Robert Burns, 1915-1991  Search this
Subject:
Reedy, Clyde M.  Search this
Citation:
Letter: Robert Motherwell, Provincetown, Mass., to Clyde M. Reedy, 1972 Sept. 11. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Theme:
Lives of artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)5993
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)229577
AAA_collcode_mothrobe
Theme:
Lives of artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_229577

Gustav Rehberger papers, 1924-2004

Creator:
Rehberger, Gustav, 1910-1995  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Citation:
Gustav Rehberger papers, 1924-2004. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Illustrators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Educators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Performance artists -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Theme:
Lives of artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11151
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)247302
AAA_collcode_rehbgust
Theme:
Lives of artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_247302
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Charles Burchfield letter to Louise Burchfield, 1933

Creator:
Burchfield, Charles Ephraim, 1893-1967  Search this
Subject:
Burchfield, Louise  Search this
Citation:
Charles Burchfield letter to Louise Burchfield, 1933. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Theme:
Lives of artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)21768
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)287541
AAA_collcode_burcchar2
Theme:
Lives of artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_287541

Charles Burchfield letter to Persis W. Robertson, 1938 Jan. 15

Creator:
Burchfield, Charles Ephraim, 1893-1967  Search this
Subject:
Robertson, Persis W. (Persis Weaver)  Search this
Citation:
Charles Burchfield letter to Persis W. Robertson, 1938 Jan. 15. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Theme:
Lives of artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)21772
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)287742
AAA_collcode_burcchar3
Theme:
Lives of artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_287742

Jackie Ferrara printed material, 1964-2012

Creator:
Ferrara, Jackie, 1929-  Search this
Type:
Video recordings
Citation:
Jackie Ferrara printed material, 1964-2012. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
Women sculptors  Search this
Theme:
Lives of artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)16178
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)366884
AAA_collcode_ferrjack
Theme:
Lives of artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_366884
Online Media:

Sears Gallagher papers, circa 1882-2010

Creator:
Gallagher, Sears, 1869-1955  Search this
Type:
Drawings
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Sketchbooks
Citation:
Sears Gallagher papers, circa 1882-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Artists' studios--Photographs  Search this
Theme:
Lives of artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)17568
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)394760
AAA_collcode_gallsear
Theme:
Lives of artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_394760

Astrid Preston papers, 1969-2017

Creator:
Preston, Astrid, 1945-  Search this
Type:
Sketchbooks
Citation:
Astrid Preston papers, 1969-2017. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Theme:
Lives of artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)21673
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)398249
AAA_collcode_presastr
Theme:
Lives of artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_398249

Leon Kelly papers, 1927-1997

Creator:
Kelly, Leon, 1901-1982  Search this
Type:
Scrapbooks
Citation:
Leon Kelly papers, 1927-1997. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Theme:
Lives of artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)21693
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)398491
AAA_collcode_kellleon
Theme:
Lives of artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_398491

Oral history interview with Charles Burchfield, 1959 August 19

Interviewee:
Burchfield, Charles Ephraim, 1893-1967  Search this
Interviewer:
Morse, John D., 1906-  Search this
Subject:
Keller, Henry G.  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Charles Burchfield, 1959 August 19. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Sculptors -- United States -- Interviews  Search this
Watercolor painting, American  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12702
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212225
AAA_collcode_burchf59
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212225
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